1.20.2018

Obsessed: Cookbooks

Oh man. I LOVE FOOD. I love to cook food. I love to eat food. I love to smell food. I just love food. Lately I've been really good at menu planning and one reason why I've really stuck with it is that I've reserved cookbooks every single week at the library. I try to make at least one recipe out of each cookbook. That has seriously forced me to realize that not all cookbooks are created equal, nor are all cookbooks that great. Not all of them are for me and I've come to realize that I have limitations to what I'm willing to make.

Example - I was set on getting out Nigella Lawson's cookbooks and I really thought I would enjoy them. But then I opened one up and looked at her ingredients and shook my head. NOPE. None of these recipes would ever be made in my kitchen. Which is really too bad because years ago I used to enjoy her show.


This week I went overboard on Moosewood Cookbooks from the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY. I must have reserved 5 or 6 of them and...four of them were ready for me at the library at the same time. Which is a lot. And I forgot to put them on hold so they would be ready one at a time. Oh, well. I guess I'll have to speed read through them!

The first one I'm going to tackle is Simple Suppers. I'll choose a few to make next week and then by that time I'll have to renew all the others. I'll update and review later this month.

1.17.2018

OMG. 4:30 is TOO Early

I got up at 4:30 this morning and went to the gym.

People were lined up outside at 4:45. They scan our cards so of course there's a line. There were 22 cars in the lot already. And the cars just kept coming. Holy crap.

I seriously thought that maybe I had beat the New Year's Resolution-ers to the gym for a workout and boy, was I wrong!

Truth be told, I don't have time to go during the day. By the time The Monkey is dropped off at school and we're home it's almost 10 and I still need to do dishes, laundry, clean SOMETHING in this house (or garden or shovel or something is in desperate NEED of attention like bills, etc...). Then it's 11 and Chewie is screaming for lunch. After lunch is nap. During nap is time for laundry, more dishes, mopping, wiping up crumbs from the floor, taking out the garbage, getting everything ready for dinner, and basically not losing my mind.

So no, I don't have time for the gym. Possibly on Thursdays but in general Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for Tot Time so I can see adults and practice speaking to adults. I'm a bit out of practice in that adult socialization department. And time is fleeting.

Pretty sure Bimmer Man would be like "but you have time!" to which I would reply "well, you don't mop the floors or make it look pretty around here or disinfect the bathroom, amiright?!?"

There's just no time during the day. It just doesn't happen when I need to work around nap time.

I was reading an article awhile ago about how if moms want to do anything for themselves they either need to stay up late or get up early but either one they choose is to sacrifice their sleep for their own needs. Isn't that terrible?

But I've fallen prey to it and will do this until Chewie is in Kindergarten and then I can actually get shit done during day. It is what it is...

Until then coffee is my best friend.

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1.16.2018

Menu Planning 1/14 - 1/19

Sunday Football Day - Vegan Enchiladas with a spicy Basil-Cilantro Chimichurri + Bimmer Man's Taco Dip

Monday - Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Cous Cous

Tuesday - Pot Stickers + Fried Rice + Steamed Frozen Veggie Packet

Wednesday - Italian Cous Cous Casserole from Thug Kitchen Party Grub

Thursday - Roasted Gnocchi and Brussel Sprouts with Lemon Viniagrette

Friday - Family Fun Night with Pizza

Obsessed: Candles

For awhile now I've been burning candles. I've become a little obsessed. I mean. Sort of.

Last spring I bought a shit load of candles from my nephew's fiance from Partylite but I bought those for party gifts and hostess gifts and only a few for myself. Then I burned a votive and I was like OH SHIT I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LIKE THE SMELL OF CANDLES. But I also use an essential oil diffuser so I guess I'm a little obsessed with smells.

Not to mention the fact that my house was built in 1949 so I don't actually want it to smell like 1949. Because there's totally times where it smells like 1949.

I think pillar candles are super expensive and I like to switch up scents every other day or so. I can't really do that with jar candles and what the heck do you do with the jar when you're done? I don't know what to do with it besides recycle it but you have to get the wax out first (leave about 1/4 inch of wax on the bottom, then put it in the freezer. The wax will seize up and pop right out!).

I'm a big fan of tealights and votive candles. I put two on my stove and let them burn while I'm home. I feel like that's the safest place for them because I'm terrified of having a house fire. I know, I know, there's people that leave their candles burning for hours in all random areas of their homes but I can't do that!

I logged into Partylite only to find my nephew's girlfriend is not my consultant anymore which means she doesn't sell them. Boo. But here's a link to the votive candles if you're curious about the smells. Normally I don't buy into the MLM stuff but the Partylite scents are pretty great! Not too overwhelming, not too underwhelming.

Yesterday I bought a few Yankee Candles - I think the sage mixes are my favorite scents but I'll have to burn the rest too. On Yankee's website there's currently a sale running on votives - $1 each instead of $1.99.

And then of course at some point I'll have to stop at Bath & Body Works to cash in on their sales that seem to be ALWAYS happening. However, I don't think they sell the smaller candles. I'll have to check it out.

Until next time friends, Happy Tuesday!

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1.02.2018

UGH. I almost made it!

40 books last year! 40 books! And I made it to 39. I'm so freaking irritated with myself. Had we stayed at home I could have read for an hour and finished Big Little Lies but that didn't happen. Oh, well!

Off to the next challenge. I'm going for 45 books for 2018.

On my nightstand right now:

Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Any good suggestions for this next year??

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12.18.2017

Book Review: History of Wolves


This book made the short list for the Man Booker Prize this year. It's really no surprise after reading it. The characters are so well written that I wanted to throw this against the wall several times, much like Gone Girl. Ha! This book weaves together so many little things that I hope I didn't miss any small details. Told from the viewpoint of a grown woman's perspective of tragic events while she was a teenager. From the very start the reader absolutely knows that something tragic is going to happen, but what you just don't know.

There is one storyline in the book which I think I might have missed the point - Linda involves herself with another character, Lily. This part of the story baffles me because the main story is about the little boy that Linda was baby-sitting. The family is Christian Scientist and from this, I'm sure you can deduce exactly what tragedy will take place (though to be honest, I thought it might be a drowning at first but...I was wrong!). As Linda grows up, what happened to her as a teenage affects her relationships as an adult, I'm so glad this book tackles that as a subject because I think so many people have unresolved issues and really aren't sure what to do or how to cope with those feelings.

In short, this book was a fabulous quick read. It went by so quickly, I really wished there was more to read. Not all the storylines were wrapped up, so I'm hoping there's more to come (like maybe a prequel?). This book also made me want to delve into the details of Christian Scientists and definitely makes me want to read more books by Emily Fridlund. Her writing was lovely and a pleasure to read.
I would recommend this book, especially if you're looking for a present for the upcoming holidays.

12.15.2017

Friday Finds

Oh, I've been having so much fun wandering my way through the internet and finding fun things to dream about buying or things that I just love. 

Found while surfing around the interwebs today:








Oh, and once you get to the Wayfair website, you may have problems leaving that website. It's a little addicting looking for fun home goods! Happy shopping!

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Happy December!

I have decided that I know exactly why it's been a bit difficult to blog.

Chewy is nuts. Certifiably. Why?

Because he climbs on everything. He wants to walk everywhere. He wants to do everything his big sister does. He is into everything as well.

But I guess that sounds like a typical toddler! Ha!







In any case, I rarely find time to blog because we're on the go a lot - with two kids, I swear, time flies by so fast that at the end of the night all I want to do is climb into bed and read a book and then fall asleep. 

Then morning comes too soon!

New Year's is coming up soon and also New Year's Resolutions. I don't think I have any, and in general I'm not a huge fan. I think if you know you need to change something or want to change something then you can start at any time of the year, and besides, any of the change of seasons is a great time to start or at a New Moon. 

Now that I feel a bit more caught up with housework, schedules, and kid crap, I think I'm going to add blogging to my weekly list of things to do. I'm going to try to write more about what I want to and not about catching you up with my life every few months (because omg, we really do live a boring life!). So I'm wishing myself luck.