New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22

This week on New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22…

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In New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22, a dining table set for Thanksgiving and lit with candles.

This gorgeous Thanksgiving table with the nature-inspired centerpiece.

7 foods that add flavor to a low-sodium diet.

A fall or Thanksgiving table set with dishes, flatware, and fall decor.

5 tips for styling a beautiful Thanksgiving table. (I love the shiny flatware.)

Planning on hosting some good friends for the holiday. Here are six Friendsgiving menu ideas for brunch.

In New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22, a moody living room decorated for fall.

An interesting fall living room. So cozy with the wood stacked and ready for the fireplace on a cool Thanksgiving evening.

A recipe for creamy scalloped sweet potatoes.

A recipe for creamy scalloped sweet potatoes.

In New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22, a recipe for chicken mango salad.

A recipe for chicken mango salad.

Slow cooker Greek chicken gyros recipe.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros Recipe

In New & Notable Mentions 11/5/22, a tutorial on making marbled Christmas ornament.

How to make beautiful marbled ornaments.

Upcycled craft storage

Upcycled cat food boxes for craft room storage.

The rising cost of living. How can we beat it?

How to choose the right dimensions for a coffee table.

The Lost Melody:

In “The Lost Melody”, when concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum.

The book "The Lost Melody"

The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

The longer she lingers in the deep shadows and forgotten towers at Hurstwell, the fuzzier the line between sanity and madness becomes. She hears music no one else does, receives strange missives with rose petals between the pages, and untangles far more than is safe for her to know.

But can she uncover the truth about the mysterious woman she seeks? And is there anyone at Hurstwell she can trust with her suspicions?

Signal Fires:

The novel “Signal Fires” opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes.

Each of their lives, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken.

On Division Street, time has moved on. When the Shenkmans arrive—a young couple expecting a baby boy—it is as if the accident never happened. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant, lonely son who marvels at the beauty of the world and has a native ability to find connections in everything, befriends Dr. Wilf, now retired and struggling with his wife’s decline, past events come hurtling back in ways no one could ever have foreseen.

In Dani Shapiro’s first work of fiction in fifteen years, she returns to the form that launched her career, with a riveting, deeply felt novel that examines the ties that bind families together—and the secrets that can break them apart. Signal Fires is a work of haunting beauty by a masterly storyteller.

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  1. All three of those recipes – the Greek chicken, the chicken mango salad, and the scalloped sweet potatoes – look really good. I’ll be checking them out and pinning for future use.

    Interesting article about saving money. Brian and I were just talking today how the price of literally everything has skyrocketed – food, utilities, property taxes, clothing, shoes, cars, gas, rent, etc. We were out running some errands today and stopped at DSW. I need a new pair of Skechers. There’s a particular style I like that and they still carried them. I was shocked to find they were now $75! I told Brian I just couldn’t do it and that I’d look around to see if I could find them at a lower price. I think they’re cheaper at Kohls.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Saved several recipes for the holidays…a quote to keep in mind every day…some interesting reading….thank you for all the ideas:) have a lovely weekend!

  3. wow, those scalloped seet potatoes look delicious! I might have to make those this year. Thank you got finding that recipe!

  4. The highly polished copper flatware grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. I think I might gift myself a Christmas present of copper.

  5. The Thanksgiving table with the pears is so pretty! With a plate of the scalloped potatoes, a perfect holiday for me. That book sounds like a good read.

  6. Looking at the beautiful lit candles on the Thanksgiving table arrangement – and then I thought of drunk uncles and some of my cray-cray cousins back in the day who would have tried to do the “pull the tablecloth off the table without moving any of the china” trick – OH MY! Sorry – sometimes I just can’t seem to help myself. I spent time looking at the cozy fall decorated living room, going through the photos at the website and some of the purchases (from last year, but maybe still be offered by Target this year). So happy because it has triggered some interesting ideas for how I intend to rearrange my own living room this year for Christmas. I’ve been pondering what I want to do in the room this year now that my giant former china hutch is gone and I have an entire blank wall. The information on how to pick the perfect size coffee table helped, too.

  7. Yum and Yum! The Mango Chicken Salad as definitely caught my attention. Definitely going to try it very, very soon.
    Interesting reads, as well.
    I hope you’re having a fabulous Saturday, Brenda.

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