It’s Monday! 


I feel like I’ve been reading these two books forever! Thankfully, they are both well worth the time. The Summer Book is especially charming and I’m taking the time to savor it.

Last week I finished A Separation by Katie Kitamura in audio. It was read by Katherine Waterston. Best I can tell, it is her first time narrating a book and I really hope it isn’t her last. I think she kept me going. The book wasn’t exactly boring…okay, yeah it kinda was. It meandered a bit and the main mystery of the book was…left ambiguous. Unanswered may be even more correct. I don’t mind ambiguous endings when there is an idea of where the ending is. A Separation doesn’t know how it ended and left me frustrated. Gorgeous writing (and narration!) though.

It took me a few different tries on different audios, but I think I’ve settled on House of Names as my next audiobook, because OMG WHAT A BEGINNING.

So, what are you reading this week?

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The Weekly Menu – May 21

Well, just as I figured, last week did not go as planned! When does it ever? Never! However, gotta keep trying!

This week sees the end of soccer. We’re sad and looking forward to the fall season. In the meantime, life is getting more back to normal! And I have to say, I AM SO GLAD.



I have some pork chops I need to use, so I’m planning to grill those babies. I think I’ll use this Basil-Garlic Rub. Some roasted baby potatoes and asparagus on the side will be lovely!


One thing that I’ve tried recently that my family has not, is chimichurri. I feel that this is a grave injustice, so I’m going to attempt to make it at home. I got a lovely skirt steak and I’m going to use this recipe for the chimichurri. I think some jasmine rice and grilled veggies will go great with it!


Y’all, my day was made last week when I discovered that Walmart (WALMART!??!?!) had gluten free hot dog buns. And the bread is SOFT. I. AM. SO. EXCITED. So we’re having grilled hot dogs with all the fixings. I cannot wait.


According to the weather forecast, by Wednesday we’ll be swimming in rainfall. It’s supposed to rain Monday-Wednesday. So I figure by this day, we’ll be ready for soup and grilled cheese. I’m going to make this broccoli cheddar soup because what says Dry Out more than b&c soup?


We’ll be eating with my family, on our normal night, because NO SOCCER PRACTICE!!!


Since I usually get groceries on my way home on Friday’s, I usually pick something up for my supper. Here lately that means avocado rolls from my favorite Vietnamese/Thai restaurant! Yum!

Have I mentioned just how happy I am that life is returning to some semblance of normal? Of course, that’ll be thrown out the window once the new house is ready. Oh well, smooth sailing until then!

What food plans do you have for the week?


The Weekly Menu – May 14

For most of this year, cooking for my family has been a struggle. Having class, and work, and having to make up for work missed for class, I’ve been coming home exhausted. Then there’s homework (for three of us!), baths, teeth to brush, cuddles to be had, books to read (or not) and on and on. Food is a priority of course, but then there is the clean up and the time to plan.

Yikes, I’ve been busy! And now we’ve added soccer for my daughter! That’s almost over though. Class is over for me and it will be soon for the kids. Our house is almost ready and we’ll be moving soon. I can’t deny it; I am so looking forward to all of that! But, where do I fit in quick, easy, yet nutritious food for my family?

I have no idea, but I still try. This week’s schedule looks something like this:

Sunday: It’s Mother’s Day! We’ll be eating lunch with my mother-in-law and supper with my aunt-like-a-mother.

Monday: Soccer! It’s tournament time! Go Lightening!

Tuesday: My daughter’s been asking for quiche for weeks. Since I’m still gluten free, it will be crustless. I love this one from Budget Bytes! We’ll have bacon on the side for all the meat-eaters.

Wednesday: Depending on the outcome of the game Monday, we may be eating with my aunt and uncle, as the girl usually has soccer practice on Thursdays. If not, we will eat with them Thursday and I’m thinking we’ll have tacos. I’m leaning toward these favorites from Fox and Briar.

Thursday: Again, depending on the outcome Monday, the girl may have soccer practice. If she does, we all usually go out to eat. Here lately, that means Mexican.

Friday: This is usually my night alone as the kids go to their grandma’s and my husband goes out with his brother. I’ll probably have leftover quiche. Unless I find myself at Michael’s again (it happens A LOT), then I’ll pick up something.

Saturday: Last day for soccer! We’ll either watch the girl play her last game, and/or celebrate the end of the season with all the teams! We are responsible for a dessert. I’m going to make a strawberry pie, since they’re in season, with my hands-down, absolute favorite, gluten free crust from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.

Here’s hoping I can stick to this! What are you eating this coming week?


Allow Me to Introduce Myself…*

*if you already know me, think of me as this is me writing my About Me Page.

Hi! I’m Heather!

The 411

Who I am: Heather, formerly of Capricious Reader, formerly of A High and Hidden Place

Where: The Southern USA

Preferences: Coffee to tea. Books to television. Wine to beer. Night to morning. Autumn. Dark blue. Butter over margarine, cinnamon over nutmeg, scones over biscuits, mountains over the beach. Sweaters are my jam. I adore collective nouns, you Parliament of Owls. Idioms give me goosebumps. Obsessed with octopuses, foxes, owls, and crows. Also pangolins. I am, without a doubt, the most suspicious person you know. *knocks on wood*

I have been blogging for a really long time. I’d be 91 if I was a dog blogger. I originally started blogging fresh out of college. As a graduate with a degree in English, I missed having that Book Discussion Outlet that college gave me, plus, no one I know is a reader like I am. Online, I found my People.

Yet, here’s the thing. I’m 39-years-old. I’m a mother. A cook. A printer and a graphic designer. I love to garden, listen to music, knit, crochet, and more. After 13 years, I find myself wanting to talk about more than books and I felt pigeonholed at my old blog. Choked. Held back. Restricted.

So, here I am. On a new journey. And I’m so happy you’re here on this journey with me.



It’s Monday! 

img_5070It feels like forever since I finished a book. Now that class is over and I’m free from homework, I’m hoping to find time to read again. How lucky for me that it’s Bout of Books week! What a great time to bury myself in books until something sticks.

I am currently reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman (I loooooove him) and I hope to finish it. I also hope to read more of Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, and Dylan Thuras. Then I have several books I picked up at a local book sale that I’d like to dip into, most especially John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk and The Accident by Chris Pavone.

Gosh, it feels good to be back at this.

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