Yesterday, T and I celebrated the six year anniversary of us dating. We transplanted all of the seedlings that have been taking over our kitchen for the last couple of months and spent the whole day working in the yard. He is still fascinating to me and I think that he is the most fun.
I’ve been researching recipes of all sorts because if all of the fruits and veggies that we’re planting actually take off…we’re going to be swimming in fresh produce. A few that I’m particularly excited for: this fig and prosciutto pizza (since we have a fig tree!), this Mediterranean recipe, and this recipe for chicken thighs in a creamy tomato sauce.
I’m also reading a lot about canning and how to do it properly and safely. I’m excited to be able to give away tomato sauces, jams, pickles, beans, salsas, etc. When I was growing up, my grandparents had a closet in the garage where they stored all of their canned foods. Everything looked so pretty in the jars, it seemed like every shelf was always full of corn, okra, tomatoes, beans, peas, green beans, squash, and so much more. Because Martha Stewart is just…a dream, I’ll use this article as a guide when I start canning.
I’ve been reading My Life in France by Julia Child, and it just solidifies my love for her. Click the photo at the very top or below for one of the many articles displaying photos that Julia’s husband took of her.
1. I've been flipping through my Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook and pulling all of the pies that I want to make. More on that to come later. ;)
2. These paints by H.K. Holbein are on my wishlist at the moment. I just started experimenting with gouache, and I'm loving how flexible it is. It's been quite some time since I picked up a paintbrush - but I'm getting back in and it feels goooood!
3. My friend Hope had her baby boy the other day and he is as beautiful as we all imagined he would be. Hope has the cutest nose, and face, actually. So, it wasn't surprising that her baby boy would be as gorgeous as she is. His name is Glenn, and I cannot wait to buy them all of the baby things that I want for myself - but have no need for yet. LIKE THIS SHARK SWADDLE.
4. My order from Thrive Market came in yesterday, and it could not have come at a better time. The night before, Trey and I drove around Birmingham for nearly two hours trying to find something amazingly delicious, satisfying, and also Paleo compliant to have for dinner. We found zip. SO! Thrive came in and saved the day, delivering my order filled with all sorts of ingredients that Paleo dinners usually call for, as well as snacks and treats to keep me feeling excited. A couple of my favorites: Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips and Sejoya Coco-Roons. Thanks for the recommending those Tortilla Chips, Caley. They save the day almost every day.
5. I've found that a huge part of doing these extremely restrictive diets is finding a support group. I know of three girls in Birmingham that have autoimmune diseases, and while I only know two of them personally, (looking at you, Caley and Dianne) they have been such a huge help to me! I don't have an autoimmune disease (that I know of), but I am very sensitive to certain foods, and I'm lucky to know people that will stand behind me while I push myself to do what is right for my body.
6. On that topic, I'm going to Disney World in two weeks! Paleo is pretty hard to maintain at Disney, but we will see how it goes. It's not always easy for me to pipe up and ask someone for something that they'll have to go out of their way to accommodate. So, we shall see. Things I'm most excited about eating, paleo or not: those massive turkey legs, macarons, and a crepe in Epcot's Paris.
7. I'm going to Florence for the day next week to help my mom with a kitchen renovation! I have vivid memories of helping her paint the kitchen the first time. It was right around the time that Uncle Kracker's song Follow Me came out (18 years ago?!), and the radio stations played it at least once every single hour. So, we spent the sunny summer days painting the kitchen and singing along to early 00's radio. I can't wait to go home even just for the day, to relive this with her!
8. I've been stuck on Lino Lago's pieces lately (one is featured above), and I think about them all the time. He uses oil on linen paintings, and they remind me of that sweet moment when you're baking brownies, and you swipe some brownie batter from the sides of the bowl for a taste, leaving that clean line of crystal clear glass. Satisfying.
9. I imagine Everlane's Day Glove to be everything I've ever wanted in a flat. I love everything about this brand, and can't wait to get my hands on some of these one day.
10. I'm genuinely wondering how creative introverts balance a 40 hour work week with their drive to create, while also having down time to recharge. If anyone has found the answer to this question, please enlighten me. Do I need to wake up at 5am? Do I need to buy a certain planner? What do I need to do, to be able to do everything that I want to do?