Here is your next Tuesday (or any night of the week – including a Saturday y’all) night in. I’m coining a new acronym here – MNIHAA (pronounced MIN-EE-A) meaning, My Night IN Happy and Alone. It’s a hit. Doesn’t always have to be alone, although, I think some independent, ‘time with yourself’ time is very necessary to totally have a crush on yourself, and be self-fulfilled. All you need is you. So that’s great! Because you already have you. We’ve all made it past step one.
First, some recommendations for getting lost in a fantastic book:
- The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
From GoodReads: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
- The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden by by Julie Kagawa
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.
Homemade Chicken With Rice Defrias Recipe (Courtesy of my mama — Step #8 is my favorite)
1- medium onion, diced
3- cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes to taste
1-sm can tomato sauce (6 oz.)
1-pkge Chicken legs
1 to 1/2 cups of Rice (Grammy always used White River Rice)
Salt & Pepper
1. In a large pot, heat olive oil. Medium heat, add onions, garlic & pepper flakes. Sautée until soft. Add salt & pepper.
2. Add tomato sauce, heat for 1min.
3. Add chicken legs. Cover chicken with broth and or water. Bring to boil. Then simmer, covered for 40-45min.
4. Remove chicken to plate (loosely cover with foil).
5. Add rice to pot. (just over a cup should do it). Cover on simmer and cook 20 min. Meanwhile, remove meat from the bone.
6. When rice is done, add chicken pieces to the pot. Stir gently.
7. Add more s&p if needed and hot sauce to taste.