Week of July 13
Monday: baked pinto bean & kale burritos
Tuesday: grilled chicken salads
Thursday: black beans & rice
Friday: work party for Ben’s school
Saturday: out to eat
Sunday: homemade pizza
The year is HALFWAY over. Oh man! What a year this has been! :)
What’s Been Happening
Lots of unpacking! And yard work. Our yard is a jungle, for serious. We got most everything unpacked and put away this month. It feels SO goodto get our house in order. I also was a bachelorette for a week, as Ben flew to LA to visit his brother. The kitties kept me good company! :) We also went to Indiana for Father’s Day weekend… it was great to see everyone, including my nephew, grandpa, and great aunt… and to spend Father’s Day with my Dad of course!
One highlight of our weekend in Indiana was eating at allll my favorite local places, including the local ice cream shop. My photo [with my best high school pals] was STILL on the wall. So fun!
Another highlight of the month has been the countless hours I’ve spent at the pool in our neighborhood. It’s been super hot, so of course I need to lay out and read, get in the pool, and repeat. Over and over again. :) I took the past week [leading up to the 4th of July] off from work so it’s been awesome to hang out at the pool and relaxxxx.
What I’m Reading
This month I’ve gotten my reading going again. Yay!
Really, every book I read was good. Some better than others, but you’ll have that. You can see my reviews on Goodreads [follow me?]… but the best one was, by far, The Indifferent Stars Above. If you were an Oregon Trail junkie like me, or are fascinated by the Donner Party but want to know a more humanized version of the events, READ THIS! It’s non-fiction but more addictive than a novel. Seriously! I’m still a little short on my reading goal for the year but I think I’ll make it up at the pool over the next two months. :)
I’ve also made a point to save some of the great articles I read online to share here… so in no real order you should check out these articles:
What I’ve Been Cooking
Lots of blueberry stuff. I bought a ton early in June, and at the end of June, we went berry picking. So blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins, and yogurt bowls with blueberries have been on constant rotation in our house. :) I also made a big batch of black bean burgers. I hope to share the recipe soon! Other than that, summer means easy meals here! Like black beans and rice, breakfast sandwiches [bacon + fried egg + english muffin + avocado], baked potatoes, etc. Ha!
What’s On The Blog
My most popular new recipe of the month was Southwestern Cilantro Mac & Cheese. Can’t go wrong with that cheesy goodness!
What were you into in June?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.
Finally! Another book review featuring a book from one of my favorite authors, Becky Wade. I’ve reviewed her others books on the blog before–My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, and Meant to Be Mine. Her first novel is a standalone book, but the last three, A Love Like Ours included, are part of the Porter Family Series. I would want to be part of the Porter family if I wasn’t part of my family, so I was thrilled to read and review the latest tale of this great family.
First, the description of the book from the publisher:
Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
My five point review:
What are you reading lately?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to read this great book!
Week of June 22
Monday: pasta [a frozen meal I received to try]
Tuesday: turkey tacos
Thursday: loaded baked potatoes
Friday: grilled chicken… if we finally buy a grill :) otherwise, roasted chicken if it isn’t a million degrees
Saturday: going to a baseball game!
Sunday: bbq chicken salad