Five on Friday {Summer Days Driftin’ Away…}

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a great week. The summer is starting to feel like it’s over. Today the kids have their last day of summer camp. They are spending next week with the in-laws up in Ulster County while my husband and I work. Tomorrow, my daughter had requested we do some back-to-school shopping. Wish me luck! Here are five from this week:

1. Supper Club – Last weekend we hosted our monthly supper club. This month’s theme was Brazilian and I made this Brazilian Fish stew. It was pretty easy to make and very tasty. Although really, everything was delicious, as usual. It’s a lot of fun trying new cuisines to cook!

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2. Reading – This week I finished The Art of Racing in the Rain, which I had mentioned in last Friday’s post. I have started reading Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. It’s the sequel to Beartown, which I loved. Even though I just started this, I know I’m going to love it just as much.

3. Hudson Valley Food Hall – This food hall recently opened in Beacon, so of course we had to check it out. One of the dishes we enjoyed were these momos (Himalayan dumplings). It was a mixed bowl that included two chicken, two beef and two spinach and cheese. I will have a full post next week about this new eatery.

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4. Watching – So I’ve previously mentioned that I recently read The Bone Collector. I remember watching the movie YEARS ago, and decided that I needed to watch it again after reading the book. Well, the movie isn’t as good as I remembered! And I found it to be a lot different than the book. Lesson learned.

5. Cooking – It worked so well having my daughter pick a recipe and cook dinner one night a week, that this week I had my son take a turn. He chose this Bacon Mac and Cheese. I of course supervise and assist when needed, but it’s been great watching them gain cooking skills and take ownership of dinner. Too bad they aren’t around next week! I hope that we can keep this up during the school year, but we will have to see how busy their schedules get.

This week on the blog I shared my July 2019 Reads.

I also posted the show notes to Episode 4 of the NY Foodie Family Podcast.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!



  1. That fish stew looks amazing. I’m going to check out that recipe. And those dumplings! OMG! I adore dumpling so much and it’s been far too long since I’ve had some. And I want some really bad now! I saw The Bone Collector before I read the book, which is typically the way I prefer it because the movies are really as good as the books. I sometimes get downright irate when the movies differ horribly from the book. To the point, my friends are like chill, don’t cause a scene! LOL! I love so much that you’re having your kids take charge in the kitchen and learn how to cook. It always shocks me how few kids actually leave home knowing how to cook an actual meal that doesn’t involve heating pizza in an oven or a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese but a REAL meal. Have a great weekend! Good luck back-to-school shopping!

    • I grew up having to cook one meal a week, but I think I was in high school…..starting them early! LOL! Our entire family LOVES dumplings too. Hope you had a great weekend!

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