Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. A place to reflect, to pause, to slow down the busyness, the clamor of disappointments or stress and just look for the things that blessed us this week. Taking a moment to intentionally look for good things in our lives and be thankful for them gives us a better perspective in life and helps us to get through hard times because we've developed the habit when it was easy. Please join us as we develop a grateful heart.
1. Yet another lovely candle smell. Again from Bath and Body Works, this one is Warm Apple Pie. If you haven't guessed I tend to like the fall smells the best. So yummy smelling and I especially like it because it's not overpowering as a lot of Bath and Body Candles tend to be.
2. Annual Calgary road trip with friends. This has become a traditional summer thing with our good friends and we all always look forward to it. Hubby pops a big bucket of popcorn because our friend looooves his popcorn, we grab some coffees and hit the road. We don't always do the same thing everytime but the day usually involves a nice lunch somewhere, maybe some shopping, maybe a little neighborhood exploring or an attraction of some sort. But it's always fun and always relaxing and a great stress relief.
3. Relaxing couple of hours at the lake. Sunday afternoon was just gorgeous outside. Wouldn't you know after I packed all my tank tops away for the year that a day would still happen where I would need them. But at any rate we took advantage of the beautiful blue skies, warm air and sunshine, no wind and headed to the lake for a lovely Sunday afternoon.
4. Virtual reality travel. My son is a bit of a nerd and loves all the techy gadgets and bought himself a virtual reality headset. When he was home on the weekend he brought it with him and we enjoyed the Google earth travel. I picked Budapest, because my family history is in Hungary and I visited there once when I was 10 years old. How fun it was to zoom in on familar landmarks. I even tried to find my Grandma's street that she lived on when I was there so many years ago. I found the one street but could remember the intersecting street anymore and I no longer have her address as she's passed away a while back. But it was fun exploring different districts in Budapest. I also did a quick trip of my neighborhood which in all honesty was a tad bit weird because there I am in virtual reality going past my house with our cars parked in our drive.
5. Plum Dumplings (Silvas Gomboc). It's the time of year when the dark Italian Prune plums abound and that means Plum Dumplings. I grew up eating this wonderful Hungarian food and I finally learned how to make them a couple years ago. It's really supposed to be a type of dessert thing I think, but I eat them as a meal. They are so good. It's a potato dumpling that encases a prune plum which has a sugar/cinnamon mix where the seed was. After the plums balls are cookedby simmering in a pot of boiling water they are rolled in mixture of buttered, toasted fine bread crumbs and then baked. Sprinkled with a touch of icing sugar, and served with an ice cold glass of milk and it is heaven! I haven't perfected it quite yet, the dough part is always tricky for me to get just right, but they are still awesome and take me right back to childhood.
What were your favorite blessings from the week?