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Amoores Blog Updates

Here’s a couple of new posts on the Amoores blogs:

New recipe on the food blog: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Soup with Mushrooms

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes Soup with Mushrooms

This is another use-up-the-leftovers innovation otherwise known as everything-but-the-kitchen-sink soup in our house. A few weeks ago, I made meatloaf. I love meatloaf! Especially when it is paired with mashed potatoes, gravy and green peas! It is comfort food for me, taking me back to school days and cafeteria lunches. Yes, I  actually didn’t mind them! My children, on the other hand,  will not eat in any of their school’s cafeterias. Go figure! Their dad also has … Read entire article »

New book review: The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester

New Blog Posts: Pasta Recipe & Book Review

Here are two new blog posts on the food blog and the review blog.

Recipe: Creamy Marinara with Shrimps

Creamy Marinara with Shrimps

This is a creamy marinara sauce with shrimps, otherwise known as the pink sauce at my house. You can make it from scratch if you like, there’s plenty of recipes out there to try. However, this is a quick go to meal for us on weeknights when you’re just too busy or too tired to cook but don’t want to go out to eat.

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Book Review: The Expats by Chris Pavone

Book review of The Expats

  • Title: The Expats
  • Author: Chris Pavone
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307956350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307956354


Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.

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My Latest Read, The Fault in Our Stars

This is one of my latest favorite read, recommended by my daughter. I loved it so much that I am now on my way to reading all of John Green’s other books. I’m so glad the weather is getting warmer and staying light later! I have more time to read outside now. Have you read any good books lately? Give me ideas what’s good out there.

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Title: The Fault in Our Stars
  • Author: John Green
  • Reading level:Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover:336 pages
  • Publisher:Dutton Juvenile (January 10, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0525478817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478812


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Read what I thought of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. My review on Found not Lost.

A Glaring Look at Grief and Loss and Survival

I have been blessed in many ways. I haven’t experienced a devastating loss, for instance. Sure, there have been many times when grief entered my life, but they have been manageable. At least they seem that way now. At the time, they did feel like my whole world has crumbled. But really, what did I know about having my world utterly destroyed? Nothing. Not when compared to losses others have experienced.

I feel blessed. I am privileged to watch my daughters grow and marvel at how they are confronting their world. I am grateful to be able to watch my parents grow old and wonder at the grace they handle all the trials of aging. I am grateful that I have all of them still because I don’t want to find out how strong I could be without them.

I don’t know that I would be any good at dealing with a loss so great that it can cut you down. That’s how I felt reading The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith. It was almost too heavy for me to bear. The loss, the impending grief… I can almost feel her being suffocated by it all.

But read on, and learn about the strength that must be in all of us and you’ll feel uplifted. Maybe there is hope, maybe there is that light at the end of the tunnel and that pain such as this does not endure but abates with time and that it is survivable.

It is a very interesting read that I think most of us can relate to and maybe even learn from. It may be a difficult read for some people because of the subject matter, but I also think there is a lot to be learned from it. I highly recommend reading it. I couldn’t stop turning pages even when I wanted to.

You can read more about what I think about this on my book review on Found Not Lost, my review blog.

You can also visit the author’s blog and learn more background information about the characters in her book. It’s fascinating reading all the additional tidbits behind the story!

See what other readers think of this book by visiting The Rules of Inheritance on BlogHer.


“This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.”

Books I Just Read

There is something about the winter months, despite its low lights, that makes me want to curl up and read. Sure, I live on the internet and most days you’ll find me with the laptop on… you guessed it, my lap. But nothing beats the time you spend inside the pages of a book when it comes to relaxing your mind and purging it of problems for a while.

Next to my easy chair in my bedroom, I have a stack of books that I’m reading. Some, I’m reading simultaneously and others I knock off in one sitting.

Here are two books that I just finished reading:
This Much is TrueThis Much is True by Jackie Lee Miles is the story of 13 year old Andrea (Andi for short) St. James, a rich Southern girl who goes through some pretty challenging events in her life. First, her favorite brother dies, which drives her mother to drink, which then drives her father to sleep with another woman. Her older sister is being mean to her as she gets ready to get married and her only refuge is her best friend, the cook and the gardener. That is until her best friend has to move away and so many other twists and turns to the story that you wonder how this girl is coping with it all. That’s the beauty of the story. She does cope, and she does a lot of growing up.

Storm of the iStorm of the i is an Artobiography by Tina Collen. This is one book that you can enjoy beyond the first read through. It is a biography of Tina Collen but it is also a scrapbook of her life. Her own artwork populate the pages but so do works from her friends, her favorite artists, and her children. It is a fascinating way to compile one’s biography. The collection of memorabilia and artwork would probably been able to stand alone as a coffee book but couple that with her clear, easy to read writing and compelling story telling, and you have a book that cannot be put down.

I honestly recommend the two books above. The first, This Much is True, is appropriate for the same age group as the heroine, around 12 on up. While I would let my 13 year old daughter read or flip through the Artobiography, other parents may be more conservative. Some of Ms. Collen’s artwork labeled ‘fleurotica’ are quite beautiful but also a bit risque as are some other images within the book. The story itself though, the text, I think is appropriate for teens.

Today, a post from author Molly Harper about how she came up with the idea for her upcoming book, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. Interesting title, huh? I’m getting a review copy of this book so I am looking forward to reading a novel that came out of being stuck home without power during an ice storm.