NEW MUSIC | Andra Day

Do you ever get in music ruts? That's me this week. I've been "craving" a certain type of sound, but I can't find it. I keep pressing the next button but nothing hits the spot. 

Andra Day has an insane voice and you should listen and that's pretty much the end of this story. She's exactly what I've been craving, and makes me miss Amy. What a treasure of talent that woman was. I think there is a lot to look forward to in Andra's new album. It comes out August 28th! Until then I'll be pressing replay on YouTube.

Long live soul singas and sass. 

A BROAD RANGE | Typical Magazine

I have the most talented friends. 

If you didn't notice the mass amounts of hash tagging/posting/vibes happening over the last few weeks around Typical Magazine from any of my feeds, you were likely living under a rock and I have zero qualms for calling you out on it. Get your junk together. 

But in all seriousness, I'm so excited for where Typical is going and am honored to be the Art Director and Designer on the project. It will be a special one. We are a small team, 2 single ladies from the Northeast, and a married couple from Atlanta, GA, with small wallets and big hearts. We're here to challenge the way you see things. To reintroduce the regular. 

In this video, Jessi Noel, one of the founders of Typical, wrote a lovely little script for all things ladylike and fun and vintage and I about passed out at the genius of it all. One of my nearest and dearest, and no stranger to this blog, Emari Traffie did the video, and Jessi's husband Ray was behind the lens capturing the day in stills for us.

How blessed am I to have friends like this? 

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THE COMMON COOK | Greek Yogurt Pops with Figs, Honey, and Thyme


I don't understand people who don't like figs. Look at them. They're the loveliest things that ever happened to June, besides peonies, of course. 

In the struggle that is my twenties, I'm still finding ways to narrow the gap between where I am and where I want to be, and to without getting real serious and risk the possibility of an overshare, I'm just going to go ahead and say that a large part of that discovery for me involves food. Rosé. Figs. Thyme. Truffle Gouda. Sparkling Water. Soulful Music. Little notebooks with big ideas. Steinbeck novels. Tiny details of my day that keep my stress controlled and my heart happy. 

Instead of trying to curate the next trendy blog subject or recipe, I want to focus on what it is I would want to try. Well, I wanted to try simple greek yogurt pops with some of my favorite ingredients, and it was easy as pie. Or, pops. 


INGREDIENTS

  • greek yogurt
  • honey
  • figs, sliced thin
  • thyme, chopped (And a few extra sprigs. They look pretty inside the pops!)
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of nutmeg

When I say pinch, I mean pinch. You can always add more, but you can't take it away, and both clove and nutmeg are very potent spices. For a popsicle mold with 8 pops total, I used almost a full large container of Fage, a few tablespoons of honey, about 4 sprigs of thyme chopped, and 4-5 figs. Again, you're the cook in your kitchen, not me, so use this as a blueprint! We are "common cooks" after all. ;) 

I did about 2 figs in each mold, and froze them overnight. Put the fig slices in the molds first, then  mix the yogurt, honey, thyme, cloves, and nutmeg together. Add to molds. To get these little beauties out, run them under some warm water for a few seconds. Now, I'm going to go eat one. Enjoy!