Happy New Year, friends!  We’re back with a new podcast for your life!  On this episode of the Joy the Baker Podcast, Joy and Tracy discuss habits, new and old.  What habits are they trying to cultivate?  What habits are they trying to break?  Why doesn’t everyone just eat a cookie at 3pm everyday?  They’re also taking your questions!  Can a single girl be friends with a married man? Hm….. let’s discuss.

As always— we love ASTROLOGY ZONE. It’s the year of the Snake & Geminis are totally into their finances right now.

Photo by Mike Coppola – © 2011 Getty Images – Image courtesy gettyimages.com
Tracy is currently obsessed with Homeland’s Damien Lewis.  It’s major.  She’s busy trying to figure out how to covertly change her husband Casey into a red head…

Photo by Kevin Winter – © 2012 Getty Images – Image courtesy gettyimages.com

Joy is in awe of his petit mouth.  Hot dog?

Tracy & Michael are currently reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

It’s a game changer. Replace bad habits with good habits! Let’s analyze things.
Habits: How They Form and How To Break Them—  Listen to Fresh Air on NPR  with the author, Charles Duhigg.


Joy is reading The Age of Miracles.  It’s a great read.

Spicy Zucchini Frittata. Brunch time awesomeness!

Killer Granola. Make parfaits! Make it gluten free!

MOCKTAIL for Brunch!  Check out Tracy’s Honey Rosemary Lemonade

If you’re in need of awesome brunch-friendly bakeries in West Los Angeles, Clementine and Huckleberry will make you happy indeed.

Dipped Rice Krispie Treats for teenagers!  Ps.  Stay in school.

Thank you for listening to another podcast!  We love that you listen and support us!

Should you have any questions tweet us @homefries, call us at (817) 82-fries, or email us at contact at homefries dot com.


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51 comments on “Ha-bitch-ual

  1. Laura Jan 10, 2013

    Brody does it for me too, Tracy, in an inexplicable and unexpected way. After my husband and I finished season 2, I also found myself missing Carrie and Saul. What is going to happen in the next season?! Thanks for giving me so much to laugh at and think about, ladies! Even though I missed you, you deserve a week off. Take it when you need it!

  2. I just ordered The Age of Miracles for my Kindle from the library…it sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it. Love you ladies :)

  3. I’m listening right now and I wanted to tell Tracy:

    a. I love Homeland and not because I’m crushing on Brody. I already have my redhead crush and it’s Josh Homme the lead singer from Queens of the Stone Age 😉

    b. The Power of Habit is an awesome book. You might lose some steam on the second half because it’s more about large organizations, which is interesting, but not the same as personal change.

    c. I’ve been doing the Sea of Change from ZenHabits (zenhabits.net) and I’m loving it. All about baby steps and finding you triggers. Also focusing on one habit at a time, so that they stick. This month is about procrastination. So good.

    Pressing play to listen to the rest.

  4. Hey ladies,

    I have a comment on the single girl-married man friendship. At my last job, I became really good friends with a married man, but:
    1. He was significantly older than me (i.e., had nieces/nephews about my age, so it was a rather avuncular relationship)
    2. I knew his wife and we get along well and appreciate each other
    I have a boyfriend now, but at the time I was single. There was never any attraction on either of our parts (though he did try to set me up with his nephew several times).

    So, I think there can be a friendship there, but there has to be (1) NO attraction–completely platonic/familial feelings only; (2) the wife has to know about you and hopefully be friends with/like you as well; (3) any outside of work hanging out should not be just the two of you, at least not at first. His wife or another co-worker or something should be there as well; (4) minimal if any physical contact–no lingering hugs.

    We’re still great friends even though we no longer work together, and I go over and play with his daughter (she’s 2 and adorable!) and hang out with he and his wife. So, it is possible, but when the situation is a 20 yr old and a 24 yr old and you don’t know the wife and the single person is REALLY enjoying those hugs–you’re right, red flags all over the place!

    Also, I love the Homeland guy, too, but I know him mostly from Life, a great show that was cancelled way too early!

  5. heather Jan 10, 2013

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud at my very quiet office. Funny ladies.

  6. I’m currently listening to this podcast, and I completely am the same way about reading, Tracy! It’s really hard for me to finish a book.

    I just got an e-reader for Christmas, and I love reading on it because I don’t worry about how many pages there are left or stopping at a “good” place. It makes it a lot easier to finish a book by reading on the e-reader.

  7. I just learned recently that Zoe Nathan is working on a Huckleberry cookbook. So I’m basically dying with anticipation.

    I also want to chime in about Kimberly’s question. I am very good friends with one of my old co-workers, who is a married man, and I hang out with him *and* his wife very often. I no longer work with him, but we stay in touch and we’re still good friends. Our relationship has a (much) older brother-little sister vibe. I think it’s totally possible to be just friends with a married person of your preferred sex IF there has been absolutely no, zero, NONE flirting in your relationship at all. So it kind of sounds like Kimberly isn’t being honest with herself or her friend. Platonic Friendships aren’t AT ALL possible between two people who are attracted to each other, and if you are a person in a relationship (AHEM, Kimberly’s FriendCrush), you shouldn’t get in that situation.

    I agree with Tracy that established female-male relationships from pre-marriage are completely okay. It’s harder when it comes to making new friends. Like, hey, husband, you don’t need more best female friends: YOU HAVE A WIFE. SHE’S your best friend.

    Oddly, I’ve recently had discussions about this. Which is pretty clear.

    I love you ladies.

  8. red flag you guys…are there homeland spoilers in this podcast? i am afraid to listen to the pod just in case. i haven’t watched homeland yet, but will SOON!

  9. Megan Jan 10, 2013

    i had a similar tv ‘thing’ for breaking bad’s jesse pinkman. minus the meth addiction, and in the later seasons..when he got super cute. i have been buying my husband clothes and he’s starting to look a bit like him. haha, sneaky ladies…

  10. Hello Ladies, just listened to this week’s podcast and I have to admit I think I am your new biggest fan…if I didn’t live a whole ocean away in the UK I might even become one of those creepy stalker fans (only joking!!). You always make me laugh out loud (great when I’m listening on my ipod in the office!!)….whatever topic you are talking about!

    I started listening back in December and I’m currently catching up on all your old podcasts.

    Can’t wait until next week!

    • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LISTENING! It’s really awesome to know that people in other countries enjoy our podcast!

    • Maija Jan 11, 2013

      Rachel- we should start a UK appreciation group/ support group for people in the UK who can appreciate these ladies! I have been listening and loving them for a long time and I felt alone here in the uk.. but now.. I dont! :) VIVA LA UK FANS OF JOY AND TRACY!!!

      • Oh my goodness Maija, I was just thinking this afternoon that Joy and Tracy need a UK fan club…people to spread the Joy the Baker love over here!

  11. Tracy, I feel you. I have only read (in completion) one book since birthing my child almost three years ago. I feel like this something that people just don’t talk about it. Sometimes, it feels like my brain just doesn’t work that way anymore! I haven’t given up. I’ve half-way read many a books over the years. I’m ALMOST done with Gone Girl (from Joy’s recommendation WAY back when). I have faith I will finish this book (less than a 100 pages to go!) and I hope that you find (at least!) one book you can finish in 2013. Rock on, ladies.

  12. Mandi Jan 10, 2013

    Just so ya know, I save listening to your podcast until I’m home alone, having a glass of wine, and baking. And then I listen to 2 episodes at once. And they always make me feel like being at a slumber party with my best friends. Thanks…thanks for the real.

  13. Nicole Jan 10, 2013

    Such a great podcast. I laughed out loud multiple times during the Homeland/Damien Lewis part. I, too, have been watching Homeland nonstop for the past week (two more episodes left! What am I going to do when I’m done?!) and have been crushing on him as well!

  14. Alexis Jan 11, 2013

    You should watch the SNL skit about Homeland, they make a point about his tiny mouth. It is hilarious!

    • Tracy Jan 11, 2013

      We have! I think we mentioned it in the podcast. It’s hilarious.

  15. neurocrafter Jan 11, 2013

    Hi Tracy, in regards to your reading habit, you might want to try Goodreads to keep lists of what you’ve read in the year and what you’d like to read. Maybe organizing your reading will help keep it habitual :)

    • Tracy Jan 11, 2013

      Thanks for the tip! I have a wishlist on my kindle right now that is helping! One book at a time!

  16. I’m crazy about homeland too!

    I would also suggest using Goodreads to keep track of your books, what you’ve read, are reading or want to read! It’s great to get suggestions from too!

    Can’t wait to be listening to you gals into your hundreds!

  17. No room for a hot dog. No room.

  18. 1. I’m with you Joy, I watched the first season of Homeland said Meh and moved on. No regrets.

    2. I’ve been married for 5 years and my husband, Jesse, has many female friends. He had them before we were married and he has acquired new ones since we’ve been married. I don’t find this threatening, but I do prefer to meet them so I can feel out their intentions. I have no doubts about his.

  19. Jamie Jan 12, 2013

    I am downloading these books immediately! More reading recommendations please ladies. I read Gone Girl after Joy mentioned it last year and it was the best novel that I had read for a long time.

    Oh & Happy New Year from London (is it too late to say that?! I never know)


  20. Thank you for your advice on gluten-free brunch! Now I am pinning lots of spanish tortilla recipes. Excellent!!!

  21. Aisha Jan 13, 2013

    Thanks for helping me with my needs! The Clementine menu looks amazing. Also the yogurt parfaits are something I can make at their house with out two much effort. I will IG the final spread. Thanks again.

  22. Please keep in mind that there is a big difference between addiction and habit. You can’t equate alcoholism and smoking with deciding to change your reading habits.

    Friendships between married men and women become easier as the marriage ages. One of the things I learned early in my 23 year marriage was that saying “thou shalt not” was a guarantee that “thou shalt.”

    I was born in the year of the wood snake (1965 – I may be your oldest listener lol). According to Wikipedia, the snake is intuitive, introspective, refined and collected. They are attractive people who take crises with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time. Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. She can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to.

    So basically, we are manipulative and should be politicians. lol

    The rice krispies treats look awesome. Tracy, enjoy your Kindle.

  23. I’m just gonna put this out there: Saul does it for me, a little bit. An eensy bit.

    • brandi Jan 15, 2013

      i am totally with you kaley! mega crush on saul b./mandy p.

  24. The Rice Krispie treats idea is perfect! I made them yesterday, and they are super cute. I went with browned-butter sea salt rice krispie treats dipped in dark chocolate (sprinkles too, of course). I also drizzled a few of them with pink-tinted white chocolate… so pretty! No bourbon or vodka this time though 😉 Plus, they were so quick and easy that I had more time to start cramming for finals, yay!
    Thanks for the great idea and the hilarious podcasts. You guys definitely took a load off my shoulders and helped reduce my finals stress levels a bit. You da best!

  25. Tracy, I am glad someone else can’t focus on audio books too. Without the words in front of me, I completely zone out. And I find I read faster when I read on an ereader vs a real book. I think because I can’t see how much I have left and I just get lost in the story.

    Age of Miracles sounds very interesting, I’m going to check it out!

  26. Ladies…agreed. Incoming mail is the worst. I started using this filing system a few months ago and am completely in love. Everything goes in the “incoming mail bin” and once a day, I go through it all and put it in its rightful file place. Can’t handle how much I have loved not having a 3′ stack of mail on our kitchen table all the time. Found the system here: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/organizing-paperwork-for-dummies.html

  27. lcgrant03 Jan 15, 2013

    Loved this episode and definitely agreed on the Damian Lewis. I’ve had a major crush on him since Band of Brothers and I look forward to watching the first season of Homeland to see if I’m falling on the Tracy or the Joy side.

    Thanks for getting my 2013 off to a great start.

  28. Tracy – good idea for those kids drawings, use them as wrapping paper for kids parties or other gifts. :)

  29. Can you two or anyone else recommend a good juicer?

    • Tracy Jan 15, 2013

      I really love my Omega 8006. I especially love how you can easily juice greens. It’s AWESOME.

      • Jenny K Jan 16, 2013

        Was just curious about this too….thanks Tracy!

        And thanks Joy & Tracy again for another totally awesome podcast!

        I was complaining to my husband on Sunday that since we’ve had our 2 kiddos I never get to read anymore…feeling so discouraged I went to go fold laundry and listen to the new podcast. And you said exactly what I needed to hear! Major cheer up! Thank you!
        Since then and earlier bedtime…curled up with my Kindle before sleep!

  30. Well-timed episode! I listen to the podcast on the way home from teaching high school, and it’s a great way to decompress. I got in the car today and had a minor meltdown when my iPod wasn’t working & I couldn’t listen for the first half of my commute. Thanks for being one of my habits!

    Also, I’m now dying to read The Age of Miracles. (Although I’ll probably have to wait until summer vacation.)

  31. Finally got a chance to listen yesterday, and was happy to hear about the books you’re reading. I’ve actually read them both, and was blown away by both (for obviously different reasons). Age of Miracles is a beautiful story, and its the author’s first novel!!

    If you’re interested in reading more in 2013 in general, you might want to check out Goodreads (goodreads.com) – it’s a great resource for making to-read lists (categorizing), reviews, recommendations, and to keep track of what you’ve read for the year.

    Love the podcast, it definitely brightens my commute – thanks! :)

  32. Aimee Jan 20, 2013

    Tracy I think we are sisters, fo realz. I am forever opening mail in the car and also looking through my kids backpacks IN THE CAR!! Why?! Can’t help myself! Also have lots of unfinished projects everywhere :/ Going to check out the book.

  33. Laura Jan 21, 2013

    Hi Ladies! Tracy, I read your I love list from last friday (I love your lists!) and I was laughing because I too ordered the How to Look Expensive book from Amazon and I am still wondering How to look expensive! LOL. It has some interesting tips and I was wondering if you would ever consider doing a segment on the show about it. I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the Tips and Pointers from the book and share some of your favorites with the listeners! I am curious about your thoughts on the book! Have a great week!

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