Thursday, November 20, 2014

When you're almost too lazy to cook...

OH yes, you know exactly what I'm talking about, the days that you are almost too lazy to cook. You could easily be persuaded into ordering in or running through a drive through. But, your family's health enters into your mind, and you sigh, possibly mumbling, and drag yourself to the kitchen. You did it, you decided to cook... but now you don't want to spend hours in front of the stove,  and sink cleaning up after the meal, do you?

OF COURSE you don't! That's why, when I had the opportunity to review this book, I couldn't click my mouse fast enough!

One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More, from the Editors of Martha Stewart Living

Using just one pan, you can stew, steam, sauté, simmer, braise, or roast your way to a fuss-free meal—and minimal cleanup to boot.
At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes—organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.
One Pot is an exciting new way to approach everyday cooking: Imagine perfect pasta dishes for which everything goes in the pot at once (yes, that’s pasta, tomato, garlic, basil, and water all cooked together), dinner-party ready roasts with tender vegetables, and down-home casseroles, along with wholesome fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. You'll get incredible flavor payoff from dishes such as comforting Chicken and Dumplings, easy Baked Risotto with Carrots and Squash, healthy Broiled Striped Bass with Tomatoes, hearty Pork Chops with Bacon and Cabbage, and the delectable Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie—each of which takes less than an hour from start to finish. Here, too, are a dozen outstanding recipes for surprising and simple desserts that can be ready when you are.
With chapters devoted to your essential cooking vessels—stockpot, skillet, slow cooker, and more—this book is sure to streamline your meals and to satisfy the people you share them with. Recipes include:
DUTCH OVEN: Beef Stew with Noodles, Chicken and Dumplings, Baked Risotto, Texas Red Chili, Cajun Stew
SLOW COOKER: Pulled Pork, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Classic Pot Roast, Lamb Shanks and Potatoes, Garlic Chicken with Barley
SKILLET & SAUTÉ PAN: Spinach Pie, Poached Cod with Tomatoes, Three-Cheese Lasagna, Macaroni and Cheese, Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy
ROASTING PAN & BAKING DISH: Rib-Eye with Root Vegetables, Roast Chicken with Herb Butter, Salmon with Kale, Roast Beef with Acorn Squash, Tuscan Pork Roast
PRESSURE COOKER: Short Ribs with Potato-Carrot Mash, Kale and White Bean Soup, Chicken Cacciatore; Easy Chickpea Curry, Beef Stroganoff
STOCKPOT: Classic Chicken Soup, Split Pea Soup, Gemelli with Pesto and Potatoes, Corn and Shrimp Chowder, Pasta with Farm-Stand Vegetables
DESSERTS: Peach Crumble, Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie, Baked Blackberry Custard, Raspberry Sorbet, Molten Chocolate Cupcakes


Sounds like such a great book right? I have to say, I believe this one will stay in my collection for years. The recipes are easy to understand, simple layout. The ingredients are mostly common items, some are a little fancy, but do we expect anything less from the Martha Stewart world?

I truly like this cook book. I've flagged about 20 recipes already to try! 
All in all, if you have the chance to get this book for yourself, or maybe as a gift because you put it on your Christmas wish list, you will not be sorry! 

I give it 4 stars! 

**I received this book complimentary from Blogging for Books for my honest opinion.**
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Making it's very first debut....

Hey you! Today, making it's first debut, is the Winter 2014 Reading List Link up!  Join me!

What it is:

A link up on the 19th of each month - November, December, January, February, and ending in March, that we discuss our reading goals for the Winter, our progress, and you can even review the books you've read!

What you do:

Link up with me today, posting on your own blog the list of books you want to read through the Winter. Make sure to put the Winter Reading List button on your post so others can join us! This link up will be open for a month, so fit this into your blog schedule at any time!

Then, every 19th (or so) of the month, come back to this blog, and link up a blog post of your own, talking about how far along on your list you are and review the book(s) you've read if you'd like! Share your opinions with everyone else!

We end this series on March 20th, 2015, which is the first day of Spring, and link up our final progress post, to see if you've completed your reading list, and post which books were horrid and no one should even bother with, and see if you've found a new favorite!

Why you should do this:
  • It's fun!
  • It's a great way to get through the ugly Winter.
  • Amazing way to find out what other blogger pals like the same books you do.
  • Could be a good way to get a review on a book you've been wanting to read, but haven't committed to.
  • Bookworms are even better!

Sounds like fun right? I'm so happy I thought of this!  I've organized my books on, and made a new shelf for this reading list. It's just easier for me to keep up with it like this. (be my friend on Goodreads, click here!)  Now, let's get to my list, in no particular order:

The Lovely BonesOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreBalancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and PurposeMended: Pieces of a Life Made WholeFlight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early AmericaPrayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to VictoryThe Pilot's WifeFrench Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for PleasureThe Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless DemandsCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodOne Incredible Moment Celebrating the Majesty of the MangerA Million Little Pieces
The Moon in the Mango Tree90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & LifeThe Power of a Praying Wife

Jessica's favorite books »

I'm so excited to see how this works and to see what books you have on your reading list! Link up below, and don't forget to put the Winter 2014 Reading List button on your blog post, or you may get deleted from the link up! That's the only rule, you can do it!

The Artsy Cajun

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adopting a Soldier

I'm sure you've watched the news, and know that some of our brave men and women were deployed again. And I'm sure you're aware that the holiday season is fast approaching us. So, I've started putting together care packages for some of our troops filled with silly things such as rubber band shooter guns, harmonicas, and also things they can use like candy, (of course candy will be involved), cookies, coffee, and even a couple of toiletries. Why? Because my brother is over there again, and because of the fact that the last time our troops were over there, they had a base with little stores open where they could buy these things. Now? Not so much.

I know that not everyone can put in money or time to send a box of goodies over to a stranger. Christmas is fast approaching, I get it. But what about a card? Or letters, or maybe getting your kids to draw some pictures to mail to a soldier... would that be too much hassle?

I'm asking my readers, my friends, to email me if you'd like to donate a box of goodies for our troops, again, this could be snacks, toiletries, or the cards, letters of encouragement, and of course who doesn't love a drawing from a child? Whatever it may be, I know that there is a troop over there right now, wishing they were home for the holidays, and most of them are single soldiers who may not be getting a lot of mail, but need a little pick me up from his fellow Americans.

Please, comment below with your email if you'd like to join me in sending a little cheer across the miles. Consider this your good deed for the day, week, month or year.

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