Design

Have a Good Weekend.

flowers by Hilary horvath

What are you up to this weekend? Our days are slightly blurring together, to be honest, but we’re going to head to the beach and have a summery picnic. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

Our associate editor Kim Rhodes was on the Today Show! See her clip here. (All the clapping emojis!)

Love these (masked) outfits.

The old-school game we can’t stop playing.

Made me laugh out loud.

The new dating timeline. LOVED this.

Photography team Belathée just launched a print shop.

Butter and jam never looked so good.

Pen15’s second season just dropped its trailer.

What a cool, colorful loft.

Shel Silverstein’s The Tree Who Set Healthy Boundaries.

Cookiessssssss.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Kash on secret family recipes: “My Ukrainian grandmother made the BEST cabbage rolls, and before she passed away I got her recipe. The secret is literally just like, a metric ton of butter and lard, poured over everything. Here I thought I was going to get an old family secret and then it was literally just ‘pour lard and butter onto the rice’ and I was like ‘Well, yeah no shit it tasted so good when she made it, it’s just like seven cups of butter poured onto carbs.'”

Says E. on secret family recipes: “I want to write a book on all of the ‘secret family recipes’ that are in fact from a box. It happened in my husband’s family with grandma’s famous chocolate frosting (Hershey’s). The awe to which the entire family had for her frosting warms my heart. You discover it’s more about the person than the actual food!”

(Photo by Hilary Horvath Flowers.)

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