Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those long, sappy, quoting from a greeting card type of posts. I thought about it. I thought about doing a big list of all of the things and people that I’m thankful for. But if you know me at all, you know that’s not my style. Not that I’m not thankful for those things, I’m just not one to gush in public. My style is more straightforward, though just as sincere. So here it is:
Thank you. Whether you are family, friend, blog reader, shop customer, or some combination of the above, thank you. Your support is what helps keep my blog/shop/life/world going. You know who you are, and I hope you know you are appreciated. If not, I will work to remedy that.
Wherever you are in the world today, whether that’s here in the US or not, I hope your weekend is full of good food, friends, and family.
That there list of readables should tide you over for the holiday weekend. We are ready for T-day over here. Recipes have been picked out, groceries have been bought, turkey is already thawing in the fridge in preparation for brining tomorrow. Yes, brining. The boy has decided we are going all out with the turkey this year. I’ll… let you know how that goes. Hopefully awesome. I’m also making my favorite sweet potato casserole, various sides, and pumpkin cheesecake. Why, yes, I will be in PJ pants and a food coma most of the weekend, what’s your point?
On Sunday the 30th, though, I’ll be at the ATX Artisans Holiday Market, and you should totally stop by if you’re in town and maybe bring me some T-day leftovers for lunch. Cool handmade art for your shopping pleasure AND help cleaning out your fridge? I’m the full package small business food vacuum over here.
Just a reminder for you local folk: this weekend, aside from Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, also features Shop Local Sunday. And you can do just that at the ATX Artisans Holiday Market. ATX Artisans is an Etsy team of **all local** artists and makers dedicated to creating handmade, quality goods. This is our 2nd annual holiday market and one of the very few all-volunteer, artist-run markets in Austin. We’ve got roughly 50 different vendors who make all sorts of different things. You can see the full list of vendors here.
This year our show is also supporting the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We’ll have a silent auction whose benefits all go to LLS, and we also have a donation page set up here. Your support of either one will help fund therapies and treatments and help save lives today.
The show is this coming Sunday, November 30th from 10am to 5pm at the Holiday Inn Midtown (6000 Middle Fiskville Rd). I hope you can stop by and support local artists – or at least say hi! I’ll in booth 005 right in the foyer when you come in. And if you miss the market, all vendors can be found on Etsy for online shopping all year round.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
by Jenny Lawson (aka. The Bloggess).
I’ve been a long-time reader of Lawson’s blog, The Bloggess, and I finally got around to picking up her book. And if you like the humor and writing on her blog, you’ll like the book, because it’s more of the same, just expanded and somewhat organized.
Lawson takes us, in her own unique storytelling style, from her childhood growing up in rural Texas with an eccentric taxidermist for a father, through the trials of marriage and motherhood and generally being an adult. Some of the stories are outrageous (ok, most) but they do go a long way towards shining a light on why she is the way she is. And while everything is dealt with and presented with humor, she hits on some pretty heavy topics. Miscarriages, losing a pet, living with a pretty severe anxiety disorder – it’s not all happy times in the life of the Bloggess.
I loved the sort of free-format writing that comprises this book – exchanges of post-it notes with her husband, little sidenotes from her editor correcting some of her claims, general rambling and excessive post-scripts. It fits her voice. And it makes reading her book feel like she’s talking to you. You got lots of little insights about silly habits and the self-talk she has when she knows she’s being illogical but does things anyway. Or the kinds of things that you know we all think but no one ever says. It makes you feel like you know her. I particularly loved some of the off-the-wall conversations between her and her husband Victor; Ian and I have conversations that go off on strange tangents and we end up talking about something really random and weird, so I was glad to know we’re not the only ones who do that.
It’s not the quickest or lightest read, and she does sometimes get bogged down in her own tangents, but overall it’s a really fun book.
Modern moms looking for perfection in all the wrong places. “We’re overthinking child-raising, perhaps to make up for past generations who underthought it. Much of what our kids will remember will have nothing to do with whether their mac ’n’ cheese was organic and served on personalized plates made of glass you blew yourself.”
This nonsense of it being less than 30 degrees when I wake up can go away any time. One of the reasons I moved to & love Austin is its warm weather. Emphasis on warm, even supposedly in the winter. C’mon, city, get your act together.
Ahem. In other news, I have a new shop newsletter in the line-up for tomorrow. If you want in on that action, sign up here. Insider info shop-y goodness direct to your inbox.
I may not like the weather that accompanies this time of year (it’s currently only 28 degrees out – ick!) but I have to say, I do love the food. So today I’ve got a round-up of some of the best fall and winter recipes I’ve featured on the blog in the past. There is some good stuff here, check it out: