July 5, 2015

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 07/05/2015

Want to see how my June shaped up? Here's my monthly wrap-up. (Hint: it was a good one.)

I'm trying to make time for The Oregon Trail but holiday weekends are busy!

Since I last updated we've celebrated Father's Day (kickball and beer!), our son Carter's 17th birthday (pizza and cake!), and the 4th of July (baseball and fireworks, 'Murica!). Carter was in the Musky Fest parade here in our small town and our daughter Avery attended her first Pride parade in the big city of Minneapolis.  It's been a busy, but excellent, summer so far.

It's Big Brother time again! I'm obsessed and deeply ashamed at the same time. Ha!

I made this seafood pasta for the first time this week. Anyone have a trick for making tender scallops? Everything else about this was delicious but the scallops were pretty chewy. (I don't think I seared them well enough?) Any tips are welcome!

We're talking about unconventional American history books over at The Socratic Salon. It's a lively discussion, as always!

Yay! Booze!
One Last Thing:
My sister, my dad, and their respective families were all here yesterday to celebrate Interdependence Day. I made pink starburst cocktails. (I made an alcohol free version for the youngsters.) They were a big crowd pleaser. I highly recommend that you whip up a few at your next gathering. Yum.

I hope you've all had a great week! What are you reading? Cooking? Celebrating?

July 1, 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2015

Look at all of the gorgeousness I read in June. Impressive! (Even if I do say so myself.) 

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope

Misery by Stephen King

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret

Circling the Sun by Paula McClain

Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

I would normally choose a favorite book of the month but that is simply impossible this time around. June contained two great blasts from the past, two beautiful graphic novels, a stunning memoir, and some of the finest fiction I've read all year. Favorites?? Ha. No way it can be done.

What did you read this month? Were you able to pick a favorite? I'd love to hear about it: