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Have a Delicious Weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? We’re laying low tonight, and tomorrow we’re going to our beloved Coney Island to ride the rides and eat gelato. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

This adorable couple unknowingly proposed to each other at the same time. So moving!

The loveliest host gift.

If babies wrote Tripadvisor reviews, haha. “The bedroom was distinctly not my bedroom from home.” (NYT)

The only thing I want to eat this summer.

A prince and a knight.

Have you heard of a furniture subscription? Intrigued by Feather’s concept.

How to get rid of clutter, haha.

Damn, Serena Williams is a real-life superhero.

Nine things that made me cry in the past two years.”

A $2 ingredient that will upgrade any pasta recipe.

Who wants to escape to a cabin?

Me, forever and always.

Plus, two great reader comments…

Says Kim on great reader comments: “There was a five-year period of my childhood where I exclusively ate chicken fingers and caesar salad. A few weeks after telling my now-husband this story, when we were newly dating, I had a bad day at work and came home to an ‘elevated childhood favorites’ dinner of buttermilk chicken tenders and a fancy kale caesar with shaved parmesan and homemade croutons. We’ve now been together for six years, and I still think about how thoughtful and sweet that was.”

Says Celia on becoming an early bird: “For years, I tried to be a morning person. It finally sunk in that if I thought of the early morning as glorious alone time to think, read and journal with clarity, I would look forward to the early hours and cherish them. It has been wonderful; it sets a patient and calm tone for the whole day.”

(Photo by Taylor Swaim.)

  1. Kristen says...

    Just wanted to share that I made the recipe you posted under “All I want to eat this summer” (hummus heaped with tomatoes and cucumbers) for a family gathering this weekend and OH. MY. GOODNESS. My family insisted that I now bring it to all family gatherings. Thank you one million times for sharing!

  2. Sarah says...

    I’m a little behind on this…but that NY Times baby trip advisor article is SO FUNNY! I read it out loud to my husband just now and we are crying laughing!

  3. Nice article from Smitten Kitchen, but there is really no need to peel the chickpeas. The trick that people use here in Jerusalem, which I learned from my Turkish-Israeli mother in law, is after soaking the chickpeas overnight, let them soak in a tablespoon of baking soda for 10 minutes or so. Rinse off the baking soda and then cook the chickpeas. Smoothest Hummus ever! Mom friendly, no wasted time peeling chickpeas.

  4. Hey thanks for including our new Cabin project in your link roundup, Joanna!
    xx Alice

  5. sasha says...

    We just spent the weekend in a Forest service cabin. I don’t know if they are everywhere, but in Montana FS cabins are some of the best places to stay. Here they are mostly very rustic, no running water (sometimes no water at all), just an out house, no electricity, wood burning stove, very very small, long, bumpy dirt roads or hike in to get there. But the scenery in amazing. The solitude unmatched. The prices, dirt cheap. And they are quaint, most built for the Forest service itself during the depression. It’s wonderful to unplug, lay in a hammock, take naps, build a campfire and make smores, play games, eat chips. There is a journal in every cabin where guests share their experiences, recipes, adventures, complaints, drawings. We’ve been going a few times every summer for 25 years, and a few winter trips too. We never want to leave.

  6. The article on clutter had me really laughing. I try so hard to keep things minimal, declutter and live a simple life, and this article reminds me how wonky it all can get. My favorite line: In the future, when you are hungry, eat your memories. Hahahaha. Thanks for that. Amy

  7. Heather D says...

    The shampoo one made me laugh. As a curly curly gal, I only shampoo 1x a week, so my bottles last for many months! Now conditioner – that goes fast. =)

  8. Heidi says...

    I am also a Seven Showers on the last 1/2 ounce of shampoo Queen… you can also add water to the very end of the bottle and shake it up. You’ll get at least two more showers from the foam inside the bottle! I also do this with hand soap that I can never remember to buy.)

    • sasha says...

      Yes!! I was waiting for her to do that, and vaguely disappointed when she didn’t. There is no liquid-type product that I DON’T do this with lol. Seven more times out of an empty bottle?? That’s good for a beginner ?

    • Gemima says...

      Heidi, yes to “add water”.

      Sasha, LOL at your comment “That’s good for a beginner”.

      I only buy another bottle of anything when Retailers have it on Sale prices again. Which is usually, another two weeks after I “add water”.

  9. I have been living in NYC and have never been to Coney Island. Thank you for inspiring me. I am going to surprise my son with a visit there!

  10. shopgirl says...

    Me too; I always completely rinse all shower gels, shampoo packagings, I cut off all tubes with creams and remove everything that remains inside.. All face moisturizers for which I find out that don’t suit me, I use for body, dry skin, hard skin on the feet or as a hand cream ….. no question. I think this is right thing to do.

    • sasha says...

      ?
      Seriously, who’s rich enough NOT to do this?

    • Gemima says...

      Amen Shopgirl, use every last drop.

      Yes to failed Face Moisturisers used on other body parts. I can’t be bothered for a refund or I’m iffy about passing on a product already opened & lightly used.

  11. shopgirl says...

    gelato = ice cream
    vino = wine ;-)

  12. Maddie says...

    Thanks for sharing the link to Cabin Escapes! My in-laws own one of the cabins listed in Wisconsin. It was a nice surprise to see it on such a cool website!

  13. Maiz Connolly says...

    Prince and Knight. <3

    • sasha says...

      I had this sad feeling it was going to be something gross ?
      Sorry to yuck anyone’s yum.

  14. themessyheadedmomma says...

    Two things:
    1.) While you can’t book a cabin, have you been to http://cabinporn.com/ ?
    2.) I just finished my shampoo & conditioner ON THE SAME DAY. #girlthings

    p.s. love your weekend posts!

    • Gemima says...

      I salute you on #2 and yes I’m jealous.

  15. Natalie says...

    When I clicked on the link for the only thing you wanted to eat this summer, I was picturing the smitten kitchen hummus platter I saw earlier this week and then I saw you had the same reaction to the recipe as I did!! #kindredspirits

  16. Cindy says...

    If you think you’ve used up the last of your shampoo, but you haven’t filled the bottle with water, shaken it, and dumped it on your head, it’s time to join the big leagues.

    • Ssan says...

      I literally scroll through the comments for this. Thinking if there’s ain’t one yet I’ll write this big leagues’ trick myself :)

    • sasha says...

      Yes!!

  17. Mary says...

    Serena is the world’s greatest athlete on many levels. I’m so glad she’s shining a light on the birthing crisis in this country.
    About anchovy paste–please let people know you’ve added it, especially to to a dish that normally doesn’t have fish. Even small amounts of anchovy paste make me very ill, very quickly. No caesar salads for me!

    • Emily says...

      Ditto.
      Plus, it’s only fair to warn your vegetarian friends. A meatless pasta, isn’t meatless when you add this ingredient!

  18. always love your lists!

  19. Amanda says...

    I look forward so much to these “Have a Great Weekend” posts. It’s become my Saturday morning ritual to grab a cup of coffee, and head downstairs to the computer to read each link. Thank you :)

    • You mean “grab a cup of jo” and cupofjo…?

      Couldn’t help myself!

  20. If babies wrote reviews! SO funny. Happy weekend!

  21. Sharon says...

    I can relate to the article about the woman getting the last of her shampoo from the bottle. When my husband and I were first dating, he found it so irritating how “cheap” I was. He now understands, it’s much more involved! I don’t want to waste. I will gladly give away my leftover food, old clothes, unused hair products, but the thought of throwing them away and wasting is what I can’t handle.

    To compromise, I’m fairly certain my husband makes things disappear from our home

  22. Laura C. says...

    The double proposal, oh my God how sweet is that?!?!
    And I want to add, I wouldn’t like to escape to a cabin, I would like to LIVE in a cabin (ha – all that minimalism thing makes sense now!)
    Joanna, if you come to visit us this Summer, you’ll have that kind of food every single day.
    Have a nice weekend too!

  23. Maywyn says...

    Thank you for the great links
    My heart melts equally for the hummus recipe and the cabins!

  24. Lindsay says...

    Feeling pleased with myself that I guessed it was anchovy paste :)

  25. Sarah says...

    CRACKING UP at the clutter article. And the shampoo article. Oh and making the hummus thing immediately.

    Great roundup!

  26. MelTown says...

    Pretty sure my baby would write an identical review of our weekend getaway last week, if she could.

    “Nine Things That Made Me Cry” is so great. I have cried so many times as a mother, and I am not a crier! I’ve of course shed sad tears, and exhausted tears, and worries tears, and happy tears, but my favorite motherhood tears story is when I was newly pregnant with my third baby and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadway performers did a quick number with jump ropes (or something, I don’t really remember), and it looked really hard and they did a perfect job. I cried because I was so proud of them and their moms must have been so proud too.

    • Aley says...

      Ha ha, I understand this so much !

  27. Sandhya says...

    I love this blog and this particular post — and I’m sorry to be the grammar police, but can we please say “lying” rather than “laying”? It’s such a pet peeve!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m curious, actually — i usually will use lay/lie correctly, but isn’t “laying low” what the idiom/expression is? like, we will lay low this weekend vs. we will lie low this weekend? https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/lay+low

      but not sure!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      PS i love a fellow grammar nerd :) :) :)

    • sasha says...

      Lie low in the present tense, lay low in the past tense. At least that’s what Google says! I had never thought of it, and when I did I was flummoxed because both sounded fine to my ears.

    • Maiz says...

      Good one, Sally! This is so true.

    • Sarah K says...

      That article was hilarious!

  28. Sarah says...

    This week’s round up was on point. For real. The baby Yelp review? Priceless. That double proposal video? Laugh-crying. I look forward to this every week!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, sarah! that couple was SO sweet, what a magical moment.

  29. Colleen says...

    Thank you! We just booked a summer camping extravaganza though the Cabin link! So freakin’ excited!1

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg that is amazing, colleen!!!!

  30. Carrie says...

    That hostess gift link!!!!!! I want it for myself!! I love nothing more than a dinner comprised of finger foods and this plate is perfect for that. I can already picture myself crawling into bed with my wine and my weird plate covered in specialty cheeses and unique olives. I just received my last online order and like I can’t lie, I don’t really know what to do with myself when I don’t have a shipment to track multiple times every day until it finally arrives.

    • Lesley says...

      Same!!

  31. The shampoo thing! Always always always (even when I forget I have an extra bottle stashed away from that random two-for-one sale). My grandmother was a newlywed during the Great Depression and forever instilled in me the need to make things last. And when they don’t, to still make do.

  32. We are escaping to a cabin at Noon Lodge (http://www.noonlodge.com/) in Big Bear in August and CANNOT wait! They say they have an “old school camp vibe” and I’m so excited to play in the pool (we’ve got other families and kids coming with us), go for hikes, and roast marshmallows under the stars. I grew up going to summer camp in that area, and just the smell of dirt and pine makes me nostalgic and happy. :)