Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

"A bad omen is a warning. A sign to stop and reconsider. Proceed with caution."


Olivia Taylor-Jones lives the good life. Daughter from a wealthy family, and engaged to the perfect man, Olivia seems to be living the life that dreams are made of. That is until she realizes she's adopted. Her name is really Eden Larsen and she is the daughter of Todd and Pamela Larsen, two of Chicago's most notorious serial killers. As the world around her starts to fall apart, Olivia sees no option but to leave town and try and make sense of everything.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong was a recommended book to me. I had spent most of my holidays reading romances and just needed something a tad different. Boy did I get that with Omens. It is not just a mystery either. It's got elements of humor in it as well as mystic. I wouldn't dare say paranormal just yet but it's there are some paranormal elements to it as well. Omens reads very fast and very well. Kelley Armstrong is a master with words in my opinion. I haven't read any of her other works, but if they are anything like Omens, I'll be reading them very soon.

Would I recommend Omens to you? Yes! It's part one of a series (not sure how many yet) but it's oh so good! Give it a go and let me know what you think. I haven't read anything similar to this so I don't have any recommended read a likes yet, but let's hope that changes soon shall we? Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Playoffs: New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

For this game, we didn't really plan on making anything so I had free reign to decide what I wanted to make. As such, I decided that I would need to make something easy and manageable. What does that mean? Chicken Stir Fry!

Ingredients: 
2 bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1/2 pound chicken tenders/breast, cut into bite size pieces
3 large carrots, cut into thin strips
1 large onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
serranos, chopped or sliced (use as many as you can handle, these guys are really spicy!)
splash soy sauce
1 tsp salt to taste, or you can use season salt (which I did)
2 tsp black pepper for taste
1 tsp ginger, dry or fresh
1 bottle Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce
1/2 cup veggie oil

Recipe: 
1. Marinate cut up chicken with ginger, salt, pepper, soy sauce and garlic.
2. In a large saucepan on high heat, add veggie oil, carrots, onions, and bell peppers. Let cook for a minute.
3. Add chicken and let cook for about 10 minutes.
4. Add 1/2 bottle of Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce and serranos. Let cook until chicken is cooked through. If you'd like more sauce to the dish, add more of the stir fry sauce. Serve over white rice.

This is such a simple dish. The only thing that really takes much time is cutting all the veggies and the chicken up. This is my go to weekly meal because it's so quick and easy. You could also change up this recipe to add any type of meat or veggie you prefer. You can also change out the sauce and use a teriyaki sauce or even a black bean sauce. Oh man would a black bean sauce taste good with this!

Try this and see what you think. With a game as spicy as that AFC Championship, this was the perfect dish to eat. Congrats to the Broncos on the W and see y'all at the Super Bowl. I think we will be prepping for BBQ. yes!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Week 17: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

This past weekend we played the Jacksonville Jaguars and WON! That means we are in the playoffs and let me tell you that this Texans fan is excited! We definitely deviated from our original plan of eating foods local to each city we play but we will try again next year.

This week my sister made her delicious spinach tomato tortellini dish. She got the recipe from Allrecipes.com and here it is:

Ingredients:
1 package cheese tortellini
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Add tortellini to a pot of boiling salted water. Cook about 10 minutes.
2. As tortellini cooks, combine tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, basil and garlic in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until mixture starts to bubble.
3. Whisk together flour, milk, cream in a medium bowl.
4. Add mixture to saucepan with Parmesan cheese.
5. Drain tortellini and pour into saucepan. Stir to coat and serve.

Very simple right? The only additions my sister made was she added about 1/4 of a small onion diced to the mix. By the recipe, you can see this is a vegetarian dish. My sister decided to saute some chicken in a separate pan for those that wanted meat, which of course I did. The chicken was cut into bite size pieces and you can season it however you want. I say garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and some Mrs. Dash should do ya.

All in all it is a very easy and delicious dish! I ask her to make it all the time. Now that I have the recipe, I can do it all my own and maybe add some tweaks to it.

Next week, we are ordering wings but I'll be sure to make something for y'all! Go Texans!