Thursday, August 28, 2008


Dee Henderson is a new author to me. Several people have recommended her to me, so upon exhausting the library's supply of Suzanne Brockmann books, I tried her out. I found two stand-alone books at my local library, so I picked those up. The first, The Marriage Wish, is an inspirational romance. This book was okay, except for one thing. Henderson writes as though she's never been kissed or never held hands with a man she's attracted to. I'm not saying she needs to write rated R books, you can keep it in the G category by at least describing the feelings the characters felt as they first held hands, as they first kissed. Theses events were barely given any attention, except to simply say, "he interlaced his fingers with hers." Hello - Dee, you're totally missing the point of a romance novel here. I'm extremely interested in her personal background. Normally authors have a little blurb about themselves at the end of a book which at some point mentions that they live with their spouse and two cats. Dee's blurb mentions nothing personal except the fact that she's lived in Illinois all her life. Wow.

On to the second book I read, The Witness. In addition to being in the romance and inspirational categories, this one is also a suspense novel. The Witness was even worse than The Marriage Wish. I did not feel inspired from reading about eviscerated cats, multiple bloody stabbings and gruesome crime scenes. And oh, were the couple of muttered prayers to God supposed to be the inspirational part? God was such a non-existent character in this book, and I was left with images of stabbings and bloody cats as I tried to fall asleep. As with The Marriage Wish, Henderson totally left the romance out of her romance novel in The Witness. Henderson has plenty of spots in her writing to add some feelings, but she just doesn't do it.

Dee Henderson = a total thumbs down from me.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Taco Salads

I've finally got up the courage to write on my bistro chalkboard!

Tonight, Hubby cooked us Taco Salads, and he made his own taco seasoning (because I accidentally bought hot taco seasoning packets, and it's way too hot). He was especially proud of his finely shredded cheese. We don't have a fine shredder and the only way he would tell me how he did it was if I took a picture of his spread.
It turns out he used the micro plane zester. It was light and fluffy, but a little clumpy too.

Thanks for a great dinner!

Another Book - Letters to Kelly by Suzanne Brockmann

I forgot that I had one more Suzanne Brockmann book on my shelf from the library. Letters to Kelly is a very enjoyable read - I totally loved it! That's all I'm going to say.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


I've been reading some real mind-candy books lately, all by Suzanne Brockmann. All of these below are shorter novels, except Out of Control. I just can't bring myself to spend the time summarizing each plot and writing my review, so here's a short sentence or two about each book.

All Through the Night – a Troubleshooter’s series book. FBI agent Jules Cassidy finally ties the knot with his love, but not before their lives are threatened by a crazy stalker.

Out of Control – really liked this one. The main characters were so real when they first met each other; they were both nervous. Very enjoyable read.

Forbidden – a good short mind-candy read.

Ladies’ Man – a good short mind-candy read.

Stand-In Groom – a really good short mind-candy read.

Time Enough for Love Brockmann admits to being a card-carrying Trekkie. Time Enough for Love deals with a man who has created a time traveling machine and travels back in time to save the one he loves from dying. It’s a little hard to wrap your mind around since time travel doesn’t really work. Also, since it is one of her shorter novels, there isn’t a lot to the story.

Well that's it! I've exhausted the library's collection of Suzanne Brockmann novels. They only have the first two of her Tall, Dark, and Dangerous series, and I'm really bummed about that. I like that series better than the Troubleshooters series.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My New Kitchen Chalkboard

On Thursday night, a crazy notion entered my brain. I had to have a little chalkboard in the kitchen to write the dinner menu on. I spent almost 2 hours on the Internet that night trying to find where I could buy one. Unfortunately, all I found was a pig in a chef's outfit holding a tiny chalkboard (there will be no pigs, cows, or chickens in my kitchen). So, I went to Joann's the next day and picked up the supplies to make my own! I feel so Martha Stewart. I never do crafty things like this. The lady at Joann's liked my idea so much that she was going to make one for her mother for Christmas. I even spray painted the surface to make it a chalkboard. I didn't even know such a thing existed - chalkboard spray paint. You can make almost any flat surface into a chalkboard!
I've yet to write on it because I have to wait 24 hours after spraying the chalkboard paint on before I write on it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are nothing new to my blog, but I made some wheat-free chocolate chip cookies the other day and was trying to take a good shot of them. This is the best of what I got. I actually only had the five cookies left before I decided to take a picture of them (no, I did not eat the whole batch in 24 hours like I've been previously known to do). I left my photography project for one minute, and came back to this:

Babycakes helped himself. It's a good thing I was done taking pictures. Doesn't everyone need a chocolate chip cookie at 8 o'clock in the morning?