Recipe: Baked Quesadilla

For the last few weeks I have been feeling very cold and tired. And rather than going to the doctor or going on WebMD like a normal person, I am self diagnosing my mildly hypochondriac self with mild Anemia. I had this when I was pregnant and all I know is that it means I am low on iron and I feel cold easier. My answer is to increase my iron intake which (again, without research) I believe is in steak and spinach.

Steak is expensive, so I’m trying to eat more spinach.

Here is a simple and easy recipe using spinach. Normally I cook quesadillas (plain cheese, or with a sprinkle of sandwich meat) in a skillet. I do this frequently because my kids love them. The skillet method is much quicker than baking, but the benefit of baking is that it is hands off and leaves you free to deal with your screaming children/dogs/cats/hamsters.

Ingredients

Tortillas

Grated Cheese – Mexican Style, Mozzarella, or both.

Spinach

(The second quesadilla I made for my kids had Salami – that was also tasty)

2017-05-16_15-06-03_762The Process

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2017-05-16_15-21-51_839
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Sprinkle cheese on tortillas
  4. Tear up clean spinach leaves and cover the whole tortilla
  5. Add more cheese
  6. Close the Quesadilla by placing another tortilla on top
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tortillas start getting nice and crispy and everything smells delicious.

Happy Eating! 

 

 

Book Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

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What is it about?

“That’s it, then,” said Finty. “It’s a unanermous yes vote. From now on, no one dies. We’re all waiting for Harold Fry.”

Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and writes a letter to an old friend to notify him that she is dying from cancer. She hasn’t seen or heard from him in 20 years. She received a postcard from him telling her to wait for him. While she waits, she begins writing him the letter that will explain the truth of why she left.

Is it good?

Yes! Queenie’s letter is sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes funny and happy. The patients at the hospice are a wonderful cast of characters, and the memories from Queenie ‘s past are so engaging. I found myself on the brink of tears at least twice.

You do not have to have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, but that is also a wonderful book. They are set on the same time line and involve some of the same characters, but you can read each book individually.

Some memorable quotes:

Perhaps I took my mother more literally than she intended, but I applied her rule to my life; after all, we are all searching for them, the rules. We pick them up from the strangest places, and if they appear to work once we can live a whole lifetime by them, regardless of the unhappiness and difficulty they may later bring.

This can happen unintentionally, at first you might think ‘If it isn’t broken, why fix it?’ And then it’s, ‘it worked before, it should work again.’ Or maybe it’s only a simple superstition, but you get trapped doing the same thing over and over.

If only memory were a library with everything stored where it should be. If only you could walk to the desk and say to the assistant, I’d like to return the painful memories about David Fry or indeed his mother and take out some happier ones, please.

Yes, please! That would be so wonderful!

It did not change for my landlady or your neighbors or people I passed in the street. If it altered for them, the shift was brief, it was a hiccup, it was a missing of a step, the way the sudden removal of a person is a reminder of one’s own fragility before we resume the familiar, ordinary things that make us feel untouchable again. But from where I was looking, a seismic shift occurred. And like most seismic shifts, it cut everything open and pulled it apart.

I have felt both sides of this on separate occasions, and this is such an accurate description of how tragedy affects us.

Next up: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

Happy Reading!

Happy Limerick Day

May 12th is the birthday of english artist and author Edward Lear, who is known mostly for his nonsense poetry. It is also used to celebrate the Limerick.

I’m not nearly so talented as Mr. Lear but I attempted to write my own:

 

There once was a mom who liked reading,

but her boys she was busy feeding.

Finally they went to bed,

to rest their sleepy head,

and soon, the books call she was heeding.

 

Why don’t you try to write one, too?

Happy Reading (and writing)!

 

Book Review – The Watsons by Jane Austen

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What is it about?

Emma Watson is a young lady who is returned to her poor family after spending the last 14 years living luxuriously with her Aunt who remarried and squandered her fortune. She is then introduced to society and draws the eyes of a few gentlemen, but she only has eyes for one.

Is it good?

It was really good… until it ended abruptly. Apparently Jane Austen died before finishing this story. I didn’t realize what I was getting into because I’ve just been working my way through the complete Jane Austen collection.

I really liked Emma Watson and her sister Elizabeth and I really wanted to know what was happening.

I have heard tell of a novel that completes the story on Jane Austen’s behalf, but I feel like that might be cheating on dear Jane.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every book from Jane Austen. They always feel like my best friend sharing the juiciest gossip with me, and I always feel very attached to the characters. [The whole collection is only $0.99 for Kindle!)

Jane Austen died 200 years ago this July, but I think she is still as popular as ever. Maybe I’m feeling overly emotional because I’ve been working through the compilation for a whole year, but I love her stories.

Up Next: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachelle Joyce. I am loving this book so far! It is the second book in the Harold Fry story, but it occurs at the same time as Harold Fry and seems like a stand alone book. I don’t often buy books because the library is always free, but this one is only $2.99 on Amazon right now and I couldn’t resist.   

Book Review: This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

TIWILY

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What is it about?

This book takes place over the 7 days that Judd Foxman is forced to spend with his crazy family while sitting Shiva for his deceased father. They are not a terribly close family and they all have their own emotional baggage so drama ensues. Judd himself is having some marital issues that take a forefront in the book.

Is it good?

4/5 Stars

I read this book for a book club, and I am glad I read it.

I’m not sure I liked it at first. Judd has an angry attitude due to his personal troubles and this really comes across throughout the entire narration. As the book progresses and he comes to terms with his problems, the attitude eases up a little bit and I found myself actually enjoying the book and interested in what would happen to Judd.

His family is really crazy and they get into quite a number of entertaining antics.

This book spends  a lot of time analyzing his relationship with his family, and has some interesting view points on the subject. My own family is pretty normal so I didn’t always agree with him, but I can see why Judd would feel the way he does.

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Book Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice

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What is it about?

Alice is a little girl who is bored with sitting and watching her sister read a book when she spies a rabbit running by. After she realized he can talk and is wearing a coat, she decides to follow him down his rabbit hole.  Things get more peculiar the further she goes into his world.

Is it good?

Keep in mind that this is a children’s chapter book. It only took me about 3 or 4 hours to read.

Yes, it is good. It is riddled with silly poems and curious creations. The gryphon and mock turtle especially made me laugh. A lot of crazy things happen, and little Alice is so serious and always scolding herself. I enjoyed it.

4/5 Stars

 “They were obliged to have him with them,” the Mock Turtle said : “no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.”

“Wouldn’t it really?” said Alice in a tone of great surprise.

“Of course not,” said the Mock Turtle “why, if a fish came to me, and told me he was going a journey, I should say ‘With what porpoise?’ ”

“Don’t you mean ‘purpose’?” said Alice.

“I mean what I say,” the Mock Turtle replied in an offended tone.

Up Next: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper [Goodreads]

Book Review: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Doughnut

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What is it about?

This book is weird and is kind of difficult to explain, but basically you can access alternate realities or universes through special bottles. Theo Bernstein is a physicist shamed for blowing up something called the Very Large Hadron Collider and has had a string of bad luck follow him ever since. His mentor dies and bequeaths him one of these bottles, but everyone wants a piece of the action and he failed to include instructions.

Is it good?

This book is weird. And for the first third of the book I was not entirely sure I wanted to read it. But I have a hard time giving up on books so I kept going. Once I got used to the weirdness and jumping around from scenery to scenery I found myself able to enjoy the book. Unfortunately it got weird again at the very end.

The book has some interesting ideas about family and science. I imagine it might be good for book clubs from a discussion point of view. Here are some quotes I really found myself identifying with.

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