I found this movie by accident. When I work out on the treadmill, I like to watch shows and movies. I stream whatever is free from my Amazon Prime account. I had been watching the show Parenthood, but I just caught up to what is current, so I needed something to watch. I just found this movie browsing in the free section. I was surprised by it, because I expected it to be more of a documentary type of movie. However, it was a dramatization of the life of JK (Joanna) Rowling. Whether or not this movie would appeal equally to the general public, I can’t say. But as a wannabe writer, I was captivated by the story. I loved seeing the little moments in her life that contributed to the stories we all know and love in the Harry Potter books. I also loved seeing the process she went through to have the manuscript published. I definitely recommend it!
About a month ago I read a book called “The Power of Starting Something Stupid”, by Richie Norton. I loved this book! It was short and inspiring – just what I need! In it, he talks about all those things we dream about doing, and how we should just start working on something. He says to imagine you’re 80 years old and you’re thinking about your life. Is there anything you wish you had accomplished? The thing you feel you would regret not having done the most is a good place to start.
The very day I finished reading this book, my husband and I went to see “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, which I also loved! It was funny and visually stunning and the theme was exactly the same as the book I’d just read.
The next day I read this quote: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is now.”
Do you ever feel like the world is trying to tell you something? Sometimes I do. I’ve got some things I’m working on, and I’m so excited! It’s nice to stop putting things off and actually do what I feel I’m meant to do.
In our house, we have a 16×20 frame that I fill with rotating posters. Sometimes they are holiday-themed, and sometimes they have inspirational quotes. And sometimes they just say, “kids, do your jobs”. Just kidding, I haven’t done that one, but probably should! I get the posters printed up at Costco for $6. What a deal! Here’s the poster I made for this month.
We sat down as a family and discussed this quote for about half an hour. It was so great! If you’d like a copy of the file to print up for yourself, you can download it here.
Unfortunately, Indian food doesn’t photograph well. It does, however, taste delicious! I tried making chicken tikka masala the other day and it was amazing! I used Aarti Sequeira’s recipe here (I just love her! Want to be besties, Aarti?) Anyway, it turned out so good and my husband was surprised to find out I had made the sauce. He told me if I had said it was from a restaurant, he would have believed me!
Then I made homemade naan (whenever I tell the kids we’re having Indian food, they get all excited because I usually make naan – if I serve Indian food without it they are grumpy). While it doesn’t come close to what you would get with a proper tandoor, it’s a lot better than the storebought kind. Here is the recipe for the naan:
- 1 pkg active dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour (I just use all-purpose)
- 2 tsp minced garlic (optional)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface (or use a kitchenaid mixer – that’s what I do). Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and set aside to rise for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in volume.
Punch down dough and knead in garlic (if using). Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a tray and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat (I use my bbq). Roll the balls of dough into thin circles. Lightly oil the grill and place the dough on the grill for about 1 minute each side. Brush with melted butter as the dough is grilling.
It’s that time of year – the time to sit down with a good holiday movie and wrap presents until your fingers are sore. I just recently learned this little trick: you can curl strips of wrapping paper just like you would a piece of ribbon. Just cut strips of wrapping paper about one inch wide and 18″ long. Then curl them with scissors like you would a ribbon, and voila! You will never be without a bow again!