Food

Satay Chicken Stir-Fry

20181009_181003Recipe: Satay Chicken Stir-Fry
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 640

Time: 40 min
Rating: ★★★★★

So, one of my favorite things is peanut sauce. I was introduced to it in the Soy-Marinated Steak meal from HelloFresh about a year ago. Honestly, I can’t get enough! Rice, broccoli, and chicken with the sweet and mouth-watering peanut sauce poured over is going to get me every time. I can’t think of a more flavorful and delicious combination. It will be picked every time it is an option.

Book Reviews

Men and Women Are From Eden by Mary Healy

Men and Women Are From Eden

Title: Men and Women Are From Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
Author: Mary Healy
Rating: ★★★★

Maybe you’ve heard of Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body and wondered, vaguely, what it’s all about. Maybe you’ve never heard of it until now and are asking, theology of the what? Maybe you’re already familiar with the basics and are ready to incorporate this teaching on sex, love and marriage into your own life.

Whatever your level of understanding, you’re probably ready for some good news about sex in a culture littered with the bad news of divorce, adultery, sexually transmitted disease, heartache and loneliness.

This guide is designed to help you appropriate the Pope’s astonishing message: True, lasting love—that which humanity enjoyed in the beginning, before the Fall—is possible here and now. In nine straightforward lessons, Men and Women Are from Eden introduces the reader to the pope’s warm, deeply biblical understanding of God’s original plan for men and women, a plan that brings with it healing of mind in regard to sexuality and the body.

This next quote from the novel gave me a great epiphany and I’m surprised I never even noticed this prior from both the books and the movies. I never even realized that the “bad” side didn’t have any family or love. It was just full of individuals and selfish means. It’s just crazy to me that a series most people adore has some Christian meaning behind it without anyone even realizing it. I love it!

In The Lord of the Rings we see forces gathering for a battle of cosmic significance. Two cultures are pitted against each other. On one side is the Shire, a land steeped in the joys of home, kinship, friendship, and ancestral ties – a world shaped by marriage and family. On the other side is Mordor, a land devoid of love, marriage, family and any personal commitments, a world whose goal is to demolish the Shire and everything it represents.

At the center of the war is a ring. This ring is not one that binds through covenant love but one that enslaves through lust, deceit and ambition. It is in fact the antithesis of a wedding ring. You could call it the “anti-marriage ring”.

Overall, I did enjoy this study guide. It provided a lot of fact and examples. It’s crazy how fast things can change from how they used to be to how they are now. And that things can become accepted so fast and on such a large scale. Love is great and it does still exist!

Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – February 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers

From Goodreads:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Bookish Features

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I decided to post the first five books based upon actual length. However, the last five novels are books that felt like they took me forever to finish.

1. Enchantee, Gita Trelease

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon

3. The Waking Forest, Alyssa Wees

4. Descendant of the Crane, Joan He

5.  Aurora Rising, Jay Kristoff

6. The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman

7. Sorcery of Thorns, Margaret Rogerson

8. We Hunt the Flame, Hafsah Faizal

9. Dark Shores, Danielle L. Jensen

10. The Beholder, Anna Bright

Food

Gouda Pork Burgers

20181008_204100Recipe: Gouda Pork Burgers
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 1,070

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★★★

In the picture on the website, I thought the caramelized onions were pieces of pulled pork (don’t ask). So, initially, I was a little disappointed in seeing that it was ground pork. But, wow! Not being a big burger person at all, this was delicious! I think this was the first thick burger I’ve ever finished. Big chunks of meat I don’t normally care for. The burger was plump and flavorful, the sauce was tart and creamy, the Gouda added a little smokiness, the onions added a sweetness, and the crust of the bun soaked up all of the juices. Honestly, I would not change a thing about it and I will definitely be making it again!

Bookish Features

January 2019 Wrap Up

January

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

  • The Alamo Bride and Courting Darkness

Life:

  • My Etsy stock is building.

 

My Posts:

February

Tentative TBR:

  • Courting Darkness
  • The Alamo Bride
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Ruin of Kings
  • Castle of Lies

Life:

  • New Year, New Things to Explore!

What books did you read in January?!

Bookish Features

Waiting on Wednesday – January 30, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of King

From Goodreads:

There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens.

Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew upon storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

Far from living the dream, Kihrin finds himself practically a prisoner, at the mercy of his new family’s power plays and ambitions. He also discovers that the storybooks have lied about a lot of other things things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, true love, and how the hero always wins.

Then again, maybe he’s not the hero, for Kihrin isn’t destined to save the empire.

He’s destined to destroy it . . .

Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.

I received this ARC from NetGalley. The premise looks extremely interesting and right up my alley!