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The Fastest Desserts in the West

What do you whip up in less than 5 minutes?

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you already know that when you want a treat, it needs to be quick! My grandma kept a tub of peanut butter by her bedside just for this reason, and her treat is also my favorite! I give it a twist by topping a spoonful with some dark chocolate chips. Yum!

Most of my desserts are on the quick and simple side. I'll blend heavy whipping cream with whatever flavor I have on hand to make a quick "pudding," or whip up a fast mug cake. I love making homemade shakes out of heavy whipping cream, coconut milk or almond milk, too.

What is your favorite way to make a fast dessert? Share it in the chat!

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Gardening Season is Here!

The crocuses are coming up in my neck of the woods!

Alas, I don't have crocuses in my front yard anymore. I did for years and I need to plant some more this fall because it's always such a welcome sight to see them return in the spring. Everything feels so light and hopeful when those little purple and white petals peek out from the ground!

This year I'm having trouble deciding who to buy seeds from. I found so many new-to-me companies that look ethical but many are out of what I want to grow. I'm also thinking of growing microgreens this year. I bought them a lot from the farmer's market last year for salads and I'd love to have more on hand. Do you have any experience in growing them?

How are your starter babies growing? Have you bought all your seeds and plotted what's going where? Tell us how your spring garden prep is going!

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Top Picks for Getting Takeout In Seattle

Do you love any of these favorites?

The Seattle Times just published a list of the top places to get takeout food during quarantine and I have to say my stomach is rumbling. I would love to nibble on so many of these items, but the dumplings from XCJ are really calling my name today!

From Carrello (handmade pasta? yes, please) to Frank's Oyster House, Lil Red (sooo yummy) to Juba Restaurant and Cafe, there's something for everyone on this list. Honestly you couldn't go wrong. 

Which of these restaurants do you love best? Have you bucket listed them all? If not, which ones do you hope to try, and which ones would you add to the must-try list for takeout?

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The Most Poetic Songs

Which would you say are most poetic?

Most of us love at least some form of music, and many songs speak to us like poetry. I can think of so many songs that sound like they were poems put to music, and aren't a lot of songs like that anyway?

When I think of these kinds of songs, I almost always go to artists like Alicia Keys or Norah Jones, but think of artists like The Silent Comedy or even Blink 152. Some of those lyrics are deeply moving and profound, using imagery that we expect from poets.

What songs do you most associate with poetry? Share them in the chat.

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Underrated Party Games

What games do you think deserve a little more love?

The number of available games, from video games to board games and even RPGs, grows every single week. It's difficult to stay on top of all of the new games to try as so many are released one after another. People are even using Kickstarter to build games from home to help explode this market.

With so many games to choose from, it's no wonder many of the older ones get pushed back and ignored. Honestly some of them have become stale. Apples to Apples is great to use with people you don't know well, but once you've played any variation of Cards Against Humanity (and the many games with a similar premise), it's just not as much fun with well-known company anymore. That said, there are plenty of underrated older games that are still really fun to play at parties.

My favorites have always been Scattergories and Taboo, but I have to say I have an unfair advantage with my middle sister. If you have lots of inside jokes with a person, you can easily get them to say a word while making everyone else scratch their heads!

What older, underrated games do you love?

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