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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Have a Lovely Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re having people over for burgers tomorrow. Do you have any recommendations of sides to serve? (Potato salad? Corn?) Then we’re hoping to take the boys to the beach on Sunday. It’s slated to be 95 degrees out! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

If Sex and the City were on today, Miranda would be the star.

Wise words.

Wine lollipops exist!

Don’t you light my expensive candle.” Made me laugh.

Thumbs up for older models.

A trip to Spain changed the way I eat forever.

Have you read this book? I’ve heard such rave reviews.

Tina Fey on parenting, haha.

Do you work alone? Here’s how to stay sane. (I totally agree with #3.)

The 25 best films of the 21st century.

A little household glamour!

Plus, two great reader comments…

Says Gaia on four fun things: “We saw Wonder Woman last night and during one of the opening scenes, to my surprise, I started crying. I was baffled. Until I realized that I’m 38 and this was the first time I’d seen a huge budget movie like this — with twenty minutes of JUST women, a female protagonist who is the MAIN character, and whose love interest is cool, but the sidekick. I write children’s books and think a lot about representation in the media. I’m a white woman, not exactly hurting for role models. But this hit me so hard. I hadn’t realized it was missing until last night. Explaining to my husband, I said, “Imagine that all the movies you had ever seen up until tonight we’re exactly like that one.’ ”

Says Anela on baby names: “Four years ago, when I was a few months pregnant, I googled our secret name and was excited that not much was out there. Right before my daughter was born, I googled it one more time and was taken aback as her name is MOANA! We considered other names as I wanted something unique but now that my daughter is three, it’s been pretty fun and no one calls her ‘Mona’ anymore!”

(Photo by Brooke Fitts/Instagram.)

  1. Lauren says...

    I agree with the Miranda article except that…she obviously belongs to Ravenclaw, not Hufflepuff. I love Miranda.

  2. it’s after the weekend…but…my go-to summer salad is corn, halved cherry tomatoes, halved bocconcini cheese, torn basil, thin slivers of sweet onion, and a generous guzzle of balsamic vinegar. Perfect for every occasion.

    Yes to the article about working alone! I am not a freelancer but do work from home, so have a bit more daily accountability but am firm about 4 things: changing out of my pjs (even if it’s just into other sweatpants and a tank top), having a “shut down ritual” – mine is watching an episode of New Girl at 5pm, not eating lunch at my desk, and grocery shopping during the day – there has to be a perk of working from home, right? I grocery shop mid-morning every Monday and it is glorious.

  3. Jules says...

    I cried like Gaia describes during the first episode of Girls. I’m also in my late 30’s and I was flooded with this wonderment that I had lived long enough for a show to unapologetically show women (and YOUNG women) as whole and complex people.
    My husband was dumbfounded – but then I asked him to name anything like it – that was just women and where the lead character looked anything like Hannah.
    For everything that seems to be going so badly, I’m so grateful for these artistic representations. There is so far to go but I’m still astonished we’ve come this far.

  4. Yes, #3 on the freelance sanity list! My freelancer husband and I would joke when he put on this one blue shirt/jacket (shacket) in the morning he was going to work. He was like Mr. Rogers.

  5. Nectar says...

    When I lived in Seattle, a Spanish tapas place opened up called JarrBar. Focused more on tins but had sliced meats and cheese. This tiny place was the reason I fell in love with tapas. I eat sardines in tins, olives and cheese as my go-to-snack.

    http://www.jarrbar.com/

  6. Hi Joanna,

    I know it’s way too late for last weekend, but I highly recommend Deb Perelman’s Broccoli Slaw for cookouts/picnics:

    https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/05/broccoli-slaw/

    I don’t usually like broccoli, but I love this “salad,” especially with the nuts and dried cranberries.

  7. My mother has been a candle non-burner for about half a century, until she recently started questioning herself and started lighting all those candles she’d saved up over the years, because you know, they were candles after all. That’s when we realized that some candles are probably just not meant to be burnt, as it just doesn’t look right when your pretty candle shaped like a cathedral is on fire, and it looks downright morbid when you light your Santa candle and Santa’s face turns into a creepy, melted mess.

  8. Kirsten says...

    Can I just give a shout-out to the woman who digs a hole in the beach with a shovel for her kids to play in? Her kids may be the only ones in this generation to tell stories like we do, such as, “When we were little, my mom just dug a hole and we played in it.” I think it’s brilliant; sets the stage for creativity and ingenuity.

  9. Karina says...

    I cried at the end fight scene of the girl ghostbusters movie. I realized I had never seen a movie where all the protagonists were females kicking butt in a non-sexualized way. The future is female!

  10. Andrea says...

    Make “Dinner A Love Story’s” corn and bacon hash! Sooooo good!!

  11. Andrea says...

    Make “Dinner A Love Story’s” corn and bacon hash! Sooooo good!!

  12. I too loved “Don’t you light my expensive candle.” It is really a nice read.

  13. Katie says...

    A super simple side idea is thin-sliced apples tossed with lemon juice. The lemon juice keeps them from turning brown and it’s a light, refreshing snack to offset the heavier items often at cookouts.

  14. Laura says...

    on gaia’s comment… i totally relate. i felt really emotional when i took my daughters (5 & 2) to see zootopia. a exciting adventure movie with a stong female lead, no romantic interest, all about perseverance and bravery and strength. as a little kid i always preferred the movies with the boy leads (sword in the stone, jungle book) to the princess movies because they were more exciting and cool and i wasn’t into the whole romance/princess/prince charming thing. i wished so badly for movies like that about girls. when i saw zootopia i was overwhelmed with gratitude that my girls will grow up with the movies i wanted to watch as a little girl.

  15. I LOVE what Gaia says about Wonder Woman. I was crying too, and couldn’t figure out why! Gaia’s comment described perfectly what I wasn’t able to articulate.
    Also, one of my friends who saw the film before I did explained, “This is the First time I have ever seen a strong female lead who is not tough and hard on the inside. But has innocence and optimism paired with complete strength.” Such an amazing movie, and I hope we’ll see more movies with strong admirable women as the main characters who have purpose aside from finding love interests.

    ~ Rachel H.
    ltnat.wordpress.com

  16. Maywyn says...

    Consider a fancy relish like red pepper, sweet piccalilli, or make your own with sweet relish adding herbs and veggies. It can be amazing how a different flavor on potato salad and burgers can lift one’s spirits.
    Happy Week-end!

  17. Laura C. says...

    Haha, Suzanne came to my home town! She is right, when I was living abroad I missed my food every time!
    It is also very funny to read “Padron peppers”, sounds funny in English :D
    Have a nice one too!

  18. We have this thing on exploring the area marked in the subway stops. So tomorrow we’re going to jump on a random line and hop off where we feel like it.

  19. Anne says...

    Corn and feta salad! Slice corn off the cob; boil one minute. Mix with olive oil, lemon juice and feta. Add mint if desired. Ridiculously easy and good. Basically, any vegetable with lemon and feta is food! Thinly sliced radishes are also amazing. Or zucchini. But the corn is my favorite, and I don’t even love corn generally.

    • Anne says...

      Sorry, is “good,” not “food” (though of course it is also food!).

  20. Miriam says...

    Green bean bundles are great! They are a staple in the south :) Use 3-4 cans of whole cut green beans. Cut strips of quality bacon in half. Make a little bundle of green beans (probably 10 or so green beans) and then wrap the middle of the bundle with bacon to hold it together. Place all the bundles in a 9×13 pan. Generously baste the bacon with BBQ sauce and bake at 400 for 45 min. Yummy!

  21. Cece says...

    I live out in “fly-over” country, but am a New Yorker wanna-be!! Can’t tell you how much I look forward to waking up Saturday mornings to read “Have a lovely week-end”. Your “fun links” have made me laugh, cry, wonder, and learn! Thank you so much! And Merlot Lollipops…Hello? The party favor at my next Girl’s Night!! Thanks again cupofjo!

  22. Anna says...

    We add grilled pineapple, beetroot, lettuce, a fried egg and cheese to our burgers and make a raw slaw to go on the side. It tastes amazing! Enjoy your burgers :-)

  23. Kaitlin says...

    I just have to echo Gaia’s comment. When my husband and I left the theatre, I said something similar to him. I can’t imagine what it would have felt like to grow up seeing women on the big screen the way he was able to watch male superheroes his whole life. It made me feel so grateful for the new Wonder Woman movie. But it also made me mad to know how much girls have missed out on! I never realized how powerful it would feel to see an on-screen role model I could identify with. We all need to continue to push for everyone to have superhero role models – including women of color. It makes a difference.

  24. Dana says...

    We eat this salad at least three times a week during the summer and its my go-to side dish – cucumber, tomato, feta cheese, fresh basil (or mint) and Olive oil. It takes only a few minutes to throw together and is so refreshing.

  25. Lauren says...

    I’ve always called it “Carolina Caviar” but it goes by various names. This is close, but I omit the vinegar and add a pinch of corriander, cumin, sea salt, and cracked pepper.

    Serve with a bowl of tortilla toast.

    You can’t go wrong and if you make it early and let it marry, you’ll be the best chef there.

    http://www.mommiecooks.com/2010/05/17/black-bean-corn-salsa/

  26. Tammy Sutherland says...

    The Moana story made me laugh, because we have friends who named their daughter Siri just before Apple released their own Siri. #timingiseverything

  27. Leigh says...

    The book link doesn’t work. Dying to know which book got the rave reviews. Fruit salad with fresh pineapple (never canned) strawberries, blueberries and melon balls. Sounds weird but the pineapple sweetens it naturally and it’s so refreshing.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so sorry! the link should work, it’s here: http://amzn.to/2sc5cHq

      xoxoxo

  28. Meghan says...

    Jo, it just completely dawned on me why I love your blog so much. On any given day your blog an articles uplift me as a woman. I leave your site feeling strong, sophisticated, worthy. I don’t ever leave feeling inadequate or self conscious as social media can often cultivate. Kudos to you and your team for supporting and representing so many strong women. Have an awesome weekend!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, meghan, that means so much to me / to us! thank you so much. i really appreciate your taking the time to leave your thoughtful comment.

    • El says...

      Totally sums up why I’ve read through most of my 20s (I’m now 30!), as I went through graduate school, starting cohabitation, getting married, and now thinking forward to starting a family. There’s always something useful and uplifting and mind-expanding here (and I’ve shared so many posts with family and friends). Also I appreciate that Jo is a grammar person :)

  29. Bethany R says...

    Confetti quinoa salad! Or Texas caviar! Ohio summer dish hits! Just google them :)

  30. Ashley says...

    I’m currently LOVING Smitten Kitchen’s Broccoli Rubble & Farro Salad: https://smittenkitchen.com/2017/05/broccoli-rubble-farro-salad/. I’ve been eating it for lunch the past few weeks but plan on making it for an upcoming cook out for my veggie friends. I also LOVE making spicy watermelon salad. I don’t really have a recipe but I’m sure there is something out there so I normally just wing it. A bunch of cubed watermelon, toss in olive and salt – def need more salt than you think and then add a lot of aleppo pepper flakes. In a pinch red pepper flakes will do and I bet you could add mint and that would make a wonderful combo. It’s always a hit at my cook outs.

  31. Emily says...

    My favorite ever yummy side:
    1 bag Trader Joe’s 10 minutes farro
    1 jar TJs grilled artichoke hearts (chopped)
    a little diced onion
    toasted pine nuts
    fresh chopped rosemary
    salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice.

  32. amber says...

    Ooo panzanella IS amazing, one of my fav’s. I’m suggesting my mother’s German potato salad – we do it with brown rice vinegar and NO bacon. Just 5 lbs halved potato’s steamed, peeled (skins slip off easily after steaming) and cooled, then sliced paper thin on a mandoline into a bowl. Toss with rice vinegar (1/4 c or so), same amount of olive oil, a squirt of agave (2-3 Tbls), a Tbls or so of sea salt, fresh black pepper, paper thin sliced or diced red onion (about 1/4 cup) and chopped fresh dill (1/4 cup). Let sit for a couple hours at room temp to marinate then try not to eat the whole bowl! It’s a real melting-pot version of GPS but I’ve grown up with it and love it because it’s lighter and there are no worries if it sits outside all day (which never happens because it’s delicious!).

    • amber says...

      oops, meant parsley but you can add both – I’ve done it and it’s great either way.

  33. Whitney says...

    FINALLY! I’ve always said I’m a Miranda who wishes she had Carrie’s wardrobe. #vindicated

  34. Anna Kleinfeld says...

    TJs sweet potato fries!

  35. Anne says...

    I love that quote about happiness! I can sometimes tend towards crankiness (okay, I always tend towards crankiness), but this is one thing I do try to make a point of doing. Right now I’m young and I have a pretty darn nice life. I know there’s going to come a day when I look back at my grad school life and wish I was there – so I try to soak in the joy of it intentionally when I can.

  36. Diana McNeill says...

    Also, interested readers should check out anime classics by Hayao Miyazaki if you’re looking for plucky, strong willed female driven films! You won’t be disappointed.

  37. Diana McNeill says...

    I loved, LOVED, loved Wonder Woman (she’s my namesake, after all), but I just have to say that it makes me bummed that people aren’t considering the other female leads and female-centric, strong, heroic films that came before. Most recently, the Hunger Games (Katniss is in fact based off the same archetypal goddess, Diana) and Star Wars (Rey). Both have kick-ass warrior abilities and empathy for humanity. Katniss’ love interests area also peripheral, the larger thing at stake is fighting the Capitol. These are also huge blockbuster budget films. There are others that exist in history, I’m just throwing two recent ones out there.

    • Alex says...

      Really good points. But I just saw Wonder Woman today and had a similar emotional/visceral reaction during the first part. I was in awe. I cried. It’s different somehow than the others.

  38. Nina says...

    Ina’s buttermilk potato salad. Crowd pleaser. I mean, you can’t go wrong with Ina!

  39. jeannie says...

    Corn cut off the cob and sauteed in olive oil with chopped shallots or onion and a dash of red pepper flakes. Easy and delicious!

  40. I am reading No One Can Pronounce My Name right now. I’m about halfway through, so I don’t have any reviews yet, but I am enjoying it so far.

    As for the side with hamburgers, my husband made some twice-baked potatoes for our last cookout that were a big hit. He baked potatoes, cut them in half, and scooped out the middles. He mashed the inside of the potatoes with milk, butter, salt and pepper, and mixed in real bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese. He scooped all of that back into the potato skins and finished them on the grill. Everyone loved them.

  41. Nancy says...

    Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo and Lemon
    8 cups coarsely chopped spinach
    8 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 12 ounces uncooked spiral-shaped pasta)
    1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese (use the herbed for more flavor)
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    2 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or other white beans, drained
    4 garlic cloves, crushed
    Freshly ground pepper
    Chopped fresh herbs (if using plain feta. If not, mint, basil, whatever you have on hand)
    Lemon wedges (optional)
    Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well.

  42. Vicki says...

    Put some peanut butter *on* your burger! Yum yum yum yumyum. Makes it so rich (because a quarter pound of red meat isn’t rich enough?) but not nutty!
    And, Tina Fey. Sigh.

  43. Quinoa salad with black beans, corn, bell peppers, avocado, a touch of vinegar and a bunch of cilantro

  44. Sue says...

    Our current fav for burger side is Trader Joe’s cruciferous crunch sautéed along with corn on the cob with plenty of butter and a sprinkling of chile lime seasoning!

  45. Grace Meng says...

    Easiest side dish and people always like it: corn (cut off the cob and sauteed in a pan with some olive oil or butter, salt and pepper), fresh mozzarella, and really good tomatoes, plus basil. Drizzle of olive oil and salt over everything. Trick to cutting corn off a cob — put it in a shallow bowl so the kernels don’t fly everywhere.

  46. Amanda says...

    I served Food 52’s Orzo Summer Salad last weekend at a BBQ and everyone went wild for it – it’s light and yummy and the leftovers just get better and better. I like to toss in 2 lemons, because I’m a citrus freak :)

    https://food52.com/recipes/12716-orzo-summer-salad

  47. Gillian says...

    Yes to the recommendation for a side dish! This black bean salad may not look too impressive, but it is amazing: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/black-bean-salad-recipe-2013841

    It’s the perfect combination of cold, crunchy, garlicky-citrusy summery vegetables to balance out something heartier like hamburgers. Bonuses: super healthy, not to mention flexible (don’t like something? Substitute another vegetable you do like!). Plus, it’s easy to make in a great quantity, which is good because you’ll probably find yourself reaching for seconds or thirds. :)

    • Gillian says...

      P.S. some of the reader comments on that recipe mentioned that using the listed amount of salt made it far too salty for them, so just be aware of that :)

  48. Nicky says...

    Panzanella Salad: Three ingredients and so easy.
    1. Toasted baguette cut into giant crouton sized bites spread with fresh garlic
    2. Halved cherry tomatoes
    3. Chopped cucumber and
    4. garlic red wine vinaigrette. So easy and yummy.
    Toss together and serve.

    If you make ramen burgers (which I highly recommend!), then add a side of arugula salad

    • Vicki says...

      Ooh, I’ve got to try that! Horseradish and potato salad are two of my favorites!

  49. Brianna says...

    I definitely need toothpaste with a squeezing key. I am forever wasting toothpaste because I can’t squeeze the tube the tightly enough to get the last little bit out.

  50. my mom’s black bean and corn salad! 1 can each of black beans, corn, chickpeas, 1 red pepper chopped up into tiny pieces, cilantro, lime, olive oil. Just mix together! So good + healthy + provides some nice protein for the vegetarians :)

    • oh and if you like a little spiciness, add some jalapeno!

  51. Lauren says...

    Yummy side dish – Mexican corn quinoa! Just mix 1 cup of cooked quinoa with fresh corn (I usually use the 4 ear pack from TJs), 1 diced jalapeno, 1 chopped green onion, some fresh chopped cilantro, a couple tablespoons of feta or cojita cheese, a good dash of chili powder, a nice sprinkle of salt, and the juice from 1 lime. It’s fresh and delicious!

    Happy Friday!

  52. cooper says...

    My favorite summer side is grape or cherry tomatoes (Trader Joe’s sells beautiful mini heirlooms) with chunks of fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. So easy and refreshing!