Book Nook – Don’t Tell the Boss

002Hello my friends!  It has been a while since I shared a book that I really enjoyed. Remember the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic?  That led me to discover the author of that book, Sophie Kinsella, I have been loving reading this new genre (for me), romantic comedy.  Honestly, with all the serious craziness in the world right now, it is nice to just escape for a bit into one of these type of books.

Last weeks visit to the extremely small english section of our library, led me to discover another author, Anna Bell.  She has written many in this genre and the one I read, Don’t Tell the Boss is part of the “Penny Series”.  On a side note, last night I downloaded all the Penny books to my kindle, which will be perfect to read while traveling.

I absolutely adore the main character, Penny.  Here is a glimpse as to what this book is about.  “When newlywed Penny turns her hand to some casual wedding planning, she only wants to help other women afford the big day of their dreams.

But taming bridezillas turns out to be a full-time occupation, and what began as a hobby becomes a personal and professional nightmare.

Soon Penny is struggling to keep her day job and prevent her own marriage from collapsing under the strain: tired, stressed and knee-deep in ivory satin, is Penny’s life and livelihood hanging by a thread?”

Honestly, if life is a bit to serious at times or you are a bit stressed or have a hard time unwinding in the evening, or are taking a 9 hour flight or  train trip, I highly recommend this author as well as Sophie Kinsella or Lindsey Kelk.

This book is truly funny, happy or I like to call it a “feel good” read.  I am newly hooked on this genre.

If you know of any other romantic comedy authors, please share their names with me!  🙂

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Chocolate Chip Cookies & Saving Grace

I just finished a wonderful book by Jane Green titled Saving Grace.  I LOVED this story!  I highly recommend reading this book.  Normally, I can figure out what is going to happen in a book, but It took me almost to the end of the story to do that.  It was suspenseful at times, romantic and I truly enjoyed the adventure of reading it.

A unique thing about this book, is she shared recipes throughout that pertained to some parts of the story.  There was only one other book that I read that did the same thing (another fabulous book, I will be sharing with you soon).

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This recipe for  The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie caught my eye.  I honestly never even thought about trying a different version of a chocolate chip cookie.  I always just followed the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package.  Can one really use chocolate chips in other recipes?! 😉

Recently, a friend of mine brought over two bags of chocolate chips which was so very sweet.  That is an item that is not sold where I live so it was really a treat to make these.

One other thing I found is I love recipes with the measurements in grams and celsius, since that is what is used in Europe.  It was nice not to have to do math and conversions.  Honestly, using a scale for measuring ingredients makes baking simpler and you know the measurements to be exact.

Here is the recipe I  from the book….

     Ingredients:

     200 g butter

     150 g white sugar

     120 g brown sugar

     2 eggs beaten

     2 teaspoons vanilla extract

     300 g plain flour

     1 teaspoon baking soda

     1 teaspoon salt

     320 g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.  In a large bowl cream together butter, white and brown sugars until pale and fluffy.  Add eggs, a little at a time, beating well with each addition.  Stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda  Gradually stir into the creamed mixture  Finally, fold in the chips.

Place rounded spoonfuls  on a greased or silicone baking sheets.  Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until light brown.  Place on wire rack to cool.

The result: very easy to make and delicious cookies.

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A tip – since there are only the two of us.  I rolled half of the dough and wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer to bake another day.  Easy slice and bake.   I have no idea why I never thought of doing that before.

Anyways another awesome read and amazing cookies to boot.  If you are curious what other recipes she shares along with her story, you will just have to get the book. 😉

Happy reading & snacking!


This is not a sponsored post.  All are opinions are entirely my own.

 

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A light supper for a hot summer evening & some book talk

Oh, what to make for dinner when it is as hot inside the house as it is outside?  Egg Salad.  Wait!  I know egg salad normally is not considered dinner but as a light supper it is the perfect solution!  When the temps are high, I’m not one for a heavy meal anyways.

I don’t have an exact recipe, I think it’s best to make it to taste.

Here are the ingredients I used.

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Miracle Whip-Dijon Mustard-Celery Salt-Salt & Pepper.  I bought a parmesan baguette from the nearby bakery. (Amazing!!) I almost forgot the main ingredient… eggs.  I love that I can find local, farm fresh eggs.

First of all, I use my egg cooker, which is how eggs are normally cooked here in Germany.  No more boiling eggs on the stove. I find it is a much easier method, they always turn out perfect and no cracked shells.

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After they were done, I let them cool a bit, then removed the shells and chopped up the eggs.

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Then mixed  the ingredients until I had the consistency and taste I wanted.

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Spread it on top of the fresh baguette add a raw vegetable of choice and this is my idea of a perfect light meal for a hot day. Don’t forget your refreshing beverage of choice.

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If I am dining alone, this is normally the activity I do while eating.

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I admit, I am a bookworm.  I have a new author that I am enjoying, Jojo Moyes.  A few months ago, I bought her book Me Before You.

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I fell in love with the story, the characters.  I laughed and cried.  I did not want the story to end.  As I would not want to give too much away, I will just share what the back cover reads…

“Lou Clark knows lots of things.  She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home.  She knows she likes working in the Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.  What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live.  He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour.  And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

When I finished this book, I wanted more.  Luckily, Ms. Moyes wrote a sequel.  Much to my surprise as I was perusing books in the English section of our  library,  her name and the title After You grabbed my attention.  I had no idea she wrote a sequel.  I checked it out and actually started reading it in the library while waiting for my husband to find a book.

I read “After You” in two days.  I could not put it down!

You are probably thinking how did I not know she wrote a sequel and that there was a movie made on the first book.  Well… I’m just not a social media gal so it takes a while for me to get updated on most things living over here.  We live a pretty simple life, but we like it that way.

So, if you are looking for some good reading to finish off this summer season.  I suggest these two books.  Check out your local library. If I didn’t, I would not have known there was an “After You”.


If you are the least bit interested in what I am reading – be sure to check out my book list on the side  of this blog.  I will keep it updated as I finish a book.  If you are curious about any that I have listed, let me know and I would be happy to do a blog post about it. 🙂

Merken