August Favorites

August Favorites 2017 -

Whew August was wonderful, and this post is about to be full of my August favorites! Being my birthday month, August is always one to look forward to, even though it marks the endish of summer. Not only did I have many favorite things, but I also had a blast making memories. Whether it was spending the weekends at the lake with family and friends, working and hauling cows from sunup to sundown, or hanging out with the family and “old peeps”, August brought me so much to be thankful for.

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August Favorites

Favorite Book

‘Twas another good month for reading. My favorites from August had to be The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick Backman. I can’t seem to recall how I came across The Perfume Collector, but I am so glad I did. Like other books I have appreciated lately it jumped back and forth between characters and time periods. As someone who rarely wears perfume, I found it fascinating and even felt to go check out a fragrance counter asap.

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro courtesy of Amazon - Hot Reads Part 3 / What I am Reading -

Britt-Marie Was Here is a story about a woman who finds herself amid a separation from her husband after many years needing some form of work. After being a homemaker for most of her life paired with a declining economy, she was having difficulty finding employment. That is until she took a position that wasn’t necessarily going to be a paid one, in a less than fortunate community and with little hope of long term opportunity. Nonetheless, it was inspiring watching Britt-Marie make the best of the job, her distaste of soccer and her unease.

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman courtesy of Amazon - 8 Books to Read This Summer -

If you have read any other Backman works, you’ll appreciate how his writing is upfront and a bit dry, yet at the same time so colorful. I’d highly recommend this read. It may not be the easiest to get into at first, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded.

Favorite TV Show

I know, I know. I’m showing up real late to the show with my appreciation of Duck Dynasty. But seriously. Funny and wholesome is hard to find on television these days. Thankfully, the show still runs on other channels so it’s not impossible to find it on. I’m not on Netflix these days, but do y’all know if it’s on there?

Speaking of Netflix, coming shortly, I expect to be on there more often. Any recommendations?

Favorite Instagram

If you ever wonder how I find some of the books I read, I’m going to share right now. Instagram. There are countless accounts of people who post nothing but books! How wonderful, right? I am constantly getting lost in their

Here are my two favorite accounts:

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The Lonely City by Olivia Laing showed up on my doorstep in an incredible package from @picador the other day and this book is calling to me in so many ways. . With a subtitle like Adventures in The Art of Being Alone, a cover as pretty as this one, and a blurb from my fave Hanya Yanagihara on the cover, how could it not catch my eye? "A dazzling work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness, told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip To Echo Spring". . It came out last year and was named one of the best books of the year. I can't wait to pick this one up soon! . .

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Favorite Restaurant

Stella! I have always loved this place in Southtown San Antonio. And for my birthday we visited Stella. Everything was absolutely fantastic (..except the Peach Cobbler, avoid that).

Favorite Amazon Buy

My love/fascination with cookbooks continues to grow. This month, I’m testing out Bread Illustrated by the Editors at America’s Test Kitchen. Other than cornbread, I have close to zero experience making bread from scratch. I’m looking forward to sharing the results of my experimentation!

Bread Illustrated by America's Test Kitchen - August Favorites 2017 -

Favorite Meals Cooked

  • Oven Baked Chicken Parmesan – easy enough to make during the week. So glad I found this during a random Google search.
  • Chicken Enchiladas Verde — I kind of made it up, but will be posting shortly.
  • Apple Pie – do you and your loved ones a favor and make this
  • Brownies – the best I have ever made. Stay tuned!

Beef Stir Fry - Weeknight Dinners -

Favorite Picture Taken

Birthday Fun / Turning Twenty-seven -

Favorite Post(s)

August was a good month for the blog. I accomplished my goal of at least nine posts for the month and am looking forward to all that September will bring me.

What were your favorites from the month of August?

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August Favorites 2017 -

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  1. A cookbook dedicated solely to making bread? Yes please! And thank you for sharing those book Instagram accounts. I don’t know why, but I never thought to check for that type of account before.

  2. Duck Dynasty is such a funny show. I used to watch it back when it first came out. You’re making me want to make an apple pie this weekend now, too!

  3. I’ll have to look into some of these books! I’m currently reading The Perfect Stranger. It’s really good so far! That peach cobbler sounds amazing! I enjoy watching Duck Dynasty as well.

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