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Good morning friends, can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away? I swear that once Fall starts the rest of the year goes at warp speed. My sister arrives today and we have a lot of plans for the holiday, including the Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving morning, then a day of cooking for the “big dinner” with my brother and his family, a tree lighting ceremony and more. Let the festivities begin!
Friday Favorites: Books, Food, Finds & More
It’s hot chocolate season and I have the best hot chocolate mix for you to make and enjoy all winter, you can find the recipe here.
Dinner Rolls are one of my favorite things to eat at Thanksgiving and these fluffy rolls look perfect for turkey and gravy.
This Maple and Spice Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad is a great side for Thanksgiving as well as a great choice for the vegans at your holiday dinner.
If you want to know How to Build the Perfect Cheese Board for you guest this is a great tutorial.
Ina Garten Is Sharing Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes This Week—Starting with Turkey and Gravy
An Italian Cook Taught Me 9 Secrets that Made My Homemade Pizza Insanely Better
The Best Holiday Whiskey Cocktails
Are you looking for a wreath for your front door? Check out this Snowy and Easy Christmas Wreath.
Elegant Country Estate Designed by Sheila Bridges
How Amanda Brooks decorates her Cotswold farmhouse for Christmas
Love this Victorian Bake Shop!
20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years
The $14 trillion reason you should care about the shipping container shortage
All the Shipping Deadlines You Need to Know So Your Holiday Gifts Arrive on Time
To Catch a Turtle Thief: Blowing the Lid Off an International Smuggling Operation
How the Workplace of the Future Could Leave Women Behind
The Conversational Habits That Build Better Connections
3 Ways We Sabotage Relationships (and 3 Ways to Kick the Habit)
St. Jude Hoards Billions While Many of Its Families Drain Their Savings
What the World Did and Didn’t Accomplish at COP26
The cast of the Harry Potter films is reuniting, but without J.K. Rowling
A teenager was accidentally invited to a grandma’s Thanksgiving dinner. Six years later, he’s still going back
Frida Kahlo self-portrait beats sale record set by cheating husband
If you are a fan of The Great, the good news is that Season 2 is about to start and you can read all about it here. I have not watched it but I did hear that it was funny.
I am currently reading The French Gift.
A forgotten manuscript that threatens to unravel the past…
Fresne Prison, 1940: A former maid at a luxury villa on the Riviera, Margot Bisset finds herself in a prison cell with writer and French Resistance fighter Joséphine Murant. Together, they are transferred to a work camp in Germany for four years, where the secrets they share will bind them for generations to come.
Paris, around about now: Evie Black lives in Paris with her teenage son, Hugo, above her botanical bookshop, La Maison Rustique. Life would be so sweet if only Evie were not mourning the great love of her life.
When a letter arrives regarding the legacy of her husband’s great-aunt, Joséphine Murant, Evie clutches at an opportunity to spend one last magical summer with her son. They travel together to Joséphine’s house, now theirs, on the Côte d’Azur. Here, Evie unravels the official story of this famous novelist, and the truth of a murder a lifetime ago. Along the way, she will discover the little-known true story of the women who were enslaved by German forces in WWII.
Bringing together the present and the past, The French Gift is a tender and heartbreaking story of female friendship, sacrifice and loss, and the promise of new love.
Have you read Sold on a Monday?
2 CHILDREN FOR SALE
The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.
I cannot wait to get my copy of the newest Half Baked Harvest cookbook! Everything Tieghan cooks or bakes is fabulous! I would are not familiar with Half Baked Harvest check out Teighans’ blog.
Don’t forget to check out 25 Christmas Books to Buy for Your Kids and Grandkids so that you can start reading to them on the first of December!
I love this dress, it looks beautiful and comfortable. I also like this one but it is way too short for me.Are you mad for plaid like me? If so you are going to want to visit The Tartan Shop at JCrew!
Have you shopped Tuckernuck lately? They have so many beautiful and festive looks for the holidays.
Don’t forget to order your Advent Calendar. This dog advent calendar, this calendar of English tea and this 24 days of beauty calendar are some of the most popular that I posted.
I have lots more “Finds” below just in case you are looking for gifts ideas, Christmas decor or something special for yourself.
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Have a happy and safe weekend friends, if you are starting the journey to your Thanksgiving destination travel safe and well.
So many fun finds! Those maple and spice winter veggies look incredible! I love Half Baked Harvest too!
Happy Friday! I’m off to enjoy all of the tabs that I now have open.
Thank you Paula! I hope you find something that you like.
Brenda Pruitt says
Yes, I’ve read Sold On A Monday. So tragic. I was so touched by the accidental text that brought a young boy and grandmother together to begin a tradition. These kinds of stories lift my heart.
Great post. My husband is looking into this book Sold On A Monday.
Thank you Cindy, I heard it is very good.
William Kendall says
Thank you William