Things that made me smile today included a nice walk with a kind man, HC getting extra snuggly when faced with a temperature drop, more wedding candids appearing, and a confirmed upgrade for tomorrow night’s flight.


October: Home of my favorite holiday, weather, produce, and color scheme.

Also the birth month for a statistically significant number of favorite people.

So many that we decided to combine four of them into one big dinner. Twenty guests, “spreads on breads”, three main courses, three desserts, including a three layer carrot cake (allspice swapped for cardamom) with piles of maple cream cheese frosting (doubled for the extra layer).

For the main event, Toby #1 made veggie chili with cornbread, I made up a vegetarian shepherds pie with Marsala mushrooms, leeks, spinach, and a thick layer of mashed potatoes, and then the cassoulet.

That cassoulet was the product of an 18 month craving and it was worth the wait. Don’t skimp on the crust.

Lentil and Garlic Sausage Cassoulet. Highly recommended for crowds and cold nights. Best with red wine that’s used to standing up for itself or a light cider that hasn’t bothered with shouting in years.


Must be Friday.


snpsnpsnp:

snpsnpsnp:

current mood

just ordered a punching bag for the home

This’ll do.

snpsnpsnp:

snpsnpsnp:

current mood

just ordered a punching bag for the home

This’ll do.


I’m spending a good portion of the next few months’ weekdays in Minneapolis. I love Chicago, but I’m falling for it, Minnesota. I see you.


To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths (via buttension)

see, that’s gun control
you don’t take away a person’s right to bear arms
you take away a person’s ability to abuse their arms
i mean it’s high maintenance but i really think it’d be worth it if it saves lives  

(via vintagedressesandavocados)

(via dannielle)


Photos continue to show up from Matt and Erica’s wedding last month and this is my new favorite thing. 

Photos continue to show up from Matt and Erica’s wedding last month and this is my new favorite thing. 


Viola Davis talks about the childhood hunger problem in the U.S. at Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon. (x)

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Busy morning over here. Pink Pearl Hand Pies for brand new Olivia Lauren Smith. And then a baby apple pie for the extra filling. And then an Asian Pear crostata for the extra pie dough.


Friday scenes from my two favorite “offices.” The best snacks, warm colleagues, generous dress code…makes all the time in airports exceedingly worthwhile.

*Negotiated a much more productive day when HC acquiesced to just mashing her face into a single forearm rather than trying to lay across both of them. Because cats.