WEEKLY UPDATES: ANOTHER WEEK, MORE READING…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

I think my reading is finally on track!  I read and reviewed three books this week.  I feel almost back to normal…or as much as I can be in a completely new space with new routines.  I am walking well, with the assistance of my cane…and actually dispense with it almost entirely within my apartment.

My favorite activities include movies and shows on Prime (Big Little Lies), Hulu (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Netflix (Dead to Me), which I really liked.  Sadly, I now I have to wait for Season II with the eagerness I always feel in these situations.

Let’s grab some coffee and look at the details of my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Coffee Chat:  Editing My Surroundings…

Bookish Friday:  “Stone Mothers”

Review:  Little Darlings, by Melanie GoldingReview:  I’ll Never Tell, by Catherine McKenzieReview:  Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!  I did download one e-book.

Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I’m still tackling my TBR, waiting until mid-July to resume reading my August ARCs.

Starting with:  Before She Was Found, by Heather Gudenkauf

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  This week, I enjoyed a favorite dessert.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MOVING FORWARD…

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Another week has flown by, with only two books read and reviewed.  But…my interior world is growing cozier, with the help of family, like my granddaughter Fiona who came by on Tuesday to unpack boxes and shred things…and then hung favorites on the wall, like this banner in my entry way. 

On Thursday, we ran errands (which means I sat in the car while she drove)…and one of these errands was for a mani-pedi…and lunch at CPK.

 

 

 

 

 

My routines are becoming more relaxed…and I am enjoying shows on Netflix (Dead to Me)  and on Prime: Big Little Lies Season II.

Let’s grab some coffee…and take a closer look at my reading/blogging week.

MY BLOGGING WEEK:

Coffee Chat: Finding My Groove…

Bookish Friday:  “After the End”

Little Beach Bungalow, by Joanne DeMaio –After the End, by Clare Mackintosh – (NG-6/25)

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox!

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CURRENTLY READING:

Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding

I have no ARCs to read and review before July…so I will happily relax for a bit and read from my TBR.  Then I have SIX  ARCs coming in August!

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That was my week.  Moving along slowly and rediscovering my feet…literally.  I have graduated to a cane.  Who knows what could happen next.  Exercise classes?

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What was your week like?  Enjoy your reading, blogging, and adventures.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: THOUGHTS FROM MY TINY SPACE…

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A month has passed since my life changed drastically.  In the past two weeks, I have slowly transitioned to my new living arrangements, and while my reading is still slow…I did finish Emily, Gone, by Bette Lee Crosby, a five star read. (Click title for my review).

Currently, I am enjoying Little Beach Bungalow, by Joanne DeMaio.  Our summer friends are back in Stony Point, and new layers of the story are unfolding.

I am finally loving coffee again:

In my tiny apartment, I am adding a few of my quirky favorites from my former place, and I even brought a few books and family photos:

 

 

 

 

 

My “home theater” (TV/Blu-Ray combo) is all set for watching Big Little Lies this week!

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BLOGGING:

My First Hump Day in June

Coffee Chat:  Redesigning My Life…

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox.  I did download one e-book.

The Friends We Keep, by Jane Green

Gradually I am making myself at home.  I do hope to read and blog more in the coming weeks.

What did your week look like?

No delightful food to share this week, except this coffee and a sweet roll one early morning.  Maybe next week?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKISH DELIGHTS…

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I finally finished my third book of the week.  My pattern remained similar to previous weeks.  The first book flew by, the second one competed with other activities, and I was still reading the third one this morning (Saturday).  But I enjoyed each book.  I’m feeling a little under the weather, with a sore throat…unusual for me, since I take allergy pills and other medication for these issues.  I always suspect something in the air, and I did go out and about more this week.

I enjoyed my usual TV shows, although I still have a few to watch on the DVR.  I started a new Netflix series: Northern Rescue, with William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson.  I also watched some old favorite movies, including one of my old DVDs, St. Elmo’s Fire, a Brat Pack film from the 80s that takes me back to my younger days.

It was a pretty good blogging week, too, and I had fun making new headers for some of my sites.

Let’s grab some more coffee…or even some tea for my sore throat…and take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Happy Easter!

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Better Sister”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Lovely Books Tumbling Down…

Hump Day Immersion in Books…

Buried in Books:  A Journey

Coffee Chat:  Spring Break, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Girl He Used to Know”

Review:  Sunset Beach, by Mary Kay Andrews (NG-5/7)Review:  My Lovely Wife, by Samantha DowningReview:  The Girl He Used to Know, by Tracey Garvis Graves 

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  But…two lovely NetGalley ARCs THREE!  came via my inbox.  I found another title tucked in a hidden spot on my notebook! Then…I downloaded four purchases.

NetGalley:

The Long Call (e-book), by Ann Cleeves (Release – 9/3)

Mrs. Everything (e-book), by Jennifer Weiner – (Release – 6/11)

 

Twenty-One Truths About Love (e-book), by Matthew Dicks – Release Date: (10/15)

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Purchases:

The Mother-in-Law, by Sally Hepworth

I Know Who You Are, by Alice Feeney

The Missing Years, by Lexie Elliott

Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? Last week, I enjoyed a slice of pumpkin pie a la mode…and forgot to post it!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: AN ENGAGING WEEK…WITH SUNSHINE

 

 

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

A lovely week of sunshine, offering a great mix of outings and time to curl up indoors.  With a Kindle, you can head off anywhere to read.  I managed to read and review three books this week, and they were all completely engaging.  I viewed my usual favorite shows, including The Act on Hulu and The Good Fight on CBS-All Access. On Thursday, I hung out with my daughter at the salon for my “styling,” followed by lunch with my youngest son, visiting this week from the Far North.

I struggled with blog commenting, a recent development that seemed to come out of nowhere.  I finally turned to the Google Chrome browser for most of my blog hopping.  It works…and I’m learning how to navigate there.

This week brought FOUR review books.  So, more about that, and my reading…after you grab some coffee with me and take a closer look.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Blue Mondays…Again…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Sunset Beach”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Surreal Week So Far…

A Hump Day with Books…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Sentimental Objects, and Family…

Thursday Potpourri:  Discoveries & Remembrances…

Friday Potpourri:  NetGalley ARC Bonanza…

Bookish Friday:  “My Lovely Wife”

Review:  The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen HamiltonReview:  Never Tell, by Lisa GardnerReview:  Stillhouse Lake, by Rachel Caine

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my physical mailbox…and three came via inbox from NetGalley.  Then I downloaded two purchases.

Emily, Gone, by Bette Lee Crosby (Author Review Request)

NetGalley ARCs:

Seven Letters (e-book), by J.P. Monninger (NG-10/8/19)

We Are All Good People Here (e-book), by Susan Rebecca White (NG-8/6/19)

After the End (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh (NG-6/25/19)

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Purchases:

Before She Was Found (e-book), by Heather Gudenkauf

The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke

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UP NEXT: 

Currently reading a Review ARC from NetGalley:

Sunset Beach, by Mary Kay Andrews – (Release Date – 5/7/19)

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Then I will grab my little notebook and pick some more books for the week.  It will be like opening a present.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Last night, I felt like having an Easter turkey dinner…in advance.  I brought half the plate home for today’s lunch:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, BLOGS, & MOVIES….ETC.

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What a great week of books, movies, and some good and bad outings.  Coffee with a friend on Monday; an outing with my daughter on Tuesday to look at apartments I don’t want to move into…yet; a dental appointment on Wednesday; and hair styling on Friday.  Followed by an appointment with ATT to install a new modem.  Yay!

I read and reviewed three books, all of them excellent from favorite authors.  I finished viewing Catastrophe on Amazon Prime; saw On the Basis of Sex, also on Prime; and watched more episodes of The Act on Hulu.  Thursday brought more of The Good Fight, on CBS-All Access.  Despite my spotty Internet throughout the week, I was able to spend good viewing time.

Now I hope to spend more time testing my new modem by viewing streaming shows (so far, so good), and perhaps I’ll start reading another book.

This morning I had bloodwork done at Kaiser…and then “post-fasting” breakfast at Marie Callender’s.  Let’s have some more coffee and look into more details of the week.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Hello, April: Monthly Wrap-Up

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Perfect Girlfriend”

Hump Day Reading…

Hump Day Musings…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Vicarious Travels…

Bookish Friday:  “The Night Visitors”

Rainy Day Musings:  Spotty Weather & Internet…

Review:  Back Stabbers (e-book, No. 8), by Julie MulhernReview:  All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy FieldingReview:  Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!

One Purchased Download:

The Editor (e-book), by Steven Rowley

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WHAT’S NEXT?

The Night Visitors (e-book), by Carol Goodman

And then…

Never Tell (e-book), by Lisa Gardner

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That was my week…busy, crazy, and exciting, too.  Here’s a glimpse of today’s breakfast, enjoyed after I completed my routine bloodwork.  Like a little reward, after the 12 hour fasting.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LOST IN LOVELY MOMENTS…

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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

 

It was a great week, but I only read two books. I spent most of one day reading my second book, which was so lovely I lost myself in it.  Now my eyes are tired, but I have that satisfying feeling of time well spent.  Here I am, showing off the beautiful cover:

I enjoyed time with my granddaughter Fiona, who helped around the house while we chatted about our lives.  Here she is wearing a T-shirt I bought to show off a favorite icon (RBG):

On Amazon Prime this week:  Instant Family, and a Season 3 Episode of The Good Fight, on CBS-All Access.

Now I am ready for a nap, but instead…I’ll grab another cup of coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Chasing Away the Blues…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “California Girls”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish Events, Etc.

WWW Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Family Time, Etc.

Let’s Begin Our Fight Again…

Bookish Friday:  “Before She Knew Him”

Friday Serendipity:  Finding Common Ground…

Review:  The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie HannahReview:  Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my physical mailbox!  I then received two NetGalley ARCs via my inbox.  I downloaded two purchases.

Night Beach, by Joanne DeMaio (Click for my Review)

29 Seconds (e-book), by T. M. Logan (NG – 9/10/19)

Those People (e-book), by Louise Candlish (NG – 6/11/19)

Purchases:

The Liar’s Child (e-book), by Carla Buckley

All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy Fielding

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  This week, my comfort food was soup and a tuna melt sandwich.  With a margarita, of course.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: IN SEARCH OF BALANCE…

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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Another week has flown by, and while some days brought sunshine, others brought rain…and even hail.  Indoors, I kept setting aside books, not finding anything that grabbed me, until I finally turned—successfully—to two March NetGalley ARCs, and I was able to finish them both.  What a relief!  The chaos of February brought out the best and worst of my reading mojo, so perhaps March can bring a better balance.

There was some good movie watching on Prime and Netflix, with Ben is Back, The Widow, and The Hate U Give.

Let’s grab more coffee, and take a closer look at the week.

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Finding My Routines Again…

My Journey:  A Story from the Past…and the Present…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Lost for Words Bookshop”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Releases, New Movies, Etc.

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Moving on from the Chaos…

Bookish Friday:  “I Owe You One”

Playing Around with Photos…and Posts…

Review:  Me For You (e-book), by Lolly Winston – (NG-3-12-19)Review:  In the Blink of an Eye (e-book), by Jesse Blackadder – (NG-3/19/19)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download two e-books that I purchased…

California Girls (e-book), by Susan Mallery

Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson

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WHAT’S NEXT?

The Next To Die (e-book), by Sophie Hannah

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And then I will follow my whims to select the next book.  My up-next ARCs are not due until April. 

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That was my week…what did yours look like? Below, check out my delicious chocolate dessert.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAIN, WIND, & SOME HAIL…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

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And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

We had lots of rainy days last week, some with scary winds that rattled the rafters.  There was also some hail on Friday.  Oooh.  Reading was good, though, and I managed to finish three books.  I watched a few movies on my DVR, including Season I of Big Little Lies, in anticipation of Season II soon to come.  I also enjoyed a Prime Video called All At Once (from 2016), that focused on some family issues after 9/11.  On Hallmark Murders & Mysteries, there are some new ones this month with Alison Sweeney (The Chronicle Mysteries).

My two granddaughters are celebrating birthdays this month:  Aubrey’s was 2/13 and Fiona’s will be on 2/21.  They are 22.  I barely remember that age!  LOL.

Let’s take a closer look at the week…but first, let’s all grab more coffee.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Not Here”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Habits, Old and New…

Rainy Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Rainy Days Again…

Bookish Friday: “I Invited Her In”

Review:  Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid – (NG-3/5)Review:  Not Here, by Genevieve Nocovo – (Author Review Request)Review:  The Making of Us, by Lisa Jewell (Library Book)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox…but I received two NetGalley review books via my inbox.  I also downloaded two purchases.

The Perfect Wife (e-book), by J. P. Delaney – (NG 8/6)

Sunset Beach (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews – (NG-5/7)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Silent Patient (e-book), by Alex Michaelides

Don’t Wake Up (e-book), by Liz Lawler

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I’ll soon start reading some NetGalley ARCs for books released in the the last part of March, but maybe not this week.  Instead, I’m pulling a couple of books from my shelves:

Late in the Day, by Tessa Hadley

 Come Find Me, by Megan Miranda

Then I will follow my moods….

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I also enjoyed some Tortilla Sedona Soup, with the ubiquitous Margarita and a book….

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAINY DAY READING, ETC.

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

We have had some rain this week, but so far, not a lot of wind or damage.  Rainy days and nights are good for reading, but I only read and reviewed two books this week.  They were enjoyable, so that’s what counts, right?  I wrote seven blog posts. Movies I watched from Prime included a couple of oldies, like Still of the Night, with Meryl Streep and Roy Scheider;  one I had seen back in the 80s, but it almost felt like the first time for me.  Funny when that happens.  I also watched RBG, and loved it, too…and that led to my Amazon order of a mug…and a T-shirt.  LOL

This weekend, I really need to catch up on chores…although I dreamed I was dusting and vacuuming last night.  Does that count?  LOL.

Now I need to grab another cup of coffee and take a closer peek at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Sparks:  Weekend Connections…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “She Lies in Wait”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Book Releases, Etc.

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat: Books, Movies, & Naps…

Thursday Sparks:  Igniting Our Connections…and Memories

Bookish Friday:  “The Making of Us”

Review:  Untouchable (e-book), by Jayne Ann KrentzReview:  The Best of Us (e-book), by Robyn Carr

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

 

Empty physical mailbox!  I did receive a library book from Libby, and one NetGalley review ARC came in my inbox.  Plus…I downloaded two new purchases.

Because You’re Mine (e-book), by Rea Frey – (NG – 8/6/19)

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey, the author who “brings to mind Jodi Picoult” (Booklist) and “will appeal to readers of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen” (Sally Hepworth) is a novel about how the truth will set you free.

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The Making of Us (e-book), by Lisa Jewell (Library Book)

“compelling and heartbreaking” (Jojo Moyes) novel about three strangers who are brought together by the father they never knew.

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Purchased Downloads:

I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella

I Invited  Her In (e-book), by Adele Parks

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WHAT’S NEXT? 

Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid…a NG ARC of a book to be released on March 5.

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.

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What did your week look like?  I went out to eat a couple of times…today I’ll share this lovely chocolate dessert from CPK last weekend.

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