A book review, a recipe, and a birthday


I finished reading The Hypnotist's Love Story.  In the words of Randy Jackson, it was just okay for me dawg.  I feel like I should have liked it more because the reviews were very good.  And it was good, just maybe not exciting enough for me.  It didn't have enough "thrill" factor.  It was well written and interesting but I was ready for it to end so that I could move on.  
I'm super excited to read this now--it just came out Tuesday.

I've mentioned this before, but I love Emily Giffin's books.  They are long enough to make me feel smart, short enough to keep me interested, and I really like her stories and writing style.  

On another note, I cooked this chicken last night.  Saw it here.

Sweet and spicy bacon chicken via Pinterest
It was unbelievably easy and delicious.  You just cut each chicken breast into 3 pieces, season with garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder, wrap in bacon, then roll in brown sugar.  We grilled ours and they were SO good!  And kid approved, woohoo!

And last, but certainly not least, my best friend is a year older today:)

I've posted this picture before but I could not resist yet again.  My mom and Julia's mom were roommates in college, so we've literally known each other since we entered this world.  Playing dress up wasn't her thing (though it was mine:) and I forced her to get gussied up in my mom's 60's garb so many times it is pitiful.  We've been through heck and back together and she has always been there for me.  Sadly, she's younger than me.  She will be thrilled and appreciate that I shared that with the world.  I love you Jules!  Happy Birthday!


  1. I LOVE that you quoted Randy Jackson :) Emily Giffin books are SO good, that chicken is making my stomach rumble, and the pic of you guys is too stinkin' cute!

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. That chicken looks yummy! I like EG books too. Happy Birthday, Julia! C and C say their prayers when I babysit them and you are always included! Those sweet boys praying for you melts my heart.

  3. I've always wanted to try that recipe....I'm so happy you enjoyed it. The last pic is truly awesome.

  4. That Recipe looks yummy!!! Adding that to my meal plan list now:) I love EG books!!! Annnd Happy Birthday to your BFF!!!! <3

  5. I love your Randy Jackson reference. Too funny. And that chicken looks sooo tasty!! If only I had a grill to cook it on! Happy bday to your friend, Julia! You guys are really stylin' in that picture :)

  6. yum yum yum, the reason you love my pins is because I pinned them from you doll :) I am trying to get through emily giffin's love the one you're with, started reading it on maternity leave and never finished it. But I did love her other 2 books that I have read. I think it's bc she speaks my language.

  7. this is so cute! I loved playing dress up and actually just came back from my best friends house. That chicken looks delicious and I have to start reading more books. Happy Wednesday :)

  8. I love Emily Giffin books too - they never disappoint!!! That chicken looks sooooo good - I am totally trying that recipe!! Happy Wednesday!

  9. Omg that picture is out of control! I love it!

  10. Courtney,
    I am loving your blog! I'm your newest follower and can't wait to keep up with you! I too, love Emily Giffin books and I can't wait to read this one. That picture is priceless! I love that you shared it and better yet that you have such a sweet friend that you've known since birth. I love it. Hope you are enjoying your Thursday afternoon! :)

  11. I love Emily Griffin books too! Perfect summer read! Also, that chicken looks divine! You have a very lucky family! xo

  12. Aw,happy birthday to your friend!

    And I love Emily Giffin books too - I will have to check that one out :)