July 12, 2018

Still here.....

Hey y’all, I have been slacking on this blog.  Sorry for whoever reads it. I promise I will sit down and  do some blog posts soon. You can also follow me on my Facebook group. Click the tab up top “Blog Facebook” to follow. Sorry again for not blogging much.  Have a wonderful week

July 4, 2018

Currently-July


Celebrating- My birthday today(July 4th) 

Visiting- No one at this time

 Baking-Nothing right now

Wearing- My USA shirt and my red\white\blue flip flops 

Loving- My feedom and my life

June 3, 2018

Library and a book

Haven’t been to a library in years. So Saturday I went and got a card. The library has changed since I was there last. They even got books that I have on my reading list. I am very excited about that. I got this book and I have 3 weeks to read it!!!

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .
A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.
Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after."

May 30, 2018

New reads

I am still reading The People We Hate at the Wedding
(you can read about what it is, by clicking on the picture on the right)


The other books I am reading now:

The bestselling novel about a young woman's coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York's most elite restaurants. Now a STARZ Original Series.

Newly arrived in New York City, twenty-two-year-old Tess lands a job as a "backwaiter" at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. What follows is the story of her education: in champagne and cocaine, love and lust, dive bars and fine dining rooms, as she learns to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing life she has chosen. As her appetites awaken—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—Tess finds herself helplessly drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle. In Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler deftly conjures with heart-stopping accuracy the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the restaurant industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young in New York.






Natalie Melter hates that her family made her leave sunny Arizona to move to Wisconsin but she’s even more upset that her dad, a former hockey player, tells her that she can move back to Arizona in the summer only if she makes her school's hockey team.

Natalie doesn't know the first thing about standing up on a pair of ice skates, but life in snowy Wisconsin is about to get a whole lot more interesting when the cute college hockey player next door decides to teach her the sport he loves.

Will Natalie put it together in time to make the team or will Shane be a distraction she can’t ignore?




To see my other books, you can look on my Goodreads  

May 28, 2018

Grilled Parmesan Corn On The Cob

Ingredients
  • 4 ears of fresh corn on the cob
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper




Instructions
Preheat the grill to 400ºF.
Prep corn by shucking and placing each ear on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil.Set aside.
In a small bowl mix the olive oil, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Brush the oil mixture over each ear of corn. Sprinkle generously with the parmesan cheese (reserving some for garnish). Wrap the corn tightly in the aluminum foil.

Place aluminum foil pack on the grill for around 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.

Unwrap each piece and garnish with more parmesan cheese. Serve 


May 14, 2018

My Husband's Wife and a new book

I finished this book on Saturday. It was very interesting. To me it was slow. Although, I couldn’t put it down. There were some jaw-dropping moments for me. I do recommend it



The next book I am starting is: 



Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. 
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.


May 10, 2018

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Rotini
  • 24 oz Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup Diced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup Whole pepperoni
  • 2 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • teaspoon Oregano (dried)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. 
  2. Cook your pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Add in spaghetti sauce, diced pepperoni, and 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Mix then pour into a casserole dish.  
  3. Add remaining cup of cheese to the top of your casserole. Then add whole pepperoni and sprinkle with oregano. 
  4. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven serve enjoy. 

TBB Asks Entertainment Edition

1. Comedy or Drama? Both

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction?  Both

3. Movies in Theater or At Home? Both

4. Musical or Play? Both

5. Which Meal of the day is your favorite to eat out? Lunch

6. Favorite Book ever read? I really don’t have a favorite. I like the ones I have read

7. Game Night: Yes or No?  no (used to years ago)

8. Favorite Outside Game to play? Don’t have one

9. Favorite TV Series ever?  Don’t really have a favorite. Like all of them

10. Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms of today? Sitcoms growing up (and some today)

11. Miniature Golf or Bowling? Bowling for sure

12. Favorite Movie Theater Candy? Peanut M&M’s (I put them in my popcorn)

13. How do you like your popcorn? Lot’s of butter

14. 3D movies with the glasses; Yes or No? It really depends on the movie

15. Favorite Genre of Books to Read? Romance, sports and others (I am very picky what I read though)

May 3, 2018

2 new books

I added 2 new books in my book drawer..............can't wait to read them!!!!



Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. 


An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.



They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.



When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.



Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured










When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.
Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce―and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her―and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions―especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors―and to ask how well anyone reallyknows anyone else.

May 2, 2018

Currently-May

celebrating
Life. How wonderful it is

creating:
Lists on what to throw away, keep and donate

wearing:
Comfy clothes around the house

sharing:
Nothing really right now

going:
No where at the moment, but hopefully Boston this summer 

April 30, 2018

CREAMY SWISS CHICKEN BAKE


INGREDIENTS
  • 4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 6-8 Slices Swiss Cheese (Mozzarella works too)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Cooked Rice to serve over (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Pat chicken dry and place in a greased 9x13 pan.
  3. Add sliced cheese on top of chicken breasts.
  4. In a bowl mix mayonnaise, sour cream, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread this over chicken and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 1 hour. Serve over rice if desired or serve alone.

April 28, 2018

New book- My Husband's Wife

*finally reading some of the books that are in my book drawer*


When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.


But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.



When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

April 27, 2018

A MUST read

I just got done with I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope and I LOVED it. I could not put it down. So powerful!!! Chessy Prout is a brave young woman. No one should ever be in this situation.

 I highly recommend it. God bless Chessy, her family and the victims 


#Ihavetherightto
A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir.

The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. Chessy’s story offers real, powerful solutions to upend rape culture as we know it today. Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma.