Friday Favorites from Cooking for Keeps, Half Baked Harvest, Little Sugar Snaps and More

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Good morning! How was your week? Are you ready for another stormy weekend? I think the winter weather offers a great opportunity to relax, stay home, read, relax, maybe bake, make a pot of soup and spend time with your family. I hope you enjoy my finds from this week.


ThisSpinach and Feta Cheese Stuffed Chicken fromCooking for Keepslooks like the perfect comfort food for a cold evening.


To be honest, kale is not my favorite green, but thisKale Apple and Pancetta Salad from Once Upon a Chefmakes me want to give it another try.

If you like spaghetti squash like I do you might want to try one or more of these50 Spaghetti Squash Recipes to Try This Winter.

A cup or two ofChocolate Atolewith or without the rum is sure to keep you warm and cosy.


I heard about The Photo Ark, an amazing and ambitious project conceived by Joe Satore, check it out, you will be amazed.


wo lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1New York Timesbestselling author of the Reeses Book Club PickOne Day in December. . .

I readThe Two Lives of Lydia Birdin a single sitting. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us.Jodi Picoult

Written with Josie Silvers trademark warmth and wit,The Two Lives of Lydia Birdis a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at lifes crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them.

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. Theyd been together for more than a decade and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On Lydias twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now its just Lydia, and all she wants is to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to lifeand perhaps even loveagain.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again through the doorway to her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But theres an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because theres someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

In A Field of Blue(Free with First Reads)

England 1922. Its been four years since Rudys brother Edgar went missing in war-torn France. Still deep in mourning and grappling with unanswered questions, Rudy and his mother struggle to move on. When the enigmatic Mariette arrives unexpectedly at the familys manor claiming to be Edgars widow, and the mother of his child, Rudy urges her to stay, hoping shell shed light on the missing pieces.
Captivated by Mariette, Rudy finds that their mutual loss and grief bind themas does the possibility of new love. But Mariettes revelations bring more questions than answers about Edgars death. Suspicions threaten to divide Rudys already fractured family, setting him on a quest for the truth that takes him from England to France and beyond.
In his search, Rudy is forced to confront the tragedies of war and the realities of the brother hes lost and the woman hes found. Will the truth set him free to find peace, or will it forever shadow his future?

I just purchasedMidwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartlandand I cannot wait to start baking and revisiting treats from my childhood.

When it comes to defining what we know as all-American baking, everything from Bundt cakes to brownies have roots that can be traced to the great Midwest. German, Scandinavian, Polish, French, and Italian immigrant families baked their way to the American Midwest, instilling in it pies, breads, cookies, and pastries that manage to feel distinctly home-grown.

After more than a decade of living in California, author Shauna Sever rediscovered the storied, simple pleasures of home baking in her Midwestern kitchen. This unique collection of more than 125 recipes includes refreshed favorites and new treats:
  • Rhubarb and Raspberry Swedish Flop
  • Danish Kringle
  • Secret-Ingredient Cherry Slab Pie
  • German Lebkuchen
  • Scotch-a-Roos
  • Smoky Cheddar-Crusted Cornish Pasties
. . . and more, which will make any kitchen feel like a Midwestern home.

Beatrix Potter: The Ultimate Collection

This is a great book to have on your kindle to read with kids, and grandkids and it is only .99 cents!


This week I found lots of clothes that I liked from Halogen at Nordstrom's and Nordstrom's Rack so I make a collage.

I hope that you have a happy and safe weekend. As always please share your favorite finds from this week, recipes, books, podcast, movies or whatever else you enjoyed.