This week has been bursting with gorgeous summer weather and beautiful sunshine. I have to admit: summer used to be my least favorite time of the year. I just don’t like being hot, and summers in Southeast Wisconsin are hot, sticky, and humid. Living in northern Minnesota, however, you learn to appreciate warmth. Honestly, you learn to appreciate positive temperatures–however short a time they last. Up here, the summer temperature hangs around the upper seventies and the daylight stretches past 10pm. I’ve been reveling in the sunshine–and so has my garden! Besides the lovely weather, here are a few other things that have made my Friday Favorites list this week!
Thai Crunch Salad
Warm weather makes me crave refreshing foods and cool, fresh produce. This Thai Crunch Salad recipe combines a whole bunch of power veggies with a kickin’ peanut sauce. The result is an amazing salad you can’t stop eating–and one that so good for you that you don’t have to!
The original recipe called for Napa cabbage, but I just substituted with whatever I had on hand. Here’s what I tossed into my salad–mix and match with whatever you have and start munching!
For the Salad
1 green cabbage, diced
1 cucumber, sliced thin
6-7 carrots, diced
A bunch of chives (from my CSA), chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
For protein, I also added Ginger-Sesame baked tofu (recipe from Thug Kitchen cookbook)
For the Thai Peanut Dressing
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar (I had white wine vinegar, so that’s what I used and it worked just fine)
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one lime
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce (I use tamari)
4 Tablespoons honey
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon salt
A bunch of fresh cilantro (half for the sauce, half to sprinkle on top of the salad)
Blend all ingredients for the dressing in a blender. Then, chop all the veggies. Pour the dressing over the veggies. Add tofu or other protein, if desired. DEVOUR! 🙂
Next Stop: Book World in Baxter!
The Seven Stones Book Tour’s next stop is at Book World in Baxter. I’ll be signing books from 11-2pm on Saturday, and am just so excited! I LOVE touring with my book. It is literally a dream come true and part of me still doesn’t believe it’s real, even though I’ve been at a different book store every weekend in June!
July is going to be even BUSIER! After a short break for the 4th of July holiday, I’ll be traveling almost non-stop. Here’s what’s going on in July:
- Friday, July, 10th: 8:10am
- Radio Interview, KAXE (Grand Rapids 91.7 FM, Brainerd 89.9 FM, Bagley/Bemidji KBXE 90.5 FM)
- Saturday, July, 11th: 12:00-2:00pm
- Book Signing, Cherry Street Books (Alexandria, MN)
- Monday, July 13th: 12:00-1:00pm
- Brown Bag Author Lunch, Brainerd Public Library (Brainerd, MN)
- Saturday, July 18th (all day)
- Book Signing, Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games (Eagan, MN)
- Friday, July 31st (time TBD)
- Author Event, The SweetSpot (Whitewater, WI)
Thanks to Krista at Blue Cottage Agency for making it happen! I hope to see you all at my author events. 🙂
People have been uploading pictures of their copies of Seven Stones to social media! THANK YOU! I love getting these pictures and messages about how much you are enjoying my story. Social media is a wonderful way to get people interested in and talking about Seven Stones. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the pictures, comments, and reviews that have been posted! Want to tell people what you think of Seven Stones? Go to Goodreads, Amazon, or LibraryThing to post your review! I’ll also copy your review on my website for the world to see. You’ll be famous. 🙂
Book of the Week: Anne of Avonlea
I did not grow up reading Anne of Green Gables like so many other little girls. I was too busy reading all the Star Wars and Dear America books I could get my grubby mitts on, and I scoffed at poor Anne.
I only picked up a copy for the book club I was leading last year–and instantly fell in love. Anne Shirley is the type of girl I would have loved to be friends with. She is feisty, smart, and has the same luck for getting into trouble that I do. I’ve been hesitant to read the sequels because I figured nothing could compare with Green Gables. So far, Anne of Avonlea has delivered in the same delightful ways the first novel did. If you’ve never picked up one of L.M. Montgomery’s classic books, I highly recommend doing so! Anne is a perfect summertime read.
784 words this week. What a stinker. After being sick last week, I found myself running around like crazy trying to do all sorts of catch-up work. When I finally had down time, I was flighty and distracted. I have the ideas in my head, I just couldn’t tackle them on the page this week. My goal for next week remains the same: I WILL hit 3,000 words.