A scrumptious ice cream for National Ice Cream Day, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, favorite finds from Hearth & Home, a summer outfit and more.
Good morning friends, happy Saturday!
It was a busy week here at the house with the electricians, gas men, contractors working on dry wall and a visit with the landscape architect for the next phase of the yard. The week culminated with the delivery of 3800 pounds of floor tile, herring bone brick if you are curious. Installation will start Monday and will take a minimum of two weeks I’ve been told.
After that we are in the home stretch, painting, installation of the stone, faucets, sinks, appliances, backsplash and then touch ups.
There will of course be gaps in kitchen project as we wait for backordered hardware, the refrigerator and furnishings(chairs, small table, etc). Then it’s time plan the window coverings and lights.
Good design takes time and I am willing to wait to get the rooms exactly the way I like.
Enough about my kitchen, let’s meander
National Ice Cream Day
Tomorrow, July 17th is National Ice Cream day! You my friends are in luck because this week I shared the easiest, most delicious ice cream recipe and you do not even need an ice cream maker to make it.
My no churn chocolate fudge brownie ice cream is made with heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, fudge and brownies, that’s it. You simply whip the heavy cream, add the condensed milk and cocoa and voila chocolate ice cream base. Then swirl in homemade/store bought fudge and brownie chunks, freeze and you have the best ice cream that you have ever tasted. I don’t know about you but I think anything homemade tastes better for the simple reason that is is made with love.
If you make it today it will be ready on Sunday in time to celebrate!
If you don’t feel like going to that much effort, make a pan of brownies(could be from a box or buy them) purchase a carton of ice cream and make yourself some semi-homemade ice cream sandwiches.
IF you are going to all of the trouble to make ice cream why not host a little party? You can find all sorts of great ideas on Annies’ post about setting up a gelato/ice cream board.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
I cannot wait to see the move Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, based on the 1958 book of the same name.
I love “feel good” movies and books, especially if they are romantic, include travel, fashion, beautiful scenery or history. True crime and scary movies are not for me, let’s face it the world is scary enough. Have you seen Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris?
Here is a synopsis just in case you want to watch the movie too!
‘Mrs Harris is one of the great creations of fiction – so real that you feel you know her, yet truly magical as well. I can never have enough of her’ Justine Picardie
Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant’s wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life – a Dior dress. In all the years of her drab and humble existence, she’s never seen anything as magical as the dress before her and she’s never wanted anything as much before. Determined to make her dream come true, Mrs Harris scrimps, saves and slaves away until one day, after three long, uncomplaining years, she finally has enough money to go to Paris.
When she arrives at the House of Dior, Mrs Harris has little idea of how her life is about to be turned upside down and how many other lives she will transform forever. Always kind, always cheery and always winsome, the indomitable Mrs Harris takes Paris by storm and learns one of life’s greatest lessons along the way.
Several years ago I read a My Mrs. Brown and now I know why I enjoyed it so much, the main character, Mrs. Brown loves to read and the heroine in one of her favorite books is none other than Mrs. Harris!
Early one September not long ago, a woman with a secret traveled to New York City in pursuit of a dream, to buy the most beautiful and correct dress she’d ever seen. But sometimes a dress isn’t just a dress…
Emilia Brown has spent a frugal, useful, and wholly restrained life in Ashville, Rhode Island. She is a genteel woman who has known her share of personal sorrows and quietly carried on, who makes a modest living cleaning and running errands, who delights in evening chats with her much younger neighbor, and who counts her blessings on a daily basis.
While helping to inventory the estate of the late grand dame of Ashville and her lifelong source of inspiration, Mrs. Brown comes upon a dress that changes everything. It’s a simple yet exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta sheath and jacket—a suit that Mrs. Brown realizes, with startling clarity, will say everything she has ever wished to convey about herself. As a means to an end as much as a thing of beauty, she must have it. And so, like the heroine in one of her favorite books Paul Gallico’s 1958 classic Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, her odyssey to purchase the dress in New York City begins. For not only is owning the Oscar de la Renta a must, the intimidating trip to purchase it on Madison Avenue is essential as well. If the dress is to give Mrs. Brown a voice, then she must prepare by making the daunting journey—both to the emerald city and within herself.
Timeless, poignant, and appealing, My Mrs. Brown is “a contemporary fairy tale…a gentle rebuke to today’s hyped-up fashion culture” (The New York Times).
Delicious…Another great movie
Speaking of Prime
Speaking of Prime Day, I have heard there were lots of deals to be had, the only things that ended up in my cart were books, you can see some of my choices here.
Target Hearth and Hand
Target has always been one of my favorite places to shop, it is like Christmas every time you step foot in the store. Today let’s talk about the cute stuff from Hearth & Hand.
Oil-cloth table cloths‘ to use inside or outside, this one reminds me of summer picnic at my grandmothers.
I am going to a happy hour party today and I will be wearing an outfit similar to this, my dress is plain white but the rest of the look is the same. It is simple, comfortable and perfect for cocktails with friends.
That’s my roundup for this weeks weekend meanderings.
Let’s see what Kim and Juliet have to share this week.
Before you go~
If you are hosting a party soon you will want to read 5 Tips for Hosting a Farm to Table Dinner
Are you lucky enough to grow hydrangeas? If so you will love this centerpiece for a dinner in your garden.
Do you love a walled garden as much as I do? This romantic walled garden will have you swooning.
Lemon lovers(Juliet) you will want to check out this perfume.
If you missed it~
Friday Favorites on the blog yesterday, books, appetizers, cocktails and more.
Have a wonderful weekend friends! Thank you for spending part of your day with me. Don’t forget you can find me on Instagram too.
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