Инстаграм @johnston_amanda Amanda Johnston
In California visiting my really good friend @annozturgut and her family. Ann and I taught in China for a year when we were in college; she was my roommate. They moved to California a couple of months ago, and I have made good on my threats to come crash at their place. 🤗 Yesterday we took her kids to Santa Monica and ate ice cream and watched a magic show. Lovely day.
I picked up Secondhand Time a while ago but just recently got around to start reading it. I love the way Alexievich presents people unvarnished but without judgment. Really beautiful writing and well worth the time.
It’s September now, so even though it is still miserably hot in Texas, I am pretending it’s fall and making apple pie.
Last week, I had the opportunity to do a three-day bread workshop @bakerhands Smoke Signals. Amazing experience and wonderful group. Now I need to see if I can replicate any of this at home 🤞🏻. Also, I made the mistake of telling people at work about my trip, and I’ve now been informed that I am expected to bring bread to work. 🤗
Once again struggling to decide how many books to pack. Is it really a bad idea to take four books for a five-day trip? I should probably break down and get a Kindle, but I so love the feel of an actual book.
Vanilla cake with strawberries and cream, to celebrate summer. Photo taken pre-caketastrophe. Those lovely layers slid apart in my cake carrier on the way to work. 😢 It still tasted good. 🤷🏻♀️
Last year when my grandma downsized to a small apartment, she gave us some of the belongings she had collected over the years. Among other things, I took her cast iron cornbread stick pans. I finally got around to using them recently, with a recipe from the cookbook she has had since she got married in 1950. I love the way cooking can make you feel connected, both to the people you are cooking for, and to the past.
Had dinner with family for Memorial Day. Strawberry-pretzel tart for dessert. Beautiful way to end the long weekend! ❤️❤️❤️