Tuscan Steak

A Jeanne in the Kitchen

After our wonderful Caribbean vacation, where we ate mostly seafood, we came back really wanting and craving steak.   Like with everything else I cook, I like to make things in a variety of ways to keep our meals fun and exciting, so I am always coming with new twists to old classics.

I used a nice flank steak that I marinated with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and Worcestershire sauce.  I let it marinate for about 4 hours before grilling it up.  To me, the best way to eat a steak is medium rare.  That’s when it is really juicy and tender and all the flavors just really pop.  But, as I always say, cook it how you like it.

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To make my steak Tuscan style, I used fresh baby spinach, tomatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms and butter beans.  Normally I use the smaller cannellini beans, but I accidentally picked…

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ManyFest Meanderings

Dining with Donald

Last week marked the annual return of ManyFest, Winnipeg’s big donwtown festival, highlighted by Winnipeg’s Food Truck Wars. This is the first year in a few that i haven’t really taken in much ot the festival. Usually I find it a good place and time to check out the food trucks I’ve heard about but haven’t yet had the chance to visit. However, a combination of bad weather and a busier church schedule meant I only spent a little time aound the festival.

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ManyFest Friday Night

I left work a little early on Friday night so that I could get down to ManyFest before the majority of the crowds showed up. If you read this site regularly, you’ll have read about my great dislike of line-ups. I started off my evening with coffee at Fools and Horses. Fools and…

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The Outsider – Review.

S C Richmond

4.5/5.0 A solid King read.

The Outsider by Stephen King.

Well, finally I got through this book (no fault of Mr King) and it was a good read, after I’ve read a few that just didn’t do it for me, this one was much more to my liking, it read more like Kingy was going back to the style we all know and love and by far the best of the detective style novels he’s turned his hand to, there are some gory parts but it wouldn’t be a King book without them now would it! This is a novel I would definitely recommend to any reader.

The Blurb –

When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family…

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Becoming a Book Reviewer – Pros and Cons

Audra's Book Blabbing

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I haven’t done a simple discussion post in a long time, but I thought it would be fun today! If you didn’t already notice, most of my books I review were sent to me for free from the author or the publisher. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be privileged enough to receive all this, but here I am! While it is pretty awesome to receive free books, there are a few aggravating things about it. Here’s a few of the pros and cons I could think of.

Pro: Free Books!

Of course this is going to be my first pro! Not only am I on certain reviewer lists for publishers, but I have even sent an email to an author I liked to ask for one of their books. Maybe I have just been lucky, but every author I’ve contacted has sent me the book…

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MEET MELANIE P SMITH

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Now not so very long ago Melanie was a guest on my blog quite recently, but I really want to give her extra exposure as she was a huge help to me in putting together some really great graphics which I used for my promo and I’ve been using them as tweets as well. This is one talented lady.

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As you can see the sale is over, but it’s still great value.

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Not only talented, but prolific as well.  https://melaniepsmith.com/   and her official site https://melaniepsmith.com/about-the-author   plus Amazon page  https://www.amazon.com/Melanie-P.-Smith/e/B00M4VCS1M

Till next time, take care.

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First of the Month (July 2018)

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The Handmaid’s Tale (Nick and June)

 Praise Be! This is my JULY 2018 Starter Plan. What are YOU planning on reading this month?

Audiobooks Of My Choice:     e-book:☀️ 1st Wednesday Book Club:☀️   ☀️ 2nd Monday Book Club:☀️
✿ July Kick: Kick-n-Pick for Me by Roxy the Fury:   
✿ July PKC Recommends by Victoria:    ✿ July RRRC Picks by Heather Marie:         ✿ July TCF DB: by Chelle:   
✿ July TCF FWYS: Danielle Gypsy Soul:  Texas Series remaining books are not on audio yet

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5 Star Book Review: Oracle’s Hunt by A. Claire Everward #SundayBlogShare @ClaireEverward

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I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review – thanks to The Book Club on Facebook. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

This is the first book in the Oracle Series.

Donovan Pierce is a United States Federal Investigative Division Agent and he has been called to a new case – the destruction of the data storage facility for the worldwide defense and security services. This will not be a mission to be taken lightly. Ever since a group of forward thinking citizens of the world had formed a peaceful alliance calling themselves the Internationals and had grown in numbers, strength and support from major powers, there were factions desperate to topple the peace and take power for themselves. This latest act of sabotage shows all the signs that it has been carefully orchestrated by one such…

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After the Light, After the Love

S C Richmond

‘After the Light, After the Love’

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‘Is There A Price For Happiness?’

This is the most dangerous story that local journalist, Alex Price, has taken on so far and this time it’s personal.

Fifty years of love culminate in the magical wedding ceremony between Jack and Mary, a day full of love and laughter, but it will also offer up dark opportunities. Amidst the party atmosphere, as dusk falls, bridesmaid, Lily, is abducted from the celebrations.
Alex will need all of her ingenuity to get to the bottom of this story, which involves far more than she ever thought possible.
Will love triumph or will there be a price to pay for such happiness?

After the Light, After the Love.

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In After the Light, After the Love, we find Alex struggling to deal with multiple issues. Slightly darker than the other two books in the Alex Price series, but…

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#ThrowbackThursday – author Jodie Bailey – Book Review

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#ThrowbackThursday

Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, It’s Book Talk to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies posted on Goodreads awhile ago, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out. And, if you’d like to join the fun, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic (see her website). Just provide the link back to her please).

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie BaileyThis week I am highlighting Jodie Bailey, another terrific, prolific author who wrote Quilted by Christmas, which was reviewed on Goodreads. She has actually written a number of books and participated in this series, Quilts of…

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Cover Reveal: Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie

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Today I’m helping unveil the cover for Deception So Dark, the second installment of Clara Kensie’s super-romantic YA paranormal thriller Deception So series. Without further ado, here is the cover, designed by Key of Heart Designs:

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Title: Deception So Dark (Deception So Series #2)
Author: Clara Kensie
Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Synopsis

Dark as a starless night and black as a cavern of coal…

With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school… or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she’s awake.

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