Hello friends, happy Sunday!
This week I’ve felt very grateful. Grateful that my parents are able to celebrate my birthday with me in Houston in a few weeks. Grateful for work opportunities that keep me super busy (I’m working on another Joy the Baker Holiday Magazine!). Grateful for a backyard to pitz around in this beautiful spring! Just… feeling up to my neck in life stuff but thankful for all of it.
I taught my second in-person, fully vaxxed Bakehouse class this week. Six of us gathered around the kitchen island to make strawberry blueberry pies and it was such a delight. As I set up for the class Saturday morning I felt like, wow – these classes are the best part of my job. I so treasure getting to teach the folks that come through the Bakehouse doors. Also – there’s a whole pie in the fridge and that feels sweet too.
How are you this week? I hope the sun is shining in your heart.
The offering this week is below. I’m forgoing some of the newsy news things and leaning into things that feel good today. Take what you might need.
• Why We Speak More Weirdly At Home. The idea of a famlicet, a dialect amongst people close to one another. Whenever someone in my family says “what?” or “huh?” because they didn’t hear part of the conversation we say “he thinks he knows ya” which is a punchline of a joke that none of us actually remember anymore. (The Atlantic)
• I love love. When Did You Know It Was Love? I hope this has you thinking about your own love story. I met Will at a Halloween party and as soon as he walked in the room I thought, well…. there he is! Maybe it wasn’t love exactly but I knew in my guts it was something big and true. (Cup of Jo)
• “The seductive promise of Married at First Sight is that you can bypass the barbarism of dating, find your perfect match, and emerge in love and battle tested in just eight weeks.” Why Am I Watching Married At First Sight Instead Of Planning My Wedding?. (Harpar’s Bazaar)
• I spent Saturday morning listening to the latest Ladyland with Betsy Phillips (highly recommend after you finish these reads) and promptly went to read Betsy’s article about the slaves owned by the city of Nashville in the 1800’s: Remembering the ‘slaves of the Corporation’ – the people the city of Nashville bought and owned. (Ladyland.show and Nashville Scene)
• How Exercise May Help Us Flourish and yes, I’m absolutely trying to flourish though some days I’m more motivated to flourish than others. (New York Times)
• I’m very interested in this five ingredient Mississippi Pot Roast. (The Kitchn)
• I went down a rabbit hole looking for a bathing suit this week. I asked you on Instagram where we were buying our bathing suits for this summer and you said SummerSalt, Wild Isles, and a resounding Aerie (which is an offshoot of American Eagle, huh who knew!?). I chose a cozy looking ribbed black two piece and this Dottie Tie Bikini Top in ruby.
• This week I’m testing a recipe for overnight Japanese Milk Rolls for our future Thanksgiving table. (King Arthur Flour)
• I pre-ordered Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking. Clap clap! (Amazon)
• A few months ago I went on a late-night skincare buying rampage (that’s really the only word for it). I’ve come to the end of most of those bottles now and here’s what I’m actually reordering: Paula’s Choice Smoothing Primer with SPF 30 (It really does smooth and sink into the skin nicely. I also love that it has an spf boost). Paula’s Choice Niacinamide (which has really helped to smooth the orange peel texture on my cheeks and nose). Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask (it really does brighten my skin tone – it’s a secret glowy weapon). As you can see, I’m a FAN of Paula’s Choice. Reasonably priced and results! (Paula’s Choice)
• I’m teaching a little zoom baking class with Williams Sonoma on Tuesday. Think of it as an early birthday celebration. I’d love to have you there! (Williams Sonoma)
Have a wonderful Sunday friends!
I hope you find and feel lots of love.