Everybody has heroes. Some wear capes or unitards. Some stand up for what is good and right. Some are just everything you need them to be: warm, creative, funny. Wonderful. This hero wears a blazer and a smile. She is armed with laughter and baked goods. It was a treat to meet this hero, Joy the Baker, in person. Well worth a trek to Brooklyn in the rain and a four hour wait, because after all this time her food has never steered me wrong.
Joy and her equally awesome podcasting co-host Tracy Shutterbean recently called upon their listeners to share photos of their five favorite things. Since I’m currently experiencing a slightly absurd Joy the Baker high, I thought I’d join the fun. Also because I keep eating everything I bake instead of photographing it – a deplorable habit.
1. Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes
Freshly autographed and ready for action this is, as far as I’m concerned, the cuddly down blanket of baking books. It’s warm, friendly, and conversational. My copy is already covered with flour – a fact easily detected by Joy when she signed it. I highly recommend the cinnamon rolls, single-lady pancakes, and the brown butter chocolate chip cookies. I’ll get back to you when I’ve made the rest to the book.
2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
If this stuff had existed when the Sound of Music was written, Maria would have sung a whole verse about it. It’s sunscreen, it’s lipcolor, IT’S AWESOME. I have it in ALL the colors. It is out of control excellent, and perhaps the best thing to come out of my freak makeup investment (read: explosion) last summer.
3. This nail color combo
I shamelessly hijacked these nail polishes from one of my apartment mates, just like I shamelessly ask her to do my hair all the time. It’s cool – she’s currently entertaining a back up career as a ladies’ maid. She will be infinitely more boss than O’Brien.
4. My molecular model kit
I am a chemist. This box of tiny pieces of plastic has been a life line in my Advanced Organic Chemistry class this spring. It keeps me from feeling like a total fool whenever I try to do my homework. While I definitely spent part of this semester feeling a bit silly taking such an absurd course when I have every intention of being a physician, not a chemist, it came in handy when I went here. Very handy.
5. The view from my window.
It’s raining today, so the Hudson looks a bit grim, but I’ve liked having this view from the tenth floor. In less than 50 days, I’ll be leaving New York for Texas, and while I’ll be back to visit, I’m fairly certain I won’t be living here again. College is ending, and I am so very excited for what happens next.