Pssstttt it’s May. April ending on a Sunday and May beginning on a Monday is pretty darn sneaky. Driving to work I knew the date, but sure enough, the first chance I get to write the date down, I’m beginning to pen “April”. Never fails.
April was yet another good one. A wedding, plenty of parties, family gatherings, good eats, good reading, kinda sums it up. But to sum it up further, I’m going to share some of my favorites from the month of April.
To be fair, Jubal Sackett had me completely won over. But once I started reading Resisting Happiness, I knew it’d be impossible to choose. There will be a full review of Resisting Happiness coming up. It’s worth it.
If you’re looking for a book to help you look inward and work toward being the the-best-version-of-yourself, Resisting Happiness is the one you want to pick up. However, if you are a fan of westerns, you really should start reading the Sackett series by Louis L’Amour. Jubal Sackett was the fourth book in the series and so far my favorite. Don’t you just love when you love a character in a book so much and there are many more books in the series to come?
Well it’s about time I mention, my most favorite restaurant of what seems like the entire year plus a few months. Julianna’s outside of Castroville has done nothing but impress us. By far my favorite thing on their menu is their pizzas. To our surprise it just keeps getting better. Other favorites at Julianna’s are their calamari, bistro salad, brie wontons, and like I said any of their pizzas. And don’t worry, no matter what you order, I’m sure you’ll be taking some home. To visit their Facebook page, click here.
Again, I’ve got two favorites. The first being Bosch, an Amazon Original. I’ve watched the first two seasons and it’s been great. Being based off of Michael Connelly books, of course I thought I would appreciate Bosch, but it’s even better than I could have imagined. Not your typical detective or CSI-type show. Entertaining and invites you to think and try to figure the case out before they do.
The second show I have been loving is an oldie, but a goody as they say. Inspector Lewis! I watched this series while in college, and am starting it over now, because I love re-watching series. Inspector Lewis is an extremely smart series to follow. 1 1/2 hour-long episodes, cases get deep and intricate. At times, I have to take a little break to figure out exactly what is going on in the series, but I love that about it.
Favorite Meal Cooked
Gosh, I wish I would have had a picture of this. But I’ll explain it to the best of my ability.
First, I lightly roasted two poblano peppers and 5-6 tomatillos (removed from husks), in my cast iron skillet. Then I dropped them in a pot of boiling water and let them sit in there for 5-8 minutes until soft or until the tomatillos turned an olive-green color. Then I moved those to the Ninja food processor, along with a few cloves of garlic, a few tablespoons of lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper, a handful of cilantro and a bit of water, used sparingly, to thin it out. I pulsed 8-10 times, then switched to Low until well-blended. My sauce was loose but had a few coarse chunks of peppers, here and there. I used half of this sauce to douse boneless, skinless chicken thighs before they went on the grill. I don’t know how long these took, grilling is not my job ha. Nonetheless, couldn’t have taken too long because I wasn’t even done preparing the sides when they were finished. Anyhow, I used the rest of the mixture to marinate other chicken thighs overnight. Those chicken thighs found themselves baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes and then shredded to be used on our chalupas. This sauce had to be one of the best things I came up with in the month of April, besides my ice cream of course. :)
Top 5 Friday: Guy Clark no doubt about it. I truly believe I could listen to his music every single day.
Favorite Amazon Buy
As many know, or probably could assume after reading a number of my posts, I love Amazon. Whether it’s buying a better deal on my favorite shampoo or even toilet paper, or buying something big like my camera, I always give Amazon a shot. This month, I finally stepped into the world of Kindle. From time to time, Amazon runs deals on their Kindles. I choose the Kindle paperwhite after comparing the different models. I would highly recommend having patience and waiting for a sale to come again. Rather than spending $120 for the paperwhite, I got it for around $80. Same goes for the rest of the Kindle models.
After having the device for several weeks now, I am hooked. Resisting Happiness was the first book I read on it. And I already have several Zane Gray novels queued up. It is amazing how many books you can read for free. If you appreciate the classics or books with some age to them, you will probably find some free of charge to check out! Plus there is a program called Kindle First, where at the beginning of the month, you have the opportunity to preview one of six books that are set to be released in the following month. I have been surprised by some of those books!
I also downloaded the bible. Now I’ll be the first to admit, I have never really and truly sat down to read the bible. It just seems too daunting. But my grandpa gave me the idea to download it on my Kindle so that little by little I’ll be able to read it. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!
To check out the Kindle paperwhite or other Kindle versions, click here.
Favorite Picture Taken
Black-and-white first dance picture, what’s more to love? These wedding pictures have me enjoying editing for the first time in a while!
With that, I think this is one heck of a favorites post. Whether you’re looking to read, eat, buy or smile, I think I have you covered for the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to continuing these Favorites posts.
Don’t forget to check out my March 2017 Favorites post, click here.
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