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Lovely Internet 9.18.15

1. Like anyone, I’ve had my rough moments with my family. But I’m so thankful that I’ve logged the hours to be with them, to be a part of their lives.

2. If you’ve ever been wondering what exactly that Southerner is saying.

3. What the hell, guys.

4. I want to do everything on this list.

5. My triathlon tomorrow morning starts with a mile open water swim. I’m not prepared at all totally ready.

6. I wish I were that seal.

7. The long and mostly rewarding process of writing a cookbook. Also, what makes a great cookbook.

8. The Gendered Nature of Being Unencumbered.

9. Holy yum.

10. A win for the bees.

 

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Spicy Boiled Peanuts

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It’s boiled peanut season! Praise the lard, the markets are flooded with green peanuts. Second only perhaps to the arrival of tomato season this is as excited as I get about produce.

 

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If you’ve never had a boiled peanut you’re missing out. They’re the perfect food to enjoy on your back porch in the newly cool weather, cracking the shells and slurping out the soft and salty peanut. That’s where I’ll be until Christmas.

 

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Spicy Boiled Peanuts

 

1 lb fresh green peanuts

2 quarts water

1/2 cup kosher or sea salt

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp chipotle spice

1 tbsp cayenne pepper

 

Combine all ingredients in a large pot.  Boil for 3-5 hours, or until peanuts are tender.  Strain and serve.

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Lovely Internet 9.11.15

1. Kaylee, River, and I are being photographed for Southerners and Their Dogs today. Here’s hoping they cooperate (hah! Fat chance).

2. Africa is not a country, and other facts you maybe didn’t learn in American public schools.

3. My friend Aaron is over on The Dinner Special podcast! He’s the coolest.

4. Fantasizing about giving it all up an living in the Victorian era? (Me either). Here are some other fun activities that you can pursue in your new 19th century life!

5. Blogging is not dead, but also, who cares? Let’s find a better question to ask.

6. I keep misreading this as “homo nailed it” which tells me that this is probably the most on point species of humans yet discovered. Or that I’ve consumed too much pop culture. Either way, congrats Homo Naledi on joining the human race, officially!

7. I’m on day 4 of a 10 day trial with the Headspace app. I’ve been getting up a little early and sitting in my big armchair every morning with the guided meditations, and I have to admit, it’s been fantastic. I’ve struggled with meditating in the past because I don’t like guided imagery, but this is more like the reminders to breathe and focus during savasana. I realized this morning that I was actually excited to get up and do it, which is amazing because I’m not excited to wake up at 6.30 in the morning FOR ANYTHING.

8. I’m also totally into putting a tablespoon of grassfed butter in my coffee every morning. It’s fantastic, and I hear that if you blend it up first it is even better.

9. I use #5 at school all the time.

10. This is just amazing.

 

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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