Also, I almost forgot, I haven't done a book review yet on Jane Green's The Beach House. The novel was set in Nantucket, where mid-60's Nan finds herself with money problems, and decides to open a bed and breakfast. It unfolds as it's told my numerous perspectives, all great storylines. Each of the people end up staying at her home, with a few good twists to follow. I enjoyed reading it - it was a nice, sweet celebration of life, being yourself and doing the right thing. It definitely wasn't a challenging read, but was a great page-turner that i'd recommend. I give it a 4.5/5 - would have been a 5 if there had been a bit more relationship development among characters. I mean, I loved how close they got, but was like wow, that was quick!
I also realized there were quite a few recipes I've made that I haven't shared - eek! Here's a yummy one I found on About.com: Slowcooker Chicken Mac and Cheese. Forgive the not-good photo! It was already broken out into tubs and my lazy butt didn't feel like replating it for a photo!
Makes 4 Servings
1 pound chicken
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1 can fat-free cream of chicken soup
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
8 oz. Macaroni
Rinse chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix undiluted soup and pour over chicken in a Crock Pot. Cook on high 3 hours. After three hours, remove chicken, shred it, and add in noodles. Cook on high for 20 minutes until noodles soften.
Nutritional Information: 437 calories, 56 carbs, 7 fat grams and 36 protein grams.
Review: We both REALLY liked this one. I liked that it wasn't soupy but was very flavorful. It reminded me a bit of bacon ranch slowcooker chicken, except more on the cheesy side. I definitely liked the shredded chicken and it was fun cooking the noodles in the slowcooker, rather than separate. This recipe will be made again - probably soon!!
Q: Any yummy slowcooker recipes you have to share? I'm kind of loving these ones that involve meat + canned goods - toss it in and you've got 4-6 meals in a few hours - pure genius I say.
Q: Did you have a rainy Monday, too? I hope you had better weather - I was SUCH a waste of space today.