Welcome to Friday Favorites, a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more.
Good Friday Favorites morning friends. I hope that you have had a wonderful week. I’ve been busy with lots of contractors, work and life this week. The floors are sealed and half of the room is grouted. Today the washer, dryer and double ovens arrive.
There are 54 days until fall can you believe it? I am hot, 114 with the heat index, and 94 degrees when I go to bed is too hot. Did I mention the torrential down pours every few days? I want some cooler weather, some apple cider donuts, and a few pumpkins on the porch. I know that I am not alone because all that pops up in my Pinterest feed is pumpkin spice recipes and Christmas decor.
Ok, enough of my whining, sit down, get comfortable because I have lots to share today on Friday Favorites.
Friday Favorites No. 491~from Sweet Peas and Saffron, Such the Spot, Two Purple Figs and More
This summer couscous salad is loaded with tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, mint, and Israeli couscous.
Doesn’t this blackberry bacon & basil grilled pizza look amazing? I’ve never eaten fruit(other than tomato) on pizza before, I think I am going to love this pizza.
Mediterranean baked fish, perfect for a light summer dinner.
In case you missed it this week I share several delicious tomato recipes including this grilled zucchini and tomato stack.
Last week at a happy hour party I had a muddled blackberry gin and tonic and loved it.
I love this article! Power Of The Pack: Women Who Support Women Are More Successful
My friend Jeanne is an AMAZING writer and this week she wrote a post that caught my eye that you might enjoy too…Dear Pine Cone
Imagine keeping a record of every book you’ve ever read. What would this reading trajectory say about you? With passion, humor, and insight, the editor of The New York Times Book Review shares the stories that have shaped her life.
Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years – carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and then carefully removed from apartment to house to its current perch on a shelf over her desk – reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob.
Bob is Paul’s Book of Books, a journal that records every book she’s ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life – her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment.
But My Life with Bob isn’t really about those books. It’s about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It’s about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path. It’s about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are. It’s about how we make our own stories.
Caroline, a former marathon runner who dropped out of school at fourteen to pursue an Olympic medal, was the perfect candidate for a tiara: shapely, disciplined, accustomed to public attention, and utterly uneducated.
After she meets Finn, the handsome prince of a small European kingdom, her fate is sealed. With a collar of pearls locked around her throat and a rope of diamonds leashing her to a balcony, Caroline uses her once-powerful body to smile, wave, and produce children with perfect grace.
But once she begins to open her eyes to the world around her—and examine her own reflection—Caroline discovers that she may have entered a bargain that cannot be undone.
Some secrets need to be set free…
When half-sisters Kat, Flora, and Lauren are unexpectedly summoned to Rock Point, their wild and remote Cornish summer home, it’s not a welcome invitation. They haven’t been back since that fateful summer twenty years ago—a summer they’re desperate to forget.
But when they arrive, it’s clear they’re not alone. Someone is lurking in the shadows, watching their every move. Someone who remembers exactly what they did…
Will the sisters be able to protect the dark past of Rock Point? Or are some secrets too powerful to remain under lock and key?
“We cling to the most painful reminders of our youth, our memories or our injuries, perhaps so we can look back to our former selves, console them, and say: Keep going. I know how the story ends.”
To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: They are each other’s confidantes, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere – Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win – and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together.
They come to the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win’s tough bravado isn’t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold on to her faith that her mother will one day return for her.
The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn 18 and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the war looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out.
If you need more book suggestions check out My Book Shop.
Love Erin Gates favorites on Chairish.
It is almost slipper season! These comfy UGG slippers are on sale, get a pair for yourself or a pair to give as a Christmas gift(it is never to early to start on your holiday list).
For the Queen Bee in your life a bee cutting board.
It is never too early for a plaid dress! You can wear it now and later it with a shirt or sweater in the Fall and Winter.
Last week I shared 10 beautiful, timeless and classic summer dresses to add to your wardrobe and apparently that post resonated with many of you because it has been my “most viewed” post all summer long. And many of you purchased the white dresses featured. I am curious, which dress in the post was your favorite?
I hope you enjoyed Friday Favorites No. 491! Did you see a book that piqued your interest? A recipe to make?
Have a wonderful day friends, stay cool in the heat and be sure to drink lots of water and keep your pets inside and never ever leave them in the car, not even for a few minutes.
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