Sunday, September 9, 2018

Best New Cozy Mystery Books September 2108

I love a good cozy mystery, and reading one is part of my nightly routine.  You can read them in kindle or you can purchase them in paperback.  I prefer the kindle versions, but that is just me.

Anyway, here are my recommendations for September 2018



You get an entire set here for the price of one book:









Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July Free or Nearly Free Books


Did you know you don't have to buy a kindle to read kindle books?  Amazon offers a free reader!  Just click this link and follow the instructions for your FREE reader.  https://amzn.to/2KODYfR


And onto the books!  Why do authors give books away?  Some give a few copies away hoping for reviews and others give away books hoping you will become a fan and buy their other books!  So if you see a book below that has a cost now, chances are it was a temporary give away.



This blog is NOT monetized.  I do not make money from you going to the page, or looking around.  IF you pay for a book, I make a small percentage (usually 1 or 2 cents).  That is NOT why I do this..I do this because I love books and reading but I am on a budget, so I am always looking for cheap reads! 




Books on Time Management/ House cleaning/ Minimalism.






Cooking/Diet



Great Reads:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Free Diet Books for May 2018



I love motivation, and free motivation is even better!  I listed below some free books from amazon. They are on kindle, but if you don't have a kindle, you can download the reader for free too.  The link for that is here:


Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Once you have a reader, you simply click the "buy it now" button for $0.00.   Some of these may be limited edition free, so grab them while you can!

ps:  This blog is not monitized, the links are affiliate links, but a percentage of free is nothing.  I post them because I love the motivation and just want to share.

Low Carb/Keto







Lastly we have some general books like for instapot.

Monday, April 9, 2018

One Pot Chicken and Orzo

I found a recipe online and decided to give it a try. There were some issues with it.  For one, it said to use chicken thighs.  The thighs put so much fat into the pot that it was not very appealing.  Also, it had spinach and we like green beans better. 

Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (approximately 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 large shallot chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 cups raw green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
Instructions
  1. Mix salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and paprika. Sprinkle over both sides of chicken breasts.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken 4 minutes each side. Remove chicken to plate. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan and reduce to medium low. Add carrots, shallots, and green beans then cook for 5 minutes stirring and scraping the pan frequently. Add garlic and cook additional 1 minute. Add chicken broth and orzo. Bring to low boil. Cover and turn to simmer for ten minutes. Remove lid and add cooked chicken. Cover and simmer for additional 10 minutes.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 17 weekly meal plan


If you want to sub something or just want other inspiration, the link to all weeks is here:
Weekly Meal Plan Index

Monday

 Thank you Smalltownwoman.com!  I can't wait to try this one.

One Skillet Chicken Orzo



Tuesday
Best Ever Beef Stew




Wednesday

Chicken Teriyaki Bowls with Rice



Thursday:  
emeals enchilada casserole and salad

follow link to emeals recipe site and this is their photo:

Friday
Spaghetti with crockpot sauce





Credit for the photos is of course the original blog post and the links go to their webpage so you can make their recipe.  Hope you enjoy!



Saturday, March 24, 2018

My experience with 23andme - DNA testing reject




I was so excited that my hubby bought me a DNA sampling kit from 23andme.  He thought he got a really good deal on it, purchasing it on Black Friday.  This is March 24 and I just got the rejection email.

What?

I sent a sample in as soon as I received my kit in the mail.  I waited and waited, then one day got an email that said I needed to request a new kit because there was not enough DNA in my sample.

I got the new kit, which FYI does not contain instructions like the original kit did.  Luckily, I had saved the instructions.  I was extra careful this time to make sure I had enough saliva ( one of the hints said I might not have sent enough saliva in the previous go).

I sent my second sample and waited.

On March 24 (a Saturday), I got an email from 23 and me stating that I needed to request a refund.  I went to the refund page and that was when my mouth dropped open.


To get a refund "less handling fees", which I will post when I see how much they charged me to handle my spit, I had to agree to never enter another sample to them again...ever.


So in the future, if technology changes and they are better able to extract dna from my saliva, I will be unable to submit a sample....how nice.

I am told that I am a rarity and that a very low percentage of people have low dna volume in their saliva, but no one will give me their failure rate.


Have you had a similar problem?



Update:  As of April 8, several emails asking me to jump through hoops including giving the order number etc.  Twice I have had to complete actions in order to move ahead to get the refund, but still no refund.  ps:  my refund choice will be an amazon gift card or visa gift card.



Monday, January 22, 2018

Creamy Chicken Casserole

What is great about this recipe is that you can toss any leftover vegetable into it.  This day, I had some leftover broccoli and tossed that right on top.  YUM!








1/2 package egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 cups leftover shredded chicken
1 cup carrots, cut up and boiled until tender (can sub frozen carrots)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup milk
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 tsp pepper



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients into a 13x 9 baking dish and bake for 30 mins.  Serve warm.


Sunny Salad with Chicken


1 head romaine lettuce
1 can mandarin oranges in own juice
1 small can pineapple tidbits
slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken, shredded or cut into bit sized pieces


Dressing:
Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad Dressing
or

Orange Dressing:
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp white wine vinegar

Cook dressing on stove top over low heat for 30 minutes to thicken.


Recipe Index

Weekly Meal Plans




Week 16 Weekly Meal Plan

I took some time off and used my recipes and now I am in the mood to start again and try some different things.  Below is this week's meal plan:

Want to see other weeks?  Weekly Meal Plan Index  or view the index of all my personal recipes Recipe Index


Monday:


Chicken Gnocci Soup

I tried several recipes before deciding that simplyhomecooked.com has the best tasting one and the one my family will eat.  I made a nice rustic bread to serve with this soup.  This is definately going into our rotation.  She has a lot of other great recipes also, so head over and have a look at her site.



Tuesday:


Today I am using leftover steak to make beef and broccoli and serving it with steamed rice.  The recipe is simple and I only need to cut up the leftover steak, toss the broccoli and steak in the sauce and dinner is served.
Teriyaki Sauce Recipe


Wednesday:


Homemade Crunch Wraps.  My family loves this one.  You can make it with beef or chicken.
Cooking with Janica is where I found this wonderful recipe. Just a side note.. beware of the music that starts when you open the website.  Do NOT open it in the room with your sleeping baby!!!    http://cookingwithjanica.com/homemade-crunchwrap-supreme-recipe/


Thursday:


Spaghetti night.  Homemade sauce in the crockpot.  http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2016/09/crockpot-spaghetti-sauce.html



Friday:


Life in the Lofthouse has a recipe for a chicken casserole that I am dying to try.  You will probably see this recipe made over as one of my own, because there are some major changes that I will make in order to get my family to eat it.  Can't wait to try it though.

https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/chicken-noodle-casserole/


Teriyaki Sauce

This sauce is SO good.  Do NOT use regular soy sauce though, the result will be so salty that you won't be able to handle it.  Watch this sauce carefully because once you add the cornstarch, it thickens pretty quickly. 



  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions


  1. Combine 1 cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until nearly heated through, about 1 minute.
  2. Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together and stir until dissolved. Add to the saucepan. Cook and stir sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minute.   



 Hint:  I use a very small lunch type container to mix my cornstarch and water.  I put the lid onto the container and shake it until the cornstarch has dissolved.