Friday Favorites #14

I’m back again this week for Friday Favorites! I’ve been putting up my Fall decorations this week but it has been SO HOT here (108 was the top temp) that it kind of ruins the Fall mood a bit!  The last time I even saw rain was July 7! (and that was in Oregon)

Salted Caramel Cheesecake
We went to the Cheesecake Factory not too long ago and we ordered cheesecake (We don’t normally order cheesecake so it’s kind of a big deal). We split this salted caramel cheesecake and it was SO GOOD!!!  It was rich, of course. In fact, we couldn’t finish it all. The cheesecake defeated us!  If you haven’t tried it and you like caramel, I’d give it a taste!

New Apple Products
This week Apple announced new products that won’t probably be available until Christmas.  I have been iffy about the apple watch, my husband loves his and he thinks I’ll like one, but now they came out with new colors that I like. They have a gold colored apple sport and a rose gold apple sport. Apparently now third parties are also designing bands for the watch because the apple bands I find to be boring and aren’t really doing it for me. I like the gold and navy combo on the left though.
Do you have an apple watch? What do you think???

More importantly though, they released their new iPhone which is awesome for me because it’s my year to get a new phone! woot! There are lots of options… the bigger or smaller iPhone 6s, and then you have to choose the color too!  Right now I have the gold one. Maybe I’ll stick with the gold one. I think I’ll get the smaller phone because I have an iPad mini and the other phone is so huge it won’t fit in my pockets or in my designated purse slot for it!

Long Live the Queen

As you may or may not know, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning British Monarch! She surpassed Queen Victoria this week. It’s really quite remarkable. I’m including some pictures of her in this post… I do like the royal family but it could just be because we simply don’t have one!

She is a little girl holding her beloved corgis… then as a teenager.

Here she is on her coronation day, pictured below.Did you know the diamond in the scepter is 530 carats?! And the giant one inside of the imperial state crown is 320? They were made from the same diamond, the Cullinan diamond, which in its uncut form was 3000 carats! Read about it here!

Every year at the opening of parliament she wears her big giant crown. She’s like, yes, my pions, kneel before me… okay, maybe she doesn’t think that. Maybe she thinks, okay, I will come put on the show and remind you all who’s boss around here… ok I’ll stop now.

 I can’t believe how many US Presidents she has outlasted.

She loves her horses and rides them even in her 80s without a riding helmet. Apparently her security sources don’t like that. But a Queen does what a Queen wants to do.

 Remember in the Olympics 2012 when she was with James Bond. May be most American’s favorite moment of the Queen, isn’t that what we think of England? James Bond, Royalty, and Tea?

I leave you with this picture of her in Scotland wearing all of her Scottish garb, literally, as the Queen of Scots.

Pumpkin Week is next week!

Are you ready for pumpkin week next week? I’ve been busy baking up a storm and decorating like a fiend getting ready for pumpkin week. On Friday, I’ll end with a link party where YOU can link up your pumpkin-related posts and we can just have a pumpkin party together! I’ll pin all the links to my All Things Pumpkin Pinterest board!

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  1. September 11, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    The cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory is sooo good! But definitely HUGE and sooo rich. Queen Elizabeth is amazing. I feel like she's the fiercest 80+ year old around.

    • September 11, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      I think you have to be fierce to be a Queen!

    • September 11, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      The cheesecakes are so big, I can't believe some people can finish it by themselves in one sitting!!

    • September 11, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Perhaps pumpkin pie could work for you? I'm not sure if there's milk or cream in it.

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2015 / 3:13 am

      I've made a vegan pumpkin custard using almond milk. Great post!

  2. September 14, 2015 / 6:22 am

    The cheesecake looks amazing. I love the Queen, too!!! So exciting!