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A Big, Fat Lovefest

The trifecta of happiness. Rain, books, popcorn. I’m blaming that on today’s effusion of love for random smattering of things I love right now.


I am just about to sit down to browse through Ree Drummond’s new cookbook Food From My Frontier. Most people know who Ree is by now, but every once in a while I come across someone who hasn’t heard of her and I am more than prepared to gush.

Four words. Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn.

You are welcome. I’m not sure I have much more to add beyond that. Besides, I’m too busy eating shoveling it into my mouth.

Oh, and make extra. You’ll thank me later.

I love having a bathroom downstairs again. Moose and I keep forgetting and go all the way upstairs. It’s, dare I say, exciting! This project was a long time coming! And, although I haven’t posted on all the finishing touches yet (I’m so far behind on blogging people, you don’t even know), I love the mirror we got! I love HomeGoods too. One more for the list.

I’m probably preaching to the choir, but I love Kelle Hampton‘s blog Enjoying the Small Things. Regardless if I’m having a good day or a bad day, it makes my day even better. I read a lot of blogs; my RSS feed runneth over. There are a handful of blogs I check regularly, but many sit in my Google Reader account until I have a free evening to peruse them all. But not Kelle’s blog.  She’s the kind of person who loses her headband in a tree trying to take a picture of a sunset – I love it. And her running playlist (available at the bottom) is pretty great too.

(She also recently published her first book, Bloom. I’m looking forward to reading it!)

I won’t lie. In this house, Hootie and the Blowfish make their musical appearance pretty regularly. I (still) love Hootie.

In case you didn’t see me blabbing about it on Twitter, last weekend we went to the “Own the Night” tour starring Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker (aka modern-day Hootie) and Thompson Square. I may or may not have held my hands up in a giant “H” and yelled Hootie 14 or 17 times.

And Lady A is pretty cool too. (Not that Thompson Square isn’t, but we only caught the last half of their last song.)

All right, that cookbook is really calling my name now.

Happy Friday!

What do YOU love?

The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and so can I!

As I promised before, I will only share my reviews of books that I can’t stop babbling about to everyone I know.

I had heard of The Pioneer Woman once upon a time and kind of forgotten about her until I was reminded of her by my cookinista (I just made up that word) friend Katie . I was sold. The combination of Ree Drummond’s (aka The Pioneer Woman) beautiful photographs, witty commentary and down-home goodness is a win-win. I read her blog daily but I knew I needed to check out her cookbook.

I was not disappointed.

The awesomeness of this cookbook is three-fold:

First, my favorite thing about Ree’s recipes is that they are relatively simple and for real people. So many of Martha Stewart’s recipes look amazing, but I have no idea where to find fresh lavender springs, stone-ground very fine flax flour or jellied blueberry curd. Okay, I just made all those ingredients up, but you get the idea. Ree’s recipe ingredients lists are usually things I already have in the kitchen! Woohoo! Or I can at least find in a regular old grocery store. Who has time to travel to specialty food stores? Not me.

Secondly, I have a thing when it comes to cookbooks. No photos, no cookin’. The Pioneer Woman takes this to the next step by photographing each step. This was particularly helpful when I made her homemade cinnamon rolls – how to roll, cut and space the rolls in the pan.No recipe is too daunting.

And lastly, her commentary is hilarious. Let’s just say her golf club upbringing and LA lifestyle did nothing to prepare her for life on a cattle ranch and married to a cowboy. Yes, a real cowboy. I didn’t know they still made those. Throughout her cookbooks she reveals their life on the ranch in a photo-journalistic style – complete with babies, cattle, wheat fields and chaps. Farm life here I come.

The only downside of her cookbook is that her recipes are “decidedly caloric”. She uses plenty of butter and red meat. I’ve swapped out red meat for ground turkey in a few of her recipes to cut down on that.

But besides that, everything I have made so far is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! Check out Ree’s cookbook today!

What’s your favorite cookbook?