Cold and Flu Season is here! The virus I was lucky enough to incubate for three weeks is a beast. I barely survived. It’s all been a foggy haze of Mom’s Chicken Soup and Kleenex and not changing out of my pj’s. It’s a sneaky virus too; you think its gone then BAM! It kicks you in the butt and you’re back to chicken soup and Kleenex and not changing out of your pj’s - again. But if a girl is going to be fevered, exhausted, and loopy on cold medicine the least she can do is troll the internet for fun ridiculousness.
SoulPancake - an interactive website from Rainn Wilson (and friends) which helps “explore the human experience.” He’s got activities and perspectives all done to evoke creativity and wonder.
Pintrest – a total time sink! Loads of photos from art to food to crafts to photography, graphics, health and ridiculously cute puppy pictures. The perfect way to waste time. Plus each “pin” includes the original website for the photo so if you come across a food photo that looks really tasty, the original website with recipe is just a click away.
Colossal: an art and design blog – one of the best curated art blogs out there.
Design*Sponge – my mecca. I make a point to stop by daily to see whats new on the D*S homefront.
Cannelle et Vanille – gorgeous food photography. If you weren’t hungry before entering this site…you will be. Just lovely.
And if you’re really under quarantine Etsy will lift your spirits. They have everything you can think of (and then some) all by independent artist and craftsman. Which is so very “99%”
I should have warned you that my “fun ridiculousness” usually involves crafts, food and Rainn Wilson…oops.
And if any of you are currently in need of a chicken soup recipe, my mom’s version is simply awesome. I swear it’s the best cold remedy there is!
Mom’s Awesome Chicken Soup – serves 4-6
2 chicken breasts bone-in with skin
5 carrots, peeled, cut into 1 inch pieces
5 celery stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, diced large
1 cup barley (or substitute rice, dry lentils, pasta or 2 potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces)
1 (10oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
6 cups water
1 heaping tablespoon dried oregano
heavy dash of salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
Throw everything into a large pot on medium-low heat. Simmer for about an hour, or until chicken is fully cooked and falling off the bone. Remove chicken from pot, discard all bones and skin, roughly chop meat and add back to soup. Stir, taste for seasoning and serve with crusty fresh bread. The crusty-er the better.