Friday Favorites~a weekly series where I share interesting articles, books, fashion finds, recipes and more.
We are plugging along this week, it is still hot and still summer. Cooler weather can not come soon enough. We have been busy this week with appointments, and the floors. One room is finished and the other is 3/4 done, next up shoe molding. Then a new coat of paint in the bathroom and we can put these 3 rooms back together. Which will in turn magically put the house back together. I don’t know about you but I like order and these past 2 weeks with piles of stuff, boxes of wood and furniture in every room but the kitchen is making me antsy.
Ok, on to the post, I have lots to share today on Friday Favorites so let’s get to it!
FRIDAY FAVORITES NO. 546
Recipes to try and to add to your weekend and weeknight menu.
Gaby’s Pasta with Peas and Pesto, an easy and delicious pasta dinner made with frozen peas and store-bought pesto. Ready in under 30 minutes.
Classic clam sauce, made with clams, olive oil, garlic, white wine, and lots of fresh parsley!
Bookmark this White bean and ham soup for a rainy day and for the upcoming cold months.
Naked pizza with herbs and garlic, easy and delicious. A salad filled with garden vegetables is a great addition to your dinner.
What Happens to All the Stuff We Return? (very interesting)
At I’ll Have Seconds, a high-end fairytale vintage dress shop in Manhattan, Nora Hammond loves nothing better than pairing a rare find with the perfect client.
At home, Nora grapples with the bleaker reality of enormous debt, a tiny apartment, and ever-dwindling hope that she and her husband Jacob will have a family of their own.
When socialite Evelyn Elliot charges into Nora’s life, the women spark an immediate connection, and Nora is jettisoned into the heady whirl of New York’s moneyed elite. As Evelyn’s stylist and confidante, Nora needs to learn all new rules of engagement for the uber-wealthy. But it isn’t until Evelyn decides her next cause is to carry a baby for Nora, that these rules― and this unlikely friendship―are tested.
When Josephine arrives at the Salpêtrière asylum, she is covered in blood, badly bruised, and suffering from amnesia. She is quickly diagnosed with what the Paris papers are calling “the epidemic of the age”: hysteria, a disease is so baffling and widespread that Doctor Jean-Martin Charcot, the asylum’s famous director, devotes many of his popular public lectures to the malady. Charcot often uses hypnosis to prompt his patients to reproduce their hysterical symptoms, and to his delight, Josephine proves extraordinarily susceptible to this unconscious manipulation. He is soon featuring the young woman on his stage, entrancing her into fantastical acts and hallucinatory fits before enraptured audiences and eager newsmen—many of whom feature her on their papers’ front pages.
Laure, a ward attendant assigned to care for Charcot’s new favorite, knows that Josephine’s diagnosis is a godsend. Life in the Salpêtrière’s Hysteria ward is far easier than in its dreaded Lunacy division, from which few inmates ever return. But as Josephine’s fame grows, her memory starts to return—and with it, images of a terrible crime she’s convinced she’s committed. Haunted by these visions, and ensnared in Charcot’s hypnotic web, she starts spiraling into seeming insanity. Desperate to save the girl she has grown to love, Laure begins to plot their escape from the Salpêtrière and its doctors. First, though, she must confirm whether Josephine is truly a madwoman, doomed to die in the asylum—or a murderer, destined for the guillotine.
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy—yes, that Wendy. That is, until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she’s been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real, but very dangerous.
Holly is desperate to find Eden and protect her son, Jack, from a terrible web of family secrets before she loses both her children. And yet she has no one to turn to—her mother, Jane, is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she’s always imagined.
Darling Girl brings all the magic of the classic Peter Pan story to the present, while also exploring the dark underpinnings of fairy tales, grief, aging, sacrifice, motherhood, and just how far we will go to protect those we love.
A surprise inheritance. A hostile lord of the manor. A chance at a new beginning…?
When Cassidy Beeswhistle loses her job and her boyfriend within seconds of each other, it’s time for a change. Discovering her beloved late father’s connection to a tiny English village, it seems like the perfect place to start again. Especially because there’s a secret ‘lost deed’, which – if found – would return the village’s gorgeous manor house to its rightful heir: Cassidy…
On arrival in Dithercott, Cassidy is blown away by the rolling hills and glittering lake, and the local villagers welcome her with open arms – all of them but one, that is… The current lord of the manor, Ned Bamford-Bligh, is tall and fiendishly attractive with his olive skin and jet-black hair, but he is also gruff and standoffish – and he has no interest in entertaining the new girl in the village; especially one who is potentially after his home, with its ivy-covered turrets and sprawling gardens.
Despite Ned’s frosty welcome, Cassidy is drawn to his piercing, hazel-eyed glare and she’s determined she is to uncover the demons that keep him locked away behind the manor’s imposing stonework. Before she knows it, an undeniable spark builds between them…
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FINDS & SALES
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
In the Fall and Winter my “go to” uniform is a white blouse, cashmere sweater and jeans. I love this classic combination and find that you can dress it up or down depending upon your footwear and accessories. Here are the details of the outfit I put together for today. sweater//white shirt//jeans//shoes///bag//Autumn perfume.
I love the color of these pjs.
This is a great outfit for Fall and Winter!
Looking for Fall finds to add to your house? I have searched some of my favorite stores including Amazon, Pottery Barn, Terrain and William Sonoma. You can find all of my favorite fall piece here in My Fall Shop.
I hope you enjoyed the recipes, links and books I discovered this week on Friday Favorites No. 546. If you have missed a Friday Favorites post you can find them all here.
I’ll see you tomorrow for Weekend Meanderings with Kim and Juliet. Have a wonderful weekend.
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