I have three totally unrelated things to discuss with you today.
1. Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwiches.
Have you ever heard of this before? If not, I understand you may feel skeptical. I know it probably isn’t the prettiest sandwich you’ve ever seen…
But just trust me! It’s so good in a sweet and salty way.
It’s also simple!
Slice some fresh bread, spread peanut butter on both sides, apply the pickles, and you’re done. I like this sandwich with dill pickles but there is room for experimentation with any of the elements. I hope you give it a try!
2. Dessertless January
We are nearing the end of January, and I thought I should give you a summary of my month without sugar/dessert. As expected, it was both miserable and beneficial.
First off, I should say that there really are two ways of doing this. You could cut out everything that has sugar, which is….everything. Or you could keep it simple and just ban desserts and all desserty-type things. I chose the second course of action.
In summary: I definitely feel healthier, although not dramatically so. More than anything I have noticed the lack of that sick feeling you feel after a big dessert – I didn’t realize how often I felt that way before.
Ultimately, I’m so glad I did this because it’s just healthy to say “no” to yourself every now and then and practice a little self-discipline. And then it’s so fun when you’re finally free to indulge again! I have so many dessert ideas I can’t wait to share with you.
3. January Books
As I mentioned back in the days when I was allowed to drink scandalous things like White Hot Chocolate, I’m going to post every month or so about good books I’ve encountered. Here are a few of the latest!
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
I read this one back in December before the movie came out. The author actually used to work for British Intelligence, which adds a level of authenticity. I loved it, although I am partial to spy stories. It was a challenge in some ways – there was a lot of British slang and spy slang, but totally worth it in the end. The acting in the movie was exceptional, although there were a couple scenes that were explicit where the book was a little more classy and vague.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I won’t go into detail here – most of you probably know about the slightly (greatly?) disturbing plot. I thought the writing was fairly poor (maybe one level up from Twilight but multitudes down from Harry Potter) but the storytelling was great. It’s a fun book all things considered – a good airplane book. I read it in a weekend and will likely finish the series.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I just finished this book and I almost can’t talk about it yet. Is it too dramatic to say that by the end my heart was in little shattered pieces on the floor along with a huge pile of tissues?
This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It looks at the Holocaust from a different perspective – the German citizens. Also, it’s narrated by Death, which turns out to be one of the most interesting aspects. The writing is so creative and poetic. I loved it.
Three somewhat dark books. I’m ready for something a little lighter now!
By the way, if you enjoy reading and book reviews, my friend Sara co-writes an excellent blog – Two Readers Writing.
Have a great weekend!