Ten favorite internet sites

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it’s fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

from the Shutterbean site

This week the Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie. So I chose to talk about Ten favorite internet sites I like besides book blogs. One of the sites is book related and one is blogging related. These are a variety of sites and by no means all that I read, but these are some of my favorites.

Ten favorite internet sites


  • “Food, Photography, Pretty Things”
  • A beautiful blog. Lots of photographs of mouth-watering food, recipes and everyday life by a working mom, wife and photographer.
  • She also creates fun lists of links from around the Internet and has an “Inspiration” category with lots of great quotes. And I love quotes!

A Beautiful Mess

  • Begun by two sisters: “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. On this blog we share home decor projects, recipes, and crafts, as well as bits of our life here in the Midwest.”
  • I like this blog because the sisters create fun, interesting and useful content. There are recipes, crafts, home decor ideas, style ideas, blogging & photography tips as well as their own product line and online classes.

Jennifer McGuire inkink-masking-Jennifer-McGuire-Ink

  • Jennifer McGuire has a great website for anyone who loves ink, stamps and creating cards. She shows cards she makes and then gives all the tips and tricks in videos so we can use the technique to create our own cards. She shows where to get the supplies she uses and she also teaches great classes.
  • I make my own cards to send to friends and relatives and have learned so much reading her blog, watching her videos and taking her classes.


The Night is a Strawberry

from “In Search of a Licorice Pipe” post in The Night Is a Strawberry blog
  • “While discussing the idyllic village of Three Pines and the captivating characters author Louise Penny created in the Inspector Gamache books, we were aware of the sensory pleasure to be had in the meals described. Olivier’s Bistro, Gabri’s baking, and dinners at the Morrow’s can easily make us salivate while reading the books… Louise Penny’s books, are a wonderful entrée into a sensual world, where each book is a season, capturing its mood and flavours, and contributing to the layers of meaning about the characters, who are marvelously revealed over the series.”
  • This is a new blog using Louise Penny’s books about Inspector Gamache and Three Pines as the basis for the blog. It  looks at the books from the perspective of all the foods found in the books. It is a delightful blog of photos, discussion and recipes.



  • “theSkimm makes it easier to be smarter. We’re the daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. We do the reading for you – across subject lines and party lines – and break it down with fresh editorial content. We read. You Skimm.”
  • I get an email each morning which gives me a quick update on the news boiled down to a few paragraphs. Plus a few irreverent comments and a “Quote of the Day!”

The Daily Post

  • From the editors of WordPress.com
  • Lots of blogging information–etiquette, beginner resources, using photography on your blog plus blog and photo tutorials. Photo challenges, writing prompts, design help and a wealth of archives.
  • This information is specifically for WordPress.com sites, but so much of the information is universal and helpful for any blog.

Cooking in the Archives

A portion of a recipe for Beer Cakes from Cooking in the Archives blog
  • “Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen” Written by two women who are English Professors in Pennsylvania.
  • I have several old cookbooks and recipes (though mine aren’t as old as the recipes they are cooking) so this is a fun blog to read. They take the recipes and figure out what they might mean and then try making them with modern ingredients in a modern kitchen.
  • Some of the recipes they’ve made: Bread and Butter Puddings, Solid Sillibubs and Beer Cake. They even show photos of the original writing which can be very difficult to decipher.

On the Border 

  • “Stories from the Stringam Family Ranches of Southern Alberta–From the 50s and 60s to today . . .”
  • I love the stories on this site. My grandparents had a ranch in Eastern Oregon where I spent so many happy times when I was a child. Some of these stories and pictures remind me of that.
  • Some of the post titles: “Work Boot Tutorial,” “Dating Disaster: Forties Style,” “Sleepytime Ride” and “Claiming the Real Estate”

Midlife Blvd

  • A Life & Style blog for those of us at midlife!
  • Lots of interesting articles–“Exercising Your Right to Feel Good at Any Age,” “How Color Can Speak Loudly in Your Wardrobe,” “Grandma Charlie’s Ribbon Winning Cinnamon Bread,” “7 Reasons Why Bloggers Need to Be on Periscope,” “Menopause Brain Fog? Check This Out Before You Forget”
From “U.S. Road Trips” post at the Fathom website

Fathom Way to Go

  • “Travel guides, itineraries, tip and inspiration”
  • I love to travel and this site has lots of travel writing, travel photography and great places to visit even if I’m just visiting on the Internet.

What are some of your favorite internet sites?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “Ten favorite internet sites”

  1. Ooh, so many for me to check out and possibly subscribe to! I love to wander around online and find new-to-me sites so this is right up my alley. I can’t wait to check out the card-making site. I used to do this years ago.


  2. I follow A Beautiful Mess but I’m definitely going to have to add Shutterbean and Cooking in the Archives. I’m bookmarking The Night is a Strawberry for after I finally get around to reading Louise Penny’s books. What a fantastic topic!


    1. Thanks, Katherine. I really like Shutterbean and think you would, too. And The Night is a Strawberry and Cooking in the Archives are both so well done. Such fun to find sites like these.


    1. I hope you’ll find some inspiration for using your stamps, Elizabeth. I really like Jennifer McGuire’s style of cardmaking and stamping.


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