Treat Yourself: goodies for your weekend

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Happy Saturday! Here are some treats for your weekend.


I finally made The Nester’s pizza dough last night and it was fab — very easy and super yummy.

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Sometimes store-bought pizza dough springs back and I can’t roll it without wrestling the dough for 20 minutes. And totally homemade dough can be fickle or require a long process of rising and kneading. But this one seems pretty foolproof. I think the precooking and high oven temp are part of the secret. Give it a try this weekend.


The Bible Gateway app has a “Listen to the Word” feature.

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People, you can listen to Max McLean narrate the whole Bible. For FREE. When I first got my iPhone, I downloaded a free Bible audio app and it was not good. It sounded like a Spanish-accented robot. This app is way better, kind of like Gandalf reading Genesis for you. I do a lot of driving during the week — far too much in my opinion. But listening to podcasts and sermons and stories makes it more tolerable. I know what you’re thinking: “Wow, Marian drives around town listening to the Bible. She is so righteous.” {If you only knew.} Seriously, I just think it’s a good way to listen to the Bible as a narrative. I started in Genesis and pick up where I left off whenever I want to listen.


I finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls a week ago.



It’s been out for quite a long time but I am usually late to what’s cool and noteworthy. If you haven’t read it, get thee to the library or to amazon or your local bookstore. It’s a memoir that reads like a novel. It’s sad and it’s hard, but not in a despairing way. I laughed and cried and sometimes got so angry that I wanted to throw it across the room. Not since I read Richard Wright’s Black Boy during my senior year of high school, have I read a book that makes you experience poverty and hunger in such a raw and real way. Truly, I can’t recommend this book enough.

Now I’m reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I’ll tell you about it when I finish.


We have fancy plans this weekend to do laundry, mow the yard, and watch a flag football tournament game. What are your fancy plans and weekend treats?


On the blog this past week

When Mother’s Day Crashes & Burns {and a movie}

Dear Me: A Letter to My Teenage Self {a favorite repost from the archives}

Making Friends With Mess {a favorite repost from the archives}


*Book links are amazon affiliate links. {That means I get a teensy commission if you purchase anything through the link.}


  1. Emily says

    I read The Glass Castle a few years ago. It was on a friend’s bookshelf when I stayed at her house, and I devoured it in a few days. Could not agree more with your assessment. I may just need to re-read soon!

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