Episode 004: If I die, tell Mindy Kaling I love her


In this episode, we talk about what we've been reading and watching lately, the heart and message behind Around the Table, airplane travel, and cooking for one!

We aren't the most up to speed on pop culture, and tend to rely on Knox and Jamie's podcast, the Popcast to keep us up to date - but this episode, we're talking about what we've read and watched lately!

Here's what you have to look forward to when you see The Hundred Foot Journey. You're welcome.
Here's what you have to look forward to when you see The Hundred Foot Journey. You're welcome.

We are both fans of listening to audiobooks! Two of our recent favorites are Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist.

Maggie needs this T shirt:

Jacey tends to watch more dramas and lately she's been into Sherlock , Mad Men and True Detective.

Did you know the creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, was a writer on the Sopranos and got his job there with his pilot Mad Men script, seven years before it was picked up by AMC? Do you care, or is that just Jacey?

Jacey's recent reads: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes and Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown

Our second segment was all about hospitality, community, and what "around the table" means to us. What we believe about life around the table is reflected beautifully in Bread and Wine:

"What people are craving isn’t perfection. People aren’t longing to be impressed; they’re longing to feel like they’re home. If you create a space full of love and character and creativity and soul, they’ll take off their shoes and curl up with gratitude and rest, no matter how small, no matter how undone, no matter how odd." Shauna Niequist, Bread and Wine

Jacey wrote a blog post about inviting people into the mess and one about changing some unhealthy ways she tends to look at food.

Our philosophy in a nutshell, as discussed in this episode:

  • We want people to leave our homes remembering how they feel, not how beautiful the table setting is.
  • Food brings us together.
  • Being perfect isn't very inviting.

Maggie's most amazing meal was Thanksgiving in Africa, because it wasn't about the food. Jacey's most memorable meal was at a restaurant for her third wedding anniversary.

We want to see you connecting around the table! We'll check Instagram and Twitter for #aroundthetable. Follow us on Instagram: @aroundthetablepodcast@maggiemcdaris@thebalancedwife

Maggie is on a long flight today. Say a prayer for her! She's reading all the magazines.

Fun fact: Jacey brainstormed the name and tagline for this podcast on an airplane!

Is Benedict Cumberbatch good looking? Jon Emmy with or without beard? Do you feel pressure to make things pretty and perfect when you have people over? What significant experiences have you had around the table?

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