So here I am two weeks in a row! Maybe I’ll make this a habit! Here are some of a few of my favorite things this week: (If you missed last week’s Friday Favorites, click here.)
Starbucks Pumpkin Scone
Last weekend my parents kept the kids on Saturday night so I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks breakfast on Sunday morning before church. I already decided on my pumpkin spice latte when my eye caught the pumpkin scone. I don’t know why but I always pictured scones as hard pastries. Guess I was wrong.
Oh. My. I can’t describe the goodness of this scone with what I assume is cream cheese frosting. It’s worth every single 295 pennies.
Of course I will warn you of two things. If you choose the pumpkin scone along with the pumpkin spice latte, you might want to plan to eat like a rabbit the rest of the day because I’m pretty sure the calorie load is enough for two meals. Second, be prepared for the sugar-and-caffeine rush that will have your body shaking and jittery.
I’m pretty sure that’s not healthy.
But everything in moderation, right?
I bought my first set of these mesh, drawstring produce bags to keep my garden pickings in the refrigerator. Last summer I went through so many plastic bags saving cucumbers, beans, peas, and peppers until I had time to can or enough for a canner load.
I wanted to be less wasteful, and these were absolutely perfect.
Their best feature is that they’re machine washable. I’ve accidentally dried them from time to time and they turned out fine, though I won’t make it a habit. You get 5 of them for $12, which is a pretty good value in my opinion. For what I use them for, they’ll pay for themselves in no time. (Have a gardener in your life? Great gift idea!)
Now that the garden is winding up, I’m planning to take them with me to the grocery store and use them instead of the plastic bags. It may not be a huge dent in our overall plastic usage, but every bit counts, right? (Next step: reusable grocery bags. Anyone have any suggestions?)
Lynn Austin Fiction Books
A few years ago I downloaded a Lynn Austin book, Gods and Kings, on kindle because it was free at the time. A part of a 5-part series, I was hooked. It’s not free anymore but totally worth the $5.99 on kindle.
This series goes through King Hezekiah’s life (from the Bible) using biblical facts but adding fiction surrounding their lives for a riveting story. It not only entertained, but it also helped me learn this account in the Bible. Highly recommend!
After I breezed through all 5 (thankfully my church library has them to check out), I decided to try her other series set in the Civil War period. The first of these books, Candle in the Darkness, IS FREE right now on kindle. I’ve never been a fan of Civil War fiction really, but this book absolutely captivated me. The second one in the series was just as good. Must-reads, I tell you. I’ll never look at the Civil War the same way again.
Yesterday I went to my local Christian bookstore, Heart and Soul, and snagged another Lynn Austin book I haven’t read: Return to Me in the Restoration Chronicles series. I can’t wait to dive into that one after I finish The Martian. Yes, as in the movie. (I plan to share my first experience of reading a book before the movie in an upcoming Behind the Blog email soon for my e-mail subscribers.)
I just saw these neat personalized Scripture cards on Facebook last night and I wanted to check them out. Many Bible teachers suggest placing our names in Scriptures with promises or commands to help us truly apprehend their meaning and application.
You can buy them in a pack of 50 or a pack of 20. These would make excellent gifts.
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