Saturday, August 6, 2016

Friday Favorites from Kristy Woodson Harvey, French Essence, My Design Chic and More

Good morning! A happy weekend to you, have you had a good week? My week was busy, busy, busy. My husband was out of town and for some reason I always decide that is the best time to do major projects, like cleaning out all the closets, garage, etc. Between that, work and hot vinyasa yoga every day I am worn out and it goes without saying looking for a little rest. 

Although it was toasty in town this week I could not go another week without baking, it is how I relieve stress. This week I made the most scrumptious Devils Food Cake with White Buttercream Frosting. This cake is a keeper and may now be my new favorite. The reason is because the cake is a cross between a brownie and a cake so it has a wonderful dense and fudge like texture. Coupled with the whipped buttercream it is perfect! Or at least I think it is.

Image Once Upo a Chocolate Life

If you are looking for something a little cooler, say a topping for ice cream on these hot humid days than you should try Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce. You can put it on ice cream, cakes, brownies, fruit or even eat it from the jar.

For those of you who love watermelon and are looking for a way to celebrate the weekend, this Watermelon Cocktail from Duke's Farm is perfect for you!

Image Design Chic via Houzz

I am in love...with this Farmhouse , My Design Chic posted this week. I literally love everything from the land to the gardens to the decor and I want to move in.

This week Kristy Woodson Harvey, our favorite Southern writer, announced that she has a new series of books coming out. The first Slightly South of Simple is being released in April 2017! Mark your calendars and if you want you can pre-order from any of your favorite booksellers. 

Here is a little preview of the series:

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.
Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.
Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.
Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

I am always interested in what other people are reading or watching and this week Vicki Archer posted 10 Movies Not to Miss on Netflix. I cannot wait to check out the ones that I have not seen yet. The list looks great so if it is a rainy weekend in your area you now have something to entertain you!

Speaking of movies, have you watched the 2014 movie Testament of Youth? I watched it for the second time this week and it is a fabulous movie. It is sad and a little depressing because it tells the story of Vera Brittain, the British write and her wartime experiences as a nurse, while her brother, finance and secret admirer face life in the trenches of WW I. The movie is beautifully filmed and the acting excellent. Her book Testament to Youth is heralded as one of the most powerful war memoir's ever written.

Well, that is it for this week! I hope that you found something new and interesting. If you discovered, read, watched or made something this week please share with us.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!


  1. Any yoga today would be hot yoga. I love the heat but I can't exercise in it above 75 degrees, unless it's laps or aerobics in the pool.
    That cake is gorgeous. SIL is coming here for her birthday and she loves chocolate. This one is beautiful and promises what I want--moist, dense cake. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Yummy cake! Do you have the recipe?

  3. Good morning my friend! You always find a tasty and interesting way to spend the days of summer. Whether it's a good book or a great recipe, your festive flair for enjoying the bounty of summer is an inspiration. I can't believe I start school soon. Next week is my final whole week at home. YIKES!

  4. What a wonderful surprise, Elizabeth! Thank you so, so much for including my new novel in your Friday Favorites - you are the best! Happy weekend~

  5. Thank you for the wonderful links!

    I always love to find reading suggestions, and film suggestions also.

  6. " and hot vinyasa yoga every day..."

    Ahhhhhh, this is how you can consume all those delicious items, you bake!

  7. Hellllooooo Elizabeth... That devils food cake with the buttercream frosting is my very favorite kind of cake in the whole world. It looks like a cover of a magazine! Can't wait til Kristy's new book comes out. Hope you have a great weekend!!

  8. What a busy girl you are, hot yoga every day? And still time to bake yummy cakes? Thanks for sharing these great links, I've already been to Kristy's and read about her juicy new plot. I need to stop by and check out Vicki's recommendations. I'm reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler right now and really enjoying being swept away by it's quirky, mysterious world. Testament of Youth sounds like something the hubby and I would love.
    have a great weekend Elizabeth!


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