Nov 212017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

The temperature and humidity are down so the weather has been a lot cooler. I wish I could find someone to go bike riding with me, but living way out in the country makes it hard.

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
At Least 3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Week 1:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- grateful for time to take Kaiyo to the groomer, cooler weather, Starbucks Caramel ice coffe

Week 2:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- watched a documentary

Week 3:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- ate a piece of fruit

Week 4:
1-
2-
3-

Plus

POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

 

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 11/14: didn’t track
Wednesday~ 15/8: 9,646
Thursday ~ 11/16: 12,265
Friday ~ 11/17: didn’t track
Saturday ~ 18/11: 9,258
Sunday ~ 11/19: 7,919
Monday ~ 11/20: 9,412

Nov 212017
 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.

A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another busy day beginning.

But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered his webbed feet, lifted his beak, and strained to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings. The curve meant that he would fly slowly, and now he slowed until the wind was a whisper in his face, until the ocean stood still beneath him. He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration, held his breath, forced one… single… more… inch… of… curve… Then his feathers ruffled, he stalled and fell.

Hosted @ Bibliophile by the Sea

Nov 202017
 

House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: She Writes Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631523007
ISBN-13: 978-1631523007
 

Like a monarch surveying her domain, the house has stood for over a hundred years in the fishing village of Apalachicola on Florida’s northwest coast. She has known life. She has known passionate love. She has known brutal death. But she has guarded her secrets well . . .

Then eighteen-year-old Elise Foster and her parents arrive from Atlanta in their silver Jaguar, bringing with them their own secrets and desires. Seeking friendship in their new community, they find instead that the townspeople resent their intrusion. But this intrusion on the house’s privacy also provides a pathway for the past and the present to merge—and for the truth behind an unsolved murder to finally be brought to light. As you strive to solve the mystery, you and the Fosters are forced to address two critical questions: What is real? What is delusion?
 

 Thoughts
Elise is moving to Apalachicola with her parents and she is definitely not happy about it. But soon she becomes engrossed in the town, it’s residents, and it’s history.  And then she gets the feeling that she is somehow connected to the house she’s living in and to the past of Apalachicola.
 
The author brings the story and the small town alive with her words, and makes this book very hard to put down.
 
This story is not like what I usually read, but it caught my attention because it takes place in Apalachicola, Florida. The story is interesting from the start and keeps your attention through to the end with many twists and turns and a lot of mystery and secrets.

 
About the Author:Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing.She is indebted to the creative writing classes at the University of South Florida where she found her “voice” and began writing literary fiction. Listed in the Who’s Who of American Women. She has recently republished one novel, and published it’s sequel, and has written two award-winning plays. She is currently working on the third novel in her Bay Harbor Trilogy. She has two daughters and lives with her husband and one very spoiled Cairn terrier in Neptune Beach, Florida.

Her two earlier novels include The Chinaberry Album and Heat Lightening

Buy The Book
 
Blog Tour Schedule:
Nov. 16: Bookfan Mary (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Nov. 20: I’d Rather Be at the Beach (Review)
Dec. 1: Book Nerd Native (Review)
Dec. 8: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen (Review)
Dec. 13: Silver’s Reviews (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Dec. 15: Readaholic Zone (Review)
Dec. 20: 100 pgs. A Day .. Stephanie’s Book Reviews (Review)
Dec. 28: Broken Teepee (Review)
Dec. 29: Book Nerd Native (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 3: Wall-to-Wall Books (Review)
Jan. 8: Svetlana Reads and Views (Review)
Jan. 13: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Jan. 18: Erica Robyn Reads (Review)

Follow the blog tour with the hashtag #RuthCoeChambers

Nov 192017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
The sun is shinning, it’s 71° and cloudy, it’a a beautiful day!

Thinking…
I’m behind on a few book reviews and I need to get caught up

Thankful…
For my new iphone, my old started freezing and shutting off and was a big pain

Reading…
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I read it in school and wanted to read it again since I don’t remember it

Listening To…
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. My daughter and I almost went to see it last week I wanted to read/listen to the book first so went looking for diy craft ideas instead.

Watching…
Today I’ll watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles (for Food N’ Flix). I looked for it on Redbox but couldn’t find it,  DirecTV had it but it was $4 and I figured if I had to pay for it I might as well buy a copy. It was a lot more, but at least I can re-watch it whenever I want

Creating…
A list of sites on journaling

Hoping…
To live each day without regret

Learning…
Worry is worthless

Fitness…
I can’t find my 2 favorite dvd’s, one is a whole body workout and the other is strength training. I have no idea where they are since all my other dvd’s are where they should be 🙁

In The Kitchen…
Tonight I’m making baked pork chops, baked potato, broccoli & cinnamon applesauce

Today’s To-Do List…
Mostly relaxing

One of my favorite things:
My Mercy Me cd, I Can Only Imagine makes me cry every time I hear it

A website I’d like to share:
How Stuff Works

Pin It & Do It…
When my daughter Kilah and I went to town we went to Michaels and I bought us stuff to make Mason Jar Kitchen Utensil Holder

Looking forward to…
Thanksgiving family time

A favorite quote…
“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”
Mary Stuart

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Image result for Bible quotes

From the camera….

Nov 162017
 

Nourished by Lia Huber

Listening Length: 7 hours and 24 minutes
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Language: English
ASIN: B076DSKKCY

A noted entrepreneur, food writer, and recipe developer serves up an evocative adventure story abouther quest to find healing, meaning, and a place at the table.

Hunger comes to us in many forms, writes Lia Huber–we long to be satisfied not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Nourished invites readers on Huber’s world-roaming search to find the necessary ingredients to nurture all three.
She begins her quest with an Anthony Bourdain moment in a Guatemalan village: she’s slipping fresh vegetables into a communal pot of soup she’s cooking up for chronically undernourished children. Village grannies look on disapprovingly… until the kids come back for more.
From there, Huber takes readers to the Greek island of Corfu, where she learns the joys of simple food and the power of unconditional love; to a Costa Rican jungle house (by way of an 8,000-mile road trip), where she finds hope and healing; and finally to California’s wine country, where she steps into the person she was meant to be and discovers her calling to nourish others.

Thoughts
I loved this book. It took me on a journey to Guatemala, Corfu, Costa Rica, and California, following along with Lia and then with her husband Christopher. It was like listening to two stories. One centered around the customs and people in the places they traveled, and the other centered around Lia and her relationships, food, and life.

The recipes were mostly ones that sounded more complicated than I like, and foods I’ve never tried, but I would like to make a few of them sometime.

I’m glad I listened to the book instead of read it. The author is the narrator and she brings a lot of emotion into the telling of it. I’d give this book a 5 ★

Nov 142017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

I’m back to regular hours at work so my steps are not as much. I keep telling myself to get on my treadmill, but I don’t. I have to start ignoring that little voice in my head that says “wouldn’t you rather … ?

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
At Least 3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Week 1:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- grateful for time to take Kaiyo to the groomer, cooler weather, Starbucks Caramel ice coffe

Week 2:
1- lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- watched a documentary

Week 3:
1-
2-
3-

Week 4:
1-
2-
3-

 

Plus

POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

 

 

Meals
Tuesday: Cereal and peanut butter sandwich
Wednesday: Soup
Thursday: sandwich
Friday: tacos
Saturday: tuna noodle casserole
Sunday: ate out
Monday: Beef Stew

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 11/7: 8,897
Wednesday~ 11/8: 9,314
Thursday ~ 11/9: didn’t track
Friday ~ 11/10: 10,840
Saturday ~ 11/11: 8,813
Sunday ~ 11/12: didn’t track
Monday ~ 11/13: 8,771

Nov 132017
 

 

Barbra Streisand on the Couch by Alma Bond, Ph.D.

Publisher: Bancroft Press (Oct 1, 2017)
Category: Literary Fiction, Celebrities, Barbra Streisand
Tour dates: Oct/Nov, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61088-211-8
Available in Print, 308 pages

About the book
We all know Barbra, the star, but how well do we know Barbra, the woman? In the latest installment of my On the Couch series, Dr. Darcy Dale, a renowned, pioneering Manhattan psychiatrist, is confronted by Barbra, who is dismayed after thirty years of minimally successful therapy. Over the course of a year, Dr. Dale conducts an intimate psychoanalysis, breaking through Barbra’s defense mechanisms and repressions to delve deep into the heart and mind of one of America’s last remaining superstars.

Published at the same time as Streisand’s own, long awaited memoir, Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is an essential companion, a sensitive, objective, pitch-perfect opportunity to look behind the voice and image, and to understand and fully appreciate Barbra Streisand, the human being.

Thoughts
I was very excited to have a chance to review this book because I’ve been a fan of Barbra Streisand since I was young. I’ve seen all but a few of her movies and have listened to her music for many years. I couldn’t wait for the book to arrive and was thrilled when it did. I was even more thrilled when I saw that it was signed.

The book is very good. I learned things about Barbra that I didn’t know. Things about her childhood, her school days, her start in show business, her relationships with men.

The author dedicates this book to her, saying that she’s “The funniest person I’ve ever known.”  And it’s true, many times throughout the book she made me laugh.

This book is very interesting. The thing that surprised me the most though is that she spent thirty years in analysis and no one could give her the help she was looking for and needed until she went to the author.

I recommend this book to everyone, whether a fan of Barbra or not. If you are a fan, it will make you a bigger fan. If you aren’t, it will make you one.

This is such a good book, and now I want to read the rest in the “On The Couch” series.

Buy Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
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Praise Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Kitty Kelley, author of mega bestselling biographies on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family, and Oprah Winfrey

“Absolutely delightful … and wonderful … with fabulous insight … Fans of Barbra Streisand [will] love this book . . . It’s impossible to come away from [it] with anything but a warm, fuzzy feeling for this . . . adored songbird… Underneath is [an] . . . insecure little girl who lost her daddy . . . and never truly got over it.”—Readers Favorite

“This will appeal to anyone who enjoys discovering information about such a celebrity, how she feels about the ups and downs of her life, and other juicy details of her storied sex life and stellar career. […] The book has a can’t-put-it-down quality; the juiciness of the gossip, the emotional insights into her joy and pain, and the remarkable triumphs and failures of her long career are completely fascinating. Although the book is fiction, the author lists in a bibliography the numerous books and articles from which she garnered the very factual events and many of Miss Streisand’s own words from interviews that she used to create the sessions…”-Midwest Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Bond’s On the Couch series for years, but this one is absolutely her best. Barbra Streisand–with all her foibles and charms–comes alive on the pages of this book. Bond digs deep into Streisand’s psyche to give the reader a close-up look at a mega-star.
Instead of a tell-all novel that dishes out the dirt on her many costars, we follow along with Streisand as she herself recounts her many projects, affairs, and early history. Instead of a public relations–approved biography that glosses over Streisand’s need to be in control of her projects, this book revels in it, explores the reasons for a demanding actor/musician/director to behave as she does, shows the reader just how dedicated to her craft Streisand is.
If you’re a fan of her acting, her music, her career, or her activism, this is definitely a book you should read. Even if you’re not a fan, chances are you will be by the time you finish the book.”- Ann Beardsley
Barbra Streisand: on the Couch by Alma H. Bond

About The Author
Award winning author, Alma Halbert Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and became a highly successful psychoanalyst in private practice for 37 years in New York City. She “retired” to become a full-time writer. Barbra Streisand: On the Couch is currently in production with Bancroft Press, who publish the On the Couch series.

Hillary Clinton: On the Couch was published a few months ago, and received a Best Books Award Finalist book award. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of her On the Couch series to be published by Bancroft Press, was published on August 15, 2011, and received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News, and International Book Awards Finalist. . Margaret Mahler, a Biography of the Psychoanalyst was published by McFarland Press in 2008. It received two awards, Best Books Award Finalist USA Book News and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist.

Michelle Obama, a Biography, was recently published by Greenwood Press. Dr. Bond has had 20 other books published.

Among other organizations, Dr. Bond is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dramatists Guild, PEN, the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the American Psychological Association. She taught psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is a fellow, and also has been a faculty member of WritersSchool, where she taught Psychology and Literature.

Website is http://almabondauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlmaHBond
Twitter: https://twitter.com/almabond

Barbra Streisand: on the Couch Web Tour Schedule
Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Oct 19 Giveaway

Gayle Books Reviews Etc Oct 20 Review

Dawn Bound 2 Escape Oct 24 Excerpt & Giveaway

Sal Bound 4 Escape Oct 24 Review

Patricia Reviews by Room With Books Oct 27 Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Katy Amazon Review Oct 30 Review

Lisa I Feel So Unnecessary Nov 1 Review

Kristin Second Book to the Right Nov 7 Review & Excerpt

Vicki I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach Nov 13 Review & Giveaway

Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus Nov 22 Review

Greg Amazon Review Nov 30 Review

*This schedule is subject to change.

GIVEAWAY
The giveaway for this tour is for one winner’s choice of print or ebook. Print is only open to the U.S., ebook is available worldwide.

To enter, leave a comment with your email address. Winner will be chosen by Random.org on November 27th.

 

Nov 122017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
The sun is shinning and it’s 77°, there’s a 15% chance of rain and humidity is 84%

Thinking…
I need to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles for Food N’ Flix

Thankful…
That I was able to sleep in a few extra hours today

Reading…
I need to finish Barbra Streisand: On the Couch by Alma H. Bond today for my review tomorrow

Listening To…
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking which I saw reviewed by JoAnn and knew I wanted to find a copy

Watching…
Catching up on episodes of NCIS and yesterday I started binge watching The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Creating…
A list of low carb recipes

Hoping…
People would learn to be more compassionate and understanding towards one another

Learning…
How to pick the best vegetables

Fitness…
It’s been a while since I’ve done Tai-Chi and I’d like to start doing it again

In The Kitchen…
I bought a Rachael Ray Cookware Set after years of cooking with my Wolfgang Puck set. I finally decided to go back to non stick, which for me is a lot easier to cook on

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv, laundry

One of my favorite things:
I grew up in the 70’s and incense was very popular, and I still burn a stick almost every day

A website I’d like to share:
Attack Of The Cute, photos of cute animals

Looking forward to…
Spending the day with my daughter Kilah on Tuesday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14

A favorite quote…
“A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as clear as the nose on your face.”
Pinocchio: The Blue Fairy

From the camera….

Nov 112017
 

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amistad (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062379291
ISBN-13: 978-0062379290

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Thoughts
This is not a true cookbook, it’s also a mix of historical non-fiction, the African Slave experience, how and what the slaves cooked and what they used to cook it. It’s about how the author became so obsessed with food and his need to to learn about his ancesters who were slaves.

The book is funny, sad, thought provoking and at times a tough read. I learned a lot from this book. But the library wanted it back sooner than I wanted to let it go, and so I rushed through it. Because of that I feel the need to re-read it, slowly next time. I want to take my time and enjoy it completely.

I love the photos that were in the book.

Here are the first two things I plan on making from the book:
Kitchen Pepper: Goes in everything in place of just pepper
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground ginger

Mix together and store in a cool place

 

Mr. Wesley Jones’s Barbecue Mop
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large yellow or white onion, well chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 pod long red cayenne pepper or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 tsp dried basil leaves or 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seed
1/4 cup dark brown sugar or 4 tbsp molasses (not blackstrap)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan
Add onion and garlic and saute on medium heat until translucent
Turn heat down slightly and add vinegar, water, and the salt and spices
Allow to cook gently for about thirty minutes to an hour
To be used as a light mop sauce or glaze during the last 15-30 minutes of barbecuing and as a dip for cooked meat.

I highly recommended this book, and I also recommend his blog, Afroculinaria 

 

Weekend Cooking

Nov 092017
 

 

Three Things Thursday

Thing One

I saw this on my way home from work a few days ago. It made me smile because when I was pregnant with my first child I craved Hot Fudge Cake from Frisch’s Big Boy.  Almost every week my dad would drive to my house which was 30 min. away to pick me up and then drive another 40 to the closest Big Boy restaurant just so I could have a piece of the cake. Like I said before, I had the best parents ever!

 

Thing Two

The last few months I worked more than usual so getting Kaiyo to the groomer was delayed and her fur was way too long. I finally had a day off and so I took her, and she looks so cute. She moved as soon as I took the photo so her face is a blurry, but look at her leaf  bandanna the groomer put on her! So cute! Kaiyo always makes me smile.

 

Thing Three

While surfing the net I saw this video and it not only made me smile but it made me lol too!

Source: Bearded Dragon Goes Nuts For Blueberries by twobadgals on Rumble

 

Nov 082017
 

The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 04-08-08
Language: English
Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

Thoughts
This is a book that will make you think. It’s a book that will make you want to hug your loved ones. It’s a book that will make you appreciate your life a bit more than you did before you started it.

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was full of interesting stories of the author’s life. I just wanted more stories of situations where things didn’t turn out so perfect.  Most of us have more of those than the the ones that include perfect choices and endings. I just wanted more of those.

I know the book is about his childhood dreams, but I’m sure he had really dark days and I would have liked to know how he coped with those times. I would have liked more of his wife’s thoughts. Still, I’m glad I listened to the book.

Nov 072017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
At Least 3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Week 1:
1- Lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- grateful for time to take Kaiyo to the groomer, cooler weather, Starbucks Caramel ice coffe

Week 2:
1-
2-
3-

Week 3:
1-
2-
3-

Week 4:
1-
2-
3-

 

Plus

POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

 

 

Meals
Tuesday: Chicken Sandwich from Sonic
Wednesday: Tuna sandwiches
Thursday: I was the only one home so I ate cereal
Friday: Macaroni & cheese with smoked sausage
Saturday: Fish, okra, baked potato
Sunday: Sub from a local restaurant
Monday: Marinated grilled pork chops, yellow squash/zucchini/onion saute

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/31: 8,754
Wednesday~ 11/1: 16,932
Thursday ~ 11/2: didn’t track
Friday ~ 11/3: 11,129
Saturday ~ 11/4: 9,383
Sunday ~ 11/5: didn’t track
Monday ~ 11/6: 11,078

Nov 052017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Daylight came an hour early today thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Most people either like it or don’t at all. I’m on the fence. I like it getting light early, but I don’t like it getting dark early. It’s 63°  now with 100% humidity. The high is supposed to be 82° with little chance of  rain

Thinking…
I should probably go get my car detailed. Or do it myself. No, go get it done

Thankful…
That I have a job I like. Going to work at a job you don’t like is a terrible thing.

Reading…
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks & Barbra Streisand: On the Couch by Alma H. Bond

Listening To…
Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love (with Recipes) by Lia Huber

Watching…
I plan to start binge watching This Is Us today since everyone is raving about it

Creating…
A list of journaling prompts for the two journals I plan on starting January 1st

Fitness…
Going to start POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge in a few days

In The Kitchen…
Pork chops, broccoli, applesauce

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv, laundry

One of my favorite things:
Netflix, I love it!

A website I’d like to share:
Interesting Finds

Looking forward to…
Spending the day with my daughter on Saturday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14

A favorite quote…
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus

From the camera….

 

Nov 042017
 

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook For Fans Of Gilmore Girls
by Kristi Carlson

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 25, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151071734X
ISBN-13: 978-1510717343

The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke’s diner menu, Sookie’s eclectic inn fare, Emily’s fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrées and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores’ lives.

Prepare yourself for:
Salmon Puffs
Risotto
Pumpkin Pancakes
Rocky Road Cookies
The Birthday Girl Cocktail
And many more!

With beautiful photos, helpful kitchen tips, and fun tidbits about the show, this cookbook is a must-have for any Gilmore Girls fan. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook and eat your way through Stars Hollow. So don your apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. It’s time to eat like a Gilmore!

Thoughts
So many people I know watched and loved Gilmore Girls. I didn’t. Even after all the years since the series ended in 2007, they still gush about it. I kept thinking I’d watch and see what all the hoopla was about and finally decided it was time. So after waiting and waiting for all my shows to come back on, I started GG right before they started. Yea, I know. Anyway…

OH MAH GERSH!

From the first episode, I was hooked! So much so that I didn’t watch anything else until I had watched all 7 seasons, and then I watched the “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” and I’m hoping there’s a season two. This series is in my top 3 favorite series ever!

I loved everything about this show. Lorelai , Rory, Luke, Sookie, I loved them all. Well, Jess was iffy but by GG: AYITL I was a fan of him too. I love all the other characters (and boy were some of them characters), the town, and the small town feel.

Anyway, last week I was looking online for Gilmore Girl books and I ran across this cookbook on Amazon. I immediately ordered it.

I love this book. Lorelai and Rory didn’t cook much and so their main meals were from Luke’s Diner, Sookie, or from the Friday night dinners at Lorelai’s parents house.

I love that the recipes have a little background story from the show. There are so many recipes I want to try (I just got the book a few days ago so I haven’t tried any yet) like Banana Fosters French Toast, Roasted Duck In A Chocolate Orange Sauce, Zucchini Soup, Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. Everything sounds good.

I love everything about this book. I recommend it to fans of Gilmore Girls or to anyone who likes to cook, or just likes to collect cookbooks.

 

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Weekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Nov 012017
 

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Narrated by: Dan Butler, Barry Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
Abridged
Release date: 03-20-08
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery…
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel…
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream…
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it…

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and in an East Texas honky-tonk – and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda, an upscale New York gallery, a downtown dumpster, and a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Thoughts
I’ve had this book on my list to read for years but just never got to it. Then I saw that the movie based on the book was being released. Luckily I had just finished listening to another book so I quickly downloaded the audio and started listening to it.

I was immediately drawn to Denver and Ron, and stayed hooked throughout the book. I loved the relationship that grew between Ron, his wife Deborah, and Denver. It supports what I’ve always known, that people are just people. We all want/deserve the same things in life. Skin color and the amount of money you have is not at all important. How you treat people is.

This is such an inspiring book, full of love, kindness, and caring people.  There is a sadness there too for how Denver’s life played out before he met the Hall’s.  It’s also very funny at times and I laughed out loud quite often.

I’m glad I decided to listen to the audio instead of reading this book. I found out after I had finished it that the book was hard to follow because the chapters alternated between Ron and Denver but they weren’t labeled “Ron” or “Denver”.  Some reviewers had a hard time with that.

The narrators did a good job, making this easy to listen to. One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the music in between the chapters. Sometimes it made me jump because it came out of the blue and was loud, and it scared me. Sometimes the music played over the narrator making it hard to hear the last few words.

I loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Oct 312017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

 

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge (doing again in November since I failed in October)
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home: 
Eat a piece of fruit: 
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary: 
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Plus
21-Day Relaxation Course (doing again, maybe every month)

Meals
Tuesday: Sausage Dogs
Wednesday: Soup
Thursday: Burritos
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Leftover Pizza
Sunday: Tacos
Monday: Cereal

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/24: 8,044
Wednesday~ 10/25: 9,744
Thursday ~ 10/26: 16,662
Friday ~ 10/27: 15,713
Saturday ~ 10/28: 8,369
Sunday ~ 10/29: 16,104
Monday ~ 10/30: 9,421

Oct 252017
 

 

Hosted @ Maureen’s Books

 This is easy, I just finished (for the first time) watching all 7 seasons plus Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and hoping for more). I love this mother/daughter team and wish I hadn’t procrastinated so long. I didn’t even know there were books about them until I did a search to see if there was. I already ordered Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson and will order more when I figure out what order to buy them.
Anyway, I would love to go shopping with Lorelai .  She’s such a quirky, fun person that I think I’d have a fun time with her no matter what we were doing. Shopping with her would be unlike any shopping trip I’ve ever been on before.