Hello Friends!! Lindsay and I recently hosted a spoiler-free Q & A in our Behind the Pages Goodreads group with Canadian author Jesse Thistle to discuss his extraordinary, powerful, inspiring memoir From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way. I am excited to share the Q & A with you …

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Hello Friends!! I am back again with another plant-based cookbook review! I am excited to share my review with you all for The Everything Plant-Based Meal Prep Cookbook: 200 Easy, Make-Ahead Recipes Featuring Plant-Based Ingredients by Diane K. Smith. The cookbook is easy to read and follow and focuses on recipes that are easy to …

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My Favorite Bookish Things: Handmade Book/Kindle Sleeves, Book Markers Pouches and Book Markers Made by Norma and our Mom Linda

November 14, 2020


Hello my friends! Today I am talking about my favorite bookish things and they can be yours too!! Norma has taken a turn from reviewing books and is now making book markers and managing her Etsy shop selling handmade bookish things that her and our Mom Linda are making. Christmas might be a bit of a challenge this year and it might be time to start thinking about gifts so I would like to share some of my favorite things you can find in their shop or have it custom made in any of the fabrics they have available for someone special on your Christmas list. Also I heard this year people are thinking of self gifting this year!! Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off. AND of course I am going to talk about books as well.

I chose this fabric to feature in their Etsy shop and I requested the book marker made to go with it. I use the book sleeve for my book or my iPad. Now about the books, I am currently reading Homegoing and I love it! It’s heartbreaking and eye opening and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to finally read it. I just finished and posted our reviews for Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy and we highly recommend it as one not to missed for thriller readers!!!

My favorite thing is my kindle sleeve. I love, love it and it goes everywhere I go!! Well I really don’t go out much right now. I do have a couple other ones that my Mom made me because I like to have chooses and options but this one is my go to one. I also have the same pattern in a book sleeve because I like things to match. I even try to match the book cover to my book sleeve. Norma made the book marker to go with the sleeves. I am currently reading The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on my kindle and I love it too!! I also just finished but haven’t reviewed Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. It’s a is a powerful, raw, intimate and deeply layered story that explores love and grief experienced by a Ghanaian family in Alabama.

I keep Norma pretty busy making me book markers and I love all the book markers she makes. So I have a bit of a collection of them now and love the bookmarker pouches my Mom makes to keep them safe in. Here are some now available in their  Etsy shop 

This one here is one I have with a few of my book markers I have collected.

Some book sleeves they have available and many more are in their Etsy shop

I hope you all get a chance to check out their shop and see what other great items they have for yourself or a gift! Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off.

Hot Jaw-Dropping Diggity Dang!!! Grab those lounge pants again because you will need something comfy to wear when you pick your jaw off the ground while reading this astounding twisty thrill of a read. Brenda’s review I had to pick my jaw up off the floor a few times here with this twisty, twisty brilliant …

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Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato, chickpea, vegetable coconut curry

November 9, 2020


I am back with another Meatless Monday meal idea.  It seems like food has been on my mind more lately than reviewing books.  I am not in a book slump but in a review writing slump.  On a normal basis, I struggle with writing reviews and it takes me a couple of days to pull together a review but lately, I have been really struggling with finding the words I am looking for.  Lindsay has been struggling with writing reviews as well.  So maybe the Traveling Sisters need a little break till we get our groove back.

Is anyone else struggling with writing reviews lately?  

Todays Meatless meal idea is Sweet Potato, chickpea, vegetable coconut curry.  It’s a little more work than my easy suggestions so far but it’s still easy to pull together and gives you a very satisfying feeling when it gets to the table.  Often I do get frustrated when cooking takes away from my reading time so this is when I put on my Airpods and listen to an audiobook.  

When I used to make meals with meat I would always start with the meat first and then prepare the meal around the meat.  I think that is one of the hardest things about vegetarian cooking is finding other ingredients to build your meal around. So for this one I started with the sweet potatoes and vegetables and than decided to make a curry using them. With stews or soups finding a protein is a little easier as chickpeas or lentils are easy to add.  In this curry I used chickpeas and they go so well in curries.  For choosing vegetables I usually think about color and use vegetables with different colors and it really adds to the look of the dish with different colors. Often I don’t use the same vegetables so use what whatever different colors of vegetables you have on hand.

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter

1 onion 

1 pepper (I used red)

Salt

Garlic seasoning

2 tbsp of Thai red curry paste 

1 sweet potato 

Green beans 

Carrots

water

1 can of coconut milk

1 can chickpeas

1 can of tomatoes 

1tbsp of soy sauce

1 ½ tsp coconut sugar

2 tsp of lime juice 

½ tsp ginger

Kale

fresh basil

1 tsp of sriracha sauce or more 

Add onions, peppers to the butter and cook for 5 mins.  I then slide them to the side of the pan and add some oil to the pan and stir the Thai red curry paste in the oil for about 2 mins before stirring it into the onions and peppers. 

Add sweet potatoes and carrots and cook for 5-10 mins depending on how time you have.  The longer you cook them now the less time it will take in the next step.  I add a little water in the pan to help cook the vegetables.  Then add the coconut milk, can tomatoes, chickpeas, green beans, soy sauce, lime juice and ginger. cover and cook till the vegetables are tender.  About 20 to 30 mins. Then add cauliflower and cook for a few more minutes.  Add sriracha sauce, kale and basil just before serving over rice.

Ok so I know what all my reading friends are thinking!! What are you listening too, Brenda? Right? lol Well I just started Hollywood Park! I love listening to memoirs and hearing the author tell me their story. I also like to read a bit of the book as well and often my mind wonders away so I like to go back to the book and pick up anything I might of missed.

Before I go I want to talk about the book sleeve and bookmarker. I choose the fabric to feature as my pick for a book sleeve in their Etsy shop and this is the fabric I chose. It will be available soon to purchase so if you love it, keep an eye out here or their store for when it’s available. Use SISTERS20 at the checkout for 20% off.

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