The Romance Bookie is on Instagram!

 Hey Everyone! So I have news!! The Romance Bookie is on Instagram! I'm still trying to figure out this new book world.  I'm so behind on so much, but I miss it so very much, and really need something to lift my spirits sometimes.  I'm hoping getting back into it, will help. You can find me under the handle @the_romance_bookie .  What does this mean for The Romance Bookie blog? Not all too much!  I still plan on writing reviews here when I read a book.   I'm actually hoping that having this new platform will get me motivated to read more again.  There are so many books I have missed over these last few years, and new ones coming out of course.   I'm in the process of sorting my books.  I have boxes and boxes of unread books that I've been collecting for so long.  My taste has changed a bit since I started The Romance Bookie over a decade ago, so I'm taking this time to kind of start over my to-be-read pile.  I'll be sorting out quite a bit (at least I

Update for 2021

 Hey Everyone! So life as a new mom say the least. I absolutely freaking love it!  I honestly think I was meant to be a mama.  The amount of joy my little guy gives me far outweighs anything I have felt since meeting my husband (my only other source of joy).   That being said, postpartum is no joke.  My emotions are all over the place.  Giving birth has caused me to have some vitamin deficiencies, which I'm taking supplements for.  But do you know what no one talks about? Vitamin Deficiencies can mess with your mind and body. I mean it makes sense.  But I am so physically and mentally tired, it's not even funny.  And trust me, it is not because of my six month old!   Any-whoo, I have unfortunately not had the brain for reading recently, but I have instead been working on something else... Finally... After years... Being able to FINALLY DISPLAY ALL OF MY BOOKS AGAIN!!  It's a work in progress, but I am so proud of how it is coming out! I'm still trying t

The Duke and I (Bridgerton #1) by Julia Quinn

 Hello Everyone!! I have read officially read my first book of 2021!! YAY!!  This is a huge accomplishment for me!  Being a new mom, does not give me a lot of me-time, but I have an amazing husband who allows me some time for myself every so often, so I have been using bath-time to get some reading in. By the way, before I get into my review, I found this really awesome feature through the Kindle App on my phone!  I'm sure most people have figured this out, but I found it really neat!  So I bought the first six Bridgerton through  However, I'm going to just say it, they are awful with their customer service, sending books, etc.  The only reason I ended up buying through them this time around is because the Bridgerton  novels were buy 2 get 1 free, and they were supposed to be in stock.  This is actually the second time I've had issues with them, the first time was when I preordered Midnight Sun  last, which was signed copy.  I preordered it when it was

Bridgerton (Netflix Series) (Not that you probably didn't Already know.)

 Hey! Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season!  2020 was such a rough year for so many, as we all know, and I just hope everyone was able to make the best of the last little bit, and come into the New Year with positive thoughts, and blessings.    The holidays for my family and I were both very busy, but also very relaxing.  Unfortunately, due to having a new baby, and with the pandemic going on, we had to make some tough decisions; and ended up not being able to celebrate with a lot of our family.  But we made the best of it, and video chatted, and had a few delicious meals, and enjoyed it the best we could.    I also completely spaced, and realized the other day that The Romance Bookie just hit its 10 year blogaversary!   Yeah, I started The Romance Bookie a DECADE AGO!   How crazy is that?! I'll do a post separate from this, if I get a chance, and share my memories with The Romance Bookie!  But the real purpose of this post is to talk about the thing

Food Friday #3

 I made some yummy things this week!   First, Turkey Pot Stromboli! Got this recipe from my best friend... Pinterest  😉.  Seriously who doesn’t use Pinterest for recipes?! The only changes I made to the recipe was, I ended up needing an 1/3 of the second sheet of pastry puff, to cover the top, because the filling was too much.  And I had to use milk, because the heavy whipping cream I ordered, was out of stock.  I recommend using the heavy cream though, if you can get your hands on some.  The milk was okay, it worked, but cream would have made the filling the creamier texture that pot pie usually has.  This was a bomb recipe, and one I definitely plan on doing again. Next Recipe: So my husband and I have been on a Brussel sprout kick.  More specifically figuring out the best way to crunch them up! I’m still trying to figure out how to do it best, without burning them.  My favorite so far has been taking the Brussels sprouts apart, so the leaves are separated. In a bowl, drizzle olive

Music Monday 2.0 #4

 TAYLOR SWIFT HAS A NEW ALBUM OUT!! I REPEAT, TAYLOR SWIFT HAS A NEW ALBUM OUT!!! So Taylor Swift has done it again!  She has surprised her fans with a SECOND album this year!! As some of you may know, Taylor surprised her fans over the summer, by giving them a days heads up, that her new album, Folklore , was dropping the next day.   Well, Taylor has done it again!   Her new album Evermore , which is the sister-album to Folklore  dropped on Friday, again with a day’s notice!  YAY!!! 15 new songs, with two bonus tracks coming on the physical copies, when those are released in a week or so.   I don’t know how she does it! So unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to listen to the full album yet.  Having a screaming two-month old doesn’t really allow all too much time for quiet music listening time...especially when said, two-month old, is only interested in listening to the Moana soundtrack. 😂 But for Music Monday 2.0 this week, I chose Taylor Swift’s new single, Willow . The Romance Bo

Food Friday #2

 Hey Everyone, I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  Lots of goodies were eaten, but surprisingly I ended up not taking any pictures at all! But that's okay, being there 100% with family is important, and I'm glad we got to have a nice Thanksgiving. But here's what other fun things I got to eat this week... Wonton Wrapper Jalapeno Peppers: I went grocery shopping the other day, and out of nowhere started craving Jalapeño poppers.  But I didn't really want already-made ones, I wanted to make something on my own, so I picked up some ingredients and decided to make my own.   It was a very fun learning say the least 😂. So I have only cooked with jalapeños twice before.  Once I chopped them without gloves...oh my God, what a mistake that was!  My hands were burning for hours!  The second time I learned my lesson, and put on gloves as I chopped.   Well, I apparently never sautéed jalapeños on there own before this.  I thought I was being smart and bought p