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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.


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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What’s On Your Nightstand? H.A.G.’s February Reads


Hi my friends! I am sharing my reads for this month, and I have to say, I have a really mixed bag for you for February! A light-fiction, 2 romances, one memoir, a chick-lit, and a thriller! But no spoilers! I refuse to go deeply into the stories too much here, but just want to give you an idea of the books, so you can go get whichever ones you think you’d love! Welcome, and feel free to tell me in the comments, what you’re reading!

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Books I read:

At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon

Such a nice story line. I haven’t read a story with no crazy drama or plot twists or craziness in so long. This book is like fresh air and was so relaxing to read, while not being boring. The main character is a pastor of church, and lots of other colorful characters who live in the quaint town of Mitford. Being from a small town (with plenty of characters) myself, I could really dive right in a picture the whole setting and story. I looked forward to honestly relaxing with this book- it made me slow down and appreciate just reading. It’s a great book for someone who needs no additional stress or drama from what they read. this is the first in her series, so if this sounds like something you’d like, you’ll have lots of reading ahead to look forward to!

The Ward’s Bride, by Cecelia Mecca

The Thief’s Countess: Border Series Book 1,  by Cecelia Mecca (full post and review coming later in the week, as it is out MARCH 1!!!)

So opposite end of the spectrum is this hot and heavy romance series, from debut author, Cecelia Mecca. Full disclosure for you all,  I am a Border Ambassador for Cecelia Mecca, meaning I get to read her debut series in full before anyone else and share!!! So fun! I read both her prequel and first in the series this month. My friends, Romance as a genre has never been my thing, but these are super fun! I have to say that reading these, makes reading all books more fun too- I like how different these titles are from what I normally read, and I bet you would too! I just may have my reading-mojo back!

The Ward’s Bride, was super fun. It was a novella and is on Amazon right now super cheap (.99 cents when I checked or free with Kindle Unlimited). It laid the groundwork for the series, but I am not sure how it will all tie in yet- the romance part is steamy, I have to say! For someone not used to reading books like this, I was feeling a bit prudish…until I read the Thief’s Countesss. HOT. Lots of fun, these books! But it’s not all lusty knights and romantic castles and ladies, strolling about…There’s lots of fun historical references and language that I like a lot. Okay, the romance being hot is kind of fun too!

I also got to read and review this inspiring memoir:

Tough As They Come, by SSG Travis Mills with Marcus Brotherton.

bookreview tough as they come

This was a wonderful and inspiring story of a young man, serving our country over in Afghanistan, and coming home with 4 less limbs than he went there with. Amazing person and story with lots of insight about a soldier’s life both home and on deployment.

I am still reading:

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

I am liking the fast pace of this thriller. A who-done-it kind of book, that is keeping me up late into the night reading it. The setting is a rural small town and one night when a teenage girl goes missing. Years later, our main character, the best friend of the missing girl, returns home, only to enter into another case of a missing teenager. Lots of drama and mystery here. The interesting twist to the book is that it takes place backwards in time, and then leads up to the ending. I am not sure how I feel about this, but I will fill you in later!

Books Listening to:

Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty

I am loving this audio book, and by the way it’s on HBO as a series, Sundays at 9pmEST. I don’t have HBO though, and I am glad, since I have the characters in my mind, so strongly thought out, that I think I wouldn’t love the series. I have never read her books, as I thought they might be too much marriage focused drama- I don’t love that, so I stayed away. But this is great! The story follows a major event of catastrophe that happened at a school trivia-night, where the police are involved and questioning all the parents. The story works backward from the event to show us how the characters relate to one another and what was going on in the parents’ lives that might have lead to the trivia-night drama. I am mid-stream, but loving these characters. I can related to various degrees of the lives, but appreciate more the empathy that the story is building- I want to shout at all of the parents to stop behaving badly and just be honest with eachother! It doesn’t work, so I just sit in my car and drive, and listen. I can’t wait to drive. That’s how I know I like this book a lot. Great audio.

Are you ready to share what your nightstand stack of books is? Just tell me one book that you or your kiddos are loving right now, in the comments!

Check out these nightstands at : 5 Minutes for MomBookDate, &  Booknificient on Thursday!

What are you reading and loving right now?

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