Friday Favorites

Another week gone by and I still find myself wandering to new parts of Tucson, discovering a hidden corner I want to meet. I’ve slowly begun the decorating process in our apartment, the first order of business…count the seconds until my new bed comes, so that I can really do some work in my own room.

The holiday season is among us, and it’s the happiest time of year, not to mention my favorite! I have to admit it almost doesn’t phase me that Thanksgiving is just right around the corner. I blame the scorching heat…I wonder do people who have always lived in warm weather get into the holiday spirit too? It’s easy to be cheery when you’re bundled in puffy coats and shoveling snow, but what about when you’re donning flip-flops and washing the dust off your car…hmmm it just means I’ll have to do my part to bring the East Coast seasonal time with me. Not only can I not wait to decorate, but this is serious baking time and I’ve been trying to decide on quick, hassle-free desserts to make for Thanksgiving since I’ll be getting into New Jersey pretty late the night before. I also can’t wait to experiment with some new cookie recipes for the The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, which raises money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

I couldn’t get enough of these delicious macaroons! Frogs Organic Bakery is probably by far one of my favorites. I mean you can’t expect anything less from 5 star French pastry chef, Jean-Luc Labat.

There comes a time when you need to take a break, enjoy a homemade Italian espresso and a Pistachio macaroon.

I still can’t get enough of the scenery. The Catalina Foothills are on my list of mountains and trails I want to hike.

There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup. When you have that urge for something warm, and you happen to have an onion, garlic, some carrots, celery, tomatoes, and other vegetables then you can do no wrong on a Sunday afternoon but to sit back and relax.

There are plenty of antique cars in the area, so happen to have this one parked next to me.

Arizona is known for its discolored terracotta pots, endless palm trees and of course their distinct cacti and shining sun…

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