You know it's spring break when I've managed to read three books in a week. And you know, you're old, when you spend spring break reading three books. Ah well, that is the glamorous life I live. Here are three books that I think you'll enjoy...
Like many, I was heartbroken when Nora Ephron died. It's not like I knew her, so it seems like a silly thing to say, but I felt like I knew her. Her writing made you feel like you were her friend. I selfishly wish she was still around so we could have one more book (or play, or movie...I'm not picky). This week I downloaded Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog a memoir written by Nora's sister, and writing partner, Delia Ephron. I was delighted to discover that Delia is just as wonderful a writer as her sister (although it shouldn't be a surprise). Best of all, the audio version is read ("performed" as my Audible account says) by Meg Ryan. For fans of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail, you know how brilliantly Meg reads "Ephron." It feels like you're having lunch with your clever best-friend or, and I mean this as the highest compliment, one more book from Nora.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I finally got to listen to it this week while I, wait for it, tidied up my apartment (my Audible account had built up some credits). The book is full of great advice like, "If something doesn't give you pleasure, throw it away." Of course there, are also a few things I found a bit extreme, like unpacking your purse at the end of each day. It sounds like a nice Mr. Rogers-esque activity, but it's not something I, as someone who leaves lipgloss in every purse, will be adapting anytime soon. Her habit of "thanking" your items also amuses me, but I suppose it's no different than other attempts at showing gratitude. As someone who has moved no less than ten times in the last ten years, I pride myself on having less "stuff" than the average person. However, a few trips through my kitchen and drawers resulted in no less than four big bags of "stuff" for Housing Works. If you have the chance, I highly recommend listening to the book while you clean. It feels like she is right there with you, helping to move things along.
It's been touted as the next Gone Girl, so when my book club picked The Girl on the Train for next month's read, I was more than happy to pick it up. After starting this week, I'm about half-way through (reading, not listening to this one) and so far I can't put it down. It's sure-to-be unreliable narrators are fascinating, and the flashback-flashforward timeline has kept the mystery very much alive. Best of all, after a 2015 spent reading a great deal of interesting-yet-not-exactly-pulse-raising-non-fiction, I'm thrilled to have a book that I can't put down.
Jonathan Adler has a new splatter paint wallpaper that will make you want to whip gold paint all across your house. The design, which is aptly named, Jackson comes in gold + white, navy + white and gold + teal. I want to put it every where. I mean it. No wall is safe.
Restoration Hardware Chesterfield Daybed | Roberta Roller Rabbit Celeste Quilt (also available in orange) | Jonathan Adler Sputnik Flush Mount Lamp | Schmitt Design Mora Mobile | Hygge & West Daydream Wallpaper (gray) by Julia Rothman | Pottery Barn Emery Crib | Biscuit Home Katie Crib Sheets (green) | Lulu & Georgia Satya Rug | Etsy Campaign Dresser and Changing Table
I was in Roberta Roller Rabbit the other day, when I spied this gorgeous new elephant quilt. Available in both blue and orange, I knew instantly that I wanted to put it in a child's room. Since I don't have a child, this room is the next best thing (no diapers required).
As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of Nature Box. Mostly because it lets me try snacks that I wouldn't buy if I was just strolling through the grocery store. (Because everyone knows there is no such thing as "strolling" through a New York City grocery store. It's tiny, crowded aisles and edgy customers. It's all business. Do not deviate from the mission.)
So, I decided to try and make my own. I opted for cinnamon instead of chocolate, and I have to say they are pretty delicious.
3 tbsp coconut oil (you can use less)
cinnamon to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350F. *No higher, coconut oil shouldn't be cooked at high temps
- Cut up the bananas.
- Slowly melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Heat it in a glass bowl for ten seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir. Put it back in the microwave and heat again for ten seconds. Remove and stir. It should be close to fully melted. Don't over heat the oil.
- Toss the oil with the bananas in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and toss.
- Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread the bananas in a single layer on the sheet. Bake at 350F for 2-4 hours. Check every 30 minutes. If you want them softer, cook for about two hours. If want them really crispy, simply leave them in longer. You can turn them but I didn't find that made a big difference.
Bonus? Your house will smell amazing while they cook. I suggest doing it right before people come over so you can look a kitchen rockstar.
Enjoy them alone, mixed with nuts, or sprinkled in a yogurt parfait.