Cooking: Swedish Meatballs

20200116_094215.jpgWould you believe I’ve never had Swedish meatballs before this? In all my trips to Ikea, I’ve never even tried them! But people always rave about them, so I decided to give this recipe a shot!

See the original recipe here on Pinterest.

I didn’t know what a “roux” was until this recipe, but I guess I made one! I baked the meatballs instead of cooking them on the stove. About 30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I just thought it was easier to make sure they were cooked through that way.

I really loved these meatballs! I wish I had tried them sooner. My husband rated them “okay,” but he’s hard to please. I thought they were delicious and I will be definitely be making them again!

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Turn of the Key

Title: The Turn of the Keytheturnofthekey
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published: 2019
Overall rating: A

When Rowan Caine lands a gig as a live-in nanny for a wealthy family, she thinks she has found her dream job. But things are not as idyllic as they seem. The “smart house” begins to behave strangely, and Rowan hears noises coming from rooms that don’t even exist. Is it all in her head, or is there something sinister lurking in her new home?

I loved this book! It was suspenseful and creepy and right up my alley! There are tons of twists and turns that I never saw coming. I went into it a little unsure because I wasn’t a huge fan of The Woman in Cabin 10, but this book had a totally different feel. I’ve read so many spooky thrillers, I can usually guess how it’s going to end, but I couldn’t guess this ending!
I really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend it to thriller, mystery, and horror fans alike.


Cooking: Turkey Stuffed Peppers

20200109_182637.jpgMy husband has his own recipe for stuffed bell peppers, but I wanted to try something new on my own!

See the original recipe here on Pinterest.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t crazy about this recipe. It calls for ground turkey instead of ground beef, and I’m not sure if I’m a ground turkey fan. I also think that I may have used too much rice. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was very filling, though, and I could only eat one serving. My husband rated it “okay.” I’m not sure if I’ll make these again.


Baking: Snickerdoodle Cookies

20200108_152756.jpgMy husband loves cookies. Obviously, one of the things he’s requesting of my new cooking and baking adventures is more cookies. So I decided my first attempt at baking this year would be snickerdoodles!

See the original recipe here on Pinterest.

These turned out even better than I expected! They are soft and tasty and my husband loves them. Despite my using a 60 year old oven, they really did only need to bake for 10 minutes, which is great because I have a short attention span.

This recipe is definitely a keeper!


Cooking: Fiesta Chicken Casserole

20200107_181506.jpgMy first new recipe of the new year! A mexican-style chicken and noodle casserole.

See the original recipe here on Pinterest.

I did a few things differently with this one. I skipped the beans and used cooked frozen corn instead of canned. I also used way more cheese than the recipe called for because I really, really love cheese

Overall, the recipe turned out exactly as expected. My husband rated it “okay” and took some leftovers in his lunch today, so I think its a keeper!



Book Reviews

Book Review: Five Feet Apart

Title: Five Feet Apart51cYrYjR24L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_
Author: Rachael Lippincott
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2018
Overall rating: B

Summary: Stella and Will both have cystic fibrosis. Despite this, they strike up a friendship during a hospital stay. But how close can you get when regulations demand you keep 6 feet between each other at all times?

My Thoughts: I’m not a big fan of YA, but I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I was really invested in Stella’s story, and I learned a lot about the difficulties of life with cystic fibrosis.
It is definitely written in a “YA style,” though, which isn’t my favorite writing style. But I was able to overlook it most of the time because I really enjoyed the story.


About Me

About This Blog

Hi! My name is Lauren and this is my blog! I don’t know if anyone will ever read it, but I’m making it anyway!

I made this blog to document my reading a cooking “adventures.” I’ve always been a big reader, but I’ve never really had somewhere to post and organize my reviews. This blog will be 50% book reviews, 50% sad attempts at cooking.

I made a resolution this year to learn to cook more diverse, healthy meals. Currently my husband and I mostly subsist on “kid food.” Think chicken nuggets and pizza. Well, in 2020 I’m changing that. Unfortunately, I’m not a great cook. I’m messy and have no patience, so this resolution should be interesting. Follow along with my progress on this blog!

If you have a book review or cooking blog, tell me about it in the comments! I’m looking for new people to follow and interact with.

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