Sweet Things on Sunday

August is for peaches. Specifically Colorado peaches that are shipped across our border in the back of an enormous truck that sets up in the parking lot of La Fiesta in McPherson Kansas. You can buy an entire case if you want to. You want to.

Peaches are my most favorite food. When people ask me what I would like my last meal to be, here is my answer:
Four slices of toast: one on homemade bread with salty butter, one on whole grain bread with cherry preserves, one on sourdough with smashed avocado and lots of good salt, and one on wonder bread with mayonnaise and home-grown tomatoes. And for dessert, a Colorado peach in August with homemade whipped cream.


Here are a list of things that I want to do to peaches in August but probably won’t because, instead, I’ll just stand outside and eat them fresh from my grubby little hands because nothing’s better than that.

This Peach Galette with Baklava Filling from A Cozy Kitchen.

This Spicy Ginger Miso Slaw with Peaches from Love and Lemons (I really do intend to make this one).

This Peach Ricotta Layer Cake from Half-Baked Harvest. Will I make a layer cake? Absolutely not. Do I desperately want to taste this? Uh huh. I love adding ricotta to baked goods.

That’s just a few sweet things on this Sunday.

XOXO, Lib

Photo by Charles Deluvio 🇵🇭🇨🇦 on Unsplash

March Things

Funny thing about March, 2018: After about the first week, I just assumed we were in the last week. I had something really fun happening in the last week of March (I’ll write to you about it soon), and my impatience had me just assuming that we were in the home stretch through the whoooooole month. Like when you’re trying to fall asleep on Christmas eve but you’re so excited that you keep yourself awake and the the night seems to stretch on forever. That still happens to me and I’m 34.

Anyway, here are some things that happened in March when I was paying attention. Please be advised that a few of these links are affiliate links and I will receive compensation if you make purchases through those links.


I finished 2 books, both of which are completely out of my usual genres:
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero (which I will post about early next week and can not suggest enough even though I hate anything related to money talk).
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (which was a really fun, light, quick romance novel. An incredible pallet cleanser.)

Since those were both completely different from what I ordinarily read, I’m looking for something with a little more depth and story to it. I’m trying to decide between these two–what do you think?
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah or
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I recently started re-watching Master of None and it’s reignited the desire to start making pasta. I’ve always wanted to learn but my kitchens have always been so small and tiny. So if you hear of anyone offering pasta making classes in Central Kansas, hook a girl up. Of course I’d need one of these. Oh… and one of these.

Speaking of Netflix… I’ve always been a little bit of a font nerd but this fascinated me and I am going to be looking for/ noticing it all the time, now.

Once March hit, I only wanted to eat salads all the time always. Here are a few of my favorites:
From Cookie and Kate (I made this one all month long–it’s got all my favorite flavors).
From Shutterbean (I make this one the most)
From Love and Lemons (I’ve never made this one but it’s on my list. I can’t wait to try it.)

Raising My Kids to Be Unapologetic American Muslims. This is important, I think.

Design for Mankind is one of my favorite blogs of all time. Erin has an incredible way of melding the everyday, the spiritual, and the practical all together–which is my favorite way to live. Anyway, while we’re talking about food, here’s A Guide to Family Dinners.

Modern Mrs. Darcy wrote this article about The Discipline of Staying in the Room which really spoke to me. Rushing around makes me feel rushed. I love the intention of staying in the room.

I happened upon this Ted Talk interview with Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin and I’ve so-far shared it everywhere I possibly can. I love learning about friendships and I love learning about long-time female friendships. This whole thing is full of beautiful, hilarious quotes. “I don’t know what I would do without my women friends. I have my friends, therefore I am.” –Jane Fonda

And last but not least, I bought this kimono on Amazon on impulse after my friend Alyssa told me about it. I have never bought clothes on Amazon before and I fully expected it to be… janky af… to be completely honest with you. But it’s kind of perfect and I’m in love with it and fully intend to wear it everywhere this spring and summer. Over feminist t-shirts and ripped jeans. Over dresses and heels. Over my swimsuit. This thing will work for you I promise. I ordered my usual size and it’s a little big so if you’re worried about that, maybe size down. But there’s so little structure to it, sizing kind of doesn’t even exist. Also, I plan to just belt mine because there’s another look. For a mere $16, I’m telling everyone I know about this. Oh, also there are so many different patterns you could buy a dozen. I’m only half joking. I knooooow this sounds like a sales pitch but it’s just because I want you to have this in your life.

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Image description: Black and white photo of Libby being very, very extra in her beloved floral kimono, posing with one hand in the air and a huge smile on her face.

Other places I was published this month:
The Voyageer let me share a story of Ryan and I’s recent weekend away. Here’s a link to my favorite places to spend a weekend in Wichita. (And since we just got back from our trip to CA, we’re dreaming about where we should go next, this list should help.)
-I wrote an article for &/Both Magazine about being a fat person on vacation. I felt really vulnerable regarding this article because there were some parts that I hadn’t shared about, before. But it feels good to talk about it. You can order the magazine from here.
Or if you live in Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, or Lawrence Kansas, you can pick up an issue locally! Message me and I’ll let you know where.

XOXO, Libby

 

 

February Things 2018

We got home from San Diego on the first day of February. We stayed with our dear friends, Doug and Staci. Yes! The same Staci who runs the travel site, The Voyageer. If you ever get a chance–definitely go visit your friend the travel blogger who lives in one of the best vacation destination cities in the US. 10/10 highly recommend. We, seriously, had the best time! Truly, one of the most fun and relaxing vacations we’ve ever taken. Here’s a post that Staci wrote up following our visit!

Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading and learning about physical beauty. I’m super into it as a theory–not so much about chasing it but about what is beautiful and why. I’m loving these new posts that LaTonya Yvette is posting about “the beauty we choose to dismiss and/or makes us self conscious, different, or had an integral part in the way in which we’ve grown up”. This particular piece is about freckles.

Don’t read this NPR piece, make sure you listen to it. It’s only two minutes long. It’s worth it. Two Vets Celebrate Love: ‘If You Came to See the Bride, You’re Out of Luck’

I’m 1000% on board with this grandma’s family-dinner-related dating advice! We’ve all got our deal breakers. “Grandma Daniels rejected the idea that women should get less of anything: whether education, respect, or protein.”

I love interviews with photographers (here’s my most recent one, actually) because I think they tend to see the world in just a tiny bit different way than other people. This interview with Bridget Badore is full of stunning, practical insights. “I began to realize how important it is for personal narrative to be accessible. That’s how people build empathy outside of their immediate surroundings. Sharing your feelings is one of the strongest and bravest things you can do. I came to realize that you’re doing the people in your life a disservice if you’re not honest with them about your experiences.”

“Many so-called allies honestly believe that they’re fighting the good fight because they donate or protest at every chance they get. But if they’re not standing up for people like me when it counts the most, when we’re alone in institutional spaces that don’t make room for us, maybe they need to rethink their use of the label.” Academic Allies Treat My Queerness With Comfort, My Blackness With Hostility

I wrote a little bit about self-care: what it is and what it isn’t.

I wrote a travel piece called “Passengers of Size” for the Spring Issue of &/Both–our Body Issue. Click here to place your order.