This weekend, I plan to:
1. Embark on a new bread baking adventure with my newest book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The luscious loaf that graces the screen above needs a little less salt—-otherwise, it is nearly perfection. More to come on that next week.
2. Ponder the wonderful ladies I met and some I reconnected with at our first bloggers’ luncheon. It was a delightful mixing of women, creativity, and technology. Denise, Kelly, and Jessica were there. I bet 12 in all. I’ll introduce you to more of them later. It was big fun. You should try it in your local area. Thanks Patty for organizing it.
3. Clean out various dusty and scary cupboards and corners of my winter worn house. I’d love to throw open the windows and feel the cool breeze blow through my tired bun. To make this clean-out yet more compelling, I plan to listen to the remainder of People of the Book.
4. Catch up on some Issues Etc episodes (smartest Christian talk radio out there) while I make my famous fish tacos. Malachi and Marcus (Steve’s oldest and middle sons) introduced me to fish tacos several years ago in Des Moines and though I was skeptical, I knew immediately I had to try to make them at home. I’ve been perfecting the recipe ever since. I blame this all on Todd Wilken and his very funny facebook stream on cats and fish tacos. And there could be a video tutorial in your future. Be very afraid. I often sing country songs while I cook.
5. Order Jasmine Green Tea (it’s a bulk tea—no bags) from the Bulk Herb Store online. My friend Susan (who also tutors my littles in Spanish and Latin) introduced me to this tea yesterday. I’m nearly speechless. I’ve always resorted to hot tea when I knew that to drink another cup of coffee would likely result in either a trip to the ER or a night full of infomercials in which I might order a bedazzler and/or a few sham-wows. I’ve never really been smitten with hot tea. This is hot tea that I am now craving. It’s just that good. Finally, a hot tea that doesn’t play 2nd fiddle to coffee. And a very talented friend who teaches spanish and latin, inspires me with her love for home and tea AND makes the best jewelry.
6. Peruse Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sherwin Williams for the perfect shade of fire engine red. I think it’s almost time to paint again. I’m sure the Lowe’s staff has missed me. And yet after all the painting I’ve done in the last year, my favorite project is till my turquoise painted kitchen cabinets. Maybe it’ll always be my favorite. I think all kitchen cabinets should be turquoise.
7. Make a few handmade goodies for upcoming birthdays. I’ve really enjoyed making Darby’s rice bags. They’re easy and fun and ONCE YOU LOAD YOUR NEEDLE CORRECTLY, take no time at all. I really don’t deserve my sewing machine. If it could talk, it would yell obscenities at me and my needle loading skillz.
8. Try to make time to clean up some of the links on my blog that haven’t worked since I switched to wordpress. Maintaining a blog can be a lot like work sometimes. Which reminds me, if you’ve asked me a question via email and I haven’t responded or heavens to betsy, if I promised to mail you a bookmark, please email me again with your address. And accept my sincerest procrastinating apologies. I’m not very organized with my correspondence. Or my spice cupboard. I intend to right all wrongs in both places if given half a chance.
9. I must stop at eight because my 7 year old is ‘needing’ the computer and screeching things in my ear like, “Mahhh-uuum, you can’t do more than EIGHT things this weekend. Pleeeeeease can I have the computer now?” In all fairness, she wants to try out a new typing program on the computer.
So, I’d love to know, what are you doing this weekend?