Welcome to Friday Favorites, a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more!
Good morning friends, are you ready for a long 3 day weekend? Me too? We will be attending the village parade and fireworks on the 4th, a barbecue and enjoying the sound of silence. Yesterday there were 8 people here, working on the plumbing, the dry wall, measuring one last time for the cabinets and I can’t remember what else. But you are not here for a kitchen update so settle in for my Friday favorites post, as always I have lots to share.
Friday Favorites from Shari Silver, Well Plated, Quiche My Grits and More
Oh my goodness, doesn’t this tomato olive flatbread look amazing?
Fresh Summer Tomatoes with Bacon Vinaigrette could be a side or a meal with a little protein on the side and some bread.
Have you ever had 7 layer salad? I remember this salad served at almost every family function when I was in high school. I can’t wait to make it again.
Ice coffee fans have you tried Japanese Iced coffee? If not here’s the recipe.
If you missed it you can find 10 of my favorite 4th of July recipes here, including coleslaw, potato salad and of course dessert.
Do you like English country houses? Me too and this one is gorgeous.
An unforgettable, lighthearted story about a young woman who discovers the insular world of writers, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Year We Left Home.
Carla is in her twenties, working for a landscaper, lacking confidence, still unsure what direction her life will take. Viridian is a lauded and lovely aging poet whose reputation has been defined by her infamous affair with a famous male poet, Mathias, many years earlier. When Carla is hired to work at Viridian’s house, she is perplexed by this community of writers: their tendency to recite lines in conversation, the stories of their many liaisons, their endless wine-soaked nights. And still she becomes enamored with Viridian and her whole circle, and especially with the power of words, the “ache and hunger that can both be awakened and soothed by a poem,” a hunger that Carla feels sharply at this stagnating moment in her young life. At the same time, she sees how even Viridian has had to compromise so much to take her place in the world of letters. And as Viridian’s standing begins to fade, a number of people angle to gain possession of Mathias’s cycle of poems written about Viridian, a cycle he famously burned as he read them. Yet long after Mathias’ s death, one copy may still rest with Viridian. If so, why won’t she release it?
Nora’s life is about to get a rewrite…
Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old-home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er do well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.
The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.
Alabama, 1947. War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing. Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world. Everybody loves her.
In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.
Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest―only if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year.
As she’s drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It’s an irresistible journey filled with revelations, some of them about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.
Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage, as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.
But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don’t stop. Everything changes.
You can find all of my book recommendations on “My Bookshop” Pinterest Board
A great cheese board for summer entertaining. I think it would also make a fun hostess gift. It’s on sale for $15.00. If you prefer a cheese dome, this marble and glass one is on sale too! Add some colorful cheese knives and you are all set!
This classic blue and white shirt is on sale along with some many other wardrobe stables.
There are a lot of sales this weekend, so in between the parades, fireworks and barbecues you might want to take a look and add a few pieces to your wardrobe or purchase some early Christmas gifts.
I will be looking for deals at the following stores.
Banana Republic 50% off Everything + an extra 25%off I am thinking of getting these white jeans.
DON’T FORGET WEEKEND MEANDERINGS
I hope you enjoyed my Friday Favorites and that you found something to make, to read and to enjoy.
Have a wonderful weekend friends, be safe and enjoy your 4th of July celebrations.