Saturday, July 30, 2016

Only His Book Review

I was excited to start on the next installment of the Fools' Gold series.  Only His (Fool's Gold, Book 6) by Susan Mallery was the next book in my pile from the library.  I picked it up after finishing the last book immediately.  I think that I have read most of the books at this fast pace which has made keeping up the reviews the hard part.  Of course stopping reading for any reason is always hard even to keep track!!

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.  Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

This book was great.  I really felt for Nevada having to deal with both her sisters being happy while she was miserable.  They were busy planning the rest of their lives and she was working on trying not to be miserable.  I was pulling for her to be happy as I always am with main characters.  Then she decides that she is getting a new job and her whole life turns upside down.  There are a ton of reasons why she wants this job but she wants to turn the job down because of the man that she used to be in love with.  Tucker talks her into the job and she is really enjoying this new challenge even though it is bringing up a lot of memories that she had buried in the past.  This book was filled with surprises and I enjoyed it (I felt like the most so far but I always say that when I finish the book that it was my favorite).  I hope that you enjoy this book and the rest of the series.  I know that you will enjoy it as much I have!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Only Yours Book Review

I have enjoyed reading the Fools Gold series and Only Yours (Fool's Gold, Book 5) by Susan Mallery was no exception.  I got a bunch of books out of the library which jumped ahead of another series that I had piled on my side table....then I read them so fast that I got more books.  I need to finish this really long series so that I can get back to my other reading.  There are lot more books to read so I better keep up with one a day!!!

Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right…or maybe Dr. Right?  Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?

After getting to know Montana a little in the last book, this was a great character to follow on her new direction and career.  She is working with therapy dogs that help children learn to read and people in a nursing homes.  Montana is finally happy with her job and feels like she has found her future.  At the same time, she meets Dr. Simon Bradley.  Simon is very serious and often upset by Montana's actions including an escaped dog in the burn center where he works.  However, Simon is pulled towards Montana and can't figure out what to do about it.  After he finishes his rotation in Fool's Gold, he is ready to move on to Peru.  There is a lot of drama in this book which you have to pick up to find out what happens!!  I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the series soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Only Mine Book Review

I was excited to get to the next part of the series and wondering who it was going to featured in Only Mine (Fool's Gold, Book 4) by Susan Mallery.  I have enjoyed the first three books in the series so I knew that we would enjoy this book too!!

You can't win if you don't play…Her town's lack of men may make headlines, but it isn't news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool's Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town.

Finn Andersson will do anything to keep his twin brothers the perfect contestants off the show. Despite Dakota's better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn't dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.

This was a great book following Dakota, one of the triplets.  I enjoyed getting to know this wonderful sister and how she was trying to make all of her dreams come through.  She was told that she wouldn't be able to have any children because of medical problems so she decided to adopt.  After getting passed over for many children because she was single, she finally found the opportunity that she was looking for.  All this happening at the same time she is starting a new relationship with someone who doesn't want any children.  It is an amazing story showing you what can happen if you are patient and honest.  I hope that you check out this book and others in the Fools' Gold series soon.  I know that I have enjoyed this light summer read.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Homemade Croutons

I have been making homemade croutons for awhile now and I just went through making them again and realized that I have never posted the recipe!!!  WHAT?!?!  Unheard of!!!

I took a few different recipes and mixed them together so I am not even sure what was the main source of my inspiration.  I know that we were going to have dinner and I had to throw together something for company so I wanted to add croutons to the salad.  I grabbed a bag of cubed bread from the freezer the first time but this time I had a loaf of bread that was dried out that no one was eating.  I cut it up into bite sized cubes.  I do keep cubed bread in the freezer to make homemade stuffing, homemade croutons and homemade bread crumbs.  It is always good to use everything we have and these are my few methods to use up all the bread from our homemade bread.

I melted the butter in a 12 inch pan and added spices.  Literally to taste or whatever you have left in the cupboard.  I used basil, oregano, garlic salt, and Parmesan cheese this time.  Other times I have added seasoned salt, Italian Seasonings, Pizza Seasonings and anything else I grab.  

After the butter is melted, add the cubes of bread and stir.

After they are fully coated a little browned in the pan, you have two choices.  One is to put the pan directly into the oven if you have an oven safe pan and don't have to make a second batch.  The best benefit is that you only have to dirty one pan.  If you need to, dump the seasoned cubes on a cookie sheet and evenly spread out

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.  They come out looking a little more brown and a little harder.  

These are super yummy hot or cold on pasta or salad.

I store the finished croutons in a sealed plastic container in the cupboard.  They frequently get used up quickly because they are so tasty!!!

Homemade Croutons

Leftover Bread
1-2 sticks Butter or Margarine
Seasonings to Taste

Cut the bread into cubes for the size you would like.  Melt a stick or two of butter in a large skillet.  Add seasonings of choice like garlic powder, garlic salt, oregano, basil, and Parmesan cheese.  Stir the bread in the skillet until coated with the butter mixture.  Bake at 350 degree in oven until golden brown and more solid to the touch.  Serve immediately or store in sealed container.

Finding Perfect Book Review

I was excited to start Finding Perfect (Fool's Gold, Book 3) by Susan Mallery to figure out what the next chapter is in this wonderful town was going to be.  I really enjoyed the first two and this was no exception.  I might have stayed up way too late to continue reading this book because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.

When Pia O'Brian's best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn't think she's meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day.  A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind—and proposes a crazy plan. But can such an unconventional beginning really result in the perfect ending?

I was excited to see a book about Pia since she was in the other books and I really didn't know too much about her.  This was a great look into her story and what made her the way that she was.  She enjoyed the small town and all the support that she got while growing up after losing both her mother and father while she was in high school.  She is trying to come to terms with what she is going to do with her friends embryos when she decided to jump in.  This is an amazing story of ups and downs that is a very emotional but you have to read it yourself to find out what happens.  Either way, I knwo that you will be pulling for Pia and hoping that everything turns out all right for her.  I hope that you enjoy this book as much as have.  Check out this and other books in the series at your local library or bookstore soon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Almost Perfect Book Review

I was so excited that I got the first three books when I reserved the first book.  Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, Book 2) by Susan Mallery was waiting when I finished the first book.  I was excited to see who they covered in this second book in the series of this great small town.

Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she'd stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they'd ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool's Gold, California—forever, she thought…. Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn't know of their son's existence. And this time she won't have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can't deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?

Jumping in and meeting a new character right off at the beginning of the story was great.  I wasn't sure exactly what was going to happen for Liz because she was very worried about returning to her hometown but I was totally cheering for her.  As the story goes on, you see how hard she has worked as a single mother to make a life for her son and you can't hope enough that she gets everything she wants and more.  But running into Ethan after all these years was hard and uncovering the truth was even more devastating.  I hope that you check out this book and others in the Fools' Gold series.  I have enjoyed them all and I hope that you do to!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Menu Plan Monday 7/25

Monday- Chicken fries and buffalo chicken with homemade french fries
Tuesday- Pasta with garlic bread
Wednesday- French Dip Sloppy Joes with mac and cheese
Thursday- Lime Chicken with white rice
Friday- Leftovers
Saturday- ??
Sunday- ??

Planning meals is so hard in the summer.  Our plans are all over the place and it seems that when I think that we are going to be home, we never are.  We have also had company in and out for the month so planning around that is also hard.  We are supposed to have family coming into town this week again so more confusion over the meal plan and how many people I need to plan for or whether they are coming.  Here is my best guess at the plan for the week with three bags of ground beef, three bags of chicken, one bag of cubed chicken and two Barber Chicken breasts left in the freezer (just joking because we ate those last night).  I made a lot of leftovers last week to clear out the fridge but I am not sure what else I can figure out going forward for this week and I seemed to have lost all creativity.  Hopefully I will pick up some ideas by the end of the week or we might be going hungry!!

I hope that you have a tasty week and stay cool!!