Dinner & More

A few weeks ago I was inspired by my sister and her husband, while visiting, to start making real meals again. I used to plan out my meals and go to the store once a week, but it’s been a long time. Then we had a wonderful meal at Merrin and Kevin’s and with her delicious cooking and his awesome grilling (thanks guys!) and I was determined to try the meal planning again. I’ve been in a cooking funk for awhile – and I like to cook!

nullSo this week I took the time to sit and plan the meals for the week. It’s been good and I just may be out of my cooking funk, but we’ll have to wait and see how long this lasts! One night this week we had Brandied-Peach Pork Chops courtesy of Epicurious. It probably wasn’t the healthiest meal but it sure was good AND I got to light the Brandy on fire! The husband liked it. I also made wild rice and salad. Trying to get more salad in these days.
On another note I watched “Bringing Up Baby” starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. This past year I’ve started watching old movies, especially ones with Hepburn. My parent’s didn’t watch them growing up and I’m guessing my grandparents didn’t either. So I’ve been fascinated with Katherine Hepburn’s movies. Ironically this movie tanked when it came out and is now considered to be one of the top 100 funny movies.

Speaking of grandparents I recently found out that my great-grandfather on my mother’s side came to the USA from Ireland! I thought it went further back but no!

Anyway, after having seen some of Hepburn’s movies, where she is more serious, watching her in “Bringing Up Baby” took a little getting used to. She play a ditsy socialite, and she’s o not ditsy! The movie reminded me of current comedy’s where everything goes wrong. Oh, and Baby is a 3 year old Leopard! I have 2 more of her movies on the DVR ready to watch when I have time.
A few nights ago I finished reading “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. Now, I’ve seen the musical about 4 times but I didn’t realize it was originally a book until last year! Yeah, I know, it’s a big duh!! Did you know it was a book? I always think books are much better than their movie versions even though I enjoy the movies. I’ve always loved the “Les Mis” musical.

The book was great! LOVED IT! I had an abridged version so apparently all the tangents not critical to the story were taken out. Now the musical makes a lot more sense! As usual after I’ve finished a good book I miss my characters. Usually I want the story to keep going. Like, what happens to Cosette and Marius in their future. I guess in this case it doesn’t matter since the story is about Jean Valjean.

I’m looking for another good fiction. Any suggestions?

2 thoughts on “Dinner & More”

  1. Patricia,
    I REALLY liked The Book Thief, by Markus Zusack. Actually, i like everything he has written, but if you’ve never read him, I’d say The Book Thief is an excellent first choice.

    I also recently finished a trilogy of stories by Sigrid Undset. The Wreath, The Mistress of Husaby, and The Cross. They follow the life of Kristin Lavransdatter, a fictional character in Viking-era Scandinavia. Undset won a Pulitzer for them, but I’d never heard of them until a couple of years ago.

    Les Miserables is my favorite Broadway show. 🙂

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