Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Forgotten Garden, A Book Review

I finished The Forgotten Garden today by Kate Morton.  When I first started the book, for some reason, I thought it was going to be the sequel to The House at Riverton.  I soon discovered that it was not.  I was initially disappointed but only for a moment until the story of a little girl who ends up in Australia all by herself grabbed my interest and didn't let go.

This story moves between three different times and three different women who are all connected.  I thought I had it figured out at one point, then I thought I was wrong and then I found I was right but there was still more riddles to solve.  I enjoyed this book of a family and it's secrets.  There were characters who I truly hated and some that I truly liked but none that I truly loved.

The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

That being said the novel held my attention and made me want to keep reading when my eyes were fighting to close each night.

I am now starting Child 44.  This has been on my to read list for quite some time.

One year ago--I'm just stewing here

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit...#10DaysofTailgate

Another Sponsor package arrived today.  This time from Bob's Red Mill, who generously sent their 13 Bean Soup Mix for the bloggers participating in this event.  I know exactly what I am going to make with this and I can't wait to share it with all of you.

Thank you Bob's Red Mill.
You made me smile today!

With Childlike Wonder....

Today is One Word Wednesday.  You can learn all about it from my friend, Lisa, the host and creator of this little project.

Today's prompt is Childlike.  This is week 25 out of 52, it is amazing how fast time flies!

It is with Childlike Awe and Wonder that I await our new miracle.
38 weeks.....seems very long to me.
Can you imagine what it feels like for the Mama???
C'mon Princess....we are tired of waiting!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drats....Foiled Again!!

There's really nothing wrong...I just liked the title.  Today is Try it Tuesday and we are having pot roast.  So you may wonder what is new about pot roast I serve it at least once a month during the cooler weather months.  Well this pot roast is from a recipe I found in Cook's Country Magazine and it calls for the roast to be wrapped in foil before cooking.  I usually braise mine in my dutch oven or toss it in the slow cooker but I have never wrapped it in foil and put it in the oven to slow that is new.  It also had a tasty sounding rub that you put on it so that is new too.  I made the recipe just as written except that I had no celery seed on hand so I omitted it. It also called for cutting the roast in half and tying it but that seemed like useless steps to me so I just threw mine in there whole and it turned out just fine and dandy.

I really liked the rub used for this roast.
The cornstarch added into the rub thickened the juices so there was no need to make gravy.
The foil packet made clean up a breeze!!

Pot Roast in Foil
taken from Cook's Country 


3 T. cornstarch
4 t. onion powder
2 t. light brown sugar
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. instant espresso powder
1 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. celery seed

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Set aside

1 (4 lb) Chuck Roast
2 onions, quartered
6 small red potatoes, quartered
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2" pieces
2 bay leaves
2 T. soy sauce

Crisscross two 30x18" pieces of heavy duty foil inside a large roasting pan.  Place the vegetables and bay leaves in the center of the foil and sprinkle with soy sauce.  Pat the roast dry with paper towel and cover all over with the rub. Enfold the roast in the foil by folding opposite sides towards each other and crimping.  Place in a 300* oven for 4 1/2 hrs or until meat is completely tender.  Remove roast from foil pouch and let rest, tented with foil for 20 minutes.  Remove vegetables to serving platter and strain the pan juices into a fat separator.  When liquid settles pour the defatted juices into a serving bowl. Thinly slice the roast against the grain and serve with the pan juices and vegetables.
Print Recipe

I am sharing this recipe at Thrifty Thursday, stop by and see what others are sharing.  I am also linking up with Friday Favorites so while you are out and about stop by there also.

A year ago- Just another Manic Monday

Well isn't this the coolest thing--#10daysoftailgate

I got another sponsor gift today.  This very cool little gadget came from Fire Wire and I cannot wait to try it.

Those of you who follow me know how much I love grilling on skewers.  I love making kabobs.  I love veggie skewers. I love marinating my meat of choice, skewering it in between chunks of onions and peppers and throwing it on the grill for an easy peasy meal.  

Well, thanks to Fire Wire it just got even easier.....Look what I got in the mail today!!  I will be able to place an entire meals worth of food on only 2 skewers and allow the ends to hang out of the grill where they will be cool to the touch for easy turning and removing.  They are also dishwasher safe for easy clean up.  I cannot wait to try them.

Thanks Fire Wire!!

10 Authors who I have only read once but need to read more.

It is Top Ten Tuesday.   Today the Broke and the Bookish ask which 10 authors have you read only one book from but need to read more.  This is my list.

  1.   Sara Gruen.  I loved Water for Elephants and she has a couple more books that I really should check out.
  2.  Sandra Dallas.  While I was thinking of it I just ordered up her True Sisters while I was thinking of it.
  3.  Tom Franklin.  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter kept me glued to the book.  I don't know why I haven't looked him up again.
  4.  Chris Bohjalian.  One of my favorite reads in the past couple of years.  I have a few more of his books on my wish list.  I think I will order them up.  This book is one of those that you want to read again as soon as you finish it because you cannot believe you missed all the clues that would solve this riddle.
  5.  Mary Ann Shaffer.  I loved, loved, loved this book.  I am a big historical fiction fan and this was one of my favorites.  It was different insofar as the entire book is letters written amongst the group.
  6.  Beth Hoffman.  Another one of my favorite books.  This book made me laugh and made me cry.  It is reminiscent of The Secret Life of Bees, if you have read that.  It was filled with wonderfully colorful characters that dragged you into their lives and their hearts.
  7.  Laura Hillenbrand.  This is the same author who wrote Seabiscuit but I never read that I only saw the movie.  Unbroken is slated to be a movie also and I am anxious to see it.
  8. Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese.  A true love story.
  9.   Markus Zusak.  A very different style of writing that I enjoyed very much.
  10.  John Green.  I don't know if all of Green's works are geared towards YA audiences but if he writes them all as well as he wrote this it doesn't much matter because it is perfect for all audiences.
Wow, I can't believe I have so many authors that I want to read again.  I compiled this list by going through my nook library and reminiscing.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone else's Top Ten Tuesday picks this week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Simple Woman's Day Book

I had so much fun last week with this post that I have decided to join in again this week with Peggy for The Simple Woman's Hand Book.  If you would like to join in just go to Peggy's page, add the link and answer the questions....easy peasy and tons of fun.

Outside my Window... There are tons of big, fluffy white clouds with just a bit of blue peeking through.

I am Thinking...showering, getting on my pj's and having a glass of wine.

I am Thankful... that I stuck to my fitness plan today.

I am workout clothes that I haven't changed from yet.

I am Creating...this blog post.

I am Going to.... NYC at the end of the month if the baby is born before then.

I am Wondering...Just when that little one is going to come into our lives.

I am Reading...The same book (The Forgotten Garden) I had just started last week when I posted here.  I am nearly done.

I am have a granddaughter this week.

I am Learning...That it doesn't matter what I want she is going to come in her own sweet time.

Around the House... We are enjoying getting to know our new piglets and I am fighting against myself to not put the fall decorations out until the last week of the month.  Come on...It is only mid September...we should still be in the pool.

In the Kitchen...We had a lovely dinner for Meatless Monday of Vegetable Soup and Dinner Rolls.

I am pondering...Different recipes for the #10daysoftailgate event in which I am participating.

A Favorite Quote for Today... 

One of my Favorite Things...cuddling with a soothes my soul....Can you tell what's on my mind today LOL.

A Few Plans for this Week...Tomorrow John and Kirsten are coming for dinner, Kirsten's mom is in town so we are spending some time together before she heads back to Alabama.  Wednesday is Food Pantry, Thursday is choir and this weekend we will be flying to Mackinac Island, weather permitting.