Welcome to another Friday Feels where I share what I’m “feeling” this week. This post may contain affiliate links.
So this week I’m throwing together a bunch of random stuff, (as usual) although a good book and a yummy appetizer has the makings of a perfect afternoon for me. I’m using the term recipe here loosely because you basically need to open jars and slice bread. Which is why I’m not dedicating an entire post to it, but this appetizer saved me a time or two this summer. It’s something I like to keep all the ingredients on hand for when we have last minute guests (which tends to happen at a lake house when the weather is nice!)
You need just 3 things for this Goat Cheese Arrabbiata Dip – goat cheese (choose a creamy version, like Chèvre), a jar of Arrabbiata sauce (you could make your own, but this is supposed to be easy!) and a baguette.
Step 1 – Slice the baguette thinly and broil it in the oven for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
Step 2 – Spread goat cheese in the bottom of a baking dish (I like to use a cute skillet) pour sauce over top and bake at 400 until bubbly and warm. Top with chopped herbs if you want to be fancy.
Step 3 – Try not to double dip, it’s so good! The creamy goat cheese, spicy sauce and crunchy bread is perfection.
Now that you have an easy appetizer how about some good books to go along with it? I absolutely love to read, and it’s a total stress reliever for me. My mom took me to the library once a week when I was a little girl and the habit has stuck with me, and now my kids too.
A few favorites I’ve read lately –
A Man Called Ove: A Novel – My cousin Betsy recommended this book to me and I loved it. It’s about a cranky old man named Ove. Which I’ll admit doesn’t sound like a page turner, but it’s the type of book where you miss the characters when they are gone. Also if you don’t cry at the end you basically have a grinch heart.
Beartown: A Novel – This was written by the same author as A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman. It’s about a Hockey team, which it took me a minute to get into it, but again the characters he writes are so heartbreaking and endearing.
Little Fires Everywhere – Ok this one I haven’t read yet, but my mom is halfway through and she put it on my must read list. She rarely steers me wrong when it comes to books, so I’m anxiously awaiting her to be done with it. So grab your own copy and we can read it together.
Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) – this book has been a great parenting resource for me lately. I read it a few years back, but it’s been super helpful now that we are navigating the tricky tween stage with my head strong daughter. It’s all about teaching your kids responsibility and letting kids feel the consequences of the choices they make.
Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption – This is a book that our pastor Jeff Manion wrote. We went through a whole sermon series last year when we read it. It’s a great book about contentment and being happy where you are at. Jeff is also going through an awesome sermon series called Choosing Joy Under Pressure right now, which with all that’s going on in the world, could not come at better time. You can listen online here.
Hope you all have a great weekend!