Sep 122021

We’re supposed to have a high of 89° & a 46% chance of rain, hopefully that will be what we get

Current Reads…
Audio: That Night by Chevy Stevens
Print: 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jan Ziegelaman
Kindle: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Books Reviewed Last Week…
I’m still struggling with my reading/reviewing, what the heck is going on with me?

On TV…
I watched a movie called Greater (a true story) & Griffin & Phoenix. Both were very good

Menu Plan For This Week…
Brenda Gantt’s Pork Chop & Spanish Rice Casserole & Brussel Sprouts
Keto Mexican Cheesy Chicken Skillet
Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies Marinara
Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet, Salad w/ spinach, walnuts, cucumbers, tomatoes, Raspberry Vinaigrette

New To Me Stuff:
M&M’s Orange Vanilla Very good!

Today’s To Do List…
to catch up on my reading and watch a movie or two

Looking forward to…
More of the cooler weather we had Thursday & yesterday, it felt so good not to have such high heat & humidity

Question Of The Week…
What is your favorite quick and easy go to recipe and/or salad?

A Favorite Bible Verse…
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalm 56:3

From the camera…

When I took my dog out Friday I looked down and saw this mushroom
I immediately saw a smiling face with spikey hair

I’m always seeing things in things and asking whoever is with me if they see it too
Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t

Do you see it?

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  38 Responses to “Sunday Salon: 9/12/21”

  1. Hi Vicki, we are experiencing lovely early fall temps. Mid 70s by day and mid 50s at night. We went to a fall book sale yesterday and fair. I love that cool mushroom pic. Don’t feel bad about reading and reviews – we all go through that. I always have trouble keeping up with reviews these days. For an easy go to meal, for us it’s usually grilled shrimp and pasta sprinkled with cheese or pasta and veggies, sprinkled with cheese.
    Have a good week. Sometimes just a big salad with grilled shrimp on top.

    • I’d love to be having mid 70’s temps, that’s my favorite weather!

      Thanks for answering my question! The only way I’ve ever eaten shrimp is fried so I never thought to use it in a salad. I think I may try grilled shrimp!

  2. We woke up to temps of 69 degrees yesterday morning with beautiful blue skies, and we couldn’t resist heading out for a walk. I wish it would stay the same for a few days, but it looks like our weather will take a turn for the rainy today.

    I’m a huge Kate DiCamillo fan, and Because of Winn-Dixie is one of my all-time favorites. I do hope you love it, too.

    Yes, I’m one of those people who see images in the clouds…and maybe in mushrooms, too.

    • It has been a lot cooler the last 2 days but it’s supposed to heat back up this week.

      I’ve loved the books I’ve read by DiCamillo!

      I think it’s fun to look at something and automatically seeing something else there.

  3. That’s great that you are enjoying cooler temps. We’ve noticed that too and it’s so nice. I found a great Mediterranean Lentil Salad on Recipe Runner and it’s been a go to recipe this summer. And, I hear you on being a bit off on reading and reviewing. I need to get caught up too. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend and you get to enjoy some reading time.

  4. Glad to hear you’re finally getting some cooler temps… although “Florida cooler” isn’t quite the same as the cooler we’ve been enjoying in CT! My favorite quick and easy dinner is this Honey Garlic Shrimp. It literally takes 15 minutes to get dinner on the table and I always have the ingredients on hand … pantry staples, frozen shrimp, and a microwave-in-90-seconds bag of rice. I’ll use broccoli, too, if I have it.
    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a good week!

  5. Florida summertime has always sounded pretty awful to me, but I still envy your weather in January!

    best… mae at

  6. I clicked on the pork chops & spanish rice casserole link. Looks delicious!!! I saw all the comments where people are like “Wait!!!! 400F for how long, Miss Brenda???” lol Please let me know if you figure out the time. Meanwhile, I’ll see if I can find seasoned yellow rice. I wonder if I can use the kind that comes in the little packages…I forget the brand. I’ve used them for other stuff but I don’t know if there are different varieties like regular rice that take different liquids and cooking times. No one wants a nice juicy pork chop, crispy bacon and HARD RICE. Blech.

    What???? Orange vanilla M&Ms?????? I’ve gotta try them.

    My CURRENT quick & easy go to recipes are the two stir fry recipes from my friend Bonnye. In fact, I might make the mandarin orange stir fry tonight! I’ve made it with chicken and with shrimp and they are equally delicious. Shrimp is easier for me to end up with the proper texture. I’ve made way too many rubber chickens.

    This too shall pass also applies to reading and reviewing slumps, right? So hang in there! Just wait it out and try not to think about it.

    • She says in the video about 45 min. but to check it at 40 and then every 5 min. or so. anytime I’ve ever needed yellow rice, I’ve used Vigo yellow rice packs. It’s so good!

      Orange Vanilla M&M’s taste like a pushup pop the ice cream trucks used to have.

      I’ve never had mandarin orange stir fry but it sounds good, I’ll look for a recipe, using chicken.

      Ok, I’m not thinking about it anymore 🙂

  7. Orange vanilla M&Ms? Yum!

  8. In my part of Florida, we are having 90% whether with a heat index of 106…I’m inside with my a/c going. LOL I’ve been struggling with reviews and reading lately too. Hopefully we’ll both get back on track. Have a great week!

    • It’s not cool enough to not have the a/c going here either, but it is cooler than it’s been and I’m enjoying it.

      Yes, here’s to us getting back on track with our reading & reviews!

  9. The Mexican cheesy skillet is for me! I’m behind in my reviews and when I get a free ARC I feel like I need to have decent input, but some plots don’t grab as I thought they may when I requested them.

    We have had a few days where it hasn’t felt like 95 but I’m looking forward to actual fall temperatures!

    • I’ll be making the Mexican Cheesy Skillet in a day or two. I’m hoping it’s as good as it sounds.

      I’ve been having a lot of books that don’t hold my interest so I think that’s why I’m not reading them as fast as I usually would.

      I’m looking forward to fall temps. too!

  10. I love M&Ms, never knew they had some new kinds.

  11. I haven’t been able to settle on a book for several days. I think I’ve started and stopped 5 or 6and still don’t like the one I’m currently try out. At least I’m’ getting rid of a bunch from my TBR shelves. They’ve been there a long time!

    I can’t imagine what an Orange Vanilla M&M would taste like!

    I have a few quick and easy Go To recipes. One is shrimp & orzo (on my blog). If you like soup, this is another winner.

    • I do that with books. I try them again in a few weeks and sometimes I keep reading, some I stop and give up.

      It kind of tastes like those orange push up pops ice cream trucks sold when I was a kid.

      I love soup so I’ll check out both recipes, thank you!

  12. We have had beautiful weather for the last couple of weeks – low humidity, temps in the low to mid 70’s. I’m trying to store it up before it is time for the snow to fly (I’m in WI).

    My favorite, easy go-to salad, is zuchinni – cut in rounds and rounds quartered, chopped tomato, black olives, feta cheese then add Italian dressing. It’s really good this time of year especially.

    Hope you can get back into your reading this week!

  13. I loved to read Because of Winn-Dixie to my class. I remember a discussion on (Litmus?) lozenges in which we talked about what sadness tasted like. Are you there yet in the book?

    Reading and reviewing…ack! That goes in hills and valleys for me, along with commenting, sadly.

    I didn’t see the smiling face in the mushroom, but I’ll take your word for it. My imagination may be lacking since I left the classroom.☺️

    • No, I got sidetracked but will finish it soon (I hope). Now I’m curious about that part of the book 🙂

      My reading has been up and down for the last two years. I’m not liking it!

      The smiley face was from the side, the two white spots on the right are the eyes and mouth, the spikes on the left is hair. At least that’s how I saw it 🙂

  14. I’ve had a hard time settling down to review for a while now but at least I’m still reading. Oh well.

    The orange vanilla M&Ms sound delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before.

    I don’t enjoy cooking at all but Chickpea Curry is one of my easy go-tos.

    Enjoy your week!

    • I’m not a fan of cooking anymore either, too many years and too many people.

      I’ll check out that recipe, I LOVE anything with curry in it. Well, almost everything 🙂

  15. Reading and blogging slumps are real and no fun. I had to give myself permission to do what I could and not push myself. It did take a couple months, but then one day it just came back.

    Because of Winn Dixie is a great book!

    • I’m hoping it comes back to me soon. I start a book, can’t get into it, start another, then another. It seems like a never ending cycle. I did finish People We Meet On Vacation but haven’t written a review yet.

      My daughter and I are doing a Winn Dixie read along.

  16. We are having intermittent showers which dont help very much with temperatures though. I try to review three books at a time and then it gets done. If it becomes four I never seem to be able to do the fourth. Dont even ask why.

    • There is no sense to be made out of my reading/reviewing lately. I don’t like it at all. I like to read a book then review it. Not start to read it, stop, try again, stop, finish it and the don’t review it for a while.
      My book total will be way down from the # I set for myself this year.

  17. An easy recipe I find versatile is Faux Fried Rice
    Add butter to a small saucepan and sauté diced bacon til it begins to brown. Add diced onion and sauté til clear. Add minced garlic and ginger to taste, stir. Add two beaten eggs to center of the pan, allow to set slightly and then mix to break up. Add 1 to 2 cups frozen vegetable mix (eg peas, corn, carrot, capsicum) and 1/4 soy sauce. Stir occasionally over low heat for 10 minutes.
    Meanwhile cook 2 cups white rice by your preferred method. Pour about 1/8th cup of soy sauce over rice and use a fork to mix through until it’s browned evenly (you may need a little more or less depending on the quality of the sauce). Add contents of saucepan and stir through.
    Can be served warm or cold.
    Serve as a side, or to turn into a quick meal add your choice of shredded cooked chicken, sliced cooked sausage, pork or beef , or seasoned cooked ground meat.
    Freezes well

    Wishing you a great reading week

  18. We can’t wait for spring to really kick in with the hope of summer. We are experiencing rainy weather the last couple of days and we won’t complain, because we need the rain desperately.

    I’m also struggling a bit with reading and review at the moment, too many other things keeping my mind occupied!

    Have a good week and good luck with that reading and reviewing.

    • It seems like a lot of people are struggling with reading and reviewing since Covid hit. I know a few people who aren’t even blogging anymore. It’s sad!

  19. Orange Vanilla M&M’s sound yummy! I’m really struggling with reviewing myself so I can relate. I hope you are well!

  20. This time of the year is when I normally get hit with a reading slump so you not being able to read sounds like what I experience every year. I am pushing hard to not have it hit me this year.

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