1. I want all of summer to look like this. Although you should note that we were mostly happy because we made it through our hike without getting stung by a single bee, try as though they might to hover around my head and outrun me up a few very long hills.

2. And also because the way back was downhill. Very downhill.

3. By the way, this is Reema! My coworker/bestie who is probably going to go into labor at my wedding. That is, if I have anything to do with it.

4. If you’ve never had a candycot before, then you absolutely must get thee to a store and find them. Now. You know how crazy sweet dried apricots are but then you bite into a fresh one and it’s tastes like nothing in comparison? Well these are all that crazy sweetness. But in fresh form. Color me obsessed.

5. So, I keep trying to forget this whole first wedding dress fitting thing is happening. In less than two months. Hold me.

6. Then I remember and somehow my instinct is to stuff my face with chocolate cake in response. How does this even make sense?!

7. Halfway through season 2 of Orange is the New Black! Part of me is insatiable and wants to watch it nonstop and the other part of me wants to savor it and space it out. So far savoring it is winning but mostly because a certain baseball team insists of playing almost EVERY DAY. It’s becoming intolerable.

8. So, this just arrived on my doorstep. I may never cook anything that doesn’t have kale in it ever again. Let the happy dancing ensue.

9. Did I ever mention to you guys that I have joined the team over at Oh My Veggies and will be writing a monthly column devoted to taking the craziest of crazy ingredients and demystifying them so that they seem, well. Less crazy. This month’s post centered around matcha and included a recipe for my new favorite summer fruit salad doused in a matcha ginger vinaigrette. Get it.

10. My sister is graduating from high school today! Welcome to the real world, Dana!

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30 Responses to Wednesday Coffee Talk

  1. Lynn says:

    I had some kale coleslaw from Whole Foods the other day – so good. I’ll check that book out.

    And it’s so exciting to read of all the wedding happenings – so glad we’ll get to read all about it. You are so busy – I don’t know how you do it all.

  2. I’ve been wondering about watching Orange is the New Black – seems to be pretty popular! Do you think it’s a girls-only kind of thing or can I share it with the hubby?
    So exciting that you’re getting married soon … (excited scream) Don’t worry about the dress – you’ll look beautiful for sure 🙂

  3. We powered though OITNB before the weekend it came out was over. I’d like to say I’m not proud of myself, but it was worth it.

  4. Ha ha!! That totally happened to me, I knew it was getting close to getting serious about fitting in my dress and all I could think about was brownies with ice cream. It’s like a total mind flop.

  5. I have been contemplating all week long about Orange is the New Black and I think I have decided to finally give in!

  6. Love this post and love that you are posting at Oh My Veggies now! I’ve been trying to lose the 3 pounds I gained from my busy work season but the chocolate cake calls my name too!

  7. Monica says:

    Great pic. Your coffee talks are always interesting and fun to read!

  8. congrats on joining ohmyveggies 🙂 and sadly i couldnt get into Orange is the New Black, please dont hate me.

  9. oh haiiii ohmyveggies queen! As if I didn’t stalk you enough I now have a whole new outlet…#uhoh

  10. okay where do I start! Love the pic. Need to get those candycots- the kale cookbook sounds interesting and YEAH for Oh my Veggies! That is awesome. You are going to look stunning at your wedding!

  11. Veronica says:

    I love these Wednesday chats!! I know the wedding is a ways off but I’m getting so antsy – I want to see you in your dress now!!

  12. Congrats on the new gig and yeses can’t wait to read about your fittings!!

  13. How cool about your column on Oh my Veggie! And eeeee for the wedding dress fitting!!! So exciting!

  14. Cool, a new column! I am on board for that. The Joanne Stalk-mode begins 🙂

    Have not heard of Candycot before but must try. New mission. Your Wednesday Coffee Talks are a favorite with me.

  15. Heather says:

    I just finished Orange is the New Black the other night! I’m sad to be finished, but I’m so pleased with how the last season ended. Totally satisfying. I am now on the hunt for candycots as well, though, it sounds like I’ll have to hide them from my toddler because he won’t want to share once he gets a bite. 😉

  16. P says:

    Congrats to your sister and the new column! I must find candycots now, haha!!

  17. Kate says:

    We have “angelcots” at my local store. I wonder if they’re similar.

  18. So jealous of your new cookbook! WANT. 🙂 And eee! So exciting that your wedding date is coming up so quickly! You will have to share a photo of you in your wedding dress! And congrats to your sister on her graduation!

  19. Yay to your sister. I don’t watch TV most of the time, so I am out of with the Orange and Black thing. Albeit it is available on Netflix. I have been hearing some buzz about it.

  20. Krista says:

    Reema sounds like an absolute treasure. 🙂

  21. OMG love the veggie article, can’t wait to hear more! You guys are so cute and I guess it’s good that she will be surrounded by doctors at your wedding!

  22. Congratulations to your sister. I put on 10kg when I was planning our wedding. Good luck with the fitting 🙂

  23. We are only halfway through the first season of Orange Is The New Black – we can’t decide if it’s worth watching… we like it, but we don’t. Does it get better at some stage?
    Congrats at the Oh My Veggies gig, that’s awesome!

  24. Congratulations to your sister! And to you for the Oh My Veggies writing!

  25. Hotly Spiced says:

    Congratulations to Dana! My Arabella would love to go dress-fitting with you. Being around brides who are shopping is her ultimate experience xx

  26. Congrats on the new column – that’s such a great topic!!

  27. Reeni says:

    I bet you’re stuffing your face with chocolate cake and then balancing it out with kale! How about a kale chocolate cake? 🙂 Congrats on your column!!

  28. elizabeth e says:

    Where do you find a candy cot? I want to try one! I can’t wait to hear more about the wedding — and about kale (its my favorite).

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