Happy Weekend! Yes, I totally abandoned the blog for a week. Sorry friends, but I had to let it go. We have been traveling and going to events for our daughter at her college as she winds up her senior year. (How in the world is it time for graduation???) But I am back in blogland, and I have a giveaway for you today too. 🙂 So what shall we talk about this weekend?
Let’s start with food…always a good thing to start with right? Most of the weather this week has been dreary cloudy, and for some reason, rainy weather makes me crave breakfast dishes. Does the same thing happen to you? Anyway, since I had that creme brulee French toast for Valentine’s Day, I have been wanting to find a recipe to duplicate it. I think I found it here, except I plan to use croissants for the bread in it like the restaurant did. This is going on my list-of-things-to-cook very soon. Yum!
Now moving on from food to kitchens. This is an oldie-but-goodie located in Atlanta. Don’t you love those plank walls and that charming light?
And through the doorway you can see this perfect little butler’s pantry.
(Be sure to click on the links. There is more of the house to see there.)
This kitchen, designed by David Sharff Architects of Medfield, Massachusetts, has such wonderful windows to let in all that natural light! And not only is there a lot of glass with the windows, but there is more in the upper cabinets and in that transom. Beautiful!
I must be in a “kitchen mood,” because here is another one for you to see. This one is in Madison, Georgia. The range hood wood lines up perfectly with the walls, and isn’t that old flooring gorgeous?! Do any of you know what the piece of stained wood is there below the sink? Is it just trim, or does it serve some purpose?
And look at the foyer in the house!
All those pressed flowers remind me of the botanicals in our foyer. 🙂
Yes, another kitchen. This beauty is in Palmetto Bluff where we traveled a few years ago. I especially like how they built the island with the seating and the open shelving.
Here is the exterior that belongs to it. You will want to see the entire house on the website. 🙂
Okay, one last kitchen. When I read that this one is on St. Simons Island, (Georgia) I just had to check it out. Then I learned it is a rental. What a fabulous place for a group to stay! All that old brick really adds to the vintage style of the space.
Here are the living and dining areas of that house…more brick!
You can see that the three sets of French doors open to the private pool area.
Alright no more kitchens today.
Some time ago, I wrote a post about the work of Barbara Westbrook. At the time, I could not find photos of her personal home, but since then some have appeared on her website. The bathroom below is from her home, and if you follow the link below the photos, you can check out many more rooms in her pretty house.
Now let’s talk about cleaning. I did some spring cleaning after we got home from our trips. (Hallelujah!) Have any of you seen these products by Common Good at your local Target? Our store has not carried any of them, and I am a sucker for the cute packaging! The all purpose cleaner comes in 4 scents, and I was wondering which you prefer.
And have any of you seen Disney’s new Jungle Book movie? I have read mixed reviews. We have not seen it yet but hope to soon. The old animated version was one of our favorites around here when our children were young. I am also excited that Disney will be releasing Roald Dahl’s BFG on July 1st.
The trailer looks rather scary, but the book was always always one of the favorites of my students when I taught 3rd grade. In fact, my copy of the book is very worn from being passed around so much. 🙂
And now lets go from movies made from books to simply books. 🙂
If you enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town you will want to read the prequel, Change of Scene that just came out. This short read is only available in e-reader format.
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And make plans to get a copy of her newest full length novel, The Weekenders, when it is released on May 17 – just one month away! It will make your perfect summer read.
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Now do you remember the book, Dear Carolina that I wrote about here last year? I loved LOVED it, and it was amazing to me that it was Kristy Woodson Harvey’s very first novel. She managed to give two main characters authentic voices throughout the story and tie them together in a heartfelt way. Plus it just left me feeling good when it ended. Don’t you just love it when books do that?!
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Well she has written her second novel, Lies and Other Acts of Love. (Totally unrelated to her first one.) You have probably seen it in a number of places in blogland. Karen at Garden Home and Party wrote a perfect review of it here. Like Karen, I enjoyed this second novel even more than the first…and that is saying a lot! I read it while we were on our recent trip. At one point we were stopping to go in a store, and I was at a really good part of the book. I commented to my husband, “Do you suppose I could find a chair in there and sit and read this book some more??!!” Seriously, it was that good. The girl’s got talent! 🙂
April 9th marked the 4th birthday of Talk of the House. To celebrate and thank you for your wonderful readership I’d like to do another giveaway for you: a copy of both of Kristy’s books and a $50 gift card to Amazon.com.
To enter, simply leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/17/2016 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time 4/24/2016 (on the blog itself – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please. I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that.
I hope you take the time to leave a comment to enter. Both of the novels are soooo good, and if you win, you could spend your gift card on….more books! 🙂 (Or anything else you would like.) Any of these would make great Mother’s Day gifts. Good luck to all of you!
Until next time…