Friday Things


1. One morning this week I took a peek at my lemon tree and found a cricket crashing on one of the leaves. I grabbed my camera and snagged a couple of great close-up shots with my macro lens. Those eyes are totally creepy, right?!

2. Speaking of my lemon tree, it has little baby lemons! Aren’t they cute?!

Lemon Tree buds

3. If you shop at Nordstrom, you definitely need to check out their Anniversary Sale. It runs through this weekend and I basically want to buy all the things. I can’t stop browsing the boots!

4. Speaking of shopping, a friend of mine recently introduced me to Rue La La. It’s an online boutique shop which opens sales for specific designers for small periods of time and at discount prices. I haven’t had a chance to really dig into it yet, but I have a feeling I’m going to be addicted!

5. I’ve started searching around for some fall and winter crochet projects. Do you have any favorite blanket patterns? I haven’t made one in years!

6. If you have a cast iron skillet, make sure to check out this post by A Spicy Perspective on How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet. Invaluable information… I *LOVE* my cast iron skillet.

7. I blew through my first Kindle book, and am trying to decide what my next one should be. I can’t decide between Hunger Games or The Paris Wife. Thoughts?

8. While we were in DC last week, my Chief Culinary Consultant and I went to see “Despicable Me 2”. Neither of us had seen the first one, but we loved the movie. It was really funny, totally didn’t expect it. If you are looking for a cute, light-hearted movie, I highly recommend it!

9. I saw a story on Twitter about an artist who was inspired by his pup and painted “A Golden Retriever at the Museum“:

A Golden Retriever at the Museum

Love it. I’m not sure that there are any paintings left, but t-shirts of the painting are currently being sold with all of the profits going to the Animal Rescue League. I need to order mine!

10. TGIF!

“Ahem, you interrupted my nap, what do you need?”



63 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Maxine on August 2, 2013 at 3:27 am

    For your next Kindle read, I definitely recommend “The Hunger Games”, really great read and you’ll find you won’t be able to put it down! I held off reading the third installment in the trilogy because I didn’t want it to end! Love your “Friday Things” post!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 2, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Have a wonderful weekend and your 100mm macro. I’ve toyed with getting that lens but I try to use my 24-70mm almost like a macro. It gets incredibly close (nothing like a true macro!) but I try to talk myself out of the 100 mm macro. So far, so good 🙂 But I do want it, especially after seeing your pics!


  3. Kevin on August 2, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Definitely The Hunger Games for your next Kindle read!! But, better get all three of the EBOOKS now because you won’t be able to put your Kindle down after the first one!


  4. Amy Driscoll on August 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I haven’t read The Paris Wife, but I read The Hunger Games and I blew through all three in the matter of a week (or less). I couldn’t put them down. Highly recommend.


  5. Emily @ Life on Food on August 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I have always wanted a lemon tree how fun! Both books are really good but totally different. Hunger Games is really a three book series but fast read edge of your seat. Make sure you have time to just sit and read it through. You wont be able to put it down. Very summer. The Paris Wife is a bit more of downer. Still really good.


  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on August 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I love the painting!!! It’s just adorable! Ohhhh, I forgot Nordstroms is having there anniversary sale. I normally pick up some Gucci or Prada sunglasses for under $70.00 every year! Thanks for the reminder! Have a great weekend!


  7. Denise L on August 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Definitely read the Hunger Games next. I couldn’t put it down when. I read it. All three are fantastic!


  8. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent on August 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

    You definitely need to read the hunger games.. and then you can watch the movie too! Although be prepared to read the other two right away. I think I read all three in one week 🙂


  9. Kim @ She Wines Sometimes on August 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Hi! I found your blog through Secrets of the Cookie Princess – and I’m so glad that I did. Your Friday things are right up my alley. Along with the other comments, I totally recommend the Hunger Games as your next read. And as far as Rue La La… it’s amazing. I actually found my wedding dress (granted, it was a bit untraditional) on Rue La La. It’s so much fun to see what’s on sale. Hope you find something great! 🙂


  10. Kate on August 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I’ve read both and would definitely recommend the Hunger Games series first. The Paris Wife is good in its own way, but not really a page turner…


  11. Robby on August 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

    You might want to check out the blog Attic24 for crochet inspiration. She does some really colorful and fun pieces.


  12. Kerrey on August 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I guess I’m the only one here who loved The Paris Wife. It was a bit sad, but I love historic fiction and the era. I felt as if I had shaved about 20 IQ points off after reading THG1.


  13. Deb on August 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Read The Paris Wife first. There are 3 books in the Hunger Games and you will def want to read all three. By the time you get done the trilogy you’ll have forgotten all about the other book. I enjoyed all of these books for different reasons, don’t skip any of them.


  14. Tricia on August 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I don’t know if I can handle the fact that you have not seen Despicable Me OR read the Hunger Games trilogy! You need to remedy this as quickly as possible!


  15. Kerri Marshall on August 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Hunger Games was so good. It’s a must read. The first and second book were great. But the 3rd was a difficult read and wasn’t as great. I just started on Divergent which is pretty good too.


  16. mommabean on August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your Kindle – I adore mine! I haven’t read The Paris Wife yet, but it’s on my list. Definitely read The Hunger Games. It’s fantastic! I liked the whole series, but the first book is the best. Also, check out Goodreads for some great reviews and book suggestions. I find most of mine there, based on reviews of friends and other bloggers.


  17. Abby on August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    The Hunger Games! Read all 3 in less than a week.


  18. Karla on August 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    The Paris Wife was fantastic! It was well written and captured an era long gone. Although the parts from the point of view of Hemingway seemed unnecessary and a bit forced, they were few and did not detract from the rest of the book. The Hunger Games storyline is okay, but I could not really enjoy the writing since it was so flat. I was also amazed that no one seems disturbed by the violence in The Hunger Games, but I guess that is a result of the writing style. My recommendation would be The Paris Wife if you are looking for a story to savor. The Hunger Games is fast food.


  19. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes on August 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

    If you haven’t read The Hunger Games then it is definitely a MUST READ! But be warned…it will suck you in! On the other hand, I personally didn’t really get that into The Paris Wife and it’s honestly one of the few books I’ve started with out finishing, but I know a lot of people did enjoy it, so I might try again at some point.


  20. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers on August 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Love that golden painting! So cute. This makes me wish having retrievers running around the house. 🙂 Happy Friday!


  21. Meaghan on August 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

    You might want to read The Paris Wife first, because as soon as you read The Hunger Games, you’re going to want to finish the trilogy (pushing The Paris Wife even further down your reading list).


  22. Steve Carty on August 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hey, that’s not a cricket, that’s called a “True Katydid” and I think he’s mucnching
    on your tree leaves, just saying. Though they do sing.


  23. CG on August 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

    It seems like we all have pretty strong opinions (either way) about The Hunger Games. I read all three within a week, they are very easy to read, a good summer trilogy. While they may not be a “gourmet dinner”, I found them well-written. Anytime an author can suck you in and make you want to stay in the story for as long as possible, counts as good writing in my opinion. Not classical literature, but still good writing. 🙂 Divergent and Insurgent are also very entertaining, although definitely more sophomoric.

    Btw, I, too, thought that was a Katydid. 🙂 Great pictures!


  24. Marcie @ flavor the moments on August 2, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Love the pic of the cricket in your lemon tree and those baby lemons! I love Despicable Me. It doesn’t matter if the plot is silly – those minions are hysterical! Have you seen Grown Ups 2 yet? Unbelievably funny! I know your always looking for good tv shows. If you haven’t checked out Ray Donovan on Showtime on Sundays. There’s only been 3 episodes and I’m hooked!


  25. Becky on August 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Echoing nearly everyone else, The Hunger Games trilogy will blow you away. I’ve yet to meet a single person who was not totally sucked in once they started. The books transcend generations as well – my 63 year old father was completely addicted. The series has received criticism from many adults because of the violent content but what they must be missing is the whole point of the story: Suzanne Collins is critiquing violence itself – especially as entertainment – not condoning it.


  26. Mary Ann on August 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

    The tip on the skillet story was so worth reading your entry today! Thanks for the excellent tip our way!


  27. Wendie on August 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Go for Hunger Games or The Divergent Series. The Paris Wife sort of dragged on!


  28. Robin Christensen on August 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I say Hunger Games, too. I haven’t read it or seen the movie – YET, but my daughter-in-law has read the series and has seen the movie and LOVED it. I’m going for the book next – right now I’m reading “Call the Midwife” series that is based off the PBS show. LOVE IT and recommend it.

    And, I have to comment on Einstein – I like his picture better that the one that is selling! He is precious!

    Thanks for this Friday’s “Friday Things!”


  29. Kristin on August 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Michelle – off topic slightly but had to let you know our second Golden was born today…I will be flying back to MN to pick him up in 6weeks – WHOOT! Now just need to prepare Crosby to have his world rocked (he’s very chill like your big man) 🙂


    • Michelle on August 2nd, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Kristin, Congratulations! We are actually getting a second, as well! We will be picking him up at the end of August, right after we get back from the beach 🙂 Do you have a name picked out?


      • Kristin on August 2nd, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        Heatley it is (as in Dany Heatley, one of the boys’ favorite players, who also hapens to play for our MN Wild)…Boogaard was a close second but I couldn’t imagine calling for him and saying “Boogey!” 🙂 How about yours – gender and name?


        • Michelle on August 2nd, 2013 at 4:14 pm

          Ahh, I love the hockey names 🙂 Since you’re a Wild fan, I hope you enjoy Matt Cooke! I’m bummed that he had to leave Pittsburgh; great guy, definitely a fan favorite (although I know opponents will always hate him!). We’ll be getting another boy too; we’re close on a name, but haven’t finalized it yet.


          • Kristin on August 2nd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

            The boys were actually sad to see Cookie leave the ‘burgh, but glad he’s with the Wild just the same. You know our love for those Penguins runs deep 🙂 Big Congrats to you guys too – so many exciting things happening in your household!!! Time to crack open those puppy books again…wondering if our older boys need any special help to deal with the big change coming!


  30. Pieliekamais on August 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Ooohhh Einsie 🙂
    Starting to use my cast iron pan is one of my goals.. I’ve seen a few tips on how to season it, but I’m still afraid to try them for fear of ruining the pan.


  31. Jaime on August 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Okay The Paris Wife is AMAZING but so is The Hunger Games. I say flip and coin to decide which to read first, but definitely read both!


  32. Linda C. on August 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    If you have time to read all three in the Hunger Games trilogy then read that first. You won’t be able to stop after one. The Paris Wife is good too in its own way, but as someone else said, not exactly a page turner.


  33. Rachel on August 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hunger Games!


  34. Jackie on August 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    The Hunger Games for sure. We read the Paris Wife for our Book Club and out of 7 girls, 3 finished it, 3 quit the book and one didnt even start it. It is interesting in theory but it just drug on and on and on with no real climix and all you did was feel yourself annoyed with the character for being a doormat.


  35. Pam in Cincinnati on August 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    i’ve only read the hunger games trilogy, but i highly recommend it. i was glad i held out until all three books were out because i flew through them one right after the other and would have been so cranky if i’d had to wait for the next installment.
    for crochet projects … i’m a big fan of the continuous granny square afghan.


  36. siobhan on August 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Those lemons are the cutest!


  37. Brenda on August 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I would recommend Paris Wife. Someone’s gotta be different, right? While I loved the first Hunger Games book, I wasn’t as wild about the 2nd and 3rd ones, but then I’m not into action books and I especially don’t like futuristic doom and gloom.


  38. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I still need to read the Hunger Games trilogy! I’ve heard great things. Have a great weekend!


  39. Marie on August 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I would highly recommend The Hunger Games! I could NOT put that book down and I really loved the trilogy. Still, that first book…amazing.


  40. Kristin on August 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I am about 100 pages into The Paris Wife and am really enjoying it! I vote for that one!


  41. Nora on August 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I haven’t read any of the Hunger Games books. The Paris Wife was fantastic in my opinion. It depends on what kind of books you like. Your pictures are amazing. I, like you am always out in my garden up to my shoulders in plants and trees with my camera. I got an amazing picture of a spider web covered in water droplets after a storm the other day. Later I zoomed in and realized I also caught the spider crouched under a leaf. Gross but amazing! I love your website! I’m seeking inspiration for my hubby’s birthday cupcakes. Your recipes usually provide it! Enjoy your kindle!


  42. Steph in Lex on August 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    “The Hunger Games” is interesting and it’s quick. If you read that next you’ll be on to the next one in no time!


  43. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on August 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Your baby lemons are so cute!
    So is that pup! Oh my goodness!
    I say go for the The Hunger Games, but like other people mentioned you will want to read all of them!


  44. Patty on August 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I vote for Hunger Games. I recently read the trilogy and loved it. It is a quick and easy read.


  45. Sues on August 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Those little lemons are SO cute! Also, I loved the Paris Wife… It’s SO good. Annnd now I’m going to go shopping at Nordstrom!


  46. Emma on August 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hunger games, of course! That’s a no-brainer! 🙂 And we loved Despicable Me 2, too! I can’t stop quoting the minions, and I’m 27!


  47. Lorry Bates on August 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Friend me on facebook. I can lend you the Hunger Games thru the kindle. For crochet pattterns join Ravelry!


  48. Shelby on August 3, 2013 at 12:23 am

    So glad to learn that the insect on your tree is a Katydid. I wasn’t sure what it was, but there are no crickets that look like that in NC. Good info in your Friday things.


  49. Molly @Bakelette on August 3, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Love the itty bitty lemons! I am obsessed with all things lemon!
    And the anniversary sale I have been all over that, have yet to actually purchases, but boy have I been ogling!


  50. Becky on August 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Thank you, thank you, Thank you for the “Cleaning & Seasoning Your Cast Iron Skillet” link!!! I was JUST going through a crud-dilemma with one of mine, so hopefully these tricks will take care of it!! And can’t wait to order the puppy print! “Friday Things” has become one of my favorite features of BEB, thank you!! 🙂


  51. shelly (cookies and cups) on August 3, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Love that painting!


  52. Cecile on August 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I would choose The Paris Wife. Very informative and quite sad but well written. Have a good weekend!


  53. Elines Acevedo on August 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    That’s actually not a cricket, it is a grasshopper. Crickets are the noisy brown ones. That painting of the golden is adorbs! 🙂


  54. Jaleh (The Hungry Nomad) on August 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Read The Paris Wife! One of the best more recent books that I have read. I absolutely adored it. I read it for a book club and we did a Paris theme that evening (pate, french bread, etc), and everyone that came loved the book! It’s engaging and I think it has more substance to it than some other books that have come out lately.


  55. Vicki @ WITK on August 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Personally, I was a little bored with the Paris wife. The hunger games is fun, but a fast read! Get all three!


  56. Nancy Long on August 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I’m ashamed to say that my kids gave a kindle fire for my BD last September and I haven’t learned how to use it yet!


  57. Lynne on August 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I have read both _The Hunger Games_ (the trilogy) and _The Paris Wife_, and it’s like comparing cake and pie – both good for different reasons. _The Paris Wife_ was interesting as far as learning more about Hemingway and the time period, but I thought the writing was a bit flat – I never did feel I understood Hemingway or Hadley any better for reading the book, and maybe even left more confused. THG, was a bit predictable, but definitely kept the reader’s interest.


  58. Laura F on August 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Hunger Games for sure, and as a golden retriever lover, I would recommend “The Art of Racing in the Rain”….its great! Also, got myself a Diamencel foot rasp. Love it…thanks for the suggestion.


  59. Laura Dembowski on August 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Those macro pics are great! If you like Rue LaLa try Gilt. It’s my favorite sample sale site. They have clothes, housewares, even food. And they’re really nice whenever I have a question.


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