Friday Flotsam

FEE FAA FOO f r i d a y.


I started Ally McBeal!



It’s cute so far! I can’t decide if I love or hate Ally though. I’m only three episodes in, so I know she’ll grow on me. What I DO like about her is: a) her board-straight bob with the heavy part on the side, b) the micro-twitch in her upper lip when she’s flustered, and c) that over-the-top dramatic fantasizing ish that goes on in her brain because HELLO THAT IS ME.

Another thing I’m worried about (because this warrants a serious worry) is – will there be any romance? I NEED ME A BEN AND FELICITY.

I mean, she pines over her ex dude who’s now totally hitched, and she’s becoming quick gal pals with Courtney Thorne Smith (THE WIFE. <iloveher.> <hi, melrose place.>), and I can’t see how this can even rightly go down. Because the EX (Billy) still sort of looks at Ally with the eyes. You know. THE EYES. He doesn’t cross any lines, but he’s got THE EYES.

I’m already stressed out.

ice cream and beers

I’ve got a new album for you to listen to.

It’s not MY album. I didn’t record an album. I haven’t recorded an album in like, seven years. Maybe more. You know what though, we SHOULD record, because we’ve got a tiny handful of undocumented songs that need to have their place in this world! I mean, we wrote them forever ago, but they’re still good. Still valid! And I think people might enjoy them. Plus it would feel soooo good to record something. THAT’S IT. We’re recording again. Garage Band in the bathroom with a 40 of rosé. I can’t wait!

What was I saying?

OH. If you need a new album to completely swallow you whole this fall, you have to listen to the new War on Drugs album. Ohhhhhhhmygawd it is just out of this world.

It’s like (and don’t get mad at me) Bryan Adams meets Bruce Springsteen meets the rhythmic drive of Tom Petty meets a tiny bit of Dire Straits meets a slice of Bob Dylan meets a kiss of ’80s ethereal lush synth mixed with a wave of current guitar grit. It is everything I want right now in an album. Nostalgic and familiar, but clear and fresh on my ears. And you betta BELIEVE I’ll have a song on my October mix. Not September though! I’ve got something extra spesh (<–why) planned for September.

Go get in that album right now and never come out. (Holding On and In Chains are my life.)

wooden kitchen brushes

I need advice!

You’re like, NO.

This is sort of a call to readers. A poll. A POLL! Sort of.

Now that we’re 20 minutes away from fall (!!!!!), I’d loooove you to give me recipe inspiration. What do you want MORE OF on this blog in the coming months? I always try to give a mix of light meets comfort meets fresh meets CHEESE. (duh) But if there’s something you’ve been craving, seriously let me know. Even if it’s like, “Throw in a squirrel liver here and there!” I’ll do it.

I won’t do it.

I won’t do that.

Thank you and goodbye.

little boy with pine

My mom and I have a serious thing for quizzes. Most every week, she’ll take screenshot of the Super Quiz in the local Little Rock newspaper and text it to me. She always opens with, “Just when you have time! This one is fun.” I love these texts and quizzes so much you have no idea.

And then I’m always like, “I need to share these with my readers!” And I never do.


This one is so great. It’s movie related. (you know me and movies.) I’ll give you one-word film clues, and you tell me the movie. Ready? I’m already so excited.

1) Rosebud

2) HAL

3) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

4) Wilson

5) Toga

6) “Fiddle-dee-dee”

7) Plastics

8) “Inconceivable!”

9) “La-di-da”


i need friends.

flowers at the farmer's market

Weekend plans?

We’re headed to Eureka Springs for a quick Labor Day getaway! Quaint cottage, winding streets, hippie lifestyle, chill evenings, and GHOST HUNTING AT THE CRESCENT. Remember last year?! Remember when I saw 45 ghosts in the hallways at The Crescent Hotel!? We’re going back for more. And I’m taking you with me. Get excited.

You’re still thinking about squirrel liver, aren’t you?

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19 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jennifer September 1, 2017 at 8:24 am #
    We usually have venison in the fall because it's hunting season for my husband. (I know it's sad for the deer, but I've learned to live with it). I would love some recipe suggestions for cutting down the game flavor. Also, some fall salads would be nice, to get a break from the heaviness of fall food but keep the fall flavors. Every one of your recipes I've tried has been amazing. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!! 💜
  2. Caitlin September 1, 2017 at 8:46 am #
    I remember seeing your Instagram Stories earlier this week about the War on Drugs album, but forgot to give it a play on Spotify. I'm glad you talk about it in the blog post, because now I'm jamming my new favorite album, and it's giving me all the September feels!
  3. Jami Warren September 1, 2017 at 10:59 am #
    I just like learning more 'bout you and the fam. Like, when did you record and album? So cool! Obviously I have no friends either. 🙄 I want to know when you clean. Why is your house clean? And you need to show your dog more! Loves me some dogs.
    • Dj September 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm #
  4. Heather September 1, 2017 at 11:48 am #
    I've never heard of The War on Drugs, but I've been listening now and your description of them is spot on!
  5. Katie September 1, 2017 at 11:55 am #
    Anything that this first-time will-have-a-newborn mama can make without sobbing or falling asleep would be a great recipe and mucho appreciated ;)
  6. Susan September 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm #
    Loved the quiz mostly because I knew the answers! So good for my self esteem so thanks for that. IN CON THIEV ABLE!
  7. Dj September 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm #
    Not sure if you hate the new Instant pot craze or not but it's pretty cool in a pinch. im still figuring out the conversion times. Some recipes with this in mind would be great.
  8. Amanda September 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm #
    OK Bev, you have made me want to watch (rewatch?) Ally McBeal. I remember watching it when it was originally on air but I'm not sure how far I got. I commented on your IG story about this but anyway....I stopped watching back then because I was a youngin and didn't get all the adultness that was going on. I do remember it being entertaining though. And I'm almost positive I shipped Ally and her ex. Oh dear. I kept forgetting to download the War on Drugs album you talked about on IG so I'm glad you posted about it here. I've downloaded on Apple Music and am going to give it a listen. It's a rainy day for us today and for some reason, this album sounds perfect for that.
  9. Alice September 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm #
    Oooh I loved Ally when I was younger. It's been forever tho... but I do think there is romance in Ally. Also dancing babies and love for double chins if I remember this right, lol. I'm currently watching Felicity - my fave!
  10. Becky K. September 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm #
    In the fall I want to eat all the dips. Spicy, creamy, cheesy, sweet. I want them all.
  11. Jennifer September 1, 2017 at 11:04 pm #
    I love that you do buffalo flavor recipes because I LOVE buffalo!!! I wonder if it only works well with chicken though. Could it work with other meats? Or a vegetarian dish? That would be cool!
  12. Jennifer September 1, 2017 at 11:08 pm #
    Oh I just remembered your buffalo cauliflower- that was awesome!
  13. Klara Donovan September 2, 2017 at 9:19 am #
    Whaaaaat. You said you were going to watch Friends From College, so I started watching Friends From College for the explicit purpose of reading your Friday posts and nodding knowingly, like, "Yerp, totes know what you mean there, Bev." Oh well. Question. Ally McBeal is the show with the weird unisex office bathroom right? Or is that a different show? Or did I make that concept up entirely?
    • Bev Weidner September 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm #
      I did watch Friends From College! I talked about it on IG Stories, but nothing in Flotsam, only because I watched it super fast and didn't have a TON ton to say about it. But it's great! Did you finish? YES, the unisex bathroom!
  14. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm #
    oooooh fun! 1) Citizen Kane 2) 2001 a space odyssey 3)Mary Poppins 4) Castaway 5) Animal House 6) Gone with the Wind 7) Mean Girls 8) “The Princess Bride 9) “Breakfast at Tiffany's?
    • Bev Weidner September 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm #
      CLOSE! 7) The Graduate 9) Annie Hall!
  15. Mary September 7, 2017 at 9:43 am #
    Thanks for introducing me to The War on Drugs. I'm Loving their music! Your description of their sound is spot on. And yes, they sound fresh and familiar all at once.
  16. Steph September 7, 2017 at 11:15 am #
    I love your recipes, and always find something fun and new when I need inspiration! I would love some ideas for quick weeknight meals that would be good for both parents as well as a preschooler and toddler. I'm also trying to incorporate more herbs into my cooking, so any advice on that would be great!! Ha! :)

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