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Good morning friends, are you ready for the weekend? Me too. I have a busy day ahead, including a meeting with the builder and the kitchen designer, then I will be ready to settle in and relax this weekend. I have four new books on my Kindle, three books from the library and a pile of magazines, I am ready for some “Friday Food” and time by the fire reading.
Enough about me, let’s get to it because I have lots to share today.
Friday Favorites:Food, Finds, Books and More
Pot roast was a staple in our house growing up with carrots and potatoes, but this recipe for pot roast, butternut squash and plums is new to me and sounds delicious! You can find the recipe at The Suburban Soapbox.
If you like enchiladas than I think you will enjoy Enfrijoladas from What’s Gabby Cooking.
Doesn’t this chicken sound delicious, “chicken with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, and kalamata olives” it is a Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken Breast made by The Roasted Root.
50 Smoothie and Juice Recipes for those that are eating a little “cleaner” this year.
House, Home, Interior Design
Have I got a treat for you, 7 of my favorite bloggers and interior designers teamed up to write posts on Design Trends for 2022. You can see what they each had to say if you click the links below.
If you are hosting a Galentine’s celebration, Brenda has a great post with tablescapes, food and decorations and more.
Travel and Wanderlust
If you want to visit the East Coast and stay in a beautifully renovated cottage on the Rappahannock River look no further than this AriBnB. This lovely cottage in Virginia is located very close to The Tides Inn one of my favorite places to stay. There are fabulous restaurants, and antique shop not to mention the water which is why people visit this area.
9 French AirBnb’s with History to Visit if you are traveling to France.
When we visit Paris, if we are not staying with friends, we stay at a very small boutique hotel that I have been staying at for over 28 years. If you like small hotels with a lot of character check out The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris: Hidden Addresses.
By the way, if you will be traveling in the future and need help navigating the “new normal” contact my friend Sandy. Sandy is not only a fellow blogger and writer but she is a travel advisor. In this day and age with all of the confusing rules, closures, etc., it is important to know if you need a vaccine passport, a Covid test, and whatever else may or many not be required to enter a country, or to return home.
Have you heard of Swedish Death cleaning?
The 17th Day(long read but very interesting).
This is so beautiful, Young Man Invites 89-Year-Old Neighbor To Live With Him So She Is Not Alone in Her Last Days.
Best book of 2021 NPR and The Christian Science Monitor.
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.
She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
Kristen Green draws on years of research to tell the extraordinary and little-known story of young Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who blazed a path of liberation for thousands. She was forced to have the children of a brutal slave trader and live on the premises of his slave jail, known as the “Devil’s Half Acre.” When she inherited the jail after the death of her slaveholder, she transformed it into “God’s Half Acre,” a school where Black men could fulfill their dreams. It still exists today as Virginia Union University, one of America’s first Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Learn more about The Devil’s Half Acre here,
I haven’t really been shopping lately and this year I am trying to be more intentional in my buying. If I am shearing something I bought I will let you know and give a little review, otherwise I am just sharing things I like.
These are just a few of these things I discovered while perusing Boden you might want to check out the new arrivals if you are looking for some colorful additions to your wardrobe.
Or check out my new old favorite store Banana Republic.
You can find all of my “Finds” On My Daily Finds Pinterest Board
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That is it for this week, I hope that you found something to read or make and that you will also share any of your favorites from the week.
What are your plans for the weekend? Will you get snow this weekend? If so, do you have a favorite winter activity? I personally love to shovel snow, but only at night when it is dark and quiet, and I love to be out on my snowshoes. Whatever you do I hope that you have a happy and safe weekend.
Thank you so much for stopping by today friends, I appreciate you spending part of your day here.