Friday, June 29, 2012

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Review - Cozy Mystery Challenge

Summary: Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die. (from Amazon)

My Thoughts: I had never read an Agatha Christie book before this one. I know, I know! I am not even sure why, other than that I prefer my mysteries set in the U.S. And based on this book, I would read another Christie book, but they wouldn't be my first choice.

And then There were None starts out at a frenetic pace, which carries on throughout the book, We are introduced to the 10 strangers on their way to the island - most arriving via train. Being introduced to 10 characters in 16 pages makes it a little hard to keep them straight! One they get to the island. people start dropping like flies, and it makes a good mystery trying to find out who is the killer and what the motive might be. I liked the ending of the book itself - and that can make or break a book for me. But Christie added an epilogue that ruined the ending for me. BUT then she added a postscript of sorts that totally saved the ending.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is excellent, and the concept is pretty amazing, but it was hard to keep the characters straight.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 6/25/12

HAPPY SUMMER! And happy new MPM banner for summer :) This is a no grocery store week, but we are still going to eat some yummy food!!

Monday: leftover Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu (I used breadcrumbs instead of stuffing.... sooooo good1!!)
Tuesday:  Italian Chicken
Wednesday:  I have a later dentist appt, so J. is on his own.
Thursday: Slow cooker mac and cheese, either this recipe or this recipe or one from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Hopefully I can get Jeff to review whatever recipe I use.
Friday: leftover mac and cheese.

 I usually do not cook on the weekends, but I have some frozen cooked chicken, so I think we will do quesedillas on Saturday night.

Dessert this week... Something pumpkin, I think, with cinnamon cool whip. I will have to find one that is not a dip or pie. If you know of any, please LMK!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 6/18/12

This week: i do not want to cook!!! So it is an uninspiring week. And I ma trying to save msot of my grocery budget for next week. And it is supposed to be in the 90s a few days this week. yuuuuuck!! But we are excited to set up the water table we bought E - he looooved playing in the water on Father's Day, so I can't wait to set him up! This is Jeff's last week of work for a few weeks, so next week should feature some more cooking?

Monday: frozens :(
Tuesday:  leftovers :(
Wednesday:  pasta salad
Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu
Friday: leftovers

Dessert this week... We still have cookies from Father's Day, so we will be eating those!

Also, I will be making breadcrumbs this week! I have never done it before, so I am excited :D

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Walking, Walking, Walking!!!

Just a quick note that we have a walker!! While he still does so some crawling, as long as he starts standing and doesn't fall, my "baby" is WALKING! All over the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom... I can't believe it. I don't have video uploaded yet, but here are a few pics of him since it has been so long!

playground time!

cannot stand his cuteness!!

blurry like most of the pictures I take of this boy who never stops moving!

meeting Minnie mouse in Disneyland!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 6/11/12

Well, at least I am consistent with doing MPM! Hopefully I will get back in the swing of things once Jeff gets out of school. As it is, making it day to day is enough for me!

Monday: leftovers
Tuesday: Philly Cream Cheese Chicken Tetrazzini
Wednesday: probably dinner out
Thursday:  Dinner out at the Melting Pot <3
Friday: Weight Watchers Italian Chicken

Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  making Mini Caramel Rolls as a Father's Day treat for Jeff. Lunch will be at his aunt's house, so we won't be hungry for dinner! I will be making Triple Threat Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 6/4/12

Well it has been a week of limited Internet access for me along with a touch of sickness and general exhaustion so, as you can see, my blog fell by the wayside last week. I am hoping to catch up this week, but as usual I am not holding my breath LOL! Hopefully meal planning will be a good starting point!

Monday: Crock Pot Chicken Applesauce
Tuesday:  hamburgers using Kraft Fresh Take
Wednesday: Jeff is working at night so we are having leftovers.
Thursday: We are going to a free screening of Brave! So dinner will be leftovers.
Friday: Boneless Chicken Caccaitore

Dessert this week... Banana Cream Pie from Skinny Taste... WW friendly, yay!

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