Meg Tucker Talks OMG Book Club Giveaway!

Lisa Unger The Stranger Inside Giveaway

WANT TO WIN AN ADVANCE COPY OF LISA UNGER’S NEW BOOK?

Welcome to the Meg Tucker Talks OMG Book Club Giveaway!

If you’ve joined my Meg Tucker Talks OMG Book Club then you know I love to read. I love to read THRILLERS. Well how would you like to get your hot little hands on an advance copy of Lisa Unger’s new book “The Stranger Inside”?

IT HITS SHELVES SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

That’s right it’s not even in stores yet! Thanks so very much to Harper Collins Canada and Park Row Books for sending some copies!

HOW TO ENTER

You need to be joining the club! All entry details are there, contest opens September 4, 2019 and closes September 16, 2019 11:59pm MST. All contest details are listed in Facebook, good luck!

 

ABOUT THE STRANGER INSIDE

Even good people are drawn to do evil things…

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice—and killed him in cold blood.

Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

Introducing one of the most compelling and original killers in crime fiction today, Lisa Unger takes readers deep inside the minds of both perpetrator and victim, blurring the lines between right and wrong, crime and justice, and showing that sometimes people deserve what comes to them. – source LisaUnger.com

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ABOUT MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat!

Our September pick? Catch up today! HERE YOU GO! 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW! 

HAPPY READING! 

Enjoy! Meg xo

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SPOTLIGHT: Meg Tucker Talks with Author John Marrs

In case you missed our interview on Facebook, here it is! A wonderful chat with best selling author John Marrs!

Who: Author of “THE ONE” John Marrs

What: Spotlight: Meg Tucker Talks with John Marrs

Why: August 2019 Meg Tucker OMG Book Club Pick!

 

I got my copy at Chapters Indigo, here it is also on Amazon.

ABOUT MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB!

1. Do you love to read?

2. What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

3. When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

I know. I know. SO many questions Meg. 

Here’s the thing. I am BEACH reader all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, but OMG how is this NOT a movie type book? I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Get back to reading real books!

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat!

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW! 

HAVE A GREAT SEPTEMBER! Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER PICK

MEG'S OMG BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER PICK

MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER PICK!

Join Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club today and get in on the THRILLER READING FUN! PS Can you believe FALL is almost here?

Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat! 

Click to join!

OUR SEPTEMBER PICK!

I just received this via AMAZON, here it is also on Chapters/Indigo. PS it’s brand NEW and getting EPIC reviews…

THE ESCAPE ROOM debut novel by Megan Goldin

Synopsis (Source Chapters/Indigo):

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive. In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style―but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost. Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

THE REVIEWS ARE GLOWING:

“One of my favorite books of the year.” -Lee Child

“Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room-the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” -Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Gripping and unforgettable!”- Harlan Coben

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ABOUT MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat!

Missed our JULY/AUGUST pick? Catch up today! HERE YOU GO! 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW! 

HAPPY SUMMER! Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Maple Almond Granola

Maple Almond Granola

Fall is in the air…

Have you ever made your own homemade granola? I love making a big batch when the weather changes, which in the past few days in Alberta seems to have happened. It’s amazing with milk and a spoon, topped on yogurt, thrown into muffin recipes (YES!), and even on ice cream. May I present to you: Maple Almond Granola! Something about the FALL makes me want to cook…perhaps even more than we already do. This fit the bill perfectly. While I do not claim to be much of a baker, this technically counts doesn’t it? Crunchy granola studded with coconut, slivered almonds, golden raisins, dried cherries and the warm fall flavours of maple and cinnamon. Oh and a pinch of honey. TIP #1: The fruit is all optional. Use what you have, a little or a lot! 

How much to make?

I make a MASSIVE sheet tray filled to the brim, but you don’t have to be excessive like me. I am of the school – why do four trips in with grocery bags when you can do it all in one? That’s my motto with baking too. Make it all! No seriously, this recipe below is a single batch, you can definitely double if you wish! TIP #2: You might want to bake it in sections, if you have the time. I did it all in one pan, but it took a little longer.

Hope you enjoy your own granola, think of the oats as the blank canvas. Add whatever you wish!

Maple Almond Granola Steps

ADD IN OPTIONS: **I ADD THE FRUIT IN THE LAST 5 MINS OF BAKING, OR EVEN ONCE I TAKE IT OUT. TOSS WITH FRUIT AND LET COOL!

  • raisins
  • dried cherries
  • dried apple
  • dried mango
  • coconut
  • flax seed
  • chia seed
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • almonds- TIP #3: I used slivered over sliced. Sliced BURN quickly! 

Maple Almond Granola

Maple Almond Granola

Toasted oat granola studded with golden raisins, slivered almonds, maple and cinnamon. PURE FALL HOMEMADE GOODNESS!

Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 1.5 c large flake oats
  • 1/2 c coconut unsweetened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c oil canola, olive or even better coconut
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 c dried fruit raisins, cherries, apples, mango - or none!
  • 1 c slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ALL the ingredients

  2. Get in there and mix with your hands!

  3. Spray a sheet pan, or line with parchment

  4. Spread an even layer of granola over pan

  5. Bake for 15 mins at 325. Take out, flip over, clump it up!

  6. Bake another 15 mins until golden. OVEN TEMPS VARY

  7. Let cool completely before you bag or pop into a container!

  8. ENJOY! Meg xo

Want to make your granola the star of the show? Add some of my RHUBARB CURD to the morning bowl to take it over the top!

Enjoy! Meg xo

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My Day with 15,000 Free-Run Chickens!

Egg Farmers Alberta Brant Colony Visit

Have you ever stood beside a chicken?

How about 3 chickens? How about 15,000 chickens? Imagine spending your day with 15,000 free-run chickens! Walking through a barn with 15,000 chickens all around you. Each chicken craning to see who the newbies are that just entered their home. I was one of those newbies yesterday, when we toured the Brant Colony, near High River, Alberta with Egg Farmers of Alberta. WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

The Brant Hutterite Colony in southern Alberta has done something that really hasn’t been done before.

The goal: to produce between 14-15,000 eggs per day with a NET-0 barn. That means, they create ZERO net greenhouse gas emissions. Brant Colony’s egg manager, Darrel Mandel and his team are making that happen each and every day!

Egg Farmers Alberta Brant Colony Tour

HERE’S THE BACKSTORY:

In 2014, Egg Farmers of Alberta laid the foundation for a very lofty goal. To design and build a net-zero egg barn. EFA partnered with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, received funding from Growing Forward 2 to help make the project possible, completed a feasibility study, and selected an egg farmer to work with. In April of 2015, the foundation of the industry’s first net-zero egg barn was poured at Brant Colony near High River, Alberta.

The official grand opening was the culmination of two years’ worth of hard work, dedication, collaboration, and a vision to build a sustainable provincial egg industry. The goal of the project is for the facility to be balanced in terms of its energy inputs and outputs, in order to achieve net-zero. Over a given year, the facility will strive to produce enough power through renewable systems to offset power supplied to it by conventional fossil fuels. – source: BRANT COLONY OPENS NET ZERO BARN

2 years later, EFA did a follow up story to check in on Darrel and the barn.

Yesterday, August 13, 2019, a group of us were invited to tour the facility with Darrel and Egg Farmers of Alberta.

It was, in a word, UNBELIEVABLE.

From the moment we walked on site, we suited up to ensure total safety for the birds. Protective shoe covers in the main parts of the barn, then FULL coveralls and an additional layer of booties for inside with the birds. It was simply amazing to see the level of care for this flock of 15,000 hens. From the design of their free-run aviary housing system, to the water and feed systems, to the fully automated “behind the scenes” machines that ensure they are all happy, healthy and producing amazing Alberta eggs is just incredible. WELL DONE BRANT COLONY!

Why the red lights?

In a nutshell, it’s for the birds! They decided to add red lights to help reduce feather pecking. If the hens peck and draw blood, it could cause distress. By adding the red lights, the birds are less inclined to see blood if it does occur, keeping them all more relaxed. Manager Darrel has definitely noticed a substantial improvement in the feather cover of his flock, which is an indicator of enhanced animal welfare for the birds. Want to see more? Check out the livestream of the barn!

Egg Farmers Alberta Brant Colony Free Run Eggs

How many eggs per day?

The hope is that each hen would produce 1 egg per day. Brant Colony is collecting between 14,000-15,000 free-run eggs every single day. Those eggs are collected each morning then picked up by a truck weekly, taken to the grading stations. The grading station then inspects and washes the eggs, then they are sent to stores. What blew me away is just how fresh our eggs are. DID YOU KNOW, that when you purchase your Alberta eggs from a grocery store, they might have only left the farm 3 days prior? FRESH CENTRAL!

Thank you so much Egg Farmers of Alberta for such an informative and amazing day. To see this facility in action, along with meeting some of the kindest people on earth, was an experience I will treasure forever. I have learned SO much about eggs since partnering with EFA, from the different TYPES of eggs, to the different HOUSING systems that help produce all the different varieties we are so lucky to have in our stores, is amazing.

I can’t wait to see what’s next! Until then, I am going to make some lunch. Perhaps an omelette from YESTERDAY’S farm fresh eggs! Life is good!

Enjoy! meg xo

*this is a sponsored post

 

For MORE eggy goodness visit: Egg Farmers of Alberta

For a fun EGGY recipe: Caesar Inspired Devilled Eggs

Can We Please Stop Calling Them Mocktails?

Mocktails

CAN WE PLEASE STOP CALLING THEM MOCKTAILS?

Mocktails. My latest fave: non boozy fun drinks. I’ve never been a big drinker and although yes, it’s fun to have cocktails, I also love being out with friends and getting to choose something yummy, creative and crafted with care. Without alcohol. Feeling refreshed without worrying about driving home or a headache tomorrow.

SO WHY DO WE GET FUNNY LOOKS?

I believe restaurants should stop using the word “mocktail”. We’re not kids ordering Shirley temples. We aren’t all pregnant. We are most certainly not lame for ordering non booze and no, it won’t affect your tips. We might just want something more than a club soda and we shouldn’t feel singled out for being “lame”. Yet somehow every single time I order a fun non boozy drink I find I get a funny look. Most of the time, they’ll repeat the order back to me and say “you know that’s non alcoholic right? Are you sure you don’t want the other kind”? No, no I don’t. But instead of just saying the drink name, I find myself having to explain my choice, as if not indulging is LAME. “Could I please have the non alcoholic mojito, I want something fun, but don’t really feel like alcohol”. 

Obviously I don’t feel like having alcohol or else I would have ordered some. Sigh.

Spiritfree Drinks Holy Roller

Gold Lion + Love Juice – Holy Roller, Austin, Texas

RESTAURANTS GETTING CREATIVE WITH NAMES

Most menus will still refer to the non alcoholic beverages as “mocktails”, but I think as more and more people are ordering them, we’re now hearing terms like N/A drinks, boozeless, pre-school, and anti-social (this one makes me laugh). That’s ok. Call them what you want but please have them on your menus and don’t look at us funny when we order them, automatically thinking we have issues. Kombucha and cold brews are now on tap at some pubs, so why can’t we have our quirky fun non spirits there too!

Raspberry Mojito

Raspberry Mojito from Browns Social House

Some of my favourites include:

  • Raspberry Mojito from Brown’s Social House. Super muddled mint and tons of raspberries, lots of chunky ice, simple syrup and bubbles. LOVE IT!
  • The Gold Lion from Holy Roller in Austin, Texas
  • Love Juice – also from Holy Roller in Austin…see MORE about Austin here!
  • ANY establishment that will serve a spiritfree MULE with real ginger beer, yes please!
Holy Roller Drink Menu

Spirit Free Cocktails from Holy Roller- Austin, Texas

Whatever your reason, please don’t feel you have to explain it to the servers. Order your NA drink with a smile. Let’s hope since they’ve been placed on the menu, they are happy you’re ordering something other than water! Next time you’re out, for a twist, skip the spirits and try a N/A, spiritfree beverage and let’s see how creative these menus really can get! #spiritfree #craftycocktails

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Peach + Cherry Crumble

Peach + Cherry Crumble

Who Wants Peach + Cherry Crumble!

Summer is here and so is one of the easiest and YUMMIEST desserts, a peach + cherry crumble! Juicy ripe peaches paired with slightly tart ruby red cherries, baked under a topping of almond sugar cookie struesel. Easy to make, guaranteed zero leftovers!

STEP 1 – Make sure your cherries and peaches are ripe!

Cherries

STEP 2- Fill your favourite 9×13 pan with sliced fruit

Peaches + Cherries

TIP: Make sure to spray your dish with non stick spray, or a swipe of good softened butter!

STEP 3- Sugar your fruit!

Sugared Peaches + cherries

STEP 4 -Make an almond sugar cookie streusel topping!

Crumble Topping

Once this is complete, pop into the oven and bake for 25 mins. Then add 2 more melted tbsp of butter, bake another 10 mins, and if you STILL want to see it a little more golden, broil for 3 mins or so, but do NOT take your eyes off it!

Recipe below, ENJOY! Meg xo

TIPS FROM ME TO YOU!

  • I am a super visual person, so I like to see the steps in a recipe, instead of just a finished product.
  • Bottom right, you’ll see the cookie “streusel” topping consistency. I didn’t use a spatula, I get right in there with my hands and make sure it’s nice and crumbly before I top my baking dish.
  • I also don’t worry about each peach and cherry piece being the exact same size. Rustic is in, PLUS they all melt and marry when in the oven.
  • Turbinado Sugar: I don’t own any but have been meaning to pick some up. This would make that crunchy sugar topping effect you see on fancy desserts. Mine was just reg sugar, but go nuts!

Steps to the Peach + Cherry Crumble

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Meg xo

PS – Want to take this to an even BIGGER LEVEL? Serve this with a little Brown Butter Salted Caramel Sauce!

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Peach + Cherry Crumble

Juicy peaches and tart cherries baked under a blanket of almond sugar cookie streusel topping makes this summertime crumble a SURE HIT with little to no leftovers!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Flavour
Keyword peach cherry crumble
Servings 6
Author Meg Tucker

Ingredients

  • 5 large peaches
  • 20 large cherries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup extra melted butter

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 350.

  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray, or swipe softened butter to coat.

  3. Slice peaches and cherries and fill the baking dish in one big mixed yummy layer. (overlap is encouraged).

  4. Sprinkle 1/2 c sugar over fruit.

  5. In a separate bowl combine 1/2c melted butter, flour, sugar, vanilla, almond, salt, baking powder. Get in there with your hands and bring it all together, it should look like a crumbly cookie dough.

  6. Top your sugared fruit with crumble, little bits, big blobs, until it's all gone! *You can eat one little piece if you must!

  7. Pop in the oven for 25 mins.

  8. Take out at the 25 min mark and see if it's bubbling. Then add about 2 tbsp melted butter to the top - just to take it to the next level. Oh wait, sprinkle a little more sugar on top too. Back in oven.

  9. Bake another 10 mins. If it's not bubbling and GOLDEN, turn on your broiler for NO MORE THAN 3 mins, and do not take your eyes off it!

  10. Take out of oven to cool, serve with whipped cream, ice cream or ON ITS OWN! Good luck having leftovers! Enjoy! Meg xo

Meg’s OMG Book Club July + August Pick

Meg's OMG Book Club July August Pick

MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB JULY + AUGUST PICK!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat! 

Click to join!

OUR JULY + AUGUST PICK!

Summer is BUSY, so we are going to stretch July + August into 1 book. Some of our members have already devoured this one, I just started!

The One- John Marrs

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for. That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love. Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

Need more proof? Here’s what Chapters/Indigo says about it:

  • Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018
  • “Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” —AARP
  • “A shock on every other page.” —Wall Street Journal

I got mine at CHAPTERS for around $11 and I know some members have picked it up at Costco!

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ABOUT MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat!

Missed our June pick? HERE YOU GO! 

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW! 

HAPPY SUMMER! Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Meg’s OMG Book Club June Pick!

Meg's OMG Book Club June Pick

MEG’S OMG BOOK CLUB JUNE PICK!

Do you love to read?

What kind of book do you gravitate towards at the library or bookstore?

When was the last time you picked up a book and read it cover to cover?

SO many questions Meg. I am BEACH reads all the way. THRILLERS. Edge of your seat, OMG how is this NOT a movie type book. I’ve always been a big reader, but lately I find I spend more of my downtime with my beloved iPad than my books.

Join “Meg Tucker’s OMG Book Club”. Each month we read a thriller-edge-of-your-seat-how-is-this-not-a-movie book then at the end of the month we discuss in a FB livestream + IG Stories chat! *our first livestream is Saturday June 8, 6pm MST. Click to join!

THIS GIRL IS CRAY.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – “Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be.The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…” .

Again, I picked this up at my local Chapters for around $15, I think right now it’s around $20. You can also probably reserve at your local library or borrow from a friend – it’s a VERY popular book! Make sure to pop into Costco if you’re a member too, some of our members are finding these picks there for a fraction of the price!

Whether you buy, borrow, or rent the book we are happy to have you join our little club. No pressure, no dues, no finicky meetings, just the LOVE of a good thriller followed by a good ole gab online!

To learn more about Meg’s OMG Book Club

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU CLICK HERE NOW!  Gotta go read!  

Enjoy! Meg xo

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Simple Summer Supper

Simple Summer Supper

Simple Summer Supper.

Wait. Do you call it supper or dinner? I think I say “let’s go out for dinner”, but we “eat supper at home”. Whether you call it dinner or supper I want to share how often we cook and how it’s a radically different schedule in the summer. We tend to go for a simple summer supper schedule. How about you?

Simple Summer Supper Schedule:

Monday: I cook for Gav and I.

Tuesday: We order pizza, as there are normally 50% off specials galore.

Wednesday: I cook for Gav and I.

Thursday: I cook for Gav and I.

Friday: We either order Skip the Dishes or eat leftovers.

Saturday: BBQ or a food project.

Sunday: BBQ or a food project.

Books for Days

Our tiny cookbook collection, used for “inspiration”.

Walk Me Through a Week…

What do I cook on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays? Year round I love things like homemade chicken soups, stews, pot pies, and roast chickens. Things get a little simpler in the summer. We still do a pot of good spaghetti sauce, but I will make an extra big pot then fill 3 to 4 containers and pop in freezer. In doing so I have completely cut out about 3 hours of standing over the stove. Simply thaw in fridge the night before, then reheat and make the pasta. Salad on the side and dinner is served!

Tacos happen a lot in our house, also year round. I am absolutely not opposed to the boxed kit, but we have been known to make our own tortillas using simple masa flour and water. We splurged on a tortilla press (I kid, it was under $30) and when Wade is home he takes over and makes about 40 soft corn shells. Then we can freeze and use at a later date!

Roast chicken? Sure we do it! Make 2, or better yet cook “beer can chicken style” on the bbq. We sub the beer though for 7-up, green tea, even iced tea! Make it simple but pack in the flavour. The leftovers go a long way too, add into a salad or serve with rice and veggies, yes please!

Speaking of veggies, who says you have to cook them? I love cutting up a whole platter of carrots, broccoli, celery and anything dunkable then you create a fun side dip! Equal parts mayo + sour cream + fresh dill and a splash of balsamic? DONE. Epicure bottles in your pantry? USE THEM IN THE SUMMER! Get creative!

What’s a Food Project?

The weekends are where we have some fun. Wade is home from work and almost always walks through the door armed with “an idea”. I am not kidding when I say he owns a little black book…for recipes. Things he sees on YouTube then wants to create, or recipes he’s used and tweaked to perfection. We have made homemade mozzarella (talk to me about ordering rennet tablets online), Wade always makes his own chili powder that involves grinding all the peppers with a coffee grinder, we do all our own pizzas on the bbq with a stone and we’ve even made our own BACON. It’s almost always Wade motivated and somehow I reap the benefits. But it’s an all day/all evening affair. No one said you can rush happiness.

So. In closing, I think it’s perfectly amazing to take every shortcut known in the summer. TIPS: Dig out the crockpot, a friend even suggested she uses hers in the garage so it doesn’t heat the house! *genius. BBQ as much as you can, and keep cool at all costs. You can still have amazing food and not spend all your time in the kitchen.

Happy Summer! Enjoy! Meg xo

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