Friday, November 16, 2018

TGIF!

After last Friday's snow, it pretty much went away and I saw sun once this week.  Then yesterday it snowed during the afternoon and covered the ground.  Then over night a winter wonderland occured.  I can appreciate the beauty of the snow on the trees but I'm already over the ugly slushy crap.  I shoveled this morning and then came in to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while looking out at the snow.  My favorite way to enjoy this crappy season.  Also, if I see one more meme telling me how I should find joy in the snow or I will have less joy in my life I'm going to show them where they can shove their MLM side hustle.  :)

My favorite picture from the week:




She was excited to find a unicorn tree!

The high of my week was watching my girl at swim lessons this week.  She's doing so well.  I hope it's something she will keep liking and enjoy doing.

The low of my week was  the constant cold feeling that stays with me from late October to mid-April.  Why do I live here? See also - my favorite past time is to look for vacations or lake homes.

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday - Beef Enchiladas, and Spanish Rice
Tuesday -  leftover enchiladas and spanish rice and a salad
Wednesday -  we went out for a wings/beer special and also split a bbq flatbread
Thursday -  Cheese Ravioli and roasted broccoli and cauliflower

We hadn't made enchiladas in awhile and they were delicious! I am going to need to make chicken ones soon.

What I’m listening to  Christmas music and podcasts.  My favorite listens of the week were Episode 2 of Atlanta MonsterChapter 2 The Change from The Wilderness Podcast and Annotated's episode The Patron Saint of Libraries.  

What I’m watching Blackish!  I only have 2 epsiodes left in season 2!

What I’m reading: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin .  I need to finish that this weekend because I got Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani in the mail and I can't wait to read that!

My plans for the weekend include we have ideas for tomorrow but no firm plans.  It basically depends on weather and a few outside factors.  We are thinking about attending the Santa Parade and/or the last weekend of the season for our favorite local cider tasting room.  We will watch football and we may or may not have people over tomorrow night since a friend is in town.  Sunday we have a funeral and visitation that will take up most of our day.  Tonight we will probably do a friday night date night at home movie again.  Debating between a Hallmark Christmas movie or Fiddler on the Roof.  It's my night to pick!

What are you listening to? What are you reading?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bookish Quotes

I love quotes.  When I was younger I would write quotes in notebooks all over.  Then I would copy and paste them into a massive Word Document and print them out and hang them everywhere.  As an adult I buy sayings and hang them on my wall.  Set them on my mantle. But them on my bookshelves.  And now I've come full circle and started writing them in my notebook I carry around with me.  This time I'm just focusing on book quotes.  Sometimes to remind myself I want to include it in a review, or share it with a friend, or just because I feel so much YES YES YES about a statement.  I've filled up a page in my notebook, since I started copying them down and decided I would share them here since I've done nothing with them. :)

"A trigger - happy government.  Suspicious of everyone, regardless of citizenship.  No, not citizenship, she corrects herself, race. " Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

This quote is in regards to the German government at the onset of WWII.  I loved this fictionalized tale on the way the Hindenburg may have met its fate. 

"But Clara had her own little secret.  She didn't really let go of everything.  Most things, yes.  But some she secretly held and hugged and would visit in moments when she needed to be comforted by the unkindness of others." Still Life by Louise Penny

This quote is just dark enough to be so so true about moments of self-doubt and loathing.  It's from the first book in the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny.  Highly recommend!

"You do not let them win.  Not ever. There is nothing in the world they like more than tearing a woman down for having too much courage.  And there is nothing in the world that makes them angrier than not being able to break her.  A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Feminist Romance novels for the win!

Description: Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren
Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke
The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town
Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else's problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It's the perfect plan, until Lily declares she'll only marry for love...and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much..

"Most Americans understand that being born in the United States, with all opportunities that entails, is a matter of sheer serendipity.  Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

So much yes.  If you haven't read Enrique's Journey which details a VERY young child sneaking into the United States to join his mother in America. 

Do you collect quotes? What are some of your favorite bookish quotes?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Premeditated Peppermint

Premeditated Peppermint came to me at the perfect time.  I've got an evening peppermint tea problem and the peppermint candies this book kept mentioning fit right in.  I may have convinced my husband to even try the peppermint bark recipe that was shared at the end of the book!

This is the third book in Amanda Flower's Amish Candy Shop series.  It definitely was a stand alone book if you are in the mood for a cozy Christmas mystery.  I actually picked up the first in the series today from my library, Assaulted Caramel!

Premeditated Peppermint finds chocolatier Bailey King preparing for her town's Christmas Market.  Bailey has recently moved to Harvest, Ohio to help her Amish grandma run their candy shop after her grandfather's passing.  While Bailey never grew up Amish her grandma and her cousin Charlotte who works in the shop are Amish, as are most of the town's residents.  

Bailey is surprised with a visit from chef Eric Sharp from New York, who brings a television crew to film a Christmas special starring ----- Bailey! Shocked, and a bit peeved to see Eric, Bailey struggles to figure out what she wants for herself now that she is helping her grandma with her shop and left the big city life behind her.  

Another shock has someone dead and Eric the suspect.  Bailey helps out the local deputy in piecing together who was where at the time of the murder and who would have motive.

This book was a quick read with a nice plot.  The characters were fun and there was a bit of humor that reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series that I love so much.  If you are looking for a cozy mystery this winter or a nice holiday read -- pick this one up!

And like I said, I've already checked out the first book in the series from the library.  I also found another series of Flower's that has an Amish aspect to it, A Plain Death, and checked it out too!  We all know how much I love my series reads!

What's your favorite holiday read? Do you have a favorite holiday drink or treat you make?

I received this book for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Friday, November 9, 2018

TGIF!

Well, we woke up to our official first sticking snow this morning.  In positive news, just 136 days until my behind is in a beach chair on a WARM BEACH.  The weather in Alabama better cooperate for me! Since, I will also be turning 35 while we are there this spring!

My favorite picture from the week:




My girl earned Crazy About Reading Day and chose to dress up as Laura Ingalls as her favorite book character! I'm pretty proud of my braids!

The high of my week was having the kiddos conference and hearing how great she is doing in school. :):

The low of my week was  snow.  Damn winter.

Meal plan for the week was  
Monday - Steak, sweet potatoes, and applesauce
Tuesday -  Skillet Chili Mac and Cheese, salad, garlic bread
Wednesday - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Thursday -  Tuesday's leftovers
Friday -  Pizza!

The Chili Mac hit the spot this week with the colder weather.  Plus, it makes enough for at least two meals!


What I’m listening to   podcasts of course! Up and Vanished is new to me and I'm liking it.  Still really enjoying Slow Burn.

What I’m watching Blackish!  I'm about half-way through Season 2.

What I’m reading: Premeditated Peppermint by Amanda Flower which is a cozy mystery set in Amish country and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  Really liking both! Hopping to get some tea and reading time in this weekend!

My plans for the weekend include tonight the kiddo is having a friend over for a sleepover.  The husband and I are going to watch Tombstone and have pizza and pop when they go to bed.  Probably need to clean out the garage this weekend so I can park in it again since it is snowing, and on Sunday we are making homemade Clam Chowder, since my husband has now dubbed it Soup Sunday!

What are you listening to? What are you reading?

Monday, November 5, 2018

What I've Read Recently..

I have been doing a lot of read togethers with the 7 year old of middle grade novels and I'm loving it.  I've sorta struggled with adult books lately, so it's nice to be finishing something and having the kiddo be so into reading and writing stories! It's like myself 27 years ago!


I slowed down a bit in October and 'only' finished five books.  I loved Forever Fudge and Freedom Train.  Freedom Train is a middle grade novel about a young boy whose brother is a solider who guards the Freedom Train.  The train is traveling to all 48 states and will stop in Atlanta.  When it does, Clyde (main character) is expected to deliver a speech and he stutters when nervous and talking in front of large crowds.  He gets bullied a lot and a young black boy sticks up for him.  When Clyde's dads boss tries to get his new friend kicked out of his house due to his race, Clyde has some big choices to make. 

Will's Choice was a middle grade novel that I read together with the kiddo.  It is the second book in the Orphan Train series.  For any adult who liked the book Orphan Train, this series for kids is a good one.  It follows different orphans that were on the trains.  We also finished Aggie's Home, which is the 4th book in the series.  It was probably my favorite so far because it includes feminist characters and about women's right to vote.

Southernmost was a novel about an evangelical preacher from the south who realizes that all the judgment that his church and parishioners are doling out towards gay people is wrong, and when he tries to be more publicly accepting it turns his whole life upside down.  He gets a divorce and his wife gets a southern judge to award her majority custody because there is something clearly wrong with the preacher.  He makes a few questionable choices and the book follows how he changes his viewpoints and how it changes his life.

Wicked City was not anything I'd recommend. 

In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, "The Wickedest City in America," but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them-no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man. 

When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause just for a moment- and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide that they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people will die, and unexpected heroes will emerge-like "a Randolph Scott western," one of them remarks, "played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades.


Our October book club pick was The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.  It is based upon the author's families real life history with the Salem Witch Trials.  A lot is fictionalized but some of what is included is from family lore and the actual documents that surived.  The main character is Sarah Carrier, who was arrested along with most of her siblings and her mother.  The book covers right before the witch trials and a little after.  It was really good!

What have you recently read and loved? What are you currently recommending?