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  1. Tuesday, June 17

    Book Club…for the writers and wanna-be-writters out there!

    Book Club time! For those of you who like to read and/or write, today’s books are perfect for you as they are are both about writing. If you are an aspiring writer, enjoy reading about the craft, or just like good writing, you will enjoy these books.

    Today’s post is long…so, please click through to read it all. It’s a good post, I promise! The books are amazing. Plus, if you stick through to the very end you get to hear about my most embarrassing, awful moment as a mother. You don’t want to miss that, right?

    Click here to continue to the post and see the books!


    First is On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. I love this book. It’s wonderfully written. I love Stephen King – his books are PAGE TURNERS. I chose Lisey’s Story for my book club a few months back and it got mixed reviews. I mean, he’s a great writer, but not everyone likes twisted crazy stories. I do, so I loved it. Anyway, Loretta HATED Lisey’s Story and loved On Writing. I’m telling you, On Writing is great no matter your feelings for the King of Horror…

    The first half of On Writing is an autobiography of sorts, where King shares his history as a writer. The second half is all about how to write. It is so so so good. Even if you’re not a writer, it will make you appreciate writing more. It will also make you more critical of the books you read, which is both good and bad (um, like I was reading On Writing at the same time I read the Twilight books…I know I’m going to get everyone mad at me, but as much fun as the Twilight books are, well, I don’t like to speak negatively of anyone….let’s just say if you want to enjoy the Twilight books, absolutely do NOT read On Writing simultaneously.)

    Writing Motherhood is the other book I’d like to share with you. The author, Lisa Garrigues, is a writer and mother herself and teaches a course also called Writing Motherhood. The book is great. A very enjoyable read and full of awesome ideas. It definitely makes me more excited to write about my experiences as a mother. I really think any mom (or dad!) would enjoy this book, no matter your interest in writing.

    New Jersey Moms Blog is “hosting” a book club today for Writing Motherhood. Be sure to go over and share your own experiences, as well as read everyone else’s! Plus the author is commenting and participating as well!

    Here’s my contribution for today’s New Jersey Moms Blog book club (you’re supposed to write either about rules for your children or your most inexcusable/terrible mothering moment):

    My most inexcusable mothering moment in my short 3 1/2 years of mothering was the time Cate fell in a swimming pool. We were at a friend’s house and Cate, ~18 months old at the time, was completely uninterested in the pool. She was in a different part of the yard playing. I turned my back literally for 10 seconds and the next thing I know my dear friend is sprinting across the yard and jumping in her pool fully clothed. I look in the pool and see my little ang
    el literally rolling in the water. I will never forget that sight as long as I live (I can’t believe I’m even admitting to it publicly!). Thankfully she was in the water only a few seconds and was breathing the whole time. But I felt like the worst mom ever. I didn’t want to tell Nate about it. I did, of course, but it was awful. I have never felt more grateful, blessed and lucky in my life for my story’s end. And the experience definitely made me a better mother.


  2. Wednesday, April 2

    So Long, San Diego!

    After several weeks of partying and packing and goodbying, it’s time to hit the road. My computers are coming down tonight and next time you “see” me, I’ll be a Bay Area blogger! 🙂


    Since I haven’t cooked in ages and I don’t have time to post much right now, I thought I’d leave you with a picture of the craziest burger I’ve ever seen. Book Club threw us a goodbye party Saturday…Karen made (and ate!) this monster. 🙂 Please keep visiting the blog – hopefully I’ll have something more this week…if not, I’ll be back on track Sunday with a menu and more food!

    PS – If you participated in the survey for my bro, please make sure your email spam filter doesn’t block any emails from “avenuea-razorfish.com” or “aa-rf.com” so we can get you the hot fudge recipe!


  3. Sunday, March 9

    Week 59 Menu (& Slicing Fresh Mozzarella)

    I love fresh mozzarella. It’s pretty much all I use on our pizzas nowadays. And I can make myself sick eating caprese salad. But I tend to mangle the cheese when I slice it. Quick side note – Cate loves Rachael Ray. It’s hilarious. I asked her why she likes her so much and Cate responded, “Because she’s nice.” So cute. While Cate was watching an episode of 30-Minute Meals one day, I overheard Rachael give a great tip for slicing fresh mozzarella – use a serrated knife. DUH! Don’t know why I never thought of that myself, but it definitely helps. It would probably work well on other softer cheeses as well.


    Here’s the menu. It’s another crazy week. Actually, this whole month is crazy, but fun and exciting, too. One week and one day until Nate’s defense! And this week we should get our apartment up near Stanford squared away – yea! What a mix of emotions right now…so busy, so stressed, so excited, so sad to leave San Diego. If I start talking crazy talk on here, please forgive me. 🙂

    MONDAY:
    – Omelettes
    – Fruit

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Noodle Soup
    – Good crusty bread

    WEDNESDAY:
    Mac & Cheese
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    Book Club at Jen’s

    FRIDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out – family arrives for the Nate’s PhD defense!

    SUNDAY:
    – Family in town…and the night before the defense…can’t decide what we’re going to do yet!

    Thank you all for your great menus every week! I didn’t respond to anyone’s comments/menus last week. Please know that I read them all and use them for inspiration. As always, I was so happy to see people posting menus for the first time! And thank you for the PhD congratulations some of you left in your comments! 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!


  4. Sunday, October 7

    Week 37 Menu

    Happy Sunday, everyone! I like Sunday mornings because I have time to make breakfast, my favorite meal by far. This morning we had a Puffed Oven Pancake. Hit the spot!


    A few repeats on the menu this week as we’ve had lots of leftovers and some surprise invites to friends’ homes for dinner…love those weeks!

    Don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already – less than 12 hours left! And share your menus!

    MONDAY:
    Pork Chops
    – Wild & Long Grain Rice
    – Veggie

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Stir Fry
    – Sticky Rice
    – Chicken Shu Mai (from Trader Joe’s freezer section)

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Quiche
    – Baguette & cheese
    – Fruit

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – My friend Barbara’s daughter’s wedding!

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    Mac & Cheese
    – Yummy bread
    – Salad


  5. Sunday, September 23

    Week 35 Menu

    Last week we had chicken casserole…which tasted awesome. I don’t make it often (I think the cream cheese, sour cream and cheese all added in makes me feel a LITTLE guilty), but it was a good autumn, comfort food. Once in a while you just gotta go back to Grandma’s cooking, no matter the ingredients! 🙂


    The menu participation has been great since school started…I think we’re all back in our routines. Keep ’em coming!

    MONDAY:
    Pork Chops
    – Wild & Long Grain Rice
    – Veggie

    TUESDAY:
    – My Birthday! I’m going to let Nate plan this night… 🙂

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Chicken & Broccoli Penne
    – Yummy bread
    – Salad

    THURSDAY:
    Book Club at my place…I still need to plan the menu – I will share once it’s all set!

    FRIDAY:
    Orange Chicken
    – Rice
    – Veggie or Salad

    SATURDAY:
    – Leftovers

    SUNDAY:
    – Meatloaf (I’ll choose from one of your many wonderful recipes!)
    – Mashed potatoes
    – Veggie


  6. Saturday, September 15

    Featured Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

    Last night Nate and I got to on on a date…out to dinner without Cate! We ate at Rock Bottom and everything we ordered was delicious! We ate so much food that I was actually unable to eat my dessert in its entirety, which is pretty amazing considering it was Chocolate Cheesecake (pictured). Doesn’t it look GOOD?!?!?


    That got me thinking about a chocolate cheesecake recipe I have that is seriously the BEST, and funny enough my friend Karen and I ended up talking about that very same recipe today…thanks to my other book club friend Barbara for finding and sharing this recipe with us!

    If you like Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake (and, really, who doesn’t?) be sure to click through for the recipe! It’s the best I’ve had…the first time Barbara made it, I thought for sure she must have bought it at some expensive bakery. Enjoy!


  7. Wednesday, July 18

    Featured Recipe: Cookies Galore

    We had a book club picnic last Friday, which was great fun. I was in charge of dessert, so I made two of my all time favorite cookies. Thought I’d share the recipes with you! (click on the name of the cookie to link to the recipe).


    First, Chocolate Swirls. These are ADDICITVE and full of all kinds of fat (butter, cream cheese, chocolate, bring it on!). Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’ve NEVER met a person who doesn’t like these. I got the recipe at a cookie exchange – no idea what person or what cookbook it came from, but so happy I have the recipe!!!

    Second, Mexican Wedding Cookies. These are basically butter balls rolled in powdered sugar. Really, how can they NOT be good? These are pretty common, but I got the recipe from my sister-in-law Cora’s mother, Nicki.

    Enjoy!!