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Month: December 2017

Running Out Of Pages 2018 Reading Challenge

Running Out Of Pages 2018 Reading Challenge

Hi friends! In the last few years I have really gotten into participating in reading challenges. I read a lot and I feel like picking a challenge or two helps me branch out from my normal reading habits and be more deliberate with my reading […]

Book Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Book Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Hi Friends! I picked up the below book as part of the Black Hearts Reads (check them out on Instagram @blackheartreads) book club. They pick a new “creepy, dark, and twisted” book each month with a discussion on Instagram at the end of the month. […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to drop in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

What I read for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge – Reading for Growth

What I read for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge – Reading for Growth

Hi Friends! Happy Christmas Eve (if you’re celebrating!). I hope everyone is getting a chance to relax a little today and get some reading in. I’ve got to getting some baking done and make a batch of sangria but hopefully when that’s done I’ll be […]

What I read for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge – Reading for Fun

What I read for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge – Reading for Fun

Hi friends! I attempted to complete both Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading for fun and reading for growth book challenges this year and did pretty well (I didn’t quite complete either challenge)! I read some really good books and some not so great books for the […]

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Hi readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and getting in lots of great winter/holiday themed books. Tis the season and all!

Below I have a review of  Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges by Jen Mann. Mann runs the blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, where she discusses, yep you guessed it, people she wants to punch in the throat, including Overachieving Elf on the Shelf Mommies.

As someone who is not a suburban housewife I’m not the target audience for this book but I still laughed out loud until I cried a few times.

This book is a collection of funny essays focusing on the holidays, mainly Christmas. Covering holiday topics from cookie exchanges, to elf on the shelf, to hiding presents and not being able to find them again, and the discussion of just how many free standing Santa’s her mother really has, Mann uses humor to talk about the less than stellar parts of her holiday season.

This collection of essays is a quick read and fun for this time of year when everyone is in crazy holiday overdrive. Several of the stories come right from her blog, but if you’re not already a fan/follow her this books does a nice job curating some of her holiday related posts all in one place.

Several stories made me laugh out loud (when Carlos picks up that TV by himself I about died) but many of them were simply cute, which was a bit of a let down after how much I heard about the hilarity of this book.

Beware – this book is not PC and includes many “adult only” statements, which I personally really enjoyed (does that say something about me?). I most enjoyed reading about just how much Christmas stuff Mann’s Mom really has and how her daughter is picking up on the overachieving holiday spirit that skipped Mann. The short essays at the end of the book about other holiday mishaps were also pretty funny.

Since the main theme of this book is Christmas the book is short, which makes it a great end of year read that you can fit in which all the craziness that is currently going on but I would suggest borrowing it from your library, it might also make a great last minute white elephant/gag gift if you still need something!

Rating 3/ 5 – A quick, funny, unPC, collection of essays about those people who just really don’t like the Christmas overachievers!

Best of 2017

Best of 2017

Hey! As another year comes to a close, it’s always fun to look back and remember the best parts of the year. Below, I complied my favorite things from 2017, including the best books I read, my favorite fitness adventures, the best things I ate, […]

Book Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey & Please make these cookies

Book Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey & Please make these cookies

Hi friends! I hope everyone is having a fantastic start to their week. I’m so excited because Jeff and I are getting a chance to spend some time with my parents and it’s been full of food and fun! I recently finished The Snow Child […]

Happy National Cookie Day!

Happy National Cookie Day!

Happy National Cookie Day!

Now this is a “holiday” I can get behind!

Jeff has a holiday cookie swap on Thursday so we’re whipping up a batch of chocolate chip almond cookies tonight.

They turned out really well – check out the recipe if you need a quick and tasty cookie to make this season.

  

Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 25 Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup almonds
  • 7 tbsp of melted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Toast the almonds in a dry skillet - toast for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a nut grinder once cooled to grind.
  3. In a large bowl mix together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract and mix until combined.

  4. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until combined.

  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and almonds.
  6. Place about 2 tbsp of dough per cookie onto the baking sheet (leave some room between as the cookies will spread a little). Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown.

Book Review: Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson

Book Review: Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson

Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend and is getting in plenty of reading and running! I got in a 5 mile run before Jeff and I headed out to the Union Square holiday shops this morning. We’re also hoping to catch […]


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