Happy Monday! Let’s get into it. What are we making for dinner? How about something with corn? Let’s blow it out with the corn until Summer ends, OK?
This recipe for Creamy Corn Basil Pasta is extremely simple. Perfect for a Monday. We cook bacon and then we cook corn in the bacon fat. Then we add some cream to the mixture along with pesto and we stir that into hot spaghetti. We top the spaghetti with the crispy bacon and all is right with the world.
Wait. I forgot to say that there’s also a ton of Parmesan in the mix because MORE IS MORE! This is the dish I’ll be thinking fondly of when we’re in the dead of winter and there’s no sunshine to be found. If you want to push it over the edge and exploit all of summer’s bounty, add is some fresh chopped tomatoes while you can!
I just finished Rosie Project (FINALLY) last week and really loved it and I’m on the hunt for something new to read. Got any recommendations? Did anyone read The Rosie Effect? Should I go for it?
So, here’s the deal. I have two plane flights this week to fly back east for my grandmother’s funeral and I’m sitting here staring at my bookshelf in our bedroom…..packing my journal & reading material. What to take? WHAT TO TAKE?! I’m feeling like I need something in the self-help realm. But I also kinda wanna get lost and spark some creativity. Here’s what I’m staring at on my bookshelf….wondering how many will fit in my bag
The Little Book of Confidence– I bought this because I need a good pep-talk every now and then. And when I say every now and then, I mean always.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature Signs– Maybe this is the one! I freaking LOVE learning about nature and what to look out for. My brain is part Virgo so I’m always collecting information like this. I can’t help it!
The Book of the Zodiac– This is one of my FAVORITE astrology books. It’s tiny….and looking at it right now reminds me that I want to read a little more about Virgos.
You Can Find Inner Peace– GUESS WHY I BOUGHT THIS?!! Because I wrestle with my inner jerk a lot. This is another book I turn to when I need a little pep talk.
There was a 3-year period in my late 20s when my friends and I would have weekly Ladies Craft Night that coincided with the TV show, Project Runway. Oh, and I think we watched the first three seasons of Glee together too. Our Ladies Craft Nights involved dinner, cocktails, ladies chats, and some sort of paper craft. Us introverts were so talked out by the end of the night that it took us the rest of the week to regain our strength for next week’s craft night. It was awesome and it truly filled my heart to be around like-minded women. I feel fortunate that the three of us were dedicated to keep that routine going.
What I loved about these craft nights was that everyone shows up with something to offer. If it’s not a technique, it’s a good story, it’s a hug when you need one, it’s the support of people who are on your same wave length. It’s those moments of vulnerability when you’re laughing so hard and you’re not sure your bladder can handle it. Maybe you had a little whiskey? Maybe you’re just living? Maybe you just feel better when you’re coloring a drawing while talking.
In the back of my brain I’ve been daydreaming about hosting creative workshops in the Bay Area (and maybe BEYOND!). I want it to be similar to the ladies craft nights I used to have with my lady friends. Food + crafts + drinks. There’s a lot to work out, and I’m not sure how many people I would want to come for a workshop (ahem, introvert who prefers intimate gatherings). But there’s no way to figure out all of those things unless I actually do it.
Last week, I hosted a Ladies Craft Night at my friend’s shop Neve + Hawk in San Anselmo. It was 4 hour chunk of time with creative ladies and I think it went pretty well!