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Five Favorites Friday... wanting what I have edition...

Friday, February 19, 2010

"It's not having what you want it's wanting what you have...."
We've all heard this quote, and I'm sure most of us believe in the truth of it.... it's easier said then done...

Every week when I do this post I find things out in the world I'd love to have... but don't... bloggers I'd love to be friends with... but aren't... and ideas I'd like to try, but won't. (not enough time, money or talent... or all three...) So this week and from time to time I will try to focus on what "I have"....

1) Bloggy Friends: These are actual friends... people I know in real life and am thrilled to know they are bloggy too!...If you drop by...tell them Rebecca sent ya!

Living Out Love - Take 2 ... Sunny is everything her name implies... I love her and her sweet spirit... she has three energetic, and wonderful kiddos... she is "in the thick of" parenting right now and it's fun to see this through her eyes... She truly loves the Lord and I long to be just a little more like her... She has a lot to teach and I have a lot to learn...
Mi Casita Mi Escuelita.... Mom2xamj... (do you use your name on here?)... is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. She has a double dose of grace in her... she has a gentle and fiery spirit at the same time...(and that's tricky...) and if she ever figures out how cool she really is the world will be in trouble... I don't get to spend as much time with her as I'd like, (even though she only lives 2 miles from me...), but it has been fun reconnecting here in "blog land"...
Snakes, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails...Karen is a new friend... we met months ago, but just really started to get to know each other last night at a homeschool "mom's night out" dinner... As soon as I found out she's a blogger (and "good" hamburger lover...) a bond was formed...  she has been doing this much longer then I and even though she isn't currently doing much blogging, (give her a break... she is a pregnant, homeschooling mother of three little boys who babysits two other little ones full-time... it's a wonder she has time to breathe...) I can't wait to get to know her better...

2) Cookbooks:
First a newer one...

The Pioneer Woman Cooks... I have been following her blog since a friend told me about her.. she is funny, endearing and a fabulous cook... There are days when her onion strings are required eating....

Now for one I've had awhile...
Quick Vegetarian Pleasures... I got this cookbook years ago when I was having a hard time getting the girlies to eat any meat... the thought was that if I had good vegetarian recipes I could just add meat to the Axeman's and mine... There are some really good, simple recipes in here, but what this book contains is my top secret Chocolate Cake Recipe... (shhh.... don't tell) Actually, tomorrow's blog is all about this secret recipe... so the "cakes" out of the bag anyhow...

3) Winter Comfort:
I love my Newari wool mittens....
Mine look more like the ones on top,
 but it's not a great photo, so I included both...

I got mine about 14 years ago at a little shop in downtown Bozeman, Montana, but Ive seen them at Cabelas and other such places in the past... They are soft, warm and clearly stand the test of time... Plus they are kinda cute in their own humble way...
These are made in Nepal for Icelandic Designs... they don't appear to have mittens on their site, but when I did a google search I found lots of them...

4) Book Club:
What happens in book club...

stays in book club... only because I'm pretty sure most of the world wouldn't care... About four months ago the friend on the left posted on facebook that she wanted to start a book club... it took me about 3 seconds to join... There are supposedly more members, but it's usually just the three of us... and it's always a treat...
So far we've read....

         I didn't like this top one... and I chose it... of course...                        
I, of course, loved re-visiting the other one...  
Now we are reading this one....

I read it several years ago,
and I forgot how beautifully sad it is....

5) Kitchen Luxury:
I have two "luxury" (at least I think so) tools for the kitchen.... Two things I use every week and truly believe have made me a better cook.

First there is this.....
The KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer...
I've had mine for 12 years now, and I'm not sure I could cook without it....

and this one...

The Le Creuset 6.75 Quart Oval French Oven
I got a deal on mine at TJ Maxx in Vermont...
It was $180... (normally they cost about $365.)
I immediately put it on Layaway and went home to discuss it with the Axeman...
But if there is one thing Axeman everywhere understand...
It's the need for good "cast iron"....

So, that's it... my favorites this week.... suddenly I feel pretty fortunate...

I'm linked up.....

Friday Follow
I just found this great event... Friday Follow... for those those of you not aware of the event, here's how it works: Friday Follow is a celebration of Followers. To follow more great blos and be followed!


To participate: Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. You only need to add your link on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops. Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots. Then follow as many blogs as you'd like. Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow. And follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow. Sounds simple enough, huh? Then let the party begin!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Thanks for listening,


  1. Allô, allô, you had me with Le Creuset Oven. That cookware is the best! But hard on the arms and difficult to wash. I dont use mine as much anymore. I will put it aside for my daughters. They can fight over it when I'm gone LOL. That was a cute post on things that you have instead of always wanting what you dont have. Very inspirational!

  2. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great Friday!!! :)

  3. Hey,
    I'm a follower from Friday Follow now! You're on SITS too! Cool! Me too! Great blog, very cute. Oh and Ih ave the KitchenAid and LOVE it, would like a Le Cruset someday.


  4. Hello! I found your blog through Friday Follow- and I'm so glad I did! Hope lot's of new people find you as well!

    I'm your newest follower- I'd love if you'd come check out my blog!

    Shannon at:http://www.milkandcuddles.com/

  5. shoot, girl, you make me blush :)

    you want to be a little like me? like short and asian?

    just kidding.

    thanks for the plug. love ya, sista!

  6. Thanks for finding me through Friday Follow! I am following you too!

  7. Your daughters are beautiful!
    Following you back! Thanks so much for stopping by http://raisingmy4sons.com

  8. Happy "Friday Follow"!! I'm your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me!

    Have a great weekend :)
    ~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

  9. Following back from Friday Follow. Great mixer!

  10. It's great to meet you, Rebecca! This is my first Friday Follow and I'm so excited! Thanks for following me as well. By the way, I love your posts and your blog title; you are one funny lady! ;)

    Have a beautiful day,

  11. I would love to join a book club. I would have an excuse to read more.

    Thank you for coming by and following.

  12. Thanks for finding me through Friday Follow.
    I'm following you now and I'm glad to meet you :)

  13. ohhhh.... I love the Pioneer Woman... love love love!!

  14. Hi there! I'm Friday following!

  15. Thanks for visiting my blog for Friday Follow.. I am now your newest follower!

  16. Thanks for following me @fulltime-mom.blogspot.com
    I am following you from the Friday Follow, look forward to checking out more of your blog!
    Happy Weekend!

  17. Hi there! I’m a new follower from Friday Follow. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Be sure to check out my giveaway for my followers! http://www.tiascomfyplace.com/2010/02/a-very-merry-unbirthday-to-you.html

  18. I am in LOVE with your blog! You and I are very similar...and I like that :)

    I love PW--isn't her cookbook amazing?! I just made the pancakes from it. Divine. I made the cinn rolls a couple of years ago. Todiefor. And from her site I made the chicken parm...YUM.

    Lovely Bones--awesome read. Loved that book.

    And you have a Le Crueset?! I am so jealous. I saw some at Marshall's...I may run over there tomorrow and snatch them up :)

    Thanks for the follow--I look forward to reading more of your blog!


  19. Following you back! Nice to meet you :-)

  20. Rebecca, Thanks! You are too kind.. I'm so glad I found you and Sunny here in "blog land".. you make blogging so much fun! I'm feeling better so we can probably go ahead and plan for a day to visit next week. Now hopefully when I'm able to quit my J O B we can find the time to really hang out, maybe even start and finish our bible study.. lol. Love you!

  21. This is such a great post. I have just been here for a few minutes and feel like I "know" you :)

    Great to find you through FF. I am your newest follower.

  22. Thanks for following me. I am now following you!

  23. I want a book club!!!!!
    Can I join yours???
    I REALLY want to read her lovely bones thanks for reminding me!

    I am now afollower and going to steal your button now

  24. Happy Friday Follow!
    Thanks for the follow, I am now your newest follower
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Thanks for reading my blog, I'm following you now too! Oh, and I LOVE that doll house you wrote about in the post below. It reminds me of being a kid :)

  26. Thanks for the follow - I'm following back! Looking forward to reading more :)

  27. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following you back.

  28. Thank you for stopping by my blog and following me. I'm following you now too!

  29. Stopping by from FF and following your blog :) Hope you have a great weekend!!


  30. Thanks for being a Friday Follower! I'm following you back.

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  32. Following your lovely blog on FF!

  33. Thx for stopping by...following ya back! I love a good Jane Austen book too. How is Lovely Bones? I've been thinking about reading it

  34. I LOVE the pioneer womans blog and cookbook...and her onion rings make everything better...

    returning the follow Thanks for stopping by!

  35. Stopping by from Friday Follow and SITS returning the follow .

    Hope you have a great weekend

  36. Returning the Friday Follow!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :-)

    Nicole @ My Real Review

  37. Following you from the Friday Follow!


  38. Thanks for the follow. Am following you too now.
    Couldn't live w/o my KitchenAid. Well, maybe I could, but wouldn't want to bake anymore.
    Sames goes for TJMaxx. I don't have any Creuset, but nearly every accessory came from TJM - and, they're right around the corner from my house. Dangerous!

  39. Here from Friday Follow! Nice to meet you....love your blog design, I love owls:)


  40. Hi there. Thanks for following Windmills and Tulips. Following you back too.

    God bless you.

  41. Good golly Miss Molly!! I don't know how I lived withOUT my Kitchen Aid!! I pink puffy heart that appliance! I was eyeballing a Le Creuset at TJ Maxx yesterday, but couldn't choke down the price. I'll have to see if they have layaway there. That way, it won't be so painful on the wallet! lol

    Thanks for the follow! I'm a new follower for you too!

  42. Those are great favorites!

    I'm following you from Friday Follow!

  43. Thanks for the follow -- I drool over the kitchenaid mixers and am craving one in a funky color!! :)

  44. Hi there! Thanks for joining the Blog Hop. I'm following you now. Love your blog. I'll be back later to read more.

    Happy Follow Friday!



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