Zoom Cooking Class

Thursday evening I attended a zoom cooking class and we made chicken thighs with mashed cauliflower. The recipe was easy for someone like me who likes to cook, but also doesn’t because by the time I get home from work I’m kind of dead inside and can’t muster the enthusiasm! Lol!

So, this recipe was good because you can cook it in the oven or in the slow cooker. It’s seasoned well and the chicken is fried in oil and butter before putting it in the oven with the cauliflower. Pro tip: steam the cauliflower a little bit before adding it to the oven. Mash it up, add some seasoning to the cauliflower and top with chicken; sprinkle the whole thing with Parmesan cheese and add parsley. Yum!

Apple TV and The Morning Show

I recently purchased a new iPhone which granted me a free one year subscription to Apple TV, so I did what anyone would do and I started checking out the content. I found The Morning Show, which I had heard about in passing and stars two of my favorite actresses, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Look at these two! Disclaimer: they don’t get along like this all the time.

I’m pretty simple when it comes to shows I stream, I’ve watched all the episodes of The Office three times each, I enjoy Impractical Jokers and I’m a huge fan of the wildly inappropriate It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; don’t judge me, these are happy places for me and they make me laugh!

The Morning Show offers a lot of drama and springboards off of the #MeToo movement to add a very complicated angle to this show. Any woman can identify with the issues encountered in season 1 of The Morning Show. It’s great television, and I would be lying if I didn’t understand the issues surrounding men in positions of power in the workplace. So, there is a real life element in the show regarding this, but we have an agitator in Reese’s character, Bradley Jackson, a replacement for Steve Carell’s disgraced character on the Morning Show. Bradley is a reporter from West Virginia and she’s a juggernaut who continuously pushes the entire team of The Morning Show with her off script interviewing and her continual pursuit of the truth about what happened at The Morning Show. Alex Levy, played by Jennifer Aniston, spends much of her time mired in misery, everything about her life is fragile and she’s in a tailspin over her former co-hosts, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) apparent abuse of power. Or is she really in a tailspin?

While I’m not finished season one yet, I’m going to go ahead and give this first season a five star rating. I’m hoping that season 2 will be premiering soon.

Do you watch Apple TV+? What shows do you recommend?

My review of Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan

Slow Burn!

I’m so excited to offer you my review of Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan as my very first romance novel review.

This book was hard to put down. It has all the feels, all the love and two adults who bare their souls and hearts to each other.

Fiona was raised in a free thinking, punk rock family. She loves her family but she craves organization and predictability. She becomes a lawyer and continues to feel odd within her family; she knows her parents and sister love her, she just isn’t sure of her parents support.

Enter Max Devlin, he’s a transient mechanic who has been traveling the country, picking up jobs and never putting down roots. He lives day to day, never really maintaining relationships with anyone, including those he left behind in New York. Max’s Dad, affectionately know as Pop to everyone, calls Max home to help him with a business problem. Max is told by Pop that his Punk Rock establishment, The Red Room, is in danger of closing; Pop owes back rent and it’s due in only 2 weeks. Max visits old friends and lots of revelations hit him and he begins to question his lifestyle; a lifestyle adopted from his Mother who left Max and Pop when Max was 10 years old and she never looked back. She was a cursory parent at best and this is a real challenge for Max in the book.

Max has a surprise meet cute with Fiona on the fire escape of The Red Room when Fiona’s parent’s band is playing there and while sparks fly, they are clear about what they are looking for; Fiona wants a husband and home, Max wants a one night stand. So, moving on, Fiona agrees to help Pop with his rent issue and further agrees to plan a benefit to raise funds.

I highly recommend this novel, the story is relatable and feel good, the secondary character add so much richness to the story and this book is just overflowing with all kinds of love; couples, family and community. This author has given us a beautiful, imperfect hero who isn’t afraid to cry.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I yelled (mostly at Max) and at the end, it was a great big YES GIRL to Fiona. This book will have you thinking about your own family, friend and community ties, because this is such a beautiful community to spend some time and we can all use that about now.

Reviewed from an ARC.

Welcome to my blog

Hello and welcome to my very first blog post. My name is Jeanette, but you’ll see me out and about Facebook as Jenny. This will be a fun adventure and while this blog will be about romance books, I’ll also be sharing recipes, succulents, what I’m watching and pets! I hope you’ll join me as I fumble through 2021!