I’m a voracious reader, so I’m limiting myself to my favorite five books read in the last month and linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy (she hosts Twitterature the fifteenth of every month) and Angie at Many Little Blessings, who hosts List it Tuesday every week.

I was so excited to get to read Hijacked, Leslie Lynch’s first book. I loved both the hero and heroine in this book, and by the end was feeling a nearly visceral need for the heroine to meet the many challenges life had thrown her way. Her second book, Unholy Bonds, is already out and on my “read soon” list!

I’ve enjoyed Mysti Parker‘s Fantasy series set in Tellenmere – reading it over and over. But I was lucky enough to read a small portion of her upcoming historical romance, and now I feel like I have my nose pressed against the Krispy Creme window, smelling the wonderful fresh donut smells and waiting for them to open. I can’t wait for the book to be released!

I’d been waiting patiently (not really) for Tiffany Reitz’s release of The Saint, but shortly beforehand I checked her Amazon page and found The Last Good Knight, a novel in 99-cent installments that I just adored. She creates the most fabulous characters!

I re-read Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom” target=”_blank”>Carpe Demon, the first in a series by Julie Kenner. A friend introduced me to these books a few years back, and I’d forgotten how funny a demon-chasing soccer mom could be. It’s free right now on Kindle and makes the perfect vacation read!

And then there’s Nefarious, by Tina DC Hayes. I love her adorable Pedal Pusher Mysteries series, but this is the first I’ve read of her self-described “gritty romantic suspense” novels. It was fantastic in so many unexpected ways. Super-sexy, fast-paced, and funny; it had me laughing out loud – I can’t remember the last time I did that with a book. Fingers crossed there’s another one like this coming soon!

Sorry I don’t have book covers – Amazon just didn’t want to work with me today!



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I evidently did an acceptable job re-potting my orchid, because it’s blooming again!!


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This encouraged me to buy a beautiful new pot for my Christmas Cactus. We’ll just have to wait until December to see how that worked out. And while I was scoping out the 50% off sale pots I also found the last of the clearance succulents. I actually have hen and chickens in the appropriate pot for the first time!

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I was motivated by the basket of lantana my step-mom gave me. I’ve always loved my neighbor’s lantana, but never grown it myself. I think it likes me!


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You’ll notice in the above picture that there’s a large limb beside our garage. Our ancient, hideous garage that really should fall down when a squirrel lands on it. A garage we’ve never used for a car, and that I’d dearly love to be rid of. The very nice garage three houses down was flattened by the same storm, leaving our street and the court next to us without power all day earlier this week. I don’t think a direct hit from an atomic bomb would take our garage out. It’s probably a great place to gather our group for the zombie apocalypse.

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When I’m not re-planting I’m watching Lost. I almost stopped when the time changes were too quick to keep up with and there were too many characters for me to remember their names, but now that they’re slowing down the time travel and have killed a bunch of people off maybe I can muddle through until the end. Actually, I’m so beach-deprived that crashing on a deserted island still seems like a fine idea to me, even with sociopaths and smoke monsters.

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John’s gearing up for band camp, which starts Monday. He hasn’t been able to run like he’d planned because of a bad ankle sprain, but at least he’s been acclimating himself to the heat. Yesterday he helped me and Catherine’s mom re-pack some of the stuff going to Austin soon. I know Aaron and Catherine will be glad to have their own “stuff”. I know they can’t wait to find places for all their cool wedding and shower gifts. OK, Catherine will be finding cool places for all their wedding and shower gifts. We could have just shipped the server and the raspberry pie (some computer thing, not a real pie) and he’d be perfectly content.

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The novel I’m currently working on has a main character who drives a VW bug, and I keep envisioning a cover with a portion of the car on it. So when Michael and I were grocery shopping and I saw a nice, clean yellow bug parked in the shade with no one on either side I made Michael drive over and park near it so I could take some pictures. Of course, while I was lying in the mulch in the median, trying for an “artsy” angle a woman pulled into one of the spots next to the bug. She got out smiling, and asked, “Is that your car?” I smiled just as wide, said, “Nope” and then scurried over to my car. Poor woman – she’s probably still wondering what sort of psycho takes pictures of other people’s cars in the Kroger parking lot.

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pork plated
I used to post a lot of recipes. I don’t do that much anymore, since I rarely cook. My husband, Michael, cooks. He also does laundry, cleans, does the grocery shopping, pays the bills, and works seven days a week. I hate it, but that’s what families of disabled people do. John mows the lawn, does the dishes, takes out the trash, helps clean the house, takes care of the dogs, and generally is more wonderful than any fifteen-year-old male should need to be. Anyway, I do love and miss cooking. I decided the other day I was going to by-God cook supper or die trying. Here are directions for anyone who wants to cook a delicious supper for their family, but has to deal with interruptions about every fifteen or twenty minutes. My interruptions are to lie down in the living room (connects to the kitchen) to relieve pain in my neck and back. Someone else’s may be to nurse a baby, locate and disarm a toddler, answer phone calls or texts, help with homework, let the dog out . . .whatever. So here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-4 pound pork loin (on sale lately at Kroger)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch sliced green onions
  • 1/2 can canned peas or handful frozen peas
  • 1 box fettucine
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan
  • crushed red pepper

After assembling ingredients, rest.

    1. Heat oil and butter over medium high heat in large saute pan until melted.
    2. While oil and butter are melting slice pork loin into 1 inch medallions.
    3. Add garlic to saute pan and stir until warmed, but not browned.
    4. Brown pork medallions while you rest.
    5. Before they are completely done, sale and pepper to taste, and add green onions and mushrooms. Cover and let steam until softened. Set aside.

pork in pan

  1. Fill pasta pot with water and bring to a boil. Rest.
  2. Once the water comes to a boil, add fettucine. Rest.
  3. When fettucine is al dente, strain, reserving one cup pasta water.
  4. Add pasta back to pot, adding peas and crushed red pepper to taste and turning burner to low.
  5. Remove pork medallions from saute pan and add pasta water to pan, turning heat to medium.
  6. Use metal spatula to deglaze the pan (get all the yummy drippings).
  7. Once hot, add contents of saute pan to pasta pot.
  8. Serve topped with parmesan.

Extra-special if also served with rice bread.

printable version

Hopefully, this will be the first in a series of Supper:Interrupted posts. No promises. But if so, I’ll share them all where I’m sharing this one: Mom Resources and Solutions at Crystal & Co.

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