Friday Favorites from Foodess, Half Baked Harvest, and Flower Magazine including books, easy recipes and more.
Good Friday Favorites morning friends. Happy Earth Day to you! It has been a busy week and I am ready for the weekend. Thankfully we do not have much on the schedule this weekend. What about you? Do you have grand plans or are will you be enjoying time at home?
I have so many great things to share with you this week, including a few books to add to your Kindle, a pizza recipe and some beautiful block print finds. Get yourself a coffee, tea or chocolate and settle in fore a nice long read.
Indian Butter chicken is one of the meals I make at home and order out as well. This recipe from Foodness is easy, delicious and perfect for weekday meals and weekend too!
Have you ever made pasta that cooked with the sauce instead of boiling it and then adding it to the sauce? I have not so this recipe for Skillet Broccoli Spaghetti caught my eye. I think I am going to give it a try.
I can never have enough chicken recipes, Italian Chicken with Shallot Rice and Zucchini, is on the menu next week.
Pizza! I could eat it every day. I cannot wait to make Cauliflower Pepperoni Cheese Pizza.
Do you like donuts? Me too! John from The Preppy Kitchen has a lot of great recipes if you want to make them at home, glazed, old fashioned and baked to name just a few.
Small Acts, Big Impact: Show the Planet Some Love This Earth Day
Should We Be Eating 3 Meals a day?
Our food system isn’t ready for the climate crisis
30 Simple Flower Arrangements to Inspire You From Flower Magazine
If you are planning a cottage garden you might enjoy All About Foxgloves
How to Handle a Lopsided Friendship.
Medieval Human-Shaped Lead Sarcophagus and More Found Under Notre-Dame Cathedral
Food Artist Transforms Ordinary Pieces of Toast Into Delicious Works of Art
The Good Left Behind
Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story: with her childhood friend, Silvio, and with dashing Scottish sea captain John Lawrie McVicars, the father Matelda never knew. . . .
In the halcyon past, Domenica Cabrelli thrives in the coastal town of Viareggio until her beloved home becomes unsafe when Italy teeters on the brink of World War II. Her journey takes her from the rocky shores of Marseille to the mystical beauty of Scotland to the dangers of wartime Liverpool—where Italian Scots are imprisoned without cause—as Domenica experiences love, loss, and grief while she longs for home. A hundred years later, her daughter, Matelda, and her granddaughter, Anina, face the same big questions about life and their family’s legacy, while Matelda contemplates what is worth fighting for. But Matelda is running out of time, and the two timelines intersect and weave together in unexpected and heartbreaking ways that lead the family to shocking revelations and, ultimately, redemption.
I am currently reading The Secret Ingredient of Wishes.
26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.
Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.
As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.
The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post
I read this book a few days ago and I loved it! I first heard of Majorie Post on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach way back in the 80’s and have always been fascinated by her homes and her collections.
Marjorie’s journey began gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, making history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions, becoming the wealthiest woman in the United States. But it was her life-force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.
And yet Marjorie’s story, though full of beauty and grandeur, set in the palatial homes she built such as Mar-a-Lago, was equally marked by challenge and tumult. A wife four times over, Marjorie sought her happily-ever-after with the blue-blooded party boy who could not outrun his demons, the charismatic financier whose charm turned to betrayal, the international diplomat with a dark side, and the bon vivant whose shocking secrets would shake Marjorie and all of society. Marjorie did everything on a grand scale, especially when it came to love.
I love magazines and in the past have subscribed to as many as 20 a year, but little by little they disappeared and I started reading more and more on my Kindle. Recently I subscribed to Country Life and I LOVE IT! One of my favorite things about it is looking at the houses for sale all over the UK, everything from cottages, to country manors.
My Bookshop on Pinterest
Just in case you have missed one or two of the books I feature on Friday Favorites, you can find them all on My Bookshop Pinterest Board.
Blue and white block print napkins Pottery Barn
Blue and green wisteria napkins, beautiful for your summer table. There is also a table cloth in the collection. Pottery Barn has a huge selection of block print tablecloths, napkins and more this season, if you would like to see more piece, click here.
I came across these block print napkins on Etsy, they come as a set with a placemat.
I want to buy everything in The Block Print Shop!
That is it for this week my friends, I hope that you enjoyed my Friday Favorites post. If you make on of the recipes, read one of the books or articles or purchase one of my finds that you come back and let us know if you enjoyed them.
Thank you for spending part of your day with me and don’t forget that tomorrow I am joining my friends Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings.
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William Kendall says
Italian chicken sounds good.
I think so too! Have a wonderful weekend William, I hope that you are feeling better.
What a fabulous roundup! These recipes look delicious! I always enjoy seeing the fun things you find to show us.
Danielle, thank you! That means a lot. Have a wonderful weekend.
Brenda Pruitt says
That article about lopsided friendships hit home for me. Great read. I have that book “The Good Left Undone” but haven’t read it yet. Happy Easter! I’ll be doing the same old, same old.
Happy Easter Brenda, I hope that your foot is feeling a little better. I have you in my thoughts and prayers my friend, I know how hard it is to loose a pet.
Chas - Chas' Crazy Creations says
I have heard of buttered chicken and really wanted to try it, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!
Chas, you need to try it. It is a light and delicious curry and very easy to make!
I enjoy all the recipes you share with us. Good to know The Preppy Kitchen is a keeper.
Thank you Cindy! Have a wonderful weekend.
Carol Karl | Living a Real Life says
Thank you for sharing the butter chicken recipe – I’ve been looking for one I can make dairy free and this one could be converted. I’m also always after a good read so will be looking at the books you’ve shared.
Butter chicken is so easy and delicious. I am sure that you will be able to convert this.