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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kale Salad

Besides being yummy, kale is really good for you.  This is a salad that everyone in the house eats, and I love to serve it when company is over.  Everyone thinks it so unique to put fruit into the 'dinner' salad.  I just see my kids eating healthy.

1 bunch kale
1 bunch spinach
1 apple cut into small cubes
2 oranges peeled and cut into segments   
1 pkg strawberries
6 carrots, cut into thin slices (rounds or matchsticks)
1 cucumber
1 bunch radishes
1 pkg blueberries
6 kiwi - cut into cubes
4 cups grapes cut in halves
1 bunch celery diced
Mix and enjoy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free Reading - Cool Beans

I'm not a coffee drinker.  I don't like the taste.  I really don't like the smell.  I do not like the high price at coffee shops.  I don't understand the fascination with spending hours at a place drinking over priced caffeinated beverages with complete strangers.  I do however, love Cool Beans, by Erynn Mangum.  This particular novel is geared toward teens and young adults.  Considering myself a 'young adult' still, and not seeing that particular description, I read it cover to cover - and I am looking forward to reading the sequel. 

One thing I particularly enjoy about Christian romance, over regular romance, is that instead of everybody getting 'overly friendly' with each other, they have Bible study.  Characters help each other and work through realistic life problems - not far fetched fantasies.

Ok- about the book:  Everything seems to be going perfectly for Maya Davis: She has a great job at a coffee shop, gets along with her parents, and is happily single. That is until her best girl friend starts dating Maya’s high school sweetheart. Now Maya has to figure out wheather or not to tell her friend, sort out her feelings about her ex, and now, her feelings about her best guy friend.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Free Reading - 31 Kisses

When I first started reading this, I though 'hmmm, just another silly romance novel.'  It is, but it is so cute!  31 Kisses is written by Chautona Havig - the same author who also wrote Ready or Not.  Had I noticed that, I would have been a lot more excited to read it!

Right around Christmas Chessie and Gumpy (grandpa) are at the grocery store.  Grandpa finds a cute guy, Carson,  to set Chessie up with, but never quite finds a way to do. 

A few days later Carson happens to stop by Chessies house and inadvertantly knocks her Gumpy off a ladder!  As with all great romance novels, they quickly become friends and start a new tradition with kisses - the chocolate kind. Gumpy is such a kid at heart, constantly evesdropping and pushing Carson and Chessie together.  Chessie is a thoughtful granddaughter, always thinking about Gumpys salvation, not her own romance.  In the end - at least one of them get their way.

I laughed so much with so many parts of this book.  It also made me crave kisses :)  I was a little sad to see that there is not a second book to continue the story, but then again, if there was, I would want to buy every one!