How was your weekend? Mine was overall, pretty nice. We had a family emergency with my parents’ dog. I almost wrote puppy but she’s five years old. Anyway, she had an intestinal blockage and needed last minute surgery which was really scary and we were all pretty upset! But she made it through and is on the mend now. I’m so thankful – my heart broke thinking of her being so scared and alone by herself in surgery. It’s going to be a long road ahead but she will be okay!
I made a real effort to not be on my phone too much this weekend and to just chill out a little bit. I needed to sit and read and be outside and just be still and step away from the computer/phone… really just Instagram. It gets to be a lot, sometimes, and I struggle with taking breaks. I read a lot. A lot a lot. I finished Patsy (a masterpiece, can’t recommend it enough), tore through On the Island in under 24 hours (not a masterpiece and not even very good but it was light and fun?), and started Nickel Boys (an important book – and it won the Pulitzer in 2020 so yeah, go read it!).
This Week’s Good Things 6.15.20
I took pleasure in the little things. I bought fresh flowers and I met my friend’s new puppy. And I had a visit from my niece (and my sister and brother-in-law and that was nice too but really, it’s all about Zoe!). I went to the market and bought bigger pots to transplant the rest of my tomato plants (this has been a slow process as I can only carry so many pots at a time) AND I bought some sunflower plants and some more lavender and a little cilantro plant.
The tomato plants are growing taller every day and they all have tiny little mini tomato buds starting to grow and that makes me so happy. I cannot wait to eat them in a month or two! If you had told me that this would be the summer I got really into gardening, I would definitely have laughed at you. But here we are and I have to say, I love it! Anyway, here’s this week’s list of good things… just some things I loved and think you will too.
Dorcas Magbadelo // @dorcascreates
I can’t even remember what led me to Dorcas’ work (it was some sort of an Instagram rabbithole; we all know how that goes!) but all I know is when I found her page, I was very glad I did. I love her bright, graphic work and she has all sorts of amazing products from earrings to cute notecards and beyond! She sells her work on Society 6 AND Etsy. I personally love this notebook! See more at her website, right this way.
The Best Cookies I’ve Ever Made. Ever.
If you are a cookies & cream enthusiast (oreos are a favorite ingredient for me, especially in milkshakes!) then you are going to LOVE these cookies from Joy the Baker. Oh my god, they are insanely good… like unbelievably good!!! What makes them so good? They have cream cheese in them… and most notably, crushed up OREOS. Beyond delicious. Cannot recommend them enough. I will say that I could not find milk powder so skipped that and was fine! Maybe just add a little extra cream cheese… that’s what I did. They take a little more work than your usual cookie but trust me… it’s worth it.
Beautiful pre-made cocktails!
This was another Claire and Erica find! (If you aren’t already subscribed to their amazing newsletter, what are you even doing!?) Straightaway Cocktails makes gorgeous pre-made cocktails that sound delicious and will also look absolutely fantastic on your bar cart. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet but am seriously considering the Negroni; the main reason being (besides sheer lazy) that I buy Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth ONLY for Negronis… I’ve said it before while quoting Anthony Bourdain but the Negroni (one of my all time fav cocktails) is a funny one as independently I don’t like any of the ingredients, but together they are magic.
The best sweatshirt
Becca ordered us these customizable tie-dye sweatshirts (you can have them say anything!) and I love mine so much. They do take a little while to come (ours took a few weeks!) but I love that they aren’t very expensive, and that we’re supporting a small business. They’re pretty true to size but I recommend going up a size or two (I got a large) for an oversized fit and a dropped shoulder.
This is such a random one but my friend Alex gave me the French Vanilla nutpods and it is so good! I generally try not to eat too much dairy (not allergic or anything I just feel better when I skip it but have a MAJOR cheese weakness!!!!) so drink my coffee black. And most creamers are sweet which I hate. These are divine! They make your coffee taste so rich and decadent with a little flavor but no sweetness. I love them and am excited to try a few other flavors… going to order the variety pack!
A space-saving shelf!
This magnetic shelf is SUCH a game changer for my kitchen space. Besides being stylish and minimalist, it sticks to the fridge to hold all your kitchen essentials… freeing up so much counter space while keeping the things you need close by. It was definitely the best thing I’ve bought on Amazon in a while. Cannot recommend it enough.
How are you doing? Tell me what you loved this week!