Penny's Passion: 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Five on Friday - September 23, 2022

So glad it's finally Friday!  I'm off work today so I don't have to wait until five o'clock to start the weekend.  YAY!  Let's start it off with my five for this week ~

1.  Avatar
The 2009 Academy Award-winning Avatar returns to theaters today for a whole new generation to see.  The sequel is coming out in December, so we have a chance to see the first one again and familiarize ourselves again with what happened in the alien world of Pandora.  I'm kind of excited to see it again.  Here's the summary: 
On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

2.  Hostess Bouncers
Hostess has taken our favorite products and made them smaller.  They are calling them bouncers!  Bouncers are creme-filled snack cakes that are easy to pack in a lunch box.  Right now, the smaller versions are available for Twinkies, Glazed Chocolate Ding Dongs (my favorite!), and Cinnamon Donettes.  Sounds like great snacks for a road trip!  If I see these in the store, they are definitely going in my cart.


3.  Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks strikes again!  His newest book was released this week and I hear it's another hit.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Colby Mills once felt destined for a musical career, until tragedy grounded his aspirations. Now the head of a small family farm in North Carolina, he spontaneously takes a gig playing at a bar in St. Pete Beach, Florida, seeking a rare break from his duties at home.
But when he meets Morgan Lee, his world is turned upside-down, making him wonder if the responsibilities he has shouldered need dictate his life forever. The daughter of affluent Chicago doctors, Morgan has graduated from a prestigious college music program with the ambition to move to Nashville and become a star. Romantically and musically, she and Colby complete each other in a way that neither has ever known.
While they are falling headlong in love, Beverly is on a heart-pounding journey of another kind. Fleeing an abusive husband with her six-year-old son, she is trying to piece together a life for them in a small town far off the beaten track. With money running out and danger seemingly around every corner, she makes a desperate decision that will rewrite everything she knows to be true.
In the course of a single unforgettable week, two young people will navigate the exhilarating heights and heartbreak of first love. Hundreds of miles away, Beverly will put her love for her young son to the test. And fate will draw all three people together in a web of life-altering connections . . . forcing each to wonder whether the dream of a better life can ever survive the weight of the past.


Do you have big plans for Halloween?  I have a few things coming up and from the minute I spotted these earrings, they've been on my wish list.  Aren't they so cute!  The price is right too.  Pretty sure the Amazon driver will be dropping these off at my doorstep.  


5.  Hmmm...


This is going to be the best weekend!  We are going to our nephew's wedding!  And I'm the officiant!  Wish me luck. See you back next week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2022 Fall Goals

Hello!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Yesterday our temperature in St. Louis reached a balmy 95 degrees.  And Mother Nature must have gotten the memo that today was the first day of fall because our high today...71 degrees!  The perfect temperature to usher in autumn!  I'm thinking out loud today about some of our goals for this season.


Sort through my fall and winter clothes.
This hasn't happened in a few years and I know I could make a massive donation of clothes I haven't worn in a while.  It seems that since the pandemic, I really don't have a grip on what clothes I even own.  Who knows what treasures I'll find buried deep in my closet!  

Take a Scenic Fall Foliage Drive
I'm putting Eric in charge of finding a scenic route for us to take.  He loves reading Midwest Living Magazine and I'm confident that he will route the perfect weekend drive for us to enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

Make Apple Butter
Years ago, making apple butter was an annual ritual in our house.  Somewhere over the course of time, I've lost my recipe and stopped making the little jars of spicy apple puree.  Even if I can't put my hands on my old recipe, with Pinterest around I'm sure I can come up with something close.  

"Boo" My Friends at Work
Who doesn't like to get to work and have a little surprise waiting on your desk?  Fall is the perfect time to leave a little "boo" treat for friends to brighten their day. 

Create Thanksgiving Cards
Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays.  It's the perfect time to send a note of thanksgiving to family and friends.  If I start thinking about it now, maybe I'll actually get a few cards made and in the mail by November!

Go to the Farmer's Market
We have the most wonderful farmer's market in St. Louis in the Soulard neighborhood.  Fall is the perfect time to visit.  Can't wait to meander up and down the rows of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables!  There's also a fabulous Bloody Mary stand that's hard to walk past.

That's a few things on my fall goals list.   What's are yours?  I would love to hear some of your ideas!

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Five on Friday - September 16, 2022

 Happy Friday!  Thanks for popping in today for Five on Friday.  Let's see what I have for you today~
Target has the cutest Halloween mug and it's only $5!  This adorable mummy mug holds 12 ounces of the favorite drink.  If your coffee or hot chocolate gets cold, no worries.  Just pop it in the microwave to warm it up.  It's even dishwasher safe for easy washing.  I might need 1 (or 6) of these!

2.  Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
It's back - again.  That scrumptious seasoned beef and refried beans between two Mexican Pizza shells with Mexican Pizza sauce, three-cheese blend, and tomatoes on top Mexican Pizza is once again available at Taco Bell.  You know which drive-through I'll be in this weekend!


3.  Thermal-Aid Zoo
I was recently on the lookout for a baby shower gift week and ran across this gem.  This mini cuddly stuffed monkey can be a cold ice pack or a warm compress.  Keep it in the freezer and it becomes an ice pack for boo-boos or slip it in the microwave if you need a heating pad.  It's filled with a patented, natural corn filling and is mold-resistant.  A must-have when stocking a baby's first aid kit.  Plus, it's just so darn cute!


Last Sunday it was downright cool in St. Louis.  I got excited for Fall and ordered this sweatshirt from Old Navy.  It's the coziest, softest sweatshirt I've had in a long time.  The length is longer, perfect for leggings.  Now I'm kind of getting excited about colder weather.  Get yours HERE.


5.  True Statement...


Okay, let's get this weekend started!  Eric and I worked last Saturday and Sunday so we are both excited to have a couple days off.  Tomorrow I plan on having a slow morning and doing a lot of relaxing.  I have book club on Monday and need to finish the book.  The perfect excuse to spend some time reading this weekend!  Then on Tuesday, we're hosting a Bachelorette Finale party.  Oh, the drama!  Pop back in next week to see how it goes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Let's Make Cabbage on the Grill

Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Today I'm sharing a recipe I just can't stop thinking about!

For reasons I can't really figure out, we haven't used our outdoor grill much this year.  A few weeks ago Eric replaced some of the parts in the grill and we were anxious to light it up.  If you are from St. Louis, a popular meat to throw on the grill is pork steaks.  If you've never had them, you don't know what you're missing!  One of the dishes I love to have alongside our pork steaks is cabbage on the grill.  It's so easy and cooks beside your meat.  


Here's What You Need
1 Head of Cabbage
1 Onion
1 Stick of Butter
Garlic Salt
Seasoned Salt
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


Here's What You Do
Tear off a couple large pieces of aluminum foil.  We like keeping a roll of the heavy-duty kind on hand and the pieces we use are about 18" square.  Lay one piece on top of the other for double thickness.  

Chop up the head of cabbage and onion.  Lay on top of the foil.  Cut the butter into squares and dot the top of the cabbage and onion.


Sprinkle garlic salt and seasoned salt on the top.  My brother likes to pour some beer on top.  That does change the flavor a bit, so if you're a beer fan give it a try.


Close up the foil to make a foil packet.  If your square isn't big enough to close the top, put another piece of foil on the top to close it off.  Place the foil packet on your hot grill.


Let the foil pack stay on the grill for about 30 minutes.  Your cabbage will cook to a nicely flavored, tender doneness.


This is one of our favorite side dishes to have with barbeque!  It's so easy to make and you don't even have to dirty any dishes making it.  Definitely a win-win!  

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - September 14, 2022

 

Welcome to another week of the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! We are so glad that you are here.

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Let's Make Tomato Pie

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Elegant Urns for Fall

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Five on Friday - September 9, 2022

Oh my - what a week!  We packed a lot into this short work week and now we're excited to move on to the weekend.  Let's kick it off with my five for this week ~

1.  The Handsmaid's Tale Season 5
The time is growing near for the next season of The Handsmaid's Tale!  This popular Hulu original is releasing on Wednesday, September 14.  Two episodes will be dropped, then 1 episode per week.  Season 5 will bring us June facing the consequences for killing Commander Waterford.  What will happen to the widowed Serena?  Will Gilead be reformed?  I can't wait to see!


2.  Fairy Tale
Stephen King has a new book that hit the stands on Tuesday.  It's titled Fairy Tale.  In Stephen King style, it's a long one - 608 pages!  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.”



3.  Churrdoughs at Krispy Kreme
Until September 18, you can get Churrdoughs at Krispy Kreme.  There are three flavors to entice your palate - Cinnamon Sugar, Cookies & Kreme, and Dulce De Leche.  How can you choose?  Better pick up one of their 3 packs so you can try one of each!  

We have a couple weddings coming up this fall and I'm going to bling out my pumps with these shoe clips!  Turn up the glam on any shoe or bag by simply clipping these on.  Amazon has a ton of styles to choose from.  They will turn any ordinary item into something special.


5.  I can relate...


Eric and I will be working together all weekend at the Ascension Golf Tournament in St. Louis selling ice cream sandwiches.  If you're on the grounds, stop by and say hello!  And buy the best ice cream sandwich you will ever experience in your life!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - September 8, 2022

Hey there!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I talk about something I'm thinking out loud about and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm thinking about a couple shows we've been watching recently.

Are you a fan of Ghosts on CBS?  We have fallen in love with it!  I'll be honest, we thought it looked kind of dumb and didn't watch it all last season.  A friend of mine texted me last weekend and asked if we had watched it.  It was only because she recommended it that we gave it a try.  We've blown through most of Season 1 just in time for Season 2 to start on September 29.


Okay, I'm a little embarrassed to even admit we watch this show, but we do.  The Bachelorette is wrapping up for Gabby and Rachel and we've watched every episode this season.  We even have a bracket going (I'm currently in first place for our group).  Now, in all fairness, we have an entire group that watches, and that makes it so much more fun.  We gather together every other week to watch together and have dinner.  Love watching with a group!


I'm also hooked on The Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix.  This came out in April and somehow never made my watch list.  Here's the storyline, "Infiltrates Britain's elite through personal and political scandal, where the truth lies between justice and privilege. James and Sophie Whitehouse live in a blissful, rarified world. A Minister in Parliament with a loving family at home--James' trajectory appears without limits. Until a scandalous secret suddenly comes to light. Barrister Kate Woodcroft has her own trajectory, and her prosecution threatens to tear into Westminster, the Whitehouse marriage, and her own personal esteem.".


Do you have any shows you're loving lately?  I'd love to add a few to my watch list.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - September 7, 2022

 

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Let's Make Tomato Pie

Our little garden has been overflowing with ripe tomatoes recently.  Even after sharing tomatoes with anyone who will take them, our kitchen counter is still lined with the ripe red gems.  I looked through my recipes to find one that used tomatoes and found one for Tomato Pie.  I whipped one up and it was delicious!  So delicious that I want to share the recipe with you.

Here's What You Need
1 9-Inch Deep Dish Pie Crust
4-6 Tomatoes (depending on the size)
10 Basil Leaves (julienned)
3 Green Onions (chopped)
1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper
6 Slices Thick Cut Bacon


Here's What You Do
Bake the pie shell according to the directions on the package.

The tomatoes need to be peeled.  An easy way to do this is to place the tomatoes in boiling water for about 30 seconds, then immediately put them in a bowl filled with ice water.  This little trick makes the skins on the tomatoes peel right off.


Slice the tomatoes and place them in a strainer.  Salt and let set to drain for 10-15 minutes.  Lay the tomato slices on a paper towel and pat them to remove as much liquid as possible.

While the tomatoes are draining, mix the mayonnaise and cheeses.  Set aside.

Place a layer of tomato, half the chopped green onions, and half the basil leaves.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Repeat the layers.


On top of the two layers of tomatoes, spread the mayo-cheese mixture.


Sprinkle the bacon crumbles on top and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


This dish was quick and easy to make.  We served it with a salad and enjoyed every bite!



Thursday, September 1, 2022

Five on Friday - September 2, 2022

Glad you stopped by this first Friday of the month for Five on Friday!  Let's take a look at this week's five ~

1.  National Food Bank Day
Today's a great day to celebrate - it's National Food Bank Day!  If you're grocery shopping for your family, pick up a couple extra non-perishable items and drop them off at your local food pantry.  Those donations help feed some of the 42 million people in our country who struggle with putting food on the table.  Be the good.  Donate to your local food pantry today!


2.  Carrie Soto Is Back
Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new book out - Carrie Soto Is Back.  I loved the audio version of Daisy Jones & The Six, so I decided to get the audio version of this new book of hers.  This book reminds me a lot of Daisy Jones, only it's the sport version versus music.  So far, I'm about 3 hours into it and love it!  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father, Javier, as her coach. A former champion himself, Javier has trained her since the age of two.

But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan.

At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked “the Battle-Axe” anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.

In spite of it all, Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season. In this riveting and unforgettable novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells her most vulnerable, emotional story yet.


3.  Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul
Sterling K. Brown is one of my favorite actors and his new movie is out today - Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul.  Definitely going on the list of movies I want to see!  It's playing in theaters and streaming on Peacock. Here's the summary~
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. is a satirical comedy starring Regina Hall as Trinitie Childs -- the proud first lady of a Southern Baptist megachurch, who together with her husband, Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown), once served a congregation in the tens of thousands. But after a scandal forces their church to temporarily close, Trinitie and Lee-Curtis must reopen their church and rebuild their congregation to make the biggest comeback that commodified religion has ever seen.

At a conference I was recently at, one of the ladies had the most gorgeous eye makeup.  Before the meeting was over, I had to know what kind of makeup she was using.  I finally got up the nerve to ask her and she was gracious enough to send me the link.  Come to find out, she got it from Amazon.  I couldn't get it in my cart fast enough!  This stuff glides on and remains in place all day long.  I just not never use another kind of eyeshadow again!


5.  Any given day...


Have a wonderful, long weekend!  We are both off work on Monday and I'm looking forward to having a couple nice relaxing days.  Pop in next week to see what's happening!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

What I Read In August

It's September!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something I'm thinking out loud about and invite you to link up and do the same. Today I'm reflecting on the books I read in August.

August was a busy month so I was pleasantly surprised when I looked back and realized I read three whole books.  I know - a lot of you book people probably whip through three books a week.  But for me reading three books in a busy month is quite the feat!  Here's a summary ~


First up is Book Lovers by Emily Henry.  I'm not going to lie, I'd seen this book floating around the internet and I totally judged the book by the cover.  That cover just didn't seem appealing to me and it wasn't until my daughter-in-law raved about it that I decided to give it a try.  I know, don't judge a book by the cover!  Lesson reaffirmed.  

I totally loved this book and would give it a 5 out of 5.  Emily Henry has other books out (Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation, Happy Place) and they are all going on my to-be-read list.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn't see coming...

Nora Stephens' life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.
 

I've been making a conscious effort to read more books that are "free" with my Kindle Unlimited membership.  This month I read When I'm Gone with my subscription.  Love it too!  Summary ~
Dear Luke,
First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you…


Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.
 

The last book is The Book Woman's Daughter.  This is a sequel to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, which I read for book club a couple years ago.  I was so intrigued with the story of Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, coupled with the fact that the delivery lady had a condition where her skin was blue, from the first book that I just had to read the second book.  I wasn't as thrilled with this one as I was with the first, but it was still a decent read.  
In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way.

If Honey wants to bring the freedom that books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world. 



And that's a wrap on my August reading!  What was your favorite read from the month?

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