This is not related to any of my project 101 goals, but I made it for a friend as a bridal shower gift, and thought I would put it up to share.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her - but has disappeared without a trace. A terrible secret: On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell Andrews learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.A mysterious inheritance: On Nell's death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold - secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost."
As someone who reads a lot, I hate not finishing a book. I usually make myself read it no matter how much I dislike it, but this time I can't. Its taken me I don't know how many days to read only 100 pages, its like homework - I had to force myself to read. I got to 100 pages, and decided I could not force myself to read another 230 pages, it would have taken me forever. The writing style is dreadful, and boring, the story is not near as interesting as one would think for it being a book of travelling, and I hate the main character and the story that got her where she was. I have only not finished one book, EVER. This book has just made my second, and I feel guilty doing it. I can't believe people actually recommend this book.
So this is something I have been meaning to do for a while, and I am sure I drive everyone crazy when I take pictures of my food before I eat it, haha. I love to try new recipes, and I love it even more when everyone enjoys it. I love to scrapbook, and recently bought Memorymixer, which is a digital scrapbooking software. So basically, I have started to work on my recipe book, but most likely will continue to add good recipes until close to the end of my project 101 journey. Once I'm done making it, I can get it printed for only $20 and will be making some for friends and family :) I will post some pictures of what I have done when I get a little more done.
Monday, July 5, 2010
"In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want - husband, country home, successful career - but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence."
Saturday, July 3, 2010
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
3 tbsp. basalmic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
6 thawed chicken breasts
Mix ingredients together and pour over chicken. Let marinate 4 hours or overnight. Remove chicken and barbeque or grill. Keep the leftover marinade and boil for 20 minutes to serve as gravy.
This recipe is absoloutley delicious! I made it about a month ago but forgot to take a picture, and today when making it, I may have slightly ;) burnt the gravy.... So this picture is gravyless, and the chicken still tastes yummy, but the gravy makes the chicken all the better!
Friday, July 2, 2010
"On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When she and her husband Krishnan see a photo of the baby with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores issues of culture and belonging. Moving between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive the fetid slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite diverging cultural identities, this powerful debut novel marks the arrival of a fresh talent poised for great success."