Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review: Bossy Pants


I have heard more than one person say great things about Tina Fey's Bossy Pants!  Actually both of my friends named Kristin (from Kristin's kNook & from Life's an Adventure) have recommended it.

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)



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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book! It's not often that you get to read a story that literally makes you laugh out loud...not just type it on a keyboard without even cracking a smile....

I would definitely recommend this book for a laugh. I'm not a super fan of Tina Fey or anything, so I only knew a bit about her from what I've seen on TV, but this was really a great read.

I especially loved the chapter called "Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That" about what it's like to go to a photo shoot. It was seriously HILARIOUS.

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I couldn't believe how many times I was laughing so hard that I had to stop reading!  While this isn't a book I would reread (it's just not that type of book, in my opinion), I do absolutely recommend that you pick up a copy or borrow it from your local library!  (OR as Kristin from Kristin's kNook would do, listen to the audio book.  I've heard that it's read by Tina Fey herself, which would make it even more hilarious.  In fact, I WOULD definitely listen to this book again!)

Have you read anything good lately??

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stuff & Things: I've Been Wondering....

So yes, I already posted my "July Review" today, but that's not really all that exciting.  Some things have hit me today, and I decided it was the perfect time to link up with Kristin from Kristin's kNook for "Stuff & Things".


So here are some things that I've been wondering about today....



1. Hi, I'm Becky, and I'm a Pop-Tart-a-holic.  It's a problem  I would like to stop eating them for breakfast every day because they're so bad for you to have healthier, lower calorie, more fulfilling options.  BUT that's not my point for the day.  Last time I stocked up (when this size box was 3 for $5!!), they actually had unfrosted blueberry Pop-Tarts.  I actually prefer the unfrosted blueberry to frosted, so I grabbed a box.

I have been trying to keep my calorie intake at a certain level, so I scanned the bar code to enter my breakfast entry in my My Fitness Pal diary.  The back of the box listed the UNfrosted blueberry Pop-Tarts as 10 more calories than the frosted ones!

Huh?

When I scanned it, though, it actually came up with the same amount of calories as the frosted ones.

BUT STILL.

Wouldn't you think that since these ones don't have the sugary sweet frosting, that they should be less in calories?  Or do I just not get how this works.

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2. We are trying to be healthier here in our house.  I'm really bad at it.  Today, I spent a good hour on Pinterest pinning homemade protein bar and snack recipes.  Scott said he was tired of shakes.  After I pin a whole bunch of stuff, he tells me he wants something with at least 20g of protein.  Yeah....nothing I found had that much.  (NOTE: If you have any great homemade protein goodies for pre/post workouts, I'd LOVE to hear your recipes!!)  Anyway, we decided to go with these protein cookies that call for flax seed.

I went to the grocery store to grab some of the ingredients to make said cookies, and......NO flax seed.  I'm guessing it's because this is a small town grocery store.  I'm not far from some larger grocery stores that will probably have it.  I just wish ours would get with the times.

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3.  This person is my Facebook friend.  The person is a parent of one of my former students, and while the person is nice.  The posts drive me insane.

Don't get me wrong.  I don't mind the abbreviated and creative spellings that have been designed when texting first began, and you had to communicate using approximately 10 characters or less....I even use them myself!  But this is FACEBOOK.  You could write a WHOLE BOOK for your status!  This is not Twitter where you need 140 characters or less, and for goodness sakes, as far as I know, there isn't even a character limit for texting anymore!  I don't even text like this 99% of the time unless I'm driving.  Disclaimer: I swear, I do try not to text and drive.  I do it incredibly rarely.

I know, you're probably thinking that I'm just being mean, or maybe the person was in a hurry.  I promise, I'm not.  Or this person is in a hurry EVERY. DAY.  Because the posts are like this EVERY. DAY.  "Time 4 my walk 2 the store."  For starters, no one cares that you're taking a walk to the store, and if we did, we would like you to tell us that it's "Time for my walk to the store."

I promise.  Facebook gives you enough characters to do it without even making us click on that "Continue Reading" button...

July Review

I haven't done a monthly review post in quite some time since I ended up taking an unplanned blogging sabbatical.

So here goes:


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4. Dear Pappy
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maple Grilled Chicken with Rice

I actually have a recipe to share with you all today!  Quite some time ago, my mother-in-law gave us a cook book with meals that have 5 ingredients or less.  Despite how easy that sounds, I've had yet to use it.  One of my big things in regard to cooking is that I go a little crazy when a recipe calls for ingredients that I don't have on hand.

Since I pretty much fail at meal planning, this happens a lot.

Even this 5 ingredient cook book has recipes with stuff that I just don't keep "in stock."  That's not to say that they're obscure ingredients or anything--just things I don't happen to have.

Fortunately, that did not happen this time.

I've gotten the idea in my head that I need to start marinating chicken before cooking it.  I love chicken, but I would say that 98% of the time when I cook it on my own, I just don't care for it.  While this recipe doesn't specifically ask you to marinate the chicken, I decided to do it anyway.  (And this one only has 4 ingredients!)


Maple Grilled Chicken



Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. maple syrup*
  • 1/2 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 4 chicken breast halves
*I had this little container of maple syrup from a fall-themed  bridal shower.  It was probably only about a 1/4 c. so I used regular old Mrs. Butterworth's syrup to make up the difference.

1. Mix marinade in a container.


2. Split chicken breasts in half with a sharp knife.


3. Place chicken breast into a bag, and pour in the marinade.  Reserve about a 1/2 cup for basting during cooking.  (This is  your preference.  I saved less than a 1/2 c.)  Toss around in the bag to coat the chicken.


4. Refrigerate the chicken and extra sauce for 3-24 hours.

5. Grill for 6 minutes on each side, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.  (I cooked ours on our George Forman grill.)  Half-way through grilling, add some of the remaining marinade to the chicken.

I decided to make rice to go along with this.  We have white minute rice here, but white rice alone is just so...blah.  I Googled some recipes, and sort of pieced ideas to come up with this:

Not-So-Boring White Rice
Ingredients

  • 1 c. dry minute rice*
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4-1/3 c. chopped onion
  • 3 T butter, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
*The rice I use is equal parts rice to liquid.  So if I'm making 1 cup of rice, I need 1 cup of liquid, etc. etc.

1. Add water and chicken broth to a pan, and bring to a boil.  Add rice, stir, cover, and remove from heat for 5 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed.



2. Meanwhile, in a larger sauce pan, add 2 T. of butter, and melt over low heat.  When it is melted, add the onion and garlic powder, and saute.


3. Add in the rice, remaining T of butter, salt, and pepper.*  Stir until heated through.


*I added a little more chicken broth at this time, too.  Just to keep the rice from burning to the bottom of the pan.

Verdict?

I REALLY enjoyed the rice.  I think next time, I'd like to add something green...like frozen peas.  I think this would make it look pretty, but add even more interest.

I liked the sauce on the chicken.  I can't decide if I just really only like chicken that's breaded and bad for me, or if I just don't care for the kind of chicken we get.  I typically prefer chicken breast, but this didn't taste any better to me than the last time I made a chicken recipe using chicken thighs.

Does anyone else have issues with chicken??

I know red meat isn't "as good" for you, but it seems that these days I prefer beef to chicken.  I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you give either of these recipes a try, let me know!! :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Music Monday: Top 25 Most Played

Like my Music Monday graphic??

It's been a long time since I wrote a Music Monday post!  My last one was in April, and I wrote about Blake Shelton.

This weekend, I needed to burn a song onto a CD to sing at a church on Sunday.  While I was editing playlists, and deleted ones I no longer needed, I couldn't resist checking out my Top 25 Most Played.  I thought it would be fun to share it here.

25. "Count on Me" ~Bruno Mars
24. "I Wanna Go" ~Brittney Spears
23. "Hot" ~Avril Lavigne
22. "Baby, Baby" ~Amy Grant
21. "Hey Mickey" ~Toni Basil
20. "Give Me Everything (Tonight)" ~Pittbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer, & Afrojack
19. "California Gurlz" ~Katy Perry
18. "Loser Like Me" ~Glee Cast
17. "Valerie" ~Glee Cast
16. "Mercy" ~Glee Cast
15. "Bye, Bye, Bye/I Want it That Way" ~Glee Cast
14. "Poker Face" ~Glee Cast
13. "Make You Feel My Love" ~Glee Cast
12. "Christmas Eve with You" ~Glee Cast
11. "Barracuda" ~Pat Benetar
10. "Little White Church" ~Little Big Town
9. "Don't Stop Believing" ~Journey
8. "Thriller/Heads Will Roll" ~Glee Cast
7. "Fire and Rain" ~Glee Cast
6. "At Last" ~Etta James
5. "Good Girl" ~Carrie Underwood
4. "All That She Wants" ~Ace of Base
3. "At Last" ~karaoke track in the style of Etta James (I'm rehearsing this for something, which I will divulge soon...)
2. "Riff Off Medley" ~Cast of Pitch Perfect
1. "See You Again" ~Carrie Underwood

What songs are on your 25 Most Played??


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Love Clothes

By no means do I consider myself a fashion blogger.  I have done the occasional outfit post or talked about things I love, and I'm good with that.

Not long ago, Chantal from Scattered Seashells, posted about Stitch Fix.  As soon as I was done reading her post, I immediately went over to the Stitch Fix website to fill out my style profile!

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In case you don't know (because I didn't), this is how Stitch Fix works.  You fill out your style profile that includes information about your body (height, weight, sizes) and style preferences.  You can also link up a Pinterest board that reflects your style.  Each month, you pay $20, and your personal stylist selects 5 pieces to be sent to you.  You try everything on, and buy whatever you want.  If you buy all 5 pieces, you get a 25% discount.  Whatever you don't want, you toss in the pre-paid shipping bag, and put it in the mail.  The $20 you've already paid is deducted from the cost of any of the items you purchase.

You can select to have your Fixes shipped as often as every 2-3 weeks, once a month, or every other month.  As much as I would love to have a new box every month, I didn't want to go over board, so I've opted for bi-monthly.

My fix came with an envelope that contained directions for the process, a note from my stylist, a list of all the pieces with the prices for each one (and the total for choosing them all), and styling cards for each of the pieces included in the Fix.


This the blouse I ended up choosing.  The styling card has great suggestions for how to dress it up or dress it down.


Here's how I wore it for a day of outlet shopping with my friend Kim.  It is a tad low in the front, which I would wear for a night on the town, but for day, it needed a tank underneath.  I wore black flip flops, and my new bracelet from Ashley Bridget.


I really did like almost all of the pieces in my first fix.  The only thing I didn't like was a faux pearl bracelet.  (Pearls are just not my thing.)  There was a sheath dress that would have been perfect if not for the horizontal stripes.  The other dress bloused on top and didn't look quite right on me, and I really loved the other top that they selected for me, too.  It was a white, casual, light-weight, 3/4 sleeve sweater, but I could get something similar for much less in price.

My next Fix is scheduled to ship on September 5th, and I'm so excited!

Do you want to get in on the action??  You can!  And you can help me get credit toward clothes when you get your first fix.  Just click here to use my referral link!

Anyone else out there tried Stitch Fix already?  What did you think?

 
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