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Good morning friends, how are you this Friday favorites morning? It is gray and there is a chance of rain, perfect for a lazy day at home. All of the contractors have other jobs to finish up so it is just the pups and I in a nice quiet house. This weekend I am dismantling the temporary kitchen and moving in to my almost finished kitchen.
Today I will be making dinner on my new cooktop! It was installed Wednesday, the vent is still sitting on the floor but I do not think I will need it to make the scrumptious pasta I am sharing today on Friday Favorites.
Friday Favorites No. 494 from Blue Bowl, Julia’s Album, Pardon Your French, and More
Butternut squash is a staple in my house and we eat it plain, in soups, on salads and now we will be using it to make this Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach or to make Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Pecans.
Creamy French Chicken Tarragon (Poulet à l’Estragon) is a one pan that is comforting and delicious.
Loaded Hot Honey, Apple and Brie Pizza! Add this to your Fall recipe list.
Cocktail of the week, Blackberry Lemon Gin & Tonic.
This No-Bake Nutella Tart stopped me in my tracks.
Bookmark this moist pumpkin bread with streusel and maple glaze for later.
Are you a Starbucks lover? You will want to read this article about 11 secret menu items.
Pumpkin Spice Lovers(PSL) you might want to try these!
Who is the real Hester Prynne?
Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations of secrets when she sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. An apothecary who has fallen under the spell of opium, his pile of debts have forced them to flee Edinburgh for a fresh start in the New World. But only days after they’ve arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic––leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible.
When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows––while she is an unusually gifted needleworker, troubled by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward’s safe return grows increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together, they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the enchanter and the enchanted. But which is which?
In this sensuous and hypnotizing tale, a young immigrant woman grapples with our country’s complicated past, and learns that America’s ideas of freedom and liberty often fall short of their promise. Interwoven with Isobel and Nathaniel’s story is a vivid interrogation of who gets to be a “real” American in the first half of the 19th century, a depiction of the early days of the Underground Railroad in New England, and atmospheric interstitials that capture the long history of “unusual” women being accused of witchcraft. Meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined, Laurie Lico Albanese’s Hester is a timeless tale of art, ambition, and desire that examines the roots of female creative power and the men who try to shut it down.
Annabelle Aster doesn’t bow to convention-not even that of space and time-which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more peculiar is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds.
Annie and Elsbeth’s search for an explanation to the hiccup in the universe linking their homes leads to an unsettling discovery-and potential disaster for both of them. Together they must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen…and yet somehow already did.
What happens when falling in love makes everyone around you go bonkers?
Amber Nicholls, Lachlan McCarthy, and Raffaele Wright grew up as foster kids in Teddy Penhaligon’s seaside home and have forged a bond tighter than glue. When they get the news that Teddy’s met someone while on vacation, they’ll do anything to protect him from a presumed gold-digger—even if she seems lovely and charming. Is she fooling them all? Or is she spurring them to uncover their own secret loves?
Another classic striped sweater, this time is luxurious cashmere.
I LOVE this blue and white flutter top!
A crossbody bag is perfect for handsfree shopping at the farmers markets and fall antique sales.
I hope that you enjoyed Friday Favorites no. 494 and that you found something enjoyable to read or to make. I will definitely be making the butternut squash pasta.