Cooking + Audiobooks = Unexpected Me Time {+ Recipe and a Giveaway}

Cooking + Audiobooks = Unexpected Me Time

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One of my favorite things is cooking dinner. It’s a good thing that I like it because I cook for 11 people every night. I like to try new recipes, but I also have old favorites. It’s extremely satisfying to gather my whole family around the table every night and see my family members enjoying dinner together and sharing about their day.

Another reason I like to cook is that I also listen to audiobooks while I chop, stir and sauté.

It’s “me” time that I often don’t get in the middle of a busy life.

Here are my favorite audiobooks I’ve recently listened to.

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie If you’re a homeschooling parent Sarah’s book is an encouraging read. Sarah reminds us we don’t need to do it all, but rather focus on what really matters. Sarah reads the books, which I loved, since I also enjoy listening to her on her podcast Read Aloud Revival. The audiobook is currently less than $5!

Fervent by Priscilla Shirer I loved the movie War Room by the Erwin Brothers. If you’ve wanted to become diligent in your own prayer life this is a book for you. Priscilla reads the books and her passion comes through!

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar This Christian fiction novel tells the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. We listened to this on a family road trip and all of us enjoyed it!

Some of my books are also available on Audiobook, which means I can join you in the kitchen!

The Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series:
The Memory Jar
The Promise Box
The Kissing Bridge

An Amish Second Christmas
An Amish Garden

All About Audible

I love my audible membership. I have hundreds of books in my account and I listen to 50+ a year. You can get an Audible Membership too: Get free books for joining and then one book a month for $14.95! You can also get discounted books through The Audible Daily Deal. This is a one-day only discount on an Audible audiobook, with prices on the Deal typically ranging somewhere between $2.95 – $4.95. Audible even lets you return any book you purchase with no questions asked if you don’t like the narration or content

Visit to see today’s Daily Deal. To sign up for a daily email:

1. Go to your Account Details page on the Audible desktop site.
2. Click Manage Daily Deal Email Subscription under Preferences.
3. Click Subscribe.

And, since I’m joining you in the kitchen, I thought you’d like one of my easy family recipes! It’s a family favorite and only has five ingredients!

Easy Pork Verde

2 lbs boneless pork chops, cubed
3 TBS olive oil
2 15-oz cans tomato sauce
1 4-oz can diced green chiles
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
Cooked Rice

In an extra large skillet, sauté the pork in the olive oil on medium heat until cooked through. When pork is cooked added tomato sauce, green chiles, and cheese. Cook over medium heat until cheese is melted, stirring so it doesn’t stick to pan or burn. Serve over cooked rice.

What about you? What audiobooks have you enjoyed lately? Leave a comment below to be entered to win one of my audiobooks!

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  1. Carol Edwards says:

    I am currently enjoying A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

  2. Piano Girl: Counterfeit Princess by Sherri Schoenborn Murray. It’s a Christian fairytale reminiscent of The Prince and the Pauper and The Frog Prince. A young princess is sent on a long, dangerous journey undercover as a peasant to meet her betrothed. However, things go wrong, and she’s unable to reveal her true identity, thereby living as a peasant much longer than originally planned. There are giants and gnomes, etc. Great for listening with girls. Five stars.

    Before that, Jurassic Park, which was awesome and terrifying but had some profanity and using God’s name in vain.

    Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Great, clean fantasy, but a bad guy is involved in human sacrifice.

    A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, a middle grade novel about a preteen’s experience with the Berlin Wall. My kids LOVED it. Highly recommended as a family listen.

    I could go on and on. I’d love to win one of your audiobooks. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Secondhand Cowboy by Lacy Williams

  4. I haven’t listened to audiobooks but I’ve seen quite a few posts on Facebook and the internet about them. Need to check them out!

  5. Heather Navarro says:

    I love, love, LOVE audiobooks. I usually listen to them while I crochet or in the evening when I am unwinding before bed. I have a number that I love but if I have to pick then my favorites are Mary Connealy’s audiobooks

  6. Lela White says:

    My fave audio book is Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber. Thanks for a chance to win!

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