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Drinking vicariously (a book review)

Mamrie Hart, a native of my small town in rural North Carolina,IveGotThisRo_JKF_rev0915_preview has just released her second book and it is a hoot!

As a mom of a six-month old I believe my drinking days are long gone. My idea of an exciting drink choice these days is trying a new flavor of La Croix.

I’ve read from multiple reputable sources that having a glass of wine while breastfeeding is perfectly safe, but the new mom syndrome of worrying over everything keeps me from indulging. My husband works at a winery so wine is always around me, but I’ve yet to have more than a small sip since bringing home my son. When the baby (finally!) goes to bed and we watch “Frankie and Grace” I also long for a dirty martini, but liquor is definitely out of the question.

Then my boss passed along an advanced readers’ copy of a new book written by a famous former local citizen and it has been the answer to my lack of alcohol! If I can’t drink I can at least read about someone else imbibing.

Mamrie Hart’s dad was an actor in the show “In the Heat of the Night” that ran in the late 80s/early 90s. She’s made her own path to celebrity with her YouTube channel where she takes a comedic approach to making cocktails. I know people who knew her when she lived her, but I had never seen her channel and didn’t know she had a book until the second one was given to me. Now I’m on a mission to watch ALL her videos and read the first book, too.

In her latest work “I’ve Got This Round” Hart shares her escapades which involve a lot of drinking. From the first chapter I was hooked as she described a weekend in the resort of her childhood dreams which features a champagne glass shaped tub! I promptly googled the place after finishing that chapter and planned an imaginary trip there.

New mom or not, if you’re in the mood for lots of laughs, definitely check out this book!

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Happy New Year!

I’d like to say that my New Year’s resolution is to get back to blogging, but there’s a good chance that won’t happen. The reason I have neglected the blog of late is a good one though. I made a tiny human! Being a mother is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, but gosh is it tiring!

A few years ago I gave up making resolutions anyway, so I’m not going to beat myself up over forgetting to post on the blog. The reason I gave up resolution making is because I couldn’t even manage to keep silly ones. I once made a New Year’s resolution to wear sexy underwear and drink champagne more often. Even that frivolous goal I couldn’t manage to achieve. As a new mom, fancy panties and champagne are definitely out the window now!

Being a mom is a grand adventure though and I hope to carve out some time this year to share my thoughts on this wonderful experience.

Wishing you all a bright and lovely 2018!

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Southwestern Kale & Sausage Soup

Life has gotten busy and thus the blog has been neglected. Morgan and I had a wonderful anniversary celebration in Asheville, which I have been remiss in posting about. I’ve also participated in one of my favorite events, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Atlanta. Just this past weekend, Morgan and I were in a community theatre production of “The Bad Seed.”

It’s been a fun fall so far, but sadly all the activities have left me run down and battling a bit of a cold.

Lucky for me I have a wonderful husband to swoop in and save the day with the most wonderful soup to help me get over my cold!

Morgan’s Southwestern Kale & Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

• 1 large or 2 small links chorizo sausage

• 1 small onion, diced

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• half pound of kale, chopped

• 1 carton beef stock

• 1 large can diced tomatoes

• 1 can pinto beans, drained

• 1 Chipotle pepper, chopped

• dash of crushed red pepper flakes

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• teaspoon oregano

• salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Brown chorizo in a large soup pot. Once sausage is browned, added in diced onions and saute until translucent. Add in minced garlic and kale and saute a few minutes more. Add tomatoes, broth, beans and seasoning and bring to a boil. Boil for five to 10 minutes then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

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A beautiful ratatouille

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Homemade ratatouille

I confess that my husband and I are not the healthiest of eaters. We like fried stuff, preferably topped with cheese and bacon. But sometimes you just have to eat your veggies!

If you’re going to eat veggies in abundance, why not also make it beautiful.

A few weeks ago my sweet husband made us the most beautiful vegetarian meal. It was so lovely we almost didn’t want to mess it up by serving it. But we did, and it was delicious. I confess that we did add a little cheese though!

The real trick to making this dish so beautiful is having patience to layer the vegetable slices. I imagine it would taste just as good though if you forgo the precise design and just dump them in the dish.

So here’s how to make

Morgan’s Beautiful Ratatouille

Ingredients

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine chopped onion, garlic, tomato paste and water in a large casserole dish. Place thinly sliced vegetables in a rotating pattern atop the sauce. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Cover with parchment paper and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Serve with pasta if desired and sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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Fresh veggies gleam with olive oil just before heading to the oven to make a delicious ratatouille.
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The Liebster Award

liebster-awardI am honored and excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the beautiful Bet over at Life According to Bet.

I often wonder if anyone ever even sees my blog, so to know people are seeing it and enjoying it, well, I’m just over the moon. I can’t thank you enough, Bet!

The Liebster Award is for new and smaller blogs to help them gain recognition within the blogging community. Each nominee then nominates 10 other blogs, so the award system creates a chain of great blogs for bloggers and blog lovers to check out. So here goes. . .

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated  you
  • Share the award on your blog
  • Answer the 11 questions you are asked
  • Nominate 10 new bloggers
  • Ask 11 new questions

My questions from Bet

  • What is a quote which you live by? – I have so many favorite quotes, but the one I try most to live by is from the Dalai Lama. We must never underestimate the power of kindess.  “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
  • The food which you can’t live without? – Hmm. . .bacon? I do love bacon. Also, home grown tomatoes.
  • If you had to live without two beauty products, what would the be? I never use primer, so I could definitely live without that. I probably could live without mascara also, as long as I have eyeliner still.
  • TV series which you would recommend? I love Death in Paradise, also Midsomer Murders, Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (all on Netflix in the U.S.)
  • Are you a morning or a night person and why? I’m really sort of a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.kind of gal. Is that a thing?
  • Your dream travel destination. Anyway warm and tropical.
  • The nail polish color which suits you most? One of my favorites is from Butter London, called Tart with a Heart.
  • The item which you can’t live without? Probably my crystals and my wedding ring. I know, that’s two things. Sorry.
  • Your favorite cuisine? Being from the (American) South I guess I’d have to say just good ole southern favorites like fried chicken and biscuits and gravy, although I do love Indian cuisine, French and Italian as well.
  • Favorite way for you to chill out and relax? I’ve been trying to meditate some and I just started doing yoga, but I guess really my favorite way to chill out is just snuggling with my husband watching TV.

My blog nominees

  1. Jessica and Magnolia at Society of Moss and Lace
  2. Mary King at Orb of the Night
  3. Zeinab at ZeinabK
  4. Gigi at It’s a Sparkly Life
  5. Caitlyn at The Mrs Everything
  6. Melissa at The House of Plaidfuzz
  7. Jessica at This Season’s Gold
  8. Bri at The Hoodwitch
  9. Nicole at Life on Barrymore
  10. The Unwed Housewife

Some of the above nominees are folks I know personally and some are new blogs to me, but all have great content that I thoroughly enjoy. Congratulations blogger babes!

My questions for the nominees

  • What is your favorite childhood book or story?
  • What book(s) have you read lately that you love?
  • Tell me about the best meal you ever ate.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What is the most useful tool for you in your spiritual life?
  • What household item can you not live without?
  • What is your guilty pleasure song?
  • What are some of your favorite non-blog websites?
  • What is your favorite social media site?
  • If you could meet any historical figure who would that be?
  • Do you like glitter?

I’m looking forward to reading your responses. Love to you all! And thanks again to Bet for nominating me!

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The Liebster Award!!

I was honored and thrilled to be nominated for a Liebster award. My post with nominees will be coming shortly! Thanks, Bet!

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So, my blog got nominated for the Liebster Award By the lovely Aubre from Aubre Nicole! I was so flattered and loved that she chose to nominate me, let alone read what I gabble on about every week! And I can’t thank her enough. The Liebster Award is an award for new and smaller blog channels to gain recognition within the blogging community! And I have to nominate 10 new bloggers for you guys to go and check out too! Then those nominations have to do the same thing ect, so it’s a big long chain!

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Super simply spicy enchiladas

DSC_0610You can certainly make enchiladas all the way from scratch, even making your own sauce. They are delicious. But sometimes, you want something a little easier and a little quicker.

My husband and I made these super simple spicy enchiladas last week and they hit the spot!

Super Simple Spicy Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (You could substitute ground turkey if you prefer.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chilies (we used the hot kind, but you can do mild if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese (or cheddar if you prefer, we actually used a little of both)
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • flour tortillas

Directions:

In a skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat. Once browned, remove beef from pan and drain the fat. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in pan and saute diced onion until golden brown. Add chilies and stir to combine. Return ground beef to the pan and half the can of enchilada sauce. Season with cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Put half the cheese into the beef mixture and stir to combine. Spread some of the beef mixture into each flour tortilla, roll up and place seam side down into a lightly greased 9 X 13 casserole dish. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top of rolled enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.