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Cookbook Review: Simple Green Suppers

Simple Green Suppers, by Susie Middleton, and photos by Bandi Baird
Description from NetGalley (thanks to them for my copy):

125 recipes for complete one-dish vegetarian suppers that pair pantry staples with fresh ingredients–perfect for nonvegetarians aspiring to eat a more plant-based diet.

Available on Amazon, April 11th
Paperback, Kindle

Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs or my opinions. Read my full disclosure.

Can I just say, if I could eat paper, I would eat this book! I love her pictures of beautiful food. I am always trying to eat more vegetables and trying even harder to keep it interesting- I seem to make roasted vegetables over and over, until now I am sort of just done with them! Vegetables can be sort of, well…boring. I needed some inspiration.

This book gave me just that. I love the sound of these recipes of hers:

Broccoli Raab and Creamy Goat Cheese Baked Pasta Gratin…YUMMMM

Quinoa & Bean Salad with Tomato-Nectarine-Curry Dressing…WhaaaT?

Two-Potato Red Onion & Bell Pepper Taco with Lime-Chipotle Sauce….The sauce alone, guys!

The Contents are separated into:

  • Noodles
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Leaves
  • Toast
  • Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Broth

There is an intro and follow up in each chapter and the book for essential techniques…I didn’t love the overkill on this, as I sort of know how to cook the basics, but if you are a newbie, this would be really helpful information on the “how-to’s” of cooking vegetables and handling ingredients, like “Tips & Strategies for Tortillas.”

Because I am in LOOOOOVE with the toast chapter, I made this ridiculously good avocado toast- Now don’t be dismissive! Avocado toast recipes are a dime a dozen, right now, but this one is special: pickled beets and deliciousness abound. My hubs went crazy for this, and we had to have it two days in a row! So good:

Avocado Toast with Baby Kale, Blue Cheese, Pecans, Quick-Pickled Radishes, and Honey

Simple Green Suppers Avocado Toast

Ridiculous, right?! So freaking good. I don’t think my pics do this justice at all- I was rushing through taking them, so I could stuff this in my mouth! The blue cheese and pecans were deal breakers for me- this is my new toast.

If you need veggie inspiration like I did, then this book is for you. This book is going on my gift list this year for sure! For everyone.


You are welcome- and Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs. Read my full disclosure.

 

 

New Romance Author Guest Post: The Thief’s Countess

CeceliaMecca_Logo2Hi all! I am switching things up a bit today, and giving you someone else to read for a change! I am happy to have the author of the new Border Series novels and novellas, Cecelia Mecca to guest-blog here today, to share with you her new book, The Thief’s Countess. I have read both The Ward’s Bride and The Thief’s Countess, and was thoroughly entertained! Thanks for reading~

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Cecelia Mecca

More than twenty years ago, like most English majors, I thought to combine my love of the romance genre and fandom of all things medieval and write a romance novel. Researching at the University of Scranton’s library, I began a story that has become The Thief’s Countess so many years later. Although I convinced myself life–jobs, marriage, kids, new jobs– took precedence over realizing my dream of becoming a romance author, it was more likely fear which held me back.

In 2015 when I decided to make time for the one goal I’d never achieved, I re-submerged myself into 13th century England. Little did I know, writing “The End” in September (on my birthday) was really just the beginning. Editing, querying, publishing, marketing–there are many components of getting a book out into the world. But I continued to learn, read and network and finally, more than two years later, I published my first romance, The Ward’s Bride, a Border Series prequel novella. The support, positive reviews and excitement of accomplishing a lifelong goal has not yet worn off. And with any luck, and a bit of determination, it never will.

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Join the CM Insiders to receive a free prequel novella or purchase on Amazon for .99. Although it can be read as a stand alone, The Ward’s Bride gives a bit of background to Border Series Book One, The Thief’s Countess.

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From the Back Cover

A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…
The Reiver
Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.
The Countess
With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling, unwanted men. As if that weren’t enough, her father’s deathbed request was for two lawless border reivers to serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man she thought nothing more than a thief is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.

You can purchase The Thief’s Countess on Amazon for $2.99. A limited-time special edition includes chapter upgrades, similar to “DVD extras. The upgrades will expires in two weeks.


Author Biography

CeceliaMeccaHeadshot3 (1)A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, in debut novel The Thief’s Countess. Combining alpha male types and strong female heroines, Cecelia transports readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. She lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

Connect with Cecelia: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads


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Ultimate Coffee: March Edition

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Original photo by Michael Ramey @unsplash

Good morning! It got kind of cold here this morning after a teaser of warm weather. I am a Goldilocks weather person, meaning that I don’t like it too hot or too cold, so about 10º warmer would suit me just fine! It’s another first Saturday of the Month, and time for Ultimate Coffee where I share what I have been up to here and at home. So grab your favorite morning bevvie and let’s get chatting!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am on day-7 of my Advocare 24-Day Challenge.

So, really not coffee for me today! I drink this Spark:

advocare spark

I am all about this Grape flavor! I have a vat of fruit punch right now, but next time I am definitely ordering the grape. They have tons of flavors though, so I will be trying them all, I am sure.

So far, I love it. It is easy, I am back to eating well, and drinking tons of water. I am keeping a food log, and taking fiber and probiotics. Love this program for keeping me on track for health goals. If you want to check out the site or order, my Advocare site has lots of info, but can be overwhelming – I would go to the shop/products tab to get an overview of everything they offer. I love that I eat all the food- the only stuff I avoid is cheese, sugar, caffeine, and most processed food. I am not a dairy-girl so, the cheese is easy. We are really eating just like before, just more aware of the processed foods, like salad dressing and sauces. I have been eating some great meals, and this week, I plan to share more of what this looks like in meal-plan form.

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that I went running twice this week.

Which was a nice re-entry, but it’s been too long. I haven’t been able to run, since I had the flu/brochial thing that turns into Pnumonia. It is going around everywhere here, so it kind of derailed me for a solid month. I was coughing so hard, I gave myself an almost hernia- good news is that it is just starting to heal. Oy.

And my shoes are horrible! I need new running shoes. I had Brooks, but I can’t even use them to walk as they all of sudden are giving me blisters. Not good. I may go back to Nike Vomeros, as I liked them before, but I can’t remember what size or if I needed wide- so now I can’t buy them online, I have to go in person…and am delaying that for reasons that I don’t even understand myself!my old running shoes

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that I got some great reads in during February. 

I think the benefit of being sick, is reading. It is the only time, I can sit for a long time and commit to reading. I shared it on the blog, but my faves for the month are:

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

and

Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty

These were both super fun reads. You can read my quick summary of them, and 4 more books that I read this month (!!What?!), or you can click on them, and Amazon can tell you about them!

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that my house is sort of a disaster.

We are getting our basement finished-whoohoo! I love it. I love it. Oh, did I tell you? I love it! But the universe loves balance, my friends, so we had a little calamity with our plumbing to calm my excitement over our wonderful reno. If you follow the blog, you know I overflowed the jacuzzi tub four years ago…well, same bathroom, but it was the plumbing in the sink that sort of exploded and water came down to ground floor and then the basement…

leak in our living room from the exploded pipes

This is the leak in our living room from the exploded pipes- the ceiling didn’t collapse this time!

Good news, is that the damage was so much better than it could have been, and we are getting there now, every day to a sort of fixed situation.basement remodel

It’s funny though. When you fix up your house, little by little, the old part looks so bad. Patience and being grateful are sort of things I have to remember.

That’s it- For such a short month, February was chock full of activity! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy March! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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