This week’s podcast is LIVE FROM NOLA. Wait. It’s not live, but Joy is LIVELY in NOLA.

This is Tracy writing, excuse the puns.

Joy is hoarding beads in NOLA. You don’t have to flash anybody for beads,

Being Joy the Baker is enough. GO MAJ, GO!

What are we doing for Valentine’s Day? Is Joy going to be drinking Bourbon in Bourbon-town? Most likely.

Will Tracy & Casey exchange cards meant to make the other person laugh? You best believe.

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, look no further!

Tracy wants in on this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pudding action for Valentine’s Day.

How about you make this tasty salad. Goat cheese in shape of hearts? Color me impressed.

Goat Cheese Heart Salad

Need to justify buying a doughnut pan? Let Tracy help you make that decision.

Banana Doughnuts with Peanut Butter Frosting? TWIST MY ARM.

Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Toasted Coconut?! Guess who just bought a doughnut pan. YOU!

You could also enjoy all of these doughnuts too. They’re BAKED.

House of Cards. Do you watch it? Does Tracy sleep through it? No and Yes?

Michael thinks it’s a slow burn and he’s obsessed.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for your comments/emails/questions.

Email us your questions at contact at homefries dot com

We appreciate it when you call us too. Real voice interaction is RAD.

To call, leave a voicemail at 817-82-fries.

Don’t worry, IT GETS BETTER!

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25 comments on “Ms. T.

  1. Thanks for another wonderful podcast, ladies! Totally with you on the Valentine’s moves… my guy thought ahead for my birthday this week and bought all the things we need to make sushi as a gift, so we’ll be having a sushi adventure on V-day, followed by a Breaking Bad marathon and cards. And I’m going to attempt lemon molten lava cakes… for the win. Restaurants are totally the wrong move on that day.

    Also, thanks for the bead advice and NOLA info, Joy– heading there later this year, so great to know that I can keep my clothes on!

  2. Courtne Odle Feb 8, 2013

    2.5 day weekends For the Win.
    Had my first Joy the Baker + Shutterbean Podcast experience yesterday & then I dreamt that you were both my neighbors and came walking though my backyard with baked goods.. NBD.
    Joy, check out Fritzel’s on Bourbon St. (Near Orleans/Bourbon intersection, I think)… CUTEST lil’ jazz bar/club evveerrr… totes adorbs.

  3. Crystal Corliss Feb 8, 2013

    I also work in a cubicle setting and can totally related to the sounds of others … eating…tapping…breathing lol ugh..
    also I agree Joy- I cannot stand the sound of dogs licking!!
    love the show :)

  4. Carrie Feb 8, 2013

    It’s so interesting to hear someone else who cannot stand to hear certain noises. This sounds mean, but I cannot, cannot stand to hear my husband eat. He eats with his mouth shut, but he’s still a noisy eater. I can tell him that because my husband and we laugh about it. As for the lady at work who pops her gum…Can ya buy her some mints??

  5. Oh my! I want to hug Joe! That call definitely brought a smile to my face today!

  6. Re: bathing suit legs. I have always been self-conscious of my thighs. Every spring when mags would come out with the best bathing suits to accentuate your figure, there would invariably be a suggestion for us large-legged ladies to wear a HIGH cut bathing suit to elongate the leg. Because yes, showing MORE of my leg is my idea of a good time. Worst advice ever.

    As a somewhat more secure 38 year old, I have finally come to terms with my bathing suit legs with retro suit from retrodress.com. Tracy, I think you need this black & white stripe one piece numba:

    http://www.retrodress.com/E11087BLK.html

    • Tracy Feb 11, 2013

      That’s cute! Still shows legs ;)

      • I know, I know. But the suit is so sweet nobody will be lookin’ at those gams. Or, you could apply my least favorite magazine tip for great legs in a bathing: wear heels with your suit! Because that’s practical for the beach.

  7. Lizzie Feb 8, 2013

    Thank you gals so much for taking my call! (this is Elizabeth the special ed teacher. It is so bizarre to hear your voice on a message for all to hear!)

    I appreciate the relaxation ideas- planning, creativity, mindless tv. I also love planning and making lists, Tracy, and tv is something I turn to when I want my mind to shut up for a bit. I also do a lot of artsy stuff which is indeed very easy to get lost in! Yes, Joy, watercolors!!! I handmade calendars for holiday gifts this year and had lots of fun painting. So so pretty.

    Thanks again :) This p-cast cheered me up after having milk spilled all over me today at work and getting spit on (it’s not all bad, I swear). TGIF.

  8. Oh my God. I can so relate to the cubicle noise situation! The person that sits behind me at my place of work, would listen to music on her headphones and whisper sing. You know that whisper thing people do? Sort of like whisper yelling? All. Day. Long. Another co-worker and I call it Parsel Toungue (like the snake language from harry potter), and would send each other IM’s lamenting the Parsel tongue. It drove me insane!! Luckily I’m fairly close with this whisper singing co-worker, so I dropped some hints, like I would turn around and say ‘What?’ and she would say,’Oh, nothing!’ And I’d be all like, ‘Oh, sorry, I thought you were talking to me!….’ riiiight. Anyway, apparently it worked. Boo-ya-ka. I haven’t heard parsel tongue in a while. Phew.

  9. p.s. House of Cats

  10. Tracey Feb 9, 2013

    Oh my god, the doughnut recipes! They have inspired me to make carrot cake doughnuts for my husbands birthday next weekend (his favorite). With a cake, he may eat only one piece but with cute, little doughnuts he (and I, let’s be real…) won’t be able to resist! Oh and about the rude co-worker, there used to be a website where someone could anonymously “call” another person out on their behavior whether it was a co-worker, friend, etc. Can’t remember the name but perhaps it still exists?

  11. Tracy, I can SO identify with the leg situation, and I bet yours are not as bad as mine. Seriously, no matter how much I exercise I will never be cute from ankle to thigh. I’ve embraced maxi dresses in the summer, black opaque tights with black dresses in the winter, and have given up hope that I will ever find boots to fit my giant Hungarian shot putter calves. Like you am just grateful that I can walk and have legs at all!

    As for the cubicle noise issue, the Pandora white noise station is a lifesaver. Other than that, I’m totally into just being upfront with people about stuff like that. It’s very rare that someone gets offended if you word it politely, especially if you phrase it like it’s your problem, instead of making it about what they’re doing wrong.

  12. Thank you so much for posting the baked doughnut recipe with the toasted coconut (my secret ultimate love). I have always wanted to make homemade donuts but never knew how so thank you! Also, I must say that this episode was especially funny in regards to the whole “We will break up with your significant other for you” and the annoying mouth noises situation. I will admit…I am a gum popper, but I know someone who I work closely with a lot who is CONSTANTLY breathing on me or over my shoulder very loudly when we have a project together (which is VERY often). I have labeled him a zombie….because honestly I can’t think of anything else that would do that. Besides my dog. Also, just the fact that you guys offered to let people know “It’s Over”, “Please stop being super annoying”, “Will you PLEASE STOP TEXTING” (I especially love it when you guys talk about that since I have a texting beef myself) was absolutely fantastic. I love the show! You two are awesome!

  13. Emily Feb 15, 2013

    Hysterical as always, you guys. Also, I love the 10 year old caller and the 87 year old caller both making it in here, that is amaaaazing.
    Tracy, when you make the it gets batard campaign videos, I’ll be all ears. Bathing suits are the worst – but it does make it a little better hearing about other people who are having thick thigh situations, too.
    Also as far as jeans go… go to Montreal some time, eat some (lots) of bagels, and stop by Jeans Jeans Jeans. They found me some nice skinny/straight legged jeans, and they even look ok (it is a literal warehouse of jeans, with jean-fitting experts.)

  14. Jinxie Feb 15, 2013

    I gotta say, I think “hating the sound of your coworker constantly chewing/slurping/popping gum” isn’t a disorder so much as a perfectly normal feeling to feel because that shizz is disgusting. I have a coworker who does it from time to time, and is actually aware of how annoying it is because she once said to me “Tee Hee! This gum chewing habit of mine is so bad, I know. It must drive you crazy to hear me popping my gum all the time! Tee Hee!”. I wasn’t brave enough to say “Yup, sure does drive me bonkers!”, so I just kept staring at my computer and gave her a very annoyed sounding “Mmmmm.” [She still pops her gum.]
    And can y’all please tell Joe that his voicemail just about made my morning today? Yesterday was Terrible with a Capital T, and I didn’t sleep worth a dang, but I was listening to your podcast as I was zombie walking to work and I got to the end, and Joe’s message right before I got to the office, and it perked me up as much as is possible to perk me up today.

  15. Tracy, Victoria’s Secret is selling swimming dresses and rompers now for leg coverage if you want them.
    Personally, as a thick thighed woman, I find showing more bum counters the thighs, but I’ve always been pretty butt confident.

    Anyway, keep up the great work guys! I’ll definitely be sending you an email sometime soon.

  16. howtosavethekosmos Feb 15, 2013

    1. Even babies be blazin’. http://pinterest.com/pin/244953667204585510/
    2. I went to grad school in New Orleans and was surprised myself to learn that Mardi Gras is not all the insane debauchery you hear of outside of NOLA. The parades were amazing, the city felt alive, and if anyone is flashing for beads you know they are a tourist who no one told better.

  17. Amanda Barkey Feb 15, 2013

    Tracy I can totally relate on the bathing suit note- after three kids I am so not excited about putting on a bathing suit… my body has changed in ways I never knew it could so there is always some sort of cover up involved but I have sort of just come to terms with it all. As I know you are a housewives fan you KNOW Kandi Burruss has got some gams on her and she flaunts them all over Miami beach http://mrsgrapevine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Kandi-Burruss-NeNe-Leakes.jpg so maybe you just need to slather on some self tanner and just be unapologetic about having some real woman legs- embrace it! (i know, i know easier said than done!) I love your attitude about just being appreciative that you have legs that allow you to walk, so refreshing. As always, love the podcast!

  18. Lizzy Feb 17, 2013

    So, sometimes I’ll randomly remember that ten-year-old Joy ice skated a routine to “Brick House” and it totally makes my day.

  19. Hi Joy and Tracy! Hope you had a good Valentine’s Day.

    This comment might come off as weird and creepy, but I was wondering if you might post a picture of Michael! You’re always talking about him on the podcast, and it would be nice to put a face to the name (and hilarious texts).

  20. Shanna Feb 19, 2013

    Hi Joy and Tracy! Loved the show! I can totally relate to the gum problem. I sit right across from an older gal who chews her gums like a horse. It’s not just annoying, but gives me serious anxiety. I don’t have the sort of relationship with her that I could just come out and tell her how distracting her disgusting habit is. I use headphones which help a little, but I can still hear her chomp. My friend and I were talking about this the other day and she suggested that I leave a note with some mints. That way it would save us both the embarrassment. I still need to think of the wording of the note, but I feel like this is my only hope. HAHAH! This makes me sound crazy! Thanks for making me feel like I’m not alone! Can’t wait for the next podcast!

  21. Hi Joe! It’s awesome to hear from you! YOLO!

  22. It would be SO funny if you guys called people for break ups or to tell them to quit their annoying habits. I have a co-worker who yawns really loudly every few minutes and you can hear it about six cubicles away. Not only is it annoying to listen to, but yawns are contagious, man! and everyone else starts doing it and the whole office gets sleepy. This same person also likes to give big spiels about controversial subjects. He’s got a booming voice so the whole world has to hear his conversations and he’s long-winded so it’s hard to get away from those dangerous topics with him. Thanks to him, the break room is no longer a safe zone and everyone else has to find a different place to eat. Rude!