My oldest daughter, Hannah, loves to read. I mean she LOVES to read. When she was younger, taking a book away for the day was all the punishment she needed to stop any wrong behavior!! So when she recommends a book for me to read, I usually end up enjoying it immensely. She gave me three books over the holidays to read.
She had told me before about one of her favorite books by Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller. She told me several times how much I would love this book. I told her I would download it on my Kindle, but I never did. So that is why she ended up giving it to me for Christmas. Sadly, I still had a hard time getting started.
One evening I made myself just start reading…and I am so glad I did! The book shares various views of different characters and their involvement with the holocaust. While some of the book was hard to read, as it describes some of the horrors during this time in history, I like how she weaves in a theme of forgiveness.
The main character also loves to bake bread and by the end of this book, I found myself looking up homemade bread recipes! That may be my next challenge in the kitchen…Challah Bread!
You can’t beat a cold day, warm cup of coffee and a good book.
Here are the other two books she gave me. I read Sarah’s Key first. This book also spoke of tragedy during World War II. It is good for me to be reminded of this time in history. It makes me appreciate things in my life.
I will read Station Eleven next! Maybe reading in a comfy chair upstairs will keep me out of the kitchen downstairs! I am still on track with eating healthy in January, so I need all the help I can get!
…goodbye to cupcakes anyway, and hello healthy cookbooks!
Well, not until I make cupcakes for work first!
Okay…I am good on sweets now. At least until February, when of course I have to bake plate after plate of Valentine treats! But for now my family and I are all making healthy choices!
I pulled out The Skinnytaste Cookbook again. I used this many times in 2015 but put away as October came around and I was in the baking/sweets/candy mode.
January always brings about a desire to make changes for the better. So instead of eating at my favorite Mexican restaurant (for the millionth time in last 2 months) I stayed home and made the Buttermilk Oven “Fried” Chicken. I made this a few times last year and my family really liked it. This time I followed the recipe in full (I usually take short cuts) and the chicken was so moist and was just enough with my sweet potato. Give this a try if you want great flavor, fewer calories, and don’t want to feel as if you are giving up on taste.
Recipe for Chicken is here on my blog as well as cupcakes. Here are links to both.
(My husband took this pic…teasing me that this is his new beer/food blog! He thinks he is so funny!) Not bad for a first try!! 🙂
Time does fly! It is hard for me to believe over a year has gone by since I started my blog, PALATABLE ADVENTURES.
I looked over my goals in starting this blog…
This blog is to hold me accountable to teach myself and my girls cooking basics and two new recipes per month. Inspiration may come from
~places we have been
~recommendations from friends and family
~or from sources of interest like Pinterest or just good old fashioned cookbooks
As I look at my purpose in doing this, I see that it accomplished what I wanted and more. I learned many new recipes. I found my children in the kitchen with me, learning as well. I sampled various types of foods from places I have visited, and tried to recreate them at home. And my pictures, while still amateur, have improved from last January. I have actually loved these Palatable Adventures.
Recipe found on food blog
~Movie Inspired Adventures
Sound of Music while eating Austrian Dish
~(not so) Healthy Adventures.
I’m in a New York State of Mind
Me and Hannah at JFK
I look forward to 2016 and the adventures that await, the people I may meet and discovering what God has in store for me.