Menu Monday 8/18-8/22

Happy Monday, I hope everyone’s day is going well!

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Monday- Out –  a bunch of errands to do

Tuesday- Zucchini Lasagna (carryover from last week since we didn’t make it)

Wednesday- Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Flauntas

Thursday- Parmesan Crusted Baked Pork Chops

Friday- Taco Macaroni & Cheese

Here is a little something to think about today <3

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With Love,

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August LOVE ITS!

August Love Its are as follows :-)

Root 63 Wine From Sunset Meadow Vineyard (my absolute favorite winery!)!index

This wine is AMAZING! It is, “A versatile semi-sweet wine with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate and raspberry.  Pairs well with most everything from pizza and burgers to fruit & cheese”.

I am not all about red but this one we gladly enjoyed while spending a child free afternoon with some of our Best Friends! Great wine, Merlot slushies and just a nice relaxing time!

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I stumbled upon these candies at CVS and had no idea about them! New candy…sure I will try it ;-) These are so good, the flavors are Strawberry Lemonade Chill, Blue Raspberry Rush, Citrus Slush (my favorite!) and Cherry Splash. Perfect for summertime!

Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Spray

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A cousin of ours brought this on our vacation and she told me she LOVES it and she brings it everywhere and uses it on everything. She said just spray it on the stove, grab a towel and wipe, everything comes right off…SOLD! I bought it for $1.98 and used it and I sure do LOVE it! You can’t beat that price, for something so simple, that works and smells really good! Thanks Christa <3

Anyone have anything new or cool you think I would like to try??

Have a great Thursday :-)

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A discovery turns to a GIVEAWAY!

Who doesn’t love a giveaway?!?! This is my first so we will see how it goes :-)

This is going to be a book giveaway and the detailed story is below…

Ok, so I am kind of annoyed at this discovery…I own two books with two totally different titles but, THEY ARE THE SAME BOOK!!!

Can you believe it!?!? I was so shocked and very upset when I stumbled upon this discovery…Just ask my husband who kindly went over every bit of the book to make sure I wasn’t mistaken lol

Well here are the books:

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The one on the left, I got for Christmas last year and the one on the right I found at the Dollar Store.

So here is the story! I have wanted Simply from Scratch for a long time and I put it on my Amazon wishlist and got it this past Christmas and was so excited, but just haven’t had the time to pick this up.

Well, I was perusing the $ store one day and  decide to check out the book section when this one, “A Pinch of Love” really caught my attention, so I read the back and LOVED it, so I bought it. Well after this past book club selection I decided to pick up something quick, light and fun and picked up A Pinch of Love. A couple nights ago I decided to update my Goodreads books, marking off the ones I own and I went to check off Simply from Scratch when a name caught my eye…Rose-Ellen “Zell” Carmichael Roy, hmmm this is the same character in the book I am reading now! So I checked the author and she wrote both of them, then I was thinking this must be a trilogy or something, so I read the summary and what do you fricken know…IT IS THE SAME BOOK!!!!

That is when Aaron and I search the book all over making sure it in fact is the exact same, then I got mad saying it didn’t even say anything anywhere about this being a remake, and we look and look and what do you know it does in small letters on the bottom:

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Right there it says, previously published as Simply from Scratch…UGH! Clearly I was going to like this book since I bought it twice hahaha.

Has this ever happened to anyone before!?!? After researching both of them, they were only published a year apart, and it was an International Best Seller, so I am very curious why the name change happened!


 

Now on to the GIVEAWAY :-)

I am going to give away the one I bought at the Dollar Store, “A Pinch of Love”, yes I know it is just the Dollar Store but if you are interested, it is still a free book ;-) (I have switched to reading the one that I got at Christmas so that I can give the nicer of the two away)

  • It is simple, leave your email and tell me your favorite book in the comments below and I will randomly select a winner next Tuesday 8/19, I will announce it here and send you an email.

Well do it or don’t, lets see how this goes.

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Menu Monday 8/11-8/15

What a wonderful weekend…can you all agree?!? Beautiful weather and great friends…PERFECT! <3

Now on to the weekly menu, which isn’t anything amazing but I will share anyway.

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Monday- Pork Cubes and Potato Wedges

Tuesday- Homemade Pizza (testing out our Pampered Chef Pizza Stone for the first time!!!)

Wednesday- Zucchini Lasagna

Thursday- Out to dinner with good friends we haven’t seen in a while!

Friday- Pesto Chicken Sandwiches and salad (we might test out this creamy pesto)

I am looking forward to a great week and another amazing weekend!!

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July Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

So, for July we read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

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Goodreads: 4.32 Stars

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

Book Club: 2.5 Stars

Of our 4 Book Clubbers only 2 of us (me included) finished this book. This was a 500 plus page book, which I normally veer away from because it is usually a red flag saying too much detail, in my opinion, I normally like the more simple books! This is the good and bad thing about book club though, we get all kinds of books which I enjoy but we definitely have hit and miss at times.

This book had tons of 5 star reviews but shockingly we just didn’t feel the same.

I didn’t care for the jumping back and forth between people and timezones, it made it confusing and hard to follow at times. The intertwining of the characters wasn’t as great as I thought it would be, and it was overall a letdown, you get all this build up for a not so wonderful, and short encounter. The story, just seemed slow and tended to drag at times, and I was less than please by the ending and wrap up!

Well we win some and lose some!

We will be reading The Hundred Foot Journey this month so check back in for that review.

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Menu Monday 8/4-8/8

I know I haven’t been around much to post Menu Mondays…well actually I haven’t been planning much, things have gotten kinda crazy!

So here you go…Menu Monday in maybe a month ;-)

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Monday- Leftovers (we decided to order 3 medium pizza’s last night so that will be lunch and dinner for a couple days lol)

Tuesday-Chicken Diablo

Wednesday- One Pot Pasta Mexican Skillet

Thursday- Saucelicious Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Friday- Crock pot Pesto Ranch Chicken

We will see what we actually eat though ;-)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

A couple Celebrations this week: Happy 35 years to my In Laws and Happy Birthday to my Mother! Love you all!

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Book Barn Book Haul and Books I want to read!

So a couple weeks ago, before we went on vacation we went to the Book Barn and I came home with a couple books I was excited about. I didn’t get to browse as well as I normally do because you know I now have kids tagging along too lol. Yes this was their first time at the book barn and we had a great time. If you have never been to the book barn and live in CT you should go check it out, it is certainly a GEM!

I came home with:

Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer. I have heard many great things about this book and I am anxious to read it.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. I love Sarah Dessen and this is one I have not read yet and was happy to find here!

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio. This is her most recent book and I was shocked to find it here, but don’t get me wrong, super happy since she is my favorite author!

I believe I got one other too, but I don’t remember what it was and it was nothing that was initially on my TBR list. I also got some cute kid books, like Squeak Squeak, and Mr. Brown can Moo can You

Here are a couple books that are at the top of my TBR list, that I really want to get my hands on and read (you know in my free time ;-) )! ( no particular order)

So what are some good books I should add to this list?!?! I read anything ;-)

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