The 7 Top Books I’ve Read in 2016

Have you ever met a book you didn’t like?


 Okay… Can I be honest?

You remember this post here?

So said book club decided to read

I legit read the cliff notes before the meeting.

Book club members if you’re reading this, I’m sorry.
I am, but it lulled me to sleep every single time I opened it.
As did Ahab’s Wife when I tried reading it with my Bahrain book club.

Don’t worry though. We read tons of other books that were awesome.
We discussed amazing books, we drank good wine &
what’s even cooler is that one
of my BBC ladies is an author on this list! Neat right?

The list! Right, the list.

I do this every year.

It hard.

I read a lot.

I read more than I write,
and I write a lot.
I actually write more in my handwritten journals than on here,
but I’m starting to write more on my computer;
which is a good thing because you guys get to read more.

So compiling this list was nothing short of amazing.
It was hard y’all.

I wrote.
Wanted to make it the 21 top books that I’ve read in 2016,
but then Mr. Foodie said, “That’s too much, you’ve got to stop.”

He was right.

So with some terrible deliberation.

Lots of sweat, even a few tears, haha,

Here are the seven.
The Best Seven
(in no particular order)

7 Top Books I’ve Read in 2016


1. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
This had been on my shelf forever. I picked it up a yard sale for .10 because I’d like the cover, and yet it took me years to finally read it. I was so mad at myself for procrastinating on this book because once I began reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a good one. If you haven’t read it. Do so, but don’t read it hungry.


2. Jump by Steve Harvey
I am all about personal development books. I love hearing stories of people overcoming adversity to be the best they can be to live out their greatness. Steve Harvey is the perfect example of that and he shares so much of himself in his newest book Jump. This is a great book to read going into the New Year. I actually bought extras to give away as gifts because it has blessed me in such a major way. I hope you take the time to read it.


3. Raven of the Sea by Stacey Reynolds
This is my BBC sister and friend. I’m so proud of her and all that she has accomplished this year. Not only is this her first book, but when you finish this one, be sure to pick up book to A Lantern in the Dark (The O’Brien Tales Book 2) Both books are brilliantly written and I can’t say too much more as I’d like not to give the story away, but I love them both.


4. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, and Mark Dagostino
This book made the list by days. Santa brought it to me. It’s not often that I’m able to sit down and read a book in one afternoon, but with this one, I simply had to. Mr. Foodie saw how engulfed in Chip & Jo’s story I had become and took the kids for the day allowing me to be alone with this amazing couple, a nice cup of coffee and their story. I got to know them and it makes watching their show “Fixer Upper” on HGTV a bit more incredible. Not to mention I want to move to Waco, buy a farm and be their neighbor even more now, oh and ship-lap everything. HA!


5. Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Haley Morgan
I’m in the thick of making this book a bible study for our church and can I just stop right now and say I love these two. I love them. I love their honesty, their hearts, and their grittiness. I love the way they share life. I’m thankful for them. I thank God for them and I’m glad that God gave them the moxie to give us this book. Wild horses and all.


6. Stop Chasing Influencers by Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley
This book, co-written by Kimanzi Constable and my buddy Jared Easley is pretty spectacular. It’s one of the first books I read in 2016 and by far one of the best ones. It’s definitely stuck with me. It’s changed the way I do life, business, and basically living. It’s one of those books that you have to get a couple of copies to give to graduates and say here. Take this. Read it, let it sink in, and read it again. Follow its instructions and live a good life.


7. Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
This is one I didn’t read per say, but I did listen to it, along with my sister-in-law Di, and my daughter The Artist. We did a girl’s road trip to Paris and what better time to listen to a book called, “Girl Code” than when riding to Paris with a bunch of girls? I swear we ALL loved this book. It had something for all ages; we all were nodding in agreement at something. It was an amazing weekend, but listening to this book on the way there did something special to enhance the experience and I’ll be forever grateful for that. I also recommend you read this book…

Whew. 7 books. 7 amazing, brilliant, wonderful books, that if you didn’t read them in 2016, you definitely should in 2017. Happy reading, oh and remember, I love to read too, so I’ll kindly take some suggestions from you too.

Until Next Taste,


Post Christmas Post

In my last post I asked
“Does anyone blog anymore?”

Then I all but quit blogging.

No, but really I stopped because well…

I got feedback.

Some good, some bad,

Some downright mean.

But what can you do?

That comes with the territory of this stuff.

I’m sharing life with you,
so I’m opening up myself to a bit of criticism
albeit how nonconstructive it is.

However, here is where we move on.

How was your holiday?

Ours was beautiful.

It was full of surprises.

I won this TV at my work Christmas party. 55 inches yo!

Amazing food.

The Menu
Pears wrapped w/Gorgonzola & Prosciutto
Baked Camembert w/Minced Garlic, Thyme, Sun-Dried Tomatoes

White Asparagus Soup

Main Dishes
Pan Seared Scottish Cod/w Shallot Vinaigrette & Wilted Spinach
Garlic & Horseradish Beef Tenderloin

Glazed Rainbow Carrots
White Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

Pound Cake (pictured below)
Almond Streusel Pumpkin Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream

Baked Camembert. Y’all.
Pound Cake w/Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream, Rosemary, and Citrus fruits

Christmas miracles & magic.

Foodie Finds Home Kids Christmas Morning.jpg
This is our 5th year snapping a photo like this, it’s been incredible to see how much they grow from year to year.

And of course a bit of mischief 😉

The Tiniest Foodie is up to something. Ha! Her outfit makes me giggle. It’s so her!

I hope you enjoyed your holiday.
I hope it brought you good tidings of great joy.
I hope everything

every morsel and memory
was delicious.

Until Next Taste,