What’s For Dinner – Week Starting 23 April 2016

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In an effort to be a whole lot more organized this year, and because everyone is always posting what delicious food they make, here is what I have been serving my family for the past week. I also envision this being a detailed account of how I fail miserably at meal planning when life gets too busy. But hey, it’s real life. Speaking of real life, I am not and never will be a food blogger. If I ever were to post food pictures for you, I apologize in advance for how awful they are.

  • Saturday: Today was read-a-thon day, so I was perfectly happy snacking all day long. However, Jim and I had plans to meet friends for dinner. When they expressed a desire to stay home and just hang out, we said hell yeah and had them come over for a embarrassingly simple meal of brats and steaks on the grill.
  • Sunday: Sunday was one of those days where we all ended up puttering around the house. Jim was busy with the outside. Connor and I were doing odd jobs inside the house. Holly had dance. So when it came time for dinner, none of us were interested in anything elaborate. I threw out the suggestion of grilling the leftover brats and hot dogs we never got around to grilling the night before and heard no one complain. So, that is two embarrassingly easy, almost child-like meals in a row. I really need to start cooking again.
  • Monday: I stayed within the theme of easy tonight but what we made involved actual cooking. I have been eyeballing this Taco Salad recipe forever and finally could not wait any longer. It was really good, however I would totally cut back on the amount of tomato and onion. Oh, and the tortilla chips are a must. Without them, the texture is pretty nonexistent. Still, it was something everyone ate, and it came together very quickly.
  • Tuesday: I made a lot of salad yesterday. More than should ever be made for one family. To be fair, I thought we would have another adult eating with us, but there was still so much taco salad. Looking on the bright side, at least dinner tonight was covered!
  • Wednesday: I had dinner planned until I received a coupon for 50 percent off anything on the menu at one of my favorite pizza places. Pizza it is! And every bite was delicious.
  • Thursday: Jim made this Broccoli and Cheese Chicken Quinoa Casserole for dinner tonight. I can’t say that I was terribly impressed, but everyone ate it without complaint. That’s something, right?
  • Friday: It’s been a while since the entire family is scattered to the wind, yet here we are. Connor had a track meet. Jim was at home. Holly and I were on our way to another weekend dance competition. Fast food for the girls, and leftovers for the boys. It isn’t perfect but it works.

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What was for dinner at your house this week?

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Fabulous Friday – 29 April 2016

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. LAST COMPETITION WEEKEND – Thank. Goodness. Even with the breaks between competitions, it has been a brutal…

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Audiobook Review – Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Title: Finders Keepers Author: Stephen King Narrator: Will Patton ISBN: 9781442384354 Audiobook Length: 13 hours, 5 minutes Genre: Suspense Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 2 June 2015 Synopsis: ” ‘Wake up, genius.’ So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous…

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Audiobook Review – The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Title: The Girl With All the Gifts Author: M. R. Carey Narrator: Finty Williams ISBN: 9781478953593 Audiobook Length: 13 hours, 4 minutes Genre: Horror Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 10 June 2014 Synopsis: “Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her ‘our little genius’. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to…

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Book Review – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Title: Sleeping Giants Author: Sylvain Neuvel ISBN: 9781101886694 No. of Pages: 320 Genre: Science Fiction Origins: Del Ray Release Date: 26 April 2016 Synopsis: “A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square…

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 25 April 2016

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE: I love how Joe Hill seems to be…

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Sunday Reflections – 24 April 2016 – Readathon Recovery Mode Activated

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Happy Sunday! It is a glorious day outside. I love when that happens over the weekend, don’t you? Yesterday was the Readathon. It was the first time in ages that I was able to participate the entire day. I have no ideas exactly how many hours I read, but I finished five books at just over…

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Ready, set…Readathon!

Dewey's 24-hour Readathon

  Welcome one and all to my little Read-a-thon corner! Over the next twenty-four hours, I will be participating once again in Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon, only my very favorite book blogger event of the entire year. I usually do not post many updates throughout the course of the event because I tend to focus on the reading…

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Fabulous Friday – 22 April 2016

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. SPA NIGHT – I vowed to myself that since I work hard, I am going to treat…

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Book Review – The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Title: The Obsession Author: Nora Roberts ISBN: 9780399175169 No. of Pages: 464 Genre: Romantic Thriller Origins: Berkley/NAL Release Date: 12 April 2016 Synopsis: “Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes…

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