Just recieved “Deadly Proof” from Bethany House!!

Just recieved “Deadly Proof” from Bethany House!!

So I just recieved the first book in the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan. I’ll post my review in the next couple of days. Thanks Bethany House! 

My To be Read Shelf

My To be Read Shelf

The Clockwork Dynasty Daniel H. Wilson
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth Series #3) N. K. Jemisin
The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling
Flatland: A romance of many dimensions Edwin A Abbott
Watership Down Richard Adams
Leap of Faith Queen Noor Al-Hussein
Thunder Bonnie S. Calhoun
Season of Wonder Lisa Tawn Begren
Captives Jill Williamson
Anomaly Krista, McGee
A Time to Die Nadine Brandes
When Mischief Came to Town Katrina Nannestad
Wearing God Lauren F Winner
The Finishing School Valerie Woerner
The Adoration of Jenna Fox Mary E Pearson
The Kiss of Deception Mary E Pearson
The Patriarchs Beth Moore
Four Sisters, All Queens Sherry Jones
Books to read during pregnancy

Books to read during pregnancy

So when I was pregnant with my daughter, everyone warned me that the third trimester was the longest.  Now you know, the trimesters were invented by obstetricians to determine at which point a baby should survive outside of the womb. Now that I am pregnant again, I have been told the same.

Last time I was pregnant I decided to read “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell and while I loved the novel, I hated the movie.  Mostly because the man who plans Rhett looks like my Cuban grandfather. And I was team Scarlet-Rhett. Oh well.

This time around I am trying to select one of a few novels to read  this last trimester.  Help me decide:

1. War and Peace.  I have heard that TV1 in England produced a masterful retelling of this novel, however I have not seen it.  I want to read this novel, however I am a little intimidated of the Russian writers.  Their novels are so incredibly massive. Although I did enjoy Anna Karenina, so maybe I should revisit the Russians?

2. Our Mutual Friend.  I’ve read most of Charles Dicken’s other novels, but for some reason I’ve never read this one.

3. Crime & Punishment. Ah, another Russian novel.

What do you think?

Raising a boy

Raising a boy

As my son gets closer to being born, I notice things in the young men around me that I find annoying or even rude. Or I see young men ill-prepared for professional life, and I wonder, “What did you spend your youth doing?”

And that leads me to video games.  I personally believe that we have a whole generation of young adults now who are completely unprepared for life. I see the latch-key kids coming home from work as 20somethings and even 30somethings and they are a generation completely shaped by media. They don’t question media, they believe it whole-hardheartedly.  When I suggest going to original sources (supreme court decisions, congressional edicts etc) they complain that they can’t read it, it doesn’t make sense, or they didn’t know that this information was available to the public. This amazes me. I was trained to read the opinions of supreme court justices, analyze that and then observe the news.  But that was an AP class, the majority of my contemporaries did not have that experience, and they are used to viewing CNN or Fox as original sources, not the town criers or Rachel Lyndes they used to be recognized as.

All that to say, there are 10 things I’ve decided I want to teach my son:

1. How to read, at an advanced reading level

2. Manners for every situation
3. How to great a boss, interview, address colleagues,
4. How to greet a woman
5. What the best exercise for his own style of fitness is
6. How to read a court decision
7. How to write a business letter, a correspondence letter and a newsletter
8. How to cook 7 meals
9. How to wash dishes and clothes properly
10. Cut, Color & Clarity for a ring.
What things do you want your son to know before he graduates college?
Spiritual Poem

Spiritual Poem

Little rose growing in the sidewalk

Marvelous wondrous beauty
Transplanted to deeper soil

Choked out by to much sun
I will over shadow you
You won’t be burned up
You won’t be consumed
You won’t be forgotten

Little rose in deeper soil
Leaves lifted up in thanks
I am not forgotten
I am not consumed
I am not burned up
Worthy are You who covers me

You are not far off
You are closer than the clouds
You are my shelter
You are my Healer
You are all I need
Mexican Taco Salad

Mexican Taco Salad

When I was a little girl, and probably today if I’m honest, its popular for stay at home moms to pursue pyramid schemes. I don’t say that with the heckling that people usually associate pyramid schemes with. What I’m saying is they try to make a little money at home torturing their friends with “parties” that are not “parties.”  I’ve been to makeup parties, jewelry parties, and cookware parties and to be honest, literally the only thing I liked about all of these various parties was the food.

Yes, like Jacqueline from Ever After (1998 ) says, “I’m only here for the food.”

All of these years I have been craving one thing, the Seven-Layer South Western Salad.

Just look at that recipe, isn’t it beautiful sounding? Well I re-made it in June, and it turned out to be a big hit.  SO this salad became our Tuesday meal since it was too hot to cook anything, I was always running our of tortilla chips, and really, what’s not to like? The only thing is we use black beans, not red or kidney beans.
Guest Post! Jess’ Zucchini Boats Recipe 

Guest Post! Jess’ Zucchini Boats Recipe 

My friend Jess and I met in college (go Owls!) at our mutual friend Christine’s Bible study. Since then she’s moved up north to Rhode Island where she is raising 3 boy and 1 girl all with various allergy concerns. She also writes for Providence City Mom’s Blog & has her own blog! Here is her favorite recipe!grilled-vegetables-2172704_1920.jpg

Summer is coming and ya’ll, I am so excited. Not only does that mean that I can put away our bulky New England cold weather sweaters and boots, but it also means I come up with any and every excuse to cook light and eat a ton of seasonal veggies. As wonderful as this sounds, “eating light” is not entirely practical for my family.

I am the mother of 4 kids and wife to an amazing (but hungry) husband. These people can EAT. So my plans for light quinoa salads for dinner, while I think are wonderful, are actually terrible for my growing kiddos. Not terrible in conception, but terrible in the sense that they would each eat an entire box of quinoa before becoming full and I would spend about $543 a week on food.

We have found a happy medium though, between my want for “summery light food” and my family’s need to feel “full” after dinner. I came across this recipe years ago, and it remains the ONLY recipe my husband requests over and over. It remains the recipe that he suggests I cook if we are having a new family over for dinner because, and I quote “…this is the best thing you make, babe.”

So, here it is. I usually substitute the chicken sausage with mild Italian sausage and lighten up the red pepper flakes for my spice sensitive kiddos. It’s so good with the pepper though, that I wouldn’t skip it if I could get away with it. Oh, and if you want everything to taste even more like summer, grill the boats. You’re welcome.

I hope this recipe is your happy medium too, as it is ours. Light, but filling, using seasonal veggies and delicious. Happy eating!