March 10, 2017

I love lists

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Welcome to I Love Lists!   It’s Friday. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. Number 7 made me laugh.
  2. A lazy day is a good excuse to make blondies.
  3. What writers do when they write.
  4. A beautiful photo series.
  5. What do you do?  I try to avoid it as much as I can.
  6. If only the Oscars’ people were better at fonts.
  7. Taxing people on soda in Philly is working so well taht…
  8. People living until 150? Oh gosh.
  9. Hitchcockian is fun to say.
  10. Pinworthy: chicken nuggets / cat squadfood pins
  11. I have a crush on this dress. 
  12. Note to self:
  13. What a pretty cake!
  14. I got 36 at heart...
  15. Also I’m between 37-43 according to my food preferences.
  16. Aaaaaaand I have perfect color vision. BAM. Last part was hard!
  17. Good idea alert: tater tots in the waffle maker
  18. Wait. People dip pizza into milk????? WTF.
  19. Casey and I like puzzles….
  20. I seriously LOL’ed at some of these.
  21. Ahhh! All of these are so good.
  22. You’ll never look at cashews the same way again. (dramatic)
  23. Security camera hack turns into art.
  24. Banksy opens a walled off Hotel.

Questions for you:

Has anyone started their own little free library? How did it go?!

Any good weekend plans?

What are you eating lately? I’m totally in a food rut and need ideas.

  • Angela

    I was in a food rut because I didn’t have time to meal plan (grad school, man). But since I just finished a quarter I just made your recipe for pulled pork and turned it into nachos. I also made a twice baked sweet potato with the pulled pork, apple & cheese, SO GOOD.
    Also made this: http://pinchofyum.com/sweet-potato-noodles (with BACON)
    & this recently http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-zuppa-toscana-234423

  • Lisa

    Food ideas:
    1. Smitten Kitchen roasted cauliflower with lime juice and pepitas is so good.
    2. Sauté an onion and some garlic and a couple of tablespoons of curry paste and then add a bunch of chopped black kale. When it’s all cooked together I stir in a can of coconut milk.
    3. We’ve also been putting fresh ginger in our stir fried rice.

  • Anne

    Love nr 3 – I’ve just been a test reader on a crime novel scheduled to be published in June – always interesting to gain a writer’s insight to the process of writing a book

  • Kristen

    We have several free little libraries scattered throughout Charleston, and even one across the street from my house. One of our local nonprofits also made one that consists of several mailboxes that put the books into genres. I love them and they are a great way to share books and community:)

  • Ashley

    I’ve been in a huge phase where I want any type of Asian food, all the time!
    Some of my all time favorites I’ve revisted lately, if you’re in a rut:
    Heather Christo’s Paleo Asian Sweet Potato Noodles with Pork Ginger Meatballs
    Momofuku’s Bo Ssam (it’s INSANE, you would love it)
    Salt and Wind’s Mediterranean Lamb Burger OR Lam Pita with Tahini and Zhug

    And now I’m starving…

    • Tracy

      I’ve always wanted to make that Bo Ssam. Maybe I’ll do it the next time my brother is in town!

  • Chelsea I Baked Greens

    Food rut ideas: stuffed potatoes. I just roast up a few russett and/or sweet potatoes on Sunday, then we load them with veggies/protein, top with cheese, and broil. At least a few nights a week, that’s dinner. Sometimes we go the taco/burrito-esque filling route, sometimes it’s more of a cheesy broccoli situation. In all cases, it’s delicious and satisfying.

    • Tracy

      Love it! I would do that ALL THE TIME if Cooper was into melted cheese. For some reason he’ll eat pizza but NOTHING ELSE that has melted cheese on it. Can you imagine not liking grilled cheese sandwiches? I can’t….

      • Mandy

        Does he like hummus? Make a grilled hummus sandwich instead…. works great!

        • Tracy

          What a good idea! Right now he’s not into hummus so maybe when he’s back into again, I’ll give it a shot.

      • Kate

        My daughter (14) loves pizza and despises cheese in all other forms. Always has. She She explained it to me finally: the taste of the tomato sauce mitigates the presence of the cheese!

  • amy

    So weird that you mentioned the free little libraries! Just this morning I was at our public library committee meeting and we talked about putting up another one in our town. They are so fun and I just love the idea! As for food, we had two good meals from Purple Carrot this week. One was pasta in roasted red pepper sauce with asparagus and red peppers and the other was a grape leaf pilaf with freekeh and topped with a black eyed pea salad, roasted carrots with sumac, pomegranate seeds, and a lemon yogurt drizzle. I was skeptical while reading the recipe, but it was truly delicious. I’ve never used grape leaves as a green (only had them stuffed with rice), but they were really good mixed with the freekeh.

  • Lorelle

    I put up a Little Free Library a few years ago! It’s very easy- you can make your own (of course) or buy one from the LFL store. I ended up buying an unfinished one from BearPondWoodworks on Etsy and painted it to match my house. I registered but I think people just stop by as they walk around town, rather than seeking it out. Many friends have donated books and I also keep it stocked by taking advantage of book sales at my public library. You should start one!

    I also have seen Little Free Seed libraries in my neighborhood, with free plant seeds! Another great idea!

    • Tracy

      Seed library!! There’s a library here that has a seed section. I thought it was sooooooo cool!

  • Megan

    Pizza in milk?!? No. NO!

  • Shannon Y.

    Overnight oats have changed my mornings this week. I made the classic recipe here with lemon yogurt, coconut milk, and added some frozen raspberries. So easy and something to eat off of for the whole week, which is especially nice on those rushed mornings.


    • Tracy

      Maybe I’ll add some overnight oats in the morning routine. Sometimes I get a weird aversion to the texture of oatmeal in the morning. Maybe I gotta work through it.

      • Valerie

        If you have a hard time with the texture of oatmeal, would highly recommend steel cut oats rather than rolled oats, Tracy! I think the flavor/texture is 1000% better than rolled oats. 🙂

  • Donna

    Happy weekend! They seem to be pretty popular here in Toronto. Last year, I discovered 3 little free library’s while taking a walk around the neighbourhood (all on the same street)! I’ve only ever borrowed one book, but I’ve stocked them with books when I’m done reading them. I just love the concept!

  • Jamie

    Also have perfect vision (BAM!) but those last three were so hard. = )

  • Jamielynn

    Current food obsession – package of TJ’s cooked lentils with TJ bruschetta, eaten on the couch in from of Abtract on Netflix (have you watched it yet?) with whatever chip vessel I can scrounge up. I’m all about the semi-homemade TJ’s diet this month.

  • Victoria

    I’m getting ready to go on vacation, sooo food rut city is in fulllll force! I’ve got: pancakes with sausage andcooked apples ans scrambled eggs happening tonight. I did broccoli soupon Sunday…Burritos and salad on Friday. Fried chicken (southern style boneless thighs, not the fulllll on fried chicken) with mashed potatoes sweet milk gravy and green beans on Thursday. Chili on Wednesday. Marinated flank steak with smashed potatoes and asparagus on Tuesday. And that’s as far back as I can think rught now. LOL! Next up: sloppy joes or hamburgers with tater tots.

    Good luck!

    Ps I read your reply to the comment asking for your linguine recipe and <3 <3 <3 that you hold some recipes back! I NEVER used to share recipes with anyone. My mantra was, if you like it, come and see me and I'll make it for you. Then food blogging became a thing and I saw the beauty of making other people's food. I mean, I make your chocolate sour cream bundt cake and call it "Tracy's…" . So, I've gotten better. I share now. But, there are STILL some recipes that I just can't. Glad you get it too!

  • Jillian

    Pepsi is trying to use the soda tax as an excuse in order to hold Philadelphia workers hostage. They had billions in profits last year. The tax is being used for universal early childhood education. Pepsi needs to do the right thing. This is extortion.

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