Saturday, August 9, 2014

Friday Favorites from Hand Luggage Only, Carlsbad Cravings, Reclaiming Provincial and More

Good morning, a happy Friday to you. Are you ready for the weekend or is that a silly question? I mean, is there anyone who does not enjoy the weekend? I am ready to do a little catching up, on my reading, baking and things around the house. I have been slacking lately, perhaps spending too much time at the beach or on my paddle board. 

One of the things I want to catch up on is my favorite blogs, including a few of my Friday Favorites. 

Image from Hand Luggage Only Blog via Pinterest

Recently I discovered the blog, Hand Luggage Only written by Lloyd and Yaya. It is filled with fabulous travel tips and photos of their adventures around the world. This week they shared 9 Tips to Take the Best Photos, it is a great post that can help anyone learning how to improve their photography. 

Junk food is one of my favorite things to eat, in fact it is my favorite thing to eat. If I could each cheese, chips, burgers and sweets all of the time I would. Pretzels and cheese are at the top of that list, I order them at the movies, at my favorite restaurant as an appetizer and sometimes even while traveling. So this weekend I am going to try to make my own, using the tips from Jen at Carlsbad Cravings. By the way, be sure to check out Jen's other recipes, there are so many great ones you might never need another cookbook. 

Image from Carey Nershi at Reclaiming Provincial Blog

As an avid blog reader and Pinterest addict I have fallen in love with beautifully styled photographs, I even have a board called Food Styling.  One of my favorite blogs and one that I think you will love too is Reclaiming Provincial written by Carey. Her recipes, styling, and photos can be seen not only on her blog but on Food52 and in Eating Well Magazine. 


I recently finished Antonia and Her Daughters by Marlena de Blassi. Marlena de Blassi is one of my favorite writers and this book is excellent. As with many of her books, it is filled with beautiful descriptions of Italy, its history, foods and people. 

I don't know about you but my IPhone is underused, simply because I cannot be bothered to learn about it. Yes, I take photos, send messages and texts, and Instagram but I recently learned that it can do so much more. Here are 20 Things You Didn't Know Your Iphone Can Do by Life Buzz

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I hope that you find something new here that will perhaps become a favorite of yours. As always, if you have sometime to share I would love to hear about any recipes, book, movies, etc that have become favorites of yours.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

If you are looking for something chocolate and fudgy to make this weekend, visit Once Upon a Chocolate Life for the recipe for Baked Fudge. It is delicious!


  1. I love Marlena Di Blasi's book so I will definitely check that on to follow the links! Have a great weekend, Elizabeth! xoxo

  2. Hello Elizabeth
    Happy to hear you are sluffing off and taking advantage of this beautiful summer.
    I shall check out the blogs you mentioned.
    Thanks for telling about Marlena's new book. I will add it to my list but must get through a stack before adding more.

    Have a delightful weekend

    Helen xx

  3. Can't wait to check these new to me blogs. Is it wrong to be wishing for one of those brownies with my morning coffee?

  4. Can't wait to check out the book and the blogs. Have a wonderful weekend. B

  5. Always love peeking at your Friday favourites many great suggestions! Best wishes for a lovely weekend...xx


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