Blueberry Pie.

Let there be pie.

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Happy little Sunday things.

Happy Sunday reading!

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  • These Sweet Buttered Polenta Pancakes with Summer Berries. ()
  • On Depression, by Hyperbole and a Half. ()
  • These Chewy Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies. ()
  • How We Decided To Travel Around The World. ()
  • This Chicken, Pancetta, and Broccoli Naan Pizza. ()
  • What picture would they use? ()
  • This Roasted Tomato and Feta Guacamole. ()
  • How To Live An Extraordinary Life, a la Jennifer Lawrence. ()
  • These Tomato Soup Cupcakes. o____o ()

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DIY Sugar Scrub.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about running because for such a long time after my injury this winter, I was either not running or running so inconsistently it was hardly worth mentioning. At first, there were too many snowstorms. Then too much traveling. Then — too many excuses.

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But ever since June, when I moved into my new home (which Troy generously stocked with a super fancy treadmill), I’ve made a point to make a change. And honestly it’s been tough. No matter how many marathons you’ve completed, running is really hard when you haven’t done it for a long time. And, for me, somebody who runs for meditation and not for thrill of sweat and heavy breathing, the added difficulty makes the whole operation not so fun.

But in the past 10 weeks or so, I’m finally closer to that place where running is fun again — a place where my body is no longer begging for mercy. I’m back to running 30-35 miles a week. And though those miles are super slow and not without water breaks, I am happy to be having fun again.

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My feet, however, are not having such a nice go of it. I have no better word to describe them than ‘gnarly.’ So this sugar scrub, paired with a long soak in the tub and my favorite Miles Davis record, is a pre-bedtime mainstay these days. You can use any essential oil that you enjoy or have on hand — I happen to love lavender. This sugar scrub is good for your feet, or any other bit of your body that needs some extra exfoliation — including your face. Sweet!

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Happy little Sunday things.

Happy Sunday!

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  • This Peach Lambic Float with Whiskey Ice Cream. ()
  • Fruits and veggies doin’ yoga. ()
  • This Tart Cherry BBQ Sauce. ()
  • The Paranoid Hypochondriac’s Guide to the Ebola Outbreak. ()
  • This Strawberry Pop Tart Pie. (Good lord.) ()
  • Cat Caroling with Kid President. ()
  • This Funfetti Biscotti. ()
  • Apparently this kid is a delightful human. ()
  • This Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Fresh Mozzarella Pizza. ()

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Buttermilk Donuts with Strawberry Jam Glaze.

We’ve turned the page on July and August is now before us — which is quite generally my annual cue to start obsessing over all things autumn. This is the case more than ever this time around, as I wade two months deep into my new summertime-in-Mississippi lifestyle.

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A homegrown New Englander and a disciple of the New England way of life, autumn means very particular and very special things to me. Crunchy leaves are a good place to start — rounded out with pumpkin-flavored sundries, flannel sheets and shirts, and a hollowed-out chilliness that feels refreshing — and somehow private — after the long haul of summer sweat and dehydration. I swoon.

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I’ve been assured that it’ll be a long while still until the Mississippi fall comes to its full atmospheric potential — so I’m taking care to heed the siren song of Pumpkin Spice as long as I am able. Until then, let’s linger round with the strawberries just a little bit longer.

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With very few changes, I’ve adapted these donuts from this brilliant cupcake recipe. In fact, I’ve essentially baked cupcakes in a donut mold and am attempting to pass them off to you as the latter. And I am entirely unapologetic in this pursuit. This is about as good as it gets — until October.

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Happy little Sunday things.

This weekend we are at a wedding in New Hampshire. Here’s a quick look at our stop-along-the-way at the Allagash Brewery in Portland, New Hampshire. Happy Sunday!

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Wilted Red Cabbage with Mint and Feta.

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I have long been an eat-your-vegetables kind of person — but on a somewhat conditional basis. That is, I think that there are things that you can do to a vegetable that are just wrong (boiling cabbage, over-steaming broccoli, undercooking garlic are just a few examples…) Call me a heretic, but sometimes a vegetables is absolutely and without question not worth eating.

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A year and a half after its publication, I’m still amazed by some of the things I come across in Deborah Madison’s epic homage to all things green and good and from the earth: Vegetable Literacy. It’s as if she has reached into the pages and enchanted the eggplants, charmed the chard, beguiled the broccoli. Every recipe is simple and beautiful and magical — the flavors, textures, and colors all joining forces to build something that is not only delicious, but dignified and somehow regal.

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This wilted red cabbage is no exception. It is good in all the ways that a vegetable can be good, and so extraordinarily worth eating.

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Happy little Sunday things.

Happy Sunday reading!

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  • This Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake. ()
  • On coming in last. ()
  • This Fried Green Tomato Grilled Cheese. ()
  • From The Hairpin: What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name. ()
  • This Halibut Ratatouille. ()
  • Here’s what every trendy restaurant menu looks like. ()
  • This Coconut Rice Pudding with Roasted Cherries. ()
  • “Because it’s none of your business,” and other reasons women take birth control. ()
  • This Blueberry Mousse Cheesecake. ()

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Gluten-Free Greek Yogurt Cornbread Muffins.

To paraphrase Chris Rock: Cornbread is a beautiful, magical thing.

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But, I admit, I sometimes forget about it. That was certainly not the case, however, post-run a couple weeks back — when I absolutely, positively, very-very much wanted (needed??) some cornbread.

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It’s like they say: When the Cornbread Muse speaks to you, you listen. And thus were born a batch of these very tasty cornbread muffins, a bit of a riff of this basic gluten-free cornbread recipe from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. The muffins are thick and fluffy — substantial — and unlike any other flour-free corn muffin I’ve ever met. The Greek yogurt is the big game changer here, lending a helpful (read: fluffy and tart) hand to an already effervescent and leavening-rich batter.

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Since that first batch, cornbread has continued to be on my mind — with new ways to make this great base recipe even greater. While I continue to find my footing in my new life in the south, I am grateful to have such an important southern sundry under my belt.

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Happy little Sunday things.

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