Sunday Stories

A little light reading as you wind down the weekend!

  • According to the New York Times magazine, Netflix has changed the way we watch TV.  It certainly has for Scott and me, as much of our TV viewing is now comprised of Netflix series like "House of Cards," binge-watching old episodes of "House Hunters" (me), or discovering and catching up on cable series such as "The Americans" on Amazon.
  • If you have ever strolled through Central Park, you have probably noticed the dedication plaques on thousands of the 9,500 park benches.  For the sum of $10,000 - you too can tell your story or honor loved ones in this way.
  • I love to cook, but it can be tricky to estimate the weight of produce without a kitchen scale. The Kitchn has a handy dandy guide to eyeballing the correct quantities.
  • As a coffee enthusiast (black decaf, please), I choose to believe all studies that demonstrate the health benefits of coffee.  So I was momentarily concerned by a new study from the University of Southern California that found people who drink extremely hot coffee and tea - defined as temperatures above 149 degrees Fahrenheit - may be at higher risk of cancer because excessive heat damages cells in the esophagus.  Happily, I read the full story - which reported that most of us actually consume hot drinks at at temperature of only 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Whew.
  • Finally, if you can't wait until the next Girl Scout cookie season, Pillsbury and the Girl Scouts have teamed up on a new line of baking mixes.  Now, I normally love baking cookies from scratch.  But as soon as I can get my hands on these, I'll review them for you here.  Think Thin Mint Brownies or Caramel & Coconut Blondies.  I think they'll be great with coffee.

Have a lovely week!