frappy friday #35

Good morning y’all!  Let’s just get right to it, shall we? Need anything before we get started? Alright, here’s what I have for you today:

  1. The final epsiodes of New Girl aired this past week, and it was an emotional time for my house.  We’re all avid New Girl fans, and we hate to see the show come to an end, but if the show must come to an end then I wouldn’t have wanted it to end any other way.  I thought they did a really great job at wrapping everything up. I was very pleased.
  2. Another book I’m adding to my list. Y’all, so many books and not enough time.
  3. “Friendship is being able to have the hard conversations, and being willing to listen.  It’s a million little things.” A new show is coming to ABC, and one of its stars is James Roday, who used to star in Psych.  I was a huge fan of Psych so I’m pumped to see James Roday coming out with a new show.  I think this role is so opposite of Sean from Psych, and from the looks of the trailer, it seems as though James does a great job of portraying his character.
  4. This Summer Indie Craft Experience looks like fun.  Anyone want to go?
  5. This quote really convicted me.  Y’all know I don’t have a morning routine, and am scrambling most days just to get out the door. I totally believe that sets the tone for my day.  Time for a change. Help.
  6. I’m going to attempt to make these tomorrow morning in honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. If you’re wondering, how can I watch the royal wedding, I got you covered.  Check out this article. Go to bed early folks, it’s going to be an early start!
  7. Listened to Episode 244: Summer Movie Preview of The Popcast this week. If you love movies, then you’ll love this episode. They talk about everything that is coming out this summer and make predictions of which movies they think will be a hit or a flop.
  8. Guys, I can’t recommend enough that you pre-order Hannah Brencher’s new book Come Matter Here.  I’ve only read the first two chapters, but oh my goodness, it is GOOD. I brought it up twice in bible study this week because I thought it pertained so well to what we were talking about. I’ve already received a copy of the book, but I also pre-ordered one, and I’d love to give it to one of YOU.  First person to contact me, it’s all yours!
  9. chef’s table.  I was prompted to watch this Netflix series after seeing so many people rave about it. I watched the first episode of the latest season (the episode about Christina Tosi creator of Milk Bar), and it was nothing at all like I was expecting, and that is NOT a bad thing.  I’m not exactly sure what my expectations were, but the episode definitely exceeded them.  The show struck a sentimental chord within me that I wasn’t prepared for.  It caused me to pause and reflect on my own relationship with baking, and acknowledge that baking means so much more to me than making a sweet treat.  It’s a way for me to connect with my family. Looking back on my childhood, I became aware that for birthdays and celebrations mom always handmade something.  Which I’m convinced made me a baked good snob, because as I’ve grown older I’ve become increasinly aware that I just don’t care for store bought baked goods.  But it’s more than just about taste, it’s about the history behind the recipe.  Mom’s two signatures are red velvet and coconut.  Please don’t make me pick my favorite because they’re both so delicious. Mom’s red velvet is different from others becuase she doesn’t use cream cheese frosting. Which some may say, “that’s what makes a red velvet cake!” But I beg to differ.  And the coconut cake has a special pink layer that always seems to taste the best to me. The recipes were past down from Ann, my mom’s mom, to her daughters, my mom and her sisters.  At eleven years old, my mom, along with my two aunts and uncle mourned the loss of their mama. Called home to Jesus, I never had the opportunity to meet Ann, but I feel like I know her. Because she’s remembered in every red velvet cake my mom makes for Christmas (half the cake iced with nuts and half without,  just for my cousin Anna).  I’ve gotten to know Ann through the stories my mom tells about how she would always make mom a cherry mericino cake for her birthday and decorate it like a flag because mom shares a birthday with George Washington.  But it’s not just Ann we remember. Almost three years ago, my mom lost her sister, Melanie.  While we miss her greatly, we know she’s living in paradise eating all her favorite baked goods next to her mama and daddy. But Melanie’s still with us at every family gathering, especially at Thanksgiving, when her daughter, Michelle, makes her mom’s signature angel biscuits – my favorite!

That’s all for today folks.  If you’re free Saturday morning and want a blueberry rosemary scone, you know who to call. Sending you all my love this weekend.

Peace,love&fraps,

Ash

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