friday things

just a delightful tiny bathroom. whole house is great.

cold and flu season is upon us. it hit me without warning. one minute i was blowing my nose repeatedly and the next i was under the covers shivering. i had nothing here to help. totally unprepared.

this elderberry syrup is on it’s way. also for what it’s worth i sent mike anderson to the store to get echinacea tincture which i swear does nothing for preventing a cold but works miracles once you’re in the throes of it. i took 5 dropper-fuls yesterday and i felt heaps better after the 4th.

too soon? this shop is having a sale on ornaments.

this sambal oelek roasted chicken couldn’t be easier to make. an overnight marinade (or the morning of if you’re like me and forget to do that) of 5 ingredients plus salt and then dump it all into a roasting pan when you’re ready to cook.

this le labo shower oil is on my list. it’s a cleansing oil and a moisturizer all in one. which is so great for lazy people with dry, winter skin. plus it smells like mandarin and geranium.

did you know anthropologie now sells farrow and ball? it is expensive but let me tell you of all the painting of walls i have done (a lot) the f&b colors have blown me away and i continue to love them years later. i have used teresa’s green, black blue, st. giles blue and london clay. all but london clay still stand. which i loved but got a hair and changed it to a color i hate. so…wallpaper?

this show just got better and better. i found it to be only mildly scary. but i also found myself completely blown away by certain aspects of it. the scenes where they did it all in one take? so so great. it’s also quite sad. family dynamics shit. not what i was expecting. highly recommend.

i like this very much.

fresh etsy

sick in bed and finding great things. like…

this pretty lidded serving bowl for your thanksgiving mashed potatoes.


and this cool checkerboard gift wrap.

this pretty periwinkle blue rug.

this perfectly worn kitchen sized antique turkish rug.

and this seashell christmas ornament.

seriously tho, what are the best over the counter cold remedies? please help.

soup tho

well it’s definitely soup season.

these are my go to’s:


ina’s roasted butternut squash with curry condiments.

guess what though? i never do the curry condiments part. not because they don’t appeal to me but bc i typically can’t be bothered. i also cut the recipe in half and sometimes add 1 bulb of fennel. i also sometimes swap the curry powder for my homemade berbere spice seasoning. i make a jar full once a year.


saveur magazine’s german split pea soup.

the best there is. celery root is a game changer and if you don’t use ham hock in your split pea soup, well, you just shouldn’t even bother.


game day beer chili.

i know chili isn’t soup but this is the chili i make over and over. it’s really really good.

sometimes (most times) i swap the beef for ground turkey (dark meat).

and if you’re going to make this chili (or any chili) then you definitely need to make the world’s most amazing cornbread:


i have never added the corn kernels bc who has time for that? it’s still fucking delicious. i also make it gluten free by using cup4cup all purpose flour. i also omit the ww flour and just use all gf. it’s always perfect. it’s also amazing for breakfast the next day.

jamie oliver’s minestrone soup.

ok i consider this a vegetable soup with beans. i never add the pasta and it’s seriously the most delicious soup ever. and it gets even better after a day or two.


gwyneth’s french onion style white bean soup.

this is not french onion soup. it’s white bean soup with sauteed onions and fennel.

she adds cheese topped bread and sticks it under the broiler at the end but i don’t because i don’t really eat bread or cheese. but if you do, then by all means…don’t let me stop you.

i make this one a lot because i tend to have all the ingredients on hand and it’s easy to put together for lunch.

please share your favorite soups with me.