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Good morning friends and a happy Friday morning to you. Did you have a nice week? Was it a 4 day work week for you? Between appointments, and work it seemed like my week started off busy and never slowed down. I am hoping to relax a little bit this weekend starting this evening with a good book and pizza for dinner.
What are your plans for the weekend? Perhaps picking apples or visiting the pumpkin farm? I am going to make caramel apples and I am experimenting with a new pie, I will let you know how it turns out.
I hope you enjoy my favorites from this week, there is definitely something for everyone.
It’s soup season and creamy chicken cauliflower soup is on repeat at my house.
Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Soup, the perfect combination for a Fall day.
Chili is a monthly stable at our house but I have never made white chicken chili,I think I am going to have to try it soon. If you would like a few more soup ideas check the post for 16 Fall Soups and Stews.
For something a little more “impressive” try Stuffed Pork Chops with Wild Rice, Date and Apple Stuffing.
Do you like fluffernutter sandwiches? If so you will definitely want to make these Peanut butter and fluff pop tarts.
Pumpkin fans you will love these pumpkin bars(gluten free, dairy free). If chocolate is more your style this chocolate mud cake looks amazing.
Apple lovers you are definitely going to want to make apple and plumb crisp.
In case you missed it this week I shared Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chunk bread.I know I’ve already made several others, but this one is different, I promise.
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I am a huge fan of Sutton foster and I am so looking forward to reading Hooked: How Crafting Saved My Life.
The Book of Magic. Did you read or watch the movie Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman? If so you are going to want to read the conclusion of the series.
Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. A breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.
“Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.”
2 Christmas Books for Kids
If you are new here I have been sharing 2 children’s Christmas books a week that you could add to your kids Christmas library and the 25 days before Christmas read one book a night. I realize that books are pricy and that is why I am telling you about them now so that you can find them at the library, thrift stores and more.
The Little Red Sleigh has one big dream—to one day become Santa’s big red sleigh! But all her life, she’s been told she’s too small, she’s too young, she can’t fly, and she certainly can’t meet Santa. Well, this Christmas, with the help of some friends, she’s determined to do the impossible. Little Red Sleigh is a heartwarming children’s Christmas book you’ll want to read again and again. Full of winter joy and Christmas magic, this Christmas book for kids will remind you that no dream is out of reach if you believe.
The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for — not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman comes to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insists that a dozen is thirteen!
I just ordered this plaid bowl, it’s from Walmart and I think it will be great for my holiday decor.
This sweater from JCrew looks so comfortable. It is on sale this week for 40% off.
This puffer coat is on sale too, I love the color and think it would be perfect with a plaid(naturally) scarf, like this one.
The city puffer is also on sale too!
I ordered the Medium Montauk tote in blue leather for a gift for Christmas, it is on sale for 60% off in blue and the tan above is 40% off.
Aren’t these flocked trees in galvanized buckets cute? I think they would look great inside or out.
By the way, a few weeks ago I shared this blue quilted coat from Ralph Lauren and this black watch plaid quilted jacket. I ordered them both for Fall and winter and I am here to give you my honest opinion on them just in case you wanted one for yourself.
I love the plaid pattern but I am not “in love” with all of the gold buttons, they are everywhere. The size is great, I have a small and it fits well but I will tell you that it is thin, this is a jacket and it is not going to keep you very warm unless you are wearing something like a cashmere sweater.
As for the blue one, I love the cut, the color and the style, it is a classic. Again, this is a jacket not a winter coat.
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Have a great weekend my friends. Thank you for coming to visit Pinecones and Acorns!
Great post and so many good book suggestions. Love the Christmas books I would enjoy them.
Love the plaid bowl too.
Thanks for the link to the article about true crime. I lost my taste for it when I knew someone who was murdered and people started talking about it on Reddit. It really hit home to me that so many victims aren’t seen as actual people, but as mysteries to be “solved” by armchair detectives.
Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how traumatic it is to loose someone and then have people discuss it. Thank you for your comments.
Happy Weekend, Elizabeth! Your soup looks out of this world good, and I am ready for soup to be on repeat…thank you for being a great example and nudging me to that realization. Your pumpkin bread also looks so tempting to try – I know I would love it in spite of not being a fan of pumpkin. I want to read the Stanley Tucci book – loved his series and felt as though we all got to travel with him to Italy. The things he chose to do there are just what I would want to do! Wishing you a blessed October, friend. Thank you for the warmth shared here – we are in such short supply. xox
I so much enjoy your Friday posts. I’m off to read all of the tabs I now have open on my computer.
Thank you Paula. I love reading and always find things I think are interesting and hope my readers will to.
Elizabeth, did you once link to a basket that’s suitable for throw blankets? I have a ton of blankets and want to have them in a big basket and I thought you recommended one at one point – thanks! (I may be imagining this).
Hi Amy, I cannot remember if I did but the basket shown in this photo of tartan blanket was vintage and it did not fit too many. I actually have 4 vintage wicker chests that I store blankets in. We have 3 dachshunds and tons of blankets for them and we store them in a chest and then we also have a wicker chest for the down blankets/throws that I and the guests like to use. I will see if I can find any large baskets online and let you know. I have seen several nice baskets at TJmaxx and Marshalls.
Thanks, will check TJ and Marshalls and also antique stores for wicker chests, which is a solution I really like.
IT is a great time to start looking.Look online at Invaluable for auctions.
William Kendall says
Chicken cauliflower soup sounds good.
I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Brenda Pruitt says
Any kind of soup sounds good! It finally cooled off the last couple of days. Interesting article about true crime. Will check out the others over the weekend.
Have a great weekend Brenda. I am not a fan of True Crime but I thought the article was interesting
So many great suggestions … that plaid bowl!!! But I keep going back to the soups. I can’t get enough soup this time of year. I’ve got to get this recipes pinned and printed! xo
Good morning Juliet, yes it is soup season! I love soup and this cauliflower soup is delicious. I will let you know about the plaid bowl because I ordered it!
Linda Johnston says
I love that you are posting hristms books for children. I’m checking them out for the grandkids.
Linda, start looking at your thrift store as well, or if you have Kindle unlimited there are many books that are ” free” with your subscription. Also, check out Thrifted Books online, great deals there.