A Few Favorites

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about random things I’m enjoying, so I thought tonight seemed like a fine time to pull together a little list. Considering that I didn’t get supper on the table until about an hour later than usual (pre-heated grill, put chicken on grill, went outside to flip chicken, grill was out of gas, moved chicken indoors, located big skillet, etc.), and since for some reason falling behind schedule made me very rattled and jumpy and whathaveyou, I’m hoping this little list-o-favorites will provide a SERENITY NOW moment.

Listen. Every so often a good list can soothe and comfort me. I believe that’s what you call AN ILLUSION OF CONTROL.

NARS Pressed Powder in Flesh

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I bought this powder on a whim this past February, and I’ve used it ever since. Now granted, it’s a little pricey, but it’s my all-time favorite. It’s great over foundation, over tinted moisturizer, or on its own, and if you like a matte (but not thick) finish, you’ll love it, too.

“Call Home” by Noah Guthrie

Noah’s mom Lori has been commenting (and making me laugh) since the early days of this here blog. Last year Lori told me that her son had recorded some music videos for YouTube, and I decided to check them out because, well, I am one nosy individual. At the time Noah was covering songs by other artists, and since I love me a good cover, I was FASCINATED by his talent. Apparently other people were, too, because Noah actually released a studio album last month, and his first single is fantastic. See (and hear) for yourself.

“The Delta 101” by Julia Reed

It’s no secret that I’m wildly sentimental about my home state of Mississippi, and over the last six or so months it seems like I’ve had an inordinate number of conversations about the Mississippi Delta. I’m not from the Delta, but I’ve long been fascinated by it. It’s difficult to explain to people who have never seen or experienced it in person, and that’s one reason why I so appreciate this article by Julia Reed. It’s beautifully written, and it perfectly captures a place that’s quite the character in its own right.

Paradise Valley by John Mayer

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So yeah. Still obsessed with this one.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara


I know. I have a new favorite mascara every two months. But I really, really like the brush on this one. And it doesn’t clump at all. And it is EIGHT DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENTS.

Wusthof Gourmet Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife, 7″

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My fellas gave me this knife a couple of years ago, and I adore it. I feel certain that I look at it lovingly when I’m chopping or slicing or dicing whatever happens to be on the menu. It is hands-down my favorite kitchen tool, and I use it every single day of my life. I used to think it was ridiculous to spend more than $25 on a knife, but I HAVE LEARNED THE ERROR OF MY WAYS. This knife is a treasure. Whither thou goest, etc.

“Grace” by Beth Moore

If you participated in the Living Proof Live simulcast this past Saturday, you probably remember that Beth read something she’d written about grace at the end of the second session (at least I think it was the second session). I was trying to soak up every word as she read it, and I even thought about trying to write it down, but there just wasn’t time. Well, fortunately for all of us, Beth posted it on her blog today, and it is every bit as gorgeous as I remember. As my friend Elise would say: “if that don’t light your fire, your wood’s wet.” So, so good.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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  1. Michelle T. says:

    Sophie! It’s so awesome that you mentioned Beth Moore’s blog post about “Grace!” Not even 15 minutes ago I copied and pasted it into a note on my iPad because I loved it so much! :D

  2. We can’t get enough of Mr. Mayer’s record because duh. My fave to belt out: “you love who you love who you loooove!” :)

  3. For the past couple of hours I’ve been reading your archives. Who doesn’t love God, family, friends & of course bacon. I think more than ten people read your blog. Boomama you do have a following.

  4. Wusthof = worth.every.dollar!
    We started our Wusthof collection as newlyweds 14 years ago, these knives are still going strong. We use them every single day in some capacity. My favorite is the serated utility knife — slices a tomato like butter. The hubs is a big fan of the santoku knife though. Yep, we are both cooks at our house, whover gets home first cooks dinner!
    PS .. been reading your blog for awhile – first time commenter, you had me at wusthof! :)

  5. SERENITY NOW! Yes ma’am I needed one of those. I have a love for knives (much to the chagrin of my husband) and have lovingly looked at those knives. *Also checked out the lavender lotion ya’ll talked about on the podcast.


  6. I’m glad to hear your thoughts on those knives. I get the hives whenever I think about spending real money on a basic utensil even when I will use it every day until I die.

    Or until I cut off a finger and refuse to chop things anymore.

    But my stinky knives have hit an all time low of stinkiness. Maybe Santa will help me upgrade this Christmas.

    And I’ll pop right over to Mrs. Moore’s blog to make sure my wood is dry. Thank you!

  7. Speaking of the Mississippi delta, you will probably LOVE the book, Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South by Susan Puckett. I ran across this book in my local library. Fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed traveling through Mississippi, restaurant by restaurant, town by town, by way of this book. I now have new places to see before I die on my bucket list! Although, I do have to say that some of the places visited in the book made me want to up and leave my little farm here in Nebraska and head straight for the food, while other places (those in the ‘back country’) scared the living daylights out of me!

  8. Julia Reed is a regular contributor to Garden and Gun Magazine. Are you familiar? If not, you totally, totally should be. (I know, the mag title… but really. Try it if you haven’t already.

  9. Fantastic list. Totally agree on the pressed powder, mascara, and Grace. I will check out the others. Also, fantastic to know I’m not the only rattled by dinner-prep snafus.

  10. Just wanted to tell you that I LOVED LOVED your last podcast with Big Mama! They are completely hilarious to me. I also wanted to say that I am SO glad that someone else is sick of the loud perfumes that people are wearing. I am forced to hold my breath sometimes when I am around someone with that much smell on their body. It’s time to give us sensitive folks a break-I agree. And I have to say that I was once a judge in a beauty contest. Nothing fancy but the local fair always has one and the winner is the Miss County Fair. I think she can proceed to the next level-whatever that is. Anyway the reason I was one was that a friend who had done it for years had something unexpected come up and she couldn’t judge. So she mentioned to my husband that she thought I would do a good job. So when I got home from work that day, my hubby broke the news to me. Since I was a school principal, she figured I could make decisions. I remember it as an extremely stressful evening. It’s a big jump from teacher evaluations to beauty judge. Don’t want to do that again!

  11. My dad has a Wusthof and it is like his fourth child. He won’t even let anyone else wash it if they do the dishes – only he can!! He washes it and puts it away with such care, and also credits the deliciousness of his meals to the Wusthof. It has changed his life. Much like a good tube of mascara! :)

  12. Oh my word! I am just too thrilled to see Noah on your blog! I went to high school with him and have been a reader of your blog for years! Love it!

  13. Love your blogs!!! You make my day. God bless:)

  14. Wendy Irwin says:

    Keep those beauty and make-up tips a’comin’, Sophie. The rose of my youth has bloomed, but I’m trying everything to restore and preserve it!

  15. I’m a Mississippi-born girl too, and loved the piece on the Delta by Julia (and what a perfect name, don’t you think?). The comment by Reb Shelden was equally amazing. I keep reading it out loud. Of course, I immediately sent Julia’s piece to my raised-in-the-Delta-Greenville-Mississippi friend. Can’t wait to hear back from her about it.

    I know I’ll copy the piece by Beth and paste it in my journal. Just can’t afford to lose it. :-)

  16. Sallie Belle Howell says:

    Yes Delta 101 spot on -confirmed by this Delta girl Sophie you would have made a great Delta girl by the way :)

  17. Oh “Boo” — how sweet. Baby boy was thrilled that you mentioned him on your blog! ;-) Thank you………