Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday Favorites from Velvet & Linen, The View from the Great Island, Splenderosa, and More

Good morning! I hope that your week has gone well and that you are finally seeing a little sun. We have had a little sun, a little cold and a lot of rain, all in all not bad weather for April.

What are your plans for the weekend? I have been to the garden center and although it seems a little early I am going to start my container gardens, if you need a few ideas I posted some inspiration this week (HERE). Aside from that a good book is on my agenda.

The View From the Great Island

Rhubarb is a very popular to cook and ale with in the Spring, although I have never made anything with it I am inspired to now that I saw this post for  Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler  from The View from the Great Island. Doesn't this look scrumptious?

Vanilla Bean Panna-Cotta with Strawberry Rhubarb Topping

Panna Cotta is one of my all time favorite desserts to make and eat simply because it is so easy to make and versatile. The sweet creamy  base can be topped with anything and it just makes it all the more special. This Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Rhubarb.

Image from Velvet and Linen Blog Photo by Lisa Romerein

Exciting news in blog land, Brook and Steve of Velvet and Linen are putting the finishing touches on their new book Patina Farm. They are so talented it will be a pleasure to see a book chronicling the dream house they designed and built with love!

Image from Kristy Woosdon Harvey

Also, Kristy Woodson Harvey of Design Chic is counting the days until her first book Dear Carolina is released on May 5th. I have already had the pleasure of reading it and I will tell you about it at a later date. You can order a copy of the book online or you can click here so that you have it for your Spring and Summer.

I am a huge fan of Marsha from the blog Splenderosa and her series By Invitation Only and this week was one of my favorites because it was all about the Luxuries of Life. I think you will enjoy it if you check out the links. 

Backwards in High Heels

I do not know if you know this blog, but it has been a favorite of mine for sometime, Backward in High Heels, features the fabulous writing of Tania Kindersley and stunning photos of her horse, dog and the English countryside.

Did you discover anything interesting this week, any books, articles, recipes, movies or more? Please share your finds. 

Have a great weekend!


  1. such goodness elizabeth. that image from velvet & linen is otherworldly!!
    happy weekend!

  2. My parents grew rhubarb in the garden each year. I tended to find it not sweet enough.

  3. Hello Elizabeth,
    The rhubarb pudding looks delicious. I love the art work on the cover of Dear Carolina and will check it out when next in the book store. I am off to check out Backward in High Heels.
    A great post and wishing you a peaceful, joyful weekend

  4. Hi Elizabeth, You've given us so many wonderful options to explore here! The rhubarb creations certainly look fab....I often poach rhubarb with sultanas and then serve it with yoghurt and muesli. Simple but sugar.....the best start to the day!

    Happy gardening over the weekend. I'm getting into 'air-plants'....they're wonderful and look so architectural. I'm planning on mounting them on small grey painted timber mount boards and then displaying them in bulk on the side fence. Anyway, that's the plan....just have to find someone who can cut up the timber mount boards for me.

    Oh and I adore that image from Velvet & Linen....gorgeous soft reflection!

    Thanks for your lovely posts.




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