Monday, August 11, 2014

This Week's Recipes ...

Monday {D} Pigs In A Blanket - Sweet Potato Fries
Wednesday {D} Stuffed Peppers 

Thursday {D} Steak -  Stuffed Tomato

I had a hard time coming up with recipes this week.  Our house gets so hot when I cook, but I couldn't get excited about crockpot or skillet meals this week ... And Patrick has a meeting, so grilling is out, too.  Oh well.  I think it's actually supposed to be pleasant, so maybe using the oven won't kill me.  

We had a great weekend ... It was my baby sister, Betsy's first wedding shower in Franklin.  My mom's friend threw her a great party and it was really a special evening.  Our family is so blessed with good family friends and great neighbors, it makes it fun to celebrate life with them.  

I started reading another book last night, when I got home and I couldn't stop.  I finished it today, but more on that later! 

Happy Monday {even though it's almost over}!  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Three Down. Three to Go.

A Rule Against Murder took me a while to really get into and enjoy the story.  But, once I warmed up to the writer's way of writing, I really enjoyed it.  It was suspenseful and I wanted more once it was over.  {I love when that happens}.  This wasn't my typical "quick" read, but it was great!

Years ago, I started reading Hiaasen's books.  I love his way of writing and I imagine that he is a dirty hippy, that thinks everything is ruining Florida {land development, tourists, crime}.  His books always some how tie in the demise of Florida and it's funny!  This book was quick and has a ton of personality.  I loved it.  

I had to throw a girlie book in there!  I love Jennifer Weiner and have read all of her books.  Usually the books are a little more relational, than this one was, it was good, but has more substance than her norm.  I think because I was expecting something different, it took me a while to realize that I really liked this book.  

I have three more to go before my next trip to the library.  I am enjoying reading and most evenings pick a book, rather that watching TV.  I'll share more when I am finished!  

What are you reading? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Try This Now ...

Taylor Made 
We had this for dinner tonight and it was so good!  We both loved it, please check out this girl's blog and make this for a meal, soon!!! 

Spicy Chicken, Spinach & Tomato Stuffed Avocado with a Sriracha-Greek Yogurt Sauce
For 2 servings

-1 large, ripe avocado
-2 cups cooked, shredded white meat chicken
-1 cup spinach, finely chopped
-10-12 grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
-1/4 cup plain greek yogurt and 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt, split
-1 egg
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
-1/4 tsp chile powder, plus more for sprinkling on top
-1 tbsp sriracha
-1 tbsp almond milk (or coconut milk or regular milk)

-Preheat oven to 375.
-Cut the avocado in half, carefully removing the pit. Scoop out the middle of each avocado half, leaving about 1/2 an inch of avocado in the skin. Add the scooped out avocado to a large bowl.
-To the bowl with the avocado, add the chicken, spinach, tomatoes, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, egg, and spices. Mix very well until all combined.
-Scoop as much mixture as you can fit onto each avocado half. Sprinkle with extra chile powder if desired.
-Place stuffed avocados on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until warm.
-Meanwhile, prepare sauce: whisk together 2 tbsp of greek yogurt with 1 tbsp sriracha. Whisk in about 1 tbsp of almond milk, or until desired consistency is reached.
-When avocados are done, drizzle with sriracha-yogurt sauce and serve immediately.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Book Club

Here's what I read in July ...  I loved all five books and all had good stories, but I really loved Me Before You.  So good!  Actually, I loved them all.  The Heart Mender, wasn't well written, but the story was very sweet.  I thought The Husband's Secret was going to be predictable, but then it wasn't.  And Emily Giffin is always a fun and quick read.  

I joined my public library two weeks ago and I can't stop reading!  I have five books, that I am trying to knock out for August, but that may be wishful thinking.  

I have been a pretty lousy blogger lately, but all I have been doing is eat, sleeping and reading! :)  No, but seriously, no real house projects.  No, real travel {other than a weekend to Nashville}.  Just living life, but it's been a good month ... It's hard to believe it's almost August and school is starting.  

I will try to do better blogging ...  Any book recommendations out there? 

Here's what is on my August list :: All Fall Down; This Is Where I leave You; The Goldfinch; A Rule Against Murder; Otherwise Engaged.  I've got my work cut out for me!  

Monday, July 7, 2014

This Week's Recipes ...

Our fourth of July weekend was a lot of fun.  Fireworks on the water.  Eating lunch at the lake.  Playing in the sprinkler.  Hanging out with friends.  It was pretty perfect.  

We don't have too much going on this week, but mom my is coming to visit on Wednesday!  I can't wait!  

Here's what we are eating this week :: 

Monday Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Tuesday BBQ Pizza 

Wednesday Shrimp Pasta 

Thursday Tomato Pie 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth!!!

Happy Fourth of July!  This is one of my favorite holidays ... I love the idea of cooking out, swimming and hanging out with friends all day.  Well, it won't be all day for me, because Patrick is working.  We are planning on cooking out and watching fireworks with our neighbors.  

I am making this and this.  

Enjoy your day and your weekend!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Book Club

Two books down for June ... I really could have read more, but I got lazy.  I really enjoyed both of these books.  They were quick, fun summer reads and I would highly recommend them both.  

My goal for July is three books, but I am not positive what three I will read!