Hi friends, good morning!
How are you? Feeling good? Feeling strong? It’s ok if you’re not. It’s ok if things feels a little blurry. Sunday, afterall. A day to eat crackers in bed if you want to.
This week I’ve been holding on to small victories: a few good laps in the pool, my fastest two mile running time, two good hair days, a handful of neighborly kindnesses, and time spent listening to true crime podcasts in the garden. Truth be told, I think I’m mostly watering dead sticks out back but I’m nothing if not hopeful.
Yesterday I taught 85 people how to make the Doberge Cake pictured above. Half banana cream, half toasted coconut. Two of the best cream pies into one sweet cake. Glorious, really.
I hope you have some glory in your week too – no matter how tiny. It all counts. The offering this week is below. Take what you need. I make this for you and for me.
• I’m going to leave my favorite read of the week here at the top of the list for you: My Friend Donated Her Liver To My Husband. I would absolutely do this, too. Sarah Kate is inspiring in ways. (Newsweek)
• How to survive a health care system that wasn’t designed for you by Dr Destiny Birdsong. An excellent read on the recommendation of my friend Kim. (Catapult, Destinybirdsong.com Instagram,)
• I’ll leave this raw truth and vulnerability here for you: Becoming a Parent During the Pandemic Was the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done. (The Atlantic)
• This past year has shown us so many different forms of human loneliness. We need each other much more than we knew. Surviving a Year Without Touch. (Medium)
• Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami was ten years ago last week and this piece is so surreal and unfathomable and poetically written that it really has stuck with me: The Man Who Sailed His House. (GQ)
• “The question is never just a question.” The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Megan and Harry”. (The New Yorker)
• My friend Toby’s list of 25 Things To Make Your Kids Smile Today is very sweet and honestly I think most of them would make anyone smile so I might start carrying Fruit Roll Ups in my purse (Whats Up Moms)
• Catch me this spring in this Cotton Merino Polo. (Everlane)
• Even if I don’t fully understand the nuance, I like to hear people talk about The Details of what they love. (YouTube)
• I bet I have a Sunday post from a year ago mentioning my desire to make Anzac Biscuits. Welp, still haven’t made them and the desire still going strong. (Cloudy Kitchen)
• When I worked at The Cheesecake Factory (yep), Chicken Marsala was my favorite thing to order if I had a free meal ticket. (Saveur)
• Here’s an old recipe inspired by my friend Ashley English and her husband Glenn. They make some of my favorite food in their little North Carolina cove: Pistachio Crusted Asparagus with Feta. I crave these greens every spring. (Joy the Baker)
• Jon made Everything Bagel Mini Soda Breads. They look like festive biscuits! (The Candid Appetite)
• I treated myself to this Wild Mix Jersey Dress this month. It’s as comfortable as wearing a t-shirt. It’s good. (FarmRio)
• This week marks a full year since our last in-person class at The Bakehouse. I have to say, I miss you so much. Thank you to each one of who you has taken a class at The Bakehouse virtually. It’s been incredible to connect with you in your own kitchen! Really, thank you for welcoming me in. I hope we’ll be able to offer in person AND more virtual classes soon. Coming up next, a virtual Strawberry Pie Class on April 10th! (Eventbrite)
• Time for breakfast? Savory French Toast. (Joy the Baker)
Have a beautiful spring Sunday, friends.
My love to you.