Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Booking it. - January 2013

I love to read, and I read a lot this month.
Unfortunately I only finished one book, so I don't have a lot to review. I do have advise for those of you who like to read on your e-readers. I read on my kindle a lot when I have extra time, so I utilize free books that are advertised on sites like e-readergirl and Inspired reads. Both of these sites cater to a Christian audience, so if that's not what you are looking for you'll have to research some others. Bookbub is an email that I get every day. You register for the type of books you like to read and it sends you an email with books that are free or cheap from that genre. These have been great for me. Some books aren't worth your time, but I've found many authors that I now like through these programs.
I also read for Bethany House and for Waterbrooks-Multanomah. This month the one I finished was a Bethany House read, and I loved it. I was a historical fiction set in late 1800's that had romance, suspense and intrigue. If you want to read more about what I thought of No Safe Harbor click here.
For more great reads, check out Booking It at lifeasmom

Sunday, January 27, 2013

No Safe Harbor - Historical Fiction at it's best

Confession.  I LOVE historical fiction.  I love learning about things that happened years ago at looking at it from the point of view of someone who was there.  This book checks all of those boxes.  No Safe Harbor is the story of a woman who has made the voyage across the Atlantic in 1896.  She is traveling from her home of Ireland to the US.  She lands at historic Ellis Island, and the imagery there is great!  I really enjoyed it.

Not only do I get the historical fiction, I get intrigue.  We get to follow Cara in the search for a missing brother.  She has to start her new life without letting anyone know that she is searching for him.  With each new chapter bringing a new wrinkle to the story this story gets my vote for intrigue. 

What else does this book have going for it?  A bit of romance.  It's complicated, and messy, and life.  I love it. 

Thanks Elizabeth Ludwig.  I'll be reading more of what you write. If you want to check out this book in paperback and for your kindle

Thank you BethanyHouse for providing me with a review copy. My opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Eating down the pantry. January 14, 2013

We are making it!  I have actually really enjoyed the pantry challenge. I'm making use of what I have in the freezer. Last nights meal was the one that was not thoroughly enjoyed. I baked some boneless, skinless chicken breasts w BBQ sauce and I ended up making them kind of dry. Boo!  I have found that I do much better w bone in cuts and I have also found that my family prefers dark meat. Today I read an article @ www.lifeasmom.com where she ground pork in her food processor. I think I can do the same w the remaining chicken I have. I think it'll be a lot easier to cook that way. I have a grocery trip planned for tomorrow, but I think I can make it out for cheap. We shall see. Keep up the good work. For more motivation check out goodcheapeats

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pantry Challenge - 2013

Around here the pantry challenge isn't a challenge to completely stay out of the store, but to make good use of what we have on hand. This week we used up a frozen chick roast we had gotten on sale (pot roast), a Boston butt (pork sandwiches), made fettuccine Alfredo (what?  I had left over whipping cream.).spaghetti and a night with friends. I did go to the store for milk, cheese, fruit, and veggies. I only spent $30 and I typically budget for $50 (although this number may have to grow. My preschooler can now pack down as much as I can.). So far so good - I do see some odds and ends on the shelf that will take some creativity. I found a random marinade (Hawaiian) and some cans of pineapple - maybe those can work together. An envelope of pesto (and I have never made pesto that way, so I'm not sure how that got there) perhaps can be used w chicken and pasta. A jar of BBQ sauce (BBQ chicken anyone?) and water chestnuts (which apparently I am the only one who likes those) what do you do with water chestnuts??
Good luck to all you other pantry challengers!  Check out http://Goodcheapeats.com for motivation.