One way or another, I have wound up sick the past three summers but this year I thought I was discretely tiptoeing past the dreaded summer flu. Not so. My throat is sore, my entire body aches, and, somewhat unbelievably, I have zero appetite.Read More
Let's talk for a moment. Some days I discover my favorite recipes by pulling out my scribbled notebook where I've darted down several dozen ideas, selecting one, refining it, and then going to the store in the early hours of the morning. I nod with respect to the dozens of young moms in workout clothes, but with my baguette in one arm and a bouquet of flowers in the other, we both know I'm having more fun.Read More
Okay, first things first. I neeeeed to know what that flower is!! Yes, the cream one, with the perfectly frilled petals. Botanical experts, come to my rescue!
I am quickly slipping into fall mode. Though I have been out of school for several years now, I still feel myself gearing up for the new season as if I were broaching a more stringent way of life, and in many ways, I think we are. As a beloved novelist once quipped, “life starts all over again in the fall.” Student or not, we have our planners in hand, sharpies color-coordinated, and there is an alluring compulsion to deface that lovely untouched book of lined paper by taking notes on...something. Many of you have already stopped reading and others are feeling nauseous, and to be fair, we are still a far ways off, but I know there are a few kindred hearts out there that are getting goosebumps right now. The summer has been a glorious interlude, but I am secretly excited to vanish into the realm of structure and long, productive work days once again. The fall allows us a deeper motivation for creative and hard work, at least in my experience. I have worked hard this summer, no mistake, but my work has taken a more relaxed vibe than it will once the trees begin to turn.
Also, as soon as the whether cools enough to legitimize a cardigan this biscotti is happening.
With all these thoughts of structure bouncing around in my head, I stumbled upon this article and I think there are more than a few bits of genius to be found. I especially loved the idea of giving each day a theme. I think it is something I do somewhat subconsciously already, but I would like to approach the concept with more intentionality in the next few weeks.
I also loved this little excerpt. "Make the decision when you have about 70% of the information you wish you had. “If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow." LOVE THIS! I am a horrible decision maker due to the fact that I always feel the need to be completely informed. This reminder is going on a post-it note in my workspace.
Oh! Oh! Oh! Did you see the finale of Great British Baking Show?! I was so very pleased with the results.
I am getting all kinds of sweet, sappy nostalgic vibes right now as the events of last year float to the surface of my mind. It's cliche, but it really does feel like just moments ago that I was knee-deep in wedding planning. I stumbled upon this post that is just over one year old now. I am sure this reminiscing will only swell as Mr. Pedantic and I attend one of my dearest friend's wedding tomorrow.
Months ago I would have been saddened by the loss of all that pressure, excitement, and anticipation, but now, as I sit in my own little home, entrenched in our own little routine, I could not be more content. Well, I could do without the bugs that seem to be assaulting our humble little manor, but that seems a small matter when the fragrance of tea hangs in the air and Mr. Pedantic's humming is heard in the background.
Someone please tell me what is wrong with me. I hate black licorice, but for some reason I am itching to tackle this recipe.
I saw a pair of velvet sneakers at Target the other day and I am 99.9% sure that they would only last about 2 1/2 wears but I have to have them.
Happy, happy Friday!