Friday Faves – Edition 33



Edition 33.

It’s Friday!!

One of my favorite things about this week is that the hubby took today off so that we can have a day exploring.

So my faves will be short and sweet since we are heading out after we finish breakfast.

Downtown Roanoke.

After Miss Sunshine’s soccer game last Saturday, the hubby and I went to downtown Roanoke.


Since it was so stinking hot.

We decided to try something new to us. Indian cuisine. There is a place called Nawab located at 118 Cambell Ave SE, right in the market area of downtown Roanoke. It was a buffet lunch, so no pretty pictures since I was trying a little bit of everything and my plate looked like a train wreck. The hubby loved everything. Indian cuisine went right along with his palate. Even though I know the spices are amazing for your health, I was not as in love. However, I would return and just fill my plate with the things that I found very tasty, like Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala.

I believe the dessert, which I did take a photo of, is called Gajar Halwa. It had carrots and almonds, and butter amongst the ingredients.

Pastel Buildings.

We took a walk through a part of downtown that I hadn’t frequented and stumbled onto this complex. I love the differentiation of colors as it progressed down the alley.  It reminded me of Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Banned Book Week.

I love going to the library. I constantly have a book going and have a deep appreciation for the fact that I am entitled to read whatever I want.

Big Magic.

In fact, this is my current read…Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. So far, I’m really enjoying it.

One of the things she said that I loved is “You and I and everyone you know are descended from tens of thousands of years of makers.  Decorators, tinkerers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers — these are our common ancestors.”

I think that is so true!

Dragon’s Tooth Photo.

If you’ve followed my blog this week, then you know that on Tuesday I wrote a post in honor of it being my mother’s birthday and then on Thursday I wrote a post in honor of it being the hubby’s birthday.

When we hiked Dragon’s Tooth, this was one of the photos that I took. The hubby has asked me to have it blown up. Repeatedly. Since February. I’ve been reluctant because I have a tendency to be critical of my photos and what if it didn’t turn out the way I thought it should. I decided to finally give in and have it blown up to a 16×20 on canvas as his birthday gift. He loved it and plans to hang it his office.


I’ve been trying to find “new to me” artists to share each week. This week I’ve chosen a band that is well known and that I really like. I chose this song because after I titled Tuesday’s post, this is the song that kept going through my mind.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend. I’m off to explore the countryside with the hubby. I hope to have lots of new photos of our adventures!

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things- Henry Ward Beecher

Let your light shine!


17 thoughts on “Friday Faves – Edition 33

  1. Enjoy your exploration today 😀
    I love Indian food, but it doesn’t love me because too hot, usually both ways. I make a yummy chicken curry once or twice a year, even make naan, but I like to start it at 7am and eat it at 3pm because spice.
    That is a pretty street!

    1. Thanks! We had a great day of exploration.
      This food didn’t seem too hot. We want to try Thai and that’s my concern with that. I had a friend in Florida who had moved from Thailand. She grew her own
      Thai peppers and would make this yummy salad for me with 1 thai pepper, which she and her friends would have it with 4 or 5!! I was drinking glass after glass of water while they were laughing and chatting and eating like nothing!
      That street is part of a segment they are trying to revitalize and those are townhouses.

      1. I like Thai okay. Pad Thai. It’s not my fave, but now and again, it’s good to eat somethin different.
        I struggle with red peppers of any variety. They don’t like me. 🙁 It’s really sad because I love Szechuan. That’s another thing I gotta eat early in the day.

  2. Hello. What beautiful photos! I love the colourful houses, and the picture of the tree in the woods, with the sun shining through is stunning 🙂
    I hope you’ve had a lovely day exploring!
    Happy Friday!
    – Carly

  3. I love Indian Food! Halwa is a favorite in addition to rice pudding w/cardamom, and Gulab Jamun.
    I usually put a good dollup of sweet chutney in a little bowl 2 Gulab Jamun balls then spoon rice pudding on top of that. Yummy! It’s not how the natives eat it, but it’s so good this way. 🙂

    I’ve made Halwa once the time I made an entire Indian meal from scratch. I also made Aloo gobi, and Chana Masala. Those are my favorite dishes. Halwa is time consuming to make but really good. I rarely find it at the Indian places I go to eat. The rice pudding must be easier to make b/c it’s always on the menu.

    Hope you had a lovely week-end!

    1. I looked up Gulab Jamun. That looks like it would be tasty. They did have rice pudding as well, but I was full so I didn’t try it since I have had it in my youth when my grandmother would make it.
      I definitely plan to give it all another try. I’m a believer in giving your palate multiple chances to like a food before ruling it out.

      I should attempt to make something and see how that turns out!

      I had a full weekend that was wonderful. I hope yours was lovely as well. 🙂

      1. Oh yes, do try to make something when you get the urge to be creative and try something new in cuisine at home. We, well not we He-Man makes Tiki chicken or is it Chicken Masala? I went to look at the spices to see what it is.
        It’s Tandori BBQ Chicken Masala he makes.
        Anyway, he cooks it on the outdoor grill quite often. Just yesterday actually. We sliced up a breast each and placed it on our salad for dinner.
        It was delish!

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