Get yourself a cup of coffee, chocolate or a glass of wine and let’s get to all of the delicious recipes, interesting articles and books and fun finds that I have for you this week in my Friday Favorites post.
Good morning friends, happy frigid Friday to you! It looks like there is another storm in store for many of us this weekend. We are going to be getting rain and more cold weather.What about you? Will you be getting the snow or the rain? I don’t have any plans except to finish a few projects around the house, to start organizing my tax stuff and to read. I have about 20 magazines on my Kindle that I just borrowed from my library and 3 books to enjoy.
On a side note, does your library have digital magazines? Mine has magazines from all over the world, typically I borrow magazines from France, Sweden, Germany, Australia, the UK, Spain, the US and a few other countries. Some, I cannot read but I enjoy looking at the pictures and if I find a recipe I want to make I translate it. If you have not checked this resource out at your own library I highly recommend it.
Ok, back to “Friday Favorites”, I have a lot of things to share with you so settle in, you might be here awhile.
It’s cold and it’s Friday so that means comfort food. This baked Cambazola with cranberries and pecans is easy and delicious. You can serve it with crackers, chips and apples to make it seem a little healthy.
Queso is my favorite thing to eat at a Mexican restaurant, give me a bowl of melted cheese and some chips(along with a margarita) and I am set. I have have many kinds of queso, but I have never ever had it with cauliflower. I cannot wait to try Cauliflower Queso! By the way, Everything Jessica makes is easy and delicious.
On a cold day, like many of you, I find comfort in a bowl of soup. This week I made chicken soup, and a white bean soup, I think over the weekend I will try Yvonne’ recipe for Italian Tortellini Soup.with Spinach and Sausage, the perfect combination of pasta and soup.
Does anyone else like to end the week on a sweet note? Me too! I am making The “Ultimate” Banana Bread from Cooks Illustrated today. This recipe is a little time consuming but it is the best banana bread I have ever made.
Home & Interior Design
Gorgeous Row House in D.C., I love the small kitchen.
Do you like doing laundry? Did you know there is a correct way to do it? If not you might enjoy Revamping Your Laundry Routine, this post is filled with excellent tips and tricks, to wash your clothes and help them last longer.
If you are looking for an easy DIY to spruce up your home this winter look no further, here are 8 Simple Winter Projects to try.
Simple hanging heart tree to make with your kids or grandkids for Valentines Day.
Take a virtual trip to the UK to see Romantic English Cottages.
It is truffle season, Not truffle, but rather truffles!
What Fast Fashion Costs the World is shocking. I have read about this before but this paragraph stopped me on my tracks, “the pivot began in the 1990s, as early fast-fashion pioneers like Gap began swapping out styles not seasonally, but monthly, to lure in repeat customers. Over the next two decades, the trend accelerated, culminating with fast-fashion brands like Zara, Topshop, and H&M, which produce 52 “micro-seasons” per year. The website of the Chinese behemoth Shein, the vanguard of so-called “ultra-fast fashion,” boasts that the company releases 1,000 new styles every day.” (Ryan Lenora Brown)
It’s Paris Fashion week. If you are a fan of fashion than you will enjoy Sleeping in the Archives: The Met’s Forgotten Fashion Brands
Do you follow Francis Bourgeois on Instagram or Tik Tok? I am not sure how he popped up in my feed but his smile and enthuasium keep me coming back for more. If you do not know who he is, he is a trainspotter in the UK and he has a following of 2.2 million people who all find his excitement and love for trains fun to watch. This past week Francis Bourgeois was signed by Gucci and North Face for an ad campaign.
I LOVE Dolly Parton! She gives some great advice in this article.
It all started with a list of paintings. There, scribbled by a cousin she hadn’t seen for years, were the names of the masters whose works once belonged to her great-grandfather, Jules Strauss: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Tiepolo and more. Pauline Baer de Perignon knew little to nothing about Strauss, or about his vanished, precious art collection. But the list drove her on a frenzied trail of research in the archives of the Louvre and the Dresden museums, through Gestapo records, and to consult with Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. What happened in 1942? And what became of the collection after Nazis seized her great-grandparents’ elegant Parisian apartment? The quest takes Pauline Baer de Perignon from the Occupation of France to the present day as she breaks the silence around the wrenching experiences her family never fully transmitted, and asks what art itself is capable of conveying over time.
Liesl Weiss long ago learned to be content working behind the scenes in the distinguished rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she’s left to run things, she discovers that the library’s most prized manuscript is missing.
Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book, but is told repeatedly to keep quiet, to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian unexpectedly stops showing up to work. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues’ pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long―and about the people who care for and revere them―shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.
I think The Paris Apartment sounds interesting. I have it on my list at the library but you can pre-order it.
Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.
The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.
The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge
Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.
Speaking of Paris, Listen to Literary Life to hear about how a Paris Bookseller Changed the Course of Literature. On The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks with Kerri Maher about interpreting Sylvia Beach’s life in her latest novel, The Paris Bookseller.
More Book Suggestions at My Book Shop
If you want to see more of the books I have featured on the blog I have saved them all on My Book Shop Pinterest Board.
A fun pair of champagne earrings.
This dress is not in my budget but it is so pretty. Then again is there anything that Oscar de la Renta creates that isn’t?
I know that a lot of people are thinking of spring fashion but we still have 40 something days left until Spring and in my neck of the woods it is cold! The perfect weather for plaid pj’s and the good news is that they are on a major sale! I own this red plaid pair and I love them.
Did anyone shop the Tuckernuk sample sale? I did find some great things but I could not find my size in the things I liked. If you found something great please share it, I love to see what other people are buying.
That is all I have for this week, I hope that you found something to make, something to read and something to enjoy!
Have a great day friends, I hope that you have a fabulous weekend.
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