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Baby Teeth Book Review — March 19, 2018

Baby Teeth Book Review

I feel weird for saying this but I loved this book! Does that make me crazy????!!!  About half way through, I started wondering who was more crooked, me or the author?  I couldn’t stop reading it though!

Alex and Suzette have the perfect marriage along with a daughter, Hanna who is seven.  Hanna is a sweet little girl who is mute.  They have tried putting her in several schools hoping she will start talking but they’re never lucky.

For some reason, Hanna does not like her mom and starts plotting to get rid of her so it will just be her and daddy.  This part was creepy and I kept waiting for the book to turn towards some incest or something (then I would’ve put the book down) but it never did. I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the little girl’s ideas.  Am I sick or something?  I was telling my oldest daughter about it laughing. However, because of my description she said she may try reading it (and she doesn’t read).  Who is more sick, her or I?

Seriously, the book is good and makes you wonder what you would do in that circumstance. I could see it being a Lifetime movie easily if not a theatrical movie.  I loved how Alex supported his wife through it all for the most part.  Of course he had his doubts as anyone would but their relationship was my favorite part of the book.

I only gave it three stars on Goodreads only because of the ending.  I am thinking their needs to be a sequel.  However, because of this ending, I could see it easily made into a TV series as well. I think it would also be a good Book Club book since it brings up so many topics.

How would you react if your child was trying to hurt you?

Would you keep the signs from your spouse as long as Suzette did?

I received an ARC of Baby Teeth in exchange for my honest review. Thank you netgalley.com. The release date is July 17, 2018.

 

 

 

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Going to try this Blogging thing again — March 8, 2018

Going to try this Blogging thing again

I haven’t posted in a couple of years. There are many reasons for this and I am sure my three followers are dying to know right???  Well, here ya go!

  1. I lost my very laid back job and now work somewhere where they expect me to earn my paycheck.  Yes, I have called labor board many times.  I keep leaving Greg Abbott messages as well.  He hasn’t returned my call though.
  2. I left my hubs.  He was a great man. His family………. yea they were evil and never would like me. That was fine with me. I knew what I was getting into. However the Hubs didn’t realize once you got married the wife was now number 1.  I hope he finds someone who comes from money so that his mother will approve of her.  She has to ride somebody’s coat tails so she never has to work or do anything in her life.  No negativity I promise LOL!  Yea, I pray for myself every night too, don’t worry.
  3. Since I got a divorce, my kitchen isn’t as big as it use to be so I don’t cook that much anymore. Well, I do obviously because my butt has gotten huge in the past couple of years but I enjoy coming home and relaxing vs. always keeping myself busy so that my mom n law will finally approve of me.  Whew! I never realized how tired I was!
  4. I met a new man!  He’s just as dorky as I am and his family loves me! He accepts me for who I am and isn’t always trying to change me.
  5. I have found that I love reading!  I will be posting my reviews on here as well to bore you to death.  Is anyone reading this?   Its’ okay. I am use to talking to myself.

I am going to try and start blogging my recipes again that I make up.  I still combine three or four recipes and make them my own but never write them down or remember what I did.  My new man isn’t as experimental as I am though. I am working on that.  He won’t even eat indian food! I did sneak some by him a few weeks ago though when I was having a greek themed dinner. He loved it. He had no clue.

 

Rosie’s Colored Glasses —

Rosie’s Colored Glasses

Omg! I loved this book!

I couldn’t help but cry the last couple of chapters. I don’t think I have cried reading a book since The Glass House. It left me wanting more of Willow (Rosie’s daughter) and to see how her life changed once she learned the truth.
Willow and her mom were close from birth. On top of her mom being the “fun parent” they just clicked. Willow’s dad, Rex, had rules and never hugged her or took much time to “love” Willow in a way that daddy’s love their little girls.
As Willow becomes older, she begins to yearn for Rex’s affection. I really related to this book because I never got the attention from my father (not any of them) that a little girl desires. I remember growing up watching my friend’s sit on their daddy’s laps and laughing, etc. I was always jealous of that. However, as an adult I do know that my dad loved me. He just didn’t know how to show it. He tried a couple of times. I froze and probably shut him out because I had never been in a room alone with him much less have a normal conversation other than what my kids were doing.
When the book takes a turn and Willow realizes how much her father did love her and he had been showing affection to her all those years, I lost it. Everyone has their way of showing love. It just may not be the conventional way.
I had rented this book from the library because I am just too cheap to buy books. I want to buy it so I can re-read it and make notes in it and highlight it and everything. The author, Brianna Wolfson, states Rosie is based on her mother growing up. I don’t know the extent but I hope she writes more.
One night, the daughter was scared because of a thunderstorm. The little girl goes into her mommy’s room for comfort. Instead of allowing her daughter to crawl into her bed, she told her daughter to follow her outside. Once there, her mom was naked, listening to Purple Rain by Prince and wearing purple glasses dancing in the rain. Immediately, I text my grown daughter asking her if she missed out on life. She admitted to being in counseling since I never took her to dance naked in the rain (I love our sarcastic relationship). I made a promise to her that I would take my grandchildren to dance naked in the rain so that her kids won’t be so traumatized.

Here is a picture of what I am sure I would look like dancing in the rain 🙂
dancing in rain
 

Plated Cookbook Review — August 31, 2016

Plated Cookbook Review

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the food delivery company, Plated, but the idea behind it is to provide people with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients + chef-designed recipes so that anyone can make their own meals at home, and this book definitely reflects that philosophy.

The book is divided into the following chapters:
-Kitchen Basics (covers how to outfit your kitchen, what to stock in your pantry, “kitchen commandments,” knife skills…)
-Flavoring
-Weeknight Dinners
-Great For Leftovers
-Make Ahead
-Weekend Feasts
-For A Crowd (recipe menus include…Date Night, Cocktail Party, Fancy Pants Dinner Party, Sunday Supper, Weekend Brunch, Backyard Barbecue, and Thanksgiving Dinner!)
-On the Side
-At the End

Learn how to make all kinds of different spice rubs, marinades, dressings, sauces, and infusions, or check out the quick weeknight meal recipes, make-ahead recipes for bulk-cooking (includes storage instructions), leftover meal ideas, weekend feast recipes, menus for entertaining (complete with timelines on how to make everything so you don’t have to ignore your guests), recipes for side dishes, and desserts!

There’s an appendix at the back with a seasonal produce guide and glossary. Each recipe includes a short intro, serving size, the ingredient list and the instructions.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books

Home Cooked – Anya Fernald — May 6, 2016

Home Cooked – Anya Fernald

Home Cooked by Anya Fernald  caught my eye because everything is made from scratch.  I enjoy making everything homemade even though it is more time consuming.

 

When I got the cookbook, I was very excited.  Unfortunately, most of the stuff I will never make.  She wasn’t lying when she said everything is homemade from scratch!  There are a few things that I will probably try like Biscuits, Aioli, and a few egg recipes.  Other than that, it is all stuff I have never heard of or things that are difficult to get.

For instance, what in the heck is Maltagliati?  Well, I just googled it and it is some sort of noodle.  It has homemade sausage recipes and lots of canned items.  However, if you don’t have the equipment to make sausage it isn’t worth it.

I thought by the description it would be like having some of my grandma’s recipes.  That is definitely not the case.  I am sure it is great for some people but honestly , it took me three weeks to even want to pick the book up long enough to write this review so I could order my next one.

 

I received this book in return for my honest review from blogging for books.

 

 

Around the Fire — April 6, 2016

Around the Fire

I admit, I am not the grill master.  The way it works in my house is I season the meat or veggies and The Hubs does it.  For the most part, this system works for us.  However, I have learned that he is not allowed to grill while I am not home.  He has used (and not replaced) too many of my cake pans to catch drippings or for whatever else.

Hello!!!  Use a sheet pan dude!!!

I saw Around the Fire on Blogging for Books and decided to order it for my next Cookbook review.  I had never heard of Ox Restaurant before but I figured it must be good.  Come to think of it, I don’t even know anyone who has ever been to Oregon actually.  I wonder if it is one of the less traveled vacation spots that everyone is missing out on.  I may have to check into that….

Okay, this isn’t about me.  Its’ about the book.  Sorry I got off track for a minute there.

It is a very nice book I have to admit.  It has your basic sections:

Entradas

Chilled Seafood

Grilled Meats

Grilled Seafood

Grilled Vegetables

Salads

Warm Vegetable Dishes

Desserts

Cocktails

There is a section on the restaurant, explaining the experience you may have if you go the restaurant.  There is a huge grill in the middle of it. That sounds pretty cool. She also explains how the owners, Greg and Gabi, have a different approach to the whole grilling game.  It isn’t just throwing something on the grill. So far, to me, this makes it sound like “fancy grilling”.

There is a section on Grilling Basics which I am most anxious about.  It goes into the styles of grills, different fuels, woods, grilling tools, etc.  It also speaks quite a bit about smoking.

Being a Texan, the recipes are good because they’re not just steaks on a grill. I like that fact that there are lots of different things listed in the book along with the directions.  I am trying this whole healthy eating thing so this book seems to be helpful from what I see.  They even have a grilled halved cantaloupe stuffed with Ricotta and Prosciutto!!!!  How dreamy does that sound????

There are several Froie Gras recipes, quail, a lot of seafood, and lamb.  Of course there is beef and chicken as well but I like the different choices especially when I am in the mood to try something new.  Some things will need to be purchased at a specialty store but not much.  Most of the recipes are Argentina based.

I think this cookbook will be great for if you’re having a party.  Mind you, a lot of them are not just season and throw it on the grill.  Most of them require steps before hand that could take 3 or 4 days.  To some, that may sound difficult but to me I like it.  I can prepare, mess up my kitchen, etc. before hand so when I do invite people over, all I have to do is take it out and do the final stages.  This allows me to sit and have my Argentinian wine with all my friends while The Hubs grills it.  This also allows me to monitor (hover) and make sure he does not use anymore of my good baking pans.

 

 

I quit sugar book review — March 28, 2016

I quit sugar book review

I am all for cooking healthier and try to for the most part.  Of course, my “healthy eating” consists of only allowing myself one tortilla with my order of fajitas vs. all four.  Perhaps that is why no matter how much I work out I have never had “abs”.

The recipes in this book are very interesting and I do have every intention of trying a few of them.  However, a lot of it is hard to find ingredients.  Sarah Wilson ‘s cookbook, I quit Sugar, has a lot of great information though.   I do not see myself following it to a tee but I could see myself trying it out for certain items or using the facts.  I live in a suburbia area so therefore, a Whole Foods is not very close for me to locate all the ingredients.  I do have a sprouts and tried to locate some of the different oats in the bin area the other day and they were not available.

When viewing her blog, I see that she has several other cookbooks that may be of more interest.  She has an Ultimate Chocolate Cookbook!!!  A Sugar Free Chocolate Cookbook??!!  Yes, I definitely want to try that one out.

Here are a few of her recipes online   if you would like to try a few out before purchasing the cookbook. I was lucky enough to receive this book in return for my honest opinion from blogging for books .

 

Cravings Review — March 9, 2016
Cravings Review  —

Cravings Review 

Chrissy Teigen is becoming my new girl crush.  She is funny, loves to eat, and loves to drink. I mean, what else would you want!

I have never watched her show.  I don’t have cable 😦  I first saw her on Lip Sync battle when people share the videos on FB or I search for them on You tube when I am bored.  When I heard she was with John Legend, I was thinking he was a singer from back in the day but now I don’t know.  I have no clue who he is honestly. I have heard him sing though and I do like this songs. I guess you can say I am not a “fan” though.  I would go to a concert of course but wouldn’t pay for them from my own wallet.

I was really excited when I saw her cookbook coming out.  However, I was scared that all her book would have is the same recipes available on  her website.  I feel like if I buy a cookbook I should have something the rest of the world doesn’t.  I was more intrigued when I noticed she hadn’t added any recipes in quite sometime so maybe she was understanding where I was coming from (cause we are friends like that).

Well, I got the best of both worlds!  I received the book from blogging for books in exchange for my review!!!  Win Win!!!  Honestly, I love it!  I would’ve paid for it.  Her humor shows through the entire book.  She is so down to earth (besides all her matching pajamas she wears ) in all her pictures.  It’s not healthy food at all.  There are quite a few salad recipes that honestly look good to me.  I am not a salad adventurer. I like lettuce, veggies, maybe a meat along with dressing.  No nuts, fruits, or anything else.

Normally, I wouldn’t be able to try a recipe mid week since I do meal prep most of the time. But this weekend, I was a bad girl and went day drinking with my friends. Therefore, I am having to come home and cook every night.

So… while I was waiting on my pork tenderloin to cook, I decided to go ahead and try Chrissy’s Caesar Salad recipe since I had nothing better to do anyway.  Plus, I had some romaine lettuce that needed to be used.  I normally use The Pioneer Woman’s Recipe but I decided to step out of my box.  I didn’t have Anchovy Paste though so I subbed three anchovies just as I would use in The Pioneer Woman’s recipe.   It was very good!!!!  I didn’t use the Sarriachi though because my daughter doesn’t like it.  I did leave the lettuce like “boats” though and I admit I like this better.  With the lettuce like this I didn’t have to dirty another dish for the salad (since my food can’t touch each other).  The hubs just ate it like a taco.  It was kind of fun.

When you’re old, you look for anything in your life to be exciting. 

Here is her recipe for the dressing:

1 Cup mayo

4 Cloves of garlic

1 1/2 cups grated parmesan / reggiano cheese ( I only had parmesan)

2 Tbsp Lemon juice

1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce or more to taste ( or none in my case)

1 1/2 tsp Anchovy paste ( I used three anchovies from a can)

1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp kosher salt * see note

1/4 tsp black pepper

I just threw everything in the blender and turned it on.  I also made homemade croutons as well since the tenderloin was taking so much longer than expected.

*At the beginning of her cookbook, she explains that the salt she uses is Diamond Chrystal Salt .  She says if using any other brand to use half the salt she says to use.  You can always add more.

I love how she is “real” and puts herself out there.  The food isn’t fancy but it’s not junk either.  She has quite a bit of Thai recipes also which I am excited about.  I also think since my daughter is a fan, she will be more intrigued to get in the kitchen and try a few things out herself.



Sorry I was late for work…. —

Sorry I was late for work….

 

but there was a naked lady dancing on an 18 wheeler in traffic.

Yes, there is that excuse that people in Houston can use if they were late to work on this past Monday, March 7, 2016.

I was actually at the doctor with Jordan when I first heard the “news”.  I was scrolling through the news feed and saw this article come across my feed.  I actually didn’t even read the article much less open it at first. I just immediately thought it would be humorous to share and say “Sorry if I made you late for work this morning.  I just felt the need to dance”.

In reality, I was just wanting to save the article for later so that I can read the comments people write.  People get in these crazy arguments on these public forums with total strangers.  It is quite entertaining how THOSE people have nothing to do.

Please ignore the fact that I plan on reading these posts at 3:00 AM when I cannot sleep.  It’s my past time when everyone else is asleep and I am bored.  I love to read them and think how much better of a person I am because I am not engaging in there democracy.  🙂  Oh, and to steal memes from people who are only there for entertainment as well. 

Surprisingly, there were not that many mean comments about the Crazy Dancing Lady.  Yes there were your few fat comments and of course the drug questions floating around but for the most part, people were actually sympathetic for her.  There were people saying how this is someone’s mother, sister, daughter, etc. and everyone making fun of her was rude.

When I read that I honestly felt guilty .  They were right.  Then I asked myself what my friends would do if I did some crazy crap like that……

My Wharton friends would laugh at me the first chance they got.  They would tell me the next time they saw me that they told me I couldn’t dance worth a crap before why in the world would I do it in front of traffic, much less naked.

My Winnie friends would tell me I really need to quit drinking so early in the am.  The adult (meaning my mom’s friends or people I grew up with) Winnie friends would put me on the prayer list at church.

My husband would totally just deny the whole situation and become more of an introvert than he already is.  He is very worried about what others think of him (and he denies that every time I make this comment even though he has still not told anyone in his family that Jordan is pregnant) .

My daughters would be mortified!!!  Jordan would cry and be totally embarrassed.  Avery would slam me all over social media because she is still at the defying teenage stage where I mean nothing to her.

I do honestly feel sorry for this lady.  However, when I have done stupid stuff or embarrassed myself in the past, I know no other way to handle the situation than through making fun of myself.  Laughter has always been the best medicine.

Who knows, maybe she is  going through some serious issues and to take her mind off of it she decided to do something ridiculous to take her mind off of it.  I know when I am having a bad day I will try and make others laugh to make me feel better.  Well, I am looking at it like that.  She wants others to laugh cause I am sorry….  this is funny.

I mean who wakes up in the morning and says I am going to climb an 18 wheeler, strip butt naked and twerk for two hours in traffic?

Or maybe she just has a thing for firemen.

 

Here are some of the memes of her.  I did the shaving one myself.  I just know I am very proud when I shave.