New & Notable Mentions 2/4/23

This week in New & Notable Mentions…

In New & Notable Mentions 2/4/23, this is the graphic I made for the top

How To Create A Collected Valentine Tablescape

Coffee Table Decorating

Ann from On Sutton Place has some ideas for how to change up and decorate your coffee table.

Five Novels For Cold Dreary Days

How To Create A Pegboard Wall Display

Brooke at Start At Home Decor shows how to decorate a pegboard wall display.

How To Make Paper Napkin Roses For Valentine’s Day

Create a Valentine’s Pillow With Rosettes

How to make a Valentine's Day pillow with rosettes
An Organized Season

Top Rated Soup Recipes At Pinch Of Yum

How To Make Fabric Envelopes

These mini-fabric envelopes are created using pieces from a ten-inch pre-cut fabric pack, but you can also use any fabric scraps you have.

Easy DIY Anthropologie Mirror

A Valentine’s Cheese Board

Jo Anna at A Pretty Life came up with this Valentine’s Day Cheese Board. It is filled with cheese, chocolate, crackers, berries and fruit, dips and dipping jellies.

Cold Weather Favorite Foods At Healthy Recipes Blog

Beef Stew With Red Wine

Kathy at Lemon Blossoms made this hearty Beef Stew With Red Wine. It is made with chunks of beef chuck and vegetables stewed in a silky and rich red wine sauce.

And for the vegetarian…

Extra-Veggie Vegetarian Chili

Ali at Gimme Some Oven says this delicious vegetarian chili recipe is easy to make, full of rich flavor, and loaded with your choice of extra veggies.

How To Create An Easy Vintage Valentine’s Day Cloche Display

Glazed Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Cakes

Tieghan from Half-Baked Harvest says that this soft and fluffy lemon crumb cake is made with whole wheat flour, creamy rich ricotta cheese, and swirled with poppy seeds.

Each little cake is made even more special with a brown butter glaze.

Seventeen Paperbacks Coming Out This Month

Small World

Small World is a heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and finally reckon with their childhood.

A year after her divorce, Joyce is settling into being single again. She likes her job archiving family photos and videos, and she’s developed a secret comforting hobby: trolling the neighborhood social networking site, Small World, for posts that help solve life’s easiest problems.

When her older sister, Lydia, also divorced, calls to tell her she’s moving back east from Los Angeles after almost thirty years away, Joyce invites Lydia to move into her Cambridge apartment. Temporarily. Just until she finds a place of her own.

But their unlikely cohabitation—not helped by annoying new neighbors upstairs—turns out to be the post-divorce rebound relationship Joyce hadn’t planned on. Instead of forging the bond she always dreamed of having with Lydia, their relationship frays.

And they rarely discuss the loss of their sister, Eleanor, who was significantly disabled and died when she was only ten years old. When new revelations from their family’s history come to light, will those secrets further split them apart, or course correct their connection for the future?

Best Book Club Books For 2023

Those People Next Door

You can choose your house. Not your neighbors.

Salma Khatun is extremely hopeful about Blenheim, the safe suburban development to which she, her husband and their son have just moved. Their family is in desperate need of a fresh start, and Blenheim feels like the place to make that happen.

Not long after they move in, Salma spots her neighbour, Tom Hutton, ripping out the anti-racist banner she put in her front garden. She chooses not to confront Tom because she wants to fit in. It’s a small thing, really. No need to make a fuss. So Salma takes the banner inside and puts it in her window instead.

But the next morning she wakes up to find her window smeared with paint. This time she does confront Tom, and the battle lines between the two families are drawn. As things begin to escalate and the stakes become higher and higher, it’s clear that a reckoning is coming… And someone is going to get hurt.

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Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  1. That Valentine’s cheese board looks delicious, as does the lemon poppy seed bread! Really, all of the recipes looked good. The Valentine’s pillow with the rosettes was beautiful! Some of the books sound pretty interesting too. Thank you for finding all these things. Is your birthday coming up soon?

  2. Love the pillow with the rosettes – isn’t that so pretty! And the Valentine’s Day snack board looks yummy.

    Half Baked Harvest has so many good recipes. She’s always one of my trust go-to’s. I’ll have to check out the soup recipes from Pinch of Yum. Another good site.

  3. Loved the video on how to make paper napkin roses. Also the beef stew with red wine sounds so delicious.

  4. I clicked on the Valentine Cloche link and it was so fun because it was one post in a challenge series by different bloggers who were inspired by a Pinterest pin of a Valentine cloche and I checked them all out and now I’m inspired to create one too!

  5. Wow! Love this post, Brenda – so much information to take in. I want to make the beef stew with the red wine. I’ve never used wine in cooking, but I do enjoy a good beef stew or beef soup. YUM!
    I can assure you that I will read this post numerous times.

  6. I could eat the beef stew with the chili for dessert! Thanks for another great round up of good reads. Have a peaceful weekend.

  7. This post sure made me hungry! I saved the recipes from Gimme Some Oven and Half Baked Harvest! Thank you for such a comprehensive roundup!

  8. I enjoyed reading the blogger’s take on decorating a coffee table. I don’t mind spending hours arranging my books, candles and my various collections on bookshelves and putzing down to the last quarter inch, but when it comes to arranging items attractively on a coffee table, I’m never satisfied with the results. I think part of the problem is that I have too much stuff, and my tendency is to put it all out on display.

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