Friday Frivolity - Favorite Cheese Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...

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At last week's party, we shared our favorite beers.

This week brings us National Grilled Cheese Day, which got me thinking about cheese (mmmmm, cheeeeeese!) and all my favorite types, which I could easily use to make a grilled cheese sandwich, although all my favorites might not go equally as well with tomato soup...

1. Brie

One of my favorite parts of traveling overseas is how often the places I stay at provide this cheese for breakfast, because I just love it's creamy-goodness!

G will often spoil me and bring home a wheel of it so then I can pretend to be breakfasting some place exciting like Li├Ęge or Reims rather than at my boring old desk.

The only problem is that Gv is also in love with it -- and that girl can put away slices of brie-with-jam toast like nobody's business -- so I have to hide it and horde it if I want more than a quarter of the wheel for myself!

2. Smoked Gouda

I fell in love with this cheese at a wedding ages ago and G and I discovered the best version of it when we visited The Netherlands one year.

We also learned that it is correctly pronounced "How-da," although that "H" is more of a guttural, hacking-up-some-flem kind of sound, which the Dutch are such masters of (try also saying Vincent Van Gogh for more flem-hacking awesomeness!)

3. Red Dragon

Our local Whole Foods prints these incredible $15 off $75 (or sometimes even $50!) coupons which make shopping there for a few select items (along with their case discount, did you know about this?) possible for us, even on our shoestring dental-floss budget.

They also have a little basket with wrapped-up, leftover hunks of pricey-per-pound cheese for $2 or less that allows us to sample small bits of the fancy stuff for a treat.

This cheese was one of our special tries and I fell in love with its snappy flavor -- so much so that it's become a staple for our Christmas Eve meal.

4. Horseradish Cheddar

I'm not sure that this version is the exact one I've had and loved, but it was another El Cheapo Whole Foods Basket Discovery that has made it to my list of favorites when it's time to splurge.

Can you tell I like intense flavor? Must come from eating all those gobs and gobs of garlic cloves...

5. Anything stinky and moldy

This photo shows Parmesan, which is neither stinky nor moldy, but it is delicious and another of my favorites -- especially really high-quality Parm with all those crunchy bits inside! (I figured after putting you through my Dutch flem-hacking lesson, I wouldn't subject you to a photo of really disgusting, moldy cheese!)

Like I said, I like intense flavor, so I also happen to be one of those weirdos who likes stinky, moldy cheese.

G loves it too, which was one of the quickest ways we determined we were a great match. (How else would I find someone to love me and all my garlic and stinky-cheese essence?)

Now time for the new stuff!

The Hosts:

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa recently wrote about her all the fantastic fun Peg + Cat-themed birthday party she threw for her've gotta check it out!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  She's been on a bit of a hiatus, but you have to stop by her blog to see the adorable reason behind it!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions! 

Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple features.... but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)    


The featured post for Syncopated Mama this week is........

I love reading Tina's blogs and hearing all about her life in South Africa, but this post on her Nuy Valley Wine Tasting experience was fun and interesting to read and even had a little craft beer thrown in -- perfect to link up with last week's beer theme!

Now, the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome! 

We're so happy you're here! Let's have some fun!

What fun do you have planned for the weekend?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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  1. What about three cheers for team Feta? ������ PS- I can never figure out how to comment on your blog! Thank you for featuring my post of Easter Throwbacks last week! ��

  2. Hey look...I can comment today!!! Yippee!!!
    Cheese is one of those things that we always joke about. My hubby says there isn't a cheese he's met that he doesn't like!!!

  3. I'm sorry, but you'll have to bear with me while I adjust to the fact that my world has just been shaken. I've been pronouncing it "Goo-duh" in my head for 48 years. Honestly, I don't see any way I can correct that in the time I have left. I guess I just won't ever buy that cheese again. Sob.

  4. Love all of the above, especially brie with some currant jelly (German favorite). Thanks for making me cheese-hungry, lol.

  5. Love it!!! Cheese is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, my dad and I ate so much cheese my mom resorted to grating it and freezing it to keep us out of it. And my husband and I both love Gouda. Fun to know how to pronounce it as well. I will definitely be working on my flem-hacking sound skills :0) Have a beautiful week Lisa!

  6. In our family, we call it "the rat gene" and it runs strong in this bunch! Cheese of any kind in any form and on top of anything is always a hit!

  7. National Grilled Cheese day? That sounds awesome, I do love cheese :) Thank you so much for hosting! Sim x

  8. I love cheese but really only one kind and that is Sharp Cheddar. I know that sounds really simple. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

  9. I LOVED smoked gouda. That is one of my all time favorite cheeses.

  10. Oh how I love cheese - my biggest diet downfall (I eat too much) - Thanks for hosting the party! Have a great weekend.

  11. Hi Lisa! Thanks for hosting and for sharing with my party as well. Have a great weekend :)