Midweek Links // 3

Hi friends! Welcome to a Wednesday that feels like a Tuesday in a week that feels like it will never end. Dramatic, I know. Post-vacation blues have got me bad.

Speaking of vacation, on our trip I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) and Adnan’s Story, which surprised me with how good it is! If you didn’t listen to “Serial,” this won’t make sense to you, but: the book is by Rabia, Adnan’s best friend’s sister who you may remember from the podcast. She’s a lawyer and advocate for Adnan, and she brought his case to Sarah Koenig. Rabia goes into the details of the case and brings up a lot of stuff that “Serial” left out. She’s a great writer, so this book is worth your time, especially if you fell under the “Serial” spell as hard as I did in 2014.

If you’re looking for a dishy crime read where the bad guys are lawyers and the victim is a PTA mom and the case is truly bonkers, read this from the L.A. Times.

I can’t wait for a little chill to pop up so I can make this carrot and sweet potato soup with Thai flavors from KC blogger Cookie + Kate.

I loved this profile of Elizabeth Smart. While we all remember her for her kidnapping and rescue, she’s now an advocate for changing the way we talk to children about sex and purity. Fascinating to read her perspective as both a survivor and a Mormon.

Now that we’re home, the reality of our engagement is sinking in: We have to plan a whole wedding. As much as I love planning, I do feel like I’m in over my head with this one. This article from A Practical Wedding helped a little:

“In the end, we come back to where we started: people are the most important thing (which very much includes the two of you). Your people, however many there are, care much more about seeing you happily married than they do about personally liking the color of your bridesmaid dresses. If aesthetics are your thing, go ahead and throw yourself in headfirst. But if they’re not? Remember that it’s pretty hard to go wrong with candles on white tablecloths—because everyone looks amazing in soft light.”

I instantly ordered both Practical Wedding planning books. Fingers crossed!

If you have wedding planning resources that you used and loved, please, please, please share.

See you Friday for a new meal plan ✌

Midweek Links // 2

Happy almost long weekend! How are you relaxing? What are you eating? I need to know!

My favorite Labor Day eats and reads are linked below.

First things first, check out the Fall style story I wrote for KC’s Ink Magazine.

This article decoding Britney Spears’ history through her hair styles is essential.

I froze a bunch of leftover watermelon for these 3-ingredient watermelon margs. 🍹🍉🍹🍉🍹🍉

I’ve been blowing through episodes of this true crime podcast. The hosts describe interesting, real-life cases. Perfect for a Law & Order fangirl like me (Detective Elliot Stabler is my boyfriend, and I am only kind of joking).

I finished Heft, by Liz Moore, this week. I loved it. I’m not sure I would have picked it up based on plot summary alone (Brooklyn man doesn’t leave his house for a decade because of his morbid obesity and the accompanying depression), but Kristen of Dine & Dish recommended it via Snapchat. I am so thankful to her. Heft is one of those novels where the characters get deep inside your heart. I’ll be thinking about it for a while.

Speaking of Snapchat, follow Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking (username: whatsgabycookin). She’s a fun person to follow in general if you like yummy, California-style food, but my favorite thing she does is her Friday “Snapisodes.” She makes a step-by-step recipe and encourages her followers to make it over the weekend. So fun. Last Friday, she made a stone fruit and tomato panzanella, and I did too! 🍑🍅 Except I swapped the burrata in her recipe for avocado and left out the croutons because I didn’t want them, ha. The recipe, as I made it, couldn’t be simpler: slice a bunch of stone fruit, add some halved cherry tomatoes and chunks of avocado. Tear basil over the top. Photograph for Instagram. Dress with balsamic vinaigrette. DEVOUR.

Good luck making it to Friday! You can do it. xoxo

Midweek Links // 1

A weekly roundup of what I’m reading, coveting, and listening to. 

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert: I didn’t love Eat Pray Love, which is the book Gilbert is most famous for, but The Signature of All Things was seriously one of the most engrossing novels I have ever read. I read 90% of it on the drive home from Breckenridge earlier this month, and I could not put it down. It’s about a nineteenth century woman botanist, which sounds boring, but it’s NOT. The plot is expansive and detailed, but never feels confusing. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Joy the Baker made poundcake, grilled it, and served it with strawberries on top. YES, PLEASE.

The Girls, by Emma Cline: A fictionalized account of life as a Manson girl. I’m obsessed with true crime, so this was a win for me.

The most recent episode of the Radiolab podcast, Playing God, is incredible. It’s about strategies for rationing healthcare in times of crisis: how do you choose who gets oxygen? Who is airlifted out first? When do you stop administering care? There are interviews with clinicians who have made these decisions and clips from a town hall discussion where regular people discuss this moral tangle. Thought-provoking and sad and very, very interesting.

Present Over Perfect, by Shaua Niequist: I absolutely love this author. She is so raw and honest.  This book is a collection of essays about prioritizing slow living and family connection over the go, go, go of career hustle. Many of her strategies for coping are faith-based, but her writing style is so open and inclusive that it’s easy to make those passages fit with whatever your beliefs are or aren’t. A great book to reflect on and relax with before bed.

Tracy from Shutterbean posted about her ladies craft night, and I want to do this soon! Cocktails, snacks, and adult coloring books?! Who’s in?

What are you guys reading? I’m always looking for recs.