Sunday, December 7, 2014

Food: A Love Story // Blogging for Books

I think my funny bone is having a love affair with Jim Gaffigan. I just love everything about his comedy routines, and so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I had to take it.

This book lived up to all the hype I gave it; it was just so darn funny. I read it mostly during my commute to work and school, and there were times when I was literally laughing out loud on the bus. (And you know I'm really into a book when I read on the bus or train because usually it makes me motion sick.)

The great thing about this book was that I could hear Jim Gaffigan saying it in my head while I read. Being able to anticipate his inflections and dramatic pauses made it just an all around fun book to read. Plus his insight into food was spot on. Everything he said, I have pretty much thought at one time or another.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On My Bookshelf: December

Whoa. It's already December. When did that happen? The holiday season is always extra hectic, especially since my number of yarn projects goes through the roof, but I'm still hoping to get some reading done.

This month I'm planning on reading:

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
I love Jim Gaffigan. My love affair started by watching his comedy skits on Netflix, and I'm still laughing. For some reason, his jokes just resonate with me. So I picked out his book from the Blogging for Books site, and I am loving it so far. As I read it, I can pretty much hear Jim Gaffigan's voice in my head, and I'm loving every bit.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Although it's not really a Christmas book, I thought this would be a good read to help me focus on the religious aspects of the holiday season.

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Sorry for being super secretive about all my current yarn projects, but pretty much every thing on my needles or crochet hooks right now is a Christmas gift. So I'm trying to be discreet in my photos but still not bow out of the yarn along completely as December progresses.

So I present you with an up-close image of one of my many works-in-progress. My apologies that I won't disclose what it is, but trust me when I say that I've never wanted to keep a gift for myself so much in my crafty career.

How are your Christmas (Hanukkah, holiday) WIPs progressing?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

This month, unlike last month, I actually got around to making a Pioneer Woman recipe. I love Brussels sprouts, and I thought Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to make some, especially since Thanksgiving dinner is oftentimes devoid of green vegetables.

These sprouts were roasted in the oven with some oil, salt, and pepper, and then tossed in a sweet balsamic glaze. I've had this recipe before, so I knew how it was supposed to taste, but unfortunately it didn't turn out quite right. I think the glaze burned a little bit, and it didn't taste as good unfortunately. I was quite disappointed, especially since it was a big meal, and especially since the sprouts pre-glaze were really good. I kept sneaking a few off of the baking sheet, and they were really yummy. Oh well. I guess all cooking endeavors can't be successes.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


This year, I have so much to be thankful for. As I sit around the thanksgiving table with my family this afternoon, I will be counting my blessings and hoping to keep the spirit of thankfulness all throughout the holidays.

I am thankful for...

my sweet family.
David and our love.
my grandpa, who passed away a year ago today.
hot tea and blankets.
me time.
a paying job.
yarn :)
public transportation and two working legs.
living within my means.
the Thanksgiving feast that is going to be consumed this afternoon.
my health (nothing like being really sick in bed for a week to make you appreciate something you usually take for granted).

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I snapped this latest knitting picture on my daily commute to work. It's the starts of the Purl Bee's Lovely Ribbed Cowl, and it's great for bus/train knitting because it requires minimal thought while I keep my eye peeled for my stop. Hopefully I will have enough yarn to finish this up though. I have about a skein and a half of KnitPicks Simply Cotton Worsted that I'm using, and hopefully I won't regret not have 2 full skeins.

What are you knitting right now? I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blogging for Books // The Daughter of Highland Hall

I've been sick all week, so in picking out a book to read, I wanted something quick and easy that would require little effort on my part as I wasted away most of my day in bed.

I was correct in my pick in two of the three regards. Yes, the book required no effort to read or understand, and yes, the book could be denoted a quick read, but no, it was not easy. The book is marketed as Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey, and as a huge fan of both of these, I thought this book would be right up my alley. Unfortunately I was wrong, and although I can understand where the comparisons came from, I could barely make it through this book. I found it to be contrived and cliché, and a little too much like bad fan fiction, just with some names changed.

I can imagine many people liking this novel, but I was just not one of them. This book felt like something I would have enjoyed a lot more in high school.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.