Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life something GOOD for the weekend

The Chipper & Light Edition of Something Good For The Weekend!

This is the zero bad news, not one single upsetting or sad thing edition that we all need. I am feeling chipper and light today after a lovely, rainy early morning walk, so let’s focus on chipper and light things?

Something Good To Do?

Contribute to a community cookbook? I read this article in The New York Times about community cookbooks and I am SO INTO IT. Do you guys want to create an online cookbook together? I really want to do this! Would you be keen to submit a recipe? If you WOULD like to be part of this, you can sign up here to register your interest. I have been part of a project like this before so you can totally trust me to make it happen!

Something/s Good To Know

1/ A clever cookie NSW girl found an orchid thought to have been lost forever. Her name is Arabella Hanisch Jasiak and you can read about her here.
2/ Throwing random herb seeds around your garden is such a good idea. I have sneaky parsley and adventurous coriander popping up all over the place. I had forgotten I’d even done this so I surprise myself. Maybe you need a herby surprise, too?
3/ I found out about this cute Self Care app via Bon Appetit and it’s pretty adorable. It’s available in the Australian app stores, too.

Something Good To Watch

Ari told me about this amazing account on YouTube! You will love it. I know it.

Something Good To Read

Book wise, I’m reading Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler and Saving Missy by Beth Morrey. Both are GREAT and you might like them too?

I’ve been reading magazines on an app called Readly. When I signed up they had a 99c trial period which is good if you fancy enjoying some fresh reading fodder.

Something Good To Listen To

The aforementioned (in another post!) When Life Is Not Peachy bolstering playlist on Spotify.

Something Good To Cook

Milk Bar’s Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies (perhaps you have watched the episode of Chef’s Table on Netflix about Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi?)

Or perhaps these Coconut Custard Macaroons?

We’ve been making quesadillas and enjoying how easy they are to both whip up and eat. Perfect in-front-of-the-telly fodder.

And Roast Chicken Fried Rice a la Adam Liaw caught my eye, too.

Something Good To Make

Why not make a potato patch in your backyard on on your balcony?

Or perhaps a Victory Garden (with some encouragement from MONA!)

I want to make something with this yarn. KPC Yarns sent me an email this week and I had not seen these utterly gorgeous colours from them before and now I am ready for a new project! So bright and cheering!

If you’re in the mood to crochet, you could make my Snuggle Stitch Blanket? Or my Easy Peasy Blanket? Or my Zig Zag Blanket?

Snuggle Stitch blanket

And a few borrowed lines …

I Remember, I Remember
I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon,
Nor brought too long a day,
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away!

I remember, I remember,
The roses, red and white,
The vi’lets, and the lily-cups,
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,—
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember,
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then,
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow!

I remember, I remember,
The fir trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now ’tis little joy
To know I’m farther off from heav’n
Than when I was a boy.

Hope you have a good day, champ.

x Pip

  • Selena Auert
    May 10, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    You are so kind giving us a curated look at things! My Dad used to recite that poem to us kids, so I loved re-reading it here.

  • Jay
    May 3, 2020 at 3:32 AM

    Worth a watch on YouTube
    Dianxi Xiaoge
    Pinalakang Lakbay
    Be safe!

  • Reannon
    May 2, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    You are such a generous soul Pip, always sharing things with us & pointing us in new fun directions.
    My veggie garden is full of unknown things as after I planted my seeds a few weeks back my chooks jumped in there & scratched the joint up so now I don’t know what is growing where. I think it’s 70% calendula seeds. Those things are like weeds!
    I really love the look of those biscuits. And I love Christina Tossi too.
    Take care Pip, I hear it’s mighty cold over your way xx

  • Bianca
    May 2, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Lovely Pip !! The Ari recommended video was just perfect!

  • Ros
    May 2, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    That video was amazing, so gentle, fresh, beautiful and satisfying. Good for the soul. thanks

  • Jane @ The Shady Baker
    May 2, 2020 at 1:40 PM

    Thanks for sharing so much goodness with us Pip, stay warm and take care x

  • Carolyn
    May 2, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Yes to a community cookbook.! We did one at one of my girl’s school and it was fab. Such a nice way to bring people together and share an insight into their what brings them together around their dining table. We are also loving Gourmet Makes from Bon Appetit. It’s our lunchtime viewing!

  • Bonnie
    May 2, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Thank you! I really *loved* that video. I’m going to watch them all! For anyone who also enjoyed it, you will also love one of the Ghibli animations on Netflix called Only Yesterday. Slow, gentle and comforting; just what we need at the moment. Not sure about library memberships Australia wide, but where I am (SA) you get *free* membership to the magazine app, PressReader, along with ebooks through the Libby Overdrive app, and movies through Kanopy.

  • Kate
    May 2, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Thank you this is the most lovely thing I’ve found to read lately. I can’t wait to check out all those links.
    So happy that you are feeling chipper.
    Cheers Kate.

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