Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

 

Baked Chicken and Fingerling Potatoes with Mushrooms

COLLAGE baked chicken thighs

Ingredients:

~ chicken legs
~ olive oil and seasoning of choice and turmeric
~ potatoes

Directions:

1. coat cast iron skillet with olive oil or butter
2  coat chicken, mushrooms, and potatoes with seasoning and olive oil (I am adding turmeric because of it’s immunity power…learn about it HERE)
3. place on cast iron skillet and layer with cheese
4. bake at 350 until chicken is cooked
5. Serve

6. Dino LOVED it… but forgot to get a pic of him eating. 

Brown Rice, Sausage, and Veggies

COLLAGE brown rice, sausage, veggies

Ingredients:

~ brown rice
~ apple chicken sausage
~ veggies of your choice (I chose spinach, peas, carrots, and corn)
~ seasonings of your choice (I chose turmeric, curry, and Italian blend)
~ olive oil, butter
~ cook brown rice according to directions, I added some extra butter

Directions:

1. cook brown rice according to directions, I added some extra butter
2. After boiling and now simmering, add in cut sausage and veggies
3. add some more water, cover and let simmer until rice is ready. 

4. Dino loves rice mixes and I love that I make them from scratch. 

Roasted Chicken with Veggies

COLLAGE roasted chciken adn veggies

Ingredients:

~ whole chicken
~ potatoes and sweet potatoes
~ mushrooms
~ carrots
~ olive oil and seasoning...I added turmeric again to my seasoning…

Directions:

1. coat chicken with olive oil and seasoning
2. marinate veggies
3. Place everything in a cast iron skillet 
4. bake at 350 until chicken is cooked through

5. WHOA!!! This rocked! Dino said he was eating like a pirate and even hubby loved it! Plus we had leftovers for chicken salad if we needed it with the upcoming storm. 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken Gravy casserole

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Ingredients:

~ leftover chicken and veggies
~ shredded cheese
~ homemade gravy

Directions:

1. place chicken and veggies on cast iron skillet
1. pour gravy on top
3. Sprinkle cheese on top of gravy
4. cover and bake at 350 for about twenty minutes
5. Serve! 

Dino couldn’t eat this fast enough! 

Baked Apples

COLLAGE apple bake2

Ingredients:

~ apples cut in half with slices
~ butter
~ cinnamon
~ flour
~ honey

 

Directions:

1. cut apples and make slice marks for the butter and honey to melt into
2. mix cinnamon with flour and put on side
3. melt butter and mix with honey
4. pour melted butter and honey mix on top of apples
5. sprinkle flour mixture on top
6. bake at 350 for about twenty minutes

eat and enjoy…we loved them. 

 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

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Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Day

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event–but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY–into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Review: 3 Stars

So many characters, so many histories, story lines, yet the end left me bewildered and lost. 

I know some books are better off without an epilogue or happy ending for everyone, but when a book throws you into the lives of each character you expect a full journey with them. I was confused and flabbergasted with how it ended…

Like with all families you have wackadoos, rude ones, selfish ones, romantics, morons, assholes, jerks, cheaters, lovers, idiots, and protectors. Definitely could have happened in any family, which is what makes the lack of closure hurt.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: Life and Life

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.

This seems interesting and highly emotional, I hope I am strong enough to get through it…

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Through audible  I’m reading No Second Chance. It’s a night mare to wake up and have your family gone. I wonder if they are going to pin it on him. I LOVE listening to books rather than music…really keeps me focused. 

From Harlan Coben, author of back-to-back New York Times best-sellers Tell No One and Gone for Good, comes his most accomplished and electrifying work to date. The novelist who “serves up everything you could ask for in a can’t-put-it-down book . . . rocket-fast pace with solid emotional underpinning” (San Francisco Chronicle) returns with a thriller of explosive tension and breathless psychological suspense. No Second Chance is a breakneck ride where nothing is what it seems–and where hope and fear collide in the most surprising ways. Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the love of a father, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes “suspense at its finest” (Jeffrey Deaver). PRAISE FOR HARLEN COBEN AND Gone for Good: “A killer thriller with more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. . . . Gone for Good is great.” –USA Today. “Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up . . . riveting.” –People (PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK)

 

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Fly on the Wall JAN 2015

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

 Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://followmehome.shellybean.com  Follow me home
http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com Juicebox Confession
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
http://www.gomamao.com Go Mama O
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/  Just A Little Nutty
http://themomisodes.com   The Momisodes

DINO:

 monkey mess

Overheard Dino playing with his toys, “You got monkeys, that’s not fair. Prepare to be punished.”

I thought it was cute and responded, “Oh no, hope he’s okay.”

Dino did not like me interrupting his play time. “Stop, Mommy. I’m playing and you are bothering me.”

Don’t you just love the mess that one child can create?  

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Blows loud breath as he cuts paper for art work. “Boy, this is hard work.”

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Showing me how his cars change into dinosaurs. “I know these things.”

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We were trading stories in the car…it was Dino’s turn and he started

“Once upon a time there lived a girl who had two dads, they all lived on a farm…” It started out sweet, then ended with zombies, eating of flesh, and ghosts…

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Dino and Daddy boxing…Dino loves it. With his sensory issues it’s a great way to burn energy and give him that physical feedback he needs.

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Daddy and Dino were watching Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 one day. After explaining yet another attack/death scene, Dino said “There’s a lot of dying in these movies, Daddy.”

Well he sure said the truth!

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MOMMY:

So I get an email Monday one morning from our lovely, Secret Subject Swap leader, Karen. She wanted to let me know that my SSS post for January was posted just a few moments ago. I freaked out and checked. Low and behold there it was. That wasn’t the worst part-it was NOT written and had the title and picture was from months ago…I schedule a few posts ahead of time with the template of the post. I obviously scheduled it for the wrong date. Oooooops.

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As I was getting ready to head out to work, Dino wanted juice. I quickly grabbed the bottle and must have unscrewed it without realizing it, then shook it. There was mango-orange juice everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!!! Thankfully I was wasn’t dressed yet, bust in my morning clothes. The picture would have been awesome, but I just was in too much of a rush.

 

Epic Fail OR Epic Win

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Whenever I hear the term “Epic Fail,” I think of the time…

I failed at organizing.

I tried to create an organizing blog hop. I tried to clean and organize. I tried to do it all, but I FAILED.

It’s okay that I failed. Who says we should it all? What is doing it all really mean? Why is it a goal for moms?  I rather fail at “doing it all” than fail at being a mom that my son thinks is awesome…like the Lego Movie which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Since I work full-time and commute an hour each way I have little time as it is. I decided to hire a cleaning lady to come every other week-that’s all I could afford right now. It makes a HUGE difference. I love coming home to a clean home. I love knowing that I only have to do touch-up cleaning in between… By having a cleaning lady I now have more time to prepare real-food meals, spend time with my son, and go to the gym.

Such a treat coming home to clean place. So did I really fail or win? 

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Since I’m in a sharing mood, I also failed with Dino’s lunches. You know I am all about real food. I can’t stand Monsanto treating us like science experiments. I can’t stand that the FDA has their pockets lined with companies and doesn’t really care about what’s healthy.

I used to pack Dino lunches to take to school, most of the time they were sandwiches, but at least they were organic bread, meats, cheeses, snacks, fruits, and veggies. All of a sudden he started coming home with his lunch box full and ordering lunch at school. Yes I put money on his lunch account. Why? I didn’t want him to be without food just in case of an emergency.

Now he only gets lunch from school…though it’s not really lunch. As far as I am concerned it’s all experiments created in a lab, frozen and shipped long distances. The “food” doesn’t spoil because it’s not really food. He wants to eat it, because everyone else is eating it. Sure they serve veggies and fruits…but they are canned, jarred, and sugary..not real or fresh.

But what can I do? I can’t force him. At least he eats real food at home….just check out all our real food meals HERE.

The only positive in this is that I don’t have to make his lunch the night before…which is sweet. I offer to give him leftovers in a Thermos, but he wants none of it. I do pack his snacks with a juice and water. Perhaps one day he will change his mind and opt for real food lunches.

What was your epic fail? Was it really an fail or a win? 

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken Casserole

COLLAGE leftover chicken made into casserle

Ingredients:

~ leftover chicken soup (drained)
~ olive oil
~ shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. coat cast iron skillet with olive oil or butter
2 drain chicken soup 
3. place on cast iron skillet and layer with cheese
4. bake at 250 for twenty minutes until heated up and cheese is melted
5. serve.
6. LOOKS NASTY…BUT TASTES SO DARN GOOD! 

Boneless chicken thighs and veggies 

COLLAGE boneless chicken thighs

Ingredients:

~ boneless chicken thighs
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ coconut oil
~ brussel sprouts
~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ spinach
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. marinate chicken with seasoning of your choice and olive oil
2. coat pan with butter and coconut oil
3. place thighs on skillet along with frozen veggies
4. sprinkle more seasoning on top for added flavor
5. cover and bake at 350 for thirty or forty minutes
6. CAN BE CHOPPED UP TO MAKE QUESADILLAS, ENCHILAADAS, PIZZA TOPPINGS, OR CHICKEN SALAD. 

 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken quesadillas

COLLAGE leftover chicken made into quessaditllas with sauce2

Ingredients:

~ whole wheat wraps
~ sauce
~ shredded cheese 
~ leftover over chicken thighs and veggies
~ olive oil

Directions:

1. coat pan with olive oil
2. place whole wheat wrap down, layer with sauce then cheese
3. layer DICED chicken and veggies on top, then more sauce and cheese
4. cover with whole wheat wrap
5. bake at 250 degrees for twenty minutes or when crispy on top, carefully flip over

 

Couscous with chicken and veggies

COLLAGE couscous chicken sausage veggies

Ingredients:

~ pre-cooked spinach and feta chicken sausage
~ couscous
~ garlic and onion
~ frozen veggies
~ frozen spinach
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. coat cast iron pot with butter, coconut oil, seasonings, garlic and onions
2. Cook couscous according to directions
3. once you turn dial to simmer, throw in cut sausage and veggies
4. cover and simmer until all cooked.
5. CAN BE ADDED TO A SOUP
6. *****WHEN SERVING I ADDED SOME BONE BROTH AND TUMERIC POWERDER- GREAT FOR IMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PREBIOTICS*****

Butternut Squash Soup

Some recipes for butternut squash soup Deliciously Organic Gluten Free Goddess Southern Girl Eats Clean Wellness Mama though I changed it up a bit and added more coconut milk, ginger and turmeric and and took out the chicken broth. I love mixing it with leftovers and taking it to work…such a wonderful taste!

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I know I shared this last week, but still loving how great this is for a Recipe Organizer…

I found a better way to store all my recipes. It’s free and easy to use! I got the idea after reading http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/10/recipe_organizer_software.php. It’s so easy to add my recipes, I can make folders and put copies of all the recipes in as many folders as I want. I can add the links and pictures from my blog posts. The best part I can easily read and share the recipes on my laptop at home or on my phone.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

Just Finished Reading…

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

 

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Goodreads Summary: Too Close To Home Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But that is exactly what happened to the Langleys one sweltering summer night, and no one in this small upstate New York town is more shocked than their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter. They visited for the occasional barbecue, and their son, Derek, was friends with the Langleys’ boy, Adam; but how well did they really know their neighbors?
That’s the question Jim Cutter is asking, and the answers he’s getting aren’t reassuring. Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected criminal lawyer, but was he so good at getting criminals off that he was the victim of revenge – a debt his innocent family also paid in blood? From the town’s criminally corrupt mayor to the tragic suicide of a talented student a decade before, Promise Falls has more than its share of secrets. And Jim Cutter, failed artist turned landscaper, need look no further than his own home and his wife Ellen’s past to know that things aren’t always what they seem.
Suddenly the Cutters must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home but is inside it already. For the Langleys weren’t the first to die and they won’t be the last

Review: 5 Stars

One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives. Seriously crazy that Jim’s past, a past where he thought he did the right thing, caused such a violent future. Sad that Ellen’s secret destroyed families. Sickening that Chance was so evil and selfish. Derek’s actions almost got him killed. Albert Langley, a pathetic man, but typical politician. Makes you think about each decision you make, will it come back to haunt you in the future.

A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Beautiful Day

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event–but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY–into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

I can’t wait to see what situations arise and how it will be handled and all fall into place. 

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Through audible  I’m reading No Second Chance. It’s a night mare to wake up and have your family gone. I wonder if they are going to pin it on him. I LOVE listening to books rather than music…really keeps me focused. 

From Harlan Coben, author of back-to-back New York Times best-sellers Tell No One and Gone for Good, comes his most accomplished and electrifying work to date. The novelist who “serves up everything you could ask for in a can’t-put-it-down book . . . rocket-fast pace with solid emotional underpinning” (San Francisco Chronicle) returns with a thriller of explosive tension and breathless psychological suspense. No Second Chance is a breakneck ride where nothing is what it seems–and where hope and fear collide in the most surprising ways. Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the love of a father, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes “suspense at its finest” (Jeffrey Deaver). PRAISE FOR HARLEN COBEN AND Gone for Good: “A killer thriller with more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. . . . Gone for Good is great.” –USA Today. “Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up . . . riveting.” –People (PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK)

 

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You can find all books reviews by me HERE

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Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

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Chicken sausage with couscous and veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussell sprouts)

COLLAGE chicken sausage, cous cous, veggies

Ingredients:

  • veggies
  • couscous
  • seasoning
  • chicken sausage (pre-cooked)
  • olive oil and butter
  • seasoning

Directions:

  1. follow directions to make couscous in cast iron pot add seasonings and…(add your own combo of butter, olive oil, and coconut oil)
  2. After couscous has begun to simmer, add sliced sausage and frozen veggies of your choice and cover pot
  3. occasionally mix to stir in all flavors
  4. Once cooked, serve or reheat the next day

Can be added to a broth for soup.

 Chicken soup Dump: with all the veggies you have and can add to the soup:

COLLAGE chicken soup potatoes and mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • potaotes
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • squash
  • olives
  • barley
  • whole chicken
  • water
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • onions
  • garlic
  • butter
  • seasoning

Directions:

Day ONE:

  1. cooked the potatoes, and mushrooms in a cast iron, at the same time I cooked the tomatoes, olives, and barley in a cast iron pot…then added it all together.

Day TWO:

  1. place remaining veggies and ingredients and chicken in slow cooker, add seasoning of choice.
  2. remove chicken when done and peel off meat (save extra chicken for other meals)
  3. scoop hot soup and yesterdays barley and veggies into bowls for hot and yummy meals.
  4. after soup cools, mix into container with barley and veggies.

LEFTOVERS: ENCHILADAS-Mommy Style

Chicken soup MADE into chicken enchiladas. While I can eat chicken soup EVERY day, Dino does not want that, but I want him to have the goodness of the meal. 

COLLAGE enchilladas

Ingredients:

  • chicken soup drained of all broth
  • whole wheat wrap
  • shredded cheese
  • pasta sauce
  • olive oil
  • seasoning

Directions:

  1. drain chicken soup of all broth (let broth go back into container)
  2. Coat pan with olive oil
  3. Place shredded cheese evenly on one wrap and layer chicken and veggies on wrap
  4. fold wrap twice and leave room for more enchiladas.
  5. Repeat as many times as you like (make as thick or thin as you like)
  6. I coated pan with olive oil and added shredded cheese to one wrap, I folded it twice and repeated this
  7. spread sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle cheese on top
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins or longer depending on how crunchy you want them

 

Better Recipe Organizer…

I found a better way to store all my recipes. It’s free and easy to use! I got the idea after reading http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/10/recipe_organizer_software.php. It’s so easy to add my recipes, I can make folders and put copies of all the recipes in as many folders as I want. I can add the links and pictures from my blog posts. The best part I can easily read and share the recipes on my laptop at home or on my phone.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

Just Finished Reading…

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2015 Reading Challenge

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

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Goodreads Summary: The Tenth Circle Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also the light of her father, Daniel’s life — a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who’s always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime — or if your mistakes are carried forever.

Review: 5 Stars

** spoiler alert **

What a book. 

Just because she said yes all those other times does not mean she said yes this time. Just because she didn’t say no and doesn’t mean she wanted it. So true to current society- a woman has to be virginal and PROVE that she did everything she could to stop him or she really wanted it. No, Jason, she really didn’t want it. Disgusting that teachers at the school wrote an anonymous letter to the newspaper making her the villain and saying she shouldn’t be allowed to attend. 

Trixie was wrong for having Jason go down for drugging her…that was not a crime he deserved to be punished for, but once again she was trapped. She didn’t fight him off so she’s a liar?!??!?! It’s really sad that she had no other choice. It’s really sad that the whole town thought he was the victim and she the lying whore. The trial would have painted her as a liar. 

I had a feeling that person killed Jason…it was pretty obvious. 

I was NOT excepting that to the person who brought the drugs from Seth. 

What great title…they really all were suffering in hell…the hell of their own making. 

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Goodreads Summary: Too Close Too Home

Linwood Barclay, critically acclaimed author of No Time for Goodbye, brings terror closer than ever before in a thriller where murder strikes in the place we feel safest of all. Promise Falls isn’t the kind of community where a family is shot to death in their own home. But that is exactly what happened to the Langleys one sweltering summer night, and no one in this small upstate New York town is more shocked than their next-door neighbors, Jim and Ellen Cutter. They visited for the occasional barbecue, and their son, Derek, was friends with the Langleys’ boy, Adam; but how well did they really know their neighbors?
That’s the question Jim Cutter is asking, and the answers he’s getting aren’t reassuring. Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected criminal lawyer, but was he so good at getting criminals off that he was the victim of revenge – a debt his innocent family also paid in blood? From the town’s criminally corrupt mayor to the tragic suicide of a talented student a decade before, Promise Falls has more than its share of secrets. And Jim Cutter, failed artist turned landscaper, need look no further than his own home and his wife Ellen’s past to know that things aren’t always what they seem.
Suddenly the Cutters must face the unthinkable: that a murderer isn’t just stalking too close to home but is inside it already. For the Langleys weren’t the first to die and they won’t be the last

Wow…what a beginning! Someone is going to find out Derek was there. So the neighbor’s wife caused this???? How? Why? Holy Sh*t this is going to be good.

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I finally joined audible and got a free book for signing up. I decided to download another Harlan Coben book. Now I can listen to books while at the gym! To me that’s win-win. It might take me a while to finish this…but it’s all good…I rather listen to a book then music…to me it’s more motivating than listening to the same songs. 

 

Goodreads Summary: No Second Chance

From Harlan Coben, author of back-to-back New York Times best-sellers Tell No One and Gone for Good, comes his most accomplished and electrifying work to date. The novelist who “serves up everything you could ask for in a can’t-put-it-down book . . . rocket-fast pace with solid emotional underpinning” (San Francisco Chronicle) returns with a thriller of explosive tension and breathless psychological suspense. No Second Chance is a breakneck ride where nothing is what it seems–and where hope and fear collide in the most surprising ways. Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the love of a father, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes “suspense at its finest” (Jeffrey Deaver). PRAISE FOR HARLEN COBEN AND Gone for Good: “A killer thriller with more twists and turns than an amusement park ride. . . . Gone for Good is great.” –USA Today. “Coben stands on the accelerator and never lets up . . . riveting.” –People (PAGE-TURNER OF THE WEEK)

What a horrific nightmare to wake up to…his wife dead and daughter missing. I know this is going to be another twisted, mind f&ck of a read. I can’t wait. A perfect book to read while at the gym. I just hope I don’t start screaming, cursing characters, laughing, or crying while at the gym…that could be embarrasing. 

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Plans Change and Life Goes On

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/  Spatulas on Parade

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com  Juicebox Confession

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius

http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com Climaxed

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://www.clutteredgenius.com Cluttered Genius

http://www.southernbellecharm.com Southern Belle Charm

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks

 

My subject is…It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the time that _________. It was submitted by http://www.clutteredgenius.com Here goes: 

It was the time that I forgot that plans change and but life goes on… 

Here we were Christmas Eve, which was already bitter sweet with my sister and BIL celebrating in their new home in Texas. Yes, they relocated from NY to Texas. It all happened pretty fast and while I am happy for them, I miss my sister. Life goes on though, right? I know we will get to seem them during holidays and I plan to visit them over the summer with Dino. It’s just weird knowing that she is not a hour away anymore, but across the country. Changes happen and we must keep moving forward making new memories.

This Christmas instead of celebrating with them in their condo, like we normally do, my parents were coming up to our apartment to celebrate with us. Since my apartment is pretty small, we were all going out for a Hibachi Dinner. I am glad I didn’t cook. Why? You’ll see as you read on.

It was a fairly quiet Christmas Eve morning with Dino unusually quiet and not eating much. He said a few times he didn’t feel good, but he was still playing and rolling around like he does. I didn’t think much of it though, eventually Dino and myself get ready. He looked so handsome in a red and black plaid shirt and gray pants. Once he’s dressed he starts complaining even more that he’s sick. This is not new, for the past few weeks Dino kept saying how sick he was feeling. Soon we realized he was only sick for a short time and started milking it to stay home and hopefully have my dad come up to watch him.  One morning, I reached my limit…after complaining he was sick again I explained that Daddy and I had to go to work, Pop Pop had doctor appointments, and if he was really sick I would have to drop him off at the hospital and pick him up after work. Suddenly he was better.

Therefore when Dino kept moaning about being sick Christmas Eve morning, I thought nothing of it. I truly thought he was pretending. Then all of a sudden he got pale and started moving around like he WAS sick. I knew something was up, but before I could act he was in the bathroom throwing up all over the toilet…not much going in the toilet.  His Christmas outfit was done, the bathroom was a mess. I took care of our sick boy while Hubby cleaned up the bathroom. I called my parents to let them know the change. Sadly Dino did visit the sick bucket two times. We ordered Chinese food and I ate sparingly feeling queasy myself. It could have been in my head, but the after Christmas I was sick. Maybe it was nerves, maybe it was stress, maybe it was something Dino passed on to me. I do know that I continued to feel not 100% percent better the rest of vacation.

So is life with kids during the holidays. We make plans and I forgot that nothing is set in stone.

I took for granted that my sister would always live close by…now she is too far away. I wish I had done more with her. Sadly life gets in the way and we forget what truly matters. Life goes on and I now have to save money since Dino and I do plan on visiting them in Texas for a few days over the summer.

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Love that my BIL Phil is always looking down at Anthony…too cute.

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

Chicken Soup with Barley, Carrots, Potatoes, and Celery: 

  • whole chicken
  • carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, garlic
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

I threw the veggies in the bottom as always, added all my seasoning and water, then placed chicken on top! By placing chicken on top, it still cooks, but it easier to lift out of the crock pot and place in pan to begin pulling off the meat. I messed up and forgot to add barley to the crock pot, so I took some chicken broth, some bones, extra water and cooked the barley in the cast iron pot instead. After it was cooked I added it to the soup. I had extra barley leftover for salads, eggs, or other dishes. 

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I made a great bone broth from the chicken bones. What is bone broth? I never heard of it till recently and I love knowing I can use up as much as the chicken as possible…nothing goes to waste. Here is more info and recipes…. 

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Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage, Brocolli, Carrots, Cauliflowr, Brussel Sporuts, and Rice: 

  • chicken sun dried tomato sausage
  • veggies of your choice
  • rice
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

started cooking rice in cast iron pot, then added tons of seasoning (Italian Herbs with a dash of curry). Once rice was boiling and I switched it to simmer, I threw in the precooked sausage and veggies. I covered and let simmer for about 30 minutes. It came out so darn tasty! 

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 I made a HUGE vat of oatmeal and saved into smaller bags. All I have to do is add honey, butter, and cinnamon and enjoy. Perhaps he can really taste the oats instead of all the crap in the packet. A friend said she uses almond butter, roasted coconuts, and coconut oil. What do you add to your oatmeal.

I need to buy more quick oats from the bulk section at Whole Foods…not only can I make oatmeal, I use the oats to make overnight oats and other tasty treats.

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No weekly meal plan this week…it;’s been a bit hecti after the holidays. When I go shopping Friday I’ll have a better idea of what I plan on making for the next two weeks.

Are you back on schedule after the holidays? What’s on your meal plan this week and next?

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

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