Unsolicited Recs| July 16, 2019

So it’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve blogged. It’s funny how once you finish the process of building/remodeling your house, it’s suddenly just… your house. In the best possible way, of course.

In these past couple years, we’ve done things like clear out TONS of scrub and trees from the east side of the house. It makes a difference when you’re sitting on the porch, but is basically unphotographable. We’ve added some decor items. We’ve added a barn-style shed where the old barn used to be. We’ve taken baby steps into landscaping (but talk to me in 30 years to see how that’s going). We’ve got a circle drive in the front of the house. But basically, we’ve been living our life in our dream farmhouse, sometimes being lazy, sometimes working our tails off, sometimes going on vacation, and sometimes blinking and thinking “where did the last 4 months go!?”

All that being said, I miss blogging! And while I don’t foresee us doing projects on a regular basis that anyone will be interested in, I do like having a spot to say hey, share what we’ve been up to, and maybe even share some completely unrelated things.

So here we are, at what I hope will be a regular post of unsolicited recommendations. From podcasts to projects, from ideas to articles — I will post the random things I want other people to know about! I don’t guarantee that any thing will be interesting to anyone but me, but maybe someone will enjoy something I post and that will be super duper.

Without further ado, my first list of random, unsolicited recs:

  • Hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot — I was skeptical about this, not gonna lie. I’ve got doing hard-boiled eggs on the stove top down prettttttty pat. But we finally tried hard-boiling eggs in the Instant Pot and HOLY SMOKES IT’S A GAME CHANGER. The shells! They peel off! So easily! It’s honestly miraculous. We followed this recipe, and next time I will maybe try having them in there for just a teensy bit less time because they were a little bit dryer than we like. But I won’t go back to stove top hard-boiling and having my peeled eggs look like tiny white death stars.


  • White Lies Podcast – This NPR podcast looks at the 1965 unsolved murder of Reverend Jim Reeb in Selma, Alabama just a few days after Bloody Sunday. It’s fascinating and terrible and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It also really made me want to watch the movie ‘Selma,’ which I plan to do ASAP!

white lies

  • Speaking of podcasts, this episode of ‘This is Love’ is straight up podcasting perfection. Just listen to Anna & Massimo’s story (it’s less than 30 minutes long) and enjoy.

this is love

  • When we were in Ixtapa earlier this year with Mom & Dad, we bought this gorgeous wool rug that was made in Oaxaca, and hung it on the landing of our stairwell. It makes me happy every time I walk by. Which is like 300 times per day (more on the weekends).


  • Aaron loves his Big Green Egg. Aaron loves cooking on his Big Green Egg. Aaron doesn’t love hauling things back and forth from the kitchen to the porch. Gina doesn’t love all the grilling/smoking stuff being a hot mess all over the pantry. SO. We finally invested in some great modular pieces to have a bit of an “outdoor kitchen” situation. But here’s the thing – to buy shelves for these things was outrageously expensive ($100+ per shelf). So Aaron turned his brain on to “builder” mode and MADE shelves out of gorgeous leftover Cumaru porch wood. LOOK AT THEM. They are so pretty and sturdy and functional and cost us zero extra dollars. Plop some totes (bought at Menards with rebate money, i.e. also free-ish) on the shelves and voila! Functional, sturdy, good-looking outdoor kitchen space.


  • My friend Theresa told me about this skort from Athleta and I became SO obsessed with it. It’s the perfect length, the shorts part is the perfect material and snugness level, it has pockets for your cell phone, it looks put together even when you’re not…I keep singing its praises to so many people; I know of 3 or 4 who have bought it recently. The best part? It’s final sale right now, so is a great price. BUY BUY BUY.


That’s a long enough (and random enough) list for this first go round, I’d say. What do you think?

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