Banana cream pie, lemonade and other Friday favorites

by Lesley on March 8, 2013 · 4 comments

in feel good friday,for fun


It may just be the very best Friday in recent history.

Friday actually started last night, when Jonathan’s parents rolled into town with a banana cream pie and cookies from Harris Ranch.  We went to bed with happy stomachs, and woke up to a sunny day and amazing weather on the weekend forecast. In fact, after happily leaving Anna with her grandparents for the day, I ran over to the mall to get a new pair of jean shorts. We plan to play this weekend!

I’m now hunkered down at one of Sacramento’s best treasures, Bows & Arrows. The popsicles are amazing, the music is just right, and the outdoor patio is a perfect temperature for getting things done.

It’s been awhile since I shared a few of my favorite things around the web, and at the risk of being narcissistic I’ll start by telling you to hop over to (In)Courage where one of my articles went live yesterday. I wrote this piece last fall on my writing retreat and it finally ran! Let me tell you, that site is tough to get an article placed so I’m pleased as punch it’s up.

Right now I’m drinking a Fentimans Rose Lemonade. It’s delicious, and would be perfect for a pink themed baby shower. Speaking of pink…

…Sheryl Sandberg’s new book is getting lots of buzz in female circles. This article by Sarah Lacy is one of the better ones I’ve read on women’s work life balance. And while I’m all for learning from our elders, when it relates to our individual work choices I like this line the best:  “My advice to women is frankly not to listen too much to any advice.”

Also, what do you think about Yahoo’s move to revoke work-from-home benefits? I love this Her.meneutics post, and agree with the author that it’s how we work that matters not where we work.

Can’t wait to watch this TED video: Effective altruism by Peter Singer about a new movement of people who are realizing how necessary it is to help others.

And finally…who out there has taken a David Ramsey course? Jonathan and I are going through a 9 week session right now. For a girl who hates the budgeting process, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying each week.  I’m thinking about changing my grocery shopping habits, buying a garage freezer, and shopping 1-2 times a month like this girl. Anyone out there grocery shop in bulk?

Happy weekend, y’all!

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We love Harris Ranch baked goods. It's one of our regular stops on trips to San Diego and back. Have you tried their macaroons? Delicious doesn't even begin to describe them. Otherworldly perhaps? No, that still doesn't do them justice. Indescribably good, that about sums them up! Tim P.S. Have fun at the race tomorrow, and all the other playing you probably have planned.


Katie- I'll have to pick your brain on this a little more. I hate grocery shopping weekly (it's so much work!) and I think it will be nearly impossible with two kiddos. BUT, I feel like I need an extra freezer. Laura-I hear ya girl. I hear ya.


Love that article you posted! I think I 'have it all' and honestly, I couldn't if we had not moved back to San Jose! Because I need the support and help of extended family....


Lesley, We just started grocery shopping in bulk. I planned out our meals and used a similar website. Mikey has a specific meal plan that he is doing so that makes things easier, our meals are kinda boring. We went to costco and Staters...I froze a bunch of stuff, pre made we don't have to go to the store in between! Have fun this weekend! Wish we could be up there too!