For the rest of the month, I'll be taking a blogging break. We are heading out of town Friday and won't return until June 2nd. After that, I have some fun posts planned and of course, I'll update all about our trip.
Recently, I decided to check into some book review companies and options. I was glad to see so many options of Christian book reviews. I received the book Perfecting Kate written by Tamara Leigh from WaterBrook Multnomah for Blogging for Books.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive this first book. First off, I read Tamara's bio (website)which said that she was once a speech language pathologist (which is what I do) before becoming a full time author. That intrigued me from the start!
This book is about an average girl, Kate, who is an artist and a Christian. Kate has had struggles in her life with love and through a relationship ending, she returned to the Lord and her relationship with Jesus was growing. As the book starts, Kate encounters two men who are "good guys" but neither are intently seeking the Lord at the time they met. One guy wants her to complete a huge art project at a local hospital. The other guy is interested in her but he is consumed with wanting her to change basically everything about her physical appearance. The book leads the reader through the journey of Kate's encounters with each of these men and ends happily. I want to tell you more and more and more but I want you to read the book for yourself too!
I highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to meeting many more of Tamara's books!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. (website)
Lately, I've had lots of random things to write, none of which deserve a full post. Today, I decided to share them.
--Last Tuesday, Matt and I were at a restaurant in town and they have a meat and three special menu which comes with tea or coffee. I love their tea but if I drink it at night, it will keep me up at night. I drank one glass and then asked for a glass of water. The waitress looking surprised so I said "I love the tea but the caffeine will keep me up tonight". She said "We have unsweetened tea, too if you don't want to caffeine" Uh, thanks, sweetie :)
--I am a full time speech language pathologist for one company but sometimes, if my caseload is low and therefore, my hours are low, I will do some PRN work. This means that when another full time therapist (for another company) needs help for whatever reason, they may call me to fill in. I generally love this because it is fun, less stressful and they pay more, which is a plus. :). One of the companies, I do PRN work for is always on top of their game, the other company? not so much. Today, I went to do PRN work and all of the patients on my schedule had paperwork due that was almost a month late. If you work with Medicare, you understand the issue with this. If not, it is basically a HUGE no-no for medicare not to mention for my licensure. I was heated and frustrated because I'm trying to help this therapist out and she's placing me in between a rock and a hard place.
--We are counting down to our trip to Louisiana and Alabama. We are at 9 days until our trip. I cannot wait and I can tell I'm ready for a work break as it's become a little stressful lately!
--This morning, Matt left a note on the iPad that said "A kiss for you" when a turned on the iPad, there was a picture of him blowing me a kiss. I love that guy!
--I am going to have lunch with a fellow blogger this weekend and I'm excited about it!
--Matt and I have been on a baked potato kick. It's funny because in our whole marriage, I've probably made them twice but in the last month, we have had them 4 or 5 times. Funny how food preferences change as time goes on.
--I have been receiving some books for reviews recently. My first review should be up this week!
I am only in the car about 20 minutes each day. Other than that time, I don't listen to the radio or much music although I love music. Recently, I have been in the car a little more and heard some new songs. Here are my current faves. And my faves, I mean that when I hear them, I jam out. :)
Shake Heaven by Montell Jordan
Montell is also known for this song which was a fave back in the day.
Back to business with You are I am by MercyMe
And one more, 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman; It's been out for a while but it's just so good!
Do you like these songs too? What are your faves right now?
Two Sundays ago, I was browsing through the latest edition of Better Homes and Gardens (May 2013) and I found this recipe for "Spring Green Fried Rice". I was really intrigued by it because it looked so fresh and easy to make. We love friend rice and Matt is great at making it.
I showed him the recipe and he was game to try it so we did.
Here is the recipe as well as the modifications we made.
Spring Green Fried Rice
1 tsp soy sauce (we used both soy and teriyaki sauce)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (we omitted because we didn't have and it's costly)
1 tbsp. vegetable oil (we use Canola to sub for Vegetable oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp minced fresh ginger (omitted because we didn't have)
2 cups shredded green cabbage (we used a cole slaw mix that was pre-shredded)
3/4 cups shelled frozen edamame, thawed (we omitted but think it would be good!)
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed (we used a cup)
2 cups cooked brown rice, chilled
2 tbsp soy sauce (again we used Soy and teriyaki)
1/4 cup sliced green onion (we used fresh chives from our herb garden; same flavor)
crushed red pepper, optional (Matt used this but I didn't)
1. In a small bowl beat eggs and 1 tsp soy sauce; set aside. In a wok or large skillet heat toasted sesame oil over medium heat. (This is where we used canola oil). Add egg mixture; stir gently until set. Remove egg; cool slightly. Using your hands, roll the cooked egg into a log. Using a sharp knife, slice the egg into strips; set aside. (I did this part while Matt continued with the recipe)
2. In the same skillet heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook for 30 seconds. Add cabbage; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add edamame and peas; cook for 2 minutes. Add rice and 2 tbsp. of soy sauce; cook and stir 2-4 minutes or until heated through. Add egg mixture and green onion; cook and stir about 1 minute or until heated through. Top with crushed red pepper, if desired.
We loved this recipe and can't wait to make it again.
Well, let's just say that this weekend did not go as planned.
On Friday afternoon about 1 hour before we were set to leave to go to Tennessee, I got sick. I was nauseous, felt like I might vomit, was dizzy, lightheaded etc etc etc. We tried to go ahead and make the trip but about 10 miles down the road, we had to turn around.
It was sad because we hated to miss meeting our niece, Emelia, but I didn't want to travel with a stomach bug nor did I want to give it to anyone else, especially kids.
Since we were stuck at home in Spartanburg, we tried to make the most of the weekend.
On Friday evening, Matt tucked me in and went out to get himself some Chinese food and get me some soup. He makes the best canned soup ever! That night, we went to bed at 7:00 and slept all night.
Saturday morning, I felt a tad better by 10:00 or so but not much better. Matt wanted kettle corn from the Spring Fling so we rode to go get some and came back home with Kettle corn and movies. Matt watched his movie and ate Kettle corn while I slept and then we watched a chick flick for me. :)
My stomach issues were come and go most of the day. Saturday evening, we went to get some soup at Panera, because, let's face it, I didn't want anymore canned soup. By Saturday night, I was feeling much better.
Sunday, we got up and went to church online. By then, I was feeling much better so we decided we would make some Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo. We kept it mild (for me) and my stomach did well so I considered myself cured! :)
Sunday evening, we read, played LIFE and worked on a puzzle.
It wasn't the the weekend we had planned but Matt took great care of me and we made the best of it!