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.


Even though I am cooking vegetarian for Dino, I have eaten leftover chicken dinners for lunch. Next week I’m going to make more baked chicken for hubby and I.

 

Couscous with Feta, Broccoli, and Parsnips

feta couscous

Ingredients:

~ couscous
~ sliced parsnips
~ fresh broccoli
~ crumbled feta
~ seasonings of choice
~ olive and coconut oil
~ butter

Directions:

1. In a pot, cook couscous according to directions (I added olive oil, curry and a latin seasoning to give it flavor and make it a yellow and flavorful)
2. In a plan, add butter and coconut oil and cook parsnips and broccoli with extra seasonings
3. when both are done, mix together in a large bowl and toss in feta

Dino LOVED this…of course it was tasty, so what’s not to love

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Karate Test Night
Quick leftover slow cooked beans made into Cheese Melts

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Ingredients:

~ bread 
~ leftover slow cooked beans
~ shredded cheese
~ olive oil and butter

Directions:

1. In a pan add olive oil and heat leftover bean mixture
2. sprinkle cheese on bread, layer heated bean mix on top, sprinkle more cheese on top, fold bread over twice
3.add butter to another pan and heat bread on both sides until cheese is melted

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Baked Breaded Eggplant (for eggplant parm next week)

COLLAGE breaded egglplant

Ingredients:

~ whole wheat panko
~ eggplant
~ olive oil
~ eggs
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. create an egg mixture with eggs and seasonings of your choice 
2. slice eggplant and dip in egg mixture, then in panko
3. place on pan and bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 15 mins on each side

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Veggie Lasagna

COLLAGE veggie lasagna3

Original recipe can be found here

Ingredients:

~ 2 cups ricotta cheese
~ 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
~ 1 cup grated 3-cheese blend, divided
~ 1 egg, lightly beaten
~ 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and drained well
~ Salt and pepper to taste
~ 2 teaspoons dried oregano
~ 1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce
~ 9 no-boil uncooked lasagna noodles

My changes:

  • I used Whole Foods organic noodles were are thinner and was able to get three across and made four layers
  • I used an italian blend of seasonings and some turmeric

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. create an egg mixture with eggs and seasonings of your choice
2. In a large bowl mix ricotta, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the 3-cheese blend, egg, spinach, salt, pepper and oregano.
3. In another bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup 3-cheese blend.
4. Set both bowls aside.
5. In a 9×13-inch non-reactive baking pan, layer 1 cup of the sauce, then a layer of noodles and a layer of the ricotta-spinach mixture; repeat.
6. Top with sauce then sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
7. Pour 1 cup water around the edges of pan, then cover with parchment paper, then very tightly with foil.
8. Bake 1 1/4 hours, then set aside to let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

 

My changes: 

  • I forgot to add other veggies, so I sauteed them later on and just added them to each bowl and leftovers

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Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Veggies 

COLLAGE pasta, feta, spinach, tomato, mushroom

Ingredients:

~ bow tie pasta
~ feta cheese
~ mushrooms cut 
~ spinach thawed and cut
~ tomatoes sliced
~ olive and sesame oil
~ seasonings of choice

Directions:

1. Boil pasta according to directions
2. saute onions and garlic
3. Once onions and garlic are brown, add spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms
4. Drain pasta, add to large bowl and pour in sesame seed oil
5. Mix in veggies then sprinkle in feta cheese
6. cover and mix well

Dino wanted more!

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I made rice and beans for dinner one night, but forgot to take any pics.

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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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Goodreads Summary: The Dead Will Tell

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . 

I’m guessing it’s either the wife and mother who didn’t really die or the surviving son’s wife. I can’t imagine who else it would be…but we shall see.

 ~~~Soon I’ll be Reading~~~

 

 

Goodreads Summary: The Silent Wife

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in theirmarriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in theirbeautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim,rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives andbreathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He playsfor keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices,TheSilent Wifeis about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a coupleheaded for catastrophe, concessions that cant be made, and promises that wontbe kept. Expertly plotted,this debut novelensnares the listenerfrom page one and never lets go

Goodreads Summary: Big Little Lies

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder.

In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families. And in her pitch-perfect way, she shows us the truth about what really goes on behind closed suburban door

 

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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.


Dino has informed me that he NO LONGER wants any meat or chicken…sometimes eggs are okay…Some of these recipes still have meat as they are from before he told me and some are for hubby who will always be a meat guy. I still love a good chicken and bone broth, but also love meatless meals…as long as it’s real food, I’m eating it.

 

Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Casserole

COLLAGE ground beef casserole

Ingredients:

~ grass fed ground beef
~ shredded sweet potato
~ cut leeks
~ egg
~ onion and garlic
~ green beans
~ oil and butter
~ seasoning of choice

Directions:

1. coat skillet first
2. mix all ingredients and place in cast iron skillet
3. layer ground beef on top with seasoning,
4. bake in oven at 350 until cooked…
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

DINO at it reluctantly…then he told me no more meat or chicken…

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Oven Baked Fried Chicken with Wild Rice and Veggies

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Ingredients:

~ chicken thighs
~ seasoning of choice
~ flour
~ wild rice
~ veggies of choice
~ olive oil
~ butter 

Directions:

1. marinate chicken thighs for a few hours
2. Then coat with flour and place on cast iron skillet
3. Bake at 350 until fully cooked

1. cook wild rice according to directions (I add extra butter and coconut oil with the seasoning)
2. add veggies of choice while it’s simmering
3. fluff with fork and let cool 

Dino was not home for this…though I am going to enjoy eating these leftovers. 

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Stir Fry Veggies with Pasta, Topped with Cheese

COLLAGE pasta with veggies and cheese3

Ingredients:

~ pasta (already cooked)
~ seasoning of choice
~ olive oil, sesame oil and butter

~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ tomatoes
~ leeks, onions, and garlic
~ shredded cheese

Directions:

1. add oils and butter to skillet with seasoning and cook veggies…letting them slowly cook
2. throw veggies over pasta

3. top with cheese

Dino was so HAPPY that it was a meat free dinner, he ate it so fast and wanted more. 

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Pea Soup with Carrots and Potatoes

pea soup for rice and couscous

Ingredients:

~ dry peas
~ water
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ seasoning of choice
~ garlic, onion, and leeks

~ olive oil and butter

Directions:

1. add dry split green peas, garlic, onions, leeks, water, and seasoning to the slow cooker
2. set slow cooker to low for 6 hours
3. add carrots and potatoes after three hours

This will be used to add to couscous, rice, barley, and Bulgar mixes

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Bulgar with Veggies, Salad, and Fruit

COLLAGE bulgar veggies and pears dinner

Ingredients:

~ bulgar
~ water
~ tomatoes and onions
~ olive oil and sesame oil
~ pears
~ onions, garlic, and leeks

Directions:

1. follow instructions for bulgar, but add olive oil and sesame oil with onions, leeks, and garlic
2. scoop some and add cooked spinach and tomatoes and fresh pairs

Pair with a salad and fresh fruit

Dino loved the food and ate most of his salad, some of the bulgar and veggies, and the fruit….a healthy and balanced meal. 

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Kidney Bean, Pepper, and Leek Quesadillas

COLLAGE bean quesadilla

Ingredients:

~ kidney beans (already slow cooked)
~ green pepper
~ tomatoes
~ onion and leeks
~ seasoning of choice
~ shredded cheese
~ olive and sesame oil
~ whole wheat tortillas

Directions:

1. saute peppers, leeks, and onion with olive and sesame oil with
2. once fully cooked, add beans and tomatoes
3. place cheese on half of tortilla, add mixture, top with more cheese, then fold over tortilla
4. repeat as many times as necessary
5. heat on both sides until crispy

Dino ate all three pieces on the way to karate! 

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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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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://BakingInATornado.com  Baking in a Tornado

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

http://followmehome.shellybean.com Follow me home

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

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes

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

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/ Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com Juicebox Confession

http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother

http://gndisney.wordpress.com  Disneyland in Kentucky

http://www.gomamao.com  Go Mama O

 

Dino and Mommy:

“I’m so cold and tired.” So he stands there, in a blanket brushing his teeth.

cold teeth brusghing

He refuses to stand up and pee…instead he wants to sit down which causes leaks all over the place. Despite me talking to him about this, he refuses to listen.

“Mommy, I can’t help it. My penis is too big and long and that’s why I pee all over.”

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“Look, Mommy, I’m pretending to crochet like you.” Not sure if you can see the pencil he’s holding and moving around in his Hulk hand.

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Dino using his imagination during one of our snow days.

Dino and Daddy: 

Dino has been scared of going in his room by himself, so he was asking Daddy to go in and get a toy for him. I was leaving for work and couldn’t do it. Daddy was trying to get Dino to be brave.

“You’re a big boy now. You’re five.”

“No, Daddy, you’re older than me. You’re like 292 years old or like 11 or 12. You are older, you get it.”

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While playing with Daddy, he wanted him to move over. “Daddy, just scootch over a bit.”

AND

“Oh I dropped that, Daddy, my bad.

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“Take a picture of me with all my animals, Mommy.”

If I let him, he would sleep with every single one.

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Goodreads Summary: The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

4 Stars

I normally don’t like magical stories, but I was captivated by this story…it was a love story! I am upset that the jerky men who keep making two people play this game with a horrible ending. Where is there punishment? 

Bailey got his wish…the wish he thought when he was young…beautiful.

Cecilia and Marco…not the ending I was hoping for…but lovely magical.  

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Dead Will Tell

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . 

Always LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kate Burkholder series…it’s twisted, sick, and suspenseful…a great read.  

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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.

 

Meatballs and Sauce with Pasta

pasta, homemade sauce, spinach meatballs

Ingredients:

~ grass fed ground beef
~ organic can of stewed tomatoes
~ egg
~ bread crumbs
~ seasonings of choice

~ pasta
~ spinach

Meatball Directions:

1. mix egg, bread crumbs, seasonings (turmeric and italian seasoning), spinach, and ground beef together
2  shape into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees until mostly cooked
3. mix veggies of choice in sauce and slowly simmer the sauce
4. add meatballs to sauce to finish cooking and give sauce a tasty flavor
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

Sauce Directions:

1. in a cast iron pot heat up garlic and onions with olive oil and butter
2  slowly add stewed tomatoes with seasonings of choice
3. stir occasionally
4. once fully boiled, then simmered, let cool a bit
5. puree mixture until as creamy as you prefer
6. serve over pasta and meaballs

DINO loved the meatballs and veggies…will make for great leftovers. 

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Walnut and Banana Brownies

banana and walnut brownies

Ingredients:

~ grass fed ground beef
~ pasta sauce
~ egg
~ bread crumbs
~ seasonings of choice

~ pasta
~ veggies

Directions:

1. mix egg, bread crumbs seasonings (turmeric and italian seasoning), and ground beef together
2  shape into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees until mostly cooked
3. mix veggies of choice in sauce and slowly simmer the sauce
4. add meatballs to sauce to finish cooking and give sauce a tasty flavor
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

6. DINO loved the meatballs and veggies…will make for great leftovers

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LEFTOVER CHICKEN Made into Chicken, Pepper, Onion Melts

COLLAGE LEFTOVER chicken with peppers and onions

Ingredients:

~ leftover chicken 
~ olive oil
~ diced peppers and onions
~ seasoning of choice
~ shredded cheese

Directions:

1. thoroughly cook onions and peppers in cast iorn skillet with some olive oil
2  once cooked add leftover chicken (that has been shredded or cut into smaller pieces)
3. lay one whole wheat tortilla down

4. sprinkle shredded cheese on one side
5. layer on chicken mixture
6. then cover with more shredded cheese and fold over 
7. turn tortilla when cheese has melted nad it is crisp on bottom side
8. REPEAT with following tortillas until all mixture is used up. 

IT WAS A BIG HIT WITH DINO

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Homemade Pizza

COLLAGE pizza

Ingredients:

~ ground beef (cooked in cast iron skilelt with onons nad garlic)
~ spinach defrosted
~ shredded cheese
~ homemade sauce
~ Whole Foods organic pizza dough

Directions:

1. cover dough in olive oil for better crisping
2  layer homemade sauce on top of pizza
3. layer with spinach, ground beef, or both
4. cover with shredded cheese

ANOTHER BIG HIT FOR DINO!!!!! 

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Baked Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks with Veggies

COLLAGE baked chicken with veggies2

Ingredients:

~ olive oil
~ brussel sprouts

~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ chicken thighs and drumsticks
~ seasoning of choice

Directions:

1. marinate chicken and leave in fridge
2  marinate veggies with seasoning, olive oil, and water
3. then bake both in separate cast iron skillets at 350 until fully cooked.
4. cover with shredded cheese

DINO LOVES EATING CHICKEN LIKE A PIRATE! He also got to use his chopsticks from a dinner out to eat his veggies. I added a side of quinoa with peppers and onions.  

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Potato and Leek Recipe

COLLAGE potato and leek dinner2

Great recipe for Oven Baked Leek Frittata from GiveRecipe.comI got the idea from my friend who invited us over for a playdate and dinner…I should have written down the instructions then. So going to get the correct ingredients, though she cooked hers on the stove top while the above recipe says to bake it. 

Ingredients:

~ leeks cut
~ potatoes grated

~ egg
~ flour
~ shredded cheese
~ seasoning of choice
~ olive oil

Directions:

1. grate two potatoes (should have made more)
2  mix all ingredients in bowl and turn on cast iron skillet to medium heat
3. pour mixture on skillet and cover
4. turn over when bottom is crisp (you can flip with large pan to make sure it’s an even flip) eggies with seasoning, olive oil, and water
3. when both sides are cooked, cute and serve
4. it was so darn tasty! 

Dino loved the smell and flavor…it wasn’t as good as my friends since I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed…but still rocked. 

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Chicken and Veggie Quesadilla ON THE ROAD

COLLAGE quesadillas karate

Ingredients:

~ diced peppers and onions
~whole wheat wraps
~ chicken sausage

~ spinach
~ mushrooms
~ shredded cheese
~ seasoning of choice
~ olive oil

Directions:

1. heat onion and peppers in cast iron skillet
2  add chicken and mushrooms (cut into small pieces first) and spinach
3. add spices, cover and saute
4. when fully cooked, layer cheese on one side of wrap, add heated chciken mixture, add more cheese, then fold in half (repeat for each wrap)
5. Flip when bottom side of wrap is crispy
6. Cut in half and serve

Dino LOVED these…they were a great dinner for on the road before karate. 

I took a bite, then took a picture… 

Dino is happily eating in the car….we were parked at the time I took the pic

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Food Prep

 packaged foods

 I try to separate all my fresh herbs, veggies, meat, and even leftovers. This way it’s easy to add them to recipes or heat up and eat.

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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: Life After 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.

3 Stars

** spoiler alert **

I started out confused and ended confused. I really thought there would be a reason for it all, an enlightenment that would explain it all…but nope-unless I missed something!

So, there is no reason for it? She’s just going to keep starting life over and over with not end in sight?

Did her mother have an affair or was her mother also reincarnating as well? Did her father live previous lives? Was her role to kill Hitler, find happiness, or marry and have kids?????

I thought I would have clarity at the end…but really feel like I wasted my time on this book…

I gave it three stars though, because it was a great ride…long at times, but a great ride. There were times I prayed for her to die to save her from the misery and other times I prayed she would get to live and enjoy life. 

 ~~~Now I’m Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Ummmm what twisted competition are these men going to make Marco and Ceceilia compete in. I hope they can find a way to get away from these horrible men. I hope there is a happy ending, as these two have never really known love or family. 

 ~~~Soon I’ll be Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Dead Will Tell

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they’re both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti’s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows—the past never truly dies . . . 

Always LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kate Burkholder series…it’s twisted, sick, and suspenseful…a great read.  

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 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://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com The Bergham’s Life Chronicles Z
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com Spatulas on Parade
http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com  Climaxed
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.southernbellecharm.com Southern Belle Charm
http://thelieberfamily.com The Lieber Family
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com  Someone Else’s Genius
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks
http://www.gndisney.wordpress.com Disneyland in Kentucky
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/ Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com  Juicebox Confession

My subject is “Do you think Valentines Day is a “Made Up” holiday?” It was submitted by http://www.southernbellecharm.com   Here goes: 

 

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Well, let me think about this.  If you really love me you’ll do at LEAST one of the following…  How else can you show your love to me? This is your one big chance, so choose wisely. 

  • buy me a diamond necklace or ring
  • buy me a box of chocolates or candies
  • buy me flowers that will eventually die
  • buy puppy or kitten
  • take me out to an expensive restaurant
  • give me an expensive gift card to my favorite clothing store

Am I forgetting anything? 

 

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It doesn’t matter if you do any of the following things throughout the year… The only thing that matters is how you treat me on the Valentine’s Day. I need to brag and show off what a great man I have. 

  • tell me you love me every day
  • bring my car for an oil change
  • buy me bumper stickers that support my hatred of Monsanto 
  • pick up food when we run low
  • warm up my car on cold mornings
  • give me kisses
  • make me lunch when I’m home sick
  • call to say hello
  • wash and put away dishes
  • clean up the mess I was too tired to put away
  • tell me I’m beautiful
  • watch the movie I want
  • go out to the store at night because I’m too tired

I KNOW I’m forgetting something.

 

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Okay…obviously I’m being sarcastic. Yes, I do believe Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday. It’s just pure silliness. Why is it so important  to have a date on Valentine’s Day? Why is it important to go out and prove to the world that your significant took you out on Valentine’s Day.

I understand it’s about the romance, but I prefer romance every day. I prefer my husband to be kind, caring, loving, thoughtful every day instead of just one day a year. I don’t need jewelry, flowers, or clothes to know my husband loves me. I don’t need an animal or nasty chocolate (that is filled with GMOs) to know he loves me. I just need him to show it to me everyday.  So when Valentines’ Day arrives and he hands me a card, I will happily return the favor and be glad he is still my husband. He hasn’t strayed or left in all my craziness.

Now that is love and commitment. 

 

 

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.

 

Steak and Potatoes

COLLAGE baked potatoes

Ingredients:

~ grass fed beef
~ tons of seasoning
~ olive oil
~butter
~ potatoes

Directions:

1. marinate beef with water, olive oil, and seasonings
2  cook on grill…I prefer my meat RED in the middle, but hubby likes it a bit more cooked :(  
3. coat potatoes in olive oil and seasonings of choice
4. after potatoes are done, open and add butter to the inside
5. Serve

6. Dino does NOT like steak at all…he had some potato but chose to have leftover chicken instead. 

Meatballs and Sauce with Pasta

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Ingredients:

~ grass fed ground beef
~ pasta sauce
~ egg
~ bread crumbs
~ seasonings of choice

~ pasta
~ veggies

Directions:

1. mix egg, bread crumbs seasonings (turmeric and italian seasoning), and ground beef together
2  shape into meatballs and bake at 350 degrees until mostly cooked
3. mix veggies of choice in sauce and slowly simmer the sauce
4. add meatballs to sauce to finish cooking and give sauce a tasty flavor
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

6. DINO loved the meatballs and veggies…will make for great leftovers. 

 

 

Roasted Chicken and Veggies…YES I made it again…I LOVE it.

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Ingredients:

~ whole chicken
~ potatoes and sweet potatoes
~ mushrooms
~ carrots
~ olive oil and 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. Once again, cooking a big chicken before a storm is a great idea…lefotvers of chicken salad make a great lunch or dinner. I plan on making quesadillas with the leftover chicken as well. 

 

Curry Brown Rice with Veggies and Chicken Sausage

COLLAGE curry and turmeric rice, veggies, sausage

Ingredients:

~ veggies
~ brown rice
~ curry, turmeric, cilantro, and Italian seasoning blend 
~ chicken apple sausage (pre-cooked)
~ olive oil and butter

Directions:

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

Can be added to broth or used to make quesadillas. Even served with sauce it’s delicious. 

 

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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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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… 

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
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STILL READING…..

 

Goodreads Summary: Life After 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.

At first I was so confused, but as it progresses it all makes sense. Imagine being able to do it all over, imagine righting the wrongs or correcting mistakes. Would that be a blessing or a curse?

Now my biggest questions are Why? Why her? How many times will it happen? What is the goal? Looking forward to finding out the answers. 

 ~~~Soon I Will be Reading~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called “Le Cirque des Reves,” and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Sounds like a captivating story, can’t wait to start reading. 

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