- Real Men Will by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This book was the last book in the Donovan Brothers Brewery series. The order in which to read can be found here.)
- Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Christmas in Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is a 2-in-1 book that contains the first two books in the Lucky Harbor series - Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing. The order in which to read can be found here.)
- Small Town Christmas by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This book is am additional book in the Lucky Harbor series. The order in which to read can be found here.) The other authors in the anthology are Hope Ramsey and Katie Lane.
- Holiday Hideout by Jill Shalvis, Vicki Lewis Thompson and Julie Kenner.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
I made Korean Style Short Ribs in the crock pot this past weekend. It tasted pretty good so we saved them for dinner tonight. We're eating them over rice. It's a bit sweet, and I have a feeling it'll be heavy on the garlic, but it's tasty and easy, and we almost have all of the ingredients at home excluding the meat and green onions.
Korean Style Short Ribs
recipe adapted from Blisstree
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
I head of garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5 lbs beef short ribs, uncut whole ribs
1-2 stalks green onions, sliced thin for garnish
1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds for garnish
Mix soy sauce, sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper in a small bowl. Place ribs in a 5-quart slow cooker and pour sauce over. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Remove ribs from crockpot and serve hot over a bed of rice with a garnish of green onions and sesame seeds.
*Alternately, if you don't have a crockpot/slow cooker, simply place the ribs in a foil lined baking sheet and baking in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1-1/2 hours until cooked
On Friday, Husband and I did our grocery shopping before Little Miss came home so we would have a nice, quiet evening with her. On Saturday, we had a big day.
On Sunday, I slept gloriously late. We had a family breakfast. Then, Little Miss and I took a walk to the library. After the walk, Little Miss and I took a nap. Then, we woke up, had dinner and pretty much went back to bed. A perfect Sunday.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Little Miss has started pre-reading where she can identify letters and will ask what certain words are on the page. She will also memorize entire books and then "read" them to us. We're not long before she reads us bedtime stories which is only sad because I was never a good person to sit and listen to a story. I'd much rather be reading it myself. Anyway, tonight, I recorded her reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It's in two parts because I didn't realize she knew the whole book, and she was kind of bummed that I had the camera off. It's a bit lengthy and some of it is fast so she may be hard to understand, but she knows almost the entire book. You certainly don't have to watch both lengthy videos, but if you don't watch the second, how will you know how the story ends?
Monday, November 14, 2011
On Saturday morning, Husband and I drove to NJ for a wedding. We made good time, had a quick lunch at a diner and then attended the wedding and reception. It was a really good time with good friends. Unfortunately, Husband wasn't feeling well on Friday and got worse on Saturday, but he made it through the wedding and 3/4 of the reception.
On Sunday, Husband drove us to the Parkway and then I drove the rest of the way home (so you know he was sick!) I dropped him home and then went to pick up Little Miss and spend a little time with my grandparents. It was a crazy busy and fast weekend, but it was a lot of fun by all.
Friday, November 11, 2011
So, a man accidentally threw away his wife's engagement ring. Then, with Waste Management's help, dug through a lot of trash to find it. You can read the entire story here. Do please click on the link because the first comment is my favorite. "Let's be honest here - did he really have a choice? LOL" Seriously, I think Husband would dig through 9 tons of garbage over listening to me nag, yell, and scold him for the rest of his life.
I can't believe it was our second parent/teacher conference. Last year, we were a bit nervous, but this year, I think the report went just as well as we expected. There were no surprises. Sometimes, I think these report cards are a bit arbitrary at this age, and it's mostly the teacher assuring the parents that their kids aren't little crazies. Husband had concerns about Little Miss's listening skills (or lack thereof), but the teacher assured us that she is fine or normal for her age and, of course, she listens to other people better than her parents.
Last weekend, we had a good weekend with Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law and Nephew. I forget what we did on Friday, but I'm sure it was low key.
On Saturday, Little Miss and I went to the library and chose new books. Then, we came home for lunch, and she took a nap. Afterwards, we went to Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law's apartment. We chatted and ate and watched the kids and ate and then got pizza. We tried to keep Little Miss up later than usual so she could adjust to the time change the next day, and she handled it ok.
On Sunday, we met Sister-in-Law and Nephew at the mall for holiday portraits. This is the first year that Little Miss was absolutely perfect. Poor Nephew is entering the phase that his cousin just exited. Still, I think the pictures came out well. After, we grabbed some lunch and then head for home. Little Miss napped on the way home and then wouldn't nap once we got home which is fine.
Good weekend overall!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I would never categorize myself as messy, but I don't like to clean or tidy so I go as long as possible without doing it. With limited space in our apartment, our living area becomes messy within a day if there is no cleaning or tidying. So, when we went 2 weeks including a deluge of presents from Little Miss's birthday, it got pretty bad. So bad that Husband cleaned floors and did his part last weekend (we divide the chores). As it happens, if I do a big cleaning, Husband will follow so conversely, when he breaks down to clean, I follow with my jobs. So, last night, I finally put away Little Miss's changing pad from the top of her dresser and put all her knick-knacks up there. That freed space in her bookshelf to put actual books. Then, I picked up the toys and changed the sheets and put away the clean clothes. Little Miss came home and ran into her room and gasped. "Mommy, you made this place look wonderful!"
So, there may be days where being a grown-up is a thankless job, but sometimes, it's all worth it.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
- Chasing Fire by Chasing Fire
- Only His by Susan Mallery (NOTE: This book is part of the Fool's Gold series. The order in which to read the series can be found here.)
- Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is part of The Donovan Brothers Brewery series. You can find the order in which to read here
- More Than Words Volume 7 by Jill Shalvis, Carly Phillips, and Donna Hill
- Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward (NOTE: This is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The order in which to read can be found here.)
- Ape House by Sara Gruen
- Covet by J.R. Ward> (NOTE: This is part of the The Fallen Angels series. The order in which to read can be found here.)
- Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This book is the second book in the Animal series. The order in which to read can be found here.)
- It was a really great month for reading with most of it happening in the first week of the month. I read all electronic books and continued borrowing books from the library for my nook. Very pleased with this month’s books overall.