Hello my friends!
According to the news we’ve had one hot-mess of a week. I hope your true day to day hasn’t been as truly bonkers as our political world.
The days are starting to get real thick down here in Louisiana. I’ve been home from travels long enough to feel the summer start to creep over my legs like a heavy blanket. It’s welcome… minus the mosquitos.
I hope this weekend has treated you well. I hope you’ve been able to put all of your tasks and to-dos on simmer to enjoy these sunny days and thick winds. Here is some news from around this mad crazy words:
• Meet the Woman Who Turned Anthony Bourdain into a TV Star, she offers some solid-gold advice at the end.
• This is so beautiful and difficult- it’ll putcha right on the floor: A Letter To My Mother That She Will Never Read
• This week one of New Orleans’ Confederate monuments was taken down in Lee Circle. See ya on the flip side Robert E Lee. Our mayor Mitch Landrieu wrote about it here: Why I’m taking down my city’s confederate monuments
• Very important work 0n scones.
• What’s happening to our bodies? Well… they’re getting older, that’s for sure: Let’s check in.
• What are we doing? The Heroin Business is Booming In America.
• In Mexico, over 100 journalists have been killed or disappeared for speaking out about dangerous and powerful drug cartels. The drug trade on this continent has far reaching limbs. Mexican journalists lose another colleague to the drug war.
• How Hot Is Too Hot? I feel like it’s safe to say it’s too hot, ok? It’s too hot. Let’s all ride our bikes from now on. And stop eating beef. And buy homes in land-locked states and hope to goodness the world stops melting around us. (It takes more than hope. I know.)
• To watch: Losing Sight of Shore. Put this in your list as soon as possible. It’s so inspiring and full of grit and hope and hard work… and no one dies (spoiler alert, but not really).
• Life in your 30’s in the Bay Area is confusing. Listen, growing up is hard. I get it. Also, apparently growing up never stops. That’s a fun fact adults don’t tell you when you’re young. I feel like they should mention that.
• A verdict is in and it’s worth paying attention to: Don’t Ever Bring Me Red Velvet Cake
• I love how much Aziz Ansari loves food. How Master’s of None Unexpectedly Became TVs Best Food Show.
• My favorite birthday cake is any cake that someone else makes for me. My second favorite birthday cake is this Angel Food Cake with Vanilla Strawberries.
• While we’re talking about kitchen things, please consider this One Skillet Dark and Stormy Banana Bread. Two things. One: You make this bread all in the skillet that you then bake the bread in. Two: There’s rum in it. Ok. Enjoy!
• Toss another item in the covet pile: Ringly Activity Tracker Smart Bracelet. I mentioned this in my Mother’s Day gift guide and am still very smitten.
I think you are special and I’m glad you’re here.
Kayleigh | Whisks & Wooden Spoons
The red velvet cake article – SO true! I agree with the author 100%.
Also, I love these posts.
I watched Losing Sight of Shore on your recommendation and loved it (much like most of your recommendations!) Thanks for sharing, I never would’ve found it had I not read it on here. I think every woman should watch it!
My husband loves Red Velvet Cake (Lol). I’ve made it a few times per his request but never really thought about the ‘flavor’. Just shows how much presentation matters in food.
Ohhh a reason to use my cast iron skillet! Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks.
Seriously, Master of None is one of the best shows of all time! And Modern Romance was an amazing read, too. Aziz Ansari is killing it.
I used to get the Sunday Blues realllllll bad. Now I look forward to your blog posts. Thank you!
I love your Sunday posts with my whole heart. Thank you so much for putting them together. I can’t imagine how much work they are, but they are very much appreciated!
Thank you for sharing the article about the removal of confederate monuments. Now I am brainstorming how I can use this is in my own classroom in Canada as I am sure we have some monuments dedicated to people who were responsible for the suffering of the First Nations people in our country. I might have my students do a little scavenger hunt in the classroom online to see what they can find. Thanks for the lesson inspiration :)
Paula – get your class to research Edward Cornwallis. He founded Halifax, and later that year offered a bounty for the scalps of Mi’kmaq people. There’s an ongoing debate about removing his name from everything.
Totally agree about the red velvet “flavor”
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The aging article made me feel good. Pilates has been a game changer–more muscles/strength, better posture, no back pain.
And that fitness tracker is gorgeous. Does the “gem” have a display, or do you have to look at your phone to see how many steps you’ve done? I love tracking my steps and sleep with my FitBit, but it really is ugly.