What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 17 February 2018

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People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of its activities get in the way of serving a delicious, home-cooked meal and that it is perfectly okay.

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  • Saturday: The ultimate #momwin tonight as Holly made dinner for us. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, toast, and a tangerine for good measure. She wanted no help. It was lovely and sweet and delicious.
  • Sunday: It was my turn to cook for my darling daughter after her lovely dinner last night. I chose the vegetarian-friendly three-cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, and garlic bread. None of it was homemade, but it was still tasty.
  • Monday: Jim’s jet lag was in full force tonight so he was completely uninterested in eating anything. Instead, Holly made herself a black bean taco with items we had in the fridge, and I had a simple sandwich.
  • Tuesday: On the one night when Holly does not have dance class, I do try to make a decent meal for her, one we can all enjoy. Tonight, I made bean enchiladas with Mexican rice. Jim was not thrilled with the lack of meat, but I do think it is important that we have at least one meal where we eat the same thing as she does. Bean enchiladas are so easy to throw together, and each person gets to personalize their own with various toppings. Plus, the combination of refried and black beans really is filling. And delicious because it is Mexican food and Mexican food is always delicious.
  • Wednesday: Last minute appointments before the weekend and general craziness with Jim’s new schedule meant no one was very interested in a real meal tonight. I stuck with leftovers, as did Holly. Jim wanted a bowl of cereal. To each his own, I guess.
  • Thursday: Holly and I were out getting last minute items for this weekend, but we came home to Jim having made sausage and cheese grits. Holly stuck with the cheese grits and supplemented with a fake meat patty. We are definitely not on the sexy food thing this week.
  • Friday: I can’t speak for Jim as Holly and I were in Des Moines relaxing before the competition started on Saturday. We ended up at The Cheesecake Factory, some place I have not been for over five years. We kept it surprisingly simple for the meal, not getting one of their gargantuan plates of pasta or anything, and I didn’t even eat my cheesecake that I took to go. The food is still delicious though, and I would go back in a heartbeat.

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What was for dinner at your house this week?

Fabulous Friday – 23 February 2018

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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. ******************** HERE WE GO – Holly and I are heading to Des Moines, Iowa today…

The Atomic City Girls do nothing

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 6 February 2018 Source: Publisher Synopsis from the Publisher: “In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 February 2018

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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. Here is what I read the week ending 12 February 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Reading…

Sunday Reflections – 18 February 2018

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Happy Sunday! Jim is on his way home right now. I have no idea where he is but that’s okay. He will be home at some point in time this afternoon. Of course, I don’t know when but since I have to pick him up from the bus stop I will soon learn. This past…

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 10 February 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 16 February 2018

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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. ******************** I’M A SURVIVOR – Two more days. Jim comes home in two more days….

Sizzling then fizzling Mister Tender’s Girl

Mister Tender's Girl by Carter Wilson

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 13 February 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character…

Fall in love with An American Marriage

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 6 February 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their…

Wrong timing for Mrs.

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy

Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: 13 February 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “In the well-heeled milieu of New York’s Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city….