Things I’m thankful for this week include:
- These moody New Orleans summer days with their fluffy humid clouds, pink sunsets, and still steamy summer evening river walks.
- Well earned yoga savasana on my own hardwood floors.
- The Christmas tree I’ve had lit every night for the past two weeks and the homemade egg nog I enjoyed next to it last night.
- The small crew of creative people who have come into my house the past two weeks to bring the next magazine and our Bakehouse workshops to life. I swing The Bakehouse doors open and it means so much to me that people bring their smiles and positive energy to our work together. We shot the cover of the holiday magazine this week. The image above is Jess the stylist and Phillip the photographer sweating it out with me.
- The monarch butterfly that rested on my finger for five minutes in the garden.
- A call with my mama.
- Fifteen minute runs. Short and sweet.
It’s also Father’s Day and I’d be remiss if I didn’t express my forever thankfulness to Clifford Lesly for setting my standards for men almost impossibly high. He makes the best enchiladas, the best cookies, the best biscuits, and he still makes fun of me for sometimes having a big gummy smile and it’s a great reminder to stay humble and laugh at yourself.
What’s on your short list of things you’re thankful for this week?
The offering this weekend is below. Take only what you need, it’s Sunday.
• I found this week’s long read after listening to this episode of the Dateline podcast. It’s a wild story of humanity, a sprinkle of mid life crisis and a whole lot of questionable decisions: The True Story Of A Married Woman Who Smuggled Her Boyfriend Out Of Prison In a Dog Crate. (Apple Podcast and The Atlantic)
• Re: The rich and famous on social media: Just Be Rich (Esquire)
• We’ve been reading articles like this for years, right? The perfect number of hours to work everyday? Five. How many hours a day do you work? Working for myself, I’d say I work a good 8 to 10 hours a day. How productive that time is is another story. (Wired)
• In trying to figure out to feed myself this week I found 6 Of My Favorite Summer Salads. (Joy the Baker)
• Our friends at The Kitchn explored 6 different methods for cooking pancakes and of course there’s a favorite. My vote is for the electric griddle. (The Kitchn)
• I love notes from my parents for their handwriting. Both are so distinct and so familiar. Here’s Dad’s handwriting from when he came to visit and left his chocolate chip cookie recipe for me. They also happen to be the best cookies in the world and that’s just fact. (Instagram and Joy the Baker)
• From here on out I’m saving my dollars and only buying clothes from Sezane. This beautiful cream top? Classic – I’m French now. (Sezane)
• Will and I are (fingers crossed, lol at plans) going on a motorcycle road trip later this summer and I think this Everlane overnight bag will keep the very few clothes I pack right and tight. (Everlane)
• This episode of Kitchen Unnecessary is just stunning. Let it serve as our inspiration to run with arms wide open into the outdoors: Fishing in Montana. (Kitchen Unnecessary)
Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!
My love to you. Take good care.
Joy, that red top is absolutely smoken’ hot! You look amazing. Much love x
Happy Sunday Joy! So glad that you’ve been enjoying the magazine production and the great people you are working with.
I need to check out the summer salads. I’m in the middle of making a pasta salad (taking a break while the pasta cools) and baby red Russian kale from my garden is making an appearance in it.
Love that top. Also, the jeans! Sézane has wonderful clothes.
Have a great week!
I hope you’re able to enjoy the pasta salad all week. Thanks for the kindness, Dottie! xo
Joy, I don’t even fly fish, but I love a good fire and cooking outdoors. I think fly fishing is something I have really missed out on. At 70, I wonder if it is too late?? Anyway, I would do most anything to hang with that wonderful guy. What a fellow. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.
It is not too late! Come to Montana and we’ll show ya how!
There seems to be so much kindness in him, right? And Marsha – I think it’s never too late!
Seeing my mother’s and grandmother’s handwritten recipes gives me great comfort and happy memories.
I don’t know Joy, I looked over the pix of the cute couple fishing in Montana and thought to myself, “Who wears lipstick while fly fishing??? Honestly, I was jealous of the need for jackets… I have always thought that fly fishing is just vertical medication, and there is a picture that shows it in action ( or, actually, no action). Still, mostly when I forage outdoors for food like fishing and crabbing whenever I do catch something, I release it and eat the Slim Jim I brought for dinner…
Lipstick and fly fishing go together just fine! And enjoy that Slim Jim – whatever suits you!
oh, eternally searching for a good enchilada sauce. will your father share?
His is actually simple – it’s canned enchilada sauce that he gussies up with a chicken stock roux to thicken it.
Thank you very much for that Sezane shout
I’m in the garment industry and still can’t find clothes I like. This is a find.
The dog crate story I heard a few month ago on PRX & was fascinated too!
Lastly, Opelousas has a quaint little cafe that serves up a “Pearl Harbor Salad” that
Should be in your summer salad list. If you have a moment visit them for all their wonderful ness -Back in Time
I hope you find yourself in Sezane soon – I think they’re so classy and the few pieces I have of theirs are top quality. Curious about this Pearl Harbor Salad – thank you!
Good Sunday morning, Joy! I hope you are doing well and not flooded by more rain, nor wilting with this heat.
I’m all about the Summer salads. I’m ready to dive into salad with watermelon! I’m also ready to be diving into a pool, and staying there for a good bit.
I’m so thankful that our girls, and their loves, are coming to visit this week. It makes my heart happy ?. Menu planning is on the list. You know what else is on the list? Getting rid of this aggravating poison ivy!! I will cover up, head to toe, next time. ?
Thank you for being here for us. I so enjoy my quiet Sunday morning with you.
I’m so thankful you’re here, Darla! Enjoy your time with your girls this week. That’s really so special! And yeesh be careful with that poison ivy! That’s one of my least favorite things.