The Best Thing

by Holly on July 16, 2012

in friends,life,Minnesota,TV appearances

This morning, I woke up ready to make my Minneapolis TV debut.

Unfortunately, the universe had other plans.

In the midst of making Chickpea Chop Sandwiches & No-Bake Tahini Cookies for my KARE11 News appearance, I messed up the aioli (doubled the amount of olive oil), ended up with deodorant smeared on my dress and hit major traffic, making me 15 minutes late to the TV station.

But c’est la vie…all these things, not the end of the world.

Then the receptionist at the station brought me a cart to bring in my food and after loading it, generously offered to roll it into the lobby area for me. Not even two seconds later, I heard a crash. A painful crash of broken plates, cookies strewn about the entryway and chickpeas rolling down the hot pavement. My precious food was splayed outside the front door sign reading “Welcome.”

I fought back tears.

Composed myself.

And thought…what would Kate Middleton do?

Click here if you cannot see the above video.

She would continue with grace and a dry sense of British humour, of course! So that’s what I did. Err…or tried to do. I think my red Shabby Apple dress and jewel green necklace helped.

After I got home, I discovered my sister’s leaky faucet after I poured pickle juice down the drain, dumping smelly green liquid over the bottom of her kitchen cabinet. I gave up, surrendered today to the universe and invited all my best friends over for a BBQ in the 100 degree heat.

It was the best decision I made all day.

Then I bought cherries. Sweet, plump cherries that stained my fingers ruby red.

And I grilled chicken for the first time ever.

I drank some brews during food preparation.

And I made kale salad with Easy Avocado Dressing, prepared cheese + crackers, mixed together a mocktail of lime sparkling water, pomegranate cherry juice + frozen mango chunks and set out the food just as my favorite people in the world started arriving at 7:00pm.

With the sounds of Mayer Hawthorne, Dessa, Wale, Spoon and Michael Buble wallowing in the background, it was all exactly what I needed.

Good friends.

Good food.

A good night to escape the busy trap.

No work. No “I-should-be-crossing-off-my-to-do-list-instead.” No stressing.

Just relaxation, beer and laughter.

And a crazy dog named Doug to play with too.

Yep, today definitely turned out to be the best thing.

Deodorant stains, TV, pickle juice and all.


hippierunner July 17, 2012 at 12:04 am

You kept your cool and were great on camera in the midst of all that?! You are amazing! Really great vid!

Ashley July 17, 2012 at 1:18 am

What a DAY!!! Your positive attitude is amazing!

Emily @ Relishments July 17, 2012 at 5:04 am

You look great on TV! If you hadn’t told us about your rough morning, we never would’ve known. I don’t know how you did it.

Lauren July 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

Ah, we all have those days but you seem to turn them into something extraordinary. More people need to do this. :)

Hillary July 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Two thumbs up to turning lemons into lemonade (or lime and pomegranate into a mocktail)!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 17, 2012 at 6:49 am

You’re the cutest!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

Isn’t it the truth–how healing a little down-time with good friends, good laughter, and a good beverage can be?!?

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 17, 2012 at 6:57 am

The universe is a really biatch sometimes, but it sounds like you rolled w the punches as classy as possible. Sometimes all we can do in life is laugh it off and hold our heads up.

And you like Spoon?! I think we’re kindred spirits. ;)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

Oh Holly… what a day! cherries and beer were the only solution, obv.

I love that the dude at the end of the table is drinking his beer with his pinky up. You have the classiest friends. ;)

Katie July 17, 2012 at 8:23 am


Emily July 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

My dad’s favorite phrase is ‘that’s the cost of doing business.’ I think it applies in most situations. Food on the floor? Well that is the cost of doing business. Great attitude! I love it!

Christa @ Edible Balance July 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Best. Ever. You are simply awesome :)

Lo July 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

so calm, cool, and collected! you were great holly! and that dress is adorable :) august road trip to WI is in our future!

love u!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Clearly, you’ve got the best attitude ever. :-)

Mackenzie July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

you are just the coolest. if you fall in love with boston when you visit (ahem, when you do, ahem) we should be neighbors and you can totally make me food and we can share these stories. because i have novels full of them. ;) lots of love to you, lady!

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Class act, you are. Days like that happen, but it’s the grace with which we handle them that determines our character. I like your character. Your BBQ looks fantastic, but how, HOW have you never grilled chicken before?? :)

Holly July 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

As they say in baseball: Nice save! Coincidentally, Minneapolis loves overhead close-ups…is that a ring on a very significant finger??

Jessica July 18, 2012 at 12:14 am

Soo this all occurred yesterday, right before our little catch up sesh?! I am floored. You’re such a rockstar, lady. Thanks for reminding us that sometimes…ya just gotta roll with the punches and not sweat the small stuff (yea, I just used two of the biggest cliches in the same sentence) !!

Ps that necklace + dress combo is faaaab. Love!

Willemijn @ Run Eat Travel July 18, 2012 at 6:17 am

Aih… I really felt the pain for you, your food and the receptionist. Luckily the tv segment came out really well! Good food ideas!

brandi July 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

you totally rocked it Kate style!

sounds like a great end to an interesting day :)

Sarah July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I love what you did with your day. You inspired me to invite friends over to swim tomorrow…even though I am leaving for a long trip with my baby the next day and “everything I need to do” tends me leave me feeling stressed.
Thank you:-).

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife July 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

your segment looked great! just seemed like everything else was “just one of those days” which means the next day is always better! (:

Bonnie July 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

Amazing video – so natural and fun! And you are so beautiful Holly…and easy to watch too! Your night seemed perfect – similar to mine (although I attended a BBQ) after a long day in which I thought I should go home; being with people was the best thing for me. :) Have a GREAT weekend and loved watching/catching up a bit on recent posts/your life! Take care.

Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

Don’t even get me started on cherries. I’m fairly certain that for the past month, cherries have made up about 40% of everything I’ve eaten.

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