Saturday Small Talk

It’s Saturday. You made it! I’m playing for a wedding this weekend, but mostly hope to spend a bunch of time in the hammock with a book. I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series–it feels perfect for summer! Just the right amount of light and happy and engaging. What are you reading?

In case you missed it…how to freeze blueberries (and most other berries, also).

For road trip inspiration: the best ice cream shops in the US.

5 things every grown up should be saving money for.

14 of the most scenic rail trips in Europe.

How to write a sympathy card.

Toasted marshmallow ice cream cake with salted carmel.

A hammock hot tub (life changing).

Do you feel stuck at work?

Make drumstick ice cream cones at home.

Did you hear? LOL is dead.

Conflict in relationships can be healthy if you handle it well. The best: “I may have misunderstood your intentions, but this hurt me & I’d like to talk about it.”

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday Small Talk

How was your short week after Memorial Day? I don’t know about you, but it’s nice to be at another weekend already. We’re in Sarnia, ON, this weekend celebrating my cousin and his soon-to-be-wife’s wedding. I love celebrating love, so this promises to be a good weekend.


In case you missed it….the easiest banana bread recipe and some tips to make your summer camping trip awesome.

Two pieces on why we really don’t need our dream job: Huffington Post and Around the Table Podcast.

7 tips for a better night’s sleep.

Speaking of sleep…getting more sleep means getting more done. Science is backing me up.

Traveling Paris on a budget.

A list of long thru-hikes that aren’t the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. Superior Hiking Trail is definitely on my list–I just need 4 weeks of vacation time. Employers? I can do that right?

Great tools for working remotely.

Goal: spend 31 nights outside this summer. Not consecutive, total. Challenge accepted. I’m two in.

Paper notebooks aren’t dead, even in this digital age.

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday Small Talk

Folks, it’s a crazy weekend. I worked last night, and I’m spending all of today accompanying a dozen junior high kiddos at Solo and Ensemble. Thankfully, tonight and tomorrow afternoon promise to be relaxing and enjoyable. Three cheers!

IMG_20150416_150211If you’re a blogger and want to increase your traffic (because that’s all of us), Michael Hyatt has some killer resources posted right now. Start here.

Some tips for selling your stuff on the internet, including eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook.

One phrase every kid deserves to hear over and over and over again.

As candidates are announcing their presidential runs, more and more Americans are identifying as Independent.

This summer, I’m going to put in plants that repel mosquitoes.

Strong is the new pretty (a gorgeous photography project).

Would you allow your body to be composted after you die?

A long, but worthy read about moral traits of the people we want to become.


Saturday Small Talk

Another Saturday. I just adore these summer days. Yesterday, Bob and I spent our day picking blueberries, poking around the garden, and enjoying the relatively cool temperatures. Ah summer. Today, we’re off to Traverse City to hang out with some friends. We might go hiking, we might go beaching, we might do neither. We’ll see where the wind blows us.

If blueberries are in season where you live, try this blueberry galette by Ruth Reichl. It look delicious!

I want to try Emily’s corn chowder. If you haven’t been over to visit lately, her commentary on their first few weeks of marriage is a riot!

Bonavita inspired me to try baby back ribs this summer. Want to come for dinner?

And another blueberry recipe: Blueberry Mojito. You’re welcome.

Happy Saturday, friends!


Saturday Small Talk

I’m sitting here, still snuggled in bed, looking out our window at the snow clinging to the evergreens. This is what Saturday mornings are all about. Pretty soon here, there will be pancakes to eat, some projects to work on, and then we’re taking to the woods with our snowshoes. Glorious day!

Thanks to a small gig I have, I’ve been introduced to the brilliance and wisdom that is Michael Hyatt. Here are some tips for how to shave 10 hours off your work week.

Seven Foods a Nutritionist would never eat. I have to say, I’m disappointed to hear sad tidings about rice cakes.

Successful people do some key things before breakfast. While I feel this author has a lot more time in her mornings than I do (and it’s not because I sleep in!), this article will give you some food for thought.

In general, Fast Company seems to be a great site! Great variety, catchy design, awesome photos.

Last weekend in the great, white northland, we made pancakes on the griddle and flipped them with this lovely spatula. I’m ordering one. Today, probably.

Happy Saturday!


Saturday Small Talk

This is my first two day weekend since the beginning of June. I kid not. And I can’t wait! The fiance is in town (yay!), and we intend to make and eat a lot of really great food, go paddle boarding, and make an appearance at a family reunion. A good weekend all the way around,.

Ann Voskamp wrote a convicting piece about grace, life circumstances, gifts, and family.

I would like to make one of these. Just have to find a dresser!

Here is a truly tasty looking breakfast recipe. Don’t have breakfast plans for your Saturday morning? Try this!

Enjoy an afternoon on your porch with this refreshing drink. It claims to have health benefits, as well!

I may have posted this already, but it bears a repeat. Grilled guacamole. It’s a thing.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!