Cheers to Friday and the first Love List of 2021! After a brief hiatus to squeeze in some extra holiday-related content, I’m excited to bring this series back as my weekly Friday post. I have been sharing some updates and things I’m loving through Instagram Stories (I have so much fun chatting with y’all over imaginary coffee/mimosas there!) throughout the past few weeks, but to me, nothing beats this easy-to-save/reference/go-back-to home for my favorite things. Let’s jump in, shall we?
1. One action step toward my “delight in hobbies” goal is baking a sweet treat from scratch every month. Any excuse to pull out my 30th birthday present KitchenAid mixer :) As my January dessert, I made Elisabeth and Butter’s Oatmeal Cream Pies and they are glorious. Dave declared them his favorite thing I’ve ever baked! Tip: be sure to make your dough balls pretty small–maybe 3″ balls? I made the mistake of using my ice cream scooper for the first batch that went into the oven and they spread out so much, they were almost covering the cookie sheet.
2. On another sugary note, two of my dearest friends have been coming over to my back porch for socially distanced hangouts once a month since the fall. For this month’s chilly gathering, everyone came with a blanket in tow and I served this easy hot chocolate. I used almond extract in place of peppermint extract and two parts almond milk and one part heavy cream instead of all almond milk. It got a thumbs-up rating, so I’ll call that a win!
3. In case you too had your eye on the green mockneck sweater in the January Edit, but didn’t find your size in stock when I posted it, just a PSA that at the time I’m typing this, they have some smalls available! I usually opt for medium sweaters, but since the fit looks loose/boxy, I went ahead and ordered the small. I’ll keep you posted on how I like it! It also looks like my second favorite color option, the light blue, is stocked in all sizes.
4. I think I looked at literally hundreds of options for Azelie’s first Christmas ornament, but didn’t find anything remotely like what I was picturing (basically, if Riley Sheehey painted baby’s first Christmas ornaments…a tall order, I know!). I ended up ordering this one in frosted acrylic with a champagne pink ribbon. It arrived this week and I think it looks really sweet.
5. I didn’t even read the description before checking out My Oxford Year on the Libby app–the general concept of a year at Oxford sounded convincing enough for me–but I have been delighted by how much I’m loving it. I thought it was going to be kind of light-hearted and predictable, but there’s a huge twist, and now I have no idea where the story is going (I have about 20% left to read). For an enthralling, well-written story, go ahead and just grab this one without reading any reviews in case of spoilers!