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Good morning friends! It’s Friday and I cannot wait to relax with a cocktail and some junk food. It has been a crazy week with work, storms, a leak in the living room ceiling and other miscellaneous things, nothing serious thankfully. I have no plans this weekend, hopefully there will be a little sun and a little relaxing and a good book.
I have some scrumptious food finds, interesting articles and more for your this week so lets get to it.
I love pizza! I could eat it every single day and this weekend I am making this Grilled Bbq Chicken Pizza from What’s Gabby Cooking.
My husband is going to love making these Shrimp Tacos from Muy Bueno.
I think this Strawberry Spinach Salad from Garnish and Glaze looks fresh and delicious!
Peanut Butter Brownies! Yes please! I could eat them all.
Banoffee Pie is my favorite dessert ever, the rich creamy caramel, sweet bananas, and whipped cream make an easy and delicious dessert.
Is it too soon to be thinking about Fall? I don’t think so because by the time we do all of the good stuff is gone from the stores. This pumpkin pillow adds just a touch of Fall and is perfect from September until Thanksgiving.
And this candle holder would be great as well.
I like this door mat because it always feel good to be home!
Diptyque Wood Fire Candle is a splurge but the scent sound perfect for Fall.
Renowned southern pastry chef Lisa Donovan’s memoir of cooking, survival, and the incredible power in reclaiming the stories of women
Noted chef and James Beard Award-winning essayist Lisa Donovan helped establish some of the South’s most important kitchens, and her pastry work is at the forefront of a resurgence in traditional desserts. Yet Donovan struggled to make a living in an industry where male chefs built successful careers on the stories, recipes, and culinary heritage passed down from generations of female cooks and cooks of color. At one of her career peaks, she made the perfect dessert at a celebration for food-world goddess Diana Kennedy. When Kennedy asked why she had not heard of her, Donovan said she did not know. “I do,” Kennedy said, “Stop letting men tell your story.”
In this “glittering, Gatsby-esque” (Publishers Weekly) novel, two generations of Quincy women—a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer—are bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace.
Always the black sheep of the tight-knit Quincy clan, Nell is cautious when she’s summoned to the elegantly shabby family manor after her great-aunt Loulou’s death. A cold reception from the family grows chillier when they learn Loulou has left Nell a fantastically valuable heirloom: an ornate necklace from India that Nell finds stashed in a Crown Royal whiskey bag in the back of a dresser. As predatory relatives circle and art experts begin to question the necklace’s provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust—the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old-money crowd.
“Honey has been waiting almost ten million years for a good biography,” writes Holley Bishop. Bees have been making this food on Earth for hundreds of millennia, but we humans started recording our fascination with it only in the past few thousand years — painting bees and hives on cave and temple walls and papyrus scrolls, revering them in poetry and art, even worshipping these amazing little insects as gods. From the temples of the Nile to the hives behind the author’s own house, people have had a long, rapturous love affair with the beehive and the seductive, addictive honey it produces. Combining passionate research, rich detail, and fascinating anecdote, Holley Bishop’s Robbing the Bees is an in-depth, sumptuous look at the oldest, most delectable food in the world.
The Vineyards of Champagne( only $2.99 on Kindle Unlimited)
Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lies below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest and most defiant women venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars…
London, 1660: Ready to throw off a generation of Puritan rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to reclaim the throne. Among those welcoming him is young Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the handsome, jaded king. Though each is promised to another, Barbara soon becomes Charles’s mistress and closest friend, and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court. Rewarded with titles, land, and jewels, she is the most envied and desired woman in England–and the most powerful. But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and Barbara’s enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace.
I hope that you enjoy my finds this week. If you read one of the books or try one of the recipes I would love to know. As always, please share your finds this week, I am always looking for a new book to read, a recipe to try or something interesting to listen to.
Have a happy and safe weekend.