“Reading, for me, is like this: consumptive, pleasing, calming, as much as edifying. It’s how I feel after a good dinner. That’s why I do it so often: It feels wonderful. ”
― Tara Bray Smith
Books, films, food, repeat. Anybody else out there spending more time on all three? Man, have I been on a movie-watching kick lately! And by “lately”, of course, I mean since March. (Ugh!) Here are some of the best ones I’ve seen this year:
The Kindness of Strangers
Dare to be Wild
A Little Chaos
This Beautiful Fantastic
The Good Liar
Kate & Leopold
Tristan & Isolde
Rules Don’t Apply
The Windermere Children
Losing Sight of the Shore
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Book Thief
Far from the Madding Crowd
Pride & Prejudice
Oh, and the BOOKS! I’ve been meaning to share an updated list of must-read books with you too! Have you read ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop? That one is still sitting at the top of this year’s list for me. Of course ALL of Susan Branch’s books will continue to complete me too. 🙂 Did you know she released a another book this month? It’s called ‘Home for Christmas’ and the description says it’s “a heart-warming tale about the enduring love of family that reads like a long illustrated letter“. I ordered it straight away, and it’s sitting in a basket near my bed, but I’m waiting for the weather to turn to read it. Would you believe it was 83 degrees here today? My nephew in Minnesota texted me a picture of him surrounded by snow!
(Minnesota/Alabama – October 21, 2020)
For obvious reasons, we’ve been cooking at home a lot more this year too. Which reminds me, I don’t think I’ve ever shared an updated photo of the kitchen since we put the (discontinued) Swiftlock flooring in.
It’s a compact space, but it suits our needs, and I can’t get over how much Steevenson loves to work with food! (I spent VERY little time in the kitchen as a kid.) He’s got his own set of utensils and he always jumps at the chance to use them. We’ve been doing Home Chef meals once or twice a week since quarantine started and he always looks forward to delivery day. He requested and made their Dynamite Shrimp Rice Bowl with Boom Boom Sauce and Crispy Wontons (mostly) by himself a few weeks back and he was SO proud of himself for creating such a “fancy” dish. 🙂 Boy, did I want to try some, but I developed a shellfish allergy a few years back, and Kevin won’t eat anything that comes out of the ocean, so he and I usually stick to their chicken and pork meals, which are incredibly delicious too!
(Chicken teriyaki bowl with bok choy & edamame | Garlic herb goat cheese crusted pork chops with balsamic glazed broccoli)
Anywho, I’ve mentioned Home Chef’s here before, but I’ve got a new discount code if you want to give it a whirl at a lower rate. In a nutshell, they offer 20 new recipes each week (with seasonal favorites like butternut squash, chowders, creamy pastas, etc.) and you can schedule deliveries on whichever days you want. Just use code LAYLA80 at checkout to save $20 off your first 4 boxes. Their meats and seafood is top notch, and their veggies are always perfectly fresh too. It’s been great having restaurant-quality meals at home…because, you know, I’ve always been a little bit allergic to the kitchen too. 😉