Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts

   Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is my favorite time of year--loved ones, good food, and remembering what we are thankful for.

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.  It allows book bloggers and non-book bloggers to write about anything--bookish or otherwise--(i.e. weekend plans, rants). 

I thought I'd share our menu with you guys.  I know everyone has their own special meals that they prepare for Thanksgiving.  We all have our favorite dishes we like to bring to the table; mine is yams (which I will share below).  Enjoy your holiday and please share in the comments  what's on your menu today!

Our Thanksgiving Feast

Fried Turkey:  My hubby injects the  birds with yummy flavors, takes them outside and deep fries them in a turkey fryer with peanut oil.  It's dangerous, and I've heard the "turkey fryer debacles” but my hubby tries to be very careful, and since my hubby is accident prone--I pray.

Collard Greens:  A yummy edible green plant that is seasoned with Lawry’s salt, salt, red peppers, and smoked turkey (or pork) is also added for flavor.  They're boiled until tender and served--DELICIOUS!

Spiral Ham: We get it already cut and cooked.  I just pour a little glaze (usually brown sugar) and add a few pineapples. Put it in the oven to reheat and....Viola!

Potato Salad: Cut up potatoes with Miracle Whip, sweet relish, boiled eggs, and onions.  Serve it chilled--soooooo good (we usually make this for cookouts/BBQ's, but it was requested--it's my mom's signature dish)

Ribs: My oldest son is a pro on the grill, and he'll be cooking a few slabs (will go well with the potato salad by the way).  My son makes the best ribs, and I'm not just saying that because he's my baby.

Yams: My dish--it's sweet potatoes, cut up into pieces and topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, white sugar, butter and vanilla flavoring (optional) everyone LOVES my yams--they're warm, sweet, and yummy!

Macaroni and Cheese (baked):  My hubby's specialty--he adds about 7 different cheeses, with butter, milk, eggs, salt and pepper---it's baked in the oven on 375 until golden brown!

Green Beans and White Potatoes:  self explanatory.  Sometimes we add some smoked meat or bacon for flavor--so good!

We also have cheesecake (store bought) and sweet potato pie (made with love by Mommy) for dessert.

We will also have water, soda pop, and wine!

We're actually cooking now as I type this.  The house is being filled with smells of Thanksgiving--cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar--my Mommmy is making the sweet potato pies tonight.  I hope they make it until Thanksgiving dinner---but I'm not making any promises.....

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Self-Care: 5 Day Self-Love Challenge!

" exquisite self-care is the easiest thing to toss aside when the mundane aspects of daily life take over.  Compared to everything we have to do and everywhere we have to be, attending to ourselves occurs as frivilous, indulgent, and irresponsible.  And, Sisters, there are consequences...."

As women, we are constantly putting our needs and wants on the back burner.  We put our family and our careers before all else, and eventually, we pay the price.

It took (several) health scares for me to wake up.  I have to remind myself that I can't be good to anyone else, if I'm not good to myself.

I decided to join the 5 Day Self-Love Challenge to focus on me a bit.  These past few months have really been rough, and as I read some of your blogs, it's been rough for you guys as well.

I will be posting each day, letting you know what I did and how I feel.  It'll be sort of my online journal.  I'm excited to share my experience with you, and I hope it inspires you to take some time out for yourself and practice self-care.  There are so many articles and challenges and things you can find on the interweb to give you some great self-care tips and how important it is to make it a priority.

For more info and to sign up (I hope you join me!) go HERE

I'm doing this for ME, I want to bring the new year in focused, centered, and less stressed.  This year has had a lot of ups and downs, and I realize that I have to take better care of myself.

This may not seem bookish to some of you, but I know when I'm really stressed or feeling down, reading is the last thing on my mind.  When my life gets tough, I forget about the things that make me happy like good food (no appetite), reading (can't focus, always tired, no energy), and being around the people I love (I withdraw and stay home A LOT).  So making sure I'm healthy and happy is very important, and it directly effects my desire to read and participate in other things that make me happy.

I hope that you all are taking care of yourselves!  Be good to you and know that you deserve to be happy.  It's OK to do things just for you--it doesn't make you a selfish person, it makes you a happy and healthy person!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week, there's a different topic, and you can find them here.  Everyone can join, just make sure you link back so everyone can see your posts!

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

It was the very first book I'd read that truly resonated with something deep inside me.  I became emotionally attached to the story and the message.  It's simply beautiful.  It let's me know that books are timeless, and you can relate no matter how old you or the book is--  If you've been reading my posts, you know this is my favorite book of all time! 

One of my first chapter books.  I would sneak and read this while my mom was at work.  I was about 8 years old.  It was then that  I discovered Mr. King and my favorite genre--horror.

It was the first chapter book I'd received as a gift when I was a kid.  I loved reading about all her adventures.  This book taught me that a female protagonist was a powerful thing!

I'm not a huge fan of romance novels at all, but this book was the first one I could really tolerate.  It's still a bit extra and over the top, but I enjoyed it.  A little trashy fluff doesn't hurt from time to time.  I just saw the movie Fifty Shades Darker, so I may add that book to my TBR for a summer read.

One of the first books I read by Terry McMillan.  I really enjoyed this love story, and while I'm not a huge romance fan, this book gave much more than your average romance novel.  After this book, I became a huge fan of Terry McMillan, and I was in my 20's, and back then urban novels were my favorite.

Another book I read in my 20's.... The Coldest Winter Ever was proof that a young black woman could write an urban novel (a very specific genre) and be very successful.  It inspired me to write...

First book I read by Toni Morrison.  Her books showed me another form of writing.  Everyone comes away with something different when they read her books, and I LOVE it.  You may have to read them twice, but they definitely make you think.  Books like The Bluest Eye and Sula are some of the most monumental books I've ever read. 

A book I found one summer in my aunt's trunk, little did I know it would introduce me to one of my favorite authors.  His books are always better than the movies, but the movies are good too, right? 

The first book that taught me that even a movie as phenomenal as The Color Purple, the book is still better...

One of the first books that not only my mom, but me, and my kids enjoyed!  A book for all generations!  I'm thankful for books that can be passed down, read, thoroughly enjoyed, and shared with family and friends!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Post No. 4 and It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.  It's a chance to share news.  A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share the news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Is a place to meet up and share your current reads, and what you plan on reading next.  It gives you the opportunity to visit, comment, and add to your TBR lists (OMG).  It's hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

I know most of you, like me, are getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Grabbing all those yummy ingredients for all the great food that will be cooked with love and enjoyed by your family and friends.  Some of the food we'll be preparing is fried turkey, dressing, sweet potato pie, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, ham, and yams....

Currently Reading

Written By: Stephenie Meyer

It Was All Good Just a Week Ago

Curl up with a Good Book 
Ho Ho Ho Read-a-Thon some Holiday Fun

Next Up | Future Reads

Wish List

iPad Mini 4

Challenges | Giveaway(s)

Blogs I Visited | Websites

Stress Relievers (

Sips & Giggles

Congratulations Serena & Alexis

Booked & Busy

Eye Candy Movie, I mean Justice League

Thanksgiving Dinner Tips (Happy Thanksgiving all!)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Murtaugh List

I was watching How I Met Your Mother last week, and it was the episode where they had a "Murtaugh" list, which is a list of things that you are too old to do.

Here's the gist:

A list made famous from the TV show "How I Met Your Mother" inspired by Danny Glover's character Roger Murtaugh in the movie series "Lethal Weapon." 
Murtaugh's catch phrase in these movies was "I'm too old for this shit" 
Putting something on the Murtaugh List acknowledges that as you grow up, there's stuff you just can no longer do that you did in your youth. 

Since I'm 40+, I thought it would be fun and (fun-ny) to comprise a list of my very own.  Feel free to make your own Murtaugh List and make sure you put your link in the comments, so I can come and see yours.

If you're not familiar with the Lethal Weapon movies (1-4) it's about two unlikely partners (Riggs and Murtaugh) who fight crime together in this action comedy.  I love the chemistry that Mel Gibson (Riggs) and Danny Glover (Murtaugh) have.  It's one of my favorite movie franchises!

My Murtaugh List

  1.  No more night clubs for me (I may come out for someone's birthday party--maybe)
  2. No shots of liquor--only wine and fruity cocktails 
  3. Super short shorts and skirts--an absolute no-no-nooooooooooo
  4. No bright colors in my hair.  You youngsters can have that pink and green.
  5. Excessive use of emojis
  6. Purposely staying up past 3 a.m.
  7. Rap concerts (except old school) just jazz, Sade, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott for me, thanks
  8. Snap Chat ( I have one, but ask me do I really know how to use it)
  9. Eating dairy products.  Let's just say Beano would "Beano" help  to me, or anyone around me.
  10. Gossip--I don't want "the tea" on anyone else.  I don't want to participate in anything messy and potentially harmful to others. 

I will be adding more things to this list as they come to me.  What's on your list?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Currently Reading: The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Happy Friday everyone!  Today is the first day of Tome Topple Readathon, and my first selection is:

Written By: Stephenie Meyer


Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact.  But Wanderer, the invading "soul" that who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who has avoided invasion and lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met.  Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to  be human.

This wonderful read is part of:

Fantastic Flicks Friday No. 5

Happy Friday good people!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I plan on having a little date night with my Hunny, and just chilling out and having a nice, relaxing, time.  There will also be a tree lighting Downtown, that I may go and check out, been wanting to go for the past few years....I'm also going shopping, getting ready for our lovely Thanksgiving feast!  

This movie was too cute!  I wish my granddaughter was here to watch it with me.  It's funny, clever, and it sends a great message---family and friends are very important!


🍿🍿🍿🍿= A Must See
🍿🍿🍿= A Good Flick
🍿🍿= Watchable
🍿= Don’t Waste Your Time/Good Snacks

Rated: PG
Genre: animation, action, adventure
Directed By: Chris Mckay
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes

🍿🍿🍿🍿= A Must See

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wants to be his sidekick.