Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Fave Five #245



Can anyone believe it is into the middle of August already?  Wow, this summer is just disappearing way too quickly.  Which makes me glad that Friday's Fave Five is here to help me remember all those blessings that might otherwise just pass me by.  Please join the group as we look back our week and find 5 blessings, big or small.

1.  Farmer's Market.  I love the farmer's market.  The atmosphere, running into so many people I know, surrounded by locally grown fresh produce and products.  It's a lot of fun.  Too many times I forget to go but last weekend I made it and hubby came along which was an extra bonus.  There is nothing like buying local grown, fresh produce.  I mean take a look at this brocolli:


That is a floret, my readers, not a whole head!  One floret!  And it tasted sooo good.  We've had it in salad, on a veggie tray and there is still enough to roast.



I came out with quite a haul, spent every penny of cash I took almost to the dollar.  And this isn't even showing the big bag of potatoes or the corn or the sausage.  Yikes, I really went all out.  I lost my head as soon as got in the door.  LOL.  I already have big plans for creamy cauliflower soup, cabbage rolls, zucchini boats, sour cream cuke salad, and pan fried broccoli, baby potatoes with dill and butter, baby potatoes with parsley,etc., etc. etc.  I did buy 2 different honeys to try, a clover/alfalfa and a dandelion.  I've never had dandelion honey before.  It is delicious.  I'm going back for more!

2.  Surprise gift from my darling youngest.  Yesterday, on a smoking hot afternoon, she showed up bearing my new summer favorite from Starbucks.  An ice-cold, venti sized Lime Refresher.  I love this stuff and it was the perfect pick me up as I was wilting out in the heat.  Cold and refreshing and a touch of caffeine, it perked me right up!  Thanks, my sweet daughter!





3.  Daytime Reading Time.  Because it has been hot the last few days and the sun has come out from behind the clouds, I've been able to pull out the pool for the dayhome kids.  It's one of my favorite summertime activities.  They are happy to play in it for hours.  So I can sit in sun or shade, close by watching and reading, putting my feet up.  And yesterday drinking delicious drinks...See above #2. 

4.  Dental work finished.  After two root canals within 6 months and crowns for both, I am very happy to be away from tooth aches and dentist visits.  Sadly my bank account took a huge hit but my mouth finally feels good.  I will spare you a picture.  You're welcome.  :v)

5.  New bedding.  My bed skirt and pillow shams are years old and  I noticed in the last was one of the shams was starting to wear and show their age.  In June when we were at a mall in the big city, I got a great deal (50% off) on a new duvet cover at a quilt store.  I love the color and pattern and was excited for fall to come so I could use it.  When I noticed a few weeks ago that my sham was starting to bite the dust I went to that same quilt store here in my city, and found that they had matching shams and a skirt to that duvet cover I had purchased in June.  And it was 30% off.  And it goes with my other duvet covers too.  Triple blessing.  I'll have a freshened up look come this fall for my bedroom.

Care to share what your favorites were from this past week?





19 comments:

Willow said...

What a sweet daughter and what a sweet pressie!
I totally agree with you on the farmers market. There is nothing better than all those fresh fresh local veggies and fruits.

Hazel Ceej said...

It's wonderful to have tooth problems out of the way (reminds me of one summer I worked in a dental clinic); the bill is worth it though. Farmer's Market - how delightful! It's exactly what I was reading about this morning - a few people into city gardening. Happy Friday!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

What a sweet daughter. And that's some beautiful produce! It's always nice to be DONE with the dentist for a while...

Have a great week ahead, Susanne!

Faith said...

Your daughter is a doll!! and I love how you spliced the pic. Yay for daytime reading (I've been doing alot of that too!) and for good deals on bedding. I found a new summer quilt with matching shams earlier this summer and loved that the price was right! My husband is happy to have the lighter weight on our bed too for the warmer months. Don't ya just love sales? Have a wonderful weekend enjoying your fresh veggies!!

Barbara H. said...

I don't know why I have never tried a farmer's market, but that's a great idea. Sometimes produce looks so banged up in the store, I'd bet I'd find better stuff at a farmer's market.

It's neat when our kids think of thoughtful things like that.

The pool time sounds fun!

It's so nice to have dental work done, though ti does cost a mint. My youngest has wisdom teeth removal next week - we're both nervous.

Great deals on the bedding!

Gattina said...

That kind of work I would love too sitting at the swimming pool and watching playing kids, lol ! But if I think of you during rainy days you certainly earn these few days !

ellen b. said...

I love finding bargains like that! Your daughter is a beauty!
Have a great weekend...

Sandra said...

Goodness that broccoli is huge, yum.

Your daughter is beautiful and what a sweet gift for mom :)

Karen said...

I like your description of the kids playing in the pool and having time to put your feet up. That's what summer is about.

Your daughter is gorgeous. And such a sweetheart!

I love new bedding, too:)

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

I hear you about the crowns/root canals! I only had to do that to one tooth and it killed the bank account for the whole year!

I have been going to the local farm for a melon every few days. They are incredibly large...about 3x the size from the grocery store for the same price!

Your daughter is sweet!

Kathie said...

Such a sweet daughter! and the drink looks so delicious!

What a great haul from the Farmer's Market!Lots of healthy and delicious eating.

Pooltime = funtime for everyone



Snowbird said...

Oh WOW....you got me hooked with all that veg, and such wonderful ideas re how to eat it....now you'll simply HAVE to post on the meals you cooked. Creamy cauliflower soup would be a good starter for me!Yum.xxxx

Jerralea said...

Oh, I miss the days when my girls were little and we played outside in the pool every day ... I'd do that as often as possible with the dayhome kids if I were you.

I always want to go to the Farmer's Market but in my area it is always on a Thursday morning ... right during work. :(

I love getting new bedding! It changes the look of the room so drastically.

Nikkipolani said...

So lovely of you girl to bring just the right thing at the right time. And your haul from the farmer's market had me menu-planning... You've done really well with your purchases for the bedroom! I'm sure you are enjoying the refreshed room knowing that it did not cost a fortune!,

Susanne said...

Snowbird: the recipe for the cauliflower soup is right here:

http://susannesspace.blogspot.ca/2007/12/soup-tacular.html

Linda said...

I enjoy reading your friday fav's Susanne. So often they are the very things I love too! How great to find matching pieces. It's amazing how many years we have things like that without quite realizing just how old they are. It's fun to get new ones when they finally give up the ghost!
Have a lovely weekend!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Susanne, in answer to your question, Yes, Pearl is available in hard copy. You can visit https://www.createspace.com/4201462or
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482784505
to order it! Thanks!!

Brenda said...

I'm a big fan of farmers markets and fruit stands as well, they are so relaxing to shop at and you get so much healthy food. Makes me want to go this weekend!

Mrs. C (Paula) said...

Those fresh veggies look delicious! Nothing beats the taste of fresh produce. So glad your dental troubles are over. :)