Monday Recap: August 1, 2016

Less cooking, more reading–that’s been July’s theme.


Pineapple salsa goes great with shrimp tacos, chicken and more!Meatless Friday: Cilantro-Lime Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa. Don’t worry about heating up the house when you cook this easy summer meal. Here’s my recipe for cilantro-lime shrimp with sweet pineapple salsa.


The novel "Alligator Creek" features scenes from the Battle of Gettysburg.Book Notes: Alligator Creek. If you’ve ever visited a Civil War battlefield, I recommend Alligator Creek for your next summer read.


pictures of meBook Notes: Cultivating Empathy in a Selfie World. Summer vacation may be the best time to school ourselves and our children on ways to demonstrate kindness and compassion. I review “Unselfie” and “Pictures of Me,” two books centered on the development of empathy.


pope francis takes the busBook Notes: Pope Francis Takes the Bus. Rosario Carello’s new book, Pope Francis Takes the Bus, centers on the Pope’s humility as his distinguishing trait. I review the book and explain how children and adults alike can benefit from the stories inside.


meatless-friday-redesignMeatless Friday: Father’s Favorites. Need some quick inspiration for a simple, delicious meatless meal? Try one of these recipes, brought to you by three parish priests.

At Cook and Count

Tortellini salad: quick, easy meatless meal.Simple Tortellini Salad. A cool pasta dish for hot summer evenings.


Chicken with Zucchini and MushroomsChicken with Zucchini and Mushrooms. It’s zucchini time! If your neighbor is leaving squash in your mailbox, this recipe is for you.

At Carolyn Astfalk’s “My Scribbler’s Heart” Blog

Deliciously gooey Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Brownies!A Taste of Summer (with recipes!). In this guest blog post I share 3 favorite summer recipes, including Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Brownies, pictured here.

Monday recap 2016 edition

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