Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend Round-Up and Celebrating MLK Day

Check out The World According to Bella from WWN  
Arctic Blast Survival 
Book Review: "The Whip" by Karen Kondazian
I really enjoyed and I am also intrigued by this recent book club selection about the story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879). Karen Kondazian, an award winning writer and actress, certainly was creative weaving a fictional but poignant story based on sparse facts available on Parkhurst. 
Throughout the mid 1880s, Charley Parkhurst lived the rough male life of a whip, stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. He earned high praise from his bosses, his friends the other whips, and passengers for his expertise as a driver and the consistent safety of his passengers. Then, upon his death, much to the surprise of all—it was discovered that Charley was a woman not a man. The book is about a life of courage, mystery, strength, survival and the ability to embrace life no matter what is dealt to you. 
I would suggest checking out the author's page to learn more
If the book not available at the library you can download it as an e-book for a small price.

"The Whip" has won numerous awards which include:
Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards
2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global E book Awards

Since I am a huge fan of the Dollar Tree I found this link informative. It shows buyers what are great finds at the store and what products to be wary of buying.

The following recipe was recently posted on my Pinterest board under recipes to try. I liked the fact it is 236 calories and found it quite flavorful.  
Thai Chicken Salad 
Cook's notes: A healthy salad at 236 calories and 5 Weight Watcher SmartPoints
adapted from
 and recipe serves four. Note if using a store bought rotisserie chicken the calorie count will change. It's a healthy start to the week. 
Salad Ingredients
  • 1 package of cabbage slaw mix (red and green) about 6 cups
  • 2 medium carrots, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • 3 TB. silvered almonds, toasted
Dressing Ingredients: 
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 TB. natural peanut butter
  • 2 TB. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tsp. agave nectar or honey 
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce 
Salad Directions: 
In a large bowl, combine the cabbage/ slaw, carrots, green onion, cilantro and chicken.  Toss with the dressing. Garnish with the toasted almonds.
Dressing Directions: 
In a small glass bowl, combine the lime juice, peanut butter, soy sauce, agave nectar, fish sauce, rice vinegar and chili garlic sauce. Whisk until smooth or use a blender.

Ever Ready posted a similar Thai Chicken Salad recipe in 2016.

Last, but not least, in the midst of these turbulent times its good to stop and reflect on the poignant words Martin Luther King Jr. has to offer. 

1 comment:

  1. Great MLK quote. And thanks for the Dollar Store tips. That's my go-to store for greeting cards and gift wrap. I appreciated the link.