This week I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to fill a house.
When I first moved into my Bywater house, six years ago now – I marveled at the fact that I was one person sleeping in a house with TWO beds (baby’s first guest room and I’m baby). I splurged on having the closets organized with shelves and rods and thought – I’ll never fill these up. How could I ever?
Last week, Samantha Irby, in her essential newsletter, lamented over all of the versions of herself she encountered as she packed her house to move. I thought immediately of my guest bedroom closet and all the versions of myself that exist in that closet. The version of myself that makes pizelles during the holidays. The version who makes clay earrings. The version of myself who is going to wear my mom’s wedding dress? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Follow up question, ARE THEY ME? The answer is yes.
In other news, I have a birthday coming up this Wednesday. 41 feels like the appropriate age to turn mid-week, ya know? And speaking of closets – the year after a milestone birthday carries the same vibe as being in the middle of cleaning out a closet. It’s like… welp, here we – me and all the versions of myself spilling out in little piles to lament and admire. What I do know is, the 40’s feel great! I dress for comfort AND I’m sexy because I know so. I’m also starting to get those deep set neck wrinkles, giving a preview of what I’ll look like if I’m lucky enough to get old.
Here’s some Sunday things for you. As always, take only what you need:
• I have felt like the roots of the Buffalo massacre run deeper than most media outlets acknowledge. What The Media Is Missing About the Buffalo Shooting, is a condensed interview with Wesley Lowery from this episode of the podcast, What Next. It helps keep this senseless violence in perspective. The past is the present, slightly different but relentless. (Slate, Twitter)
• “To be alive in this nation…” – Adrienne Oliver (Instagram)
• Around the Wilson family table circa 1989 it was Tofu Potato Bake (extra ketchup) and Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper (extra cheese, please) and honestly, I’d still eat a giant plate of both. Here’s A Belated Appreciation of My 80’s Mom’s Cooking (Hello Gloria)
• Speaking of hamburger helper, here’s a Timothy has a vegan version that SLAPS. (Mississippi Vegan)
• In another life, I would have been an air traffic controller. (I know, how weird is that?) This story, and it’s happy ending, thrill me Miracle In The Air and reminds me of this Dateline episode about a a young girl learning to fly. (Medium, Apple Podcasts)
• A show of hands from all of us who were influenced by Kim to buy a fanny pack in last week’s post. I feel like I’m seeing a lot of hands.
• Our friend Toby on The Hard Work of Making New Friends. It took me three years to settle into new friendships in New Orleans – that’s a long time! (Hello Gloria)
• Early summer is also known as Pasta Salad Season so please accept this sandwich-inspired offering: Muffuletta Pasta Salad (Joy the Baker)
• This week in Ladyland, a day in the life or Parnassus book buyer and author Lindsay Lynch. (LadyLand)
• Hey SAN FRANCISCO! I’ll be at the grand opening of the new, beautiful Williams Sonoma in Corte Madre doing a cooking demo on Saturday June 11th! I’d love to see you! Tickets are free or you can purchase one of my new cake mixes! (Williams Sonoma)
• Hey SEATTLE! I’ll be in your neighborhood this June! I’ll be making cake at Williams Sonoma on Sunday June 12th – it’s free or you can buy one of my new Mocha Coffee Cake Mixes! I’ll also be back at Book Larder on Tuesday June 14th making fried blueberry pies from the new issue of Joy the Baker Magazine! I’d LOVE to see you! (Williams Sonoma, Book Larder)
• I’ve just discovered a sudden and intense passion for micro batch baking. Here’s my latest recipe for two, and just two Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. I’m leaning into what I call Little Treat Lifestyle. (Instagram)
• Last thing, friends! I really want to know what you’re into. I love this space we’ve built together and I’d love to hear from you. Please email any article links, book suggestions, and podcast / album recommendations to me at joy[at]joythebaker.com and our next Sunday post together will be a compilation of all our favorites! Thank you thank you thank you!
Have the most lovely Sunday!
Let’s here it for small batch everything (except brownies). I haven’t need to cook for more than 2 fora long time.
Happy, happy Birthday, Joy!
Reading ‘Let it be Sunday’ is one of my most favorite things!. Thank you for being there for all of us, and special thanks for ‘The Spiral’ – incredible fun!
Happiest of birthday wishes to you, Joy! I want to thank you for generous ways you share your truth with the world. The bitter is always followed by so much sweet love for life itself. The Wesley Lowrey interview was so painful and so necessary…but then you always show us how to live anyway and to be better versions of ourselves for one another.
Happy Birthday Joy! I turned 45 last week and I’m still settling into it. Feels odd but I’m coming around to it.
Right now I’m loving refrigerator salads (anything that lasts a few days and doesn’t wilt) and pasta salads. It’s not too warm in Chicago yet, but I’m pretending it is!
Happy 41st Joy!
I miss my 40’s. I wish I had enjoyed them more when I was experiencing them.
Enjoy every moment of yours…no regrets!
I love the “little recipies”. I often redo recipes to make smaller batches…especially cookies. I often want to try a new recipe but don’t want to end up with 3 dozen cookies. Eighteen are more manageble to find good homes for.
One recipe I NEVER re-work is your chocolate sprinkle receipe. That is one of my most favorite and it perfectly produces 18 when I use my smaller scoop.I will be making a couple of batches for an upcoming HS graduation party for my godchild. She requested them with school color sprinkles.
Happy birthday Joy! 41 will be amazing. Thanks you for the fabulous suggestions and recipes.
Happy birthday beautiful!
I love, love, love the micro batch recipes! Made the chocolate chip cookies just last night. As a single person who maybe shouldn’t have a full batch amount of anything in my possession, these are so perfect because I get to indulge my love of baking (and love of eating) with no waste or guilt for over-serving myself. Please offer more of this magic alchemy!
Happy Birthday! Love your recipes, they always taste great, best of all, they are easy to make. I also have my mothers wedding dress from 1950, and marvel how small she was at 38.
One of my fav podcasts lately is from Fueled by Molly Kimbell who started Eat Fit through Oschner, Jan 13 on Bio identical hormone replacement therapy. I choose to go through menopause these past 7 years without replacement hormones, fearing cancer. This podcast educated me and gave me the information my doctor failed to inform me to help me try replacement therapy. I am just finishing my 3rd month and while I feel better, there are still adjustments to be done. So I am looking forward to the next 3 months and hoping the adjustments do the trick and hit the sweet spot of where I need to be with replacements.
I have received so many good recommendations from your Sunday offering as well as lots and lots of delicious recipes. I look forward to reading what you, or your guests, have found for us every Sunday over coffee.
When I am not doing that, I can usually be found listening to a zillion podcasts while I go about my day. I just very recently found Victoria Albina’s Podcast and related website and IG. I have been listening from the beginning as well as picking choosing from the back catalogue. She has a very pleasing voice that lends comfort with just a press of play. Here is the description of the podcast:
“ The Feminist Wellness podcast offers empowering holistic medicine, psychology and life coaching advice for smart women who believe they can live powerful, fulfilling lives with more self-worth, self-love, and true self-care. Equal parts nervous system science and witchy woo, Victoria brings it all together to help you see how your socialization, conditioning, and family blueprint are keeping you feeling stuck in life. If you’re ready to shake the codependent, perfectionist, and people-pleasing thoughts that keep you searching for external validation, putting yourself last and everyone else’s needs and opinions of you first, this is the show for you.”
Happiest of birthdays to you Joy! Hope you have all of your favorite foods and loved ones to help you celebrate. My big sister’s birthday is the 29th and I do believe Muffaletta Pasta Salad will be on the menu. Thanks for the inspiration!
Happy Birthday this week! I imagine wrinkles will look great in you! Your mother is beautiful, and looks great! You will take after her.
Book recommendation: “Book Lovers” by Emily Henry, a fast fun read.
We are loving herb gardening here!
Beth, I’m creeping in to co-sign Book Lovers. I’m listening on Libro.fm and I loooooove it. I only have about an hour left, but it’s been such a great book.
Happy birthday to a fellow Gemini. Have fun!
Happy Sunday! I loved that you posted a very small batch of the lemon poppy seed muffins. I hope you will do more recipes like this (scones?) Thank you.
Oh your mother’s wedding dress. How wonderful. So happy for you.
Happy Birthday! Love your blog and cook books.
Enjoy your birthday. Don’t give those wrinkles another thought. Keep busy and you’ll never see them. ??
Did I miss an engagement announcement? “will wear mom’s wedding dress”?!