Do NOT buy the creamy Caesar dressing. Unless you want to.
Robin reading her memory album.
This dressing. When you find a really good salad dressing, you hold it close and never it let go. At Centre College, a lovely private college that I attended in Danville, Kentucky, I discovered a delicious Caesar salad at the Old Café. (RIP—also, I know this wasn’t its real name, but it was what we called it after the New Café was built. Also not its name). This was one of those salads that would have been included in a “Least Healthy Restaurant Salads” article—right next to the Wendy’s Taco Salad and probably a salad from Chili’s—but I didn’t care because we were in love. Crispy chicken, asiago cheese, mounds of croutons, the best salad dressing, and…lettuce. The Old Café closed, and then this salad dressing was at Three Babes and a Monkey (RIP again), and then I lost it for years, until somehow miraculously finding this taste again in Newman's Own Caesar dressing. If you frequented the Old Café or Three Babes, try this dressing for a walk down memory lane. Otherwise, just try it because it’s really good.
These shoes. I bought another pair of black and white tennis shoes, but these are theoretically for exercise. I’ve been trying to make exercise more of a priority lately because it hasn’t been one since I was heavily pregnant with Sam. (In other words, for a long time.) These shoes were cheap, but they’re cute and comfortable, and I’m willing to take any bit of help I can get in the exercise department—like the good feeling I get from putting on new shoes I like.
This movie. As far as I’m concerned, the golden age of the contemporary rom com was the ‘90s. Give me a scene with a feisty, independent, and also, uptight Meg Ryan—her short, flipped-out hair nearly bristling with outrage—any day of the week. But. I heard about the movie Set It Up on Netflix—hailed as a delightful rom com from some acquaintances—and I was intrigued. Though some moments made me roll my eyes (a prerogative I might over-indulge when I’m in knee-deep in ice cream after my kids are in bed), there are also lots of funny moments in this Netflix original, and there’s a sweet HEA that gave me that rom com high I crave. Zoey Deutch was a stand-out in the lead female role—affable and charming, but not afraid to stand up for what she believes in when she needs to. Watch it and tell me what you think!
These shirts. Colder weather is finally here, and I’m enjoying these blissful two-three weeks before we get into full-on winter territory. As such, I’ve finally embraced my jeans and flannel shirt combos, which I’ve added to with a few selections from TJ Maxx (ahhh, adult Birthdays). I’ve been wearing flannel shirts since the aforementioned Meg Ryan rom com heyday, although these days I’m accessorizing less with gold chain necklaces and more with my fave Kendra Scott earrings I keep on standby.
This gift. When my mother-in-law was turning 60, I went on Pinterest to look at sweet gift ideas and found this gem that I’ve done three times now: for my mother-in-law, my mom, and this September, my step-mom, Robin. Here’s what you do: you send out inquiries to friends and family, asking them to write down (or tell you and you can transcribe) their fave thing/memory/qualities about the giftee, and then you collect them all in an album. It turns out to be pretty much a yearbook, chock full of wonderful things about that person, and without all the “see you next year” and “I was the first to sign your crack” nonsense. You can ask anyone I love and/or have drunkenly cornered at a party—I believe in telling people how you feel and how wonderful they are. (I don't have a specific link to recommend. Just search for memory book on Pinterest.)
Other things I’m Loving: my Candleberry candle, my new pajamas (the tag actually referred to them as butter knit?!), and our new routine with Sam and Raymond: collecting eggs from the chickens and then searching for ripe garden tomatoes.