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Gluten-Free for Good: Simple, Wholesome Recipes Made from Scratch by Samantha Seneviratne

27774473No meal should be defined by what’s not there.Gluten-Free for Good has 100 easy, healthful gluten-free recipes that are so delicious you’ll never miss the gluten.

Here are dishes you may have thought you’d never enjoy again—not without resorting to expensive packaged gluten-free foods that aren’t as delicious or healthful as the real thing. These quick-cooking meals are for any time of day, all made from scratch without hard-to-digest processed additives like xanthan or guar gum. – Goodreads

I am not Celiac, nor am I diagnosed with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. That being said, I do notice that I have a reaction when I eat gluten after a period of avoiding it. Does this mean I have a sensitivity? I don’t know. Does this mean I should eliminate it? I don’t know. Do I believe that gluten is the devil? No. I have been trying to make a more conscious effort of eliminating it from my diet, though, as the digestive issues and achy joints that I experience after consuming it are annoying and probably not normal as compared to how I feel when I eat other things.

So, long story short, I saw this on Blogging for Books and jumped at the opportunity to review it.

Upon first flip through, I noticed the bright photography, tons of recipes, and thickness of the pages. This book is constructed well, and I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to make — everything looked so good!

One gripe: many of the recipes were things that wouldn’t have had gluten in them to begin with, such as chicken and potatoes or sweet potato spinach hash. The recipes that included gluten-subs made up for it, but it still seemed odd.

Recipes vary from simple/few ingredients to much more laborious endeavors.

For the record — the Miso Shrimp with Snap Peas was the bomb.com. This will be a permanent weeknight staple.

I rated this a 4/5 on Goodreads — many of the recipes didn’t seem very imaginative, but the photography was beautiful and I enjoyed the idea behind it—it’s not defined by what isn’t there. I received this through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

L

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Hiatus…hopefully over?

I must confess, I completely fell off the face of the Earth when Kiesha left LBR. I stopped reading (well, read much slower and less often) and haven’t posted a damn thing since May. Apparently getting a new boyfriend is distracting, especially when it comes to reading. And blogging.

But I’m back (don’t worry, still have the boyfriend — we’re just in that ‘k, i’ll read and you play video games’ stage now).

I will be catching up on reviews of books I read while on hiatus. I’m looking forward to more TTTs, lists, etc. I definitely miss reading AND blogging, so I’m pretty excited to be back.

L

Top Ten Tuesday: 3/15

Holy hell have I been in a reading slump. Hopefully today’s TTT revs up my reading drive again — I am WAY too behind on my 2016 Reading Challenge goal!

Tuesday

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

  1. 3636Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling | Okay, seriously, I preordered this damn thing in September and never got around to it.

2. A Day of Fire by Multiple Authors | What? How have I never heard of THIS?

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein | This has been sitting on my shelf and collecting dust for MONTHS.

4. Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | I have an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, and Alyssa (my reviewer spirit animal) gave a stunning review.

5. Eidolon by Grave Draven | Guhhh. It’s no secret that I’m a Draven fan (4 and 5 star reviews on Master of Crows and Radiance respectively, folks). So, yes. I’m pretty excited about this one, which will be released at the end of May.

6. Missoula: Rape and The Justice System In A College Town by Jon Krakauer | It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with a Krakauer book, and I just recently heard about this one. Certainly a heavy topic, but an important one nonetheless.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel | My co-worker insists I read this ASAP.

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry | I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve seen the movie before reading the book. I liked the movie, so I’m hoping I’ll like the book even better.

9. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | Strictly because I think he is hilarious on Parks & Recreation and Master of None.

10. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin | I know I hate chick lit, but Giffin is my only exception.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/12

Tuesday

Top Seven 2015 Releases I Meant to Get But I Didn’t

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer |  I read the other three at the beginning of the year, but I never picked up the fourth!
  2. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson | Damn it! I loved the first book in this series but still haven’t picked up this little number!
  3. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black |  Looks good!
  4. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | I keep looking at this one and thinking about how awesome it looks — and then I don’t buy it.
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab | I just love magic.
  6. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell | This has made multiple TTT lists for me in 2015—yet I still haven’t ponied up and bought it.
  7. The Lake House by Kate Morton | Meant to read it, never did.

L

{Belated} Top Ten Tuesday: 1/6

Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions I Have for 2016

  1. Request only what I want. I have a bad habit of going on ARC request binges and then having a hell of a time finishing them, or getting sad because I have other things I want to read.
  2. Have more fun blogging. We started LBR to showcase our love of reading and have fun. It was a creative outlet. Yet I sometimes fall into the trap of creating content to create content, which isn’t as fun. I need to have more fun with it 🙂
  3. Read stuff on my shelf. I have another bad habit of hoarding books and not reading them. I preordered Mindy Kaling’s book. Haven’t read it. Have about 9000 more on Kindle that I’ve bought when they’re on sale and haven’t read them.
  4. Do more social. I’m a PR person. Why don’t I do more PR for us? Because it’s my day job, probably. But we work hard on our stuff and I’d like to showcase it more.
  5. Actually partake in challenges. I did several challenges last year through a Goodreads group I’m in, but I’d like to do more — but more than that, I want to challenge myself in what I’m reading. I have a tendency to stick to what I know and I’d like to branch out.
  6. Don’t buy books until I read what I have. See #3. I buy an assload of $1.99 and that ish adds up. I tell myself, “This is cheaper than a Starbucks coffee!” but it’s not when I get 40+ in a year. Also I just did the math on that and shuddered.
  7. Get a library card. Alright, put the pitchfork down. I’ve HAD ONE BEFORE. I went to the library three times a week growing up. But I’ve moved cities and haven’t been to my local library, a fact I need to remedy.
  8. Participate more on other blogs. I’m a bonafide blog creeper. I creep on everyone’s reviews, TTTs, etc. But I never talk. I need to talk more.
  9. Read in coffee shops more. I used to go every Sunday to a little local coffeeshop and read over my latte. I miss this.
  10. Read 150 books. I almost hit it in 2015, but life happened.

L

Thursday Things 12/31

Thursday

It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking about the fresh start looming ahead of us and what we can do differently to make the next year even better than the last. With that train of thought in mind, here are a few things that are inspiring me for this coming year…

Books for the successful woman… I’ve read Bossypants, the next ones up are How to be a Woman, Why Not Me?, and #girlboss. I also really want to read Leave Your Mark and I’ve heard really good things about I Am That Girl so it’s on the list too… I’ve been feeling lately like I have two (or more) paths ahead of me and I need to figure out which one I want to take. I’m hoping that reading these types of books will help me make my decision without wasting more time. I’m taking the Spring semester off from school and transferring in the summer so a lot of things are up in the air right now, so to speak.

I really really love this take on digital detoxing – I think I’m going to talk to the hubs and see if he’d be on board for once a week or once a month digital detoxes – our phones and/or laptops are constantly glued to our sides when we’re at home and I’m over it.

 

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It’s no secret (or maybe it is?) that I have a shopping problem… I spend way too much money on clothes for myself that I generally don’t really need… it’s my way of making myself feel better when I’ve had a bad day and I’d really love to learn how to not rely on that outlet. I’ve heard a lot about no-spending and no-shopping years in the good ol’ blogosphere, and I think 2016 is going to be my year… I’m going to commit to buying no clothes for an entire year. This terrifies me. I really like this take on the whole process, and while I’m not going to go as hardcore as she did, I am determined to end next year without a huge pile of new clothes I’ve collected throughout the year. My only exceptions to the no-clothes-buying rule are going to be (1) underwear and bras (because the size of certain things gets out of control sometimes), (2) if something I wear regularly gets ruined, (3) workout clothes within reason and (4) I will make exceptions for smaller sizes… I’m on a workout program and getting my thyroid medications figured out, so if I lose weight and cannot fit in the clothes I currently own, I will not force myself to deal with them longer than I have to for confidence reasons. I think that’s it though. Wish me luck!

K

P.S. Sorry for this ridiculously long post 🙂

P.P.S. I want to read ALL of these books. Damnit.

P.P.P.S. 2015 is officially over and while I didn’t hit my Goodreads reading goal (50 books… I feel like such a failure), I DID read more this year than last year. For 2016, I’m not setting a number for a goal, my goal is just to read more than I did this year. Happy 2016!!

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Forget resolutions, here are my 2016 book challenges

I used to be a real fan of resolutions. Get healthy, be successful, travel more, do fun things…but the problem is, resolutions aren’t measurable, attainable goals. Sometimes they are, but often they’re general. /rant over/

My 2015 Goodreads book challenge was to read 150 books. I was doing pretty well until we bought a house and I lost four weeks of reading time. I hit XXX books (or XXXXX pages), though, which I’m pretty damn proud of.

My 2016 book challenge goal is slightly more attainble — 125 books — but I’m also participating in Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.

Read a horror book, a collection of essays, a food memoir, a book with a person who identifies as transgender. The list is pretty impressive, and will definitely challenge me to step out of my fantasy comfort zone.

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Anyone else participating?

L

Thursday Things 12/24

Thursday

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!?! I am probably more excited than I should be, but whatevs. Cannot wait to see it!! & there’s this wonderful list from Buzzfeed to go along with the trailer. As soon as I heard ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ the tears welled up. I wish they would do theater showings of the HP movies so we could get the experience all over again.

Another Harry Potter related tidbit… Hermione Granger was cast for JK’s new play HP & the Cursed Child… and I LOVE the choice. Harry and Ron were cast as well, but I’m not as excited about them… it’s weird seeing HP as someone other than Daniel Radcliffe. What are your thoughts on the casting??

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That’s all from me today, I’m off to spend some much needed time with the family & in the kitchen (all of the FOOD!).

See you next week & have a very Merry Christmas!!K

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/22

Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree This Year

  1. Jessie’s Girls: Muscle Building Edition 2 by Jessie Hilgenberg | Jessie just released this and I’m dying. I just restarted the first Muscle Building edition but reeeeeally want to try MB2.
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard | I would leave out extra cookies for this.
  3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | I maybe just accidentally binge-watched the entire first season of his new Netflix show, Master of None and find him hilarious.
  4. Let It Go! Coloring Book by Sherise Seven | I have this romantic idea in my head that a coloring book will solve all of my stress probz.
  5. Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove | Blackfish was an intense documentary and I would like to learn more.

6. Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth At A Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer | I’m just kind of obsessed with leadership nonfiction.

7. Start with Why by Simon Sinek | Like, really obsessed.

8. You Need More Sleep: Advice From Cats by Francesco Marciuliano | Meow 🙂

9. AP Style Guide | I desperately need a new edition.

10. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day | This looks funny and like something I can relate to.

L