Buddies, Blissful New Yr! We did one other yr collectively, largely to the efforts of Group JtB who saved the practice on the tracks and the calendar so as. January 2023 (what even?) marks 15 years of Pleasure the Baker which looks like an elaborate, pastry-heavy fever dream. I hope this finds you easing into this new yr. January is like Monday – although we make the thorough To Do Listing, not all the things will get completed in at some point or in a single month. Let’s ease in.
Here’s a checklist of a few of my favorites by way of the yr of our lord 2022, could it relaxation in our recollections.
The largest factor I crossed off the 2022 Bucket Listing
Seems my proudest second of 2022 was a bit tumble into the gravel with my motorbike this week on a past-my-technical-ability hill in Arkansas. Each rider I’ve dragged recommendation and encouragement out of has instructed me that each rider, skilled and newbie, drops their bike. I certain did stall myself on the sting of a double steep curve making an attempt to determine the right way to get myself up and out earlier than unceremoniously tipping my bike and myself down the gravel. I might hear Will laughing (in his head solely) whereas jogging down the hill to avoid wasting me. Seems I used to be imagined to be in first or second gear as a substitute of fourth – OOPS. I get it now. Low gears. Extra revs. Dropping my bike means I’ve crossed Study How To Journey a Motorbike off my 2022 checklist and I understand how to mud myself on and trip myself again to camp. It solely took a number of hours earlier than Will and I have been each laughing about my gravel dive.
Are you aware Wendy from TikTok?
My buddy texts are absolutely invested in Wendy’s dating life, road trips, and makeup tutorials I can’t clarify it however TikTok is stuffed with issues we didn’t know we wanted. (TikTok)
Whereas I’m not absolutely ready to take the present Yellowstone on as my character, I’m absolutely ready to look at Kevin Costner in Wrangler denims and numerous cowboy hats of wealth. I’m solely on the primary season and I swear each episode is function movie size however okay YES cowboys. (YouTube)
90’s meals served with sizzling tea
Sara Moulton’s Long Overdue Autopsy of 90’s Food Culture left me wanting extra like, we have to sit down for some actual workforce, ma’am. However, I cherished this stroll down Fruit Salsa Lane. (Saveur)
My favourite and most underrated recipe on JtB this yr? These Bacon Jalapeno Smashed Rooster Burgers. It’s not the recipe itself, although the recipe is elite – it’s the concept that we are able to smash all types of issues into our burger patties which looks like a brand new kitchen talent we must always all carry ahead. (Pleasure the Baker)
What *gestures largely* Y’all Learn
I did totally not sufficient studying this yr as a result of I used to be merely not within the temper however even I learn Lessons in Chemistry and cherished it. Y’all certain turned some pages although. I like these lists from trusted readers: Amy Estes, Toby Lowenfels, and Ann Friedman. (Bookshop.org and Instagram)
My favourite present of 2022 really got here out in late 2021 however spare me a bit grace. Kevin Hart’s True Story is darkish and twisty and a stunning departure from my favourite character from Jumanji 2 (and nobody loves Jumanji 2 greater than me it’s very bizarre). (Netflix)
Joseph the Tradesman
Abby’s Dealer Joe’s Haul goes down as one of the vital helpful JtB posts of the yr and requires a TJ’s splurge for all. (Pleasure the Baker)
Probably the most compliments on a single merchandise
My favourite frivolous buy of 2022 was this custom phone case. It delights (and would make a cute Valentine’s Day current to your girlfriends – simply considering forward!) (Bauble Bar)
The podcasts episode I’d not shut up about
This episode a couple of plane crash and survival in the Andes – it’s greater than all the things you possibly can ever by no means need in a narrative and I present no indicators of shutting up about it any time quickly. (Apple Podcasts)
Eat your grapes and black eyed peas at the moment, pals! My like to you this yr – we’re nonetheless chuggin.