Penny's Passion: Five on Friday - June 9, 2023

Friday, June 9, 2023

Five on Friday - June 9, 2023

Whoop Whoop - it's Friday!  Let's hear it for the weekend!  First things first.  Here are my five for this week ~

1.  National Ice Tea Day    
Get ready friends - Saturday is National Iced Tea Day!  Celebrate by making a glass (or pitcher) of iced tea, sitting outside, and slowly sipping while reading a great book.  Doesn't that sound lovely?  I've loved iced tea for years, long before I became a hot tea lover.  This year my favorite iced tea flavor is watermelon mint (linked below).  What's your favorite flavor?

I love reading Erin Hilderbrand's books and she has a new one coming out on Tuesday titled The Five-Star Weekend.  Does that just sound like a perfect summer read!  Pre-order it now so you'll have it the day it releases.  Here's the summary ~
Hollis Shaw’s life seems picture-perfect. She’s the creator of the popular food blog Hungry with Hollis and is married to Matthew, a dreamy heart surgeon. But after she and Matthew get into a heated argument one snowy morning, he leaves for the airport and is killed in a car accident. The cracks in Hollis’s perfect life—her strained marriage and her complicated relationship with her daughter, Caroline—grow deeper.

So when Hollis hears about something called a “Five-Star Weekend”—one woman organizes a trip for her best friend from each phase of her life: her teenage years, her twenties, her thirties, and midlife—she decides to host her own Five-Star Weekend on Nantucket. But the weekend doesn’t turn out to be a joyful Hallmark movie.

The husband of Hollis’s childhood friend Tatum arranges for Hollis’s first love, Jack Finigan, to spend time with them, stirring up old feelings. Meanwhile, Tatum is forced to play nice with abrasive and elitist Dru-Ann, Hollis’s best friend from UNC Chapel Hill. Dru-Ann’s career as a prominent Chicago sports agent is on the line after her comments about a client’s mental health issues are misconstrued online. Brooke, Hollis’s friend from their thirties, has just discovered that her husband is having an inappropriate relationship with a woman at work. Again! And then there’s Gigi, a stranger to everyone (including Hollis) who reached out to Hollis through her blog. Gigi embodies an unusual grace and, as it happens, has many secrets.

The Five-Star Weekend is a surprising and captivating story about friendship, love, and self-discovery set on Nantucket. It will be a weekend like no other.

A friend of mine at work had on the cutest top the other day.  When I asked her where she got it, the answer was Amazon!  I immediately put one in my cart.  The fabric is perfect for summer and you could dress it up or wear it casually.  There is a cute little ruffle around the neckline and sleeves.  Adorable!  And it comes in a ton of colors!

4.  Do Something Good
School's out for summer and with that many families struggle to feed their children the meals they were eating at school.  Help out by donating to your local food pantry!  Here's a list of things you can add to your shopping cart and drop off at a food pantry ~

Peanut Butter
Juice Boxes
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Dried Herbs and Spices
Cooking Oils
Canned Chicken and Tuna

5.  This is me...

Have a fantastic weekend!  I'm attending a girls' weekend with some friends and I can't wait!  We're going to a bourbon festival tomorrow and even though I don't like bourbon, I'm sure I'll have a great time hanging out with my friends.  See you next week!


  1. I am drinking my iced tea as I read this (I had no idea it was national iced tea day but I'll celebrate that happily any day of the year). I can't wait to read Elin's new book.

  2. Ohh! I could have just drank an iced tea this afternoon in my garden.
    That top is so cute and does look perfect for the summer.