Friday Five: Verrier Tuckernuck


Hi friends!  How was your week?  It was a “big” week over here – I did a Zoom call with a couple of friends for Brigitte’s birthday, after 8 years of living in my house I finally learned my neighbors names (I talk to them all the time), & I dug a sago palm tree out of my yard!  Y’all, I’m still quarantining, for the most part, so this constitutes as a big week.  Haha!

Let’s get to my five favorite things!  ***Side Note: last week I shared about the show Dear White People – Season 4 (final season) should come to Netflix this fall.

One: I tried a new recipe

This week I tried a new recipe, & y’all it was the best thing I’ve made so far in 2020.  The recipe for Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken is from Half Baked Harvest – you can find it here. 6B1783B3-320A-42EB-9DA9-CA7AFB61F1BF

I was so eager to eat this that I didn’t even take a real picture, only IG’d it.  I’m not a huge fan of chicken, & honestly this would be just as good without the chicken.  I cut the recipe in half as I am terrible about eating leftovers.

Two: 13th

Whew, this documentary was necessary to watch, but it was a tough hang. C565381C-941D-4ACE-880F-9C41051A24FB

“An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.”  This doc is about the 13th Amendment & how we (white people) basically found a loophole to legally use “slave labor” by using prisoners.  This is part of the reason why we are where we are today in terms of being poor, mentally ill, black, or an addict lands you in jail.  It is very eye opening.

Three: Verrier Handcrafted

Okay, @verrier_handcrafted_ is one of my favorite follows on Instagram.  Ashleigh is a beautiful artist that creates such whimsy & beauty in her art.  You can purchase here – I have two pieces & want more. IMG_2214

Isn’t her IG feed amazing?  Ashleigh likes to take her girls, right now it is Coco, on “trips” in IG Stories.  Right now, Coco is in Paris.  Follow her & be delighted!

Four: NPR podcast


I listened to this podcast recently, specifically this episode.  Y’all, I learned more in this hour than I did in any History class I took in school.

Five: New earrings

As my obsession with Nantucket grows…I bought a new pair of earrings from Tuckernuck; I had been eyeing them for a while & finally bit the bullet.  I’m obsessed!0255FC97-E4ED-43B2-86D2-D3FF3999BAC3

What was your favorite thing from the week?  I hope you have a great weekend!  It will be very hot in Texas this weekend – yea (written with a huge eye roll).

As we go forward, I will continue to sprinkle in at least one weekly favorite from a BIPOC business/podcast/movie/book.  This will be done as my education continues to grow.

Kiss Hug,

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My Week in Podcasts

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  On Saturday, I inventoried my freezer, fridge, & pantry; I decided I did indeed have plenty of food & did not need to venture out to the grocery store.  Sunday I broke down & went to the farmer’s market & the grocery store.  What is wrong with me???  Everything I wanted to make was missing 1 or 2 ingredients.

Y’all, I went to H-E-B and it was the least busy I had ever seen it.  I have to say the grocery store was pretty well stocked aside from toilet paper, butter, and paper towels.  The employees were so incredibly nice, if not exhausted.  When I got to my car I cried.  I’m not exactly sure why other than I felt grateful for these hard workers, worried for the elderly gentleman I saw debating which can of beans to get, or grieving for what has happened thus far & what will come in a few weeks.  The scary thing is that COVID-19 is still in infancy in the US, & won’t peak until mid to late April.  That is scary.

Anyway, today’s post is about all the podcasts I listen to.  I’m a HUGE podcast fan & these are majorly helping me get through this! 61E70703-3AF0-4509-893B-477F5DF1B23BLet’s get to it…in day order & the order that I generally listen to them.  I know, I’m neurotic – just go with it.


  1. Start Here – this is an ABC News podcast that is about 15 minutes long with all the news from the last 24 hours.  I would say it is politically neutral.
  2. What A Day – also a daily news podcast, but the hosts are my age (younger?) so it feels more relatable.  This one leans left politically.
  3. Pod Save America – Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, & Tommy Vietor host Monday’s episode of PSA.  This comes out at the end of the day (around 5pm), so I usually listen to this one while making dinner.  The Monday episodes basically cover what has happened in the US news over the weekend & Monday during the day.  This one is definitely left, but has so much good information regardless of your political affiliation.


  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Dumb, Gay Politics – I have no idea how I found this pod, but I loved the hosts Julie & Brandy on The People’s Couch on Bravo.  To be honest, I usually skip the first 10 – 20 minutes when they talk about the gifts people sent them.  However, they are funny & I like their take on world events.  Their deep dive into Mitch McConnell was shocking & fascinating (because I’m dumb – see what I did there?).
  4. Bad on Paper – I actually usually save this one for later in the week, but I love Becca & Grace.  They give such good recommendations from books (obviously) to beauty products to who to follow on IG.


  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. The Popcast – this is my GOAT.  So funny!  Knox & Jamie, the hosts, also recap The Bachelor/ette on Patreon & it is absolutely worth the $7 a month to be a BFOT.
  4. Pod Save the World – the hosts, Ben & Tommy, used to work for President Obama.  They are how I keep up with stuff going on in the world, not just the US.


  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Pod Save America – this one is hosted by Jon Favreau & Dan Pfeiffer.  PSA on Thursdays catches me up on everything that has happened since Monday’s pod.  It also usually includes an interview with someone in the political realm.
  4. Hysteria – the main host is Erin Ryan.  She has a short conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco who also worked for Obama.  I love that every week Erin speaks with 3-4 smart, capable women about things that matter to women.
  5. Bitch Sesh – I LOVE this podcast hosted by Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider.  They breakdown my beloved Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, & Southern Charm.  They are hilarious!!!


  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. So Money with Farnoosh Torabi – I really like this financial podcast.  Farnoosh puts out an episode on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.  I only listen to the Friday episodes, as 3 days a week seems like a big commitment.  I prefer Friday because it is specific to listener questions & much shorter than the interviews; I find it really helpful to hear other people’s money questions.
  4. Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi is a very no nonsense interviewer about politics.  On one episode Mehdi was interviewing Tom Steyer; he flat out told Tom to drop out of the race & spend his money for Climate Change another way.  It was wild.


  1. Lovett or Leave It – hosted by Jon Lovett.  This show is a hilarious take on the events from the week.


Sundays are catch up days if I missed any throughout the week.


  1. America Dissected: Coronavirus – I’m new to this podcast, obviously because it is about COVID-19.  It is hosted by Abdul El-Sayed; he is an Epidemiologist & usually interviews another medical expert.
  2. Here to Make Friends – Emma & Claire host a Bachelor recap pod.  Both ladies write for the Huffington Post, & recap the Bachelor from a feminist perspective.


  1. Be There in Five – I’m new to this podcast, in fact I’m on my first episode.  Kate Kennedy is the host & I’ve heard her on other podcasts.  I have to listen to this in increments as her episodes are well over an hour.
  2. NPR: Fresh Air – I love NPR podcasts.  This particular one puts out multiple episodes a week, & I pick and choose which episodes to listen to.

As you can tell, I listen to hours worth of podcasts everyday.  What can I say?  I like to be informed about numerous topics.

What podcasts do y’all like?  Any that I should listen to?  I’m not a huge true crime person…obviously.

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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