Welcome to Friday Favorites, a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more!
Good morning friends, it is Friday and that means it is time for Friday Favorites! Are you ready for the weekend? I definitely am because it has been one of those weeks. I might need a cocktail as well to celebrate actually making it to the weekend without loosing it, more than once. Thankfully I have my friend Helen and my sister Jean to calm me down when life doesn’t go as planned.
Ok, enough of my rambling. I have lots to share, as always, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for a nice long read.
FRIDAY FAVORITES No. 484, FOOD, FINDS, BOOKS AND MORE
It’s grilling season and this balsamic steak gorgonzola salad with grilled corn makes me want to fire up the grill right now.
I love grilled corn and seasonal vegetables and I think that they make a delicious dinner or side at your barbecues. Doesn’t this grilled zucchini salad with charred corn, feta cheese and peppery arugula look delicious? Alida has so many delicious recipes you are going to want to bookmaker her blog!
Cocktail time! Watermelon frose is easy, delicious and may become your signature drink this summer.
It is blueberry season and this Blueberry coffeecake with Spiced Crumble Topping is one of my favorites to make for a weekend morning.
Domenica Cabrelli had two great loves of her life.
The first, her childhood sweetheart: a boy from the same small, sun-drenched Italian town of Viareggio. A romance born out of yearning and shared history; over before it really had a chance to begin.
Then, on an idyllic French coastline in the shadow of war, Domenica’s second great love affair, which would go on to define her – a mysterious captain, with a future on the front line.
Many decades later, only her daughter, Matelda, knows the true story of these two men’s lives, and the secret that connects them. And, as the end of her life nears, Matelda realises that some truths are too great to be lost.
But as she works against the clock with her own daughter to unpack their family’s legacy, more questions arise than answers.
I Loved this Book!
Mother of two Liv Green barely scrapes by as a maid to make ends meet, often finding escape in a good book while daydreaming of becoming a writer herself. So she can’t believe her luck when she lands a job housekeeping for her personal hero, megabestselling author Essie Starling, a mysterious and intimidating recluse. The last thing Liv expected was to be the only person Essie talks to, which leads to a tenuous friendship.
When Essie passes away suddenly, Liv is astonished to learn that her dying wish was for Liv to complete her final novel. But to do so Liv will have to step into Essie’s shoes. As Liv begins to write, she uncovers secrets from the past that reveal a surprising connection between the two women—one that will change Liv’s own story forever…
On My Kindle for the Weekend
In this revolutionary ebook, award-winning pastry chef Anna Higham encourages you to approach making a dessert as you would savory cooking: engaging your senses, tasting, seasoning, and letting your ingredients shine.
Exploring ingredients season by season, Anna outlines a repertoire of ways to cook each one to magnify flavor and taste. She shows you how to work with fruit; construct a dessert; and examine seasoning, structure, and texture-helping you really understand the “how” and “why” of dessert cooking.
Featuring over 150 recipes for cakes, jams, mousses, and more, as well as over 45 plated desserts, The Last Bite celebrates seasonal cooking and eating with irresistible, innovative recipes-from fig leaf ice cream in fall to elderflower vinegar meringue in spring. Let Anna blow away your preconceptions about what your desserts can be and taste like with this inspiring, groundbreaking ebook.
In a series of essays that explore the notion of what brings significance to our existences, clarifying why we have this longing beyond the present moment and an insatiable dissatisfaction with where we are, scholar Frank Martela tackles the subject of finding meaning in life.
With beautiful decorative elements and an engaging design, the book approaches its subject in a readily digestible form. It grapples with some of life’s most pressing questions, like “Is happiness a worthy goal?” and “What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society?” and “Is life an existential void?” yet Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life’s greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context.
Martela quickly and concisely gets to the heart of the matter: your place in the world and how to find meaning in life as countless thinkers and philosophers have done before, yet the emphasis here is on what we do with the life we have and how we can make it more meaningful. Part prescriptive and part armchair philosophy book, A Wonderful Life is accessible to everyone, from the well-read scholar to the apprentice as well as anyone curious about how to extract the greatest meaning and sense of purpose from their existence.
JUST A REMINDER
You can find all of my book recommendations on “My Bookshop” Pinterest Board
Dad, Tell Me Your Story is a great Father’s Day gift for both you and your dad. My siblings and I gave my dad a book similar to this years ago and it was eye opening learning all sorts of things we did not know about him, his childhood, etc.
A great summer dress for $26.00!
I love these summer print Pj’s from J.Crew.
And this green shirt dress too!
If you would like to see more of my “Finds”, visit My Daily Finds
DON’T FORGET WEEKEND MEANDERINGS
I hope you enjoyed my Friday Favorites No. 484 and that you found something to make, to read and to enjoy. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for “weekend meanderings” Kim and Juliet. Juliet has recovered from her bout with food poisoning and we are excited to see what she has been up too!
Have a wonderful weekend friends, be safe and enjoy some summer fun!
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