Happy Sunday! Happy Mother’s Day!
It’s been a week. It feels like some folks are diving back into normal socializing, normal life, and I feel distinctly not ready. In the same way that we all talked about how to work from home, how to socialize from home, how to cope at home… we’re also going to need to talk about how to merge back together because it doesn’t feel like the same world. And murder hornets? Are you kidding me!?
Let’s decide to make today sweet even in the smallest ways. An extra splash of cream in our coffee. A long stare at our neighbors flower patch. Let’s find the deepest breath we’ve taken all week.
If you’re a mama – wow today’s your day for that weird but sweet breakfast in bed thing little kids do. I hope your day is free of dishes and dishwashers. Wouldn’t that be a small miracle these days? You all have my love and admiration always but especially these days.
The offering this week is below. Please take only what you need:
• This will be very difficult: Ahmaud Arbery Should Still Be Alive. (Rolling Stone)
• This is incredible: This Is Your Brain on Motherhood. (The New York Times)
• I listening to Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us podcast this week about apologizing while waiting in line and shopping at Trader Joe’s and I was SO DEEP into this conversation that I’m pretty sure I was talking aloud at the podcast but in public which… I guess is my new pandemic activity. (Brene Brown)
• I’ve also been FULLY immersed in the You’re Wrong About Podcast episodes about the OJ Simpson Trial. I was 13 years old, growing up in Los Angeles when these murders and this insane media circus took place. This podcast’s take and attention to detail and storytelling is FOOD. (Apple Podcast)
• My dear friend Cara Nicoletti is revolutionizing the sausage industry with Seemore Sausage. I’ve seen how hard she’s worked over the last two years to bring her vision to life. Her sausages are innovative and DELICIOUS and Cara is the kind of person who can keep all your secrets because she keeps all of mine. Not that I have any. How the sausage gets made: This butcher wants people to eat less meat. (Today)
• If you’re wondering why there have been far fewer @drakeoncake posts please take in these words that have articulated what I haven’t been able to put my finger on: Outgrowing Drake Is The Generation Gap We Didn’t Predict. (Medium)
• Alison Roman ran her mouth and it wasn’t great, it was actually quite uncalled for. Here’s the thing:
people always reveal themselves. It’s our job to pay attention. (The New Consumer)
• Absolutely went down a Gua Sha Facial rabbit hole on YouTube this week and I’m happy to report I have a new passion project – my face. (YouTube)
• One of the sweetest and most authentic people on Instagram is Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. She’s and old friend from long ago and I just admire her business growth, motherhood, transparency and genuine sweetness. (Instagram)
• This month I’ve partnered with organic sweetener company Wholesome Sweeteners. To help us with all of our quarantine baking, Wholesome is offering Sweet Relief Baking Packs, which include organic cane sugar, organic light brown sugar, organic powdered confectioners sugar, and organic raw unfiltered honey – all the sweets we need. What I love most is that proceeds go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, as I’ve been a big supporter of Feeding America Second Harvest Food Bank here in New Orleans for years. Consider purchasing a Sweet Relief Baking Pack for yourself or send one off to a long distance baking friend. It really is a sweet win/win.
• This week I re-introduced myself to my Small Batch Granola recipe for the sole purpose of putting it on ice cream and that’s that. (Joy the Baker)
Happy Mother’s Day!
All my love to you.