Friday, April 03, 2020

Vegan Cauliflower Chowder

A comforting soup recipe for any time of the year #asgeats #food

The other day, I had someone ask me why I didn't just run a food blog. This was a fair question because most of my Facebook posts are photos of dishes that I've cooked. I love cooking, but what I love even more is sharing what I've cooked with my people.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Monthly Reflections | March

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of March? #currently

Only in a dystopian novel did I ever think I'd hear the term "quarantine" used by a government official. Never would I have believed that the entire world would grind to a stop and hole up in their homes for weeks while a virus swept through our communities, infecting and killing as it went. This is a scenario that feels like it could only have been pulled from the pages of a Stephen King novel.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Simple Gratitude | 155

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful

I woke up this morning to a considerable amount of anxiety. That's a lie. I've been having panic attacks since I first opened my eyes at 7 am. I'm not sure why. I've been doing well with looking at this COVID craziness from a factual, medical standpoint and not letting the overwhelm of the social media panic get to me, but this morning, I woke up with this heavy feeling of dread washing over me. Not the "Did I buy enough food and toilet paper" feeling. More of the "I'm going to die alone" feeling. Dramatic, I know, but we can't always control those thoughts in our minds.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 45

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd grab our beverages of choice - mine would be a big mug of green tea and a tumbler of shaved ice - and forego the pretty setting this month for a Skype date instead. Because... Coronavirus. Officials across the globe have been updating around the clock, resulting in businesses and schools shuttering their doors for the next few weeks. Although neither of us are caught up in the frenzy, we made a joint decision to stay in our pajamas and meet up over the interwebs, and a fine choice it was.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Five Things | How Books and Chronic Illness Go Together

Five ways that books and chronic illness go together. #fivethings #chronicillness #books

Every month, when I post my book reviews, it never fails. I am always asked by at least two or three people how I am able to read so many books in such a short period of time. My short answer is that I have no life and no kids, so I have a lot of free time to dedicate to reading. Most people think I'm saying that in jest, and I am, but I'm also not.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

What I Read | February

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread
It was a short month, but there were many books that had to be read in February. I had to play catch-up on some publisher galleys and get a little bit ahead on my own reading list so I have time to work in a project coming up in March. A friend messaged me last week and asked if she could send over a copy of her manuscript for me to read. It's complete and she's in the process of sending it out to editors and agents and I'm so proud of her. I can't wait to dig into that. All in all, I managed to get through nineteen books, not counting the two I did not finish. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Monthly Reflections | February

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of February? #currently

It's nearly 65°F as I type this post. In February. The month that is supposed to be the coldest and snowiest in this region. This snow lover is feeling utterly neglected by Mother Nature, but I won't let the bitterness ruin my week. I have much to look forward to including a new project, restarting an old one, and lots of new recipes I want to try in the next month. Off we go!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

What I Learned | Winter 2020

Today I'm sharing the lessons I learned this winter. #whatilearned

Winter has been a bit of a dud around these parts. What is usually a very snowy and cold season has instead been mild and rainy. Flower bulbs are already beginning to break ground, signaling the start of spring. The birds have returned to their favorite perches and squirrels fat from their pre-winter gorge are scampering about, trying to work off the extra ounces and find their mate.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Simple Gratitude | 154

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful

After sharing a gratitude post a few weeks ago, I remembered how much I enjoyed writing them, so I'm going to try to mix them into the schedule more frequently. Right now, I need every reminder of the blessings I have in my life, even if they are tiny things that might not seem important to anyone else. I am overwhelmed with frustrating health problems that don't seem to be improving and can feel depression creeping back in. So, let's try to find a few silver linings. Yes?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

My recipe for creamy, spicy buffalo chicken stuffed shells! #asgeats #recipe

For every birthday in my large family, I cook that family member's favorite dish for our celebration dinner. About five years ago, my brother, Adam, asked me if I could make him stuffed shells with a twist. And so, buffalo chicken stuffed shells were born and they have been his birthday meal every year since. I'm often asked to make a pan of these savory delights even when there is no special occasion, and word quickly spreads. Everyone in the family finds a reason to "stop by" around dinner time when these are being served.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 44

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

I'd invite you over to my place and we'd brew up our favorite hot beverages on the Keurig, old school style. We'd take our drinks out to the covered front porch and sit in the big wooden rocking chairs where I'd surprise you with a plate of pound cake. Because, why not? It is rainy but unseasonably warm here, and the raindrops are making a delightfully calming plopping sound in the garden.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

What I Read | January

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread

I started the year playing catch-up with the books I didn't finish in 2019. There were about ten of them still on the list. I'm happy to say that I checked most of them off and am patiently waiting for the last few to come up on my library hold list. January was a fantastic month for books. There were a lot of losers, but tons of winners and I had a hard time figuring out which ones I liked the most. I might have even found a new favorite author - something I am very excited about. All in all, I read twenty-four books in January and am ten books ahead in my Goodreads yearly reading challenge! Woo! Bring on February and all the reads to come.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Simple Gratitude | 153

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful

It's been a long time since I've done one of these posts. Looking back in my archives, it was November when I last shared what I was grateful for. Although I track my gratitude in a journal every day, I felt that sharing these every week was starting to get redundant, so I thought I'd only post them every once in a while when I was inspired. This is such a time. The news has been downright depressing and the weather has been gloomy, so I definitely needed to count my fruit this week. I hope you can find a few reasons to be thankful too. ♡

Friday, January 31, 2020

Monthly Reflections | January

Wrapping up the month and sharing what I've been up to in life and on the blog. What is your favorite moment of January? #currently

Yesterday, my bestie posted a meme on Facebook that said, "It's the 834th day of January," and he wasn't lying. This felt like such a long month. Maybe it was because I spent a good portion of it looking inward and being really honest about things I want to change about myself and my life. It's frustrating to be openly critical of yourself while trying to do so in a constructive manner. One of the very things I want to change is how I run when I get uncomfortable... sort of how I'm feeling after this month of hard self-reflection. It would be easy to distract myself from the changes I need to make and push it to the side. No one ever said that work on the soul and body and mind was going to be easy. Heart work = hard work. Here's to a new month full of positive changes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 43

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the cafe on the corner for a quick cup and chat since both of our schedules are a little crazy at the moment, but neither of us wanted to miss out on our date. I'd order a hot black tea with honey because my throat has been a little scratchy and I'm craving something to soothe it. We'd choose a booth by the front window that overlooks a park and marvel at how pretty the view is, even though the trees are all bare for the winter.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Dear 2019 | A Letter of Reflection

Saying farewell to 2019 in my last open letter of the year! #letters

"Be brave enough to heal yourself, even when it hurts." - Bianca Sparacino

Dear 2019,

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

What I Read | December

A look back at what I read last month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread

One of these years, I'm going to pack a bag full of books and run off to a tropical beach for the holidays. I never get as much reading done in the month of December because I'm so busy planning for our family gatherings and birthdays. I did manage to get in eighteen books over the busy month, which is better than I anticipated, but I'm still so behind. January will be devoted to catching up on my reading challenge books that I've started as well as the ARCs I'm reading for publishers.

Monday, January 06, 2020

One Little Word | 2020

Today I'm sharing the word I've chosen to be my beacon for the coming year. #onelittleword

"Sometimes letting go of things is an act of far greater power than hanging on." - Eckhart Tolle

Thursday, January 02, 2020

My Favorite Books of 2019

A list of the books that rocked my world in 2019. #asgbookshelf

Way back in July, I wrote a post about my favorite books from the first half of 2019 and promised I'd come back at the end of the year to update with my top ten. Looking back over the books I chose, I was reminded of the wonderful stories I got to read this year. Because I'm such a tough critic when it comes to books, there were only a handful of them that got a five-star rating, so it was easy to pull out my favorites. Only five books from the previous post made the cull and joined five from the second half of the year. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Reading Challenges for 2020 | The List

Check out my master list of all the books I'll be reading in 2020! #books #reading #asgbookshelf

People often ask me how I manage to read so many books every year. The truth is, I always have a book in my hand - or in my ear, if I'm feeling an audiobook that day. I prefer reading over watching tv, going to the movies, or participating in any organized group activities. I also don't have kids and tend to shy away from social events. Hello, introvert!