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Let It Be Sunday, 289!

Hello friends! Another week and let’s take a slow breath about it. Are you ok? I think the better question is, how are you, really? So much is on fire and tinted in red. There’s snow. There’s riots. There’s everything that this year is.  And yet, Tron is sleeping in the basket that is too small for him and people are still falling in love and butterflies...

Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread Dumplings

Hello friends!  We’re a few days past Labor Day and that means we’re instantly ready for stews and sweaters and pumpkin with our spice.  I get it. We’re ready for any kind of familiar change that will liven up and steady this heck of a year. I don’t really mind a few more weeks  in my white dress and a few more steamy walks down to the river but heck...

Let It Be Sunday, 288!

Hello friends, good morning!  I’m taking a little break from our weekly reads today. My internet is down.  The support technician man was condescending to me for a solid 40 minutes on the phone trying to fix it this week. My generous self imagines a world where he has to tell people how to unplug and plug in very basic things all day long and that’s...

The Late Summer Gluten Free Plum Galette

I made us a quick little something for the weekend.  It’s a gluten-free summer fruit galette that I ate steadily for two days straight.   Truth be told, my cooking in these late days of summer has been slow and plodding.  I mean… it’s August in New Orleans. Of course it’s slow and plodding. We’ve been carrying around this humidity blanket for months...

Let It Be Sunday, 287!

Hello friend! It’s another Sunday to melt into.  It was with extreme caution that I flew home to Los Angeles to see my family this week. It had been one pandemic, one quarantine, countless Facetimes, one sick cat, and two dodging of hurricanes since I had seem my family so… it was time. Dad is making cookies and mom and I are crafting the same Hello...

CAMP JOY Episode 6: Po’ Boys and Goodbyes

Friends – this is it! This is our last day of CAMP JOY!  What does the last day of camp mean to you?  For me it’s singing John Denver around the campfire, quietly crying at the thought of how much I’m going to miss my new best friends.  As I write this, Hurricane Laura is making it’s way to southwestern Louisiana and east Texas and that thought alone...

Everybody’s After School Cookies

Friends, hello.  I’ve been thinking about you so much as you send your babies off to their tiny desks in the den for school this fall.  Literally, how do you do it? Our girl Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere sprayed glitter in her daughter’s hair as they prepped for the first day of school, at home. My friend Toby (hey bb!) has the sweetest desk for her...

Let It Be Sunday, 286

Hello friends.  It’s Sunday, how we doin’?  It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon as I write this. I’m drinking peppermint tea on the couch, trying to sort in my mind whether or not I have everything I need sorted for two possible hurricanes next week.  Water, red beans, house deed, a full tank of gas. Mostly I’m stealing myself for power outages and the...

A Summer Tomato Galette

Last weekend I took the long way to breakfast.  I was committed to having a slow Saturday morning which meant one too many cups of coffee, taking a few aimless laps around my house, and discovering a languishing tomato hiding among the oranges in the fruit bowl.  What to do with one fine tomato?  Commit to a galette. Once I was locked in I happened...

CAMP JOY Episode 5: Not Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

Hello sweet friends and welcome to another fine day at CAMP JOY!   It’s Day 5 at camp and we’re packing our bags and going…. exactly nowhere.  Nope. We’re staying put.  We’re not calling an Uber to the airport. We’re not leaving on a jet plane.   Today at camp is all about connecting with the people we love and miss the best way we can this year. ...

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