Monday, February 29, 2016

Books that I read for fun in February 2016

Over the last year and a half, I started documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! This year, 2016, I am aiming to read 52 books

So how did I do in February

I am still thoroughly enjoying Susan Mallery's series "Fool's Gold." I am up to book #10 in the series and I believe there are 20 books so far in it. It is really good, even if my dear hubby teases me for wanting to read them in order. You could probably read them not in order, but they kind of build on each other in the way that she introduces her characters. I would highly recommend the series.



I have a goal to expand my reading habits and to try to include at least one non-fiction book each month, to expand my mind and to get me to think about what I read and not just get lost in a good story. 

Sadly I did not read any non-fiction books this month. 

Here are the books I read for fun in:

January 2016
Books from 2015
Books from 2014

                                                 Have you read any good books lately?

What's for dinner?

One of the things that I want to do in 2016 is to plan our dinner menus weekly and post them here for accountability.Breakfasts are usually yogurt and fruit or cereal and fruit for the kids and Bill and I find whatever we are in the mood for. Lunch is usually something quick for Benjamin (chicken nuggets, corn dog, PB and J) with fruit and leftovers for Bill and I. During the school year, Rebecca and Jacob get free lunch at their school. That leaves dinner for the family....

I started menu planning at the beginning of the year and I will say that with a few exceptions, it has worked!

MONDAY::: hot dogs, baked beans, salad-- YES

TUESDAY::: Crockpot Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice (new recipe)-- YES and it was super yummy! (will be posting the recipe this week)

WEDNESDAY::: Turkey Smoked Sausage Bake and salad-- YES

THURSDAY::: Chicken enchiladas, mexican rice and corn-- NOPE, it ended up being a whatever you could find night. Kids had grilled cheese, I had a smoothie, not sure what Bill had.

FRIDAY::: Fish, baked potato (for Bill and I), macaroni and cheese (for kids) and green beans-- YES and NO, the kids and bill had fish and veggies, I didn't end up eating dinner.

SATURDAY::: Homemade pizza and fruit--YES and NO--- Kids had homemade pizza, grapes and mandarin oranges, Bill and I had an impromptu date night with ordering chinese food.

SUNDAY::: ???? -- We ended up going out to dinner with my parents and sister, who is home for the week from college, at a local Mexican restaraunt.

So overall, not too bad. This week I really was not feeling the eating well and I made some bad choices, but onward and upward, right


Macaroni and cheese and green beans

Chicken enchiladas, mexican rice and corn

Hamburger helper and peas

Chicken patty sandwiches, green beans and carrots

Cheese pizza and fruit

Pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans


So, that is the plan for this week. We shall see how it goes. It is tournament time for Bill's job, so I never know when he is going to be home, etc. Right now I think the only things I need to get for this menu are hamburger buns, lettuce, onions, and raw carrots. I was able to get our deep freezer defrosted the other day, so I will also be looking at restocking it with healthier options!                
Hopefully, I will be able to stick to this plan and can report back success next week!