Ready for the weekend? I always am... To help you pass your Friday here are the highlights of what distracted me this week online, what I bookmarked that I hope to one day eat and a picture. Happy weekend!
The excerpt posted on F*ck Yeah Lady Writers of Ann Patchett's Commencement Speech at Sarah Lawrence inspired me to sit still and listen (twice as I started reading something else halfway through the first time) to the linked audio clip. Her advice is witty and wise. Here is a bit: "The secret is finding the balance between going out to get what you want and being open to the thing that actually comes your way."
F*ck Yeah Lady Writers also linked Katie Makkai defining Pretty at a poetry slam. As an almost women's studies minor and a girl/woman it is thought provoking.
I spent hours reading The Pioneer Woman's epic love story. Oh to be swept off your feet! I'm so tempted to get the book and read about the first year now...such a voyeur. How did wait so long?
I love this photo about "making your own path" that my friend Courtney posted to her Google Buzz. She always finds great stuff. She highlighted these adorable baby Polar Bears too.
If you like vintage fashion I recommend bookmarking or following My Vintage Vogue. The site has been around for two years and I'm still constantly starring images in my Google Reader.
BLT & Cupcake Graphs (thanks for delivering the cupcake one to my inbox, Amanda)
Amaranth Porridge at NY Times (whole grain breakfast idea!)
Detox Blonde Macarons at Oh She Glows
Fried Red Thai Jasmine Rice with Shrimp at NY Times
Kale Spinach and Pear Smoothie — Joy the Baker
Masala-Stuffed Okra at NPR
No Knead Whole Wheat Honey Sandwich Bread at Baking Bites
Peppermint Patties at Savory Sweet Life
Piña Colada cake
Piña Colada Cupcakes at Cupcake Project (clearly I would like a rum cocktail right now...preferably in a halved coconut like those in the Bahamas for V&R's marital celebration or like those in Salinas, Ecuador)
Ricotta and Spinach Gnocchi at Fresh365
Tropical Lemon Cranberry Coconut Chia Bars — Oh She Glows
Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes (with lots of variations) at Raspberry Eggplant