Thursday, October 15, 2009

The first recipe for this month's edition of the Barefoot Bloggers is Cheddar Corn Chowder, and it was selected by Jill of My Next Life. Jill picked a great recipe for us to try. I was in a hurry when I was making this soup last night. I'd gone to exercise class after work and when I got home I was cold, tired, and hungry. This soup came together very quickly and made a great meal for a chilly, rainy work night. I was so cold, tired, and hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the finished soup. I also was so cold, tired, and hungry that my knife skills were sloppy and I managed to slice my finger. But the soup was worth it. I did halve the ingredients, and still ended up with enough for two bowls each for dinner and three containers leftover to take for lunches. An after thought I had was that I should have added some instant potato flakes to thicken it up more. Go check out the recipe - it was easy and yummy.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Mailbox Monday - October 5

It has been a long time since I've posted a Mailbox Monday. I have had a lot of good things come into my house, and now I just need to find the time to read them all. If anyone has any suggestions of where I should start, let me know.

Mari from Bookworm With a View sent me a copy of Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch. I've been wanting to read this book ever since it came out.

For Book Club Girl's on air discussion with Francine Prose I got a copy of Goldengrove. Prose is a new to me author and I'm really savoring the book. I missed the online discussion and still need to listen to it.

Barbour Publishing sent me a copy of Menu for Romance by Kaye Dacus. I don't do a lot of reading in the Christian fiction genre, but this one sounds cute, so I"m looking forward to trying it.

Gayle at Every Day I Write the Book sent me a copy of Cost by Roxana Robinson that I need to get reading in time to discuss it.

My latest package was Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen. This ARC came from Library Thing Early Reviewer.

The biggest package to arrive at my house recently was a box from Hatchett books:

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

Kill for Me by Karen Rose

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Any Minute by Joyce Meyer

Julie and Juliaby Julie Powell

A Summer Affair by Erin Hiderbrand

When You Are Engulfed in flames by David Sedaris

Obama's Blackberry by Kasper Hauser

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Books Read in September

September was a really light reading month for me. But since I've all ready read more books than I did all of last year I was due for a light month.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner. Rated 3.5. I think Weiner gets a bad rap for being chick lit and fluffy, but she isn't. This was a good book with some deep subject matters. It would make a good book club book because it's fairly quick and easy to read but still has some depth to it.

Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich. Rated 4. I read this for my face-to-face book club here at the library. My group was split between those who liked it and those who didn't. Maybe I enjoyed it more because it's set in N.D. fairly close to where I was raised and the characters were Germans like my prairie ancestors were.

Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. Rated 3. Loving Agatha Christie and Miss Marple.

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. Rated 3.5. I always enjoy Dallas' books. Great character and good plots.

Obama's Blackberry by Kasper Hauser. Rated 3. I received this in a box of books Hatchett sent to me. A HUGE box of books :) This was a funny book and took me about an hour to read.

Goldengrove by Francine Prose. I haven't finished this book yet. Book Club Girl sent me a copy. I am savoring it. The writing is lovely. Right now it is reminding me of Local News by Miriam Gershow. Prose is a new author for me and I'm happy I've discovered her.