Sunday, January 15, 2017

CREAMY CAPRESE PASTA

Sometimes a meal sounds so good but ends up being a little bit of a fail and that was definitely this meal.

So the kids really didn't like how this one turned out at all and trying to get them to eat it took forever with multiple bribes.

There was a few things that I had trouble with in regards to the recipe that I would change for next time. The first was that in all honesty I found that the flavour of the pasta was lacking. There was not enough flavour for the amount of pasta that it cooked. I would definitely add a bit more of something. The basil definitely improved the flavour of the pasta and I would throw some dried in there as well. The other problem that I had was that I could not find any mini mozzarella balls at the store so the only choice I had was marinated larger mozzarella balls that I cut.

I think that with work I could definitely make this into a meal that the kids would enjoy!

Here is the link to the original recipe: http://www.giverecipe.com/creamy-caprese-pasta/


Friday, January 13, 2017

Romance Between The Pages presents this week's incredible bestselling author, Teresa Gabelman


Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through January. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!

THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR...
TERESA GABELMAN!

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’, Lee County Wolves Series and Rodeo Romance (Contemporary). When not writing about alpha vampires, sexy shifters, hot cowboys and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

My review of Angel to the Rescue by Petie McCarty

Dr. Rachel Kelly is a child psychologist who is in the middle of dealing with her own issues when her best friend, middle school guidance counselor Jillian Henry, asks her to take on 3 new clients. All three cases are unique and each child needs Rachel's help in their own way.

Emily Miles is struggling on how to deal with her mother's new boyfriend, Stanley Nolan, and his unwanted advances. Jay Elledge is dealing with an abusive father and is trying to protect his younger brother Will. Alex Gerber is the youngest at 5 and he sees angels and they keep him safe.

As Rachel struggles to deal with her own issues surrounding her recent split with police negotiator Lt. Jake Dillon and secrets she kept to herself. When she finds herself in a crisis while at a Christmas party with her three new clients will she turn to Jake for assistance and will he be able to save them from the man with the gun? Will Alex's angels be able to keep them all safe?

This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be like and I was really taken in for an emotional read that really makes you think about angels in our lives. I am not a religious person but I do believe in angels and I really think that this book doesn't preach but makes you really think.

The book deals with so many difficult issues and I really think that the book shows that we need advocates such as Jillian and Rachel out there for the kids that need it the most.

I liked Rachel but wish she could have just been honest with Jake in the first place about everything that was going on with her. It was sad that the two loved each other so much but each would make mistakes that would push the other away. Yet her love for kids and helping them was so incredible and I really wish that there were more people out there like her that were in their profession for the love of kids and not for the money.

Jake was so torn as his actions said one thing but his heart said another. He was tired of being hurt but his actions caused so much of the pain. He knew he wanted Rachel but couldn't understand why she no longer wanted kids with him and instead of giving her a chance to explain he pushed her away. Yet there is still nothing he wouldn't do to protect her.

There were a few things I had figured out ahead of time - like with Wally but others surprised me.

Such a great read and a positive message about those that are there to protect us without us being aware of it.

4.5 Stars

MYSTERY ANGEL ROMANCE SERIES by PETIE McCARTY

MYSTERY ANGEL ROMANCE SERIES 
by PETIE McCARTY

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My review of SPY GAME: Romantic Suspense by Suz deMello

Ani Sharif is a U.S.S.A Agent and about to go undercover for the very first time. She is trying to discover who is selling software to the Chinese and her mission is to gain the trust of Richard Rexford of Rexford Corp. Ani needs to get close enough to Richard to get access to his personal computer and discover if he is the traitor.

Richard Rexford hires Ani and is immediately attracted to the feisty attitude of Ani. When Richard enters a bet with his cousin Mark Rexford and fellow co-worker Kevin he has no idea what he is really getting into. 

As Ani gets closer to the truth she continues to work with her "sister" and fellow agent Linda Wing who soon needs her assistance.

Will Ani be able to discover the truth in time?

I liked the concept of the book but unfortunately it didn't quite come out the way I had hoped it would. I had figured out who the "spy" was early on and wasn't surprised when everything came out. I also found that there was almost too much going on in the book with Linda and her sub-story that it took away from the story we were there to read.

I liked Ani and found it funny that she was worried about getting intimate with Richard as she had limited experience but still managed to have sex with him soon into "dating". Ani was worried about being pulled from the job by her boss, Lewis Anglesey, so she was doing to do whatever it took to remain on the job. Ani was a computer wiz but you still never got a real appreciation of how talented she was as it was almost overlooked. I thought maybe someone else was actually doing the work for her as it never talked about her actually working.

I liked Richard but definitely found him too trusting. He really did care about Ani and wanted to be with her.

I think there was just too much going on in the story but certain parts were lacking detail.

3.5 Stars

HEATHENS TO HEARTS by Stacy Eaton

HEATHENS TO HEARTS
The Celebration Series, Book 3
by Stacy Eaton