Thursday, January 14, 2016

Book Review: A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel

This book was so amazing, I read it in on and off and finished it in a day.  It's about world famous newswoman Blaise McCarthy.  Everyone thinks her life is perfect, but she has challenges, they're just sometimes different than ours LOL.  She always has to worry about a younger newswoman replacing her, she has an untraditional relationship with her daughter, she has dating problems, etc.

I never know how to give glowing book reviews without giving too much of the plot away.  But really, you should read this book.  You won't regret it! :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Awesome Gift Exchange!

This past holiday was the most expensive one ever.  I ended up in many different gift exchanges.  One of my coolest gifts came from work.  We had to buy each other mugs and fill them with snacks/candies.  My coworker found a mug that kind of looked like my dog, Hunter.  It is sooooo cute.

Did you receive any cool gift exchange presents this year?  Or, do you own any awesome mugs like this one?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Restaurant Review - Souper Salad

We got a coupon book in the mail - so I have a few more leads of where to go to eat.  I found a coupon for Souper Salad, and my dad agreed to go try it.

I went crazy at the salad bar part and took way more salad than I could eat - oops.  I also tried the potato salad (yummy), the fettuccine pasta salad (delicious but I could taste the weight going on my hips) and some other pasta which tasted like boiled noodles :(.  I branched out a little on the soup and tried the Holiday Harvest soup.  It had chicken, wild rice, tons of veggies, heavy cream, and seasonings.  It was sooooo good!

I wish this picture was a bit less blurry.  On the left are breads - garlic breadstick, cornbread, pumpkin bread, and apple cinnamon bread.  The cornbread was kinda weird but the others were delicious, especially the garlic breadstick!  On the right is nachos, macaroni and cheese, and pizza (the healthy plate).  These all tasted pretty typical of a buffet.

My dad's plate looked similar to mine, so I didn't take a picture of his.  This food was pretty good, but I might only go when I had another coupon.  

Do you have a Souper Salad near you?  Judging from the website, it doesn't look like there are too many of them.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Review: A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

If you haven't noticed, I almost exclusively read two genres of novels - mysteries and romances.  Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite romance novels, and his books never disappoint!

This novel starts off all about Miles Ryan, a deputy sheriff who lost his wife in a hit and run accident.  His grief for her is consuming, and he puts a lot of his time and energy into finding her killer.  But then he meets Sarah Andrews, his son's teacher.  They slowly start a romance, and it is so sweet.  The killer has journal entries throughout the book, and it really seems like it could be any of the characters!  Because it's a Nicholas Sparks book, Miles and Sarah have the killer come between them, and you will never see it coming!  I don't want to say anymore for fear of ruining it!

Have you ever read or watches one of Nicholas Sparks' novels?  Aren't they great?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Restaurant Review - Grand China Buffet

I LOVE buffets!  There are 2 Chinese buffets near me, and I decided to try Grand China Buffet in Boise a few days ago since I had tried the other one a few years ago.

I always like to start off with a plate of appetizers.  I went for cream cheese won tons, sweet and sour chicken, veggie roll, fried zucchini, and a chicken meat ball.  They were all so good!

I love egg drop soup.  This was delicious!

My next plate of food had chow mein, veggie egg foo young, honey chicken, and chicken with broccoli.  The egg foo young was a little too thick for me, but otherwise it was another great plate of food.

Most of their sushi had fake crab in it.  The best one of the three was the one that had cream cheese in it.

Sooooo much dessert.  Two fried donuts, jello, chocolate pudding, and mint chocolate chip self serve ice cream.

This food was honestly so good.  Sometimes buffets only have okay food since they are making so much, but everything I tried here was amazing.  They also had tons of cold food that didn't appeal to me, a Mongolian noodle bar, and dim sum which I just didn't even have room for.  I can't wait to go back here!

Monday, December 28, 2015

A Huge Mysterious Garage

I try to walk different routes with Hunter all the time to keep both of us from getting bored.  I've walked by a huge garage a few times, and I keep wondering what's inside of it.  Maybe you all can help me figure it out.

You can see that it's almost double the height of that large truck.  My guess is an RV or a boat, but I've never seen it open.  Do you have any guesses?  Have you ever seen a huge garage like that?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Restaurant Review - JB's Restaurant

I drive by JB's Restaurant every day on my way to and from work.  They advertise that they have a salad bar.  I went there with my dad just for that!

The salad bar has 3 types of soup!  I went with the chicken noodle and it was so good!  My salad was good also :)

For dinner I ordered 1/2 chicken salad sandwich (with pecans and cranberries) and fries.  It was really good, and the bread was nice and thick!  They give you a very generous helping of chicken salad!

My dad ordered the senior sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn.  The steak was a bit undercooked and the corn was plain, but other than that he really liked it!  Unfortunately, he started eating before I could take a picture!

This was a great diner, and the salad bar was really nice.  I have always loved diner food, so I know I will be going here again!

Do you like diners or do you prefer nicer restaurants?