Yes Please by Amy Poehler Book Review

Title: Yes PleaseYes Please Amy Poehler book review

Author: Amy Poehler

Genre: Humorous Biography

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Format: Kindle/paperback

Pages: 328 pages

About the Book:

Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners?

If your answer to these questions is “Yes Please!” then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous, Yes Please is full of words to live by.

AmazonMy Review:

When I first started reading Yes Please I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  I didn’t think Amy Poehler and I would have anything in common.  What if there was nothing in the book I could relate to?

I was pleasantly surprised to find that we have more in common than I thought.  We were born only 3 1/2 years apart, so we have many of the same childhood experiences.  We both read Judy Blume and obsessed about scoliosis.  We both wore silk blouses, jodhpurs and stirrup pants.  We both curled our hair and used lots of hairspray (although Amy preferred White Rain and I used Aqua Net). We both slow danced to Faithfully by Journey.

We have some of the same favorite authors (Anne Lamott, Stephen King, David Sedaris). We both fear large crowds because we are small people.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

Now that I am older, I am rounder and softer, which isn’t a bad thing.

 

I find that, in general, the amount of sharing men do with each other in one year is about the same as what I share with my female friends while wait or our cars at the valet.

 

Telling me to relax or smile when I’m angry is like bringing a birthday cake into a ape sanctuary.  You’re just asking to get your nose or genitals bitten off.

I really enjoyed this book.  Since it is a collection of essays, you don’t have to read it all at once (in fact, I would recommend against it).  Poehler’s sense of humor is both sweet and salty, so you won’t be bored, no matter which humor style you prefer.

I give Yes Please four stars.  A fun, fun read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Birchbox.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Holiday Cookie Pizza Recipe with Help from Sweetworks #SweetWorksHoliday

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

holiday cookie pizzaEvery year for Christmas I do my annual holiday baking.  Gingerbread cookies, coconut macaroons, divinity fudge (if the weather’s right) and everyone’s favorite – decorated sugar cookies.  I started making sugar cookies with my mom when I was very young and the tradition has continued in my own house.

Now that I am working more hours I have less time for baking.  Still,  I wanted to make something special for my family that would remind them of our annual tradition.  I was thrilled when Sweetworks sent me a giant box of goodies for all my holiday baking needs.

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I had the idea to make a sugar cookie pizza.  This way we didn’t have to worry about cutting out the individual shapes (or even rolling out the dough).  Once it was baked, Willow and I each took half and decorated it as we wanted.  It was a fun and easy project which still got us in the holiday spirit!!

Holiday Cookie Pizza

Ingredients:

For Pizza:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. almond extract

1 egg

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cream of tartar

For Frosting:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. milk

For Decorations:

Sweetworks Shimmer Silver Stars

Sweetworks Shimmer Gold Stars

Sweetworks Christmas Mix Pearls

Sweetworks Snowflake Mix Pearls

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix together sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in a bowl.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for about 15 minutes until it is workable.

Press dough into the bottom of a greased, 14 inch pizza pan.  Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool in pan for 45 minutes.

While cookie is cooling, mix powdered sugar and butter for frosting in a medium bowl on low speed.  Stir in vanilla and milk.

Once cookie is cool, flip it over onto a decorative plate.

holiday cookie pizzaSpread frosting thinly over the top, then decorate as you like.  To achieve our look, we drew a line down the center of the frosted pizza with a toothpick then each picked a side to decorate.

holiday cookie pizza Enjoy!!

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