Monday, March 2, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 3/2

Monday- Cheese Raviolis with ground sausage and garlic bread and leftover Pizza Bites
Tuesday- Chicken Kiev and Cordon Bleu with white rice
Wednesday- Leftovers or Breakfast for Dinner
Thursday- Salsa Sloppy Joes with mac and cheese
Friday- Chicken Nugget Wraps with homemade fries
Saturday- Leftovers/??
Sunday- Leftovers/??

Last week, I had it so together that I wrote down two weeks of meals so that I didn't have to go back through the inventory and figure things out when the beginning of the month came up as a surprise.  I was excited to see that I had the week mostly figured out with things that I had in the house.  I do have to go to the store to get milk, butter and a few other essentials on Monday but most everything in already in the house. 

Here is hoping that I have enough time to make a loaf of banana bread this week.  I was hoping to get one made last week but I didn't have enough time.  We have a few blueberry muffins leftover from last week and the brownies are gone (they never last that long) so I hope to make another batch this week.   I hope that you have a good week and a tasty one!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Book Review

I realized that I missed a book in the series of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency so I went back and put it on reserve at the library.  The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (14)
by Alexander McCall Smith was another great book in the series.  If you haven't tried this series, you should really check it out.  I think that it is fun and entertaining to see all of the problems that the ladies get involved in. This book was no different!!

Precious Ramotswe has her hands full with two puzzling cases. The first is a young man hoping to claim his inheritance at his uncle’s farm. The farmer’s lawyer fears that this self-professed nephew may be falsely impersonating the real heir, and asks Mma Ramotswe to look into his identity. The second involves the newly opened Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, which has been shadowed by misfortune, from bad omens in the mail to swirling rumors that its services are dangerous. The salon’s proprietor fears that someone is trying to put her out of business and it is the detective's jobs to figure out who. Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has come to suspect that her intrepid associate Grace Makutsi is pregnant—though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing.  She tries to figure out how to bring up the subject without sounding totally rude and decides not to mention it.  Pick up this book to find out what happens in this installment from the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

I love the characters and the stories that Alexander McCall Smith comes up with because they are always new and different but sometimes the same.  Because of the great writing, you never feel like you are reading the same book.  This book is the 14th in the series and it is just as great as the first...maybe even better because you are pulling for your favorite characters to have good things happen.  I was sad to learn that I missed it and went on to read the book after this first but glad that I could go back and find out what I missed.  I hope that you check out this book and series for yourself!  I promise that you won't be disappointed!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rose Harbor in Bloom Book Review

I got Rose Harbor in Bloom: A Novel by Debbie Macomber when I picked up my reserves at the library.  I did get too many at the same time again so it sat in the pile of the side table until I got a chance to read it but I was happy when I finally did.  I love the writing in the books from Debbie Macomber.  I enjoy the characters and the way the stories unfold and this was no different!!  You really feel a part of the small town when you are sitting down to read this novel.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.  Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures.

I enjoyed the book and was glad that I already had the next book in the series in order to keep reading about the great inn and characters in the small West Coast town.  The greatest part about this series is that I have already read the books in the Cedar Cover series so I love the town and all of the people living there so this is just like an added bonus to get to know more about visitors to the small town.  I hope that you pick up this book at your local library or bookstore and enjoy it as much as I did.  Remember that it is the second book in the series so if you want to get the background, make sure you pick up the first book to start before this one!!  I hope that you enjoy the great book and characters as much as I did!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Menu Plan Monday 2/23

Monday- Chicken Wraps with homemade fries
Tuesday- French Dip Sloppy Joes with chicken rice
Wednesday- Pizza bites with sausage and pepperoni
Thursday- Breakfast for Dinner
Friday- Olive Oil Pasta with sliced sausages and garlic bread
Saturday- Leftovers/ Tacos
Sunday- Leftovers/ Buffalo Chicken Salad

The end of the month already!!!  I am super glad to see the end of the month but I know that means that I have to defrost my freezer soon (either this week or next).  We have barely any food left in the freezer so I know that it won't be too much trouble.  I am going to turn most of my bread cubes into bread crumbs so that they take up less room and they really don't have to be frozen while we are moving the freezers.  I am going to try to use up the rest of the stuff in there this week so here is what we have left:

brown rice (3)
cous cous (1)
pizza sauce(2)
cheese ravioli (1)
chicken sausage (1 package- 4)
brats (1 packaage- 6 brats)
hamburgers (4)
sausage crumbles (1 bag)
spicy pulled pork (1)
margarine (6)
homemade spaghetti sauce (3)
popcorn (1)
ripe bananas (6)

Things I know that I am not going to use up:

chicken broth
Ham steaks (12)
Flour tortilla (7 packages)
masa corn flour
bread cubes and bread crumbs

I know that I will not be using up the chicken broth because most of the top shelf is full with it.  I think that I will be trying to shove all of the things that I don't use in the upstairs freezer until the freezer gets up and running at the new house and then taking over a big load of stuff to put in the freezer.  I am going to make bread crumbs to decrease the size of the bread population but there is some serious creativity that I need to come up with to make some of the rest of the food go to good use.  We have two loaves of banana bread in our near future.  YUM!!!!  I hope that you have a good week and a tasty one!!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

An Angel for Dry Creek and A Gentleman for Dry Creek Book Review

An Angel for Dry Creek / A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Love Inspired Classics) by Janet Tronstad was the first book in the series and it was a two for one book.  It included what used to be the first two books.  The great thing about the books was that they overlapped in the characters and the time that it was covering.  It was great that they combined these books into one great big book.  The cover says 2 novels with 1 great price so I assume that the used to be two different books before but they can only be purchased separately for the kindle currently.

The first book was An Angel for Dry Creek had police sketch artist, Glory Beckett, stumble into cynical Matthew Curtis's life in tiny Dry Creek, MT. Amazed, Matthew's twin boys soon convince the whole town that Glory really is a Christmas angel sent just for them and maybe for their stubborn father, who lost his faith and his ministry after his wife died. As Glory unites the town with Christmas spirit, Matthew faces his fears of losing her to an anonymous hit man. And it looked as if it would take a miracle to convince anyone in town that she wasn't the least bit celestial, let alone that her presence in Dry Creek might even put them all in danger!

In the second book, Garth Elkton had found Sylvia Bannister's car in a ditch and rescued her from the freezing weather. And when she'd fled like Cinderella, leaving an earring behind, he'd tracked her down to return it--only to save her a second time! Yet despite his heroic efforts, Sylvia wasn't treating him like her knight in shining armor. For an abusive marriage had made Sylvia wary of all men. So when the troubled teens in her church-sponsored youth center needed a camp retreat, he volunteered his ranch. And set out to prove to Sylvia that he was a gentleman to be trusted.

I know that you have to pick up this book to see how the two stories overlap but it is great when you can see the same characters interacting with the small town from their own perspective.  I thought the books were super entertaining.  I wouldn't put these up there as great literature but I was entertained and loved the characters and the quaint small town.  I hope that you check out the book and let me know what you think.  I think that we would all love to find ourselves in a great small town like this one with even with the challenges that the characters have to overcome.  I hope you agree after reading them too!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Snowbound in Dry Creek Book Review

I wanted to read a few of the books by Janet Tronstad so I grabbed the only three at the branch of the library so that I didn't have to wait for the reserve process.  Not that it is really long but I wanted to read something quick and fun.  I got Snowbound in Dry Creek (Dry Creek Series #14) (Love Inspired #465) by Janet Tronstad. 

Rodeo champion Zach "Lightning" Lucas grumpily agrees to a Christmas Eve deal: put on a Santa suit and deliver gifts to a widowed mother. That done, he can finally leave Dry Creek, Montana, in his dust. Well, except for the small stowaway in his truck: Jenny Collins's grief-stricken little daughter. Like Zach, the girl doesn't believe in much of anything anymore. He brings her home just in time for a blizzard to strand him in lovely Jenny's barn. Where he unexpectedly helps a family—and himself—find the meaning of Christmas.

This is a heart warming story of making the most of being stuck in the snow storm away from home.  I was tied to this book and had trouble putting it down because it was such a great story.  How they make the most of Christmas is a great story for all to learn from because family togetherness is the best part and not expensive presents.  If you are missing the holiday season, this might be a great book for you to pick up or if you are getting the horrible cold weather, you might at least relate.  I hope that you enjoy this story as much as I did when you check it out at your local library or bookstore.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wife Wanted in Dry Creek Book Review

The next book in the pile to review was Wife Wanted in Dry Creek (Love Inspired) by Janet Tronstad which was a strange title but I went with it because I was interested in finding out what it was about.  Are you intrigued? I was and I wasn't disappointed!!

Thanks to his uncle posting a prayer request in the church bulletin, all of Dry Creek, Montana, thinks Conrad Nelson wants a wife. A busy mechanic, Conrad is doing just fine on his own. But then the very woman he described as the perfect wife drives into his life. Katrina Britton is in town only temporarily to care for her young nephews--and the worry in her pretty green eyes has him keeping his distance. Until even Dry Creek's confirmed bachelor realizes they're each other's answered prayers.  Pick up this book and find out what happens.

I thought that this one was a strange title.  If it was the first book in the series, I probably wouldn't have picked it off the shelf.  Since I had already read lots of her books, I never thought twice about it.  The town was looking for a wife for Conrad and they all prayed to find one so they decided that the nice woman who came into town must be the one that they were praying for.  I really enjoyed watching this relationship unfold!  I hope that you check out this book at your local library or bookstore and see it for yourself!