Hello sweet friends!
SUNDAY! Gosh what a week. I made hundreds of cookies, booked some future travel, did five days of yoga, took a lot of dog walks, almost put all of my laundry away, and focused very hard on anti-inflammatory meals . In a rare move, I’m going to pat myself on the back and I would encourage you to do the same. I’m sure you tackled this week as dang best you could and honestly? Your best is super great. Well. Done.
We’ve reached the middle of March and the start of spring and these days have me re-evaluating the goals I set at the beginning of the year. It’s also time for a little Spring refresh (that will probably focus my bathroom and in the garden) and time for a refocus on a few bigger works projects because day to day email can clog the big dream pipes, ya know? It’s all good, just time to look up and look around.
Would you believe that 7 years ago this little book came out? The Joy The Baker Cookbook. Wow it’s very cheap. I think maybe they stopped printing it.
The offering this week is below. Some heavy things, lots of talk about beans, and pie. As always, take what you need.
Enjoy this fine day!
• Ramsey Orta filmed the killing of Eric Garner. Here’s what happened: Fearing For His Life. (The Verge)
• Homecoming: Go Home To Your ‘Dying’ Hometown (NYT)
• What does it mean to be self-made? Consider Sarah Breedlove later known as Madam C.J. Walker, born in Louisiana two years after the end of slavery, the first free child born to her family. “For Madam C.J. Walker… being “self-made” meant even more than using her own resources—it meant creating a society in which black women had the power to create themselves, too.” In the Age of Kylie Jenner’s Fame, Madam C.J. Walker Reminds Us What Being Self-Made Truly Means. (The Glowup via Ann Friedman)
• I remember being a kid whining this phrase to my mom, “But MOOOOOM that’s not fair!!” Her response was cool and consistent: “Who said life was fair?” Does it matter where you go to college? (NPR)
• So you’re telling me the future is full of my favorite bean? I’m not mad at it. In the future everything will be made from chickpeas. (The Atlantic)
• Two of my very favorite chickpea things: Olive Oil Braised Chickpeas and Socca (a very simple bread made from chickpea flour). (Joy the Baker and The Kitchn)
• A Plea To Make Fiber Cool, but like… all of us are already down, right? (NYMag)
• The Most Popular Pie In Every State. It appears I get to choose between Crawfish Pie and Mud Pie and yes, I’ll take both. (Chowhound)
• In other pie news, my favorite pie making book is Sister Pie. (Penguin Random House)
• Get a dog – for your health! How Your Dog Knows When You’re Sick. (The Atlantic)
• One of my commitments this Lent is to NOT sleep with my phone right next to my bed. That means I need an alarm clock and I dunno… why not wake up to some daylight (even at 5:30am). I’m trying this light. (Amazon)
• One of my goals this year is to learn how to sew. How many sleeves am I going to futz up before I make anything remotely wearable. Many. Can you sew? Do you have any online recourses you can suggest?
• I’m trying very hard to stretch out a pair of vintage demin that I know will be absolutely perfect once I can breathe in them. All signs point to me wearing them in the bathtub. How To Stretch Tight Denim. (Eat Sleep Denim)
• Jam-making, pie, and vegan gumbo! We’ve got some great workshops coming up at the Bakehouse this spring! Here’s the list! (Eventbrite)
I’m so glad you’re here.
My love to you.
Amazing! Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.
Hooray for sewing! Start with square things, like pajama pants. You almost can’t screw them up. I also like Purl Soho and have this apron on my to-do list: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2015/11/20/cross-back-apron/
Get that light. I did and it has changed my life!
Yay for sewing! There are so many great resources on the web. I know Mimi G has Sew It Academy, which many people have found useful. I began by following a sew along on someone’s blog going through a book I had years ago. It helped me dive in. If it fits your style, I found Megan Nielsen’s pattern really easy for beginners. I also like the 1970’s edition of the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing as a reference. Having sewing as a creative practice has been life changing. I hope you enjoy it.
For sewing: http://www.madeeveryday.com. Dana Willard is the bomb. I learned how to sew by reading her blog and watching her videos. Truly the very best. Can’t recommend her enough.