Monday, February 27, 2012

Currently Reading...and a Yummy Chicken Recipe

For all you Sex and the City lovers out there-this one's for you! The main character Katie is the same age as I am, so I can relate with the issues she faces. To a point. My husband and I are on great terms, and I can't say that much for her. So far, I feel like killing off one of the husbands...but enough of my pent-up rage. Relationships are so complicated, and this book weaves a story line that reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw and the like. If you are faint of heart with regard to sexual references (then you are lame)...kidding...but seriously, you may not enjoy this if you are leery of that type of thing in books.

Now, for that yummy chicken recipe-

1 cup mayo
1 tsp Garlic Powder ( I used 1 1/2 tsp of granulated garlic)
1 tsp (or more) Lawry's Pepper
1 tblsp Garlic Salt

Mix together with a spoon, and spread over two chicken breasts. About 25 minutes through I pulled it out of the oven, and sprinkled mozzarella cheese over it, and put it in for another 20 minutes. The cheese was really crispy, so if you want it less crispy put it in for about 15 minutes.

375 degrees, for 45 minutes

Have some good eats, and read this book!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book #4 of 2012-Done!

Just finished this book, and it was incredible! Once it was rolling, I couldn't wait to finish it! Sarah Jio does not disappoint. I liked this book even more than The Bungalow, and I loved that book. After reading this, I long to book a flight to Seattle, and spend a couple of days on Bainbridge Island. The author takes you there, and makes you wish you were part of that scenery. I downloaded this book on my Kindle, so I unfortunately cannot give away my copy, but I hope you will read this one. TGIF! Have a blessed weekend everyone.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Downton Abbey (is awesome)... and Currently Reading

I love this show! I don't know what is so appealing about it (I've been asked, and I cannot explain it), but it is just wonderful! I'm late to join the bandwagon of DA lovers, but I am a fan. In fact, in twenty minutes it comes on, so I am anxiously waiting. 

On another note, I am reading another Sarah Jio book, The Violets of March, and it makes me want to book a flight to Bainbridge Island stat! I love her work, so this one is not a disappointment. Sarah is brilliant at building character plots, and intertwining them seamlessly. I'll keep you posted, I am about halfway through. Hope you are having an exciting Sunday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book#3 of 2012-Done!

The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson

Can I tell you how much I loved this book? It tackles a tough subject matter that no mother wants to face. Another woman trying to take the reigns in raising your children. I don't think so! Right? Goodness knows we have all had dark days after the birth of our children, but no one talks about it. I just devoured this book, and in the end I actually felt a sort of softening for one of the characters. You must read it to find out if you agree with me.

Today, looking at my kids, I thought of how fragile life is. I started smelling their hair, and kissing their faces. Of course, they responded with, "MOOOOM!" I replied, "What? I just love you sooooo much." I do. No one can love them like I do, which is true. Nevertheless, (omg, I just made a funny-read the book) other people can love them a lot. They can love my children in their own way, just not MY way.

They are growing up so fast. I feel inadequate, like I wasted so many moments when they were babies. I am being too harsh on myself. This book, I hope, will have you seeing your family differently. We are all only composed of our parts. Sometimes you put the pieces of the puzzle down wrong, and you have to pick it up, and try to fit it into the right spot. Once you do that, you can see the beautiful picture.

Because I love this book, and want to share the love, I'm giving my book to one lucky person. Enter your name in the comments section if you really want this great read!

With a full heart,

Don't win the book? Order it here Underside of Joy

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Underside of Joy, Currently Reading

The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson starts out with a bang, and will have you wanting more from the get-go. As I am reading it, I find myself infuriated at the the birth mom. I cannot imagine how it would be to lose the one(s) I love, and try to pull myself together so no one thought I was not fit to be a mother. Already half way through, so stay tuned for my final write-up. Hope you are all enjoying this weekend.