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I’m so relieved to have made it to another Friday. I usually love my weekdays, but virtual school is SO HARD for my family of six that these days I’m ecstatic for a two-day break. And while our Friday night pizza routine has been disrupted by circumstances, I’m still looking forward to good books, long walks, a thorough vacuuming (it’s seriously my favorite household chore), and one final typo-check for the Summer Reading Guide.

I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead of you.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • A very kind friend gave me this excellent face wash as a gift—and now that I’ve just about emptied the container and looking to reorder, I’m realizing just what a nice gift it was! The good news is that it lasted for a full year.

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  1. Suzanne C says:

    Glad to see that Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek won the Edgar for Best First Novel. I found it controversial and we talked about it for weeks at my house after everyone finished reading it, but I think that’s one of the first signs of a good book.

  2. Kristin says:

    Trader Joe’s sells these amazing pizza crusts by Monteli in the frozen section! Are your favorite topping to the cart and you’ve still got pizza night!

    • Anne says:

      I’ve never bought the frozen ones, just the fresh dough. I miss Trader Joe’s; we haven’t been since our shelter in place took effect. I will definitely pick these up when I make it back there.

      • Kristin says:

        Well when you are able to get back I must tell you that Trader Joe’s has done and amazing job with their safety measures. I normally split my grocery shopping between grocery store pick-up and Trader Joe’s. However, since this all started I have switched exclusively to Trader Joe’s because of the lengths that they have gone to to make me feel safe while I am shopping. Before everyone else was doing it they were wiping down carts, only allowing a limited number of people in the store, wearing masks, keeping people 6 feet apart at check out and cashing out, etc.. It’s the only store I shop in person right now. So when you do get back to it, know that Trader Joe’s has got your back. 🙂 And, of course, tossing a new bouquet of fresh flowers in my cart has been a great source of happiness and normalcy during all of this. Stay safe.

  3. Cat says:

    I like grating a brick of pepperoni rather than slices, and then mixing it in with the grated cheese. Greasy but DELICIOUS!

    • sarah says:

      I am making pizza tonight. I do not have pepperoni, but I will remember the idea of grating pepperoni with the cheese. I am going to try that.

      • Leslie says:

        I make pizza bun mix for the freezer and this is such a fabulous hack! I learn about more than just great books through Anne’s work (and her great readers). Thank you for this lovely little corner of the internet.

  4. Danielle Diehl says:

    If you love vacuuming as much as I do, do you have strong opinions on vacuums? My favorite is the Miele… you?

  5. Shawna says:

    We have been doing a charcuterie board on Friday night! It is really fun to put together. everyone gets to choose their favorite foods and it looks so cool when we’re finished. So many pictures have been taken!

  6. Janean says:

    A Insta story of Daisy ‘not liking the rain’ would bring me immense joy. 🤣👏🏻 Tell her I said hi 👋🏻

  7. Susan JP says:

    I’m with Daisy, I hate rain! That’s always an excuse not to exercise.
    And I was fascinated with the article on bathrooms, historically…I’d like to know more. All the phases, all the situations (one bathroom for each floor in a tenement building.)
    Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek winning the Edgar makes me want to read it.
    And one of MY favorite Moms is Mrs. Bennett!! Not a GOOD Mom, but a favorite!

    • Maria Ontiveros says:

      Flew through Miracle Creek this weekend! Such a good way to bust a reading slump! Thoroughly recommend it!

  8. Nicole says:

    This issue of Links I Love is one of the best you’ve done, yet! Loved and was drawn in by every link you shared. Excellent curation — thank you for always being a light in my days!

  9. Paula Wilding says:

    If your family does love pizza, we use the frozen Trader Joe’s pizza crust and then let everyone make their own — I just provide the sauce, meats, veggies, and cheeses. Everyone is happy and some days, that is what you need when it comes to mealtime. Good luck!

  10. Nancy says:

    I enjoyed the list of recipes. I’ve made the Chicken Marbella and the Beef Bourguignon, both long ago. My daughter made the pan banging chocolate chip cookies recently and left one on my front porch. It was delicious. I’d recommend them, if you are looking for an all day project!

  11. Sarah Schneider says:

    The River was on my TBR, so now I might bump it up to hit that category. We’re still rocking pizza night over here. Home-made dough is surprisingly easy (we use the recipe from ‘How to Cook Everything’ you just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, then let rise), and I’ve finally mastered the pizza stone (the key is to get it pre-heated, so the bottom crisps quickly and then it won’t stick). We split our dough so everyone gets their own personal pizza.

  12. Tory says:

    Homemade pizza is pretty easy, especially with older kids like yours – each person can roll out their own bit of dough and top it how they like. (It’s very challenging for me these days with a toddler climbing up my legs and my kitchen is too small for me to work together with my older kids.) Search for Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ Friday Night Pizza for a great recipe that isn’t on an annoying ad-fueled blog site. (You’d enjoy the book, too, but that’s not necessary to make the pizza!) I know in the past you’ve mentioned that you prefer to avoid grains, but you didn’t mention that here so I’m assuming family pizza night is normal – I can see where trying to fit a special diet (homemade cauliflower crust is …. an aquired taste) with current restrictions would be extra difficult.

  13. Sarah says:

    I have now see Macella Hazan’s bolognese recipe 2x in 1 week. I take that as a sign I am going to need to make it. I also recommend her EASY tomato sauce recipe for a busy night.
    I love the links on Friday. They are always fun and/or informative.

  14. Susan Elledge says:

    Thanks for such a great collection of links! I’m looking forward to reading the JSTOR article. I think it will provide some good information I can share with my students next year. Reading the comments made me feel like I was listening to a conversation with friends.

  15. Denise :) says:

    I want to know which two of the ‘greatest recipes of all times’ you’ve made! I’ve made one…but am making a second (because of the list) in just moments. LOL! Thanks for sharing. Two tops were the Rufalo interview and the farm wives during the depression article. Fascinating reads, both. 🙂

  16. Maria Ontiveros says:

    Flew through Miracle Creek this weekend! So good! And feels great to check something off (nominated for award in 2020) the list before I turn to Summer Reading goals.

  17. “Let the floor go unswept if necessary; simplify your meals; but make time for reading, studying and thinking.” – what a beautiful sentiment!! I remember my father telling me about a similar thing he told my grandmother when she was looking after me (when I was very young). She was all panicked about making sure that the house was clean but also wanting to do fun things with me and he said something to the effect of “The dust will still be there next week, next month, next year, but Sheree won’t be this age forever”. And sure enough, I treasure those early memories with my Nan and don’t remember or care a dot about the state of the house at the time.

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