Monday, June 28, 2010

Starting Over

The end of the school year/start of summer really threw me for a loop. There was so much going on and a new schedule to get used to and the fact that I have had my nose in a book and I "lost" the laptop - let's just say it's taken me awhile to adjust.

Plus I have not been in the mood to sit and type, and I have also been making the same old things for dinner lately which gives me nothing new to type about. But I miss blogging and I miss reading everybody's blogs (although I am unapologetic about shortening my reading list and I am not going to be as obsessive about leaving a comment on everything as I have in the past).

Many of you know my love of reading and I have been trying to read one classic novel in between reading the chick-lit/mommy-lit in which I love to indulge. I have read Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and I am currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My next classic book will be To Kill A Mockingbird by Nelle Harper Lee. I know that most of us were forced to read at least one or two classic novels in high school or college, but I am really able to appreciate them now and I am really enjoying them. Do you have a favorite to recommend?

I will be trying a few new recipes next week, but this week is all old fare. The rest of this week's menu is: Porcupine Meatballs, Burritos, Caprese Sandwiches, and Veggie Pitas. Next week's menu is: Popcorn Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Pizza Margherita on the grill, Little Italy Sausage Burgers (new), Homemade Stuffed Peppers (new), Mexican Beef & Bean Casserole with Tomato/Corn Salad (new), Spaghetti & Garlic Toast, and Chicken Fajitas with Rice (new). If you are interested in any of the old recipes you can find them by typing in the key words in Search This Blog which is located at the very bottom of my blog page.

I hope you are all having a lovely summer and I look forward to catching up with you all.

Happy eating!


  1. welcome back!! glad you are re-thinking about how you will read blogs and not feeling you have to leave comments on blogs, etc. always freeing to come to that conclusion and even to take stretches of times where you put blogging on hold and do other fun things. I hope you and your family are enjoying summer and doing some fun things to make memories!

    my all time favorite book was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I must have read that 100 times (no joke). Then it was followed by To Kill a Mockingbird. I also liked Grapes of Wrath. I had trouble getting into the Great Gatsby when I had to read it in high school.

    have a great day!


  2. All great books! I second "That Corgi's" thought about The Grapes of Wrath. One of my favorites. I like to re-visit the classics from time to time too...especially now that I'm a little older. I have a totally different perspective than when I read them in middle school and high school. Sounds like you're having a nice summer. Enjoy!

  3. Hope I am not too late to comment - I loved Gone With the Wind - first adult novel I ever read, plus lots of great Civil War history. Willa Cather's novels are wonderful, too, and they are available as free downloads from several places. Pearl Buck - The Good Earth. I could go on and on - I almost have!

  4. Good strategy to be more thoughtful about how many blogs you read and to never feel obligated to leave comments (even though I love your comments) :). Still, blogging and reading blogs should be fun and leisurely, never a chore!

    We have read a few interesting books lately in book club, including The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows. I recommend!