What does the word legacy mean to you? Does it mean material possessions? Monetary inheritance? Following your father’s footsteps?
Another week complete! Yay for Friday!! We are planning to day trip up to Boone, North Carolina this weekend to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway and the amazing color show that is autumn in the mountains. How are you spending the weekend?
Here are some of my favorites for the week:
He Named Me Malala documentary. Last Friday I shared how excited I was to see this movie since I had read the book just a few months ago. So for date night, we went to check it out. The book, of course, is more detailed and complex, but I think the movie captured the essence of Malala and her main purpose: furthering girls education all over the world. It did discuss the shooting that almost took her life, but it didn’t let violence or conflict get much or really any screen time. Inspirational movie that I recommend as well as the book!
Carolina Weddings. My husband’s college friend was married last weekend over in the Eastern part of the state. The reception was in this beautiful historic mansion that had crystal chandeliers, vintage woodwork, and so much southern charm that I didn’t want to leave. Wonderful evening celebrating a special couple.
Candy Corn. Informal poll – are you a fan or not? I feel like it’s a distinct love or hate relationship for most people with this particular treat. Personally, I really like them, but only seasonally and only in small amounts (which is a problem as this usually requires more self-control than I possess) as the sheer sugar content tends to give me a headache! 🙂 They are the quintessential fall sweet to me even though pumpkin flavored everything seems to be quite successfully working to claim the top spot!
A Chef’s Life. When my mom came to visit, she introduced us to A Chef’s Life, and we love it! It’s a PBS show about Vivian Howard, a New York trained chef who came back to her hometown in Eastern North Carolina to start a restaurant. Since she and her husband started the restaurant and with the additional publicity of the show – she has become a southern culinary star. People travel hundreds of miles to visit her restaurant: Chef and The Farmer. Her PBS show is delightful with Vivian as the star, narrator, and chef — it’s not at all your typical cooking show, but more of a documentary type style showcasing southern ingredients, her personal life, and the challenges of running a business. (If you have Netflix — you can get all three seasons off PBS – I highly recommend!)
Articles I’ve Enjoyed:
I have heard of this new invention before, and I can only hope it truly works…it appears to be soon available for the general public – you can pre-order it now. Not cheap, but it definitely has the potential to change the life of a Celiac by insuring better safety when eating out gluten free.
This article was difficult to read emotionally, but I think it brings up very thoughtful points on why not to support assisted suicide for terminal medical conditions. It is devastating to even be in the place to have to contemplate these kinds of options, but I appreciate this statement from the terminally ill woman in this article, “My brain may be cancerous, but I still have lots to contribute to society as a strong woman, wife and mother while my family can daily learn the value of caring for me in my last days with compassion and dignity.”
Yummy Link of the Week: These cinnamon bun cookies look amazing!!! The list of ingredients isn’t complicated either, which is the first thing I look at with new recipes. Maybe not the healthiest treat — but definitely something fun to try!
Have a wonderful weekend! What’s been the best part of your week? Share some of your favorites from the week in the comments – I would love to hear about them!
As I try more and more to notice the little things that make everyday life special – I realized how much I enjoy getting mail 🙂 Small cards, magazines, packages, even sometimes the advertisements! There’s just something about going out to the mailbox and finding something addressed especially to you.
Remember the days of pen pals? I remember we even sent (in the real mail – not e-mail) school pictures back and forth to one another so we could see what the other looked like. Now, with a few clicks, we can see someone’s life from middle school to middle age. Writing and receiving notes and cards happens to be one of my favorite things, but I think it is slowly becoming obsolete in this technology focused age. It makes me wonder if one day, all mail could possibly be electronic. That would be a sad day indeed. Until that day comes, though, I’m going to embrace the happiness that comes with a handwritten note composed especially for me!
A handwritten note or card in the days where technology rules (technology is great and has its place- but a text nor Facebook post can’t show up in your mailbox!) can be a wonderful encouragement. Such a great way to make someone’s everyday extraordinary – don’t you think? It definitely has the power to make me smile, and I hope the days of handwritten notes stay around for many years to come.
Did you have a pen pal growing up? Are you still in touch? What is your favorite piece of mail every month? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
My usual eating habits are all about balance. I do enjoy my fruits and veggies, but I love dessert too 🙂 As a Celiac, eating gluten free can make you more creative in the kitchen, and for me, it also means I’m always on the lookout for new gluten free products. I’m all for cooking from scratch, but let’s be honest – boxed mixes are a lovely convenience I appreciate and utilize often.
That’s why when I saw Ardenne Farm’s products on the shelf on my local grocery here, I knew I would have to try one. Despite what I thought was fairly current knowledge on almost all gluten free brands and products out there – I hadn’t ever seen Ardenne Farm. Since I bought this, I looked them up and found they are a local North Carolina company (which makes me excited too — I love buying and trying local stuff!). I thought they must be fairly new to the market, yet couldn’t quite tell from their website. However, their Facebook page appears to have been created in 2014.
I decided to try the Cinnamon Crunch Muffin Mix because I absolutely love cinnamon in anything and everything. The downside of boxed gluten free mixes is their expense in comparison with the regular gluten filled ones. This mix wasn’t an exception at $5.99. Definitely a spurge treat, but the good news is that one boxed mix can be our dessert for the whole week for just two of us to feed. I hoped it was worth the money…VIEW STORY »
Although I usually try to read a variety of book genres, I do get caught up in my favorite “go-to” book types too often. It sounds odd, but I’ve never been very interested in whether a book is a bestseller or if it was once in the top ten books in the nation. However, since I discovered (thanks to my sister) the blog Modern Mrs. Darcy this year, I am trying to diversify my book selections and read some of her recommendations.
That being said, this was a book that seemed to repeatedly come up in both her blog and in others’ recommendations – the premise seemed intriguing – so I decided to check it out.