Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday Favorites from Home is Where the Boat Is, Garnish with Lemon, Glitter & Bubbles and More

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Good morning! I hope that you had a wonderful week, have you been enjoying the holiday season? Are you baking any cookies that you would like to share the recipe with us? Have you been to see the Nutcracker yet? Or are you one of those people that are already "over" the season? I am enjoying every carol, movie, cookie, concert and more.


Baked Brie with Cranberries and Pecans from Garnish with Lemon would make a great appetizer for a cocktail party or even dinner with a salad.


Cheese, bread and marina sauce makes a fun and festive Pull Apart Cheese Tree from Glitter & Bubbles.

Recipe Here

This Cranberry Almond cake is one my my all time favorite cakes to make for the holidays both to eat and to share. 

An oldie but a goodie, Snowball cookies

Christmas Love

This Gilded and Glitter Tablescape is easy to do and looks beautiful. 



I love this book and have purchased several for holiday gifts. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.
“Kind,” said the boy.
Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together.
Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come

I was a fan of this book, Simple Abundance, the first time around and I cannot wait to start reading the new and revised book come January 1st. 

Updated and expanded for everyone who loved the original Simple Abundance -- and a whole new generation that needs it now more than ever -- this mega-bestselling guide continues to lead countless women to more fulfilling, harmonious, and joyful lives.

First published in 1995, Simple Abundance topped the New York Times Bestseller list for over two years and is responsible for introducing two hugely popular concepts--the "Gratitude Journal" and the term "Authentic Self." With daily inspirational meditations and reflections, the Simple Abundance phenomenon became a touchstone for a generation of women, helping them to reclaim their true selves, find balance during life's busiest moments, and rediscover what makes them truly happy. 

Simple Abundance's powerful messages are needed now more than ever, as we navigate the discord and stress instigated by a constant stream of "breaking news" cycles, and our 24/7 social media culture. Sarah Ban Breathnach has refreshed her bestselling phenomenon to address the needs of a new generation, with her signature candor, wit, and wisdom that made her a trusted and compassionate confidant for millions of women.

A perennial classic whose time has come again, Sarah's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and well-spent moments and reminds us how to find the beauty in the everyday.

The Best Part of the Day (for kids and kids at heart)

In her international bestseller Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach inspired millions of women to find happiness in each day of their lives. Now Breathnach is back with her first children's book, The Best Part of the Day. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, this "good night" story encourages children to find at least one moment in each day that is worthy of celebration. The Best Part of the Day is the perfect addition to any family's nighttime routine.

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers.
Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite.
But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is, until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.
From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael. I just preordered this book, it looks like it is going to be great. 

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Woman meets dog...

The world has changed around Missy Carmichael. At seventy-nine, she's estranged from her daughter, her son and only grandson live across the world in Australia, and her great love is gone. Missy spends her days with a sip of sherry, scrubbing the kitchen in her big empty house and reliving her past--though it's her mistakes, and secrets, that she allows to shine brightest. The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. Filled with wry laughter and deep insights into the stories we tell ourselves, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael shows us it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. It's never too late to love.


My weekly tartan finds, just in case you have not had enough for the season.

Sperry Boots. I purchased these boots last year(different plaid) from J.Crew and I LOVE them, they are so cute and comfortable.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Please share all of the recipes, books, podcasts that you found interesting this week.


  1. I love your book recommendations Elizabeth and just ordered a few from today's's all so fun and marvelous!


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