In this week’s newsletter: COVID-19 Loteria, a pantry raid, and some of my favorite things


Artists often remind us of our humanity during a crisis, and these COVID-19 based Loteria images by San Antonio artist Rafael Gonzales Jr. are just the dose of humor I was needing today.

The artist works as a lab manager at a local university. He has not created a full deck as of yet, but follow him on Instagram for updates.

In the meantime, you can buy T-shirts, prints, and more in his online shop.

Shop here



Proving you can find inspiration at home, the always creative Dot Speyer Rocha has just begun a series of Instagram posts where she is transforming her adorable daughter Birdie into the subjects of famous paintings. 

It seems using whatever we have on hand these days is as applicable in art as it is in the kitchen. Dot adorns Birdie with a petticoat, a bunch of beets, and an extension cord to recreate Frida Kahlo’s 1939 painting The Two Fridas.

I know you won’t want to miss any of these remarkable recreations so be sure to follow @dotasinpolka on Instagram.

P.S. If Dot’s name seems familiar I bet Dot’s Blue Plate Specials will ring a bell.


Long before we were encouraged to shelter in place, my Instagram profile already stated that I am indeed a "Homebody, knitter & dog lover..." I should be going crazy, but really I feel I am somehow hardwired for this quarantine life. 

I'm generally a cheerful, optimistic person, but now even more than ever, knitting, cooking, gardening, and reading have been soothing balm during breaks from WFH and the fog of uncertainty that settles in occasionally.

As I am writing this, I have a ginormous batch of chicken stock simmering and am going to plant some roses and take the dogs out for a long walk during my lunch break... which today, is pretty much whenever I feel like it.

This post by Amanda Hesser speaks to me and does a much better job of capturing the feelings we homebodies are experiencing as we all stay home.


There is somuch to love about the podcast Home Cooking by Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway. 

Years ago, a fellow waiter asked me what my superpower would be if I had one. I proudly replied, “The ability to create tasty and nutritious meals with barely anything in the cupboard.”

He blinked at me and said, “How sad.”

I disagree. After all, an apron is just a cape on backward.

These days it appears far more talented cooks are ready to help you make meals with whatever you have on hand.

If you're not already listening to this podcast... what are you waiting for?

Find Home Cooking on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts


This February I started publishing short Five Question Interviews of local women artists and small business owners. The plan was to publish every other week, but have stepped that up to every week while we're all at home and, if you're like me, could use a little inspiration from the women in my immediate community and the neighboring small towns. 

I already knew a few of these women pretty well, but have had so much fun reading their answers, and getting the know the women I have recently met a little more. I hope you will too.

You can scroll through my blog entries to read the first seven installments or read then all 


Bean & Noodle turned 15 years old on March 10th. Read this post about why I even started my blog in 2005. 

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My favorite things this week:

Bull Frogs Croon (and Other Songs) by Aoife O'Donovan. Listen to it here

This video of Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, & Charlie Hunnam discussing Texan and English slang

One of my all-time favorite pantry meals. "Recipe" here.

Serious Eats! A friend posted on Facebook that she made Egg in a Hole with banana bread. I cannot wait to try it. Let me know if you do.

Joanna Gaines whipping up food with whatever she has on her IGTV channel. I made the Spinach Tortellini Soup, but with kale, cannellini beans and andouille.

Next time... my fear of roses, communing online, and victory gardens.
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