Time for the monthly round-up...
I read: The Read-Along for @StickyJesus just ended. There were some excellent books on the docket this month, including the discovery of a new favorite author and realizing my history books were vastly lacking. I finished Jodi Picoult's House Rules over the weekend. I used to enjoy her books so much more than these recent ones but I'll still give her newest release a chance. I figured out how House Rules would go down within the first 100 pages- still compelling with its insider account of Asperger's. I was happy to read Beth Pattillo's latest Austen imagining: The Dashwood Sisters Tell All. The present-day interpretation of Sense and Sensibility combined with one of my favorite Formidable characters made this one hard to put down! (I read 9 books this month.)
Currently reading: I continue to savor 1000 Gifts (Voskamp). I'm reviewing Liz Curtis Higgs' Here Burns My Candle. Though it's too early to say, I believe I'm going to enjoy this one as much as her Lowlands of Scotland Series, which was a retelling of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. Here Burns My Candle is based on Naomi and Ruth and already I can tell that Higgs is going to change my understanding of that biblical tale.
TV: 30 Rock and The Office have been spot on lately. The Bachelor has ended and it's safe to say I won't be watching any more seasons. Brad and his final two ladies were just trainwrecks- I wanted to look away but somehow couldn't. The new Bachelorette was annoying and I can always read Reality Steve's spoilers if I feel like keeping up with the show. Top Chef: All-Stars has also ended. I was pretty sure Richard would make it to the finale but I've been so surprised by the other eliminations. I thought my other favorites would have gone farther. I've watched each episode wondering when Richard would succumb to a nervous breakdown. He's so talented, yet so neurotic but I'm glad he won.
Movies: No new movies viewed this month. Every weekend I think I'll get a Red Box movie and then I don't. I really should start going to the theater again!
In my kitchen: In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I whipped up my own Shamrock Shake. For our Social Work Month dessert party, I made Death by Chocolate Brownies, which are truly the easiest thing to make. Using a box brownie mix, spread half the batter in the pan, add a layer of chocolate pieces (such as a Hershey bar), then a layer of caramel, then top with the rest of the batter and bake as usual. If you use a Turtle Brownie mix, the caramel is provided, otherwise caramel ice cream topping will work or you can melt down caramels (thinned with a little evaporated milk). They were an instant hit at the party! On the weekends, I've been obsessed with stovetop oatmeal with cranberries. Accompanied by my Irish Breakfast tea, of course!
Listening: I finally bought The Black Keys' Brothers CD and it's been absolutely lovely. On the free music front, I hope you're already familiar with NoiseTrade. If you're not, you've been missing out! Jenny and Tyler's new CD was available for free for a week and I also happened upon Susan Enan's work- instant love. You might be surprised by who is offering samplers and tracks on NoiseTrade, all for free or whatever you feel like tipping them- Sleeping at Last, Ben Rector, Andrew Peterson, even The Civil Wars.
So...what were you into during March?
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