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Friday’s Fave 5

Welcome to Friday’s Fave 5!

I had fun looking over the pictures I took this week

I’m surrounded by so much beauty that it is hard to choose which ones to share.

But here are some of my favourite moments from this week.

1. November can be a grey and rainy month here on the Island. But this year we have had quite a few days of sun. I am particularly thankful for the morning light that steals in through the kitchen windows. What a cheery start to a new day!

2. October’s glory is past and the leaves have fallen to the ground. Beauty is still here although more subtle and hidden. A bright orange burning bush berry against a blue sky:

The golden light of evening reflected on an acorn cap:

3. We are enjoying simple suppers this week ~ rustic roasted vegetables ~ sweet potatoes, carrots, golden Yukons, turnip and parsnip. So simple. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with parsley, sea salt and freshly ground pepper and slide in the oven beside chicken or a pork roast. Oh my …

And of course colder weather means the occasional old-fashioned, comforting dessert.

I almost hesitate to give you this recipe – it’s too simple – and I don’t want to feel responsible for diet downfalls.

Oh well, proceed at your own risk 🙂

5 Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug – Don’t forget to add the chocolate chips. I tried it twice, adding the chips the second time, and that made all the difference. Top with vanilla ice-cream… sweet, rich, chocolatey goodness.

4. Our home is surrounded by tall, dark spruce trees. I love to stand out beneath them and listen to the sound of the wind rushing through the branches. If you close your eyes, you can imagine that you are standing on the shore listening to the waves.

5. Or, since I live on an Island, I can just go the beach and listen to the waves for real. And smell the tang of salty air, and hear the cry of the gulls, and watch the sun sparkle like myriads of diamonds dancing on the water.

Some people thrive in the bustle of city life, some beneath the wide-open prairie sky,

Others flourish by towering mountains and others deep in the majestic Redwood forests,

but Islanders thrive by the sea.

I hesitate to say we need the sea because all we need is found in Him, right?

But oh, we praise Him best here.

Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth,

you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,

you islands, and all who live in them.

Is 42:10

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

PS

For more Friday’s Fave 5, go join the fun at Suzanne’s!

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23 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave 5

  1. Well, I tried it, and it was good! And you don’t have to feel guilty about my diet either – now that it’s just my hubby and me, I don’t like to bake a whole big cake, but we can split this little one and it’s just right. We had it with a little whipped cream.

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  2. Lorna says:

    Kathie – Again, thanks for giving me my "home" fix … I look forward to your blog and I LOVE the pictures. I look at them, take a deep breath and just enjoy!!! :>) Love you.

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  3. Beautiful posts the past few days. What a blue ski! The view from your kitchen is such a lovely, comforting sight. And I really enjoyed your post concerning Veterans Day. Thank you again for sharing with us.

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  4. Islandsparrow says:

    Thanks for all your lovely comments girls.Kelli – give the cake a try – it’s a cinch!Glad you like the photos Suzanne – yes the morning sunlight in the kitchen s one of my favourite subjectsThanks Teresa and Ellen!Kim you’re very creative with the cake recipe – it is a bit on the heavy side – I think it’s more like a baked pudding rather than cake. The coffee sounds like a nice variation. Yes try it with ice-cream. It’s yummy.Susan I’ve never been to the desert but my friend Rinda has been in Arizona and tells me that it is very beautiful. Someday I’d like to go there. Silvana, I spent some time studying in Switzerland and I especially loved the mountains.Willow – I’m with you – nothing soothes me quite like the sound of the sea.Jody – thanks for your kind comments on my photos – i really enjoy taking them. You were wondering about the object on the beach – it’s a wooden lobster trap that washed ashore.

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  5. What creative, gorgeous photos.Love the comfort foods you featured too. My favs.And I can’t wait to try the cake in a mug.What’s the last picture? Is it an old boat or a trap or something?Jody

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  6. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures. I love the effects of the sun/shadows. Being from the Midwest, I’m not quite so attached to the sea, but have come to appreciate its majestic beauty. I guess its the mountains that really make my heart sing.

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  7. Oh, I always love your Friday Five– all of it! I grew up on the Oregon coast, and my mom was a beach lover, so we spend a lot of time there. And Mike and I lived their with our children for six years. We spent a lot of time at the beach. We all love it and miss it. It seems really to be in the blood of my family, so I know what you mean. I do love the high desert, too, though, and the mountains, but when I go to the beach, I just feel at home.Mmmm, that chocolate cake!Your photos are always so nice, Kathie.Susan

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  8. I made the ‘cup’ cake for lunch.I added ½ t instant coffee and 2 T Chocolate chips to ours. I placed the saucer on top of the mug and inverted it and it came out in one piece. Once cooled, I sliced it into 4 pieces. I also melted 2 T of chocolate chips in the microwave with a little half and half to make a ganache. The cake is sort of heavy—like a brownie—but it has good flavor and isn’t too sweet. It would be good with some ice cream, too.

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  9. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures. I love the effects of the sun/shadows. Being from the Midwest, I’m not quite so attached to the sea, but have come to appreciate its majestic beauty. I guess its the mountains that really make my heart sing.

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  10. Oh, I always love your Friday Five– all of it! I grew up on the Oregon coast, and my mom was a beach lover, so we spend a lot of time there. And Mike and I lived their with our children for six years. We spent a lot of time at the beach. We all love it and miss it. It seems really to be in the blood of my family, so I know what you mean. I do love the high desert, too, though, and the mountains, but when I go to the beach, I just feel at home.Mmmm, that chocolate cake!Your photos are always so nice, Kathie.Susan

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