October 5, 2020

I think Organizing has reached an all new high this year, what with us spending so much time at home.  I mean, after securing a stash of toilet paper and getting the sourdough bread starter going, what else to do during this Covid season except work from home and organize your closets?  

Except for me.  My friend, Michelle, got me organizing my drawers and closets as a New Year's resolution (one drawer a w...

September 19, 2020

My school year starts next week, so I've been in kind of a rush to end summer properly.  Last minute organzing projects (a post for next week) and getting all my summer books read, stuff like that.

Have you read Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian series?  Oh, but you must!  Mr. Kwan is a Houston guy; he graduated from Clear Lake and went on to study at University of Houston.  His knowledge of the super rich and their sho...

August 22, 2020

There has been a lot of book reading, podcast listening and television binging as of late, way more than normal.  As we near the end of summer, it feels like we've watched everything, and there's nothing left to read.  One co-worker mourned to me, "There are no good books left to read."  But rest assured, Gentle Readers, I have found that new good book!

 The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampi...

July 19, 2020

Today is the day!  I have finally crafted the perfect Chilled Peach Soup!

 Super cute top from Old Navy, now 20% off!  Super cute earrings from Noonday, also on a tremendous sale!  Lipstick!  I'm wearing lipstick that I bought before I realized the plague that is upon us - Popsicle Lips by Sephora - Popsicle Lips - could you die?

Per our non-legally binding agreement (Parties: BustleandVim.com and The Gentle Rea...

July 9, 2020

I've taken the week off from Covid Projects.  My family has not.  Husband continues to bake bread, Younger is making marshmallows, Older has been crafting his own fresh mozzarella.  But none of them want to blog about the experience, and I, as already mentioned, am on hiatus.

So, when you're not up to the work, but still need a treat (and I always need a treat), here's what's let do:

Popsicles and Champagne...

June 21, 2020

Oh, hey there!  Take a seat.  Need a drink?  I know I do! (Laughs hysterically into the void.)
Let me whip up a little something for us.

We need the tonic of wildness... Henry David Thoreau

There's no way I'm the only person who has invented a new cocktail, based on whatever randomness can be found in one's pantry/fridge during the Quar. Can we call it that?  R. Eric Thomas calls it that, and if it's good...

June 15, 2020

I'm aware that Blueberry Soup doesn't just roll off the tongue and into the palate part of one's brain naturally.  I know this because when I made Blueberry Soup for my friend Shelby's birthday brunch a few years ago and presented the soup course, I got a lot of weird and worried looks.  Like, the ladies present didn't share covert glances, but BIG, WIDE eyes and exclamations of "What?"

Here's my motto: Op...

June 8, 2020

Well, Gentle Readers, I think I can say with confidence that Spring is over, and Summer now reigns, smacking us with her humidity scepter at every turn.

And I know that every Summer our thoughts turn to Soup.  Mmmm, soup, so warming...

But wait!  There's a better way!  I have prepared the most refreshing, yummiest chilled soup you've ever had!  Presenting: 

Honeydew Cucumber Soup

Ingredients:  2 cups hon...

May 25, 2020

I have my friend Andrea to thank for dragging me out of my quarantine doldrums, and giving me a task with meaning and purpose.  Introducing: Baking For Good!

She had the genius idea to take all that stress-baking and sourdough-humble-bragging that's filling our social feeds, and put it to good use: to host an online auction/virtual bake sale to raise money for the Central Texas Food Bank.  But she needed a tech-savv...

May 17, 2020

Y'all Gentle Readers, I have found this summer's ultimate dessert!


This dessert has everything*: 

Summer berry brightness - Check!

Sunshiny citrus - Check!

Cream Cheese coolness - Check!

Buttery Shortbread perfectness - Check!

Streusel Topping - Check, thank you, Lord, Check!

If you have never visited the wonder that is Delish.com, oh, but you must!  Here's the Lemon Blueberry Cheesec...

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