Marly McMillen photographs a stunning pink flower in the cool fall afternoon breeze.In most countries and in most jobs, Friday represents the last working day of the week. A cause for celebration. Think about it. People around the world are united in this thought right now at this moment, “TGIF!” Can I get an amen?

Whatever the reason, I think the idea of celebrating on Fridays is a great idea. I thought I would celebrate today by listing some of my favorite posts from the week. There are so many, but these are ones that really caught my attention.

  • SmithBites Creamy Tomato Soup: Debra really nailed it with this recipe for tomato soup. A wonderful way to celebrate the looming cold weather. This recipe is a wonderful vegetarian option and easy to make vegan by replacing the butter with dairy-free margarine and the milk with soymilk. Voila! Vegan Creamy Tomato Soup. But more than the recipes, Debra provides delightful stories and pictures as well.
  • An Opera Singer in the Kitchen’s Gingerbread Caramel Pear Upside Down Cake: That title says it all. This is one of those recipes with corresponding pictures that makes you want to jump through the computer screen to grab a bite. Noelle is always posting the most delicious looking recipes. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
  • NicoleB Photography: No recipe here, but I hope you’ll agree with me that the photography is truly inspiring. Nicole’s pictures of the oil spill cleanup in Kuwait are a stunning reminder of how important it is to be good stewards of this land.
  • The Witchy Kitchen Almost Vegan Ravioli:Β  Stella’s recipes seem like they ooze with tenderness and love. She’s genuinely concerned for the health of her readers and shares recipes that are healthy, easy-to-prepare, and tasty. What a powerful triumvirate!
  • Manifest Vegan’s Pumpkin Black Walnut Muffins: Allyson not only has a cool name, she shares awesome recipes too! Take, for example, these Pumpkin Black Walnut Muffins. It’s hard to imagine my weekend without these. I think you’ll agree!
  • La Mia Vita Dolce Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting: Grace is so sweet she’s got the website to prove it, Grace’s Sweet Life! We’re going to a friend’s house for dinner on Saturday evening and I think bringing a vegan version of this cake will make everyone so happy. I really like making everyone happy, especially when it comes to food.
  • Anecdotes and Apples Pistachio and Chocolate Rolls: I leave you all with a post from our friend Monet. She and her family has suffered a great tragedy recently. Her baby nephew, Ryan, nearly drowned in a swimming pool and reports came back this week indicating that he is left with extensive exterior brain damage. Ryan smiled to his parents for the first time after the accident this week. It reminded me of the time when I first saw my infant daughter smile. And I realize that a smile is so much more than moving muscles, it’s also a sign of hope. We’re so lucky to live in a day and age when medical science can do so much for so many. Our thoughts are with Monet and her family and Ryan’s medical team this weekend.

Today I’m thinking of a quote by Stephen Dunn from his poem Some Things I wanted to Say to You. “There are always the simple events of your life that you might try to convert into legend.”

What can you do today to convert the simplest moments of your life into legend?

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6 Responses to TGIF!

  1. What a sweet post! It made me smile. I am glad it is the weekend even if it IS busy for us. I think I try to live my day to the fullest. It is what I think will build a legacy. Thanks for the mention!

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning me, Marly. You have been such a source of encouragement during this hard time. Thank you for keeping baby Ryan and my family in your prayers. I’m working hard to craft stories that will touch people for years to come…this is my hope!

  3. Have I ever told you that you’re the best of the best, Marly?! Well, now I did…;)
    Hmm, I will try to be thankful this weekend. Legendarily thankful. I will also pray for Ryan…

  4. Sweet! And thanks for mentioning my blog!
    You know that in most parts of the Middle East the weekend is on Friday & Saturday?
    All people here say ‘TAIT’ πŸ˜‰

    Something sad though: 3 big oil carpets are hovering in the (Arabian) Gulf.
    One in front of Iraq, one Iraq and one is coming our way from Saudi.
    Do these countries do anything (like burning it off, which would work)? No, of course not πŸ™
    *rant over*

    Now, more coffee and later I’ll check out what Gems you’ve found πŸ™‚

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend!

    Btw. I love that flower shot, looks like peace and hope πŸ™‚

  5. AMEN! Great post.

  6. Thank you Marly! My heart goes out to Monet. Hoping and praying for Ryan’s speedy recovery, wonderful to hear he is smiling. Sounds like Monet has a very close and loving family this will help in such a difficult time.


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