Oct 092021
 

Outside… 
Supposed to be a high of 86° with only a 16% chance of rain. I’m hoping that doesn’t change so we can have a cookout and not get caught in the rain or it be too hot

Current Reading…
Audio: An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good (Äldre dam #1) by Helen Tursten
Print Book: Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (Diaries #1) by David Sedaris
Kindle: Journey Into The Apostolic by Bill Easter

Books Reviewed Last Week…
No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily

Review Coming Up…
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

On TV…
All About Steve

Menu Plan For This Week…
Cookout
Grandmother’s Potato Soup
Crockpot Chicken And Stuffing
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll
Spinach Salad with Chicken and Avocado

New To Me Stuff:
Ø

Today’s To Do List…
Work, then a cookout, tv, read

Looking forward to…
Cooler weather so we can get some things around the house done

Question Of The Week…
What’s the best movie you’re ever watched?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
Psalm 91:3

From the camera…

It’s a Weber Genesis II 315 LP and I LOVE it!

Isn’t it purty?

 Posted by at 9:06 PM
Oct 092021
 

Frito Pie Casserole

1 lb ground beef
2 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
2 (15-oz) cans Ranch Style Beans
2 (10-oz) cans enchilada sauce
1 (9.75-oz) bag Fritos
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray, set aside
In a large skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink
Drain fat & return meat to pan
Stir in onion flakes, beans and enchilada sauce
Pour half of Fritos into prepared pan
Top with meat mixture
Sprinkle cheese over meat mixture
Top with remaining chips

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes
Sprinkle with chopped green onions

Thoughts
This was good, easy and quick to make. I had some green onions but decided not to add them to the top. I want to make it again and will add them. It made too much for two people so the next time I’ll leave the corn chips out and freeze the leftovers. I can add the corn chips to the top when I reheat it or just eat them on the side if I want.

This is a good recipe when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. It took me a little under 40 minutes.

Weekend Cooking

 Posted by at 7:10 AM
Oct 072021
 

Join us for this tour from Sep 20 to Oct 8, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  No Names to Be Given
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +)  
Genre: Vintage Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Admission Press Inc
Release date:   08/2021
Format available for review:  audiobook ( MP3 audio )
Tour Dates: Sep 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating:  PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes. 


“A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.” Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.

“An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.” Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.

“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.
“Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit.” Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.

“I found myself thinking about Becca, Sandy, and Faith frequently as I went about my day—I was always excited to sit down and find out what happened next.” Sarah Welch, author of Austin Brown Dogs: The Shelter Dogs Who Rescue Us. 

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Book Description:
Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given. 


The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era. 


 When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
 Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
 How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.   

Thoughts
This book is about 3 young girls in the ’60’s who were from very different backgrounds, and who ended up meeting when they were sent to a home for unwed mothers. Their parents couldn’t accept their pregnancy and wanted it to be keep a secret. For one of the girls, if her pregnancy was found out, it would have ruined her families reputation, especially her father’s.

The author did a great job of writing about a very hard and personal thing for anyone to go through, especially a young girl. I liked learning how the girls ended up in the situation they were in. Each one made me feel different emotions and I was eager to find out how each one played out.

The story continued after they had their babies and I enjoyed finding out what happened after that. I would give this book a 5*.

This was narrated by Reagan Boggs and she did a fantastic job! I would definitely read another book by this author and listen to another audiobook by Reagan Boggs.

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Meet the Author:
 Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.  

She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart. 

As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.

Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well.  A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.​
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Sep 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway 
​Sep 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway 
Sep 21 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22– Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway ​
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Sep 27 – @booking.with.janelle – audiobook review / author interview 
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Oct 5 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Oct 7 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – audiobook review / giveaway
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 Posted by at 12:28 PM
Oct 032021
 

Outside… 
It’s too early to know what the temp will be but it’s supposed to be 89°

Current Reading…
Audio: No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily
Kindle: Finding Home by Jackie Weger

Watching This Week…
The Magic Of Belle Isle, A Street Cat Named Bob, Big Stone Gap, Europa Report

Menu Plan For This Week…
Cookkout today
Some kind of soup
Beans w/ham, cornbread
Baked Chicken, Spinach, Applesauce
Keilbasa & Cabbage

New To Me Stuff:
Irn-Bru Carbonated Citrus Flavor Soft Drink Didn’t like it

Also, when I came home from work yesterday my son Anthony asked me to go out to the back yard with him so he could show me something he did out there. I didn’t see anything so I turned to him and said I didn’t see anything different, and there beside him was a pretty new grill! I was very happy, I’ve been wanting one ❤️

Today’s To Do List…
Work, cookout with my family, watch tv & read

Looking forward to…
A day off so I can do nothing but relax at home. Been working everyday except one the last few weeks and I had errands to run most of that day. I need a little me time to read, watch a movie, maybe take a nap

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Proverbs 10:12

From the camera…

❤️ My son Jeremy and my great granddaughter Jensen ❤️

 Posted by at 5:18 AM
Sep 272021
 

Banned Books Week

September 26 to October 2

I plan on joining this year for the first time. I’m hoping this challenge will help me get these books read, they’ve all been on my tbr list for a while. I started Because of Winn Dixie a month or so ago but only got a few pages read. Johnny Got His Gun is a book I read in Jr. High and have never forgotten and have wanted to read again.

Because Of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo ~ Listen

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo ~ Read

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ~ Listen

Call Of The Wild by Jack London ~ Read/Listen

If you have read any of these, did you like them? Are you joining Banned Book Weeks?

 Posted by at 4:07 PM
Sep 182021
 

Outside… 
It’s supposed to be hotter with a 58% chance of rain, I just hope it isn’t very humid

Current Reading…
Audio: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Print 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman Still
Kindle: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Still

Books Reviewed Last Week…
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
That Night by Chevy Stevens

I FINISHED TWO BOOKS AND WROTE REVIEWS FOR THEM!!!

Seems I’m out of the audio slump, now if I can just break the print slump

On TV…
Looking forward to the return of Chicago PD, Fire, Med, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things, The Neighborhood, FBI, FBI Most Wanted, Bob Hearts Abishola, The Rookie, and am going to binge watch The Good Doctor to catch up, & I’m adding Women Of The Movement to my list. I’ve probably missed some shows but my Roku will record them when they come back on.

Menu Plan For This Week…
It’s going to be a “quick and simple” week
Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies Marinara (didn’t get to it last week)
Chicken Frito Casserole which I saw on Tina’s blog
Taco Salad
Hamburgers, Onion Rings, Baked Beans
Bacon, Eggs, Toast

New To Me Stuff:
Didn’t try anything new last week

Today’s To Do List…
Relaxing, it was a long week

Looking forward to…
Hopefully spending this Wednesday with my daughter, unless something gets in the way

Question Of The Week…
What are your favorite tv shows

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied
Jude 1:2

From the camera…

A friend of mine said that he loves Grilled Cheese with Peanut Butter, dipped in ketchup. I said that didn’t sound good at all. So he told me to try it, and I did. I took a photo of it as proof. Surprisingly it was pretty good. I still like Peanut Butter & Bologna sandwiches better, it’s so good. My dad ate them when I was I kid and got me and my brother eating them. I don’t remember if my sister’s ate them, I’ll have to ask them.

 Posted by at 8:37 PM
Sep 182021
 
That Night

That Night by Chevy Stevens

A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister’s murder.

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life miserable in high school and who may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name.

Thoughts
I’ve loved every book by Chevy Stevens that I’ve read so I decided it was time to catch up on the ones I haven’t read. This was the next book on the list.

There weren’t as many suspenseful parts as there were in the other books of hers I’ve read, but the ones it did have were very intense.

The beginning was good, the middle was better, and I loved the ending, other than one sad thing.

This is part love story, part family drama, part mean girls, part murder. It gave me all the feels!

The audiobook is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and I thought she did a great job!

I plan on reading the next book Chevy wrote soon.

 Posted by at 4:57 PM
Sep 142021
 
People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Narrated by Julie Whelan

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

Thoughts
I really wanted to love this book and I did. But it came slowly, toward the end of the book. Until then I was just 1/3rd of the way there.

I loved the idea of Poppy & Alex meeting on vacation. I love that they got together every year after that for their yearly vacation together. Until they messed that up. And then two years later they go again and things went the way I wanted until they didn’t. Again.

Even though the book was really good and kept me wanting to know what was next, I wanted to shake them. Neither one was 100% truthful with the other until towards the end of the book. And even then, after a few more chapters I was saying “oh good grief”.

But then the ending came and it was what I wanted all along. Now if only the author does a follow up. I really hope she does so I can have answers to all the questions wandering around in my head about what came after that.

The audiobook was narrated by Julia Whelan, and she did a great job!

 Posted by at 4:00 PM