Here in Houston, the start to the year has been wildly unpredictable – one day hot, one day cold, one day flooded, the next a city-wide wind tunnel… but lucky for us, all the good days have been on the weekends! On one of our best weather-weekends, we caught an amazing deal for the Houston Zoo Lights – something I’ve always wanted to see, and let’s face it, it’s NEVER too late for Christmas lights! If you’re ever in Houston during the holidays, it’s definitely worth a visit. I also went to a reading by Zadie Smith, hosted by Houston’s own Brazos Bookstore – I’m surrounded by a constant flow of community events (a lot of them free!) and this year, my main goal is to take every advantage of living in the city by going to as many events as I can. Next month: Amor Towles!!!
Here’s what I’ve been loving lately:
A Winter Soup: I’m in love, love, LOVE with this Smoked Sausage and Black-Eyed Pea Soup by Aunt Bee’s Recipes. I’ve never in my life cooked with dried beans – I’ve always thought, who has the time for that… it must take forever… but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s so easy! And delicious!
Homemade Butter: That’s right, I made my own butter, and it couldn’t have been any easier! My parents found the Martha Stewart Collection Butter Maker while out holiday shopping, and just couldn’t resist getting it for me, perhaps as a joke, but I love it! And to tell you the truth, all you really need is: A) heavy whipping cream (left to room temperature for 6 to 8 hours) B) a jar and C) a cheese cloth or strainer to cover the jar. After the 6-hour mark, pour the cream into the jar, cover, and shake for about 2 to 3 minutes – you’ll know exactly when the buttermilk has separated. Cover the jar with cheese cloth to pour out the buttermilk and voila, you have butter!
A Series of Unfortunate Events: I love this series! One part of me is sad I missed out on the series growing up, but the other part is over-joyed, the audiobooks are such a treat for those long, busy work days. Going into the Netflix series, I had some doubts on the casting, especially whether Neil Patrick Harris would be a silly Olaf or actually ring true to the character’s dark nature, but I’ve been convinced! Besides the singing, he’s the perfect Olaf. In addition to watching the new series on Netflix, I love catching up with one of my favorite booktubers, Cece from Problems of a Book Nerd, who discusses the series on her channel.
A New Link-Up: After being a long-time lurker, I finally decided to join the It’s Monday, What Are You Reading link-up hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. I love seeing what everyone is doing and reading every week, and it’s been a great chance to find new bloggers with similar reading tastes.
What have you been loving lately?