Friday’s Fave Five

Time once again to enumerate five favorite things from the past week…

1. A clean house. My house is rarely even close to being completely clean all at one time (Hello? There are six of us, and not an OCD-prone one among us). It seems there is always a rogue room here or there that I either couldn’t get around to or just wasn’t worth the effort on a given day. This past Tuesday afternoon, however, my entire house, or at least an unusually large percentage of it, was all clean all at the same time. I like it. Not enough to kill myself every week like I killed myself Monday and Tuesday in the pursuit of said whole house cleanliness but enough to enjoy it and label it a favorite.

2. And the reason for my atypically clean home? Old friends from way back when coming in for a short visit. Fun. Would have been fun-ner if the whole family of long time friends could have made the trip too but still fun just the same. We’ll take what visits from friends we can get!

3. My mom’s Mandarin Orange Green salad that I made for supper for the aforementioned friend visit. It’s yummy. Here’s the recipe so maybe it can be a favorite of yours in coming weeks…

1/4 to 1/2 head romaine lettuce
1/4 to 1/2 head iceberg lettuce (I just used the “Just Lettuce” bagged blend)
1 c. celery, chopped
2 green onions with tops, diced
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1 T. plus 1 tsp. sugar
1/4 c. sliced almonds

1/2 tsp salt
2 T. vinegar
1/4 c. oil
2 T sugar
Dash red pepper sauce
1 T. parsley

Mix dressing ingredients. Shake well. Refrigerate.
Heat almonds and sugar in a heavy saucepan until sugar is melted and almonds slightly toasted. Cool on foil and break part. Just before serving, mix other ingredients, add almonds and oranges. Toss and pour on dressing.

4. I also made this casserole, tweaking just a bit, but also yummy and therefore also a favorite.

5. Bleak House. I finished watching the BBC miniseries last night and loved it. Since I’ve never gotten past the first few pages of the novel myself, I’m wondering if this is one of those rare instances where the movie is indeed better than the book? I’m thinking yes. Any book purists out there have an opinion? If I loved the miniseries (and I did), will I enjoy the book (all 900 or so pages)?

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

14 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five”

  1. I enjoyed reading your faves! I've made a similar salad with mandarin oranges…so delish in the hot summer days…and that chicken casserole looks sooooo good! I hope you continue to enjoy a clean house 🙂

  2. I haven't seen the miniseries, but reading Bleak House takes some commitment. I'm not sure I'd have it after I'd seen in on screen…I printed that casserole recipe. Looks great! Enjoy your friends' visit and we're cleaning for a similar reason. I love that–it makes me get organized again.

  3. The book Bleak House is exceptional. And I say this as someone who loathes Dickens with the fire of a thousand suns. But the book truly is a masterpiece and is well worth reading.

  4. Even though I'm not a Dickens fan, I've heard good things of Bleak House. I'm definitely going to WATCH Dickens before I attempt to read him again.And isn't a clean house so very lovely!?

  5. Bleak House is one of my favourite Dickens! I think I've read it 3 or 4 times. But I love huge books. I also enjoyed the mini-series. But I don't think it's better than the book.Hope you have a wonderful visit with your friends in your lovely clean house!! Doesn't it feel good 🙂

  6. Yum, the salad AND the tetrazzini both sound wonderful. I haven't watched "Bleak House" but with Netflix, I just might have to add it to my queue. Thanks for the recommendation. Have a great week.

  7. I think I've served that salad to hundreds of people. They always love it. Having a totally clean house is one of the best pleasures in life! I've neither read nor watched Bleak House. Putting it on my list. Thanks!

  8. I think that sometimes seeing something that is hard to read makes me want to read it, so maybe if you loved the movie, you would enjoy the book once you got into it, and knowing you were going to love it might make you stick with it?I'm reading a novel that keeps quoting Great Expectations, which I read in high school, but don't remember, so I'm slightly tempted to pick it up.

  9. That sounds like a great summer salad, thanks for sharing the recipe!I hope you enjoyed your clean house! It does feel nice when it's all clean at once – but I know nobody here notices it but me. The casserole looks great.. but I can't even think about turning our oven on right now! today it was 106 degrees! I think I'll print and save it.

  10. I've never seen or read Bleak House, but I like Dickens.I've thought that about cleaning — it's not hard to clean it, but hard to get it all clean at one time.Great to have a visit with old friends.

  11. That summer salad sounds yummy! I make a similar one and it's always a favorite at potlucks.I can't help you out with Bleak House although the rule of thumb is if the movie is based on the book, the book is usually better but if the book is based on the movie, the movie is usually better.Have a happy weekend!

  12. Thanks, Lisa, for sharing your casserole (Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini) recipe. I have most of the ingredients and was wondering today what I would make for "Italian" day next week. decision made. How did you tweak it? Do you think it will freeze well?Having friends visit is always a highlight for me too. And if they came to stay with me that might be enough to get my non-ocd bottom up and into the business of tidying up my home.Have a great week.

  13. I love the feeling of a totally clean house too but rarely see it around here either. Sounds like you had a great visit with your friends. I'm definitely giving your recipe a try. Sounds yummy.

  14. That salad sounds absolutely delicious. Must add that to the menu, especially in this crazy heat. I may also have to jump on Suzanne's bandwagon with the Fave 5's. I need something to help me get back into the swing of blogging.

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