Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRRRRReh! Deh!

Don’t we feel like Swift’s gonna release another Long Pond Studio Sesh Thingy on Disney + any day now? But with Evermore?

I feel like it’s coming. Don’t you feel like it’s coming? It’s coming, I can feel it.

Because she keeps releasing all these little EPs every few days, and I JUST BET YOU that when they were filming Long Pond for Folklore, she was like, “Hey real quick, before you guys scoot, let me change out of this green and brown plaid lumberjack number, and throw on something else and we’ll knock out the Evermore songs! People will flip! And we’ll release it two days before Valentine’s Day. Ah, this is so exciting! Bev will die.”

I bet it was just like that.

Don’t you?

Never mind.

Books! I’ve got our next round figured out.

I posted them in Stories last week, but I’ll give you the list here today, in case you hate Instagram.

The Wife Upstairs (about to finish later this morning! Predictable, but fun.)

Luster (I hear it’s GREAT. But weird.)

Before We Were Yours (people have told me this one will break me wide open and leave me for dead.)

The Neighbors (spooky? thriller?)

The Blue Bistro (Elin die-hards swear this is her best of all time.)

The Glass Hotel (Both Elin and Barack Obama gushed over this one, so I’m in.)

Not necessarily in that order, though. Have you read any of these?

I’m so excited.

I have a baking poll for you.

Wait, sorry. I have a baking POOOOOOOOOOOOOLL-AH(!) for you.

I told Aaron earlier this week (because I literally start mapping out weekend projects on Monday evenings. it can’t be helped. just accept it.) that I think we’ll take a break from DIY and home projects this weekend (besides my gallery wall. four left!), and instead take on a recipe project.

He goes, “Like what kind of recipe? I have to clean out the air ducts, you know. I feel like my sinuses are jacke-“

“Sure sure, go ahead and air duct your sweet little heart away, but this is what I’m thinking.”

I’ll tell you now, instead of him. He’s already heard this next part.

So this is what I’m thinking. And I want you all to pick it for me.

  • Homemade tamales (I never have!)
  • A “blackbird” pie, from scratch (mainly an ish load of berries)
  • Or, focaccia bread. (I never have!)

What sounds perfect for a cold and rainy Saturday? Pie, bread, or tamales?

And more crucially, do you have any recipes for the pie, the bread, or the tamales? Ha! Oh.

Cast yer votes, hon.

If you could watch any sitcom from the ’90s all over again from top to bottom, what would you choose?

And only one. Would you go for Seinfeld? Friends? Sex and the City or Gilmore Girls? (technically not sitcoms, but let’s include them)

Everybody Loves Raymond? Blossom? Hahahaha.

Tell me. (you can tell I’m dry on content, can ya?)

Weekend plans?

I think I might head to an antique store later today and look for that corner swag lamp we talked about last week. I’ve got some mini globe lights in its place for now, knowing it will work until I get something better. And then when I get something better, I can always find another place for the mini globe lights, because they charm up any ol’ spot instantly.

Wait, did you x out?

From this week, in case you meeeeeezzed it!::: Pulled Pork Enchilada Soup. It’s like a short-cut posole! (or pozole) It’s crazy good. Make that happen. And then of course, Aaron’s Cinnamon Biscuit Bake. VERY MUCH a deconstructed cinnamon roll, yes. And stupid easy. You’ll go nuts.

So really: pie, bread, or tamales?

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin January 29, 2021 at 7:23 am #
    You should make focaccia because it's so darn good. But it is pretty easy, so maybe you should make pie too. Bon Appetit has a simple and delicious recipe. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/easy-no-knead-focaccia I have one we love that has leftover mashed potatoes in it, and sliced garlic on top (you have to watch out for your husband stealing garlic from the main chunk of bread and not waiting until he actually HAS a piece so it is HIS garlic). I have a cat on my lap, so I can't go see where my recipe is from. I would watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer again (and have many times, as we have all of the DVDs). My husband's birthday is Sunday, so we are making some whiskey/honey/raspberry cupcakes and getting Mediterranean takeout! And going to our daughter's apartment to recover her dining chairs. Maybe he will do the work and we will supervise.
  2. Rebekah S January 29, 2021 at 8:10 am #
    Focaccia is too easy, make the pie! I think I would choose Friends. It gave me some great belly laughs the first time around.
  3. Catherine Maronde January 29, 2021 at 9:20 am #
    Tamales!!!!!!
  4. Nancy January 29, 2021 at 9:23 am #
    I'm voting for tamales because I LOVE them! I've never attempted to make them, tho. But daymmm, they're good! I think my 90's sitcom would have to be Frazier. I loved that show and I loved Cheers from whence it came :). I've read Before We Were Yours and look forward to hearing what you think. I liked it but I started it at the wrong time and I am not the reader you are. Unless a book hooks me from the first chapter, I will read it when the mood strikes. It's not an every night thing for me. So starting BWWY in October, my busiest time of year kept me from reading it in a few sittings. To me, it started out slow. I need to go back and read it all at once. You're x'ing out now, aren't you?
  5. Angelique January 29, 2021 at 10:23 am #
    FRASIER. Sorry for shouting. But yeah, Frasier. All day. I just re-watched the entire show and I do not regret it one biznit.
  6. Tif January 29, 2021 at 10:33 am #
    Uh, I still watch Friends, Gilmore Girls, and SATC now. Like, today. Speaking of dry on content....apparently I need to explore the 'ol Netflix more. Blue Bistro IS Elin's best. Full stop.
  7. Katy January 29, 2021 at 10:41 am #
    I just make the cinnamon biscuit bake this morning! OMG! Thank you!!! Sitcom I would watch again-Mad About You! Loved that when it was on! I should look for it!
    • Bridget January 30, 2021 at 8:08 am #
      Katy- do you know that they made a new season of Mad About You in 2019? Same cast. We love the silliness of it all.
  8. Hallie January 29, 2021 at 10:58 am #
    Felicity, of course. Try the pie and tamales. ❤️
  9. Jess January 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm #
    I rewatched all of Friends a couple years ago. Currently watching through Seinfeld. Feeling like I should also watch all of Mad About You too since they were all a comedy block at one point. I never watched Mad though, so it would be a first time watch. I would like to watch Sports Night at some point too!
  10. Abby January 29, 2021 at 12:29 pm #
    1. retweet to needing evermore, forevermore 2. ooo tamales. i tried pineapple tamales for the first time and it exploded my mind and i don't want any other kind now 3. i am ALMOST done with a gilmore girls rewatch for the first time in 3 years (at my boyfriend's request, he was gilmore-curious) and it was such a brain balm in pandemic times oh my (except first half of season 6, why?? why!!!)
  11. Bri January 29, 2021 at 12:38 pm #
    The Neighbors was freakin cray. Just finished it in one sitting. Starting Luster later! Thanks for your book suggestions :)
  12. Sharon January 29, 2021 at 1:46 pm #
    https://www.thekitchn.com/samin-nosrat-salt-fat-acid-heat-ligurian-focaccia-22949343. I have a friend that swears by this recipe.
  13. Jen January 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm #
    Focaccia please, because I’d like to go back to the bread baking phase of the pandemic.
  14. Valerie Womack January 29, 2021 at 2:48 pm #
    Find a killer focaccia recipe you and your family loves and post it! I have never made it either but I have wanted to for a while. And I always go back to Friends ;) Also, I am about 50 pages from finishing The Wife Upstairs! I haven’t LOVED it but it has kept me interested enough to finish. Ha
  15. Dawn McPherson January 29, 2021 at 5:34 pm #
    Bev- Omg blue bistro alllll time favorite! Can you hear me shouting it! Love love love it! Enjoy Happy FriYay Dawn
  16. Brandy K January 29, 2021 at 6:54 pm #
    Gilmore Girls hands down! And can’t you make all 3 hahaha! All sound delish but honestly you should do Tamales and somehow by the time I finish the damn book I’m reading you’ll be done with the entire new list lol! I like this book but it’s just taking me forever We Keep the Dead Close! Have you read this one?
  17. Kristen January 29, 2021 at 7:11 pm #
    Blue Bistro!! So good.
  18. Adrienne January 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm #
    I vote focaccia! And I totally forgot about Everybody Loves Raymond...I would pick that!
  19. Kristin L January 30, 2021 at 12:07 am #
    I vote tamales. I've always wanted to try making them myself but haven't taken the plunge yet. I say watch Friends for sure. There are some things that clearly don't stand the test of time, but overall it's fun and makes me laugh, so I tend to gravitate towards that show whenever I need a mindless watch. I love Gilmore Girls so much but I just did a rewatch of the whole series during the beginning of the pandemic and it made me really dislike some characters that I thought I loved (ex. Dean). Overall, definitely not a bad choice though! Enjoy!
  20. Rose S January 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm #
    Before We Were Yours is a great read. It will make you end up feeling like you went through a meat grinder but is totally worth it. Tamales, yes!
  21. Tracy January 31, 2021 at 4:41 pm #
    My daughter & I have a mild obsession with Gilmore Girls so I'm voting for GG. Does Parenthood fall in that category? Because that is also high on my list! I think I'm in the minority but Blue Bistro was not my favorite from Elin. I think there are better books! Just my opinion. I'll be interested to hear what you think.
  22. Tanya Taylor February 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm #
    I vote for tamales. I've never tried making them so they're a bit of a mystery.
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