Wait for it….

It’s National Rum Day.

You’re welcome.

Hope your day and week are going a bit smoother than mine.  Talk soon. xo

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Seriously? Seriously?!

WHERE does the time go?  No, I’m serious.  Where does it go?  It cannot simply be because I’ve three kids and more than a full-time job plus my domestic goddess and assistant to M duties, can it?  Those “you can have it all” women?  You know the ones….bunch of liars!  All of ’em!  I was just telling my friend, Marcia, that I did it wrong.  Instead of a husband, I should have gotten a wife!  Except I know girlfriends that have wives and they don’t seem to have it that much easier.  Ah well, maybe in my next life I’ll come back as a pampered princess.  And maybe I’ll have all the fabulous clothes and the hot men to fan me…

Yeah, back to real life.  So you missed the big adventure.  M and I were downstairs catching up when we heard a big crash.  He yells upstairs to make sure everyone’s okay.  ‘We’re fine, it’s all good’ echoes down the stairs from the goalie.  Okay, that’s fine then.  Only that’s not fine!  BECAUSE, then the girl comes down looking like something out of a horror movie! Blood’s matted her hair and is dripping down her shirt! Um, goalie boy what universe is this all good????  So M bundles her off while I try to get the story.  When I walk back to check on her he tells me it’s fine, it’s  starting to bleed less.  I get a look.  She’s got a gash down the back of her skull about and inch and a half long.  Now, I know head wounds bleed profusely.  That doesn’t phase me.  She didn’t lose consciousness so that’s good.  She’s talking and answering questions.  But, she is NOT fine.  M looks at me as though I’m on crack when I grab my purse, tell her to press hard with a towel to the back of her head ’cause we’re headed to the hospital.

Listen,  I’m pretty sure that all the people I live with are completely insane, delusional, goofy or whatever.  Not fine!

We didn’t get to the ER.  Penny to the rescue as she happened to have dermabond at her house.  She at least got it.  She took a look and gave me a look like have you SEEN this?  Oh, girl, I know.  Turns out that playing soccer in the goalie’s bedroom is NOT a good idea.  Some people fell or were tripped, depending on who you ask, fell backwards and hit her head on the corner of a dresser.  I told you playing soccer inside was not a good idea.

I might need more chocolate.  And alcohol.

I have been testing recipes but nothing that’s come out worthy of sharing.  A few things like the crock pot beef and broccoli went right into the trash.  I want Nutella brownies! Why is the goalie allergic to all the nuts???  Maybe this weekend I’ll be inspired.  Maybe not.  Hard to be inspired with triple digit temps.  You’d think I’d be skinnier, right?

Onward to the books.  First, one I simply couldn’t read.  I tried.  Really, really tried.  It got great reviews.  I made it a bit more than halfway through.  I just couldn’t do it anymore.

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Has anyone else read this one?  Was it just me?  Did it get any better?  It’s still on my kindle and, perhaps, I’ll finish it one day.  It depends on what you tell me.  Life is too short.

A few I enjoyed –

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Fun, beachy, doesn’t require too much thinking – though there’s a number of characters and plot lines to keep track of.  Super quick, somewhat mindless read.  Perfect for summer.  Especially if you can’t get away but really, really want to…. (yes, I do realize that’s me most days.  So?)

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I do not know what possessed me to pick this up.  But, I’m so glad a did.  If you like a good mystery, it’s one to check out.  Really liked this one.

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Another one I really liked.  This one I picked up because Penny enjoyed it.  Really good.  Easy read but CREEPY!!!  Definitely going to be picking up more by this author.

Options, people, I like options.  And now I need to go choose between option A, making dinner, option B, putting in a load of laundry and option C…..get moving sister, these jobs aren’t going to do themselves!

Ciao!

 

 

Yo, finally!

I was all set to write Monday.  But that whole pesky having a job and responsibilities thing got in the way.  Yesterday, I thought it would be fun to experience a storm burst, complete with flooding, high winds, downed trees, flying debris and a loss of power.  Don’t ask me what a storm burst is, I’ve no idea.  But you don’t want one, trust me.  When it was over and we finally got power back, it was cleanup time.  For now, I’m taking a break from that.  Because I need chocolate and alcohol!!  No, I’m not having either but a girl can dream.  I also imagine that I live in a small coastal town with a beachside abode.  Because my reality involves chainsaws and giant machinery.  See why I said you didn’t want any of that?  In the few minutes that I’ve been sitting here, the thunder’s started rumbling, the wind’s picked up and the rain has begun again.  Woohoo.  Color me happy.

It’s because I tried to drown the puppy gave Joie a bath…..the reason it’s raining again.  Zero percent chance of rain that’s what those liars weather peeps said.  For the record, I think there was more water on me than the dog.  She’s mad at me still and will have nothing whatsoever to do with me.  Like a few moments of peace is a bad thing!  ha!  Weekly bath time it is, sister.  Bring it!

Okay, at long last I need to talk to you about something super important.

It involves chocolate.

And brownbutter.

And brownies!

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Layered Brownies!

You need them.

I need them.  You make some and send me one.  Or two.  Or the whole pan.  I’m easy.

I used the recipe for Brownie Bites, only I put the entire thing into a 9×9 pan, rather than those mini muffin tins.  I want to say I baked them for 22-25 minutes at the same temperature.  Under baking just a tad is what I was going for and I didn’t time them.  I may have forgotten.  Or there might have been wine.  It’s one of those.

Once I took them out, I used a brown butter frosting that I had left over from cupcakes.  Make it like this.  Melt a stick of unsalted butter over medium heat.  Whisk and scrape down the sides occasionally until it gets a golden brown color (don’t burn it….it goes from golden to burned FAST!).  Remove from heat and add 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup or so (you can always add more if you want it thinner but I wanted it a bit thick and creamy) and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Whisk it all together until it’s smooth.  Spread it atop your brownies.  Don’t use it all!  It’s rich and I used maybe half to a third of this amount (because mine was leftover, remember?).  I then melted some chocolate melting wafers…..you could use chocolate, maybe bittersweet, with a splash of cream.  I spread this on top of the frosting.  Because, clearly, more of a good thing is more better!

Put the whole pan in the refrigerator and let it get nice and cold.  Cut into bars.  I wish I’d made mine smaller.  I cut mine into sixteen sections.  But, they were so rich I wished I’d but them even smaller maybe twenty-five sections.  Next time.  Serve these cold.  Like how I said serve as opposed to just dive in and devour them all!?

Time to knock a few more books of my list.  Ready?

I few I was meh about.  They all got great reviews, and by reviews I mean stars as I don’t like to read actual reviews.  It’s also the reason I don’t go into detail here about books.  I want to discover and enjoy the story myself.  I just like to know if people liked them or not.  Am I in the minority there?  No, really, I’m curious.

Anyway.

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This is another one of those Bronte inspired tales.  It was fine.  The main character is a complete smartass.  I’ve a thing for smartasses.  Kindred spirits and all that.  It was an okay read.  Not enough plot or enough interesting plot for me.  But Ms. Lowell rocks the smartass, so there’s that.

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Without the whole religious, somewhat preachiness thing, I’d have enjoyed this one more.  It was interesting if you can put the rest aside.  I’m not particularly religious.  I’m Catholic, went to Catholic school, love the Pope, blah, blah, blah but I tend to be more spiritual than religious.  And, it’s a personal thing for me.  Weirdest thing about living where I do is having people, I’ve only just met, ask which church I go to.  I always want to ask why?  Do they plan on stalking me?  Converting?  Yeah, I’ve explained I’m weird.

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It’s been a while since I read this one.  I’m still not sure what I thought of it.  It was either fine or a complete waste of time.  I can’t decide.  I want to write to those people who called it one of the books of the summer and ask them to explain.  That would require time though so not happening.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with one I loved.  Prepare to be surprised.

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Oh, I’m still mad as hell at her for killing off McDreamy.  But her book?  Loved it.  Inspirational and funny and such a pleasure to race through.  I’d read it again.  Just because.  Don’t tell her though.  She might think it’s fine to kill off Meredith!

Okay, gotta run.  Hope you guys are having a great week!

Send help!

Right now, I’m finding it completely entertaining that I started this post more than a week ago (I know this because Joie is now 9 weeks and 2 days old!).  I might seriously be in need of the aforementioned help! 

Preferably that help will be some gorgeous male eye candy bearing alcohol and chocolate!  That’s not too much to ask, is it?

I am drowning here, people.  Drowning.  For weeks it seems.  I keep thinking things will slow down, that I won’t work so much next week….pipe dreams, the lot of them.  So, of course, I did what any rational person might do.  I got a puppy!

Meet Joie.

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She’s a golden retriever.  Eight weeks old yesterday.  Already, we love her.  She is the most chill puppy ever.  Not even kidding.  M tells everyone that the only way she could be more mellow is if she were a turtle.  Totally lucked out with this one.  Still, you forget that puppies are a lot like having a toddler.  They have to be watched constantly!  Good thing she’s cute!!

You guys read anything good?  I’ve read a ton in the last month or so.  Let’s catch up, shall we?

Because life is too short and because the summer is slipping by all too fast.  Some of the good stuff….

So, it’s a YA novel.  I LOVED it.  It reads along the lines of a John Green or Rainbow Rowell book….further proof that you don’t have to be a teen, or even be close, to be able to completely relate to what that felt like – the good and the bad.

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Another that I raced through in a weekend.  This is one that so perfectly sets the scene that you feel like you are there.  If you have a child, be warned, parts of this are just heartbreaking to read.  And yet, read on is exactly what I did.  Moody, dark, heartbreaking and yet so utterly fulfilling a read.  Just go grab it already.

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If you’ve been here more than once then you already know I’ve a soft spot for brain candy.  This is the usual Shalvis book…..fun reading featuring hot man candy.  What’s not to love?

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I’ve never been to Nantucket.  But now, I totally want to go.  Another fun brain candy book.  Lots of intermingled story lines and I needed a few brain cells to not mix up what was going on.  I did mention I’ve been working A LOT, yes?  This was an enjoyable, easy summer read.  Perfect for the times when your only getaway is in your imagination.

Next up, magical brown butter layered brownies!  Stay tuned.  I’m working a bit less next week so I’m hoping to get back to writing to you on a more regular schedule (read as more often than once a month!).  Yikes!

Happy Weekend!!

Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth!  I hope this finds you well, enjoying your time with family and friends.  Read as I kind of hope you’re not reading this until after the fourth!  😉

People, I have been BUSY!  Too busy.  Work, taking care of the small humans, dealing with the every day.  It’s been A LOT!  Too much!  So, really, I had no choice.  You have to cope somehow, right?

I’ve gone and gotten myself an early birthday present!  Wanna see???  Here’s a sneak peek!

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There you go!  Love and happiness, wrapped in fur!  I’ll tell you more about her later.  For now, it’s off for dinner and fireworks…..and a long romp in the yard.  Stay safe, have fun!

I miss sleeping

You know those times in your life when you seem to be running from one thing to another, barely holding your head above water?  Yeah, that’s been me.  For more than a few weeks now.  Whatever happened to lazy summer days?  What was that you said?  I grew up?  Um, is there a fix for that?  I should be sleeping.  A normal person would be.  Instead, I find that I’m exhausted from putting out fires, carting kids to goalie camps, swim lessons, etc.  But, lie down?  Sleep?  No, that’s when my brain wakes up.  Tomorrow morning when I’m sitting here with my cup of coffee tallying up payroll?  Oh, it’ll be sleeping then, just you watch!

Tomorrow’s another busy one with activities for the small humans and work for me.  Never mind about the laundry I forgot about that’s been languishing in the machine.  I’ll get to it.  I also need to start going through the LIST of books I want to share.  And the brown butter layered brownies that I didn’t!  Plus, I have a surprise!

Fingers crossed that I do better tomorrow.  I’ve taken something that may or may not help me sleep.  Figured, while it was trying to work its magic, I’d say hello.  And maybe whine a bit so I can get it out of my system and move on.  I can dream, right?  Oh yeah, no, I cannot.  That would require being able to close my eyes and sleep.

Are you well?  Have you been enjoying the lazy days?

Until tomorrow.

And we’re off!

Someone didn’t get the memo.  All the days are not supposed to be Monday!  Don’t even get me started on Sunday.  I’m skipping Sunday’s from now on.  They’re just too busy and by the time I get to Monday I’m exhausted!  Why can I not go back to the beach????

Oh, that’s right.  Because two of my three air conditioning units are down (now that it’s in the 90’s….yay!) and I’m supposed to be at work in a bit.  Good times!

I’ve been trying to not scare people when I put on a bikini take a bit better care of myself.  Read as there’s been no baking.  There have been a LOT of salads.  Yummy salads but I’m not necessarily certain those bear posting.  What do you think??  It’s worth noting that my all-time super favorite salad I can’t post because the dressing is on my restaurant’s menu.  This is how the what do you mean you have a blog and people you don’t know that you feel attached to thing works, k?  That is to a sentence.  A bad one.  This is how I’m rolling today.

Books!

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I read both of these at the same time.  They are both fantastic.  And gruesome.  And I couldn’t put them down……except for when they’d freak me out and I’d have to switch to the other book just so I didn’t wig out.  M is making fun of me for reading the Reacher books in order.  But I have to tell you, I’m enjoying watching the character develop more fully.  Perhaps this is simply my way of justifying my desire for order.  I might rule the land of chaos!  ha!  I will definitely be reading more of the Reacher mysteries.

I’ve added Ms. Slaughter to my list of author’s whose work I’d like to read more of.  Good, readable, complex plot (both books, actually).  Word of warning, if you are like me and know nothing of “snuff porn”, yes, it really is a thing.  You will learn more about it in Pretty Girls.  Creepy.

 

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This is one I listened to while at the beach.  It’s not beach fare.  What it is, however, is a compelling account of one man’s life.  Growing up in Detroit, he became involved in what you’d call the wrong crowd.  That led to drugs and, ultimately, a murder conviction.  I would not have thought that this would be a book I’d pick up or enjoy.  Wrong again.  That’s becoming a habit.  If you don’t mind a gritty story, this is a good one.  Mr. Senghor writes well.  It’s not polished or neat and tidy.  It’s real life – the good, bad and the ugly.  It’s so easy to watch the evening news and forget that there are “real” people in the stories.  I just tune it all out most of the time.  So, for me, this was time well spent.  Plus, I love the stories where people just turn their lives around, where things work out.  They don’t always.