buying guide/link love/words

Friday Finds 4.3.15

Posted April 3, 2015 by Stephanie
meat and cheese board -

Guys, I had the best week! It started out kind of rough, but now I’m feeling more grounded, centered, and ultimately, happier. For a while there I was kind of going through a whole, I must control everything phase – I’m a perfectionist, which is just a polite way for extremely picky people to say that they must have everything just so. But since it’s spring, I’m taking a page from Elsa’s book and just letting it go.

Truth of the matter is, you can’t control anything in this world, aside from your own actions and reactions and it’s a big emotional mess if you even think about controlling things beyond your control. I’ve known this for a while now, but I’m trying to apply it more and more. It’s a work in progress, but once I gave up certain expectations of myself I felt a weight lift off my heart. This sounds so new age-y…but seriously, the day I told myself to let it go, I had the best day. Everything was on sale (nothing beats a deal!), from my new romper to the grapes at the grocery store. To celebrate, Mike and I decided to have a huge cheese and charcuterie platter. We didn’t manage to finish it – it was epic and just what I needed.

Ooh, and Michelle let me know that she saw my book, Easy Gourmet, at Whole Foods. I’m always excited to hear about my book in the wild! You guys have my book, right? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge!) Book aside, this weekend is Easter and there are so many fun Easter things on the internet. Are you guys celebrating? My family’s going out for Easter brunch, but not eggs and bacon style. We’ll be feasting on dim sum and I’m pretty excited.

1. Absolutely loved this review of Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar Life.
2. This looks crazy, but I kind of sort of also want to make one at home too…
3. Peeps factory photos and a video!
4. The history of Cornflakes – surprisingly hilarious why they came up with them!
5. They’re SO fluffy: angora show bunnies.
6. The internet is a wacky and wondrous place.

Link Love:
1. Giant circus animal cookies!
2. Gosh, I love it when classics become even better!
3. This mousse cake is pure art.
4. These curry garlic sweet potato fries with miso gravy look right up my alley.
5. I absolutely love tomato soup and this version with miso, butter, and roasted garlic sounds absolutely amazing.
6. There are so many of my favorite blogs up for Saveur awards this year! It absolutely made my year when I won last year, so go change someone’s life and vote for your faves!

I’ve got my eyes on you:
1. I’m looking for nesting glass prep bowls – do you guys have a favorite set?
2. Nikon has just come out with a new mirrorless camera and while I’ll probably never go mirrorless, I do find them super intriguing, especially for traveling.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend and find ALL the chocolate eggs!

love & potatoes,
xoxo Steph


  1. Huh- my week started off kind of poopy as well, but it’s definitely been getting better. Can all weeks be like this?? And thanks for sharing the review for Milk Bar Life (it made me want to read it even more than I did before, which was already a lot).

  2. Abby says:

    Love these links, Stephanie! That Peeps Factory… omg! <3

  3. ooh i quite like your chambray romper ;)

  4. Lily Diamond says:

    So glad the week turned around for you, Stephanie! Also must confess: Rompers consistently make everything in my life better. Total cure-all. The end.

  5. Thanks for the review of Milk Bar Life. That cookbook sounds quite intriguing.

  6. Grace says:

    Yess!! The history of cornfakes! Reminds me of that hilarious Drunk History episode: Have an awesome weekend, I see a cheese plater in my near future – that all looks sooo good!

  7. Oh my goodness, that miso gravy on those fries!!!! If I could pry myself from this sofa, I could almost make those with everything in my pantry/freezer. Drooooooling. Thanks for the link love, too, Steph! So glad you’re feeling good about things – have the best weekend!

  8. I cannot wait for Easter. Love the cornflakes story. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Alana says:

    OMG whenever I see anything fluffy, I always think of Despicable Me! Those bunnies are amaze. And so is that romper!! and Em’s tomato, miso soup! Love your weekly links. :)

  10. Thanks for the link love!! The bunnies looks so fluffy, I just want to nuzzle my whole face in their fuzzy fur!

  11. cynthia says:

    Love these words, lady! <3 So happy that you're happy, and love your words about letting go — so important to remember. And as usual, love your links — mirrorless cameras are so intriguing, and yay rompers and Easter dim sum!!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, friend <3 <3 <3 (Also, PS I meant to say last week and realized I never did, I LOVEDDDDDD that mise shot from your links post last week!!!! SO stunning!)

  12. liz says:

    I love Nikon, it’s my choice for DSLR. But mirrorless is a different story. Olympus OMD em10. Same insides as the em5 but it’s cheaper because of the outside material. My husband just bought one, and I’m in love. Incredible incredible camera. Good price, great size, amazing image quality, and a head turner of note :) Love your website btw.. it’s the only one I consistently check because it never disappoints!

  13. That. Spread. INSANITY! Looks soo good!

  14. Adrianna says:

    I have that exact same set of nesting prep bowls and I LOVE them. I bought them like seven years ago and use them daily. Of of my favorite purchases. xx

  15. Aysha says:

    OH, I so needed to read this today. Let. It. Go.

    Also, I’m in love with this photo! You’re a wizard, Stephanie :)

  16. Oh man that Milk Bar Life review was a goodie! Can’t wait to get a copy. ^__^ SOO exciting that Michelle spotted your book! Hehe! Love it. Glad you are feeling better too my sweet pal – Elsa knows a thing or two. Let that crazy tight hair down, blast some ice out of your fingers – slam a door!! Relax all up with your wicked huge awesome looking charcuterie! YUM! (You and Mike know how to do it up.) PS thank you for the link love too! XOXO

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

$(function(){ var trigger = $('.hamburger'), overlay = $('.overlay'), isClosed = false; () { hamburger_cross(); }); function hamburger_cross() { if (isClosed == true) { overlay.hide(); trigger.removeClass('is-open'); trigger.addClass('is-closed'); isClosed = false; } else {; trigger.removeClass('is-closed'); trigger.addClass('is-open'); isClosed = true; } } $('[data-toggle="offcanvas"]').click(function () { $('#wrapper').toggleClass('toggled'); }); bindBehavior.subscribe(); });