• food,  holidays,  recipes

    Recipe: oven-roasted potatoes and veggies

    Oven-roasted potatoes, carrots and onions in an Italian dressingAutumn means cooler weather and a return to cozier things, including food: oven dinners, hearty meals and lots of comfort food! Accordingly, I wanted to share a recipe for oven-roasted potatoes and vegetables that’s become a bit of an autumn staple in our house. It’s easy to make—there’s almost no way you can goof it up, short of taking it out of the oven an hour early—and once it’s in the oven you don’t have to check, stir or uncover anything, so it can basically sit unattended all afternoon while you prep other dishes or just relax with a book and a cup of tea.

    Read on for the full recipe and how I like to turn this dish into a main course for Thanksgiving!

  • books,  holidays,  Top Ten Tuesday

    Top Ten Tuesday: ten books I love to give as gifts

    Top Ten TuesdayIt’s a freebie this week over at Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since we’re coming up on fast on the holiday season (especially for those of us who ship internationally), I thought I’d do a top ten list of the books I love to give as gifts. Obviously I love giving books as gifts anyway, and shopping for a new title for a friend’s birthday or holiday is always exciting, since everyone has different tastes and delving into different genres in search of something they haven’t read yet is like a treasure hunt. But there are several books that are my kind of “catch-all” gift titles—the books I tend to give over and over, as soon as I find out a friend hasn’t read them. They’re the books that I just love and want all my friends to read too.

  • Thought Questions

    Thought Questions, #232-#238

    Old VW van(Original photo source: Kyle Szegedi via Unsplash)

    Over a year ago, I found a post on Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland about “365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself this year”. What started out as a daily blogging project turned into a weekly summary and was then abandoned altogether, for various reasons—lack of time, lack of inspiration, etc. I thought that I’d finally like to pick up where I left off and finish answering the questions, so I’m going to recommit to posting a set of seven questions each Sunday until I’m finished—I have 134 questions left to answer, so I’m about two-thirds done!

    #232: Based on your current daily actions and routines, where would you expect to be in five years? A published author and successful blogger.

    #233: What was your last major accomplishment? It sucks to say this, because I’m not overly fond of my job, and also it’s a hella long time ago, but—probably my promotion two years ago.

    #234: Through all of life’s twists and turns who has been there for you? I’m going to get laughs for this one surely, but I’m going to say my cat. Pet owners will understand! Even after a bad day or when you don’t feel like talking to anyone else, your pet will snuggle up to you and just love you.

    #235: What or who has been distracting you? I think I’ve really been distracted from my goals by the nagging thought that perhaps they are somehow not “good enough” next to what someone else is doing. But you know what they say: comparison is the thief of joy!

    #236: What are you looking forward to in the upcoming week? Recovering from this brutal cold, I hope. I’ve been sick for over a week now.

    #237: Who is your mentor and what have you learned from them? I don’t know that I really have a “life” mentor, but I do have one boss whose constant mantra is “Make good choices!” It’s started to ring in my head even when she’s not around. Basically, you can’t control what other people do or what they think of you, but you can control the good or bad choices you choose to make in life. As long as you’re choosing wisely you shouldn’t worry about what other people say.

    #238: What are you uncertain about? Like all humans, I wonder about life after death. Everyone has a different theory and I honestly couldn’t say that I hold to any one of them. I just don’t know how we’re supposed to be 100% sure.