A list of things consumed by my head, heart, eyes, ears and stomach lately.
Please do not ask me how many times I ate avocado toast while we were in San Diego. When in
Rome Cali, right?? But actually, the trend started before that, at home, and smashing avo on top a piece of toast with a dash of nutritional yeast, a sprinkle of salt and a swish of olive oil is a pretty amazing low-maintenance breakfast.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman
I read this for book club last month and devoured it in a matter of days. Which isn’t saying all that much because it’s fairly short, but what I’m really trying to say it that I adored it. Prose that’s paired down, neat and concise and able to say so much by saying so little is my absolute favorite and Sarah Winman does it MASTERFULLY. I was blown away by how quickly and effortlessly she endears you to the characters. So much of this book is truly heartbreaking but there are so many tender moments of love, friendship and compassion too. I hope, if you read it, you love it as much as I did.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This is my favorite book. Ever! Which leaves big shoes for the movie adaptation to fill, but I’m happy to report that I mostly really liked it. Lily James was charming and though Michiel Huisman is handsomer than I had pictured Dawsey, I didn’t mind it. I super didn’t care for the hostility they wrote into Mrs. Maugery’s character (one of the most touching parts of the book is how instantly accepting the Guernsey characters are of Juliet) but 10 minutes in, Joey announced that he’d be reading the book and it meant more to me than he’ll ever know ♥
Gosh, this Cashew Yogurt (which it totally not yogurt and I feel weird about calling it that but hey, I didn’t name the recipe!) reminds me of something but I can’t place on my finger on what. That frosting that comes with Toaster Strudel perhaps?? Anyway, I made some a couple of weeks ago and ate it every day straight for a week. I am a major cashew lover so the flavor was so so good to me. Need to make another batch!
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
I enjoyed The Nightingale so I figured I’d give another Kristen Hannah novel a try aaaaand, I didn’t totally love it. I’ve read a few novels that had sort of an arctic setting and look, I’m sure it’s truly beautiful but I haven’t seen it with my own eyes and I’m NOT into cold weather so I think half the appeal of these types of books is lost on me right there. The plot of this one is also sort of dramatic in a very predictable way, though I will say her writing is lovely. So I guess I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
I really wanted to love this movie and parts of it were cute and fun but mostly I didn’t find it believable that this adorable and completely normal girl wouldn’t have friends and I was really put off by how the good-looking, athletic, popular guy got the girl. Totally deserving because his life seemed so unfair up until then… Also, I felt misled by the trailer because most of the guys she writes loves letters to are basically non-entities. Anyway, the younger sister was amazing! (P.S. I listened to a podcast this week and the two women in it had the exact opposite opinion of everything I just said.)
Bubbly Rose Health-Ade Kombucha
Took a little booch brew break while we were on vacation so I had to hit the store and left with this pretty bottle that tasted just as lovely.
And that’s it for this time! It’s Friday and we’re thinking of taking a stroll through RiNo to see the all the fresh street art plus a trip to the Farmers’ Market and another drive to the mountains. How about you?!