Five Favorite Friday Links (Plus A Bonus)

Here are my top five (technically 6 with the bonus, but the title works so much better with five, don’t you think?) things I’ve read or bookmarked in the past couple of weeks- some are fun reads and some have something to teach, but all are inspiring:

1. Thanks to Gina from Home Joys, I was finally able to make picture-perfect bagels- those are actually mine in the photo!! I’ve actually made bagels numerous times and while they usually tasted ok, they were always flat and misshapen. Not with Gina’s recipe- her whole wheat bagels are the BEST I’ve ever tried and my family gobbled them up. I love it! (Update: I forgot to mention that I did NOT use the gluten that Gina states is optional. They obviously didn’t need it, either!)

2. Mama’s Laundry Talk wrote about how to get mildew out of clothes– or at least try. If I had known these tips earlier, maybe I wouldn’t have automatically thrown out the weeks-old swimsuits and towels from camp that had been stuffed under certain children’s beds…

3. Rachael showed how easy and inexpensive it is to make cool slide-out cabinet shelves over at Lovely Crafty Home. This is going on our kitchen-update-in-progress “to do” list for sure!

4. I’m cheering for Nony (A Slob Comes Clean)- not just that she organized her garage during our Spring Spruce Up series, but that she got the whole organizing thing and has worked to keep it organized even when the piles creep back in!

5. I’m loving the tips from Myra at The Casabella Project about creating gallery walls. I have something started in our hallway using black and white family pictures and vibrant kid’s artwork, but I’m thinking of adding some other things like she suggests!

And the bonus link I had to add:

6. If you’re a blogger, have you discovered Blogging with Amy? I love how she is so very accessible and writes in a way I can grasp (as in, waaaaay down on the techy scale…). This week she shared five ways to promote your blog or product with more ideas to come- she has about 40 total, so I’m really looking forward to reading more ways to get out there and be found!

I hope you have a great weekend- I’m doing something completely out of my comfort zone…I’m thinking I’ll take pictures and share it all with you, if I don’t embarrass myself too much!






  1. says

    Thanks for the link(s)! Your blog is looking gorgeous by the way, and I LOVE your new profile pic!

    Bagels seem scary, but I’m thinking I may need to try these!

  2. Dalley Family says

    Thanks for all the great Ideas! I’m pretty sure I “star” a majority or your posts in my google reader, especially “pantry basics!”
    Thanks so much

  3. Thoughts for the day says

    Cute picture I have been reading your blog for some time and it is nice to actually see who is writing it. Blessings to you, have a great weekend.

  4. Gina says

    Your bagels are beautiful! Thanks for sharing the link to my recipe!

    And thanks for all the other links, too. I love recommendation from “friends”. It helps maximize my time on the web and still find good reading!

  5. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Janet Marie- I used regular hard white whole wheat flour, which I’ve started using instead of the normal hard red whole wheat and I love it!

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