Monthly Archives: July 2013

Book Review: I’ll Be Seeing You

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16160079I’ll Be Seeing You – Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan

I was lucky enough to receive this book as an advance readers copy in a giveaway.  I read the summary of what the book was about & thought it sounded interesting.  When the book arrived to our house months ago, I truly meant to read it but as a full time mom & full time out of the house job on top of that…it just sat in a pile with the million of other books & magazines I keep meaning to get around to.

This past weekend I was reading an article in one of my magazines & at the end of the story, there was a little blurb about how the author wrote a book about her experience, with the same title.  It reminded me about the book sitting on my dresser.  It was an very unusually cold weekend in Michigan, we didn’t get above 60, so the boys were content in their cozy PJ’s, playing inside, and I decided to crack open the book.

Some stories take me a few pages or chapters to really immerse myself in, to start believing in the story.  This book had me hooked on the first line.  I am in love with this format & how well done the authors did it.  This book is strictly you flipping through old letters during the war between two women who have never met.  Pen pals – the real deal.  Glory was given the address of Rita – both on different coast lines – because they both had husbands fighting in the war.

You’re bouncing between two women’s lives as they endure the same waiting game, waiting for the latest V-Mail from their husbands to reassure them they’re still alive, waiting for the dreaded telegram to tell them they’re not.  They trade recipes back & forth with ideas on how to “spice up” the limited ration amounts they are allowed to purchase.  They trade advice, they lean on each other during hard moments and whisper secrets they wouldn’t share with anyone else.

I was thrilled to learn that not only was the book written in the point of view through letters, but that is literally how this book was written.  Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan, the amazing authors behind this book, have never met.  The same as Rita & Glory.  They found each other online & emailed back & forth with the idea of writing a book together.  Then one day, Suzanne wrote an email to Loretta in Glory’s voice, the first letter in this book.  When Loretta wrote back as Rita, they started forming this book.

I couldn’t put it down, I read it from start to finish in three days.  Yes…I let the kids watch one more episode of TV than I normally would to do so.  Win win right?  I had the book cracked open as I put meals together, reading it as I stirred breakfast together or plated up lunch.  I gobbled up the story line during naps and stayed up past my bedtime because I just had to know what happened next.  I am so excited to pass this book on to a friend to share the magic I just witnessed.  I think both of these ladies have a bright future in writing.

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Copycat – In My Budget

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I feel like I’m clueless with fashion, I see stuff I like but never know how to pull it all together.  So I’ve decided to copy some outfits I see online, in magazines, in the store, wherever – but in my budget.  Meaning…for as little money as possible.  Today’s copycat is the beautiful Jennifer Aniston.  I love this casual, I didn’t try to hard, but I still look amazing, outfit she (or her stylist) put together.

outfit1So I found this shirt at American Eagle for $10!

greyshirtThese shorts at Target for $17.99

This amazing belt on Amazon for $29.55

I think these shoes would look great with the outfit & at only $46.72 too!

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And after a long search on the internet for a great necklace to tie it all in, while still sticking to my budget – I found this on Etsy $12.50:

Recipe Review: The Easiest Fish Tacos

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Fish Taco*Image & Recipe Credits*

  • Yield: 4 servings; 8 tacos
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 pieces frozen prepared fish sticks
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • lettuce
  • avocado

for the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • juice of 1 lime

for the salad:

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • chopped cilantro, to taste
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook fish sticks according to package directions until golden and crispy.
  2. While fish is cooking, make the sauce: stir all ingredients together until smooth.
  3. For the salad, stir all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
  4. To assemble, place 1 piece of fish onto 1 tortilla and top with salad, sauce, lettuce and avocado. Serve.

 Tarah’s Thoughts:

Lauren isn’t kidding when she named this “The Easiest Fish Tacos”.  It was so simple I plan on having this dish on rotation in our house for a long time.  I read over the recipe and decided this sound totally doable.  I did make a few changes, but not many.

  • Instead of lettuce, I “made” coleslaw.  And by made I mean I bought a bag of pre shredded coleslaw mix and a bottle of  Marzetti’s Coleslaw dressing, mixed them together and called it good.  I am a very picky coleslaw eater, not many slaws earn my stamp of approval.  Marzetti’s is probably #1 in my book, their dressing is AH MAZING!
  • Our grocery store had LOTS of avocados – but they were all firm to the touch.  Which means they weren’t ready for eating.  So we went without avocados but I hope to add them next time.
  • Instead of tomatoes and onions for the salad, I just put half a tub of the Garden Fresh Wild Mild Salsa in with the beans & corn.  I did add the cilantro & lime juice as well.  I think it turned out awesome.

All four of us chowed down on this recipe.  My husband, myself, our two year old son who is going through a “everything is gross” phase, and our ten month old son who is starting to feed himself.  My husband took a few bites, looked up at me and said “I would pay money at a restaurant for this.”  I cannot explain how amazing simple and amazingly awesome this recipe tasted.  Four thumbs ups!

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**I was not compensated in any way, by any of the above mentioned websites and/or companies to mention their product.  All thoughts are my own opinion and may be different from your own.**