Well hello November! Are we really in November? It would appear that it is essentially Christmas as it dawned on me while in Michael's that Christmas carols were being played over the stereo system. Sigh. Which leads me into my links, only one of which has a Christmas reference - I promise!
It's Overflowing - Home Organization Ideas - November
With Christmas around the corner and our holiday party to plan for, it is very clear that we need to get our butts moving and get organizing. I love how she organized her kitchen and know that I need to spend time reading about how to de-clutter.
From Fries to Fit - Homemade Protein Bars
Given my lack of carnivorous desire, I am constantly looking for ways to increase the amount of protein in my diet. I can't say I'm a fan of store-bought protein bars except the Honey Stinger Protein Bars, which aren't too bad, but I always try to find ways to make things at home. With that, my brother, and fellow blogger over at the Daly Dose On Sports came over to test out this protein bar recipe. We also tried these from Oh She Glows - I have yet to find a dud recipe on her blog! Both recipes were good; however, I found the pumpkin bars a little bland - but I think they could be jazzed up by adding raisins or some nuts. As for the Oh She Glows squares? They are a-maz-ing! This is a must try recipe!
I wanted to give a shout out to the new Eminem album out this week; I have been listening and loving it. (Never had any doubt that I would adore it!). Rolling Stone pens an article about the success of the album thus far.
Another shout out goes to Lynn Coady who won the Giller Prize for her collection of short stories Hellgoing. I have yet to read the collection but will definitely pick it up to see for the words that won it for my fellow Nova Scotian. Maclean's points out the timing of the win, one month after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize - where fiction is traditionally dominated by the novel. The Toronto Star also examines this feat and wonders about an increase in popularity for the short story.