Easy recipes to add to your meal plan, books recommendations, fashion finds and more this week on Friday Favorites.
Good Friday morning friends, how was your week? I am feeling much better after my social media break, sometimes you just need to step back and “just be.” There is so much going on in the world that weighs heavily on all of us and social media seems to exacerbate it. I highly recommend unplugging at least once a week. Take time to reconnect with the things you loved before you spent all of your free time on social media making reels, and Tiktok videos and just mindlessly scrolling.
I have lots to share this week, as always, so grab your cup of coffee, chocolate, tea or wine and settle in. I think that you are going to find something to enjoy.
Have you ever made your own pasta? I haven’t but after reading this post for Homemade Tonnarelli Pasta.I definitely want to try it.
I love conchas if you do as well and want to make your own, Pattis’ recipe looks easy and deliciois!
This Nicoise salad is a feast for the eyes and palate.
The weather is warming up and soon we will be hosting summer suppers, this Strawberry Mojito will definitely be on the cocktail list.
Strawberries and Cream Filled Butter Cake is a family favorite.
I cannot wait to see The Duke!
A soaring love story set in Napoleonic France This irresistible literary debut novel was inspired by the life of Sophie Blanchard, one of the first women to fly.
In Paris, a young widow inherits her late husband’s considerable debts, as well as his celebrated hydrogen balloon. Drawn by the allure of flight despite its dangers, Sophie takes to the skies with a boldness that wins her fame throughout the country. Along with her new celebrity, Sophie wins the love of two very different men: one, her faithful childhood friend Andre Giroux, and the other a brash young Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to be emperor of France.
Pip Appleby seems to have it all, with her prestigious job as a human rights lawyer and her enviable London home. But then a tragic accident stops her life in its tracks, and in an instant everything changes. Retreating to her family’s rural farm and the humble origins she has been trying to hide, Pip is haunted by what she has done.
When she discovers the diary of actress Evelyn Mountcastle in a box of old books, Pip revels in the opportunity to lose herself in someone else’s life rather than focus on the disaster that is her own. But soon she sees parallels—Evelyn’s life was also beset by tragedy, and, like Pip, she returned to Southwold under a dark cloud.
When Pip and Evelyn’s paths cross in real life they slowly begin to reveal the hidden stories that are holding them back. Can they help each other forgive what happened in the past and, perhaps, find happiness in the future?
Laurie Frankel’s This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.
Sanctuary: The True Story of an Irish Village, a Man Who Lost His Way, and the Rescue Donkeys That Led Him Home
Patrick Barrett grew up on the back of a donkey. In the small village of Liscarroll, the young boy helped his family run a sanctuary for abandoned and abused donkeys. Struggling in school, Patrick only felt truly accepted in the presence of these funny, fuzzy, touching animals. It was like magic, how he and the donkeys understood each other. He became a true “donkey whisperer”―reading their body language, communicating with them in ways they could understand, and teaching himself how to “speak” in their distinctive calls.
But when Patrick was of age, he shipped out with the Irish Army and encountered unimaginable wartime horrors in Lebanon and Kosovo. In the aftermath, he returned home a broken man, sinking into the depths of PTSD and addictions. He believed nothing could save him. But he hadn’t counted on the donkeys.
Sanctuary is the remarkable true story of how faith turned one lost man’s life around with the help of the rescue animals who loved him. It’s an antidote to despair and a call to hope, revealing the beauty and wonder of Ireland as you’ve never seen it before.
I shared the lily pad tea cup on my blog last week and many of you loved it and purchased it. When I opened my email today the teapot popped up and there is also a cake stand. platter and serving utensils.
These are my new rain boots. What can I say, I love dachshunds and these boots made me smile.
If you are looking for a spring and summer bag, this wicker bag is classic.
I hope that you found something to make, read and enjoy this week. Have a wonderful and safe weekend and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow when I will be joining my friends Juliet and Kim as we share our Saturday Meanderings.
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