July is pigtail weather. July is also finding-things-to-do-indoors weather.
What I did:
For July 4th, I made Sloppy Joes (Mom’s recipe that is basically meat, ketchup, and sweet pickle relish – also good on lentils but drain the relish first to avoid soupiness), Caprese Salad bites (although mine didn’t look that pretty…in fact, they were mostly assemble-yourself bites), and White Sangria (after comparing several recipes, I just dumped peach nectar, vanilla vodka, brandied peaches – aside: delicious – and Moscato in a pitcher) and made everyone come to me. Then I watched the fireworks from my couch. Happy.
The DFW Story Sisters came to Denton this month. So naturally, we hit the square. We started at Jupiter House, wandered through Recycled Books and SCRAP, and followed dinner at Abbey Inn up with ice cream.
Michelle, Steve, and Savvy came to visit the next weekend. They brought over Mr. Chopsticks for lunch, and then we spent the afternoon on the square collecting leaves, looking at books and candy, having a little dance party, eating ice cream at Beth Marie’s, and having dinner at LSA.
Her fannish glee in mid-squee. We swear she picked Smallville up all on her own with no coaching. I love this little face!
Supper Club hit Wine Squared again this month. I think we’re in love.
What I read:
I again spent the month looking over cookbooks. I’m going to stop pretending this is a seasonal thing. Cookbooks are my jam. Ohhh…jam cookbook! *plots*
My two favorite recommendations:
– Joy the Baker. If it were possible to make love to a cookbook…
And apparently, others have felt the same. About every ten pages or so of the library’s copy, I would find crumbs or flour dust between the pages. On the one hand, I totally understand. These recipes demand immediate baking. On the other hand, come on, people! Library books are communal books! All the more reason to buy my own copy, I guess.
Everything I have tried so far is glorious, but I especially recommend the vegan pumpkin walnut bread and the banana rum cake with brown butter frosting. Or the goat cheese-pepper-cocoa truffles. Or the coconut macaroon ice cream. Oh, I can’t choose. Just buy it and make it all.
– The Runner’s World Cookbook. Part of me thinks, “Most of this information is on the Internet somewhere. I could just look there for free.” I can’t bring myself to settle for that, though, when all of it is right here, neatly organized into one beautiful book.
Reasons I will be buying this book:
1. The charts and lists. It gives a easy comparison guide for different grains, fats, and proteins.
2. A basic whole grain pancake recipe, followed by two pages of batter and topping variations – most of which I would have never thought of on my own, and I experiment a lot. I can’t wait to try the Speakeasy Special and the Sweet Southerner pancakes.
3. Chicken Not Pie. As a loather of chicken pot pie, I appreciate a recipe that takes everything I would like about it and leaves out the rest.
4. Steel Cut Oatmeal Risotto. This is an example of my favorite thing about this book – they took food I love and made in a slightly different way to make it new and interesting.
This is a short list. I’m making my way through Boston Legal. It’s hilarious. I recommend it, if for no other reason than to see William Shatner and James Spader in flamingo costumes.
My favorite things people did on the Internet:
- Luke Harms tells married men how to act around women.
- Beth Morey takes on sex and marriage.
- Robin Korth became my hero.
- Confused Cats Against Feminism. Because they’re cats.
- I joined Equal Exchange’s Red Cherry Challenge – will you?
- All the #FaithFeminisms – but especially this one by Abi Bechtel.
- Reason #482 to love The Bloggess.
I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer – come on over and tell us what you’re into!