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

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

Image What's Gabby Cooking

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


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. 


  1. I don't have a stove, so can't cook in a pot on a burner. But I need to find some simple casseroles I can fix so I eat at home more.

  2. That chowder looks amazing...and the colors in the photo can inspire an entire room's decor! Reminds me of a post we did with a blue lobster on the cover.


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