Category Archives: Food and Fiction Fridays

The Kids Are All Right

School is back in session! This means a couple of things. Number one: I have a regular work schedule again (thank the heavens above!). Number two: I know my kiddos are in good hands for the rest of the school year. Yes, I’m happy to report three solid months of worrying who their teachers and classmates would be has resulted in good placements for both of them. (Because it is clearly a 1:1 correlation between my hours spent worrying and the results that had nothing to do with it.)

I’m busy working on TEMPT3 this week! Here is a look at the music, food, drink, and television helping me get this work done!

Music:

Music inspiration for the week comes courtesy of Imagine Dragons covering Taylor Swift’s Blank Space mashed up with Stand By Me. The singing starts around 1:30 and it is so freaking fantastic!

Food:

I’m using one of my staple go-to moves to get through the week: crock pot chicken breasts.

What is this, you ask? The simplest of hacks! I slow cook a sheet of chicken in the crockpot for about 6 hours (along with one cube of chicken bullion and 1 cup of water). When it’s done I shred the chicken and use it for: quesadillas, chicken salad sandwiches, nachos, chicken tacos, Asian chicken salad, and… chicken. I typically get 1-2 dinners and up to 2 lunches out of this (depending on how much chicken I actually cook and how much we stuff into the quesadillas). Which means that I get two days worth of cooking out of one crock pot. Winner!

Side note: this freezes very well. I divide them up into quart-sized freezer bags in the amount I need for another meal and freeze! Voila! Thaw in the microwave for quick use, or pop into the fridge the night before/morning of. Easy peasy.

Drink:

This week is brought to me by Smithwicks! I love this beer, but it’s not something I like to drink all the time. A six pack every few months satisfies my craving!

Television:

The Anne’s are binge-watching Sons of Anarchy! Yes, we’re a decade late to the game, but we are totally hooked! I was skeptical after the first couple of episodes, but DANG does this show hit its stride after that! Jax’s speech to Tara did me in and I’m so hooked it’s not even funny. The complexity of the characters is what sells this show. I’m excited that there are so many seasons to watch!

All right… I should probably finish writing this book! Thanks for stopping by!

Food & Fiction Friday: A Little Beyond Hope Edition

Hey gang! It’s Friday! Last week my post didn’t make it to the blog (but it did make it to Instagram and Facebook, so if you follow me there, you’re about to see a rerun!)

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Book: A Little Beyond Hope by Tracie Puckett

Food: Pizza

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A Little Beyond Hope picks up where the Just a Little series left off. Julie Little’s relationship with the swoon-worthy police officer Luke is moving full steam ahead, but family issues and a devastating tornado throw a few twists and turns into Julie’s life.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when they are running for the basement (because tornado) and Julie goes back for the freshly delivered pizza. Julie is not a great cook and loves to order pizza. It’s a very endearing quality to her character–so much so that when I wrote Elizabeth in Tease I wanted to give her a similar quirk (Elizabeth is so bad at cooking she burns everything.)  And since we all know I develop strong attachments to the food mentioned in the books I’m reading, I had to make pizza!

As you can see from the ingredients above, I have Publix to thank for the pizza. The fresh dough and mozzarella are both Publix brand. I also indulged in Boar’s Head pepperoni’s, fresh sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, and spinach! And while cooking I enjoyed a cold Yuengling! (Pretty sure I spelled that wrong…)

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I also turned on some Snow Patrol in the background because I’m seriously addicted to The Lighting Strike and listen to it on repeat from time to time…

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The pizza came out great and now I think I’m going to have to start making homemade pizzas again. I mean, pizza delivered to your door is convenient (and half the reason I love pizza) but the homemade variety is so, so worth it!

Check out this little one minute wrap-up video I made (this software is my newest addiction) and stay tuned for my next edition of Food and Fiction Friday! Have a great weekend!

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Food & Fiction Friday: The Hunger Games Edition

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Fresh bread, goat cheese, & blackberries

Welcome to my latest weekly (ish) segment, Food & Fiction Fridays! In the same vein as My Shelf Monday, I will have a weekly post about my two favorite things (other than my family): Food and Fiction! The two have always been linked for me, and I think that might be why I have a strong reaction to books that capitalize on food.

Long ago, in a closet not too far away, I built myself a reading nook. I cleared out whatever stuff I’d been storing in the corner of my closet, laid down blankets and stole pillows from around the house. I got permission to add a lamp (?) or some form of lighting device (I honestly can’t remember what the heck it was!) It was my quiet spot to disappear for a few hours with a book. The bookworm version of a treehouse.

And on the weekends my dad would set up a snack station on the kitchen counter. There was usually sliced cheese, sausage or salami, sometimes a variety of cold cuts, along with fresh bread and some fruits. I would grab a plate, pile it up, and disappear into my closet.

Food and Fiction. The perfect combination!

So today I’m kicking things off with one of my favorite books of all time: The Hunger Games. I realize this seems odd thanks to both title and content of said books, but very early on Katniss and Gale share a pre-reaping meal of fresh bread, goat cheese, basil and blackberries. It sounds delicious, right? We’re only 8 pages into the book and the food has already helped tell the tale of food scarcity, trade, and lack of hope for the people of District 12. The food and the ideas attached to them are something I often think about when The Hunger Games are mentioned.

Plus, I really love fresh bread, goat cheese, basil, and blackberries. It’s really a perfect meal!

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So what about you? Did the food (or lack there of) in the Hunger Games have an affect on you? And do you snack when you eat (or is that just me?) Hit me in the comments!

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