Friday’s Fave Five

Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details, and you can visit Susanne to see the list of others’ favorites or to join in.

1. French green beans. I forgot to mention these last week, but one of the meals I had at a restaurant in Charleston came with these long, thin green-bean looking vegetables that had a crunch to them and were really good. They weren’t French-cut or julienned — they were whole, but thinner than regular green beans. I asked the waiter what they were, and he rattled off some French name I did not get (Funny, but the restaurant’s online menu I saw later listed them just as “thin green beans.” 🙂 ) Then when we got home, I saw a package of fresh “French beans” in the produce section of the grocery store that looked just like what I’d had. Searching online I saw multitudes of ways to prepare them, and tried sauteing them with a little canola oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and minced onion. They were so good. Jeremy, who is not a green bean fan, loved them, as did Jim. Jesse didn’t like the crunch, though.

2. My TomTom GPS. I got it for Christmas and had my first opportunity to use it yesterday. Most of my driving is within a square that encompasses home, church, school, and Jason and Mittu’s, with grocery stores and W-Mart in-between. But when I do need directions, this beats having to look at printed-out ones while driving or calling Jeremy up to look up online where I need to go.

3. Celebrate magazine, edited by Phyllis Hoffman, who is also the editor of a couple of my favorites, the revived Victoria magazine as well as Southern Lady (busy woman!). Lots of really neat ideas for holidays, themed parties, as well as everyday celebrations. (No, this is not a paid plug. 🙂 )

4. Taking the car to be worked on to four different places and only being out $46 so far. Jeremy ran over something in his car Sunday night and punctured his exhaust pipe. That’s not a favorite. We took it to our mechanics Monday morning: they don’t work on exhausts, but they recommended someone. We took it there, and it only cost $46 to fix. But they saw some other dented things under there they thought our regular mechanic should look at. He did and said those things were ok, but it looked like there was a transmission leak — but they don’t do transmissions. They didn’t charge us for their time and they recommended a transmission place which, it turned out, was owned by a family whose kids graduated from our Christian school. Evidently he just tightened a hose and didn’t charge us, but said a radiator hose was collapsed. So we took it back to our regular mechanics yesterday and they still have it. Don’t know what the charge for that will be, but it didn’t sound major, and they’re usually pretty reasonable.

5. A light week. I had planned to get a lot of stuff done this week — but it didn’t happen. A lot of tiredness at the beginning of the week, not feeling well a day or so, the aforementioned running around, and assorted other things left me not getting much done but the basics. But the good part of that is that it wasn’t a busy, pressured week with things I had to get done. So while I was disappointed on one hand, on the other hand it was a week I could afford it, time-wise.

I am also glad it didn’t snow here today, though the school kids were all disappointed. 🙂

19 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I love those whole thinner french green beans…
    Ina Garten has a good recipe for them.
    The magazine looks fun…I’ll have to keep my eye out.
    Sorry you were under the weather but glad you could still get some things done.
    The GPS sounds great! Enjoy…
    Have a good weekend Barbara…

  2. Dennis does not like CRUNCHY vegetables unless I serve them raw. But if they’re cooked, he wants them SOGGY! This drives me nuts! I LOVE cooked vegetables… but I like them to still look and TASTE like a vegetable! LOL! This is especially true with green beans and asparagus! He would rather have CANNED asparagus than fresh… ugh!

    I have debated and debated a GPS. I’m sure there are times when one would come in handy. But most of the time, getting somewhere is half the adventure. So, sometimes I think I want one… but other times I think no… cuz then I would come to be dependant on it and lose my sense of direction and adventure. So…. thus far I keep talking myself OUT of one! LOL!

    You are suuuuuurely BLESSED in the auto-mechanic department! 3 honest and fair ones in a row! WOW! AND you even got past a transmission specialist! You definitely had Jesus in your POCKET that day!!! 🙂

  3. We’ve claimed for awhile that the GPS saved our marriage. =) It’s a fabulous invention!

    I LOVE french green beans! They are DELICIOUS! That’s the best way to prepare green beans. I’m hungry now, thanks! =D

    Happy FFF to you!

  4. Wow. That number 4 is a huge blessing — having knowledgeable helpful people who are looking out for you. As for those green beans, I think the term is haricot vert and I’m glad you enjoyed them. Nothing like finding another veggie to like 🙂

  5. What a wonderful FFF my friend. Boy only $46 dollars…you can’t beat that. How is the Tom Tom? Sometimes the route they go is so out of the norm LOL. Love your list have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  6. Celebrate does look like a fun magazine. When did Victoria get revived! I guess I’m out of it. I have boxes full of the old magazines. I can’t bear to get rid of them!

  7. I think your experience with the mechanics may be a miracle! Hurray!

    Light weeks are great, especially if your energy is also ‘light’.

    Have a happy weekend!

  8. I’m glad that you encountered such cheap labor…I wouldn’t dare bring it in…$100 later just for an estimate…almost.
    It’s good to enjoy the lighter weeks. I’m having one coming up.

  9. I love the thin green beans. So yummy.

    A $46 dollar bill from the mechanics is really good. What a blessing that you weren’t charged for them looking the car.

    I know what you mean when things didn’t get done yet you weren’t stressed with it. It’s nice not to be under the gun with a to do list.

  10. I love green beans, Barbara, so I’m sure I would love the French style that you enjoyed so much!
    I gave Ed a TomTom for Christmas last but we seldom use it because Daniel and Erin have it most of the time! 🙂 They said it was the best gift I ever gave to Ed! 🙂 Actually, Ed and I prefer maps, believe it or not AND we’ve never really figured out all of the ins and outs of the TomTom!
    I have certain magazines that I love to browse through, too, Barbara. So glad you found another one that you like so well. It’s kind of like taking a little momentary “vacay” to sit, leaf through the pages, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee….
    You were so blessed to get that taken care of for $46!

  11. I love my TomTom, it always gets me where I want to go, but I always check the instructions before I embark on a journey, it has been known to lead me wrong on occasion 😉

  12. The green beans sound yummy. I love beans green or whatever color. It’s great that your TomTom GPS is working well for you. I also love it when I have free access to my favorite magazines. No snow and the kids were disappointed 🙂 the emote is cute

  13. I love my GPS, as well – although I do not use it unless I am going to the city or something…but we’ve used it on road trips and it was INVALUABLE! I’m sure you will have many occassions to be thankful for it!

    WOW! How often do you take a vehicle to so many shops and still only come out $46 poorer?

    Glad you had a quiet week….have a good weekend!

  14. Sometimes a lighter week is needed, isn’t it?

    Only out $46? Amazing!

    We’re steadily accumulating snow here, a little at a time. One of the downers about homeschooling is that I can’t do a snow day with a clear conscience, though. 🙂

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