Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday Favorites from Tone on Tone, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Invaluable, Gwen Moss, Cooking Curries and More

Good morning! Did you have a good week? Mine was tiring, and it seemed to be very busy but I feel as if I did not get a lot done. Have you ever had one of those weeks? I just want to relax, eat pizza and stay home this weekend, although that is not in the cards because I have a "to-do" list a mile long. 

I will find time though to visit a few of my favorite finds from this week. 

I have been craving salty and sweet things this lately, so this week I made Fleur de Sel Hot Chocolate  and it is the perfect treat after a long, cold week. 

Image Gwen Moss

Speaking of salted chocolate, don't these Salted Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes from Leslie at Gwen Moss look delicious! The good news, they are gluten free and dairy free.

One of my all time favorite and easiest desserts is panna cotta, so when I saw this Salted Chocolate Panna Cotta from Cooking Curries I knew I had to put in on my list of things to try. 

Image Loi Tone on Tone

If you live in Washington D.C, or are contemplating a move there, I have the perfect house for you. Loi and Tom of Tone on Tone have just listed their newly renovated Tudor on the market. Even if you are not moving make sure to go over and see this beautiful house at Tone on Tone.

Have you seen the movie Remember? If not, it is an excellent movie about a Holocaust survivor with dementia that goes on the hunt for a Nazi war criminal. 

I love art and history and the stories behind peoples collections. This week while perusing one of my favorite auction sites, Invaluable I came across an upcoming auction by Christies,  Boniface de Castellane & Anna Gould: A Way of Life. I found the title intriguing so I set off down the rabbit hole that is Google and discovered some interesting stories about this French dandy and his American heiress and their incredible life and collection. 

You can read more about the auction here and more about their house and life on the blog Strange FlowersHERE and HERE and HERE.

This week I had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Slightly South of Simple written by Kristy Woodson Harvey. There are not words to describe how much I love this book! Kristy is an incredibly talented writer and one of my favorite parts of her writing is that you feel as if you know her characters, and you grow to love them as if they are your own friends and family.

Another great book that I read is Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants. This beautifully written and photographed book is divided into three sections by season: early, mid, and late, so you can look forward to something in your garden all year long.  Each of the 47 plants has a description on one page and the next page has a floral arrangement or recipe for things like pickled vegetables, edible flowers, herbal teas, infused oils, and more. Not having a garden or a green thumb everything in this book was interesting and informative to me. I think it would be a fabulous gift for the people in your life who love gardening and are looking to expand their knowledge or for someone who is just starting a garden and needs a little inspiration and instruction. 

I cannot believe that Easter is just around the corner.  If you are looking for a few updates to your Easter decor I found these illustrated rabbit salad plates from Southern Living and think they would make a whimsical addition to your table.

Did you find anything interesting movies, books or recipes this week? If so I would love to hear about them. 

Have a great weekend. 



  1. I'm trying to do a better job of eating seasonally and locally (it doesn't freeze here, so the local farms have produce). I have a recipe today for Swiss chard, that's wrapped around a filling of cream and cheese--very yummy, easy and yet impressive on a plate.

  2. Hello Elizabeth! Yes, isn't Loi's cottage just beautiful? I can't wait to see his and Tom's "dream cottage" that he mentioned! How fun is that, to be able to buy one, fix it and then buy another one! Lovely desserts....have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Anita! I look forward to sharing it on the blog. xoxo

  3. What a great post! I love the chocolate recipes... they look so-oo good!
    The *cottage* is really cute, I saved the name of that first book to check it out, and the those bunny plates are to die for. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Good morning, Elizabeth! What a sweet surprise :) Thank YOU for this share. I so appreciate it, my friend. Enjoy the long weekend ahead.

  5. Hi Elizabeth... Just got back from touring Loi's house. OMG!! Gorgeous!! Hope you have a great weekend.

  6. isn't loi and tom's house divine???
    i am so excited elizabeth, and you have to tell your sister, kristy is coming to the shop for a book signing, cannot wait to meet her! may 8th what a talent!

  7. Love your book recommendations and great recipes. And is it true, Easter is soon? Yikes, where did the time go? Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Thank you so, so, so much for sharing Slightly South of Simple! You know how obsessed I am with this pic!! Your support means the world! xoxox Kristy


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