Saturday, December 3, 2011

Book Review - Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third in the “Savannah” books and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It brings back Weezy and her crazy family, Weezy’s boyfriend Daniel, and introduces his crazy family, and of course, BeBe is back as well, along with Jethro, the dog, and new characters, Manny and Cookie.

The story revolves around a Christmas decorating contest that Weezy is determined to win. At the same time, she’s planning a Christmas dinner that will introduce her family to Daniel’s family for the first time. Amongst all of this are the antics of Jethro and a friendship of sorts with a homeless woman. The family dinner was hysterical. The decorating contest was fun. And, the friendship with the homeless woman in some ways just spoke to the spirit of Christmas.

My only complaint is that it seemed to just end. I'm hoping this somewhat abrupt ending means that there’s a fourth book in the future. I highly recommend this book, but read the other “Savannah” books first (Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze).

Sunday, November 27, 2011


So, a while back I wrote about giving up frozen dinners and doing more cooking. However, I'm one person and I've never really cooked a huge variety of foods. Today, I did something different for me. I made Split Pea-Sweet Potato soup from a recipe on the Whole Foods site. I did halve the recipe and I used vegetable stock in place of half of the water. The rest remained the same. I'm happy to say I'm very pleased with my first soup attempt and will do this one again.

It didn't take that much to do, but I laughed a little at myself. I would choose the world's smallest kitchen to really start cooking in. Fortunately, the mess looked worse than it was and the clean up was quick and easy.