Welcome to Friday Favorites, a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more!
Good morning friends, it’s Friday and that means it is time for Friday Favorites. I have been traveling all week and I am ready to unpack, and settle in at home. I also want to check on my flowers. A few weeks ago I planted my peony roots, and a bunch of seeds and they were just popping out of the ground when I left. Hopefully nothing(deer) ate them.
I have so many great things to share with you this week, including a few sweet treats, interesting articles, books and some finds that you might like for your mom or yourself. Get yourself a coffee, tea or chocolate and settle in for a nice long Friday favorites post.
Friday Favorites from Country Cleaver, Blue Bowl, Salt & Lavender and More
I could eat pizza or pasta for every meal, anyone else? Lemon Pasta is one of the new additions to my repertoire, it has 5 ingredients and is an easy and delicious meal. You might also enjoy Creamy Lemon Pasta.
Bourbon Pecan Sticky Buns, a wonderful treat to make this weekend or for your mom for Mother’s Day.
It’s strawberry season, why not make Classic Strawberry Shortcake.
On Friday night we have a cocktail on the porch and decompress from the week. Tonight I will be making Mixed Berry Mojitos.
Friday Favorite Books
When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
The Second Mrs. Astor
Madeleine Talmage Force is just seventeen when she attracts the attention of John Jacob “Jack” Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack’s mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York’s most formidable socialite. Jack is dashing and industrious—a hero of the Spanish-American war, an inventor, and a canny businessman. Despite their twenty-nine-year age difference, and the scandal of Jack’s recent divorce, Madeleine falls headlong into love—and becomes the press’s favorite target.
On their extended honeymoon in Egypt, the newlyweds finally find a measure of peace from photographers and journalists. Madeleine feels truly alive for the first time—and is happily pregnant. The couple plans to return home in the spring of 1912, aboard an opulent new ocean liner. When the ship hits an iceberg close to midnight on April 14th, there is no immediate panic. The swift, state-of-the-art RMS Titanic seems unsinkable. As Jack helps Madeleine into a lifeboat, he assures her that he’ll see her soon in New York…
Four months later, at the Astors’ Fifth Avenue mansion, a widowed Madeleine gives birth to their son. In the wake of the disaster, the press has elevated her to the status of virtuous, tragic heroine. But Madeleine’s most important decision still lies ahead: whether to accept the role assigned to her, or carve out her own remarkable path…
Last in a centuries-old lineage of healing women, Dora Idesová was raised by her aunt Surmena in the White Carpathians. Resistant to superstition, Dora grew up hearing stories of the “goddesses” who were said to conjure love and curses and, through divine connection, cure the spirit and the body. Now an academic, Dora is researching the tales that for generations spellbound the hillside where she grew up. As the mysteries become truths, they reveal a stunning discovery that reaches back from the witch trials of the seventeenth century through Nazi-occupied Germany. Embarking on an emotional journey, Dora is about to find out how deeply and fatefully she is entwined with secret tradition.
Beautifully weaving together fact, folklore, and fiction, Kateřina Tučková draws on the stories of her ancestors to explore the extraordinary history of goddesses who walked the earth.
Just a Reminder
You can find all of the books that I have recommended on the blog and on my Friday Favorites post on my Pinterest board My Bookshop.
Chambray Serving Platters make a great gift for mom or for yourself. They will look beautiful at your summer parties.
I love this fun summer sweater, and the seersucker pants too!
Just in case you missed it
This week I shared THE SEASON OF NEW BEGINNINGS: 7 WAYS TO CELEBRATE SPRING.
That is it for this week my friends, I hope that you enjoyed my Friday Favorites post. If you make one of the recipes or read one of the books please let me know how you liked them. While you are doing that please share a book that you recently enjoyed or a recipe that you made.
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