Cookbook Recommendation

I have had the hardest time getting enthusiastic about meal planning and cooking. Normally I love to cook, but lately I’ve been annoyed that people in my family keep expecting food! For meals! The nerve!

I recently checked out this cookbook from the library and after making a few dishes from it that were huge hits, decided to buy it. It’s now my go to cookbook so I thought I’d share it!

It’s the Skinny Taste One and Done Cookbook and it’s full of one pot recipes. What makes it unique is that it’s grouped by the type of pot you use. There’s a section for Instant Pots, Slow Cookers, Air Fryers, Sheet Pans, Skillets, and Dutch Ovens. There are also directions given for each recipe on how to modify the recipe if you don’t have that specific piece of equipment. (For example I don’t have an air fryer but there are directions on how to cook the same recipe in your oven.)

All the recipes I’ve made have been fairly simple, not too many ingredients that I don’t already keep on hand, and most importantly, have been hits with everyone in the family. Skinny Taste also gives all the caloric, ingredient info (hence the name) and I know that’s important to people too. I also like that the portions aren’t massive. Each recipe seems to comfortably feed my family of four (Sam’s not quite at table food yet!) with maybe one portion left over, if that.

Anyway, I plan on using this cookbook a lot this summer to keep life simple and thought I’d share it with you! Let me know if you have any favorite cookbooks for this time of year. I prefer a hard cover cookbook, Pinterest gets too overwhelming for me! Plus sometimes flipping through the pages gets me inspired and not hate meal planning quite so much.


Books I’m Reading

I haven’t been reading much lately, I just haven’t been in the right head space I think? But this summer my entire family is going to take 30 minutes a day for independent reading (and if it turns into naps… who am I to stop it?!). So I’ve put quite a few new books on the library reserve list and have looked through books I own to see what I want to be reading. Here’s my stack for June! (I am most definitely a read multiple books at once kind of person, I know not everyone is!)

I’m linking all these books to their Good Reads page, no affiliates or anything! Check them out from the library or find a local bookstore, my favorites in Dallas are Half Price Books and Interabang Books. 


Good Poems by Garrison Keillor (Editor)

I was in the habit of reading poetry every day and I’d like to start that up again. My goal is to get through this anthology this month and then start on some of the collections I have in my personal library.


A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journal #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

I recently picked up all the Crosswicks Journals and am working my way through them. I started this as an ereader but needed to switch to the real thing because I love to mark it up. I love L’Engle and find her non fiction spiritually and creatively uplifting.

Non Fiction

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

I’ve been reading this forever but am determined to finish it this month. A really interesting, thorough biography that I am enjoying but I just keep getting distracted from. I love learning the parallels of her real life and her fiction. We are so used to Austen being so well known and liked now it’s a bit of a trip to really understand how much she had to work to write and be respected as a woman.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I am admittedly slogging through this one, but am determined to finish it! But I’m taking a break to read…

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 

This one has been on my to read list for awhile and I actually own it so it is what will be going with me on my upcoming vacation! I believe she has a new one coming out this summer that is getting good buzz.


Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class by Luke Barr

I love audio books and usually have one going. I listen while I’m on walks, sewing, or just puttering around the house. This one was on sale recently with Audible and I picked it up after a friend told me I would love the descriptions of food. She was right! It’s incredibly interesting but also one I can keep as background noise and concentrate on other things. The reader of this one is great too.

Whew! Are you still with me?! Hopefully I’ll report back next month with how all of these were and a new stack to tackle. Let me know if you’ve read anything good lately!



Good Books

I love to read and usually by this time of the year I’ve acquired quite the bedside table stack. This year I haven’t gone through as many books, I blame pregnancy and falling asleep halfway through paragraphs or not being able to focus my attention on too many heady topics. So here we are halfway through the year and I don’t have much in the way of books to recommend but I did look through my book reviews so far on Goodreads and wanted to share some the books I rated 4 stars or higher. I have a couple more waiting for me at the library so I’m hoping I can get some good reading mojo in during these next few months when I’m trying to stay cool and off my feet. You can always follow me on Goodreads to see what book related things I’m up to!

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid I loved how this book took a very current topic, refugees, and mixed in a bit of science fiction. Not exactly light reading, but hopeful at the end and beautifully written, I loved the concept of this book.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng This one took me a little while to get into, but once I got a feel for the characters I really fell in love with it. Many different angles and opinions are shared, different kind of relationships are examined with the varying voices, and nothing is clearly black and white. I loved it.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Backman has turned into my comfort food novelist. (In fact, I think it’s his latest that’s on hold for me at the library!) I have read all of his books and enjoy them all. There is a definite formula to his books, but it’s one I like and I appreciate the hopeful message that humans are good and want to do good deep down inside.

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh Ok so I actually only gave this one three stars, but I think it would be a great summer read. Part western, part sci fi, I loved the twists and turns of the town made up of people who have chosen to have their memories erased for very interesting reasons. I thought it kind of lost its edge near the end, but I still really enjoyed it.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles Another western, this time set in Texas just after the end of the Civil War. An old veteran is given the task to take a girl captured and raised by an Indian tribe back to her people in San Antonio. I loved the look at Texas and its history, the relationship between the man and the girl, and the interesting history behind people captured by native tribes and how it changed them forever. A bit of a slow burn, but a beautiful book.

The Chillbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan I listened to this one on Audible and absolutely loved it. Set just at the beginning World War II, a small village grapples with what the war means for them and those they love. The back bone of the community is the choir at the local church and I found the mix of characters’ voices as well as the Anglican music dispersed throughout a beautiful take on historical fiction.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones My favorite book so far this year, I read it in 24 hours. A completely honest and authentic look at marriage, race, growing up and moving away, and how we deal with the blows life gives us. It doesn’t seem like it would be uplifting, but I found some of the passages truly inspiring and though it broke my heart, I   would read it again in an instant!

Well when I write them out like that, maybe I have had some good luck with reading this year! Anything you’ve read lately that had you completely in another world? I’ve read some good non fiction too, but maybe I’ll save that for another day. Now I’m off to start my next book, I’ll let you know how it goes!


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