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Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

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Sage and Pineapple Margaritas
Sage and Pineapple Margaritas

With summertime just around the corner, I’m looking forward to whipping up some tasty and fun drinks to cool off after a long day. There’s something about sitting on a patio and sipping a drink during those beautiful evening hours when it’s still warm, but no longer scalding hot. It just feels like summer!

If you’re like me, then you’ll enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional margarita.

Sage and pineapple come together to add a sophisticated depth in this drink. Paired with the typical lime and tequila in most margaritas, the sage and pineapple compliment and then elevate the cocktail. It’s really delectable!

And, if you don’t have a beach vacation planned this summer, this sage and pineapple margarita will make you feel like you’re there even when you can’t be.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading The Rosie Project. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

Part romance, part comedy, and part quirky–The Rosie Project takes a unique narrator (think university professor with Asperger’s) and tosses him into the deep end as he tries to find a wife through his own carefully calculated survey. That just spells disaster!

I loved the book, so if you haven’t checked it out, learn more about it HERE!

And, as much as I loved the book, I think I loved this sage and pineapple margarita even more! Be sure to whip up a few and treat yo’ self this summer!

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Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt

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Homemade Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt
Homemade Twix Bars with Potato Chip Salt

Chocolate and potato chips—two of the most loved foods in the snack world. Combine them into a dessert and I’m sold.

Besides, I don’t know about you, but Twix is one of my favorite candy bars. Cookie? Good. Caramel? Good. Chocolate? Gooooood.

I hate to admit it, but I almost single handedly took down the entire pan of these beauties. Yeah, they were that good.

If you are familiar with an old favorite called Millionaire Bars or Millionaire Shortbread, these are basically the same thing.

Sprinkle a little crush potato chips on the tops and you’ve got a hit. Or, leave the potato chips off if you like—they’re still amazing.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Dear Edward.

The book follows a 13-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a major plane crash. It’s a heart-wrenching, but ultimately beautiful novel.

If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

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The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For The Book of Lost Friends, I provide your book club with food ideas, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe
The Book of Lost Friends Book Club Questions and Recipe

In The Book of Lost Friends, Lisa Wingate conquers another fascinating, yet obscure, piece of American history. Not to be confused with The Book of Lost Names, which came out around the same time and centers on a WWII story (and is also fascinating), The Book of Lost Friends is a post-Civil War era novel.

This is another dual-timeline novel by Wingate. It follows Hannie, a freed slave, as she travels through post-war Texas in search of her people and attempts to return home to Louisiana, and Benny, a modern-day teacher, struggling to inspire her students until she unearths a history that links them to Hannie and much more.

I have to say that as much as I enjoyed Before We Were Yours, Wingate’s last book, I almost enjoyed The Book of Lost Friends more.

I really loved the post-Civil War timeline (Civil War era is one of my personal favorites), coupled with the struggling teacher timeline. If you are or have ever been a teacher, I think you will love Benny’s story. It echoes the teacher-trying-to-inspire-underpriveleged-kids theme that we’ve seen in many movies, but I thought the tie-in to the Civil War timeline made it fresh. Plus, I’m a sucker for those movies anyway.

This novel wasn’t as dark as Before We Were Yours was (due to its subject). And, while there was still adventure and drama and not every character got a complete happily-ever-after, it was overall an upbeat novel. So, if you’re looking for something inspiring and positive to read as a group, I think you will enjoy this novel.

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Southern Shrimp and Grits Casserole

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Southern Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Southern Shrimp and Grits Casserole

If you’ve never had shrimp and grits (casserole or otherwise), I am glad you are here! This recipe is absolutely delicious, pretty easy to make, and a family favorite of ours. My husband would eat this at least once a week!

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Before We Were Yours. If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

This recipe for Southern Shrimp and Grits Casserole combines smoky gouda, bacon, green chilies (for a kick!), and shrimp.

And, I know some people prefer their shrimp and grits without bacon. If that’s you, don’t fret. The bacon can be omitted from this recipe and it’s still delicious!

The flavors combine to create a warm and comforting Southern dish that’s absolutely delectable.

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Ask Again, Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe

*If you are new here, WELCOME! For Ask Again, Yes, I provide your book club with a brief summary, a recipe, and discussion questions in that order!

Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe
Ask Again Yes Book Club Questions and Recipe

If your book club is looking for a book about second chances, a story about forgiveness despite continued messiness, a novel with characters that ring true-to-life, then Ask Again, Yes, should be on your list.

Ask Again, Yes is a novel about hope, about forgiveness and second chances, so despite dealing with some characters with serious flaws who do some pretty terrible things in the beginning, this novel left me feeling, well, hopeful in humanity.

Ask Again, Yes

Like many other readers on the web have noted, this novel starts off heavy and I’ll admit I had a little trouble getting into the novel because I kept expecting it to take darker and darker turns, but ultimately this wasn’t true.

The novel follows two families, the Stanhopes and the Gleesons, over a span of thirty years as their bonds to one another are tested time and again, almost severing on one terrible night.

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