Before we get to my Thursday Thirteen, I have to recap the events of last night. For those of you who read yesterday's post, you know that yesterday was my husband's birthday and I celebrated by cooking him a wonderful dinner of steak, stuffed mushrooms, and strawberry pretzel salad. When I told him what I had planned for his dinner, he looked quite worried. I think I failed to tell you guys that I had never cooked steak OR stuffed mushrooms before. Regardless, I had done my research, and I am a good cook, even if I had never cooked those things before I felt it would be all right. It turned out great!!! I think I spoiled my husband, though, because he only gets stuffed mushrooms like once a year when we go to the right restaurant. Now that he knows I can pull it off I have a feeling he'll be wanting them more often!
Sorry, I did not take pics. I spent 3 hours cooking and just didn't feel like taking pictures afterwards! But you should know it turned out oh so well. Was it romantic? No -- it can hardly be romantic when he's eating his dinner and the kids are surrounding him like starving hawks acting like I didn't just feed them dinner 45 minutes before. But that's okay, cause we had good family time during his dinner. We got our special alone time together after the kids went to bed ;-)
If you want the Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe, go here. I highly recommend it. I would follow the directions exactly, except for a couple things: (1) Don't completely pulverize the pretzels. It tastes better when there's still some chunk to them. (2) I use a 24 ounce tub of frozen strawberries with sugar instead of a 16 ounce container. That's all there is to it! If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
Okay, on to the Thursday Thirteen...
Thirteen Books I Love
Thirteen books I love and have re-read multiple times. Some of these books are even young adult readers that have stuck with me through time. These books are listed in no particular order.
1.... Enchantment (Orson Scott Card)
2.... A Song of Ice And Fire (Series, George R.R. Martin)
3.... Homecoming Saga (Series, Orson Scott Card)
4.... Magic Kingdom of Landover (Series, Terry Brooks)
5.... The Sword of Truth (Series, Terry Goodkind)
6.... Dune Chronicals (Series, Frank Herbert)
7.... Ender Series (Orscon Scott Card)
8.... Web Of Dreams (and rest of Casteel series, VC Andrews)
9.... Flowers in the Attic (and rest of Dollanganger series, VC Andrews)
10... The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Series, Douglas Adams)
11... Wayside School (Series, Louis Sachar, Grade School)
12... No Promises in the Wind (Irene Hunt, Young Adult)
13... Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls, Young Adult)
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