Welcome to Friday Favorites, a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more.
Good Friday favorites morning to you my friends, how are you? How was your week? This week I had the house to myself this week and it was quiet and busy. When my husband is gone I go crazy organizing, moving furniture around and baking. Tonight we are having friends over, tomorrow we are going to a party and Sunday I am resting.
I have lots to share so grab your chocolate and take a minute or two to get lost in all of the links, books and finds I have to share.
Friday Favorites No. 501 from Love & Lemons, Minimalist Baker, How Sweet Eats and More
Instant Pot Pinto Beans easy and delicious. I like to add corn chips or some corn bread as a side.
Pumpkin Vodka pasta with spicy breadcrumbs. It’s Fall in a bowl.
Soups are on constant rotation at my house, this week it was pumpkin ginger soup.
Have you ever heard of Fire Cider? It is an herbal remedy that is supposed to ward off colds, help relieve sinus congestion and much more. The down side is that when you make it you have to let it mature for a month. As we are entering cold and flue season I thought I would share this 15 Minute Fire Cider recipe which I will be making this weekend. I will let you know what it is like.
It’s cocktail time, how about a pumpkin spice White Russian?
Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace’s voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that’s sprung up around her.
@DuchessGoldblat (81 year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home—foremost among them, Lyle Lovett.
In the middle of the night on March 11, 1980, the phone rang in Julia Reed’s Georgetown dorm. It was her boss at Newsweek, where she was an intern. He told her to get in her car and drive to her alma mater, the Madeira School. Her former headmistress, Jean Harris, had just shot Dr. Herman Tarnower, The Scarsdale Diet Doctor. Julia didn’t flinch. She dressed, drove to Madeira, got the story, and her first byline and the new American Gilded Age was off and running.
The end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first was a time in which the high and the low bubbled furiously together and Julia was there with her sharp eye, keen wit, and uproariously clear-eyed way of seeing the world to chronicle this truly spectacular era. Dispatches from the Gilded Age is Julia at her best as she profiles Andre Leon Talley, Sister Helen Prejean, President George and Laura Bush, Madeleine Albright, and others. Readers will travel to Africa and Cuba with Julia, dine at Le Bernardin, savor steaks at Doe’s Eat Place, consider the fashions of the day, get the recipes for her hot cheese olives and end up with the ride of their lives through Julia’s beloved South.
Welcome to Edinburgh, 1926. Dandy Gilver, a wealthy and witty aristocrat (and sometimes amateur sleuth) receives a letter from Lollie Balfour, who insists that her husband of five years is having her followed and her mail is being steamed open.
The only way for Dandy to help is by pretending to applying for a job as a lady’s maid in Lollie’s house. Dandy gets a crash course from her own maid and arrives at 31 Heriot Row, ready to put all of her detection skills to good use. Why does Mr. Balfour want to get rid of his wife? And can Dandy stay in disguise long enough to evade the villains?
Charming and funny, Dandy Gilver is an irresistible sleuth who is sure to win over mystery lovers everywhere.
Book Suggestions for Christmas Gifts
I have Establishing Home on pre-order for me and for a friend. Books make the best gifts, not just for Christmas.
A wonderful book for children, The Giving Snowman.
If you have been waiting for a sale to buy yourself or a loved one a Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer today might be the day! This mixer in 15 colors is on sale for $100.00 off! I have this mixer in white and I love it. Although I use it all the time over the next couple of months it will be working almost daily making bread, cookie dough and cake batters.
Outfit of the Day
I hope that you enjoyed Friday Favorites no. 501. I am looking forward to trying the pumpkin White Russian this weekend and tonight we are making the sweet potato nachos that I told you about last week. They were so good that I cannot resist making them again.
Have a wonderful weekend friends and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for ”weekend meanderings” with Kim and Juliet! We will have lots to share from coast to coast.
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