Tuesday, July 5, 2016

June Wrap-Up and What I'm Into

June felt a bit like a marathon this year. It was crazy busy, with lots of visiting and events. With the exception of a trip in the middle of July, I am now looking forward to lots of lazy mornings in the backyard and quiet evenings on the porch.

Since the kids are home, I'm on the lookout for the best books/audiobooks/podcasts for kids. Any suggestions?

What I Read/Reviewed:
I reviewed eight books this month. Seven were fiction and I read one lonely nonfiction title. Five were for review and three were from my shelves. I did read several library books but I didn't write real reviews for any of them!


     Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World    Sunday's on the Phone to Monday
               Country of Red Azaleas    Shotgun Lovesongs     Alias Grace
              Maine     Everyone Brave is Forgiven     All of Us and Everything

My favorite book this month was Everyone Brave is Forgiven.

Favorite posts:
I wrote about realizing that I can cook after reading Dinner: A Love Story. I had fun discussing what I've learned and loved halfway through the year and how different readers approach the problem of forgetting what they've read in earlier books in a series.

What I've Been Watching:
Not too much? We are watching Royal Pains and The Last Ship. But I guess I've been focusing more on reading and trying to get some projects done in the evening. I'm also trying to make sure I exercise several days a week and that sometimes happens after the kids go to bed.

What I've Been Cooking/Baking:
I'm trying to put my recipe list back together after losing my favorites from my computer. Are there any amazing recipes I should be adding to our queue? We did make some tasty buffalo chicken sandwiches and these ricotta gnocchi.

      Buffalo-Chicken-Burger willcookforsmiles.com    

What were you into during June?

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  1. Hear, hear for lazy summer days! That buffalo chicken burger sounds fantastic. Now that my summer has become more relaxed, I am definitely anxious to start cooking again and will have to keep that recipe in mind!

    1. They are so yummy and easy to modify for the kids - I just make the burgers and then coat the ones for the grownups in the buffalo sauce for a few minutes.

      I hope you are having many lazy days and lots of yummy food!

  2. Hope you have a lazy, not crazy, July spent with the family (and books). I don't have any food suggestions that the kids would enjoy on the tip of my tongue but will stop back if I think of some.

    My June was all about unpacking, cleaning house and deciding what furniture goes where :) Enjoy July!

    1. All of those housekeeping tasks are exhausting but it's so rewarding when your home looks just the way you want it!

      I hope you have a wonderful July, Rita!