Monday, April 25, 2016

Finishing Up Luckiest Girl Alive & Starting Confess

I did not really enjoy Luckiest Girl Alive. I feel it started out very slow and wasn't very interesting. It got better towards the end but throughout the first half of the book I didn't want to read it. 

What did you think of Luckiest Girl Alive? Did you feel it was rather slow? 

Book Club Questions About Luckiest Girl Alive

1. Ani tells the reader “I’m no plucky heroine.” Do you agree? Why or why not? Did your opinion of Ani change as you learned more about her past? If so, why?

2. During the course of the book, the way that Ani is identified changes. At varying times, she is TifAni FaNelli, Tif, Finny, and Ani Harrison. What do these names indicate about her and how she relates to herself and others?

3. Why do you think Ani agrees to participate in the documentary about the Five? What was her role in the tragedy? How has it shaped her as an adult?

Our next book is Confess by Colleen Hoover. We will be starting it Monday April 25th and ending it on Monday May 9th. 

Synopsis From Goodreads:Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Let's Get Reading! 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

It has been beautiful here in Belgium this week so I finally went and bought myself a grill. This was one of the first recipes that I tried on the grill and it turned out amazing!

Tonight I am going to make Barbecued Shrimp And Peach Kabobs with Jasmine Rice With Coconut And Cherries. Yum! 

Got any favorite grilling recipes? Share them in the comments. I would love to give them a try. :) 

Here is what you need to make these Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs.


Chicken Kebabs
3 Chicken Fillets Diced In 1-Inch Cubes
2 Red Bell Peppers
2 Green Bell Peppers
1 Red Onion

Marinade (For Chicken & Veggies)
2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Divided
Juice Of 1 Lemon; Divided
6 Cloves Of Garlic (Minced); Divided
2 Teaspoons Paprika; Divided
2 Teaspoons Thyme; Divided
4 Teaspoons Oregano; Divided
4 Teaspoons Salt; Divided
2 Teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper; Divided


Mix one HALF of all ingredients for the marinade in small bowl. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade over it. Marinade in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Mix the other HALF of the ingredients in the same bowl pour in zip lock bag with the vegetables. Marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Thread the chicken and peppers and onions onto skewers. I usually place about 5-6 chicken pieces, and a combo of peppers and onion in between.

Heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray the grates lightly with oil and grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the center is no longer pink.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Peanut Butter Dip

With summer just around the corner I have been trying to find new and creative ways to eat healthy while still enjoying food! Here is my latest creation. :) 

Peanut Butter Dip


1 Heaping Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

1/2 Cup PB2 Or Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup Honey

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon 

1/4 Tsp Vanilla


Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Mix until it's thick and creamy and well blended.

Serve it with apples, grapes, or anything that you like! 

This recipe makes six servings. I like to split it up into six small containers then eat it with an apple for my afternoon snack. If using PB2 each serving has 92 calories and 8 grams of protein. It is a great pick me up! 

I know this stuff is amazing and it's hard to just eat one serving but keep in mind because of the honey and peanut butter one serving has 16g carbs and 13g sugars. They are healthy carbs and sugars though! But watch your serving sizes. :) 
I like to use PB2 because it has less fat and a lot less calories than regular peanut butter. If you have not tried PB2 I recommend it! I would also love to try this recipe with some homemade almond butter. 

I will let you all know how it turns out.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Finishing Up Pretty Girls & Starting Luckiest Girl Alive

I loved Pretty Girls. It is one of my favorite books I have read all year. Right when you thought you knew who did it the book threw a curveball. Simply amazing! 

What did you think of Pretty Girls? Were you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole book like I was? 

Book Club Questions About Pretty Girls

1. What do you know...and when do you know it? At what point in the book do you, the reader, begin to piece together what happened?

2. Does the author ratchet up the story's suspense? Did you find yourself anxious—quickly turning pages to learn what happened? How does the author build suspense?

 Overall, does the book satisfy? Does it live up to the standards of a good crime story or suspense thriller? Why or why not?
Our next book is Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. We will be starting it Monday April 11th and ending it on Monday April 25th.

Synopsis From Goodreads: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancĂ©, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

Lets Get Reading!