Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trisha's Table: Book Review

Good morning friends!

I know this is startling because it is the second blog post I have posted in over a month, and it is in the same week as the other!  *Gasp!*  Don't worry, I too am shocked!  Either way, I am trying to get back to my norm.  Part of my norm is cooking!  I love to cook!  Since Joshua and I started dating, we have been talking about losing weight, but it is so hard when the food you fix is so yummy but bad.  That is one of the reasons I jumped on this cookbook!

Trisha Yearwood is a county sensation on the music charts, but she is a mean cook too!  I fell in love with some of her recipes from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, so I was really excited to read Trisha's new book, Trisha's Table.  See how close we are?  I can call her by her first name, because we share it, just with different spellings!  Anyway, Trisha's new book is a new adventure for her family.  Here in the south, we all kind of cook like Paula Deen.  A stick of butter, lots of flour, and plenty of sugar in our sweets.  That is just the way life is here...taste is everything!  Trisha's new cookbook is taking southern favorites and southern classics, and making them using healthy options.

Trisha takes favorites like southern hamburgers, and she uses black beans as a substitute for the meat.  Something so simple, but healthy!  One of my favorites was Trisha's avocado pesto recipe.  I used whole wheat pasta, and followed the super easy recipe Trisha created, and ta-dah!  I had a beautiful dinner that Joshua loved, and was a healthy option for us!  Super good, and super easy!

Trisha also has several vegetarian options included.  As someone with vegetarian friends, I am always trying to think of yummy recipes to feed them.  My go-to is salad, but that is not always a "group friendly" option.  Trisha takes a lot of southern classics and substitutes things like tofu and beans for the meat in the meals, making her food healthier and vegetarian friendly!  If vegetarian means are no your style, you can easily add the meat right back to meal!  That is one of the great things about Trisha's whole cookbook series; all of her recipes are so easy to make your own.

Finally, the best part about Trisha's Table is that every recipe includes a personal story about how Trisha came across the recipe or about her loved ones that gave her the recipe.  Every recipe is one created with love, and love is the best things to spread around the table!  This is a wonderful cookbook filled with recipes made of love, and I am so glad it is now a staple in my kitchen!  If you would like more information about Trisha's Table or you are interested in adding this cookbook to your own collection, you can check out her website here!

What is your favorite recipe to share with loved ones?
Like I said, let me know!


Note: I received a copy of Trisha's Table in exchange for this review through Blogging for Books.  All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I'm Back!

Friends, it has been too long!

I have been keeping myself really busy lately, and I am still learning how to embrace all the parts of this new adventure.  I thank each and every one of you for being patient with me as I learn how to handle all of this.  I also want to thank each of you who supported me during this transition.  It is good to know that I am loved, and supported!  

Since we spoke last, I had so many changes happen in my life, that I kind of felt out of balance.  I felt like my whole life was spinning out of control, and I was having to relearn how to live in my own shoes.  I have a new job, and I have been building my own career for the last month.  I love the people I work with, and I am becoming more and more confident in my performance, so that is all good.  

Joshua and I are also working on plans to get him closer to home.  This has been a hard blow for both of us.  Throughout the last month, we have only seen each other on the weekends, and we have spent a lot of time apart.  I do not like this at all, but we are trying to have Joshua out of Raleigh and home by the end of August.  That is the plan anyway.  

My new goal is to try to keep up with this blog.  I love it so, and I have definitely missed writing.  As part of my new "life transition" I am going to make it a point to do something I love.  My posts might be a lot shorter, but I am going to try to write a post twice a week.  Right now, I have been living exhausted, but hopefully all that will change!  In the meantime, bear with me a little longer as I begin to figure all of this out!    

Any suggestions for balancing work life with non-work life?
Like I said, let me know!

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