Sunday, July 28, 2019

Silent Sunday 7-28-2019



Have a great day!



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday Finds

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Good morning! I hope that you are having a great morning. It has been a busy one here, an early meeting with our contractor about our bathroom remodel, a trip to the farmers market and a few other errands. Now I am ready for the beach!

There are so many great sales this week so I thought I would share 5 of my favorite finds this morning! 




My husband gave me this Phillips Airfryer as a Christmas present, and frankly I did not want it or think I would use it, thankfully I did not return it because it is now the hardest working piece in the kitchen besides my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I use this airfryer almost everyday, I "fy" my butternut squash, cauliflower, chicken, and so many other things and they best thing, I "fry" with NO oil. In fact, I love it so much I just purchased one for my son who just moved back to the US from Argentina. 





Talk about a statement piece, this shirt from Jew Crew would look fabulous with white pants, a pencil skirt or even shorts. And it is 60% off this weekend!



This necklace is also 60% off this weekend at J Crew.






I am in love with these Schumacher Plates from Williams Sonoma. This weekend you can get 20% of one item this weekend. 






Have a great day!


Friday Favorites from Cafe Sucre Farine, The Recipe Runner, Taste, Country Cleaver and More.

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Good morning, a very happy Friday to you. Thank you again for all of your emails, and comments about the passing of my father-in-law and the health of my mother-in-law, your thoughts, prayers and comments have uplifted our spirits this week. I hope that you enjoy my favorites from this week. 


Food

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This Honey Lime Chicken from Cafe Sucre Farine looks easy and delicious! 


Image The REcipe Runner


Peaches are in season and while I typically like to eat them by themselves I may try this Chicken Peach Ricotta Pizza with Balsamic Glaze.



Doesn't this Gypsy Passion Tea Lemonade from Country Cleaver look refreshing?



Chocolate Filled Cherry Cake with Chocolate Covered Cherries is a great way to use up some of your summer cherries if you buy to many, as I often do. 


Articles

If you are a Grey Gardens fan than you might be interested in this article about the "New" Grey Gardens.







Books

These are the books that I read the past two weeks.



The Sakura Obsession


The incredible—and improbable—story of how an English eccentric saved Japan’s beloved cherry blossoms from extinction.


Collingwood Ingram—known as “Cherry” for his defining passion—was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change. Visiting Japan in 1902 and again in 1907, he fell in love with the country’s distinctive cherry blossoms, or sakura, and brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England, where he created a garden of cherry varieties.



On a 1926 trip to Japan to search for new specimens, Ingram was shocked to find a dramatic decline in local cherry diversity. A cloned variety was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan’s expansionist ambitions, while the rare and spectacular Taihaku, or “Great White Cherry,” had disappeared entirely. 



But thousands of miles away, at Ingram’s country estate, the Taihaku still prospered. After returning to Britain, the amateur botanist buried a living cutting from his own collection into a potato and repatriated it to Japan via the Trans-Siberian Express. Over the decades that followed, Ingram became one of the world’s leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally, sending more than a hundred varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe, from Auckland, New Zealand to Washington, D.C.



As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, The Sakura Obsession follows the flower from its significance as a symbol of the imperial court, through the dark days of the Second World War, and up to the present-day worldwide fascination with this iconic blossom.





East Village, 1989

Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. 



Berlin, 1933

As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion. . . . 



An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong. 






In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women's lives--the routines, the embarrassments, the desires--and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.


One woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin; another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation; yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him. The women at the center of this curious universe learn that their reality is shaped not only by how others perceive them, but also how they perceive the power within themselves. 



By turns sly, whimsical, and affecting, these thirty short stories are a dynamic examination of what it means to be a woman in this very moment. Like women themselves, each story can stand alone; yet together, they have a combined power to shift consciousness, inspire others, and create a multi-voiced ROAR that will not be ignored. 





From the moment we are born, our cells begin to age. But aging does not have to mean decline. World-renowned surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry has been treating mature patients for most of his career. He knows that everyone thinks they want to live forever, until they hit middle age and witness the suffering of their parents and even their peers. So how do we solve the paradox of wanting to live to a ripe old age—but enjoy the benefits of youth?
This groundbreaking book holds the answer. Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a byproduct of the way we have lived over the decades. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well—one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies.
Our gut bugs—the bacteria that make up the microbiome—largely determine our health over the years. From diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s to common ailments like arthritis to our weight and the appearance of our skin, these bugs are in the driver’s seat, controlling our quality of life as we age.
The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them—and you—thrive. In The Longevity Paradox, Dr. Gundry outlines a nutrition and lifestyle plan to support gut health and live well for decades to come. A progressive take on the new science of aging, The Longevity Paradox offers an action plan to prevent and reverse disease as well as simple hacks to help anyone look and feel younger and more vital.





Gesine Bullock-Prado says it’s what’s inside that really counts, and in this visually sumptuous book, the author of Sugar Baby and Pie It Forward showcases cakes that are beautiful from the inside out. Each chapter is devoted to a technique of making different types of cake, beginning with the easiest recipe and moving to more technically difficult as the chapters progress. When the cakes are cut, they will reveal intricate layers of patterns and designs—such as hearts, checkerboards, helixes, and colorful stripes—that will bring a smile to everyone who enjoys them. This compendium of gorgeous cake recipes and techniques will yield glorious meringues, sponge cakes, pound cakes, cheesecakes, and tarts for all levels of bakers. With her trademark wit and enthusiasm for the world of confections and baking, Bullock-Prado’s latest book will delight her fans.







Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design—familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, the Carriers’ rooms often feature subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new. Whether decorating a sprawling country house or a Tribeca loft, a winter home in Florida or an apartment in a converted New York printing house, the Carriers connect people with place and combine their tailored, carefully edited approach with the clients’ collections, taste, and personality, creating exquisitely detailed yet comfortable and personalized spaces. This beautifully illustrated new book shows why the Carriers are the designers of choice for so many of the country’s most discriminating arbiters of taste.


Finds




I love Soludos espadrilles and just got this pair this week. 


juice glasses

I just purchased these glasses from Anthropologie, I love the illustrations and think they make the perfect glass for juice or a small cocktail. I did get mine on sale for 25% off.




A friend gave me this mug because she knows that I love donuts. You can get one for the donut lover in your life at Target.

I know that many blogs this week featured their Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks, these are the three things that I purchased,  a pair of Melissa Frye Boots,  a pair of Leopard Mules and Chuck Taylors Sneakers.

I hope that you share your favorite books, recipes, articles, podcasts and more form tis week.

Have a great weekend.




Thursday, July 25, 2019

Poppy Seed Danish


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Good morning. Thank you for your kind comments and emails about the loss of my father-in-law and for my mother-in-law. With the help of her doctors, family and friends and her own determination she is doing much better. Hopefully by September she will be well enough to come and spend a few weeks with us. As she is trying to put on weight I have been hard at work making her some sweet treats. 





Yesterday I made a few dozen cookies, brownies and some coffee cakes, not only for her but for her guests and caretakers as well. For this poppy seed danish I used the same dough  that I used for the raspberry danish recipe I made some months ago; it is the perfect base for any danish, you can add any kind of jelly/jam, or filling and you will have the most delicious breakfast cake. 




Poppy Seed Danish

Ingredients

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 large eggs
31/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Optional:
Vanilla Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the frosting mix ingredients together until smooth. 


Directions for the Danish

Place the yeast and the sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave until warm, to about 110F. Pour the warm milk into the mixing bowl on top of the yeast and sugar then whisk gently to combine. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let sit for 5-10 minutes. After 10 minutes the mixture will be frothy. 

Add the butter, egg, flour and salt. Beat the mixture at low speed for 4 minutes. The dough will be soft. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute. If the too is too sticky, add a bit of flour until it is smooth. Do not add too much flour, you the dough to be soft and smooth. 

Lightly grease a bowl with cooking spray, place the dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the dough into a warm, dry place and let rise for 90 minutes. I do this in my oven. I turn the oven on to 180F for 1 minutes than turn it off, I also leave the light on in the oven for added warmth. 

Grease a 9" springform pan. Once the dough is risen punch it down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. 

Roll dough to a 12 x 16" rectangle. Spread the poppy seed filling evenly over the surface of the dough. Roll up the dough tightly, like a cinnamon roll so that you have a 16" long log. Place the log on the seam and cut the dough in half with a sharp knife. Criss cross the dough forming an X, back and forth until you get to the end, then curl the dough into a circle and tuck the ends underneath. Gently pick up the circle and place in your prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes. You can watch a video of this process here).



Preheat the oven to 350. Once dough is risen bake for 40-45 minutes. If the dough is browning too quickly tent with aluminum foil. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 5 minutes before drizzling with the frosting. Frost the cake and enjoy. 

Note: I used the entire can of poppy seed filling, you can use less if you want, you can also make your own poppy seed filling if you prefer. I forgot to drizzle the cake with the frosting before I took the photos. 

I hope that you have a fabulous day! 





Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Life Lately




Good morning. I hope that you survived the scorching heat this weekend. I am looking forward to a little respite from the heat and frankly from life. On July 11th we received a call that my father-in-law wasn't doing well and would probably not make it until the weekend, less than an hour later he had passed away.  Soon after we received another call that my mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital. In a mad rush we packed our bags, canceled appointments, dropped the pups at camp and high tailed it to the Midwest. Since then we have laughed, cried, and shared countless stories,  we celebrated a wonderful life and spent hours at the bedside of my mother-in-law who thankfully is doing a lot better. We arrived home yesterday and now it is time to tackle the piles of mail and packages, get back to work and ready the house for guests arriving later this week. 

I hope that you have a great day! 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Friday Favorites from What's Gabby Cooking, Taste of France, An Italian in MY Kitchen and More

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Good morning! I hope that you had a great week. Frankly, my week has been crazy and I am looking forward to this weekend to rest, relax and re-group.

I hope that you enjoy my favorites for the week. 

Favorite Foods

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Although I do not eat seafood my husband loves it and this Lobster Chowder with Bacon and Tomatoes is perfect for him. 


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Don't forget to check out 10 One Pot Recipes for Summer


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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy No churn Cappuccino Ice Cream  from An Italian in My Kitchen.




If you do not like cappuccino you could make Chocolate Ice Cream instead. 


Favorite Articles




I love these Woodblock Match Books


Thank you  Taste of France for the suggestion to listen to How to Fight The Fear of Speaking French. I am sure that I am not the only one that needs to listen to this podcast. 


Favorite Books




"Grandfather, you left this..." Julio lifted the leather-bound journal and stepped toward the old man.

"It is yours now," said Antonio, with a gleam in his eye. "I've lived my life according to the twelve principles recorded in it. And if you will apply its principles as I did, your success will be greater than you could ever imagine."





Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t s
olved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.






All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty half-timbered farmhouse she arrived at as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can’t seem to let it go. Sixty years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son. Anne has fled the trendy Hamburg, Germany neighborhood she never fit into after her relationship imploded. Vera and Anne are strangers to each other but have much more in common than they think. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they find what they have never thought to search for: a family.
Told in skillfully crafted alternating points of view and a nonlinear storyline, Dörte Hansen’s internationally bestselling debut novel This House is Mine showcases her impressive talent for characterization and dialogue in an exceptional book that combines emotional depth and humor. The author’s sparse language and sometimes oblique references make for a deeply immersive reading experience, and the characters will resonate long after the last page has been turned.







July 1964. Chartwell House, Kent: Winston Churchill wakes at dawn. There’s a dark, mute “presence” in the room that focuses on him with rapt concentration..

It’s Mr. Chartwell.
Soon after, in London, Esther Hammerhans, a librarian at the House of Commons, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress.
It’s Mr. Chartwell.
Charismatic, dangerously seductive, Mr. Chartwell unites the eminent statesman at the end of his career and the vulnerable young woman. But can they withstand Mr. Chartwell’s strange, powerful charms and his stranglehold on their lives? Can they even explain who or what he is and why he has come to visit?
In this utterly original, moving, funny, and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr. Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they at first seem.





Favorite Finds






I love this dress from Boden











I love the smell of this candle.






Cute sandals.


That is it for this week, I hope that you share your favorite recipes, books, podcasts and more with us. Have a wonderful weekend. 



Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Little Things...Summer


Santa Fe, New Mexico

It is amazing to me how fast time seems to pass as I age. It seems like yesterday that I was relishing the end of a long, cold, wet winter and celebrating Spring with my sighting of the first daffodils. This summer has been hot, humid, rainy, cool, lazy and relaxing. We have been on adventures to New Mexico and the Eastern Shore as well as savoring beautiful days at home. After a long day of work, my husband and I meet on the front porch for an hour or two before dinner. Sometimes with a cocktail and a book and other times just sitting and enjoying a catch-up. Mornings and weekends have included long walks at the beach with the water lapping at our feet and the sand between our toes. We have hosted and enjoyed family and friends, sharing scrumptious dinners, and bbq's for just an evening with some guests and others for long weekends. I find myself up early in the summer so that I can enjoy the morning light and have the "world" to myself. I rarely see anyone else and sometimes as I walk I image what I would do with the neighborhood bed and breakfast, what I would serve, who I would host and the interesting place I would create. Other times, as I stand at the shore I take photos of the sun glistening on the water and take in the majesty of  the osprey flying overhead. I am slowing down this summer.  I stop and take the time to watch a dragonfly alight on a flower or the fireflies light up the evening sky. I savor the smell and the taste of peaches fresh from the market and as their juices run down my arm I am transported back to summer days spent with my grandparents who are long gone. 
It is only July 10th and there is a fair bit of summer left but already the days are getting shorter and the sun is setting earlier, Fall is just around the corner. I have plans to enjoy every minute of what is left of summer 2019; the sunny days, the smell of the summer rain, my time with family and friends and all else that summer entails. What abut you? What have you been up to this summer and what plans do you have left for what remains?

Have a great day and remember to slow down and savor the little things. 






Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Almond Biscotti

Good morning! How was your 4th of July weekend? Mine was great! It was the perfect mix of fun and relaxation, lots of great food, laughs, fireworks and more. We live half-way across the country from our families so it is always a treat to spend holidays together, either us in the Mid-west of them visiting here. 





Last week in preparation for the holiday weekend I baked a few sweet treats and one of them was this almond biscotti which I love to serve with coffee, tea or for a light dessert with fruit. 






Almond Biscotti 
Recipe from The Anthony Kitchen

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
11/2 cups raw almonds


Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a baking sheet with  a baking mat or parchment paper and set aside. 
Melt butter and set aside. 
In a bowl whisk flour, salt and baking powder, set aside. 
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachmentmix eggs and sugar on medium speed for about 3 minutes and the mixture is pale and thick. Reduce the mixer to low and add the melted butter slowly, then add the vanilla extractalmond extract and mix again. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low, until combined. Then sir in the almonds. Divide the dough in half and scoop each half on the baking sheet, using damp hands, form each dough log into a rectangle about 3” wide by 8” long. Bake the logs for 24-26 or until golden in color. Remove from oven and and allow the logs to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperate to 300. Remove logs from pan and place onto a cutting board, then cut each log into 1" thick pieces and place cookies back on the baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Then pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa and enjoy!





Have a great day!



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Friday Favorites from Carlsbad Cravings, Sugar & Soul, Wild, Wild, Whisk, Drizzle & Dip and More

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Good morning to you! I hope that you had a wonderful, 4th of July celebration. Mine was great, we hosted a BBQ, ate a lot, laughed a lot and enjoyed the fireworks as well. Today we are headed to the beach. 

I hope that you enjoy my favorite finds from this week. 

Favorite Food

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I can't wait to make this Tequila, Lime and Honey Chicken from Drizzle & Dip.



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This Spicy Frito Corn Salad would be great for a weekend celebration. 



Image Carlsbad Cravings

As would this Avocado Corn Salsa from Carlsbad Cravings



Image Wild Wild Whisk

Instead of traditional strawberry shortcake why not make Fresh Peach Shortcakes from Wild, Wild, Whisk.







Favorite Articles




Book lovers you will love this list of Books for the Ages.

Favorite Books
These are the books I am reading this week. 




Sylvie Rosenberg escaped the holocaust—but can she escape the past?

Angela Martino is haunted by events from her childhood and struggles to resolve her guilt.

Can these two women from different generations reconcile their own turmoil—or pay the price of an even greater loss?

October 20, 1942. Benjamin Katz and his frightened family stand at the train station in occupied Holland, unsure if they would be taken to their freedom—or the death camp. Sylvie, his granddaughter, who was six years old at the time, would later recall the madness as they wondered if their desperate last minute escape would work. When the German officer received the order to allow the escape he said, “I would have much rather been given the order to kill all of you.”

Their entire art collection had long made them a prime target of Adolf Hitler and his greedy henchmen. Now they had one big trade—a Rembrandt in exchange for twenty-five lives.

Based on a true story, Rembrandt’s Shadow is the story of two women from different generations—each with their own distinct horrific memories—who find themselves at odds when forced to confront the here and now.




Austria, 1938. Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's fiery daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. As he falls for Elena amidst the brutal chaos of war, Kristoff must find a way to save her, and himself.

Los Angeles, 1989. Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, Katie and Benjamin are sent on a journey together that will uncover a story of passion and tragedy spanning decades and continents, behind the just fallen Berlin Wall.

A romantic, poignant and addictive novel, The Lost Letter shows the lasting power of love.





Dukes's gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future...even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.


Nearing starvation, Meria secretly sells Eleanora into marriage with the cruel heir of a powerful clan. Intent on keeping her freedom, Eleanora takes an oath to remain a virgin for the rest of her life—a tradition that gives her the right to live as a man: she is now head of her household and can work for a living as well as carry a gun. Eleanora can also participate in the vengeful blood feuds that consume the mountain tribes, but she may not be killed—unless she forsakes her vow, which she has no intention of ever doing.



But when an injured stranger stumbles into her life, Eleanora nurses him back to health, saving his life—yet risking her own as she falls in love with him...





The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender, and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love.
When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending. Though she works with newfound intensity, literary success eludes her—until she attends a salon hosted in her brother’s writer friend John Hopper’s Fifth Avenue mansion. Among painters, musicians, actors, and writers, Ginny returns to herself, even blooming under the handsome, enigmatic John’s increasingly romantic attentions.
Just as she and her siblings have become swept up in the society, though, Charlie throws himself back into her path, and Ginny learns that the salon’s bright lights may be obscuring some dark shadows. Torn between two worlds that aren’t quite as she’d imagined them, Ginny will realize how high the stakes are for her family, her writing, and her chance at love.




In this novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit. Helen Ames–recently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her–is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice. Helen’s problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen’s husband before he died. In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.


Favorite Finds








And this jumpsuit.




Cute t-shirt.


That's it for this week, I hope that you share your recipes, books, podcasts and more. Have a great weekend and be safe.