Saturday, May 4, 2019

Friday Favorites from The Cookie Rookie, Muy Bueno, Two Peas and Their Pod and More

Good morning! It's Friday and I could not be happier. It has been a long, crazy week and I am looking forward to relaxing and of course eating all sorts of tasty food for the Derby and for Cinco de Mayo this weekend.  On Tuesday I shared My 10 Favorite Kentucky Derby Party Foods so today I thought I would share a few of the things I will be eating to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. 

Interesting Food

Queso from The Cookie Rookie

If you have followed me for any length of time you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheese and a cheesy dip is always at the top of my list of party foods. I will definitely be making this White Queso Dip from The Cookie Rookie, hopefully my husband won't want to share.

Baked Chicken Taquitos are always a great appetizer!

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I have never eaten a sope before but these little pancake looking tortillas, called scopes look delicious, especially with brisket. I am going to try this recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook on Sunday and I will let you know how they taste!


Mexican Corn Salad from Live, Eat Learn would be a great addition to any meal.

While not technically a Mexican treat these Salted Alfajores Bars (made with a dulce de leche) are easy and delicious and are the perfect end to your celebration!

As are these Cuban sugar cookies

Interesting Articles

This Julia Louis Dreyfus "Don't Wear These Clothes Again." video made me laugh.

May 2, is the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. This portrait newly identified as Leonardo is going on display in London. 

Interesting Books

Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty-five. To confront those fears, Valencia’s therapist suggests that she fly somewhere—anywhere—before her upcoming birthday. And as Valencia begins a telephone romance with a man from New York, she suddenly has a destination in mind. There’s only one problem—he might not actually exist.
Mrs. Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for company, be it from neighbors, telemarketers, or even the funeral director (when you’re her age, you go to a lot of funerals). So she’s thrilled when the new cleaning girl provides a listening ear for her life’s story—a tale of storybook love and incredible adventures around the world with her husband before his mysterious and sudden disappearance.
The stories of Valencia and Mrs. Valentine may at first appear to have nothing in common…but then again, nothing in life is as straightforward as it seems.

One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls.
When Madeline’s professional life falls apart, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. Has she been too quick to dismiss her aunt’s beloved shop? And even if she has, the women’s best combined efforts may be too little, too late.

Don’t miss this curiously charming debut! In this hauntingly beautiful story of love, loneliness and self-discovery, an endearing widower embarks on a life-changing adventure.

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Interesting Finds

Cute Cinco de Mayo straws. I found these on Amazon, if you have Prime you can probably get them by Sunday!

How cute are these Pom Pom Soludos?

I love these tea towels and think they are perfect for Mother's day, a birthday or even for yourself. 

That is it for this week, as always, please share you favorite recipes, movie, podcasts, books and whatever else you found interesting this week. 

Have a great day!

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  1. I was just mourning the lack of Mexican food in my corner of the south of France. I have to make everything myself. Thank goodness you curated some new recipes for me!
    Separately, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Your blog is unfailingly sunny, a real bright spot of positivity on the Internet and something I look forward to each morning. Details on my blog.

  2. I truly do have a weakness for good Mexican food. My daughter and I meet at one during her lunch hour at least once per month.

  3. Elizabeth what an enjoyable post. Your recipes always floor me, especially that dip. I loooove cheese. I think I could live on gourmet cheese platters with fruit,, bread and of course wine. Period. And I always love to hear about your latest book recommendations. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Jim wants to go see a movie but I’m so out of touch with movies now. What I need is a good independent movie, or good period romance,.. don’t know why they’re so hard to find. :)


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