Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Booking It or How," Not Your Mother's Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook" saved my BACON

I am linking up with Life as Mom for Booking it December edition.

The very first day I received "Not Your Mother's Make Ahead &  Freeze Cookbook" by Jessica Fisher it was put to use. My Husband, Giant Man Child, called and let me know that the next day he was responsible for bringing bacon for a breakfast meeting.  Lo and behold in the book, there was a suggestion to bake your bacon and how to reheat.  So that evening we were baking bacon.  It worked like a charm and they reheated in the microwave for the morning breakfast meeting.  By the way my  house smelled AMAZING while the bacon was baking!

I can't wait to explore this cookbook a lot more. I also made the zucchini bread recipe. Yummy! Jessica blogs at Life as Mom.  Click on over there and get a chance to win your own copy.

In addition, I got to read a lot on my little Arizona vacation. Here is a sampling of the books read

Heft by Liz Moore

Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his difficult family life. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that shatters their isolation. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places. -From Amazon

This was one of my favorite reads.  It keeps you twisting and turning.

The Racketeer by John Grisham

Who is the Racketeer? And what does he have to do with the judge’s untimely demise? His name, for the moment, is Malcolm Bannister. Job status? Former attorney. Current residence? The Federal Prison Camp near Frostburg, Maryland.

On paper, Malcolm’s situation isn’t looking too good these days, but he’s got an ace up his sleeve. He knows who killed Judge Fawcett, and he knows why. The judge’s body was found in his remote lakeside cabin. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies: Judge Fawcett and his young secretary. And one large, state-of-the-art, extremely secure safe, opened and emptied. -from Amazon

This was also a great read and will have you guessing until the end.  I can so see this as a movie.  This is Grisham at his finest.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer. ...
      On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
   As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? - from amazon.

I don't what it is but I have been drawn to books that are darker.  This fits that category.  I have to say I liked Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects a little better.  This book might not be everyone's cup of tea.

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