Menu Plan Monday

This weeks menu:

I made the chicken chili on Sunday night, tons of leftovers so I’ll be having it for lunch the next few days. The manicotti was supposed to be our Valentine’s Day dinner but I got busy with a project and didn’t feel like cooking so Ryan made the fettuccine (frozen from last week) with a tomato sauce for himself. I still haven’t had dinner (it’s 8:30) and I’m starting to get peckish. Probably will go make a quesadilla.

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Menu Plan Monday

On the menu this week:

  • homemade fettuccine with undecided sauce (probably tomato for Ryan & just butter and Parmesan for me)
  • roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and lima beans
  • leftover chicken dinner
  • tacos/taco salad
  • bay scallops with  perciatelli, spinach, and roasted tomatoes (idea from this recipe but I’ve changed it a lot)
  • broccoli, chicken, and rice (or barley) casserole
  • pepperoni, sausage, olive, and mushroom pizza

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My third book for the Speculative Fiction Challenge is Torn by Amanda Hocking. This is the 2nd book in the Trylle Trilogy and starts up right where the first one ended. In some series you could pick up any book in the series and read it and enjoy the book on it’s own— this is not one of those series. It really feels like one big book that has been cut up and published into 3 parts. I’m not complaining, I am really enjoying the books. This was another fun, fast paced tale and I had fun reading it.

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My second book for the Speculative Fiction Challenge is Switched by Amanda Hocking. The books blurb:

Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy…

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

I got this book because Amanda Hocking is the new wunderkind of the indie publishing movement (she sold around 150,000 books since she first started self publishing in April of last year!) and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I mean, I probably would have bought it based on the neat cover and cheap price (currently $0.99 at amazon) too, but knowing how successful she’s been made me quite curious. A half hour into reading the book I can tell you why— it’s good!

The story grabbed me and I didn’t want to put the book down. I started reading it Wednesday night and Thursday morning I was buying the 2nd in the series, today’s Friday and I just started the 3rd! It’s really a fast paced, enjoyable fantasy, with a good portion of romance.  To see what other people are reading for the challenge this month, visit Floor to Ceiling Books. Thanks for stopping by.


One can pumpkin puree! I know, absolutely know, we had a can of pumpkin puree on the shelf. I bought it for a recipe, I haven’t made that recipe yet– nor anything else that called for pumpkin– so it should be sitting right there on the shelf! Halfway through the recipe I turn to get it down and NO PUMPKIN!!!!

I’ve texted Ryan, thinking maybe they were having a food drive at the library and he took a can. Nope. I’ve removed all the canned goods from the shelves in case it got pushed to the back. Not there. How do you misplace a can of pumpkin puree?

Thankfully I have sweet potatoes, I’ve peeled them and they’re boiling waiting to be pureed. So at least I can finish the recipe but the mystery of the missing can is going to drive me bonkers!

Apple Turnover Murder

My second book for the Mystery and Suspense Challenge is the Apple Turnover Murder by Joanna Fluke. This is the 13th Hannah Swenson Mystery. Hannah Swenson is the owner of a cookie shop in a small town in Minnesota. She has an amazing talent, or is it bad luck, to stumble on murder victims. For some reason finding a murdered person inspires her to sleuthing, I think most sane people would run the other way.

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series. They are light, fun mysteries with a bit of romance and a lot of recipes. This one was a little sad to me, with problems in Hannah’s personal life which of course are not cleared up in this book. The mystery itself was a little weaker than some of the others, it was obvious to me right away who the killer was and why. I still enjoyed the book and am eagerly waiting for the next one to be released.

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