Sincerely Seven: Week 31

It’s Sunday! Another week gone by, and I cannot believe it’s August! I haven’t been home to the East Coast in over 8 months, and I’m kind of bummed about it to be honest. I really want to go home, but I am also very anxious about transmitting anything to my family members. Sigh, maybe one day.

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super yummy zucchini bread, see below for recipe!
  1. Very important: you can look up voting stats about your state including registering deadlines and information on delegates on Vote Save America! Also, sign up to vote by mail if your state allows. Remember, we are less than 100 days away from voting!
  2. For those of you who were (or still are) Meg Cabot fans, she has been posting Corona Princess Diaries on her blog since the pandemic started, writing in present day from Princess Mia’s POV in Genovia. Reading these took me back and I really want to watch the Princess Diaries. Also, just put these into a book, please!
  3. The ever-talented Michelle Obama debuted her new podcast this week and her first guest was her husband, former-President Barack Obama. I love how much these two are starting to step out into the spotlight and I never want it to stop.
  4. This week, I made Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Zucchini bread and it sounds like a lot going on, but it was TASTY. Seriously, wish I could send each of you a piece of this bread.  See pic above and admire the chocolate chunk goodness. Another easy one bowl wonder from Half Baked Harvest!
  5. One of my favorite shows as of late has been The Not Too Late Show with Elmo (I’m very fragile right now). This week, Sara Bareilles sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I really love her voice and rendition of the song, plus Big Bird makes a killer cameo.  The only song I listened to this week that wasn’t on folklore tbh.
  6. We had a 4.3 earthquake here in LA earlier in the week (conveniently, at 4:30 AM). I know it’s not common everywhere, but here’s a great resource of how to prepare for an earthquake/disaster, and what to do if you find yourself in the middle of one.
  7. I found this article from Refinery29 about thrifting during coronavirus; since I’ve been trying to thrift more (versus buying new), I was wondering if it was safe to go to thrift stores. It seems like it’s best to stick to online thrifting. Check out places like Poshmark, TheRealReal, and thredUP. Also interesting is this article about how resale is thriving in the pandemic, which is SO exciting to hear!

Happy AUGUST to everyone! Have a safe week ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Sincerely Seven: Week 30

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a great week. Mine was b u s y! I had back to back meetings all day, every day, it was kind of awful? I took Friday off and we drove up to Thousand Oaks to go to a ‘Pick your Own’ farm which was super fun!

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  1. I bet you all had a great week because TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT DROPPED A SURPRISE ALBUM, what e v e n. If you haven’t heard it (I don’t know why that would be), you can buy it here. It’s sonically cohesive and beautifully written, and I love every song. I think my favorite song is ‘invisible string’ because I’m a simple cute love song kind of gal. Also, here’s a video for the song “Cardigan,” which makes me want to become a fairy in the forest. Any other Swifties in the house?
  2. Y’all I made these Strawberry Glazed Chai Donuts with the strawberries we picked and oh. my. laaawd. I love chai everything and the strawberries were bursting with flavor, together it is magic. I did add too much flour (oops) so these turned out more bread-nut than dough-nut, but the flavor is what matters, right?
  3. My flady hero of the week is AOC. If you missed her powerful speech (I’m concerned are you living under a rock?), here it is in all its glory.  Background: Rep. Yoho allegedly called her a ‘fuxking bich,’ and she decided to speak out about it, because otherwise, the behavior would continue to be allowed. I love how graceful and dignified she was as she spoke, it was inspiring to see her stand up for herself and essentially all women. My favorite quote that I want tattooed on my face is:

    “Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man, and when a decent man messes up as we are all bound to do, he tried his best and does apologise. Not to save face, not to win a vote, he apologises genuinely to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.”

  4. Did you know the internet generates carbon so every email you send or receive is impacting the earth? Makes you want to take the time to hit that ‘unsubscribe’ button for brands you no longer shop at, OR re-evaluate if this meeting could be an email!
  5. To all my Americans, 100 days until the election people!! I am a voter is a great resource to register, or check if you’re registered, sign up for reminders, etc. We need to get out and vote in all elections, both local and federal. Our nation is falling apart (see Portland, Seattle, etc) and we need leaders across the board to step it up or know that they will get voted out.
  6. We watched Palm Springs on Hulu this week and while I am very much over the ‘Caddy Shack’ plot, this movie was actually, funny, cute and a surprise twist I did not see coming. Overall, would recommend watching, especially if you’re an Andy Samberg fan!
  7. Finally, for anyone else working from home, I hope you’ll find this video as hilarious and on point as I did, in Apple presents, ‘The Whole Working From Home Thing.’

Happy thoughts for a new week ahead!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

Taylor Swift’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ya’ll, I made these cookies a few weeks back and let me tell you, they are fantastic. I like to call myself a cookie connoisseur and these just blew everything out of the water. I will be making these for the rest of my life, thank you Taylor Swift. The chocolate is so rich and the salt, just ughh, you need to make these for yourself, okay?

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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

340g block dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used chocolate chunks from a bag found in the baking aisle #lazy)

1  cup walnuts, chopped

Large flake sea salt, for garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

2. .In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt.

3. In large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter. Using an electric beater or the paddle attachment of the stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until it they are light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat them into the butter and sugar mixture. Add in the vanilla as well.

4.With a rubber spatula or with the stand mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and walnuts.

5.spoon the cookie dough by 2 tablespoon-size balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the cookie dough balls 5cm apart on the cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 12 to 13 minutes.

6. When the cookies come out of the oven IMMEDIATELY sprinkle each cookie with a few grains of sea salt. This is really important to do while the cookies are hot.

7. Let the cookies cool for 2 to 3 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Leave any questions in the comments, and let me know if you make them!

7 Basic Things from the Week! (9/5)

  1. Interesting take on a new fad, Why #SquadGoals Isn’t Helping Our Society at All. I can’t say she doesn’t have a point…
  2. I don’t know if this would ever happen, but I’m 100% for The Supreme Kourt!!
  3. Because I can’t go a week without mentioning Taylor Swift, can we talk about her new video for Wildest Dreams? Watch it again, for the 890th time, I know you want to.
  4. For every other twentysomething starting their ‘freshman’ year, here’s a wonderful article to remind you that we’re all in the same boat.
  5. Although Miss Piggy and Kermit broke up, there is still some relationship drama as the two move on with other, er, people.
  6. There’s a new app out that will keep users safe when walking alone at night. Great read for females, I know I’m definitely downloading this one.
  7. A great take on beauty and not letting it define you. I was screaming YAS all the way to the end.

Reader, I hope you have a lovely and beautiful Labor Day weekend!

Love, B.

10 Basic Things from this Week (8/22)

  1. PSLs are out Sept. 8th. Basic ladies, rejoice, we have reached the promised land once again (also, NBC News, thanks for the hard hitting news updates).
  2. Taylor Swift got a banner at Staples Center, surprised by Kobe Bryant, also slays half of fan base with an acoustic ‘All Too Well’ #RIPMe
  3. A new American Girl doll will be coming out and she doesn’t seem so sparky or pizzazz-y to me. Hm, AG, my vote is still out on this girl, but I’ll wait til she’s out to officially cast my vote.
  4. The most important quiz you will ever take. (I got Cotton Candy–You are the Nicki Minaj of Frappuccinos…)
  5. I wish I went to this high school.
  6. For my fellow INFJs, I understand the struggle, these are so on point.
  7. JOJO IS BACK. and with three singles, thank God. My inner early 2000’s preteen is giddy with excitement.
  8. Also in music, 1D has a new video (without Zayn) and don’t lie that you don’t endlessly replay their tunes, because sh*tty pop music makes the world go ’round.
  9. How to Write a Rockstar Twitter Bio, which is hella important to know.
  10. If these rumors are true, homegirl is switching from Android to Apple ASAP.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Reader!

Love, B.

Favorites of the Week.

1. Taylor Swift

tumblr_nfzgslWikh1t08kcso1_1280Can we all agree that Taylor is flawless? Like, I’m over Beyonce, the new Queen has arrived. She’s so happy like living life with her friends and fans, it’s basically infectious. She’s taking hold of her life and romanticizing it without a guy and I just want that. She’s an inspiration. Plus she looked kick ass at the VS Fashion Show… Taylor, what is your leg workout routine? Please help us mere mortals.

2. December

GUYS. Did you hear, it’s December! I know I know, it happens every year but it means I can finally skip around singing Christmas carols and decorating everything and making cookies and drinking wine and just so many festivities! I LOVE DECEMBER.

3. Fall Semester

I just finished my last class of the semester today, which means I almost officially have one semester left of my college career. Am I excited? Am I nervous? I have no idea. Just none. All of the above. No more sitting in Starbucks for 5 hours trolling Facebook, not wearing a bra and drinking $5 coffee. You know? Like I want life but I’m also not ready to leave this lazy world behind.

4.Tea

It’s December (like I said…) and I just want coziness all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. So after I drink my daily coffee, I start on tea. I’m all on green tea right now in addition to my chamomile at night. I just can’t think of anything better than snuggling under a blanket and drinking some tea. Add Hulu/Netflix and it’s the perfect night.

5. Red.

I want a red sweater, a red dress, red lips. I want everything to be red. I don’t know if it’s an empowered thing or I’m feeling oddly confident. I definitely think it’s a power statement that’s bursting to get out. I go through phases of only wanting things in a certain color from season to season, but now it’s red and it’s borderline an attention grabbing confidence stunt.

Darling, I’ll be back next week when I’m not stressing about finals slash end of the semester projects slash college ending.

Just know that I do miss you and you can follow my Instagram account if you really miss me.

Love, B.