Hello friends and happy Sunday!
This weekend I found myself at Trader Joe’s doing what I usually do: finding a corner in the less crowded wine section to park my cart, roaming the aisles, filling my arms, and taking them back to said strategically placed cart. It’s a fetch-and-gather approach that I just invented a name for right now. While I’m on these fetch and gather missions I can’t help but be curious (ok, sometimes nosy) about what other people put in their carts. I take a quick visual sweep of the contents of every cart I pass and quickly imagine how many kids they have, how old they might be, and what special occasion they might be shopping for. It’s a whole grand life I put together in the freezer aisle.
What I’ve noticed this weekend is:
a) Everyone bought the fresh evergreen wreath – literally everyone, myself included.
b) We’re back to shopping for parties. We’re getting together. We’re celebrating. We’re baking. We’re buying all of bags of chocolate chunks and hoping the back room has more for restocking. It’s – exciting. There’s a hum in the air and it’s not just the holiday music.
c) We all buy snacks to eat in the car after shopping and Truffle Potato Chips seem to be the best and most popular option.
As I gathered articles for this week’s Sunday offering I realized that this week has had some serious weight to it though I hadn’t really felt the weight until… well, right about now. These are the four children who died in a school shooting that seemed preventable. And, it’s already difficult and expensive to be a human with a uterus but now the choices we make about what happens inside of our very own bodies is being bandied about in what feels like legislative theater and well… it makes me feel pretty enraged and I think the other emotion I feel is fear, if I’m being honest. (CBS, The Atlantic)
The offering this week is below. I hope there’s some goodness here you didn’t know you needed:
• I have felt this but have not been able to put my finger on it for years now: The escalating costs of being single in America “Single people should, in theory, be the purest embodiment of American values of self-sufficiency and individualism. That they’re not speaks to the fact that we don’t venerate the individual — we venerate the individual family.” (Vox)
• I knew in the back of my brain that Stephen Sondheim passed away but and I didn’t really understand his legacy until I listened to this The Daily podcast this morning. I was absolutely crying by the end. (Apple Podcasts)
• The Kitchn with the best way to clean sheet pans. Tucking this in my back pocket.
• A tiled, wood-burning fireplace and these gorgeous blues as holiday decors. There’s so much inspiration in this image from @colourfulhomevibe. (Instagram)
• I’ve had cheesecake on the brain for the past few week and this Triple Chocolate Baked Cheesecake (GAH!) looks incredible! I think I’m going to line my springform pans with parchment paper (Basque style) from here on. I like the security and lines it creates. (GatherandFeast)
• Caroline Schiff is on my list of people I would LOVE to bake with one day. Here’s her beauty routine on Cup of Jo (I don’t know about you but I love a beauty routine) and her first book The Sweet Side of Sourdough is available now! Mine is on order and I can’t wait to bake from it! (Instagram, Cup of Jo, Amazon)
• I love this clever and cute Flour Child sweatshirt. I have a bad habit of gifting for myself as much as gifting for others this time of year. Llife is short so, no regrets. (Overseasoned)
• A gift guide of excellent stocking stuffers has me feeling like I want to gift stockings filled with sweet little gifts this year. Woop! I think I’ve landed on a theme, friends! (OhSoGifted)
• I have no turkey leftover from Thanksgiving but it seems worthwhile to buy a turkey breast for this Turkey Soup with Sweet Potato Dumplings. (ButterBeReady)
• A few weeks ago I had a lovely chat with Brad Cramer of Foodsided.com about being a food person.
• A thing you never knew you really needed: 2022 Seemore Sausage Calendar. (EatSeemore)
• Vintage photos of legends: Venus and Serena. (Kottke.org)
My love to you today! Enjoy this day.