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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Chocolate Cashew Butter

It's a rainy Sunday.
Ethan and I have read,
played a couple of board games,
and I even gave him some screen time.

But he's getting bored.

And, 
I'm working all of next week,
so thought I should start thinking of
my lunches.

I'm trying to eat healthier
but still have a sweet tooth. 

Ethan and I scrounged in the cupboards
and decided to make some
Chocolate Cashew Butter.


Our ingredients


Ethan hard at work



Ethan was asking what other butters we could make.
I told him whatever he wants.
And the best part,
is there's no sugar added.

Our chocolate even came from
who take great care in making their chocolate.

Now to get some apple slices to eat with our
butter.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan

I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series
and really didn't plan to read
The Heroes of Olympus.
But Ethan got interested in it
and started asking me questions,
so I felt obliged to read it too.
And while it doesn't capture me as much as
Percy Jackson did,
I'm still really enjoying this series.

introduced us to Jason, Leo and Piper,
The Son of Neptune
is the return of Percy 
and introduces us to 
Hazel and Frank.

Percy finds his way to Camp Jupiter,
with no memory of his past life,
and immediately becomes friends with Hazel and Frank.
Each harbours a secret.
Together they are thrown into a quest,
this one taking them to Alaska.

What was great in this book,
was getting to know Hazel and Frank.
They are two misfits,
who doubt themselves
and are ashamed of their past.
They reminded me a little
of Percy himself.

The beginning of the book started slow.
I found Hazel hard to like.
Even when she revealed her "secret"
it took a while to like her.
Frank is awesome.
Even when he thought he was a clumsy nobody.

Ethan hasn't asked to read the next book yet,
but think I will.
Am loving the Greek/Roman parallels. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Web - Megan Chance

I really enjoyed the first book.
The way the story and folklore came together
was done in a great way.
So I was really excited to get my hands on
the second one.

The Web picks up where 
The Shadows
left us.

Grace has chosen to be with Patrick
and while she still doubts that she is
the veleda,
she agrees to support the Brotherhood
and the Formori.
And yet,
Grace still dreams of Derry.

Derry, 
with the help of Grace's brother,
convinces her to trust him
and the Fianna.

The Web took more time to get into.
While in The Shadows,
she seemed confident and able,
here she lacked strength.
It took a while for Grace 
to start believing in herself
and she wasn't just unsure,
she was very weak.

Having said that,
it does pick up.
and when Grace starts to believe in her power,
it get interesting.

Now to wait for the final
book!



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birthday Tradition

Earlier this school year,
Ethan was assigned some homework
which asked him to learn about
some family traditions.
At the time,
it was a little hard to think of one.
But then this weekend came...

Yesterday was Scott's birthday.
Happy birthday Scott!

Since Ethan was 8 months old,
we've had a birthday tradition.
Every year,
they get matching t-shirts.

Last year,
they got Sochi shirts,
this year,
we went with the Superhero theme.

Happy birthday Batman!!!




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Horns - Joe Hill

Sometime ago,
I saw the movie poster for 
Horns
and thought I needed to read this book.

I'm so glad I did.

Horns hooks you in
from the very beginning.

The book begins with
Ignatius Perrish,
who wakes up, after a drunken
disorderly night,
with a massive hangover
and horns.

He soon learns that his horns hold
a "power".
People tell him their deepest,
darkest secrets.
They share the "evil" side of themselves.

We also learn
that this last year has been difficult for dear Ig.
His girlfriend was brutally raped and murdered,
and everyone
and I mean everyone,
believes he's guilty.

Ig sets off to learn who was really responsible
and while embracing the devil inside,
seeks revenge.

I think I may have just discovered
a new favorite author!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

I'll be honest.
I loved the Percy Jackson series.
I never had any intention of starting
this series.
But then,
over Christmas,
I found the graphic novel version 
and bought it for Ethan.
Who devoured it.
And then proceeded to ask me some questions.
Which I could not answer.
So I picked this up
to answer his questions.
So,
basically,
you could say I read this for my son!

The Percy Jackson series
ends with a prophecy:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

The Lost Hero
picks up from there.

Here we meet 3 new heroes:
Jason: who suddenly wakes up
on a field trip
sitting next to a girl who claims to be his 
girlfriend.
Piper: who has the ability to make people
give her things.
But cannot figure out why her boyfriend
has no clue who he is.
Or her.
Leo: the third wheel.
The best friend
who has the ability to make fire
out of nothing.

The three of them are carried off to
Camp Half-Blood
where they learn that Hera has been kidnapped
and they are sent on a mission to rescue her.

While the Percy Jackson series
focused on Greek mythology,
it would appear 
The Heroes of Olympus
will introduce us to Roman mythology.
Jason doesn't see himself as the 
son of Zeus,
but the son of Jupiter.
And while he sees to be the "star" of the book
Leo was the true hero
in my view.

A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian

I'm new to the whole 
Breed series
as I've nly read one book to date.
But it is a series I intend to continue with.
So, when I heard there as a prequel,
the story of Savannah and Gideon,
I thought I'd learn about them
before continuing on.

Now,
not being overly familiar with the characters,
I can honestly say I love them!

Savannah and Gideon's story takes place in the 1970s.
You know,
when you're in trouble and need help
you need to go to the pay phone! 
Love it!!!

Gideon is a 300+ year old Breed Warrior.
Savannah is a college freshman.
When she touches things,
she sees their story.
During some course work,
Savannah comes in contact with an old
English sword and soon sees
it's history.
She becomes a witness to the murder
of twin boys
by a group of fanged creatures.

And thus begins her introduction 
to the world of monsters.
To the world of vampires.