Summer Reading

Well this weekend flew! We literally spent ALL DAY at the pool today. Got there around 12:30, the kids had a blast playing with school/neighborhood friends who they haven’t seen all summer, and the next thing we knew it was 5:00. So fun! After a full day of sun we were all pretty beat, so we just did an easy pizza & movie night (which the kids had been begging for all weekend) with blankets on the floor. Did you know that The Wizard of Oz is on Amazon Prime Video?? I wasn’t sure it would hold their attention, but both kids were mesmerized.

I go through stages where I tear through books, and then I won’t read anything for a couple of months. In the past three weeks I’ve plowed through four books and started a 5th. Three of those were REALLY good, so if you’re looking for any summer reading suggestions, here you go:

1. Ginny Moon- I just finished this one and LOVED it. It’s about an autistic teenager within the foster system. She’s recently been adopted by her “forever mom and dad” but she won’t stop obsessing about a baby doll that she left at her biological mother’s house. It’s written from the teen’s perspective and so, so well done.

2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo- This is actually our book club book for July. It follows a journalist who is tasked with writing the authorized biography of an Old Hollywood starlet, and each section details her relationship with one of her seven husbands. It’s a fun, quick read with some shocking twists.

3. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- My friend Jill recommended that I follow Reese Witherspoon’s book club on Instagram (@rwbookclub), which is where I found this book. Word is that Reese is turning this into a movie, too. The main character, Eleanor, is a quirky and socially awkward single woman who keeps to a compulsively rigid schedule. As the book goes on she begrudgingly befriends a coworker and you start to discover more about her backstory. It’s so funny but also very sad- I couldn’t put it down.

Now I’m reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and so far it’s fantastic. I’ve also started The Wellness Project and The Secret Life of Violet Grant so I’ll keep you posted on those. Any other recommendations??

A quick recipe for you. It never fails that I buy that big jar of pesto at Costco and then have to toss it when it’s still almost full… so I’m always on the lookout for recipes that involve pesto. Last week I made the easiest dinner ever based on a few different recipes I found on Pinterest- pesto salmon foil packs.

I just tore 4 big sheets of foil, and on each one I made a bed of about 6 pieces of fresh asparagus. I drizzled the asparagus with olive oil, sprinkled with seasoned salt, then topped with a salmon filet. Then I arranged a few quartered artichoke hearts around the salmon and topped the filets with a dollop of pesto (spread around to coat the top of the fish). Sealed the foil packs and then placed them in the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes.

So good! This would have been excellent on top of pasta or couscous too.

ALSO- I just found this in my photos- these cauliflower tots are really good!! I tried to trick the kids into eating them and they weren’t fans, but I think they’re amazing. I did broil them for a few minutes at the end to get the tots extra crispy.

I really want to go read but unfortunately the never-ending laundry pile calls… hope everyone had a fun weekend!

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3 Responses to Summer Reading

  1. Gia says:

    I love the recipe. Will make it. Am waiting anxiously for Michigan Part 2. Your night last night with kids reminded me of our old “pajama nights” when you were little.

  2. Amy says:

    The Green Giant broccoli tots are amazing! My daughter is obsessed!

    • heatherwlu says:

      Oh awesome- I’ll have to try those next!! Jack loves broccoli so maybe he’ll like these better than the cauliflower.

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