Short Week Favorites…

When the ole girl parties downtown on Thursday night her Friday post comes late to the table! Never-the-less the party must go on…

Thank you to Susanne for reminding us to take a look back and see the favorites that came our way since last Friday.

1. My number one favorite was spending Dear’s birthday with our son Josh in downtown Seattle. We met Josh at a Park n Ride and then drove together to Seattle. We had dinner at the Wild Ginger Restaurant and then headed to Qwest field for the Seattle Sounders F.C. game against Real Salt Lake. It was fun spending the evening with our first-born. On Saturday we are going to have a family birthday celebration with Josh, Laura, and Katie.


It’s truly a blessing from God for me to be married to this man!

2. I got 2 new books in the mail this week. So for my #2 favorite I wanted to share my friend Sandy Coughlin’s new book with you. Sandy is a blogger at the Reluctant Entertainer and she’s had a book published about simple and gracious hospitality. It is well written with great ideas on entertaining that won’t break your budget. There are lots of recipes in the book, too. This would make a creative Bridal Shower gift! I ordered my copy from Amazon but you can click over to her blog and order it there, too. She’ll also sign a copy if you order it from her. You won’t be disappointed with the reluctant entertainerevery woman’s guide to simple and gracious hospitality

3. Speaking of books, I also ordered the new book in the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert, The Tale of Oat Cake Crag. I really enjoy these mysteries surrounding Hill Top Farm. I’m looking forward to reading this new book.

4. I bought some granola that was good for you but didn’t taste good to me so I came up with a cookie recipe using it. It’s fabulous in the cookies. I’ll share the recipe later this month on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. I’m calling them Granola Chews.

5. And last but not least I’m still savoring and remembering with contentment and joy my 3 days in Canada with these Mennonite Girls that cook!


So what have you been up to and what are some of your favorites?

Have a great weekend and NEVER FORGET!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

22 thoughts on “Short Week Favorites…

  1. As the week ends I look back on a lot of work, a little reading and the good news that my oldest grandson has had his surgery and is delighted to say ‘Me hear!’ on hearing the sounds all around him in the hospital. He hadn’t heard for quiet some time.
    I’ve done the same thing with unexceptional granola, and it makes exceptionally good cookies! Really good granola sometimes doesn’t even make it to the breakfast bowl, but gets eaten by the handful.

  2. I’m baking cookies too Ellen!

    Happy birthday to your first born – mine had one the end of August and Sarah’s is coming up next week – Andrew turned 30 and Sarah turned 20 – who could believe it! Aren’t I too young to have kids that old???

    You really had a wonderful time with the MGs. I enjoyed every post about your “summit”!

    have a great weekend!

  3. Happy Birthday to Mr. B!

    What a wonderful week you have had.

    My favorite was taking time to spend with my little family yesterday at the Health Food Store – lots of samples yesterday! πŸ™‚

  4. You week shines in your FFF.

    Oh, yum those cookies look soooooo good. I guess I should stop reading and go and make something to eat, it is 5:50 here.

    the reluctant entertainer sounds like a great book I’ll check it out thanks.

  5. Both books on your faves sound wonderful. Ah… Miss Potter. Now I think I should have dropped by her home in the Lake District when I was there. Well, next time. Happy weekend, Ellen.

  6. I must say, those cookies look scrumptious!

    Did you wave at me when you were in Canada? Where were you?

    Thanks for the link to the Reluctant Entertainer…..looks like an interesting blog!

  7. Are those the Mennonite cooking girls? I love them! I’m thinking about taking the time to just work through some of the recipes on that blog (after I lose the last 10 lbs).

    That book on hospitality sounds really good, I’ll have to look for that. I love doing a good job at hospitality.

  8. I’m back from my retreat (deep in the woods), so I had to come by …

    What a great picture of your son and your husband! Happy birthday to your son and so glad you could celebrate with him in person.

    Both books sound great – I’ll have to check them out.

    The cookies look delish – love the plate you have them (of course!).

  9. Thanks for the book reviews, I just may have to order them as well. Amazon one click can be a dangerous thing!

    Looking forward to your granola chews recipe. It’s so creative that you were able to use the granola in a tasty way.

    Celebrating with family members is a fav thing for me too.

  10. Haha does that make the cookies good for you??

    Too bad her book says “for women” or I’d get a copy for my hubby. In Biblical terms…..he’s Martha I’m Mary. If I’m the only one home be prepared to fetch yourself a drink….but oh will we chat!!!!!!!!

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