– It was something like minus -37 degrees a few nights ago, but instead of complaining I’ll just say that Cory and I had a lot of fun sword fighting with icicles.
– Three family members bestowed us with Zingerman’s gift cards for Christmas. I’m thankful to have people in my life who understand that we are too snobby for Applebee’s. This week’s trip included acquiring a cinnamon bun larger than my face.
– I haven’t been big on New Year’s resolutions in the past, but I sure have a lot of them this year. Now that I’ve ventured into the scary world of self-employment, I’ve set an awful lot of goals for myself. I haven’t been on top of blogging as I’d like to be, but that’s OK because I have new a best friend and her name is Lynda.com.
– Armed with a lovely new cookbook, I’ll be sharing some Turkish recipes in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s what I’ve been reading on the web:
// Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet – I grew up on the internet. It’s where discovered a world outside of my hometown, made countless friends, and met the man who became my husband. I’ve been sharing parts of my life online for almost 20 years, from the days of Geocities and g*URLpages (shout out to anyone who remembers that) to this blog. I’m sadly all too familiar with the experiences the women in this piece had.
// My friend Coco recently launched a beauty and makeup blog. I’ve missed her writing so much: “Listen, my face is already slathered in bee venom, snail secretions, and fermented soybeans. If you think something is going to stop me from putting donkey milk all over my hands, you’d have to wait until they’re cold and dead to pry it away from them.”
// Current desktop wallpaper courtesy of Sarah Hearts.
// I hope this is Siberian bear-hunting armor is real.
// When a client asks, “what’s your rate?” I am totally guilty of the sweet old lady response.
// XO Sarah’s excellent tips on how to work from home through the winter.
// Next time I go to Trader Joe’s, I need to stock up on cashews to make An Edible Mosaic’s coconut and vanilla cashew mix.
// We have been making soups and stews to keep us warm on chilly nights. Holey Moley Veggie and Rice Soup from the taste space is on my to-make list.
// Lamb Rendang from the Crepes of Wrath is making me long for the Asian supermarkets of San Francisco.
// For some reason I bought four pounds of coconut flour last year. I still have a bunch of it and this breakfast cake from So… Let’s Hang Out looks like a delicious way to use some of it up.
// Cory made these dreamy scones to snack on with our afternoon tea. Yeah, afternoon tea. We’re fancy.