Friday, August 26, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Here's my summer list:
"Eragon ("The Inheritance Cycle") by Christopher Paolini: a series of 4 books (the 4th to come out in November) about a boy who finds a dragon egg and is destined to become a famed dragon rider and steal back the empire from an evil ruler.
"Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" by Emily Griffin: Two hilarious but sad novels about a Maid of Honor who steals the Groom. I'm not a fan of the infidelity in the books, but they are too funny to not recommend. And I had to read it before I watched the movie.
The "Evernight" series by Claudia Gray: 4 books about high school vampires. Not as great as the "Twilight" Series, but a good alternative.
The "Bridgerton" Series by Julia Quinn: 8 books that don't necessarily need to be read in order. These a cheesy romance novels the remind me of a scandalous version of "Pride a Prejudice."
"Austenland" by Shannon Hale: A story about a middle age women obsessed with Mr. Darcy who inherits a trip to an estate designed to be and immersion in the time of Jane Austen.
"The Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale: A cute, quick novel about a princess who's betrothed to foreign a prince.
"Heart Mender" by Andy Andrews: A love story and a history lesson about the German U-boats.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Rosita's friend that we BBQ'd with last weekend was nice enough to share her bbq sauce recipe! I'm excited to document it so I can reuse it all the time!! hehe...The ingredient list is super extensive, but believe me it is completely worth it.
2 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
3 medium jalepeño peppers, seeded and minced
1 cup packed brown sugar (our hostess toned this down to about 1/2 cup and tossed in some golden raisins)
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup chili sauce
1 cup bottle bbq sauce
1 tbs mustard powder
1 tbs paprika
3 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs hot sauce (our hostess added a bit more hot sauce to make it spicier!! ok by me!)
2 tbs molasses
1/4 tsp salt
Melt butter and oil in a Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, cloves, and jalepeño peppers and saute for 5-6 minutes until onion is tender. Stir in brown sugar and remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Pour ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Recipe says to strain out the solids and discard, but our hostess informed us a blender works just as well and saves you from wasting all those tasty ingredients. I absolutely despise onions (their texture makes me gag), but the sauce was smooth so they were completely undetectable.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I finally made my way down to New Mexico to visit with EZ for a week before I head out to visit my sister up in Seattle. Here are some pics I took while driving (eek! sorry, I know that's not safe) between Louisiana (sunsets) and New Mexico (clouds and turbines). I've always been fascinated by the wind-turbines in East Texas and had to snap some pictures. I also can't believe how endless the sky is here compared to Louisiana. I am definitely missing the trees!