Monthly Round-Up: February

And here we are, already at the end of February. It’s been a mild winter, and in my backyard the daffodils are already budding. I may have missed the snowdrops entirely, I’m not sure. My birthday was yesterday and the celebration, which started on Saturday with a traditional British tea at my mom’s house, was wonderful – I have the best family, friends, husband and co-workers!

With the promise of warmer weather comes thoughts of barbecues, days spent by the pool, beach trips, and maybe a new idea for a book? I’m definitely thinking about shiny new things to write about, but first on my list of priorities is completing A Holiday Gift in time for a Christmas 2020 release. More on that in the next few weeks! And for a sneak peek at what I’ve been writing, sign up for my e-mail list, where I’ll share a snippet of my writing in each monthly newsletter!

Here are a few of the things I did in February!


This is just your friendly reminder that I’m literally the worst food photographer in the world. But I promise that this was SO much more delicious than it looks! For what will probably be one of the last hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meals I make this winter, I chose pumpkin mac and cheese with bacon from Family Food on the Table. As usual, I made a few modifications – low-sodium turkey bacon instead of pork, almond-coconut milk in place of dairy (and if you use the same, don’t worry – the coconut you smell while making the bechamel won’t carry through into the finished meal, at least not if you use extra sharp Vermont cheddar like I did) and I halved it, since there’s just two of us. It was so good! I ate it just as a meal on its own, but it would be great alongside some grilled chicken or even roasted veggies, like Brussels sprouts or broccoli. And if you make it, whatever you do, don’t skip the nutmeg. It may sound weird if you’re not used to using it in savory dishes, but it really made the flavor.


Continuing my obsession with true crime podcasts (and my tradition of not discovering one until it’s about 3 years old), I’ve started listening to True Crime All the Time. The hosts, Mike and Gibby, are fun to listen to. They’re obviously good friends and the ribbing they give each other is hilarious. But they also delve deep into stories, some of which I already know and many which are new to me. They obviously do their research, and even those stories I thought I knew have way more detail than I thought. The good thing about finding podcasts that have already been going is that I don’t have to wait for the next episode. It’s available wherever you get your podcasts.


Thanks to my #50Booksin52Weeks challenge, I’ve been reading a lot of books lately. A few weeks ago I finished The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel by Georgie Blalock. Aside from her character in The Crown (with brilliant performances by both Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter), I really didn’t know much about Princess Margaret, as she’d largely retreated from the limelight by the time I came around. I’m not sure how much of the book was based on fact, but it was a refreshing take on a historical figure with whom I hadn’t spent much time, and I enjoyed my foray into a period I know little about.

Well, that’s it for February! What did you do this month?

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