I’m bursting with a backlog of blog posts and it’s all going to come out in an incomprehensible torrent tonight. Apologies in advance. To start: The weather has been gorgeous in New York – perfect picnic weather after a Trader Joe’s run that included raspberries and TJ’s shortbread.
Then, it was Alex’s FIFTH birthday this past week, so I baked him a ninja cake, because, you know, that’s what you do. I love this King Arthur’s Flour “golden cake” recipe - I’ve baked it a couple of times and it always makes the most amazingly moist perfect layer cake. The key is room temperature ingredients. Then, I make the frosting/glaze out of coconut oil, honey and butter. It looks wonky and homemade but both my guys keep requesting it, so I guess there’s that. Awesome Ninja Toppers from ThinkAndThin on Etsy.
My transition to Upper West Sider is complete, I bought a cart. Which has been a life saver, since, as a beloved landlord used to say “I was born under a schlepping sign.” Truer words.
I served two weeks on Grand Jury which while disruptive, and at times upsetting, was also a deeply contemplative time, to be outside my routine and world for a few weeks. I explored Chinatown and SOHO and finally got to try BlackSeed bagels, which had been blowing up my Instagram for months. #delicious. I read a lot during Grand Jury duty, since any day I can read is a good day. I read artist Anne Truitt’s journal Daybook which I will do a longer post about, but highly recommend in the meantime. She writes about life, being an artist, a mother, a wife, a woman – she writes with a simple insightful style that is addicting. I kept wanting to be around Anne, to read slower so I could spend more time seeing the world through her eyes. Recommend x 100. I also read two solid dystopian young adult reads: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Orleans by Sherri Smith. Both would make good airplane or beach reads, they are absorbing worlds and easy to escape into.
I got a manicure last week with a new to me non-toxic polish, Zoya in color Kylie 2. It’s a warm coral color and I’m all for the non-toxic part, but the reason I’m blogging about it is that I’ve never had a nail polish last SO LONG. I’m a hands on person and usually my polish chips the day of or day after a pedicure so a whole week seemed pretty amazing. Finally, I’ve been making ice cream sundaes with these dang toasted coconut chips. #really delicious.