June 30, 2010

Bookshelf Recommendation

I picked up the book because it looked interesting. The cover page with its bright pink and orange hues appealed to me and the title looked interesting. I quickly glanced through it on my way to the checkout stand. It had a $3.99 sticker on it, compared to the list price of $24.95, so I picked it up thinking it couldn't hurt to buy it even if I never read it. I have paid much more for books that are still gathering dust.

This book was a delightful read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it but I can tell you that I enjoyed it from start to finish. It begins with a retiree starting a marriage bureau to assist people looking for partners. It feeds the readers delectable bits and pieces of the Indian culture as we get to know each family member and the people that come through the bureau. It highlights how matches are made according to caste and religion and surprisingly ends with a sweet romance... Although the characters and setting are based in India, the stories are universal, which makes this book all the more relatable.

I found myself googling some things mentioned in the book to get a visual of what they were (like the style of clothing), and also thought about trying to make some of the dishes mentioned - I like to try out new things/experiment in the kitchen. There's a recipe on the back for an Indian Pudding, Halwa... I may try to make it one day.

So if you're looking for a summer read... I highly recommend this!

Just found out there is a book 2 (The Many Conditions of Love) already out, and a book 3 (Not All Marriages are Made in Heaven) soon to be released in 2011. It appears book 2 is not available in the U.S. bummer! So if any of my UK friend wants to get me an early birthday/Christmas/just because present.... :-)

Have a lovely and safe 4th of July weekend!

click HERE to check out the author's site
click HERE to purchase the book through Amazon

June 11, 2010

How to make (and enjoy) chocolate chip cookies!

Do you like warm, soft, gooey chocolate chip cookies?

Well I've found the recipe that is very simple for all.

  1. Go to your local grocer's fridge
  2. pick up a tub of tollhouse chocolate chip cookie dough
  3. come home
  4. get your pan out... you can put some wax paper on it
  5. follow instructions on tub
  6. put in oven
  7. bring out and allow to cool
  8. take a bite...
  9. and share some with friends.
  10. savor and enjoy!
Happy Friday people... saw this lurking in my drafts... I was on a Tollhouse cookie craze then... they're soooooo delicious... seriously... you should go get some... and I will go get some later today!

A BIG THANK YOU to the kind thoughts and prayers I've received since my father passed away. Thank you for the song dedication Ms. Ola! I try to live in each day, knowing that tomorrow is not promised. I know all is well in Jesus' name. Amen

There's a new post up in the In My Dreams series.... Folake's story. For those who need a reminder, Folake is a music exec who's had a great life... that is until she got married and started having issues with her husband. They live on two different continents. He has a side attraction. She's trying to deal with all of that, while exacting her own form of revenge: she slashed his tires and destroyed his apartment/flat. Lots of drama right? Well it's not all about drama... Find out what she's up to now by clicking HERE