Geez! Why do books congregate at the sides of the bed? I finally put some of my stacks of books in an oversized tote bag and moved them out of the bedroom, because the small bookcase by my bed was looking extremely cluttered. My stacks of books looked about ready to topple over! I didn't want to get rid of any books, I just wanted the area cleaned up. It's much, much better than it was. Next, I need to tackle the books by my husband's side of the bed (photo below). A box or two should do the trick. I wish we had room for more bookcases. That would solve the challenge of having so many books!
|Hubby's bedside needs help!|
Jaclyn from Jaclyn at the Thrift has won a copy of Commune of Women by Suzan Still. Congratulations, Jaclyn! I haven't read this book, but I read and enjoyed Fiesta of Smoke, a historical novel by the same author.
If you didn't win this time, why not take a look at the other giveaways listed on the right side of my blog? Later this week, I'll have a new, international giveaway for an ebook edition of Unravelled by M.K. Tod, the book I'm currently reading, so please return here to enter that giveaway if you're interested.
As the days become cooler and shorter, I enjoy being indoors, warm and toasty in my home. My cat and dog mostly "hang out" in the core of my home--the den and kitchen--so I try to spend more time with them in the evenings, reading on the couch, or working in the kitchen. Every once in a while, I get inspired to try a new, healthy recipe while I'm in this part of my home.
Recently I've noticed recipes for toasting pecans on Joy Bauer's Food Cures, and other wonderful food websites. Raw pecans can be toasted in an oven (or toaster oven) at 350° for about 5 -10 minutes, or in a pan on the stove top, on low to medium heat. I've tried making them both ways, and they're simply scrumptious either way. Lately, I've been more partial to cooking them on the stove top--so I don't have to wait for the oven to preheat. To toast pecans in a pan, I usually add a smidgen of coconut oil to the pan, then a liberal sprinkle or two of cinnamon, and a bit of pink Hawaiian salt. You can add whatever spices you wish to the nuts--sometimes I add cayenne. Last time I made these--yesterday evening--I added a squeeze of raw, organic honey as well. The toasted pecans taste rich and buttery--they are quite a treat! I use as many organic ingredients as I possibly can, although organic pecans can be rather expensive (I wish Trader Joe's carried them!).
|Toasting pecans in a pan is very easy|
|Toasted pecans, ready to be enjoyed|
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