I also loved this book, it instantly made it into my re-read list. But it wasn't for the plot (which was also great), but the characters, they seemed very real and gritty. They could have been mates down at the local pub near me. I was constantly amused and even chuckling from some of their conversations. Great book and good review as well!!
Another glowing review of my husband's new fantasy-adventure novel, Angst:
Saw this grammar question on the Writer's Digest "Questions & Quandaries" blog, and just KNEW you would want to know the answer, too.
Q: I have an editor that's always changing "over" to "more than" in my articles. For example, if I write "The baseball player received an endorsement deal for over $10 million," she changes it to "more than $10 million." I've always thought both were acceptable. Am I wrong? –Anonymous
Read the answer here: blog.writersdigest.com
Tried an experiment for breakfast today - a creamy peanut butter-y spread on a light bagel. It turned out to be more Points(Plus) than I estimated, but still tasty.
I used PB2 powder to add peanut butter-y essence - my kids don't care for it, but I've found it useful in recipes. And it's actually fine that my kids don't like it - that means there's usually some left in the container when I go to use it!
PB2 is 1 PointsPlus (PP) for 2T powder, which is a LOT better than the more typical 5 PP for regular reduced fat peanut butter. I optimistically hoped 1T powder would be 0 PP, but alas, no (according to both the WW PP handheld calculator, and the Weight Watchers iPhone app. Darn the consistent results!)
Today's breakfast - 5 PointsPlus:
- 1 Great Western Alternative bagel - cinnamon spice (3 PP)
- 1 oz cup Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread (2 PP)
- 1T PB2 powder (1 PP)
- 1/2 wedge Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss spreadable cheese (0 PP)
- 1t Splenda (or to taste) (0 PP)
Place cheeses in small microwaveable dish. Nuke at 50% power for 20 seconds. Sprinkle PB2 & Splenda over cheeses & mix well. Slice bagel & slather with creamy peanut butter-y goodness.
5 PP is more than I like to "spend" on breakfast these days (see my 2 PP omelet, as a preferred alternative), but it was nice to change things up a bit, and I do like my peanut butter. I think this spread would be great on a sliced apple, too, which would make it a great 3 PP snack (since an apple is 0 PP).
Be sure to check out the manufacturer websites for more WW-friendly recipes:
- Laughing Cow recipes
- PB2 recipes
- Western Bagel recipes
- Hungry-Girl.com also has a lot of great recipes
Photo credit: micropig
In addition to my 2 PointsPlus (PP) omelet/scramble (omelet or scramble, depending on my skill with the spatula that morning), I also have a large mug of what I call "doctored" coffee. Generally, I like my coffee to, well, not taste much like coffee, so I have to "doctor" it. :) My favorite fancy coffee ever was the "House" coffee at St. Louis Bread Company, and this is my Weight Watchers friendly version of it (or "svelte-inducing", if you prefer).
Angie's Svelte-Inducing 2-Point Spiced Vanilla Latte
- 2 packets Splenda Flavor Blends for Coffee, French Vanilla (0 PP)
- ~1/8t Pumpkin Pie spice (0 PP)
- 2t honey (1 PP)
- 1oz Torani Sugar-Free Syrup, Vanilla (0 PP)
- 2T fat-free milk (1 PP)
Pour Splenda packets into mug. Add Pumpkin Pie spice. Fill mug with prepared coffee (my big mugs hold about 12oz). Add honey, Torani syrup, & milk. Stir with spoon & enjoy!
What's really cool is that I discovered recently that you can set up "subscriptions" at Amazon so you never run out of grocery staples. Here's how Amazon explains it:
When you order through Subscribe & Save, you'll automatically receive a new shipment of the item in intervals you select at a discount on our everyday price. Plus, all subscription orders ship free. We'll charge your credit card for each order only when the item is shipped, and you may cancel at any time.
Grocery items at Amazon are usually bulk quantities - the Splenda Flavors for Coffee, for example, is a 6-pack of 30-count packages. I use 2 packets of the French Vanilla in my coffee every morning, so each box lasts me about 2 weeks. A 6-pack would last me about 3 months, so I set up a subscription to receive a shipment every 3 months. It will auto-bill to my credit card, and auto-magically show up at my door, just when I'm about to run out, AND at a 15% savings. Nice!
I also use Crystal Light Green Tea Honey Lemon in my water every day at work. Amazon ships that as a 6-pack of 10-count boxes. I use 1 packet every week day, so each box lasts me about 2 weeks, and a 6 pack would last me 3 months, just like the Splenda. So I set up a 3-month subscription for that too. What's nice about this subscription is that I have trouble finding that particular flavor locally, so now I don't have to go to multiple stores hoping to find it - it will just show up!
I'll probably also set up a subscription for my husband's favorite granola bars (Kashi GOLEAN Crunchy! Bar, Chocolate Almond). It's 17 cents more expensive per bar at Amazon, than the best sale price locally, but the subscription "locks in" that price, so I wouldn't have to keep watching for the sale, and stock up.
Have you used this subscription program at Amazon? Do you like it? What would you order by subscription to make your life easier?
[FCC disclaimer: the links above are Amazon Associates affiliate links, so I would make a small referral fee, should you order anything from Amazon, after clicking on the links. But I would also smile at the next stranger I see, and hug a puppy, which would make the world a better place.]