Weekend Cooking

Hello and welcome to the Weekend. I hope that you all had a great week and are enjoying your weekend.   Its been a while since I last posted on this blog.  I am not really sure, why or what are my reasons for not posting.  But I am going to try and make this blog more updated.  So this weekend, I have tried another recipe from https://lowcarblove.com/

Zero Carb Crust Pizza

Servings – 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-10oz can of chicken breast (drained)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese 

Toppings:

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened pizza sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 10-12 slices pepperoni

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Start by opening your canned chicken and draining. You will want to get as much moisture out as possible because you want your crust to be crispy. I even used a clean kitchen towel to get as much water out as possible.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add your chicken, cheese and egg.
  3. Add your crust to a parchment lined baking sheet  
  4. Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 475 degrees.
  5. Remove crust and your toppings of choice! Bake for another 5-10 minutes. You can broil if you want your cheese super melty
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

NUTRITION:

Nutrition for (recipe):

  • Calories – 382
  • Fat – 21g
  • Protein – 47g
  • Total Carbs – 4.5g
  • Fiber – 0.5g

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

Monday, What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

The Girl Before By:  J.P. Delaney

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. You can purchase it HERE

What I am reading now:  The Sleeper Lies BY: Andrea Mara

ONE WINDOW, THREE LIES

I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.

ONE WINDOW

It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?

THREE LIES

As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see

patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?

24 DAYS

In the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.

You can purchase it HERE

Up next:

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language. Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

The twelve central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her Black lesbian identity; her old friend Shirley is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London’s funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley’s former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole’s mother Bummi works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter’s lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.

Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.

You can purchase it HERE

Thanks for reading this week’s It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done the It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Hello Sunday

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Join in weekly, bi-weekly or for a monthly wrap up. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I have decided to try this meme again this will be second post for the Sunday Post Meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. I have been looking for new ways to interact with the book blogging community and I have been loving all of the new blogs that I have discovered due to blog memes and link ups. If you are new to my blog, I would love a follow.

Today is one of these perfect Sundays where the sun is shining, and the humidity is low, and cooler weather which I love and wished it would stay a little longer; but we could use so much needed rain. 

Last Week On The Blog

I had no post for last week.  I must get better at this. 

This Week On The Blog

Monday: Its Monday What Are You Reading

Tuesday:   Teaser Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW.Wednesday

Thursday: First Review of 2022

New Arrivals At One Girl and Book

Nothing new, I have a few books that I am waiting on, hopefully they will come available soon.

I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Hello Weekend

Welcome to my little corner on the web. It’s the weekend yeah!  Hello weekend!  I am hoping to get in some crafting and a lot of reading.  What are your plans for the weekend? 

Review of The Girl Before By: JP Delaney

Synopsis:

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

You can purchase it HERE

About Author:

JP Delaney is a British writer of psychological suspense. His novel THE GIRL BEFORE was an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and sold over a million copies in 40 countries. The follow-up, BELIEVE ME, was also an international bestseller, as was his third, THE PERFECT WIFE. His fourth standalone psychological thriller, PLAYING NICE, will be published in summer 2020.

My Review:

WOW This had some many twist and turns, and I had to keep reading to see how this was going to turn out, if even some of it was believe able.  There was the Famed architect Edward Monkford who chooses occupants for a home he rents out very carefully. Each renter must agree to an extensive list of rules in order to live there. Who would think that someone would even agree to his terms? The comes along Emma who was eager to move there with her boyfriend after her previous apartment got broken into.  Emma is willing to move there even though it means giving up everything she owns.  And then there was Jane that was also wanting to start fresh, she was drawn to Edward although Janes starts to uncover some secrets of the house and Edward. 

I thought that the story line was great, and it kept me wanting to know the all the secrets of Edward and I even asked myself would I sign a lengthy contract to just to live in a house, and I am sure I would not. 

This is the first Book that I have read by this author, and I will be on the look out for more of his books. My rating on this is 3.5 stars  

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

First Lines Fridays

Happy Friday everyone hope that your week was event full.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Everything is quiet, as if I’m completely alone.   I don’t feel scared, I like the silence.  I like it better than the sound of adults fighting. 

The door opposite the bathroom is open a little and I hear a noise coming from behind it.  A sort of puffing, scratching sound. 

I take a couple of steps closer and peer through the crack.

And now for the book that I am reading……..

Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling.

She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died.
She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t.
She doesn’t know Archie has a secret.

A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life… You can purchase it HERE

Thanks for reading this week’s First Lines Friday on my blog! Have you read this book or have plans to? Have you also done a First Line Friday on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

First Review of 2022

Hello and welcome to One Girl and a Book.  I hope that you all are doing well.  We are getting a few days of cooler temperature which I am loving.  I have seen on the news that there are states that don’t normally get snow often, had some snow this past weekend. 

So I thought I would do a review of one of the books that I have read.

Synopsis

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
 
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chess like sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction. You can purchase it HERE

About Author:

Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader. In 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union.

My Review:

The Synopsis of this books is great and made me want to read it. But I have to admit it was a slow thriller than I have read, but it did keep my interest and I wanted to learn about all the characters.  I did like how the author used technical information that added a level of realism, and made each character interesting and there were a few characters (like Vance) that I wanted to learn more about and water to know if he was really a legit person. This is the first time of reading anything from this author and her  writing style I found her writing a little slower and different than I was used to reading. 

My rating of this book is 4 stars. 

I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

WWW.Wednesday

Happy WWW Wednesday!

Hello and welcome to HUMP DAY.  I can’t believe that we are in the third week of January.  I hope that everyone’s week has been eventful.  I have been very busy at work, and I have been trying to schedule post for the upcoming weeks, I hope to blog more this year.   

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Girl Before By: J. P. Delaney I am 30% into the book and I am finding that its starting a little slow for me. I am hoping that it picks up.  It’s the first that I have read by this author. 

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished While Justice Sleeps By:  Stacey Abrams and I really enjoyed it.  I will be doing a review in the next couple of days.

Atomic Habit By:  James Clear this book was recommended to me, so I thought I would give it a shot, although I find it hard to review this one, but overall I enjoyed it and their were interesting topics. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Wow there is a lot that I want to read and or I am waiting for my Library Holds to be filled on some that I would love to start reading.  But for now I think I will start The Sleeper Lies By:  Andera mara

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

The Wooden Spoon was a busy as it ever was at three o’clock on a Friday afternoon – one man treating his son to an after-school brownie, and two teenage girls who’d just got off the bus from Dublin, judging by their A-Wear and Penneys Shopping bags. 

Ray was there already and stood to great me. 

Without further a doo….

You can purchase it HERE

IT”S MONDAY

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

While Justice Sleeps By:  Stacey Abrams

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
 
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

You can purchase it HERE

Atomic Habits By:  James Clear

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
    make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
    overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
    design your environment to make success easier;
    get back on track when you fall off course;
…and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits–whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

You can purchase it HERE

What I am reading now:  The Girl Before by J.P Delaney

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. 

You can purchase it HERE

Up next:

The Sleeper Lies By:  Andera mara

ONE WINDOW, THREE LIES

I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.

ONE WINDOW

It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?

THREE LIES

As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?

24 DAYS

In the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.

You can purchase it HERE

Thanks for reading this week’s It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done the It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Hello Weekend

Hello and welcome to the Weekend. I hope that you all had a great week and are enjoying your weekend. 

Who doesn’t love a Fluffy Biscuits, I know I do and these remind me of an English Muffin which I love them when they are extra crispy with butter or cream cheese?  If you haven’t check out Low Carb Love click the link below and it will take you to her Blog.  She has some awesome recipes that are delicious and low in carbs.

https://lowcarblove.com

1G Carb Fluffy Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 egg whites (¾ cup liquid egg whites) 
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a cupcake pan with coconut oil spray.
  3. Whip egg whites until very fluffy. 
  4. In a separate medium bowl, mix the baking powder into the almond flour. 
  5. Then cut in the butter and salt. 
  6. Gently fold the dry mixture into the whites.
  7. Using a ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into a large cupcake tin and bake for 8 to 10 minutes

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per biscuit:

  • 1g Net Carb 
  • 3g Total Carbs
  • 2g Fiber 
  • 10g Fat 
  • 5g Protein
  • 114 Calories

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.