On Friday evening, we sat on the beach to watch the sunset and reflect on the whirlwind that had been our week... at least as it related to real estate. The short story is that the closing for our condo here is scheduled for early this week and the buyers have completed their final walk through. The other BIG news is that we have found a condo/townhouse in Connecticut, where we will spend summers, and are set to close on that in early March. Of course, none of this happened without drama... especially given the state of today's real estate market, but I'll spare you the details!
The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami
As much as I love this cover, I won't go out of my way to recommend the book. My review is here.
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
With all the excitement last week, there was not a lot of reading. My Black History Month book is still in progress. Devil in the Grove is intense and sometimes difficult to read, but fascinating. I'm learning a lot about Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, and the criminal justice system of the Jim Crow south. It's mind-boggling to realize that this case occurred right here in Florida. I expect to finish this read/listen combination later in the week.
I may add in another book today, too. As much as I'm enjoying this one, there are times when I'd prefer a lighter alternative.
On the blog//
In the kitchen//
I did try a couple of new recipes last week, with varying degrees of success. First I made this Creamy Red Pepper Pasta with Blistered Tomatoes from Pinch of Yum. I realized afterward that the creamy, yet creamless sauce is actually vegan and quite nutritious. The sauce is made in a food processor with a roasted red pepper (from a jar), cashews, olive oil, and water. It has an unusual but, my daughter and I thought, delicious taste. My husband said it was "weird." I will make this again on a night he won't be home for dinner.
Later in the week I made Skillet Chicken Bulgogi from Allrecipes. It tasty, easy, and, best of all, quick. Dinner was on the table in 30 minutes! I cut the cayenne way down, increased the sauce by 50%, and cooked some fresh broccoli in the microwave to add near the end. Next time I will consider adding either shredded carrots or red pepper, too.
The week ahead//
Tonight we're having my SIL over for dinner, but the Super Bowl is unlikely to figure into our afternoon/ evening plans. Later in the week there's a neighborhood gathering, which is always a good time. Other than that it's pretty much business as usual around here... just how I like it!
How was your week? What have you been reading?
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