Hello and good Sunday from me, Tron, and our little Christmas tree.
We made our Christmas mini this year since trees have gotten more expensive and I want to stick to my holiday budgie. Mom made ornaments from Hello Bargello, paired with a few handmade ornaments I made last year, and a few peacock feathers from Houston. Sweet, right? It’s small but mighty this year, and we love it.
I’ve got my eye on the prize this week and the prize is the week between Christmas and New Years – my week off work with a little end of year camping trip. What are you looking forward to this strange strange holiday season? Sincere question, I’d love to hear!
If you’re looking forward to just making it through this year; that sounds about right.
I hope this finds you with a few moments to yourself this morning. Take it all slow. The offering this week is below. I hope you find something you need. If not, I’m glad you popped in all the same.
• Through the fire. 2020 The Year In Pictures (New York Times)
• Jose Andres was the example even before the pandemic: What the pandemic can teach us about treating hunger. (The Washington Post)
• Does your community have community fridges? I like to quick organize them as much as I like to stock them. (Instagram)
• The year of Our Shared Unsharing. I mean… we’re not super well rn. Just do what feels right to you and stand by it. Ya know? (The Cut)
• But at least Mt Everest grew. (NBC News)
• I’m starting this true-crime podcast this weekend: Tom Brown’s Body. Thanks for the recommendation, Suzonne! (Texas Monthly)
• I want to make a special date-night dinner this week. The sort of dinner I’ll put on a dress for, even though I’m just saying home. Time for Steakhouse Dinner at home! I’m leaning towards short ribs and mashed potatoes but I might land on cast iron steaks and twice baked potatoes. (Epicurious)
• This festive dessert stopped me in my tracks. It looks like a labor of love, I’d claim two slices for myself: Eton Mess-Topped Cranberry Curd Tart with Candied Kumquats
• My brain didn’t want to do much reading this year but I’m glad it held space for Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger by Lisa Donovan. If you haven’t read it, it’s recommended. (Bookshop.org)
• The most popular recipe on joythebaker this week is Confetti Holiday Shortbread Cookies. (Joy the Baker)
• We’re wrapping up our year of unexpected online baking courses at The Bakehouse. Yesterday I taught 100 people how to make a Yule Log Cake – ambitious but we sure did it. On December 23rd we’re making cinnamon rolls as a virtual group. Each class has playlist and here’s this season’s list: JtB’s Christmas Playlist 2020. (Spotify)
• We have a few Bakehouse Live classes coming up this winter before we start in-person classes. Come have a puff pastry weekend with us in the new year! (Eventbrite)
• A watch that teaches us the lesson that age flaws and imperfections make things more valuable. Bring on the wrinkles (just kidding, don’t like, come rushing in. Take your time.)! The 1985 Rolex GMT-Master Tiffany Dial explained… thoroughly. (YouTube)
Have a lovely Sunday, friends.
Thanks for being here!
My love to you.