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Five Things Friday (Birthday Edition!)

The start of summer squash season

Today is a very special Five Things Friday. Why? Because it also happens to be my birthday, and as I reflect on my birthday like I do every year, I have so many things to smile about that far surpass the five things I’m allotted here.

Perhaps the biggest piece of news and one I’m most grateful for is the recent revelation that this year alone (in just the past six months!), reader traffic to this blog has increased an amazing and humbling 420 percent! Wow!! I am floored and excited and thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, sharing, and liking my posts, whether you’ve been here since day one (which would not be very many of you… unless you’re related to me, ha) or you’ve only been around for a week. I seriously can’t think of a better birthday present from my dear readers and this is something that will probably top all of my Five Things lists for the rest of this year!

Tell me: What five things made your week this week?

1. Hello to the start (onslaught?) of summer squash season!

Home-baked couronne, a French loaf from Lyon

2. This week’s kitchen achievement: A beautifully baked loaf of couronne, a specialty of Lyon, France.

My chickens' secret stash of eggs

3. Discovering the secret stash of eggs that my chickens have been hiding from me! (I knew their egg production seemed light in the last couple weeks…)

Early birthday picnic and hike with my girls

4. Early birthday picnic and hike on the beach with two of my BFFs. Love.

Packing for a south-of-the-border getaway

5. All packed up and ready to go this weekend… Mehico bound! (Said with an accent and all!) See you next week!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป


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    July 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    You look happy and beautiful

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      July 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Aw, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tanya @ Lovely Greens
    June 17, 2013 at 2:12 am

    The Couronne looks SO good! Happy birthday and enjoy your trip south of the border ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      June 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you Tanya!

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