Hello hello and happy Friday!
The whole world has set the pause button on life as we knew it. It’s certainly not the same.
We’re all doing our best to sustain some semblance of routine in the memory of normalcy. Home schooling, binge watching, worrying, endlessly scrolling through our phones, more worrying, walking the dogs, trying to stay positive, watching the cats, working, zooming, wistfully wishing for a cut and color, and cooking. Lots and lots of cooking.
Our lives are still happening. And thankfully, there are many who are outdoing and outshining the rest of us with their commitment to keeping us safe and healthy while people like me hole up in the humdrum of the days.
I miss a lot of things and our old routine. But I have to remind myself that being flexible is the only way to be now.
So when I can’t find Italian sausage, I flavor ground turkey with fennel and crushed red pepper instead.
When I can’t go out to lunch with my mom and dad, I wave from the driveway when I deliver them meals instead. (like these stuffed peppers in the photo above.)
When I can’t bear to see another record breaking statistic ignored, I turn off the TV.
And when she doesn’t want to wake up to do school, I chill-the-mothering-out because she HAS ALL DAY to do it. Then I sit back and smile at the giggling and laughing and screaming like the teenager she is as she Facetimes with her friends.
For better and for worse, that’s life these days. I’m just thankful my family and I are healthfully living it.
And, if I forget to remember it’s not all bad, I’m looking at this list of 100 things to be grateful for right now.
But enough of all that, let’s get to why you’re here, and dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
So good! Banksy’s latest work of art is in his bathroom and his wife isn’t pleased.
Spotify’s top songs for working from home.
With food banks under the strain of lines of cars waiting for 3 hours+, farmers are hoping to work directly to fill the need.
How to find your local food bank to donate or get food.
Welcome to the realities of being a food blogger: Bon Appetit mag editors talk about the challenges of doing their job from home.
Now I’m kind of wishing I’d saved my bread maker. (it’s $80 off!)
Lemon. Coconut. Bread. I am all in.
This may be the apex of stress baking now: Sourdough banana bread.
I want these with my next burger.
This gnocchi is a gnock-out :).
I was craving a fresh salad something fierce and this one sealed my deal.
Disney finally revealed the recipe to their much-loved cookie fries.
This might have to do: No yeast cinnamon rolls.
An easy Chinese BBQ pork char siu for all of your ramen needs.
This hummus makes my heart beet.
How to make homemade pizza dough when yeast is no where to be found.
This stir fry recipe makes good things happen with basil.
I’m still searching for the perfect homemade beef barbacao.
If you can’t see them, can’t hug them, send them some love.
If you’re planting tomatoes this year, watch this before you do.
10 ways to spruce up your home without leaving or buying anything.
How to stay inspired while at home.
Look at that! If you’ve ever wanted a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural magnificence tour, here you go.
Tired of looking at the same four boring walls but can’t make a commitment to change? Maybe it’s time for removable wallpaper.
12 dip powder nail kits to try at home.
These temporary tatoo pens I bought for me and AliSmudge to mess around with will be the stepping stone I’ll regret later or the deterrent I’ll be thankful for.
Could college admission exams become a thing of the past? (my fingers are crossed.)
Cute idea –> Get out and play printable nature walk bingo.
Okay, that’s it for this week. Stay safe, stay in place, and stay happy. XOXO
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