| Kitchen Chronicles: Sweet Potato Corn Chowder Soup |

I’m not sure if it’s a name thing, but my husband and my cousin (both named Michael) possess an uncanny yet very impressive knack for cooking. They know how to “whip things up” in the kitchen, using recipes as loose guides to achieve mouth-watering, healthy, ‘do a little dance while you eat’ soul-food dishes. I […]

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| Checked Out: My Top 10 Reads Of 2020 |

I cannot believe that another year is behind us, and what a year it has been. This is a post about my reading progress; I entered the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the 3rd year in a row and my blog primarily included posts about my book reviews in 2020. I set my sights high with […]

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| Checked Out: December Book Showdown –Holiday Reads |

There’s nothing like a good book to kick off the holiday season: thick, weighty pages in your hand, wrapped in the most festive colors of red and green, paperback or hardcover covers, donning snowflake backdrops or mistletoe depictions.   I didn’t have any winter novels in my house- I can’t even say with confidence that […]

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|Checked Out: December Book Review- The Midnight Library |

Folks, I may have just found my favorite book of the year. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig is a story about life and death, love and loss, hope and second chances. On the inside cover, it reads that Haig created “A dazzling novel about all of the choices that go into a life well […]

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| On Dating Your Spouse: “Top Gun” Themed Movie Night |

My husband was away on a work trip for his birthday and I wanted to make sure than I planned for some quality time together upon returning home. His favorite movie of all time is “Top Gun” so I did a little research on themed items that I could purchase for a low- key but […]

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| Checked Out: October Book Review- Suspense Showdown |

I am not usually one to read mystery books or scary, suspenseful thrillers- I preferred ‘The Boxcar Children’ and Judy Blume to Nancy Drew and ‘Goosebumps’ growing up, and those preferences have stayed with me. I remember opening up Stephen King’s “Desperation” at the young age of 11, reading the first chapter, and having nightmares […]

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