Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Without this mold, sushi as we know it wouldn't exist. The mold's Japanese name is kōji."
pg 13 The Zen of Sushi by Trevor Corson

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What To Eat This Week

It's was a good week. We stuck to the plan. Yay!


 Cheeseburger in Paradise with roasted brussels sprouts. Delicious. Would make again.

 Bacon Apple Smothered Pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes. The smothering made it good. Would make again.

 Slow Cooker Roast Beef with beef gravy and mashed potatoes. A real winner. The beef was so tender and delicious. Would definitely make again and again. 

 Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder. Good, hearty soup. Everyone liked it. Would make again.

 Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp. A family favorite.

Beefy and Cheesy Low Carb Green Chile Bake. Very good. Everyone liked it. Would make again.

Here's what on the menu this week:

Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Dinner Out
(Go Hawks!)

What's on your menu this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I loved These Broken Stars and I have been eagerly awaiting This Shattered World since I read the last page of These Broken Stars. At first, I was disappointed that Lilac and Tarver were not the main characters in This Shattered World but I enjoyed my time with Jubilee and Flynn. Another fantastic novel by Spooner and Kaufman.

Jubilee Chase is a lifelong solider. Where as other recruits are marking time, getting their training, and a paycheck, Jubilee knows she's in the military for the long haul. There isn't much else left for her. Flynn Cormac has a family. A family of rebels but he belongs somewhere. But when the rebels want to fight and break the tentative peace, Flynn feels that he needs to find a way to bring both sides to talk. Flynn believes that Jubilee is the person to listen.

Jubilee and Flynn are on opposite sides of a war. But they keep coming back to each other for reasons they can't understand. At first, Jubilee would rather shoot Flynn than go along with his ideas. Flynn doesn't know why Jubilee won't listen to reason. They go back and forth, round and around for a long while. But I enjoyed their getting to know one another. The mystery of why Avon isn't terraforming as quickly as it should and what's this mysterious facility was more the focus than Jubilee and Flynn's romance. And that worked in this one. If they'd run off and forgotten saving Avon, then it wouldn't have been as good. Again, chapters are told in alternating format, Jubilee and Flynn. As the reader, you get to understand them and see them understand each other. Beautifully told story.

I'm a huge fangirl for this series. I'm anxious for the next book. Others who shared their thoughts on This Shattered World: Reading After Midnight, Fiction in Fiction in Fiction, The Book Monsters, and Mrs. ReaderPants.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


The movie Seventh Son is based on Revenge of The Witch. I think the movie looks good (kind of 80's cheesy in a good way) but Jeff Bridges' voice drives me crazy. So book instead.

While looking for interesting historical fiction, I came across The Octopus. Never heard of it  before but sounded interesting. 

This one's been on my tbr list for a while. 

What did you get this week? Share your posts below!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Mere moments earlier, Longmore had been primed for murder. Now he had all could do not to laugh."
pg 37 Scandal Wears Satin by Loretta Chase (The Dressmakers #2)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Romancing The Duke by Tessa Dare

January is much to early in the year to have a slump. But nevertheless, I was slumping. I would read 30 pages of a book only to be bored by it. Nothing was catching my interest. My solution is fun romance by a writer I knew I liked. And I had one which also satisfies a category for  the What's In A Name Challenge (a word including "ing" in it). Bonus! And Romancing The Duke was the perfect book to break my slump.

Isolde ("Izzy") Ophelia Goodnight is penniless, hungry, and homeless. After receiving a letter from a solicitor, she journeys to a castle near the Scotland boarder. Izzy hopes that someone left her a few hundred pounds and that might help her get back on her feet. Since her father's passing, Izzy has had a hard time. Izzy's father was a well-known author of The Goodnight Tales. Due to her father's will granting her horrible cousin, the next male heir, his estate, Izzy is hoping to find her fortune in a ramshackle castle. The Duke of Rothbury has been living in his family's castle for the last eight month nursing his wounds. He's content to be alone with his valet, Duncan. Rothbury hopes to be left alone for a very long time.

Izzy is charming. She's lived her life always being thought of as the sweet little girl in the fairy tales her father was famous for. Her father's admirers have helped her get along now that her father is dead and she's penniless. Rothbury is so angry and hurt. He doesn't want anyone in his life and has successfully pushed almost everyone away but then Izzy stumbles into his life and starts to care about him. I enjoyed their romance. They almost instantly lust after one another but they get to know one another, revel their secrets. And, oh, this one's got some steamy scenes! I really liked Romancing The Duke. Another great one by Tessa Dare. I look forward to the rest of the series. Others who shared their thoughts on Romancing The Duke: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Smexy Books, Pop Goes The Reader, and That Artsy Reader Girl.
Romancing The Duke satisfies the word including "ing" in it category for the What's In A Name Reading Challenge
This is my first read for the 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

What To Eat This Week

Before we talk about the upcoming week, let's review last week.


Pretty bland. No one's favorite. 

Very good. Everyone enjoyed it. I did add cheese. Served with a simple arugula salad.

I put out cheese in case anyone wanted it and cheese was very necessary to this dish. It does taste just like a stuffed bell pepper. Tasty, would make again.

Everyone enjoyed this dish. Tai though the steak was amazing. I loved the mushrooms. I would make this again.

Ok what about this coming week?

Lunches: Spaghetti Casserole and BBQ pork sandwiches

Dinners:
Dinner Out
 
 
 
Bacon Wrapped Chicken

What's on your menu this week?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Chashu

I decided to get started on my goal of learning to make Japanese dishes. One of my favorites is ramen. But one component of good ramen is the delicious pork slices that sit in my tonkotsu ramen. I found this recipe for making the chashu (the yummy pork in my ramen) and followed it pretty closely.

I used pork loin instead of belly but I think I'll try belly next time. It took about 2 hours in total to make. My loin was about twice the size of the recipe so it took longer. We had some over rice with the yummy (salty) sauce it produced.

I look forward to trying my hand at homemade ramen and sharing my results.

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Historical Reading Challenge

I've been doing the Historical Reading Challenge for the last few years. I've really enjoyed it. I'm glad the challenge is still alive over at Passages to the Past. I'm joining up again this year. I'm going for the Medieval level (15 books) this year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Is it just me or does a new year mean loading up my holds list with tons of books I didn't read last year? I keep adding books to my hold list. I'm going to be busy this month, reading.

Another book for the Foodies Read Challenge. 

After reading Linda's review, I added it to my library hold list. 

While watching Wild, I realized that I've never read any Erica Jong. I decided to remedy that. 

I adored These Broken Stars. I can't wait to dive into This Shattered World. 

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky.