Happy St. Patrick's Day from Sanibel! My father-in-law is coming over for dinner as usual but, other than adding green tint to the icing on the cake, we don't have anything special planned. How about you?
It's been a busy couple of weeks for us. Twin B was here for five days last weekend so I never got around to posting. We've been up to Sarasota twice to see friends, attended a couple of neighborhood gatherings, plus the usual steady stream of activity. I do love our Florida winters!
Reading time, once again, has been minimal and most of it has been on audio. I only managed to finish one book.
Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
I read this with Audrey for the Back to the Classics Challenge and plan to post a review within the next couple of weeks. For now, let's just say that I've enjoyed several of Welty's short stories and at least one of her novels, but this won't go down as a favorite.
I'm beginning to worry about a reading slump... so many books have been set aside lately. Yesterday I biked over to the library, came home with five titles that caught my eye, and then downloaded two more ebooks from another library. I'll wait until one of them "sticks" before naming names ;-)
In the kitchen//
It feels like we've gone retro this week. This Slow-Cooker Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken from Budget Bytes was easy, flavorful, made enough for leftovers, and my daughter loved it. I've had good luck with recipes from this site, so made this exactly as written. I wouldn't change a thing next time either.
It's Girls Scout Cookie season again. I'm not sure how I stumbled across this recipe for Thin Mint Chocolate Poke Cake from Life in the Lofthouse, but this is about as retro as it gets. The recipe calls for a Devil's Food cake mix, a box of instant chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip flavored with peppermint extract, in addition to the thin mint cookies. It reminds me a cake my mother might make! Add a few drops of green food coloring to the whipped topping and it's perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I would suggest letting cake with the pudding on top chill as long as possible before adding the Cool Whip. The recipe says 2 hours to overnight, but I only had two hours. The cake tasted even better the next day.
Finally, this Pan-Roasted Lemon Broccoli Pizza featured on a Weekend Cooking post over at Beth Fish Reads has become a new favorite. I've made it at least three times in the last couple of months using Whole Food's frozen cauliflower pizza crust. All three of our daughters love it, but my husband is still not sold. He wants his pepperoni and sausage!
That's all from Sanibel this morning. I'll let you know what I'm reading soon, but in the meantime tell me which books you're enjoying this weekend.
The Sunday Salon blog link-up is back! Deb at Readerbuzz is the new host.