Happy Friday 9/6/19

Happy Friday! And welcome to the other side of Labor Day (resisting the urge to say Fall 😉)! I had so much I wanted to talk about today - our Labor Day celebrations, school starting up again, the yellow leaves on our Elm tree - but right now all I can think about is chocolate chip cookies.

I have this tradition of breaking in a new oven (of which there have been far too many for my 37-years of age) with a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Baking cookies instantly makes a new kitchen (or new home) feel more homey and it helps me decipher how the oven bakes - hot, cold, variable, etc. Well I’m happy to say, our gas BlueStar range bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie! That new gas line might have been worth all the heartache after all. Maybe 😉

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The best chocolate chip cookie recipe, ever. I realize I might get some push-back on that, but try them! The ‘no refrigeration thing’ is key (we are not the kind of people to plan chocolate chip cookie cravings hours in advance). I swap out the chocolate chunk for chocolate chips and then throw in nuts and coconut for the second “adult” batch. You’re welcome. (smittenkitchen)

More from the week…

How paying for college is changing middle class life. 🤯🤯🤯 (nytimes)

Is it safe to put eggshells back in the carton? Good to know! (thekitchn)

Intimacy and the internet: a conversation about what and how much to share. I’m still working out my thoughts on this topic, especially regarding Instagram. Where’s my line? Where’s my kids’ lines? Am I present enough? Man it was simpler in the 80s... (thefauxmartha)

A traditional Sweedish farm surrounded by nature. Swoon! (thenordroom)

I just bought this inexpensive rug for our Farmhouse laundry room. I’m not usually a fan of synthetic materials, but for rugs by doorways I make an exception. (Wayfair)

3 Reasons open floor plans aren’t that great. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I’ve never lived in an open floor plan, but actually think they’d suit our family really well, or at least a semi-open floor plan. (apartmenttherapy)

Real estate investing strategies with Paula Pant. Highly recommend if you’re considering being a landlord sometime in your life! (chooseFI)

“Lean in to what the space wants…” loved this design advice from one of my all time favorites. (instagram)

11 Things that are amazing when they’re good, terrible when they’re bad. Yup, yup, and yup. (manrepeller)

Have a great weekend!

-Cathy

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