Weekly Menu 2/23/2013

Its time for another weekly menu!

Monday: Drunken Pork Chops


I will serve these porkchops with twice baked potatoes and asparagus

Tuesday: Baked Chicken Fajitas


Wednesday: Cheeseburger Macaroni (huge hit with the kids!)


Thursday: BLT’s

No recipe here, bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato!

Friday: Taco Soup (crockpot)

Taco Soup

3 cans of beans ( use a variety….black, pinto, red, dark red kidney, chilli)

1 lb of ground meat

frozen corn add how much you like

1-2 cans diced tomatoes with chillies

1 can tomato sauce

1 pkg of taco flavored rice 

1 pkg of taco seasoning

1 pkg of dry ranch powder

2-3 cups of water

Cook the meat and throw everything in the crockpot on low for 8ish hours. Top with sour cream, cheese and serve with fritos!


Lauren Blakely CONTEST!

Its contest time! Add this book to your Goodreads shelf and like the authors fb page. Once you have done both, comment on this blog post or on Mommy’s Reads and Treats FB page and you’ll be entered to win an ebook copy on release day! 3 winners will be chosen.


Book details:
PRETENDING HE’S MINE by Lauren Blakely
Release date: March 2, 2013

Author Links:

Once upon a time in New York City, there was a down-on-his-luck actor
named Reeve, who was talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort
of way that makes all the women swoon. But show biz is a rough biz –
he lost out on a part in a big film, and now his day job hours have
been cut too. What’s a handsome young thing in need of a role to do?

Enter Sutton Brenner. She’s sexy and shrewd and the most top-notch
casting director there is. She’s this close to landing a coveted gig
casting a film based on a best-selling mega-romance novel, but there’s
a catch. After one too many transgressions with lovely single ladies,
the film’s philandering producer has been put on a short leash by his
wife, who’s forbidden him from working with anyone unattached.

So the happily single Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve – play the role
of her fiancee until she closes the deal, and he’s guaranteed to get
an audition for the starring role in the film.

But as the two play pretend, the lines between make-believe and
matters of the heart start to blur. Especially after that hot night in
the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in
the stacks of the New York Public Library. Who’s playing who? Or is
someone else really the director in the secret affair of their lives?

PRETENDING HE’S MINE is a 30,000 word companion novella in the New
York Times and USA Today bestselling CAUGHT UP IN US series.

(It’s not necessary to have read CAUGHT UP IN US to enjoy PRETENDING HE’S MINE.
This is not a sequel. However, CAUGHT UP IN US fans should be pleased
to know that Jill has several scenes and that both Kat and Bryan
appear in a key scene in this novella! There will also be a bonus
scene from CAUGHT UP IN US never seen before included in the novella!)

Weekly Menu

Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus…I’ve never made a meatloaf before, but this looks good!


Pizza Rolls, Salad


White Chicken Enchiladas (favorite recipe, the whole family loves it)


Crispy Cheddar Chicken (my very picky 3 year old totally loves these)!


Im going to try these for breakfast one morning…


There you have it! I usually only plan for 4 meals, as we eat out, have leftovers or just throw something quick together.

Interview with Author E.L. Montes!


1. What inspires you to write?

Pretty much anything inspires me. I can listen to a song and the lyrics in one single chorus can inspire an idea for an entire book. I could also be sitting in a restaurant, observing my surroundings and every person that I notice I begin to make up this whole story in my head of where they might be from, what they do, who they know and all of it pops crazy ideas for a book in my head. It’s pretty weird. LOL.

2. The ladies LOVE Marcus. I mean, he is H.O.T. Did you write Marcus as your ideal man?

Um…I’m not sure I wrote it with the intentions of Marcus being my ideal man. I wanted him to have different traits, to be a little possessive at times, but swoony worthy in others. I wanted him to be strong but weak for the woman he loves. I wanted a man that wasn’t afraid to show his affection, to breakdown and not let go of the one thing he admired and loved most.

3. What can we expect from Cautious?

I’m hoping I can deliver just as good as or even better than Disastrous. Marcus and Mia are going to go through a lot of ups and downs. Their relationship will be tested, they will have to learn to trust and be honest with one another. Which will be difficult for them since their relationship was based on lies to begin with. There will be secrets that Marcus finds out more in detail with his father’s death. As well as other secrets that makes him begin to question his family and his relationship with Mia. Cautious is written in both Mia and Marcus’ POV so you’ll see more of the mafia side and how Marcus handles jobs/meetings and so forth. It will be another rollercoaster ride full of angst and drama. I just hope I can give the Disastrous fans/readers the best ending to the series…I will give it my all and best.

4. We’d all like to see Lou Sorrento ‘taken care of’…will that happen in Cautious?

If this was to happen I would not tell you. LOL…but I like to write opposite of what the readers want or expect, so the more they say they want Lou to die…the more I will steer away from it, just an FYI 😉

5. Everyone is asking, will there be a third book?

No, there will not be a third book to the Disastrous series. You never know, maybe it the very far future I may want to revisit them, but for now I just want to wrap them up. I put Marcus and Mia through so much in Disastrous and they are going to go through even more in Cautious that I can’t see them going through anymore heartache.

6. I’ve added Perfectly Damaged to my Goodreads list. What can you tell me about it?

I have to say as much as I love Marcus and Mia’s story; I’m in love with Josh and Jenna’s! I cannot wait to share their story with you guys. It’s so different from Disastrous. Perfectly Damaged is a deeper, realistic story about two individuals struggling to find themselves. Josh is not your typical rich alpha male. He’s struggling to make ends meet, along with caring for his nephew because his sister is unable to. Jenna has inner fears and issues that she is struggling with, due to the result of her more elaborate upbringing.

Their relationship is not an insta-love attraction at all. In fact they kind of despise each other. Though after an issue that arises they have to work together and VERY slowly, in the mist of learning about each other they begin to discover and learn certain feelings and things about themselves which begins a relationship. Though, of course the two of them are so different and damaged it’s more of a fight as to whether or not their perfect for each other.

Let’s do a lightening round of “favorites” to get to know the author!
Here it goes…
Color:                            Green
Book:                             The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
Food:                             Philly Chicken Cheesesteak
Time of day:                After 5pm when I leave work! LOL
Flavor ice cream:       Strawberry
Book blog *clears throat* LMAO! Hmmmm…. so many to choose from. I truly love them all! I appreciate the hard work any book blogger goes through in simply reading and pimping out author’s work that they love. They are amazeballz and do not get enough credit.


And now for your snippet of Cautious, due out Spring 2013! Enjoy…




Comment on this blog post OR on the FB link to be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 signed Disastrous bookmarks!

Thank you E.L. Montes for taking the time to chat with me!