Friday Flotsam

FrrrrrrrrooooooaaaahhhI had to brush off the dust in here! Hi hi!

Proofing bowls. (just jumping right in.)

Do I neeeeeed one? And also, do you call it a proofing bowl or a proofing basket? It looks baskety, but in a bowl shape. And I do not want to get this wrong with my bread heads.

Tell me, what does a proofing bowl actually do? Is it any better than the normal glass bowl I let my bread dough rise in? It is for the bread to rise in, right? All the photos show the bread fully baked in the basket/bowl. And I get that it’s for aesthetic, but the bread’s not BACK in that proofing basket once it’s baked, am I right? Or do you put it back in there when you serve? Surely not. Wait, do you? Then how would you slice it? Yes I need hand holding stop looking at me like that.

This what I’m worried about. Mold. Will the basket get moldy? Or icky and sticky with all that risen dough? Are they easy to clean? Does the bread slide right out? I want a proofing bowl! (<–that’s what it comes down to.)

But I need my bread fanatics to give me the scoop before I riiiiiise to the challenge. Ha! Get i- never mind.

Are we getting a proofing basket? Tell me.

Speaking of, on a scale from massive meh to YOU MUST BEFORE I SCREAM: Bridgerton?

Speaking of, we need to discuss leave-in conditioners.

(Lacy I can feel your ears perk up)

My gifted Garnier leave-in condish (that’s what I call it. you can hate it.) is about out, and I’m wondering what else is out there that’s super pimp at getting hair velvet pillow smooth. (it’s a thing.)

I honestly feel like FOR ME, leave-in condishes are that secret James Bond key to keeping me from looking like one of those wirey dogs that just came from the groomer that specializes in poofing out the wirey hair until it looks like effing cotton candy. That, or Charlize Theron in Monster. Things could go either way, guys.

What do you use and love and can’t get enough of? I need you to be straight with me. Ha! Get i- never mind.

Speaking of, we desperately need to talk loose teas. Loose leaf teas. Flower teas. Herbal teas. No-caff teas.

I’m day eight into Dry January (things got close to breaking two days ago obviously, but we stayed strong!) and my ritual has been to start a kettle (it’s okay if you need to pretend I’m British when I say things like “start a kettle”) around 3:30pm and keep a mug of warm tea at the ready. That one is a blend of lavender, peppermint and chamomile, and it is super lovely. But tell me more about loose leaf herbal tea blends! I’m talking exploding flowers, a blooming forest of moss, earthy simmer times like whoa.

Come on, steep to my level. Ha! Get i- never mind.

Weekend plans?

You know I do nothing. Except read, run and work on my gallery wall. YES I AM STILL WORKING ON IT.

Oh, we’re painting our fireplace! The inside. Why are you looking at me like that? Listen, I’ll snag some photos and slap them on here in case you’re a maniac like me.

Also, I believe some curried egg salad on croissants will be occurring. I’ll get that to yew tew, bew. (so sorry)

So right, Bridgerton?

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21 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jennifer January 8, 2021 at 9:27 am #
    I love the AG Haircare leave-in conditioner - I'm on my second bottle and it makes my hair so soft and shiny, but not greasy (and it smells amazing). Highly recommend! I think it's called Fast Food.
    • Anonymous January 8, 2021 at 10:09 am #
      I use Acure hair products. They are amazing . I particularly love the ones for more volume. Plus they're all natural and smell great.l am English and loose leaf is the way to go. Just remember to let it steep.
      • Kim Buccini January 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm #
        Bridgerton is an absolute must! It is very spicy though 😉
  2. Renae January 8, 2021 at 10:08 am #
    Bridgerton is a yes. Just do it. It won't hurt. :) I feel like we share a lot of the same tastes in shows and movies, so I feel pretty confident telling you you'll love it. ;) You say proof, I say prove. Blame it on the GBBO, but three months ago I wouldn't have had a clue what you were talking about. Unforch I don't know anything about the basket. But do let us know!!
  3. Dani January 8, 2021 at 10:11 am #
    I love this mask! Definitely gives me the velvet pillow vibes ;) https://www.ulta.com/fusionplex-mask?productId=xlsImpprod18091197 Also, I never wash my proofing basket and I've never had a mold issue. You dust it with flour first so it creates a nice barrier.
  4. Jenn January 8, 2021 at 10:14 am #
    The 1 and only mask for your hair is Olaplex 3! I literally have it in right now. You’re welcome! 🤪
  5. Lacy January 8, 2021 at 10:37 am #
    Shockingly, I do not have a favorite leave-in conditioner, mainly because I don't use it. Always weighs my hair down which is weird because I don't have fine hair. Current favorite hair brand is Ouai and I bet I have a sample size to send you. I'll send it with your birthday gift which is still on my dresser. Do you have an electric kettle? I just got one and am wondering why it took me so long to buy one. Game changer. love you
  6. Leslie January 8, 2021 at 10:54 am #
    I read the first three Bridgerton books and really loved them (they are true romance novels, but well-written and with good characters). Then I watched the show and, well, it didn’t thrill me. I feel like if I wouldn’t have read the books I might have enjoyed it more. I have friends who loved both, though!
  7. Sharon January 8, 2021 at 12:05 pm #
    Loved Bridgerton!! Duke Hastings is what fantasies are meant for. I hear they are thinking about making him the next James Bond. I approve!
  8. Nicole January 8, 2021 at 12:40 pm #
    BRIDGERTON! 🔥 I like Kusmi Tea’s detox tea. You can get loose leaf or tea bags. Currently drinking a cup of loose leaf now. 🤩
  9. Ericca January 8, 2021 at 1:48 pm #
    It’s not leave in, but Soap refill station in Waldo has an amazing mango deep conditioner. When I use it, my hair is always velvety soft. They’re awesome too because they sell everything in bulk and you just fill old bottles (or you can buy pretty glass bottles there) up. I highly recommend a trip to their store!
  10. Susan January 8, 2021 at 3:53 pm #
    Oh YES, Bridgerton! We just started it and I think we're 4 episodes in. LOVE the dresses, the accents, even the men's clothes! Steamy scenes, Simon's abs, Daphne's complexion. I know, I'm shallow like that. Actually, I'm enjoying the storyline as well. Can't give you any advice about proofing baskets because I don't have one but I think they look like they'd just be all gross with dried dough after even one use. I'm sticking with my mom's vintage green bowl. It worked for her and it's working for me when I make no-knead bread. I had stick straight hair until one recent birthday when I woke up with hair that frizzes or twangs out all weird in damp weather. I use a dry oil product (mine is by Arbonne) that helps keep the frizzes down and somewhat tames the twang. Don't put it on the top of your hair or it will look greasy and unfortunate, even if it is 'dry' oil.
  11. Jackie January 8, 2021 at 8:31 pm #
    I am loving Bridgerton and so obsessed with Lone Star Botanicals loose leaf tea!
  12. Jenn January 9, 2021 at 3:29 pm #
    Tazo Juniper Mint Honey tea is working for me right now.
  13. Kathy R January 10, 2021 at 11:19 am #
    My sister and I are doing Dry January too - and if we could survive this past week - we can make it another 21 days! I am telling you - Wednesday nigh it took all I had not to crack open a bottle of wine! So I ate lots of ice cream instead!
  14. Tracy January 10, 2021 at 4:59 pm #
    I absolutely loved Bridgerton! So entertaining and fun to watch. Honestly, you just need to watch it and decide for yourself. What do you have to loose? Just don't watch with the twins around! It's not a leave in conditioner, but Trader Joe's Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask makes my hair so soft & its smells wonderful :)
  15. Kellie D January 11, 2021 at 8:28 am #
    If you feel like supporting a small business, I highly recommend Louisville Tea Company. They have so many delicious blends and some fun seasonal mixtures. Lavender Fig and Victorian Afternoon are my favorites!
    • Bev Weidner January 11, 2021 at 9:06 am #
      Ohhhh I'm all about small biz! Thank you for this rec. Checking them out immediately!
  16. Stephanie January 11, 2021 at 10:10 am #
    Lovvvvvved Bridgerton!! My fav leave in for sleek no-frizz is CHI Silk Infusion. I also spritz with Revlon One United first and then use CHI Iron Guard before I flat iron. Haircare a team sport, haha, but I have very thick hair that can take a lot of product. Hate tea, so sorry can't help there, but I am interested in whatever a proofing bowl is! Off to google!
  17. Maureen January 11, 2021 at 4:53 pm #
    I love my proofing basket (aka a banneton) and I’ve had it for yeeeeaaaarrrrssss and it’s never gotten moldy. You just give it a good upside down whack on the counter (I do it over the sink) and most of the flour gets knocked right out of it. You can also use a stiff brush to get in there and get rid of the excess flour. It’s only used for rising and then you gently turn the proofed loaf out of the basket before baking. And Bridgerton was really yummy, especially Regé-Jean Page
  18. Amy January 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm #
    I have to say... not condish... but Aquage Ultra Straightening Gel. It’s a gel but once it’s in, it isn’t like gel-y. No crunch. Just smooth glorious hair that is very easy to brush through.

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