Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Favorites From Yonks, Decor 8, Bakers Royale and More

Good morning and happy Friday! I am happy to see the weekend as always but this one in particular because the bitter cold is getting to me. Not to mention that I am sort of dragging my feet into the new year. I just want to stay in this weekend, rest, relax and regroup.

Thankfully I have a great book, and a list of new blogs to explore. These are a few of my favorites for this week.

Image from Di at Yonks Photography Etsy Shop

Di at Yonks is an incredibly talented writer and photographer and luckily she has recently started another blog Yonks Photography showcasing her stunning photos. Her photos are also for sale and you can find them here. I LOVE the photo above, it is magical.

Image From the Bottom of the Ironing Basket

Simone at The Bottom of the Ironing Basket is making plans for a few holidays this year and featured some beautiful apartment rentals from Kid & Coe. If you are looking for an alternative to a hotel on your next holiday you may want to check them out.

Image from Baker's Royale via Pinterest

Naomi at Baker's Royale made this Cranberry Coconut Quick Bread which I spotted on Pinterest. It is at the top of my list for treats to eat this weekend.

Image from Decor8 via Pinterest

Holly at Decor 8 was one of the first blogs I discovered oh so many years ago. Since then I have taken three classes from her, read her book and always find beautiful and inspiring posts on her blog. This week was no exception and contains a great message for all bloggers to Resolve to Be Happy.

I discovered a new blog, April and May which I cannot wait to sit and explore.

Lastly, this week many of us suffered from the "polar vortex" and although it was freezing all of that cold produced some spectacular sights in nature. Visit this Link to see the "ice boulders" of Lake Michigan and here to see the famous Niagara Falls in all of her frozen glory. 

These are just a few of the things I found this week while exploring the web, did you find anything interesting? A book, movie, blog? If so please share, we are always looking for something new and interesting.

I hope that you have a warm and cozy weekend!


  1. You always present me with so much to do. It's gym and following your links today :-)
    Thanks so much for featuring me.
    Speak soon.

    1. Di,

      Good luck at the gym! I think it is great that you have a personal trainer. I cannot wait to hear what you are up to!

      Have a great weekend! xox

  2. Elizabeth,
    Thank-you. I love all that you have shared to stay warm and inspired for the new year. Already Friday and time for the weekend. Lots of good things planned, so enjoy all your favorite things today.

    1. Patricia,

      I hope that you have a fabulous weekend! I am looking forward to seeing what you are up to this year!

  3. Oh, I knew that you poor friends would be hit by what froze us here...whatever we get, you are sure to get in a few days. It was brutal, as you know now. But now we are experiencing a warm-up and soon you too my friend, will have to shed off those extra layers, as I did last night! I was literally sweltering wearing all the fleece!

    Di is sensational, isn't she? I do not know the other bloggers, so I must check them out. Wishing you a great day! Anita

    1. Anita,

      It is freezing here! I am happy to see that you are warming up, but then again anything above -10 is a heatwave for you.

      Di is fabulous, her photographs are magical. I LOVE all of her stag photos and her photos from Scotland.

      I hope that you check out the other links, they are great.

  4. Hi there! Hope your 2014 is off to a wonderful start. Just wanted to pop in and sy hi, trying to play catchup!

    1. Tina, so happy to see you back. I am looking forward to hearing about your trip. Have a great week!

  5. Have you seen the BBC series
    called The Paradise? I'd recorded
    it in October and November, but
    finally got around to watching it in
    the evenings this week when my
    hubby was out of town. I think you'd
    love it, if you haven't seen it already.
    There is a Season 2 in the works!

    I love that photo you feature of Di's
    work. I most definitely have to check
    out her new site. The quick bread, the
    link to Holly's blog....delightful. Thank you!

    Thawed out hugs from Minnesota!

    xo Suzanne

  6. Hi Elizabeth...I hope your weather has warmed up a bit. It was nearly 60 here today but pouring down rain - we can't get a break! Thanks for all the links...I am on my way to check them out now. (I am behind because I was in the city all day yesterday for a conference). Enjoy the rest of your weekend! xoxo

  7. It astounds me that Niagara had that much ice going on during the worst of the cold.

    Cranberries are one of those things that go really nicely in baking.


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