Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tasty Attempts: Parmesan Chicken Roll Ups

I am now posting Tasty Attempts every other Tuesday. The posts will include a variety of recipes, maybe some of them turn out tasty, maybe others are failed attempts.
So I was again out searching for a simple meal that maybe Munchkin could help with and eat, and I came across a recipe for Parmesan Chicken Roll Ups on Pinterest.  It looked simple, and while maybe not the healthiest it was something Munchkin could possibly go for eating. I had everything on hand except the crescent rolls.  I cooked up the chicken and had Munchkin help make the spread, he also helped put it on the chicken and the cheese for me.
They weren't the prettiest things to look at but were delicious! We didn't dip ours in marinara sauce like the recipe called for, Munchkin wanted honey mustard instead.  I did also throw a steamer bag of mixed veggies in the microwave to go with it.  It was a surprisingly simple and quick dinner to make and was just as good as left overs too!

Review of Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Read for: Mount TBR Print
Synopsis: "It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education."

My Review: I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now and finally got around to reading it. I am not normally a steampunk fan and have only read a few books in the genre. This book was a bit of a slow starter and I really had to push to keep going. Once some key points started settling into place and Sophronia started growing up and making some progress I found it to be an enjoyable read. I love the premise of this book, even if the setting and time period aren't my cup of tea. Those items though did lend to an exciting adventure. I am not 100% certain if I will continue this series, it is intriguing and if the books fall into my hands or I get a decent deal on them I will read them but I just don't think Steampunk is for me.
My Rating: So I had picked this book up a while ago because I liked the concept (I had actually started writing my own assassin school book before I even saw this one). And while I did enjoy the idea of young Victorian girls being taught to become spies, the addition of steampunk just didn't work for me. I have tried the sub-genre many times and sometimes it is okay but most of the time I just can't get into it.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Magic Tree House Monday: Book 18 - Buffalo Before Breakfast

Welcome to Magic Tree House Monday!

Each Monday (other than when special events are planned) I will review one book of the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne.
In Book 18 Jack and Annie continue their quest to receive four gifts needed to break the spell cast over a puppy.  This time they travel to the Great Plains in a time before settlers moved west and the native Americans were able to continue their roaming lifestyle.
My Review: I really enjoyed this adventure of Jack & Annie's. Though again I wonder where are their parents that they don't notice kids leaving the house before the sun is up. Anyway, they did use their research more in this book which was very helpful to them and got them through this adventure. I also think this was the longest they have been to a location too, and it was nice to see that considering all that they did and the distance they traveled while there. I think these books are advancing with the readers abilities nicely, they are becoming a little more challenging and informative but it is a subtle change.
My Rating: I am really excited for Munchkin to get to this reading level when we can enjoy these books together. And that is one of the wonderful parts about these books, is that they can be enjoyed at all reading levels and won't bore adults reading with children.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
Tale of Gwyn by Cynthia Voigt
Fairy Boy of Calton Hill by Sean-Paul Thomas
Sinner by Jianne Carlo (After Dark)
Paul Bunyan: My Story by David L. Harrison (Beginning Reader)
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Bedtime Story)
Angela: Asgard's Assassin by Kieron Gillen (Graphic Novel)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

More than Rum = 5pts
Forever in the Light = 3pts
Bees and Wasps = 1pt
Buffalo before Breakfast = 5pts
Feel the Force = 1pt
Playing for Keeps = 3pts
Goodnight Loon = 1pt

Currently Reading:

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle - Audio - 33%
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld - Kindle - 36%

 Books to be Read Soon:


Total Points Earned
 191 points + 19 points  = 210 points

Total Points Earned this Year: 654
Total Points Spent this Year: 444

Pages Read/ Time Listened
105:17 Hours Listened
21,765 Pages Read (787 this week)

Books Added to Shelves

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:



Boy oh boy, another hectic week! It was nice to start getting back into regularly scheduled life but there was a lot of catching up to do. I did get quite a bit of reading done as well. The next couple of weeks are looking a bit hectic with family events, birthdays, anniversary, and of course a book event!  Anyway, I am so exhausted from the busy week last week that I can barely put these words together so I will leave it at that.

Happy Reading Week!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Crafty Times: Index Card A Day 2016

Crafty Times is a new thing I am trying on the blog where I can share some of the art and crafts I have created (you can too of course). I really dabble in a wide variety of crafts and hope you can find something that sparks your interest or inspires you!
If you have been around her for a full year, you may remember when Munchkin and I decided to try our hands at the Index Card a Day Challenge hosted on Yellow Daisy last year (you can see all of our creations on Pinterest or check out our Wrap Up Post). Well guess what, it is that time of year again when we create art each day on an index card. I have been looking forward to this, it is a great way to test out new supplies and techniques. I was hoping to have my craft supplies a little more organized by this point but we will temporarily be working on limited supplies until I can find everything again.  It is not to late to jump in and catch up too, so if you join in please let me know so I can come check out your creations too!
So we only have a few days under our belts so far but already Munchkin is coming out with some great work. He really likes using my embossing folders to use for texture rubbing and then using stickers and scrap paper.
Day 1
Day 2
I have also been trying out using my stamp supplies in different ways and also using some of the tons of die cuts that I have laying around but always forget to use.

Day 1 - "Winging a Message to You"

Day 2 - "Can't Measure My Love"
If you want to keep up with all of our index cards, I will be posting the on Instagram daily (if possible), I am @EasternSunset9