So, it snowed here this week, which is frankly just not acceptable! It's too soon - I'm still enjoying fall :) Oh well, guess it's time to get comfortable in the boots again.
I feel like decorative gourd season may be coming to an end, so I'm sharing the above gourd photo as a last hurrah. I have an editorial calendar for the blog and I plan several months in advance (I mean, I don't always DO everything on time, but it's in a spreadsheet...) So, I'm already posting Christmas content and thinking about filming some New Year's cocktail videos, but around the house we are still in full on pumpkin/gourd/fall leaves season.
I read a few interesting books this week. The first book, Hillbilly Elegy, was for a book club I'm part of that actually does discuss the books (as well as enjoying a few glasses of wine!) I found it a little overwhelming and I felt like some of the points were well made (especially the family stories), but some of the assumptions drawn were perhaps unkind and problematic. It tackles the problem of poverty in Appalachia and instead of suggesting it's based on structural issues, it places some (if not all) blame on the mindset/attitude of the people. If you've read it, I'd love to know what you thought! It's certainly a unique perspective into a part of the US that I don't know much about.
The second book I'm reading is called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and it's about, you guessed it, mankind's history. It poses a bunch of questions about happiness and the agricultural revolution and how we became who we are. I'm finding it interesting but I'm also much more optimistic about humans and our current situation than the author. I'd recommend it for its sweeping narrative though - it's definitely interesting!
Last week, Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen was in Chicago and Naperville. So I drove out to Naperville, where my sister-in-law lives, and we went to meet her and get her signature in our new cookbooks! I mean, if you've ever read my About page, you know I'm a Deb fan! So, yeah, I was holding back tears when I met her and I told her how she inspired me to cook and how cool I thought she was. I rambled too long and she was very, very kind.
I've started listening to a few new podcasts, one is for bloggers/Pinterest users - it's called Simple Pin Podcast. It's absolutely fabulous. If you're a blogger or you really like Pinterest, I'd really recommend listening to it.
Here's a few recipes I'm making this week - let me know what you're up to!
- Quick Thai Green Curry Beef and Veggie Bowls
- Perfect Baked Salmon with Lentils and Lemon Herb Sauce
- Blackberry Tahini Yogurt Cake
- Herb and Garlic Mushroom Pasta
I hope you have a great week!
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