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Bennett’s final tball recreation was yesterday, and the shut ceremonies are on Tuesday. I’m glad to virtually have that within the rearview mirror.

On one hand, it was the boy’s sport that I used to be the least concerned in since Troy was the coach. He deliberate practices round his schedule, so I by no means needed to take Bennett to something however video games. And that was a deal with.

Alternatively, he had no management over the sport schedule, so when he labored and there was a recreation, I needed to deliver all of the gear and had to assist coach as soon as. I believe the season was manner too lengthy for little youngsters, particularly youngsters who might solely go one inning earlier than they began crying or selecting daisies.

a wagon full of baseball equipment and a stuffed sloth
Baseball requirements: bats, helmets, a bucket of balls, and a sloth.

Has anybody been watching any good TV? Our TV viewing is tremendous restricted, particularly in spring whereas each boys had been doing night sports activities. I really feel like we’re 1,000% behind on watching something that’s present.

We’re caught up on the present season of Barry and I’ve some ideas. One, it’s been a VERY unusual season. Barry has at all times been darkish and peculiar, however this season is taking it to new ranges. And two, I’d 100% watch a by-product that stars NoHo Hank. Please and thanks, make that occur.

When you’ve got been watching it, can we speak about that bike scene in episode 710N? No spoiler alerts, however that was a RAD scene. Additionally? Bikes are allowed to drive between lanes of site visitors like that in Los Angeles. It completely confused us once we first moved to California.

The episode’s title “710N” I’m certain refers back to the 710 freeway which is in Lengthy Seashore. Does Barry reside in Lengthy Seashore? Goodness, that’s a extremely lengthy commute to the appearing courses in Hollywood.

We lastly began Stranger Issues however the episodes are so lengthy that we received’t even be completed with half of them earlier than the second portion of the season is launched in July. Additionally, I nonetheless can by no means recover from the truth that all the children journey bikes with out helmets. Even within the 80s, my dad and mom had been sticklers about mind buckets.

The Flight Attendant season 2 was a complete snoozefest for my part. The fixed angst and frenetic power of the present are anxious, but it surely labored in season 1. It was an excessive amount of to do it once more for season 2. Sooner or later, I used to be identical to “get your life collectively and cease being so intense”.

And may we speak about the truth that the principle character (Cassie) NEVER has her telephone on vibrate? What psycho really solutions the telephone anymore, not to mention so typically that she must have a particular ringtone? What within the 2006 is that this? Fingers down, that’s the most unrealistic a part of the entire present. Ha!

a kid making muffins in a kitchen
This child doesn’t want a stool anymore to assist in the kitchen!

Troy’s birthday was this week and I made him a batch of Nordy Bars (I make them with out walnuts as a result of I’m not a sociopath) for dessert. It’s an outdated household recipe and they’re one of many two issues my mother was really good at making. I didn’t inherit my love of cooking from her. 🙂

I used to be telling Cassie (a blogger good friend and never the chick from The Flight Attendant) about Nordy Bars and known as them a made-up deal with that appears to solely be a PNW factor. I imply, I’m certain that every area has some dessert that the remainder of the nation/world has completely by no means eaten earlier than.

To greatest describe the delight that’s the Nordy Bar, image a blondie with butterscotch, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows. And chopped walnuts for those who’re gross. Initially, they had been served on the cafe in Nordstrom, initially a Seattle division retailer that’s now nationwide.

They’ve an identical taste profile to a standard magic bar, however with out shredded coconut. And there’s no sweetened and condensed milk. However there are mini marshmallows and also you’re contractually obligated to eat a handful of them whereas making this recipe. Thems the principles.

pizzas on a baking stone
This recipe is coming at you in September but it surely’s SO good that I would have to publish it earlier.

On Wednesday I took new images of a recipe that I initially photographed about two weeks in the past. The primary ones had been technically fantastic however when modifying them I spotted that I couldn’t stand them. I’m happy to say that the second try was 100% higher and simply as scrumptious.

I’m tremendous excited to share that recipe with you on June twenty first. The longest day of the 12 months calls for a quick foremost dish. Sure? I’m certain that’s proper.

My “to do” listing of images obtained shorter this week after a whopping three-day photo-fest. With the prep, dishes, and clean-up, if I’m extremely fortunate, I can {photograph} 2-4 recipes whereas the children are at college.

Except you’ve a bizarre job like “meals photographer”, it’s unattainable to elucidate how bodily the job could be. I’m climbing up on stools, balancing to get the proper shot, strolling forwards and backwards between the kitchen and the place I’m photographing.

It’s not precise train, however we’re on our ft for hours at a time. After which the cleanup is demoralizing. I ran the dishwasher thrice on Wednesday. On the flip facet, there’s at all times meals round and also you get to eat all of it. Not a nasty gig if you may get it.


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At this level, I’m simply impressed with the Apple podcast algorithm. They’re loading up my podcast feed fantastically, and the most recent suggestion was Persona: The French Deception.

About this podcast: that is the story of Gilbert Chikli, one of many biggest con artists of all time. What does it really feel like to select up the telephone and rip-off somebody out of $50 million? Host and award-winning journalist, Evan Ratliff, investigates how Chikli efficiently duped among the world’s strongest individuals into handing over their fortunes. He explores how Chikli evaded the legislation for years and have become a Robin Hood-like hero. (supply)

What I’m studying this week

I completed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and actually loved it! I guessed “the twist” pretty early on but it surely didn’t spoil the journey for me in any respect. I extremely loved this e book and it was a superb and quick learn.

My library holds went bananas and a bunch of books grew to become out there all of sudden. Completely happy nerd issues. I began Our Lady in Moscow and it’s all issues I really like – intrigue, spies, and within the WWII-Chilly Conflict timeframe.

When you’re curious, right here is my up to date Goodreads listing.


Alicia left this five-star evaluation on a Prepare dinner household favourite – Prompt Pot Mexican Rice {Pin this recipe}:

This was scrumptious! I needed to modify as a result of I didn’t have tomato juice, however tomato sauce combined with some seasonings labored nice. It was completely cooked—thanks, Sarah!

A black bowl filled with Mexican rice and topped with cilantro and limes on a board with avocado and other garnishes

Strawberry Easy SyrupLearn the way straightforward it’s to make your individual Strawberry Easy Syrup for desserts, cocktails, tea, and lemonade. You’ll love the wonderful taste of strawberry syrup for drinks and extra. {Pin this recipe}

a glass bottle with strawberry simple syrup with fresh strawberries and a glass behind it.

Easy methods to Dry RosemaryBe taught easy methods to dry rosemary in a meals dehydrator, through air drying, within the microwave, or within the oven. Drying rosemary is an easy technique to protect this scrumptious pantry staple! {Pin this tutorial}

a wooden bowl full of dried rosemary.


Monday:: A brand new air fryer recipe that I’m testing, together with veggies and french fries.

Tuesday:: Prompt Pot hen teriyaki with rice. I cook dinner them on the similar time utilizing this thingy as a result of life is best when meals are straightforward. Veggies on the facet.

Wednesday:: Takeout to assist a neighborhood small enterprise and my sanity.

Thursday:: Troy is making one thing.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and film evening.

Saturday:: TBD

Sunday:: father’s day with Troy and my inlaws.



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