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comedy wildlife photography awards

What has made you smile recently? I’ve been having one of those weeks (the inside of my brain is basically this emoji), but the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are always a pick-me-up. They just announced this year’s finalists, including this little chimp straight chilling.

fleabag pins

Fellow Fleabag fans, have you seen these awesome pins from Etsy? Also, mark your calendars: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is hosting Saturday Night Live on Saturday, October 5th! Cannot wait to see her bring her magic (and also for the inevitable Hot Priest sketch).

everlane mockneck sweater

Everlane is killing it with their fall pieces, including this cashmere mockneck to wear to work and on weekends, and a cool English-feeling mac coat.

french apple cake

Apples are arguably the world’s best fruit — so crisp! so sweet! so tart! I’d love to ask: do you have any apple recipes you swear by? I’m eyeing this French apple cake and caramel apple tart. (This delicate apple pie also looks delicious, but doesn’t it seem sort of impossible to cut into pieces?)

go dog go letter

You know those things you randomly think about every two weeks of your adult life? One of mine is this open letter to the female hat-wearing dog from Go Dog Go. (“I wanted to take a minute to tell you that what matters is that you like your own hat, hat-wearing female dog. Who is this guy anyway, some sort of dog hat expert??”) It should be required reading for teenage girls (and everyone, really) — and it will also just make you laugh.

P.S. More fun things; plus, Toby’s cravings and how to keep lipstick off your wine glass.

(Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards via Kottke. And thanks to the readers who DM-ed the Fleabag pins!)

  1. Whoah, whoah. Did you ever think that maybe you’re not *supposed* to cut it into pieces? Looks like a direct fork-to-pie type of situation to me.

    P.S. I hope this week is going better for you. :)

  2. Mariel says...

    Yes!! I’ve been reading Go, Dog, Go every day lately to my 5 month old, and that part always makes me angry! Haha. Thank you, Open Letter, for bringing me peace.

  3. Phoebe says...

    That open letter is EVERYTHING.

  4. I have a very easy recipe for Vermont Apple Pudding that I love! My kids (age 9 and 6) actually made it themselves for a midweek treat. Would be happy to pass it along! I’m from Vermont so I take all things apple pretty seriously :)

    • Yes please!

  5. S says...

    Gail’s Artisan Bakery (London) has an amazing apple cake that I make this time of year (buy their cookbook – you won’t regret it). Everyone I have made it for asks for recipe – it’s in a loaf pan and highly spiced with crumble topping and a giant amount of apples. Guess I have a Friday night activity now ;)

  6. Carole says...

    That open letter is EXACTLY what I needed today… I’ve been feeling down in the dumps lately and that letter made me LOL – like literally LAUGH OUT LOUD!! Was a perfect little Thursday afternoon treat! Joanna – thank you for always being so awesome and knowing exactly what we need. Sending you big hugs and hope you feel better soon! XO

  7. Sarah says...

    Nigella has a recipe for translucent apple tart which I first made because of the way she described her friend making it for her, effortlessly in the middle of a dinner party. You make (I unroll bought puff) pastry, mix butter, sugar and an egg and grate in a cooking apple – pour it into the pastry in a cake tin and bake. That’s the kind of cooking I want to do! So straightforward I’ve only ever needed to read the recipe the first time I made it, but delicious.

  8. Melisa says...

    I love Go Dog, Go to the point I made the crazy flower pot hat for a Halloween costume! I tell you, it WAS unwieldy but oh so fun, especially when my friend’s mom, who was an elementary school librarian, knew exactly who I was! I loved everything about that hat wearing lady dog, from her skis to her scooter and all of her hats. She seems so much fun!

  9. Emily says...

    I just made that apple cake for the first time recently and I can attest to how delicious it is! I put in apple cider instead of the rum, and I think it might be even more apple-y and more delicious.

  10. Kat says...

    It seems like a lot of people are having rough weeks! Me – well, the place I work literally exploded first thing Monday morning (just google Maine explosion). It could have been worse, but the reality is bad enough. Here’s to a better next week (raises my apple cider)

    • Karen says...

      Kat! So glad you are ok!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      raising apple cider to you, too! so glad you’re ok xoxo

  11. Kate says...

    I first read that article a few years ago when I was as single as the day is long and I liked to talk about my terrible dates. I was also (and am still) a children’s librarian so EVERYONE sent it to me. It was an incredibly hilarious and also slightly uncomfortable collision of my personal and professional life. It also was really helpful dating advice!

  12. Kristin says...

    My favorite apple dessert is the apple pie from Macrina Bakery via Bon Appetit. The pie and the crust are absolutely delicious! The rose pies are lovely, but I want ALL of my apple to bake in the other filling ingredients, not just the bottom! https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/apple-brown-sugar-pie

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this looks so good!!! thank you!

  13. Nix says...

    The past few years I’ve noticed that I struggle in September. This post from Dooce has been a good reminder to be a bit kinder to myself during these tough weeks 💚

    https://dooce.com/2011/09/29/autumnal-equinox

  14. Emily says...

    Thank you for the link to the animal photos. This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life. We had to say goodbye to our 14-year-old terrier on Saturday night and we are broken-hearted, especially my 12-year-old son (whose birthday fell two days after we lost our pup). I feel like I am moving through a deep relentless fog.

    • kim says...

      I’m so sorry….our furbabies never live long enough xoxo

    • ACJ says...

      Emily – so sorry about the loss of your pet. That is really hard to go through. Sending extra good thoughts to your family wherever you are.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so sorry for your loss, emily. sending the biggest hug your way.

  15. Kaitlyn S says...

    Has someone already shared Deb Perelman’s Apple Cake? It’s literally the best – I make it with coconut butter and ALL OF THE SUGAR and get compliments every time (even if it doesn’t come out looking as good as Deb’s). https://smittenkitchen.com/2008/09/moms-apple-cake/

    This has become my go-to anytime someone shows up with a bag full of apples at work (which is a real thing here in Northern California wine country; they used to farm apples here so everyone has at least 1 apple tree in their yard). I pull out 10-12 apples and make a cake, then instantly realize I should NOT eat that cake and send it in to either my work or my husband’s. Then I sit back and let the compliments roll in.

  16. Sasha L says...

    So timely! Apples ☺️ Preparing this weekend for apple week with my preschoolers: making apple crisp, apple prints with tempera paints and cut apples, applesauce and apple tree pictures. Autumn is such a fun time for children, trying to let their happiness for the season be contagious for me. Happy Autumn equinox on Monday, a time when our days and nights are in balance, may we be also.

    A funny coincidence, we just read Go Dog Go yesterday in storytime, and the hat part bothered me, as it always does. I think next time I’m going to retell it as “I like my hat!”, and “good for you!” in response. Thank you for giving me the push to tell a better story.

  17. celeste says...

    You can’t go wrong with apple crisp. Slice apples, mix up topping, pour over, bake. I don’t have a recipe but it can be googled. We had a fire and the neighbors over last weekend and it was gone – one of the little girls didn’t care for fruit desserts but she liked it!
    And now I have a deadline to watch Fleabag… :)

  18. Tonya says...

    Our family is going through a rough week emotionally, and last night we ate dinner and watched “The Biggest Little Farm” together as a special treat (we don’t typically do movie/dinner on a school night). We all loved it, and felt truly uplifted. I highly recommend it if you haven’t already seen it. Take care.

  19. Julie says...

    I’m in the same boat. Between losing my grandmother, dealing with the pain of frozen shoulder, and the stress at work, I feel like a walking frown. This site helps so much, even something simple like admiring a person’s apartment decor is soothing, so thank you.

    • celeste says...

      I’m sorry about your grandmother. They are very special. Mine was like a second mother after my mom died.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for these lovely notes. sending all the love your way. PS “i feel like a walking frown” = love that description, even though i’m so sorry you’re feeling that way! xoxo

  20. Kim says...

    Trying to imagine how I will subtly lick my wine glass at a restaurant because I really do want to keep the lipstick off my glass and on my lips! I’m just such a dork I know it’s not going to go well :)

    Also, I am having a MONTH…I don’t know why but this time of year is tough….I think the transition from summer back to fall/everything. Love and hugs to you xoxo

  21. Angela says...

    Ugh, my brain is doing that thing too. I don’t know whether to buy.all.the.things or plan an excessive amount of get-togethers or what to do to fill this void. I’m so restless and needy. Reading through the comments is a good reminder that it is likely just the seasons changing. I think, too, for me it is the end of the year that is rushing towards me and that means I have so much I was supposed to get done. Deep breaths, we will both climb the hill and look down from the top.

  22. Jamie says...

    Dear Joanna, I’m so sorry that things are hard for you right now. I hope that you have a site/book/friend that you can rely on to lift you up. I want you to know that Cup of Jo is one of my reliable mood boosters. I sometimes find myself years deep into the archives of this beautiful, smart, and encouraging site just because it makes me feel hopeful. Thank you for fostering that environment here. Sending you love, from a long-time admirer.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this means a lot to me. thank you so much. these comments are all so nice xoxo

  23. Hanna says...

    Oh my gosh! All of my kids went through a ‘Go Dog Go’ phase where we had to read the book on repeat. I never read the ‘Do you like my hat?’ pages because I thought, ‘What? Who cares who likes your hat? Just own it Ms. Dog!’…and then I read that essay…so satisfying! I completely agree with the essayist. Some older books need some ‘mom edits’! But that party scene in the tree…now that’s something to spark a child’s imagination. Pure fun!

    • Courtney says...

      Hanna – exactly right! I didn’t realize how many books I’d edit as I read to my kids each night. Even new books. As a child, my mother told me that Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella all got divorced :) She was a bit devastated to learn life isn’t a fairy tale. I think about that often and wonder if it helped make me into the bad @$$ woman I am today, though I am a happily married bad @$$.

  24. Sonia says...

    I highly recommend the hashtag on Instagram #quokka A quokka is a small Australian marsupial that lives on a place called Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. They are so cute and expressive. I think they have become quite tame, because they get up pretty close to the tourists cameras.

    • Tracey says...

      Come visit! They really are as cute and friendly IRL.

  25. Ann says...

    Can someone enlighten me on why it’s called a Mac coat? I would call that a trench. Thanks! Have an awesome day.

    • Anna says...

      It’s short for Mackintosh, a type of raincoat (named after the man who invented it!).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i *think* a trench has lapels and a tie around the waist, whereas a mac has a more simple shape and is more of a raincoat. i think so, at least!

  26. Honey apple cake: my mom’s Russian cake plus honey. Perfect for fall and coming up Rosh Hashannah!

    • Jane says...

      Hey Olga, that sounds soooo good – can you share the recipe?

  27. Megan Snyder says...

    On apples: I buy a bag every week (for snacking, kid’s school lunches, giving to the dog, etc.) but always end up with a few wrinkly ones. This recipe is always a crowd-pleaser. I feel so guilty when people compliment me on it–little do they know it’s made with old apples and only took 10 minutes to assemble! https://www.noracooks.com/vegan-apple-crisp/

    • Denise says...

      Can’t wait to make this!

  28. Sarah says...

    I discovered this fresh apple cake recipe a few years ago and now make it for most occasions. It’s super simple and always delicious! The second time I made it, I didn’t grease the bundt pan enough, so it completely fell apart. I drizzled a ton of icing on it and renamed it The Ugly Apple…and everyone still loved it! Now I call it The Ugly Apple, even if it turns out beautiful. I even have friends who regularly request The Ugly Apple.

    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/uncle-bobs-fresh-apple-cake-recipe-3416273

  29. Chrissie says...

    I’ve been feeling down lately too. Is it the goddamn moon or something?? It’s like that feeling in the back of my throat like I’m about to cry has taken up permanent residency. (But it hasn’t really- got to keep telling myself!!)

    Thank you for making me laugh with the Ugly Volvo post. Have you seen her God Night Moon post? Every time I read it, it kills me!! (The part about the Bears in a couples therapy session makes me laugh so hard)

    Sending good vibes into the universe for you!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg yes that goodnight moon post! and the knuffle bunny one. she is hilarious every time.

  30. Laura Tischler says...

    Favorite apple cake: https://food52.com/blog/7925-heavenly-apple-cake
    You can make it with bourbon instead of Calvados and it’s delicious. I make a few cakes for my kids’ school bake sale every year and this is one of them. I love how it smells cooking!

  31. Laura C. says...

    Sending you a big hug, Jo. A big mug of coffee, apple pie, S’Mores, and a comfy blanket around you with your loved ones. As another reader said, you’ve created a unique community. Bless you. <3

  32. Emily says...

    I’ve made a version of that delicate apple pie as mini tarts, using store-bought crust (just cut into circles, pressed into a cupcake pan) and a similar apple mixture. It’s actually very easy, and looks beautiful (bonus: easier to eat!)

  33. Victoria says...

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I love your honesty because the secret-keeping aspect of depression can be the hardest/crappiest/most rapidly draining part, and when someone (like you!) speaks their truth it makes space for others (like me!) to speak our truth too. I’m in another hemisphere and just came out of a really tough winter. During that time I liked these things: bubble tea (boba), any article by The Big Feels Club, Burnout by the Nagoski twins (stress response cycle convert), going to movies and crying in the dark next to friends (being sad in company, but not too confronting), the book Lost Connections by Johann Hari, Tara Brach’s soothing talks, popping on a big coat and marching through my neighbourhood looking for friendly cats to pet. Best of luck with leaning on your support network to get you through.

  34. Leigh says...

    Sorry to hear you are dealing with the depression monkey. I experienced a short bout of depression 20 years ago and it was terrible. It was black it was dark, it was a lack of energy I have not experienced since.
    Since then, I have learned to meditate, run, use music to lift my moods or calm me down, drink some wine when nothing else feels right, or just go to bed at 8 pm in order to get up the next morning and try again. I also take hot baths with candles, do yoga, or just take a walk in the woods. I have heard gardening, cooking, or baking helps, going to the beach, staring at the sea, or doing repetitive things like sort legos or do a 3000 piece puzzle. Finding a new hobby that takes you outside of your comfort zone. For me it was joining a trail running club. When all else fails, I would not hesitate to take medication to lift the chemicals in brain. If one out of ten humans struggle with depression or anxiety, you bet that most people are not open with others about their condition, for personal or private reasons. But that is the thing with mental illness. The more people are not open about their need for help, the more stigma there is in seeking help or being honest with others. I have no doubt you will pull through with your family, online community and friends around you. Also, I learned the visualization trick about the grand canyon from you and I use it all the time. Sending big hugs from Europe from one full time working momma to another. xx

  35. Janey says...

    The very best apple cake I have ever made (and now make regularly) is Mary Berry’s apple and almond cake http://www.maryberry.co.uk the-very-best-Apple-dessert-cake It’s really easy to make and absolutely delicious, not too sweet. I bake it for everyone I love

  36. Alice says...

    Is that recipe taken from David Lebovitz? I make his French apple cake. I’m not a baker and that cake is outstanding every time. It handles pan, oven, and climate variations, and even a novice baker like me. I can not recommend it enough. Vary the apples and even add a pear. It’s so good.

  37. Sandra says...

    LADIES !!

    You have to you watch « Portrait of a lady on fire » !! I don’t know when it comes out in the US but it is amazing and beautiful and heartbreaking and all of these things ! Talk about a powerful female gaze…

  38. Shira though posted as Sarah back when says...

    Please know that you have helped so many – with your considered and thoughtful posts, by fostering this smart and sassy community you’ve created, and just your lovely self shining through in your comments. On a really shitty day a couple years ago, I posted here about the anniversary of my mom’s anniversary and not getting up off the couch. You replied (I seriously startled when I saw that, as I suddenly felt much less alone), as did a few other lovely people here. I got off the couch. I hope that all the many people who know and love you IRL, plus all the people who, through this community you’ve created, now feel (maybe wrongly? maybe rightly?) like they know and love you (ain’t the internet grand and weird that way?), will help you do the same. A big hug. Bash on.

  39. Alli Kski says...

    I have read, loved and admired your blog for nearly 8 years now and it has taken me through a toddler, brand new baby, a divorce, single parenting, a very nasty post-divorce, a courtship, a long-distance relationship and now parenting and marriage in a whole new chapter of my life. There are so many posts I have enjoyed and enjoyed reading the comments, but your highlight of the “Open letter to the female hat-wearing dog of Go Dog Go” really, really made my night. I’m headed back to court tomorrow for that toddler and brand new baby who are now turning into amazing young women and I can’t wait to some day share that “Open letter…” with them. Please keep up the good work. xx

  40. Amy says...

    The “apfel-marzipan kuchen” from Luisa Weiss! It’s an almost creamy almond-flavoured cake with tart apples and apricot jam brushed on top after baking. It’s not at all complicated provided you can find a tube of almond paste (probably a lot easier in NYC than my corner of the world…), and looks stunning thanks to the glazed apples on top. I’ve made it twice this fall!

    https://food52.com/recipes/61833-apple-almond-cake-apfel-marzipan-kuchen

  41. Rebecca says...

    I am right there with you on that emoji. It perfectly captures my inside feelings the majority of the time…. especially this week. What is this week trying to do to us?!?!

    Sending you love and hoping your weekend and mine comes with the blink of an eye. Xoxo

  42. Lynn says...

    Also, now I feel like a jerk commenting about an apple cake after seeing your link about having a difficult weekend. My mom passed away a year ago this October and I am also struggling. I guess it’s manifesting itself in unnecessary comments about apple cake. Sigh. Hang in there!

  43. Kelsey K Wright says...

    While it doesn’t have actual apples in it I love to make Smitten Kitchens apple cider caramels to celebrate fall and cooler weather. They taste like like apple pie and would be delicious If you didn’t let it set all the way as an ice cream topping!

  44. Amanda says...

    Finally watching Fleabag while on maternity leave and MY GOD I don’t think it’s just my postpartum hormones that are making my heart ache for the hot priest LOL

  45. Kate says...

    Why “things you randomly think about every two weeks of your adult life” isn’t a hyperlink to an article in the Cup of Jo archive is beyond me. I love knowing that everyone is walking around with weird funny thoughts all the time!

  46. Vicki says...

    That open letter!! Genius! I do think about that female dog!
    I’ve also have been having a tough week, month, summer and probably Fall. My Dad has cancer and I just really needed to laugh today and I chortles all the way through- thank you!

  47. Loren says...

    In the fall there is nothing better than a tart Tatin with freshly picked apples! I don’t really use a recipe but the one in Dori Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours is excellent. And I once baked Smitten Kitchen’s mom’s apple cake {substituting bourbon for the orange juice} for a potluck and when I retrieved the pan there were several slips of paper underneath begging for the recipe.

    I can tell by looking at the recipe that the David Lebovitz cake you posted {via Posie Brien} will be a keeper.

    • Alison says...

      I make this every fall, several times, and it is always a hit! I have never substituted bourbon but am excited to try it!

  48. B says...

    Thank you for being so candid and brave when it comes to speaking about mental health issues. The world needs people like you to end the stigma around these illnesses. Sending you love and light.

  49. Vanessa says...

    I always thought the comment about the other dog’s hat was just basic response, with no shading. Like when you ask a young child something and they give you the unvarnished truth. In the end she has a wild hat that he really does like and he shares that with her too. Still, that always cracked my son up when he was about seven and it gets quoted by us on occasion.

    • Molly K says...

      I too think it’s refreshing sometimes when people can be real, and talk straight, no editing, so I think I see what you’re saying about the male dog. But the problem I have with those scenes is the female dog’s need for validation from him, instead of just going with her own opinion of which hat she likes. You know what I mean?

  50. Diana K. says...

    These past few months have been hard. Uniqlo sweaters, bodega flowers, and Martha Stewart magazine’s October issue are getting me through.

  51. BethAnn Rosario says...

    My 2 yr old son’s favorite book is “Go Dog Go!” and we read it every. single. night. And we regularly walk around the house asking, do you like my hat? no. do you like my hat? no. Then he will immediately yell GOODBYE!!!!!! and run away. I’m always so proud, like yes! mama doesn’t have to like your hat, you do you buddy! Good life lesson for ALL kids.

  52. Lucy says...

    Hi Joanna, just here to say hang in there. You are not alone. Thanks for bringing so much joy (and camaraderie, and support, and perspective, and….) to so many of us on the daily.

  53. Jenn says...

    Thinking of you, Joanna. My brain too has been a bit topsy turny recently. Perhaps it has to do with the days shortening. Hang in there — as we know, it will get better (more words/reassurance for me than you :)

  54. KC says...

    I needed this so much today. Thank you!

  55. Claire says...

    I make the apple coffee cake w/ streusel topping that my mother made, using a recipe out of her old 1950’s University of Chicago cookbook, an enormous green volume with all kinds of advice for “homemakers” and full color science-fiction looking photos that make you wonder who would ever want to eat that food. But the coffee cake is good!

    (Also I hope you feel better very soon. May kindness, gentleness, and grace surround you.)

  56. Brenda says...

    I can attest to the deliciousness of this French apple cake (David Lebovitz). We’ve been making it for special occasions, breakfast, abundance of apple days, and a million other excuses for years. My kids both learned to how to cut with sharp knives from a young age by chopping the apples for this cake (they LOVED the responsibility, with a bit of supervision and training, and apples slices are firm enough for stability but not too hard for little hands). Now my 7-year-old can almost entirely make it herself – from measuring the ingredients (except of course the touch of rum, which she thinks smells “disgusting” – and can be left out but we keep it in because, hey, it’s French) to mixing to pouring it in the pan. It’s the best – we highly recommend you try it!

  57. Julee says...

    You know, “it will pass” is for you, Joanna. As you’re going through a bit of depression (and bravely sharing it), I wanted to share that the most creative, talented people I know struggle so much with depression- but many of them have learned that “It will pass”.
    I hope you ride the wave and come out stronger and more inspired, on the other side.

  58. Emma says...

    Omg thank you for posting the hat thing. My partner and I are getting married next week and everyone in our life has So. Many. Opinions. (and feelings, and needs) right now. We need a little inspiration to wear our own metaphorical hats and ignore the commentary.

  59. CS says...

    Just checked out the link about how you are feeling. Sorry to hear you are feeling depressed. Sending you love. I know that we can be a pretty challenging audience sometimes (We get triggered so easily! Lol). But please remember that you and your crew are doing something wonderful here. You help start important conversations, (even unintentionally sometimes!) and so much more. It’s a rare blog with an exceptional community of followers. Take care of yourself. Xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      What a lovely and thoughtful comment! This means so much to me xoxo

    • Sasha L says...

      I love this comment CS, you nailed it exactly.

      I hope you are feeling better Jo. You are not alone in finding this particular time to be very hard and challenging. Waiting patiently myself (and not that patiently at times) for brighter times.

  60. Alyce says...

    I’m sorry to hear its been tough for your lately, Joanna. I wish you peace sooner rather than later.

  61. Owl says...

    Oh my gosh, that chilling chimpanzee! Be still my heart. Adorable. Lol! 💕 Makes think of The Jame Goodall Institute! Worth checking out! Xo

  62. Colleen S says...

    I saw a photo of a baby mountain gorilla from a PBS nature series, and I’m in love with her. She’s so precious. I got excited about that Mac coat, but I needed something that really keeps out the rain.

  63. Naomi says...

    Thank you for the reminder to read that open letter again. It is so awesome!

  64. nadine says...

    Hahaha The open letter to the female hat-wearing dog is fantastic!! And I agree It should be required reading for everyone.
    Now I wish I was baking an apple cake while wearing a mockneck sweater and thinking of baby chimps.
    Thank you Jo for making us smile

  65. Veronica says...

    That open letter is wonderful! We have been reading my one year old Go, Dog, Go! almost every day, and we always comment on what a jerk that dog is.

  66. Jen says...

    The open letter from Go Dog Go is also something I think about out of the blue with surprising frequency. It’s just the funniest. I think I’ve sent it to the same group of friends more than once…it also makes me think a little more carefully about the messages classic kids books are sending to my little girls.

    Thank you for sharing these smiles. I hope they made you smile through a tough week.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Love that it cycles through both our minds regularly!

    • Alison says...

      As a little girl who read “Go dog go!” many, MANY times, I never realized that the dog asking the question was a girl! My family quotes that exchange a lot, basically any time we talk about a hat (something about the specific staccato of the phrasing is so funny!) But the part that’s stuck with me about that exchange, as a major people-pleasing adult, is the freedom of just saying goodbye to someone who disagrees with your opinions or style. If someone said to me now, in real life, “I don’t like your hat” I’d be like WHY!? And keep thinking about it for much longer than I should. But this chill, stylish poodle is like, “ok, bye!” And then keeps living her life and gets even crazier with her style. Wish I had that confidence! :)

  67. Melissa says...

    Regarding apple desserts, I make an Apple Charlotte from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and it is unlike anything else, otherworldly. It’s very rich (there is rum involved as well as bread dipped in clarified butter) and weighs a ton when you’re done. I first made it years and years ago before I knew what clarified butter was. It took me hours. I always smile when I think back on that first time. While it is an involved process, it takes me half the time now. It’s a very special dessert, I seriously recommend it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      This sounds incredible!

  68. Lisa says...

    I have made the smitten kitchen tart and can say it’s fantastic!