Saturday, July 11, 2020

Friday Favorites from Wood and Spoon, Aberdeen Kitchen, Pinch of Yum, Once Upon a Chef and More

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Good morning friends, I am so happy it's Friday. I have had a busy week and I am looking forward to my family Zoom cocktail party tonight and grilled pizza! The rest of the weekend is wide open, I might try some of the suggestions I found this week about having a vacation in my own house. What are your plans? Whatever they are please wear a mask and stay safe. 

This week I have a lot for you to choose from, enjoy!


Tomato Feta Basil Panzanella  Salad from What's Gabby Cooking



The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, is my favorite book that I have read in a long time!

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old librarian Millicent Carmichael, aka Missy. Though quick to admit that she often found her roles as a housewife and mother less than satisfying, Missy once led a bustling life driven by two children, an accomplished and celebrated husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. Now her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged after a shattering argument, and her son has moved to his wife's native Australia, taking Missy's beloved only grandchild half-a-world away. She spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling around in her oversized, under-decorated house waiting for...what exactly? 

The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won't take no for an answer--including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time. 

Filled with wry laughter and deep insights, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a coming-of-old story that shows us it's never too late to forgive yourself and, just as important, it's never too late to love.

Casting Off:

1. Ending a knitted work.
2. Releasing lines holding a boat to its mooring.
3. Letting go...

On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, the fishermen's handmade sweaters tell a story. Each is unique-feelings stitched into rows, memories into patterns.

It is here that Rebecca Moray comes to research a book on Irish knitting. With her daughter, Rowan, accompanying her, she hopes to lose herself in the history of the island and forget her own painful past. Soon, the townsfolk's warm embrace wraps Rebecca and Rowan in a world of friendship, laughter, and love.

And it is here that young Rowan befriends Sean Morahan, a cantankerous old fisherman, despite his attempts to scare her off. As Rebecca watches her daughter interact with Morahan, she recognizes in his eyes a look that speaks of a dark knowledge not unlike her own. And when current storms threaten to resurrect old ones, Morahan and Rebecca find themselves on a collision course-with Rowan caught between them-each buffeted by waves of regret and recrimination. Only by walking headfirst into the winds will they find the faith to forgive without forgetting...and reach the shore.

Man Booker Prize–winning novelist Penelope Lively’s latest masterpiece opens with a snapshot: Kath, before her death, at an unknown gathering, holding hands with a man who is not her husband. The photograph is in an envelope marked “DON’T OPEN—DESTROY.” But Kath’s husband does not heed the warning, embarking on a journey of discovery that reveals a tight web of secrets—within marriages, between sisters, and at the heart of an affair. Kath, with her mesmerizing looks and casual ways, moves like a ghost through the memories of everyone who knew her—and a portrait emerges of a woman whose life cannot be understood without plumbing the emotional depths of the people she touched.
Propelled by the author’s signature mastery of narrative and psychology, The Photograph is Lively at her very best, the dazzling climax to all she has written before.

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, one of my favorite bakeries and cookbooks! I will be making the Cinnamon Roll Sticky Buns this weekend. 


That's it for this week. I hope that you found something that you liked! Please share your favorite finds from the week, especially recipes and books!

Have a happy and safe weekend. 


  1. I so love Panzanella - first had it in Cortona, Tuscany and have made it often in summertime. This salad is different and with added feta it would be a complete meal for me - I'll definitely try it soon.
    The Vietnamese coffee ice cream sounds wonderful- I MUST try it as that's my favorite ice cream flavor.
    First though I will make the recent pistachio ice cream you shared - have bought the ingredients!
    More good books and interesting articles to read - you never cease to amaze me Elizabeth!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Thanks for all the suggestions ...... Recipes & reading material suggestions are always helpful. XXXX

  3. Love this post...cannot even say which once was a favorite because each link/book/idea is so good. I need help from you ....can you please suggest some pretty , BREATHABLE fully cotton robes (no modal or waffle fabric) that go to size XL? I have been looking for weeks and no luck. The Company Store had the perfect one but its sold out in everything but black or white and I want something in a solid pretty color. They are not restocking. This is the one I thought looked like it would work Thought it might help to see an idea of what I am looking for.



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