Penny's Passion: 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Five on Friday - October 18, 2019

Happy Friday!  For the last several weeks, I feel like I've been chasing my tail so today I'm taking a vacation day.  On the agenda are several me things and I can't wait to get started!  First up (right after I get this blog published) is a hot stone message.  Yes, I'm excited!  Then I'm going to do a little retail therapy.  So let's get this day going!  Here's my five ~

1.  National Mammography Day
Okay girl friends - have you had your annual mammogram?  If not, what are you waiting for!?!  Let today serve as a reminder to get your appointment scheduled and encourage all your friends to do the same.  Early detection saves lives.  Just do it!

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY – Third Friday in October

2.  Pumpkin Rolls from Trader Joe's
With pumpkin season in full force, now is the perfect time to indulge in some pumpkin rolls from Trader Joe's.  I'm going to have to make a trip to pick up this seasonal item because now that I've seen the picture they are all I can think about!  The package comes with five ready-for-the-oven rolls and pumpkin spice icing.  Can you imagine munching on these Thanksgiving morning.  Or Sunday.  I'm going to load up before they disappear.
Product in packaging - Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing
Were you one of the millions that read and loved Olive Kitteridge?  Well, guess what - Olive Again hit the stands this week and is waiting for you to pick up your copy.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.
                               

4.  Swing Dress from Walmart
Guys - Walmart is really bringing it this year with their Time and Tru items.  I've already added a few of their flats to my closet this year, but last week I ordered a couple swing dresses.  Love them!  This 3/4 sleeve swing dress can easily go from work to evening.  My favorite aspect is the pockets!  Oh wait, my favorite part might be the price - $12.96.  Get it quick because they are selling out fast.  Click HERE for yours.  To complete the outfit, I added a necklace from Amazon (HERE).


5.  Typical day...
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Thanks for popping in today.  Hope you have a great weekend.  I'm headed to Kansas City for a Halloween party and some fun with friends.  Next week I'll be sharing more of our Halloween decorations.  If you missed our three-tier stand all decorated for the holiday, you can catch it HERE.  See you next week!

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: Save Me the Plums

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Today I'm sharing a book review from a book I read while we were vacationing in Ireland - Save Me the Plums - My Gourmet Memoir.  Have you read it?

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Part of planning a vacation for me is making sure I have a couple good books loaded on my Kindle.  Sometimes I have an opportunity to read them and sometimes I don't.  I do know when we are travelling internationally I'll be sitting on a plane for several hours so the chances are pretty good that some of those hours will be spent reading.

I'll be honest, I've found that reading on the plane is one of my most favorite times to enjoy books.  Distractions are at a minimum.  Even when I've carved out a bit of time at home to read and I'm sitting in my favorite chair with a cup of tea in my hands, the laundry seems to call me or that pile of mail is in my peripheral vision.  But if I'm sitting on a plane, those distracts are nonexistent!

Save Me the Plums had shown up on some blogs I read and I thought it sounded like a good vacation book.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America’s oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone’s boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?
This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl’s leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media—the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.
Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.
A book about food and a magazine - two of my most favorite things!  How could it not make it to the top of my reading list!  And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  Ruth gave an honest and humble account of her rise, and eventually fall, from her Cinderella life.  Through the pages of the books she intertwines family favorite recipes such as her German Apple Pancakes and Spicy Chinese Noodles.

Several times in the book there were comments that were so profound.  I love when there are statements that make you truly stop and think.  Here's a few examples ~

"Luxury is best appreciated in small portions.  When it becomes routine it loses its allure."

"I'd learned an important lesson:  When something frightens me, it is definitely worth doing."

"Nothing feels as good as building a team and empowering people, watching them grow and thrive."

This is a book I would love to get in hardback and keep on my shelf.  I imagine it with post it notes on the recipes I want to try and eventually it would have stains and spills on the pages like my other favorite cookbooks.  And if Ruth Reichl is ever speaking in a 200 mile radius of St. Louis, I'll be figuring out a way to be in the audience!

Author Ruth Reichl

Add this one to your reading list.  It would also make a great gift for a food-loving friend.



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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - October 17, 2019

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Halloween Three-Tier Stand

Halloween is fast approaching and we are getting in the spirit around our house.  One of the new areas we decorated this year was our three-tier tray that sits in our kitchen window.  


It was fun picking out the pieces.  After several shopping adventures, it all came together.  Let's take a look ~








Most of the items came from Michael's and Kirkland's - two of my favorite places to shop! It seems  stores are starting to carry more and more Halloween decor.  Where are your favorite places to shop for Halloween decorations? 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Five on Friday - October 11, 2019

Happy Friday!  Fall has definitely arrived in our area this week with the leaves slowly starting to show their colors.  With the high temperatures this weekend being in the 60s, I'm looking forward to dragging out my fall clothes and boots.

Enjoy the five for today ~

1.  El Camino:  A Breaking Bad Movie
Were you a Breaking Bad fan?  It took me a few attempts, but it eventually grew on me and we were hooked.  Netflix is bringing us the next chapter in the form of a movie and it drops today.  El Camino  picks up as fugitive Jesse Pinkman attempts to outrun his past.  We will definitely be squeezing in watching this one sometime over the weekend!


2.  Treat Yo Self Day
Thanks to Parks and Rec, October 13 (this Sunday) will forever be known as Treat Yo Self Day.  What is one thing you would really like to treat yourself to?  A day of shopping?  Taking a bubble bath?  Grabbing lunch with a friend?  Heck, do them all!  Treat yo self!


3.  Pumpkin Spice Liquidless Diffuser
In the fall, I love the scent of pumpkin spice.  I was always reluctant to use an oil diffuser at work because I was afraid it would somehow get knocked over and spill oil everywhere.  I've found the most perfect solution at Pier1 - liquidless diffuser!  That's right, they are sticks you put in a little vase and the wonderful scent of crushed vanilla beans blended with cinnamon-spiced pumpkin puree and pure nutmeg, sweetened by brown sugar and warm cloves fill the air.  Just by using one stick, my office now has the essence of a crisp, fall day.  Makes me love going to work!  Need some in your life?  Click HERE to purchase.

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4.  The Giver of Stars: A Novel
Earlier this month, Jojo Moyes newest novel was released.  I absolutely loved her Me Before You trilogy and am excited to add this one to my TBR list.  Here's the synopsis from Amazon:
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
This book is already slated to become a motion picture, so if you like reading the book before seeing the movie you better get on it!


5.  My kind of National Day....
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Enjoy the fall weekend!  We'll be watching our beloved Cardinals take on the Washington Nationals tonight and tomorrow.  I'm also having a meeting with a couple to discuss their upcoming wedding.  Lots of fun stuff in the works!  Pop back in next week to see our Halloween decorations.  

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - October 10, 2019

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'll share what I'm thinking out loud about today and hope you link up your post below and do the same!

Fall began in late September and I was so busy doing my side hustle of wedding planning that I didn't really stop to let it soak in that the season was changing.  Officially fall began on September 23 and will go through December 21.  I've been listening to Rachel Hollis talk about finishing the last 90 days of the year strong, so I'm going to write down my fall goals in hopes to stay focused and intentional as the year winds down.


1.  Take a hike in the fall foliage
There are multiple great places to hike around the St. Louis area and I want to do just that this fall as the leaves are in full glory.

2.  Plan my birthday trip to Vegas
In November, my friend Linda and I will be boarding a plane and heading to Vegas.  Seeing Aerosmith has been a bucket list item for both of us and we will be crossing it off after this trip!  We'll be in Vegas for a couple days and I want to make the most of it - which will require a little planning.

3.  Go to an author event
Sitting in the audience while an author describes their journey to complete their latest creation is one of my favorite things to do.  Luckily, the St. Louis County Library host several authors every month.  I have my eye on one I'd like to attend and now all I need to do is read the book and attend the event.

4.  Switch my summer and winter clothes around
This task gets more daunting every year.  I always think I'm going to do a thorough job going through all my clothes and weed out the ones that I really don't need or will never wear again.  Then I get in a hurry and end up doing a rush job.  Wish me luck on getting this one done!

5.  Try a couple new recipes
It seems like I do more cooking when the weather gets cooler outside.  I've got literally mountains of recipes that I print or save from magazines that are doing me no good unless I would actually make them.  Could this be the fall that I try some?  I sure hope so!

6.  Get a new bed
The bed we have in our master bedroom I've had for 30 years - and hated it for 29.5 of them.  Why, oh why, we haven't replaced it before now I honestly don't know.  We've replaced the mattress a few times, but never the actual furniture bed.  It's time.  Way past time.

7.  Watch a Cardinals playoff game by the fire pit on our patio
This one was a little touch and go because the Cardinals kept us in suspense until the very last game of the regular season before capturing their playoff spot.  They've now made it to the NLCS and I have this vision of sitting on our back patio, fire in the fire pit and the lights we strung around twinkling, watching a Cardinals victory.

8.  Decorate my three-tier stand for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas
I am absolutely loving the three-tier stand I got for my birthday last year.  With three big holidays coming up, I want to adorn it with items for each one!  I've purchased a lot of Halloween things to go on it and I have a pretty good idea what I want to do for Thanksgiving.  Now I just need to make it happen.

9.  Do a volunteer project
It's been a while since I volunteered for a good cause.  With World Food Day coming up, I'm sure I'll be able to find someplace to volunteer.

10.  Have a gathering at my house
Hosting people at our house is truly one of my favorite things to do.  Fall is the perfect time to invite friends over and enjoy the season!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - October 9, 2019

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Five on Friday - October 4, 2019

Happy Friday friends!  I'm knee deep in wedding work today and am loving every minute of it.  Well, almost every minute!  My two friends are in town helping me, along with Eric.  We've had a busy couple of days and are excited to see it all come together today at the wedding.  You better believe you'll be seeing a couple posts on it later!

So on with my five for today ~

1.  Do Something Nice Day
Okay - I'm giving you a one-day notice, so get your ideas ready.  Tomorrow is Do Something Nice Day.  Ideally, it would be spectacular if we all did something nice everyday.  But it's also fun that we set aside a day to intentionally carry out at act of kindness.  Let's all think of some fun things to do and spread some smiles tomorrow by doing something nice for your neighbors, friends and family.  Heck, even throw in doing something nice for a stranger! 

NATIONAL DO SOMETHING NICE DAY – October 5

2.  Joker
Just in time for Halloween, the Joker movie is hitting the theaters.  I'll be honest, I'm not sure we will be seeing this one.  Movies like this tend to creep me out, but Eric loves them.  Since tomorrow is Do Something Nice Day, maybe I'll go with him to see it.  Here's the synopsis from Fandango:
Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

                           

3.  What Fun! Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar
I'm really not one to jump too far ahead on holidays, but this Christmas items is definitely worth mentioning.  Kroger is coming out with an adult version of the advent calendar.  For $80 you can put up this boozy What Fun! Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar that contains 24 mini bottles of wine from around the world.  The limited number of calendars come out on November 1, so if you're interested you better jump on it FAST!

Kroger's first-ever "Oh What Fun! Holiday Wine Countdown Calendar" goes on sale Nov. 1.

4.  Sparkling Pumpkin Spice
If you are all in for the pumpkin spice flavor, you might want to head over to Aldi's and check out their Sparkling Pumpkin Spice juice.  Hmmm - wonder how this would be?  They say it's a blend of grape and apple juices with a cinnamony edge.  Reviews have been positive, so it might be worth a try.  Have you tasted it?  Sounds like something that would be fun to sip around the firepit.

                              

5.  My idea of a marathon....

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Have a great weekend everyone!  I'll be recuperating from all the late nights getting ready for the wedding today.  Thank heavens for my friends help!  Pop in next week and see how it went.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Hey there!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  I'm thinking about a book I recently read and the experience of meeting the author.

Where the Crawdads Sing had been all the buzz around blog land for quite some time before it bubbled to the top of my reading list.  But as soon as I started reading it, I knew it wouldn't stay unread for long.  This was a real page turner for me!

Where the Crawdads Sing by [Owens, Delia]

In case you haven't heard about this book, here's the summary from Amazon:
For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.
Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
If you're thinking you've not read a book by Delia Owens before, there's a good reason for that.  This is her first fiction book.  It's so beautiful written, I had a hard time believing this was her first novel!  Delia's background as a wildlife scientist comes through in the way she eloquently describes the nature of the swamp.

On my recent trip to Kansas City, I had the opportunity to attend an author event sponsored by Rainy Day Books with Delia Owens.  Our book club, The Book Babes, had read this book as part of our book club and many of us were able to attend the author event together.  As she sat on the stage and talked about her work in Africa, living is Idaho and and life in general, you couldn't help but fall in love with her!


After speaking for about an hour and answering questions submitted by the audience, we had an opportunity to have our books signed.  The crowd numbered over 900, so the line needed to move along quickly.  The taking of photos was limited.  In true form for me, as I approach this celebrity my mouth became dry and I could barely utter a single word.  "Thanks for doing this" was all I could get out while she signed the 349384939 book of this tour.


If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it.  And if Delia Owens is coming to a town near you, get tickets!  You won't be disappointed.



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