Hello and a Smoothie Suggestion


I am still alive.

I am currently listening to Hamilton, and reading The Bone Clocks. Both of them are fairly long stories and we have been busy with the holiday (Independence Day). If you want to read about some of the family adventures we have gotten ourselves into, you can check out my family/homeschool blog. Homeschooledbykids.

My 3 year old is tall enough to reach the fruit bowl, and this morning he started eating an apple, a banana, a plum, and a peach. Unfortunately, he did not finish any of them.

I put them in a blender, added some peach yogurt, a splash of milk and blended it all together. It was the best smoothie I had ever made, and both kids (3 & 1) drank it up so fast I could not get any pictures.

I did not use measurements so here is my best guess at the recipe:


Ingredients and instructions: 1 peach, 1 plum, 1 strawberry, 1 banana, 3 apple slices, 1/2 cup peach yogurt, 1/4 cup milk. Blend in blender for as long as it takes you to rinse the 3 plastic boxes and bowls your child used. If the smoothie is too thick, add a bit more milk and blend again.

Well, I hope to finish one of these books soon so that I can get back to the non-human thing I love best. Reading and talking about the books.

Bacon Chicken

I was going to make bacon-wrapped chicken, but we ended up using most of our bacon for other things this week. What’s a gal to do but cook anyways?

It turns out it is just as delicious and so much easier to cook your bacon with your chicken than to wrap the chicken inside of it.

This recipe takes approximately 15-20 minutes, and feeds as many people as you are willing to share with. (4-6 People)

  • Bacon – 4 Slices
  • Chicken – 2 breasts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Other favorite spices
  1. Cut Bacon into large chunks.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size chunks.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper, fennel seeds, Mrs. Dash or whatever you feel like over your chicken.
  4. Add both to frying pan and cook over medium high heat until the chicken looks wrinkly and safe to eat.
  5. If you like your bacon a little more crisp, you could put the bacon in a minute or two before the chicken. At that point you could also drain some of the bacon fat out of the pan and pretend that we are healthy eaters.


Enjoy! I served mine with steamed carrots and cauliflower, and mashed potatoes and everyone loved it.

Book Review: Infinity Rises by S. Harrison



Amazon | Goodreads

This is Book Two of the Infinity Trilogy

Book 1: Infinity Lost

According to Goodreads, I read this book in May of 2016 and rated it 4/5 stars. This means it was probably pretty good. It took me a few pages of book two to remember what was going on, but I believe I can describe it accurately enough here.

Finn Blackstone goes on a school field trip to Blackstone Technologies, a mega corporation that is owned by her mysterious and absent father. On this field trip she learns a few things about herself and her abnormal childhood. When a company AI goes crazy and starts attacking all the students, Finn and her classmates must work together to try and survive. (Find it on Amazon)

Book 2: Infinity Rises

Book two takes off more than one book after where book one ended. What? Well book two starts with Finn’s friends trying to drag her to safety, and then continues as one long flashback. Only you still don’t know how they got exactly where they were at the beginning of the book.

Was it good?

I did not like this book. I remember I really liked the first book, but book two is literally non-stop action. It was really hard to picture a lot of this action, and I am exhausted from reading about the million ways the crazy AI continues to try to kill Infinity and all the soldiers and students around her. She only gets to sit down long enough to mentally heal her broken bones before she gets up and continues running or fighting. There’s not a lot of character building aside from Infinity, and the only big change here is that she almost, kind of, begins to care about those students that she is trying to protect.

I’m sorry guys, but I was disappointed by this.

Movie Review: Me Before You

For the book review, click here.

My husband agreed to watch this with me, but only after we went to the store for some beer and rum. He later told me that if he had realized I only finished reading the book 24 hours before, he would have told me to wait a month.

And he is right, you should never watch a movie right after reading the book. The book is too fresh in your mind and all of the little discrepancies that would otherwise not be a big deal or noticeable will drive you crazy.

The story is the same as the book. Ordinary Louisa Clark gets a job taking care of cranky Will Traynor who is quadriplegic and depressed. She does her best to cheer him up and show him that life is not so bad.

This movie has some really cool people in it. My favorite is Louisa, portrayed by Kaleesi from Game of Thrones. I don’t remember her characters real name, but she is the white-haired mother of dragons. If my husband hadn’t pointed this out to me, there is a chance I would not have known because Louisa is dark-haired and almost meek by comparison.

Also her sister, Treena, is played by Dr. Who’s assistant from seasons 9 and 10. I really like her as an actress but the character actually seemed very similar to her character on Dr. Who.

One of the annoying little differences was the relationship between these two sisters. In the book, they love each other, but they also have a hard time getting along. In the movie they are best of friends.

Slight spoiler alert: I think the chemistry between Louisa and Will was not as loving as it was in the book. But the book has more time and opportunity to grow and show the love and respect the characters felt for each other in the end.

I did not cry in the movie, but I did cry in the book.

I think I would have really enjoyed the movie, had I not just finished reading the book.