Beef And Broccoli-Easy Recipe #39

In our house my husband is very fond of beef main dish meals, we are all fond of stir fry veggies and so this was a natural fit for us to try and it may just come in second favorite recipe right after Chinese Style Beef Pepper Steak.  I found after cooking that Pepper Steak is still the favorite but this tastes better after being reheated so it was a win anyway.
My leftovers consisted of 2 small bowls this size, enough for one person each meal with rice.
Beef and Broccoli 
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1 lb round steak, sliced in thin strips(use whatever cut you wish as long as fat trimmed even chuck steak gets pretty tender for this)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can beef broth
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
4 cups broccoli florets(Or frozen bag florets if like me your fresh ones keep turning bad too quickly to use when you want them to eat)
4 cups cooked rice(White rice works best but if only have brown it works pretty well too)

Coat skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat for one minute.
Add beef, onion and minced garlic; stir fry until brown. Remove the beef to a plate and keep warm.
Add half the broth and broccoli to pan. Cover and smimmer until broccoli is tender crisp.(used a second smaller skillet just for this so did not need to move beef from original pan which had a lid to keep it warm.)
Mix cornstarch, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce with remaining broth until smooth; add to the pan.
 Cook until mixture begins thicken, stirring constantly. 
Return beef to mixture, (in my case added broccoli and sauce to beef mixture instead) stir and serve over rice.
Do you like meals made as one dish or would you prefer with extra sides?

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Soul Man {My Thoughts}

Soul ManSoul Man by Ronald Paxton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published April 16th 2015 by Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC (first published April 1st 2015)
edition language English
other editions (1)
Source:[Digital copy from author in exchange for honest review]

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A deadly menace stalks the placid shores of Shenandoah Mountain Lake. A serial killer is on the loose and the bodies are piling up. The residents of Shenandoah County are terrified, afraid to leave their homes and hoping for news of the killer’s capture before there’s another victim. With over five hundred miles of shoreline to cover, the sheriff’s office cannot protect the local citizens.
Leading citizen Salem Matthews is worried. As an important property owner and business manager he knows that he and his family could be a prime target. When a valued employee and friend becomes the next murder victim, Salem and his buddy Anderson, both ex-military special forces, realize the backwater sheriff hasn’t a clue. If the killer is to be stopped, Salem and Anderson have to do it.
The killer is smart. With no discernible connection among the victims and no physical evidence left at any of the crime scenes, Salem and Anderson don’t know where to begin.
There are plenty of suspects such as the mysterious pastor of Holy Covenant Spiritual Center; the strange psychiatrist who has turned the former Lakeside Academy elementary school into a mental health facility; the manager and employees of Pirates South, the enormous and strange theme park that has recently opened on the lake’s western shore.
As Salem and Anderson close in on the crazed predator, they know they’re in a race against time before they become targets themselves.

"Full of suspense... A definite page-turner!"—Sandra Ely, Author of the "Immortal Hearts" series.

“...the bucolic Shenandoah mountains of Virginia…the unlikely setting for...gruesome murders...”—Rodney Page, Author of "Powers Not Delegated" and "The Xerces Factor."

“...hard to put down...keeps you guessing at each turn of the pages...A good read for a rainy and dark afternoon...” —Grant R Gregory , Author of the ”Critter Corner Blog”

“...powerful characters...keeps his readers guessing...A must read for all murder mystery aficionados”.—G.J. Wise, Author of the paranormal horror novel "Spiritwood".

“...Rate it a five of five and suggest you put Mr. Paxton on your list of "to read" authors.”—Danney Clark, author of "Shield of Faith."

"...a serial killer who likes his victims young, female, and available...”—Jess Frankel, author.

“...[gives]the "Who Done It"...a shot of twisted adrenaline that will have readers hanging onto each line.”—James Sanders, author of "Situations: An Urban Crime Novel"

My Thoughts
After a steady diet of YA, PNR, Dystopian and Contemporary Romance books a crime drama/murder mystery is always a welcome change of pace. Not only does it make you shiver with trepidation for the characters as their lives are endangered but it makes one think outside the box trying to unravel the identity of the villain before the author does the final reveal.

I can honestly say that in this case the twists that author Ronald Paxton used to confuse the reader as to the person committing the murders were devious and well executed.

The small town atmosphere added to the suspense, the descriptions of the victims were both heartbreaking as well as sadly sickening, the identity of the villain was surprising, the mental gymnastics on the part of the main characters was interesting to watch unfold and the different intersecting plot lines made a cohesive whole.

All in all this was one that hit all the points that kept me turning the page to see what would happen next as it was fascinating how far off my own conclusions were as to what was going on.

Gulped this down too fast but it was too interesting to not finish in one day, even taking breaks for Internet browsing or watching HGTV could not compete.

I have never ever read a book with a Monopoly playing dog. Henry I think you stole center stage a time or two!

Thank you Ronald Paxton for a tale well told and for allowing me the pleasure of reading it.

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Switchers-Switchers #1 {My Thoughts}

Switchers (The Switchers Trilogy)Switchers by Kate Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Open Road Media Young Readers (first published September 4th 1997)
original title Switchers (Switchers, Book 1)
edition language English
series Switchers #1
other editions (19
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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Switchers is the introduction of a major fantasy writer of astounding originality.

Tess is a switcher—she can take on the form of any animal she chooses. But she must be alone, as is true of all Switchers. Soon she realizes that Kevin is also a Switcher who has been summoned to save the Northern Hemisphere from being destroyed. And Kevin needs Tess's help to do it.

My Thoughts
For those of us who enjoy fantasy, as well as the utterly impossible!

This is a perfect read to simply enjoy as it is not only geared toward thinking outside the box it has a style that have not encountered in many books labeled Young Adult as there is no teenage drama-no love triangles-no insta love or any other tried and true hallmarks found in most books of the genre.

I was not quite sure what to expect but this was a pleasantly surprising different take on shape shifting that had it’s own unique rules, the biggest one of all comes later in the story but when you read it like me you will sigh and wish such a thing were possible for real.

This is an easy and fairly quick read, one you may or may not find compelling enough to carry on with the Switchers trilogy but like myself one you will probably not regret enjoying.

[Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]
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