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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chocolate

Did you know it's Valentine's Day this weekend? How did it get to be the middle of February already? For the last couple of years, I've made cookies and cupcakes. Ethan decorates them. We have fun. But this year I wasn't as well prepared.

So I thought.

I decided to spend my day, while Ethan's in school, making chocolate.


My ingredients
It was fairly simple. Equal parts of coconut oil and agave and 2 parts cocoa. Mixed together.

Heart molds, since it's Valentines
I placed the pomegranate seeds in the bottom of my mold and poured the chocolate mixture over it. (I forgot to take a picture of that).

Put them in the fridge, then go for coffee with a mate.

My chocolate!
Am hoping Ethan likes them. They were so easy, am thinking of making some more. May try other fillings, like nuts, seeds, dried fruit. Am so excited!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Disappointment

Disappointment

A blow to the ego
Hurt
and feeling betrayed.

Discouraged
A set back
and wondering where you failed.

A letdown
A bummer
and thinking you're a washout.

Is it a misfortune,
a mischance
or a blunder?

But it leaves you feeling

Unappreciated
Unloved
and disliked.

Despondent,
spirit destroyed
and down in the dumps.

Crummy,
bumped-out
and dejected.








Sunday, January 24, 2016

Never Never Part Three - Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Ok, I'll admit, I've been waiting for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, and could not wait to see how it all ends.

In Part One, we meet Charlie and Silas. At 11:00am, one day at school, they suddenly realize they have no memory. They do not know who they are, where they are, or what's going on. They learn about each other, and learn they are in the same predicament.

In Part Two, Silas "awakes" in his car with no memory but surrounded by notes that tells him he's lost his memory again. He learns about Charlie, but she's gone missing. He needs to find her, and find out what's happening.

So now comes Part Three. Charlie and Silas are together in a motel room when it happens again. Only this time, Silas remembers the last 48 hours. But only the last 48 hours, and Charlie still remembers nothing.

As they continue to learn about their past, Silas decides that this all happened because they are soul mates, and by breaking up, they made this happen. So, not only do they try to learn what they were like before, they need to learn how to fix it, Silas needs to get Charlie to fall in love with him, oh and they have like 48 hours to do this.

While it was fun reading how Silas tried to get Charlie to fall in love with him, there seemed to be more missing. Charlie learns more about herself and her father. But a lot of this seemed to be passed over, and not dealt with.

But, I started my Sunday afternoon feeling overwhelmed with all sorts of things going on. I decided to turn everything off, and read a book. And since this relieved a lot of my stress and made me feel happy, I've decided to focus on the good stuff about the book, and not worry about the unanswered questions.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones

Welcome to Sleepy Hollow, New York, where Janey Doer (because Jane Doe is too boring) lives and works as a waitress. She has no memory of who she is or where she came from.

Her best friend, Cookie, is also new there, having recently moved with her husband Robert. Garrett is a wonderful customer that comes into the diner every single day. Reyes is beyond gorgeous and Janey is immediately attracted to him.

But with no memory, Janey isn't away that she's really Charley and these are all her dearest friends, keeping watch over her.

And since she doesn't know who she is, she has no idea why she sees dead people. Or how she can read the emotions of others. But even with her memory loss, she will still go out of her way to help those in need, even if it means nearly getting killed herself.

I loved how, even though she was not Charley, she still was Charley. She has evil demons after her (but has no idea why). She gets herself in all kinds of trouble trying to help a family. She deals with evil baby killing ghosts, and even tries to play matchmaker.

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but Darynda Jones does not let you down.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising was released 2 years ago. How could I not know that? Somehow this managed to slip my radar. But I found it. And oh, am I glad I did!

Meet Darrow. He's a Red, the lowest class "citizen" in a futuristic coloured-coded society. The Reds are miners on Mars. They believe they serve a greater purpose. They are making Mars livable for future generations.

But then Darrow and his wife are arrested for entering a garden they are forbidden to. During their punishment, Darrow's wife, Eo, sings the forbidden song. Her punishment is death.  Reds are not allowed to bury their loved ones, but Darrow cannot handle the thought of his wife not getting what she deserves. This means death for him.

But Darrow is saved. And he is shown the great lie. Mars is livable. There are cities that prosper. The colours live wonderful lives, while the Reds are slaves. He is told he's the chosen one. Chosen by Ares himself to bring justice for all Reds.

Darrow is transformed into a Gold. This transformation is painful, but is nothing compared to what he will face.

Darrow is sent to infiltrate the prestigious Institute, the training academy that produces all the top leaders of Society. His job is to rise as high as he can within the Gold ranks. The only catch, is he must survive the Institute and all the tests thrown at him.

Darrow is a wonderful character. He is torn between who he is, who he believes his wife wanted him to be, and who he feels he's become. He makes friendships, but knows one day, this friends will be his enemy. He struggles with being true to himself, and being true to his disguise.

The best part of not knowing about this trilogy until now, is I don't have to wait a year for book 2!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter - Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles has come to an end with Winter.

Winter is a lovely princess, the step-daughter of Queen Levena. She is admired by all the Lunar people, and despite the three scars on her face, it is said she's more beautiful than the Queen. And unlike to Queen, she does not need to use her glamour to make it appear she's beautiful. She just is. But not using her glamour, means her mind plays tricks on her.

Winter despises her stepmother. She doesn't like the way Levena treats the people of Luna. She doesn't like the way Levena treats her. She knows Levena would never approve of her feelings for Jacin, the palace guard.

But now, it's time for Winter to stand up to her stepmother. She joins Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress and Thorne in their effort to launch a revolution and de-throne Levena.

Meyer does a great job of building up to the war. She also answers questions we have had since book one. We learn more about the disease, Letumosis, and how the shells were treated. We see Cinder's reactions and thoughts about what to do if she wins and becomes Queen Selene. We learn more about the class system in Lunar, the Nobles vs the Shells.

The Lunar Chronicles was one that I loved at first, but then started to loose some interest. But I'm glad I stuck with it, and finished the series. It was great. Even the play on Snow White in this one.








Blood Kiss - J.R. Ward

I'm a huge JR Ward fan, so spending the week before Christmas, curled up with her latest book, was great!

Blood Kiss is the beginning of a new series, a spin-off to her very popular Black Dagger Brotherhood. We meet new characters, as well as check in with some favourite Brothers. 

Here is the story of Paradise, the blooded daughter of the king's First Advisor. As a member of the elite glymera, she's expected to marry into the elite, have children, have servants, and live a very boring and restrictive life. But she wants more. She applies, and gets accepted into the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training program, where she not only learns to fight, but learns how tough she really is!

Craeg is the opposite of Paradise. He is poor.  He wants to train with the Brotherhood, and eventually, take revenge on those he feels caused his father's death; the glymera.

The story of Paradise and Craeg was great. But what made this book even better was the return of Butch and Marissa. We haven't heard much of them recently, so it was great to see them again.

Marissa must deal with the death of a badly beaten Jane Doe that shows up to her clinic. Not wanting to burden Butch with everything, she keeps it inside. Butch meanwhile, must deal with the ghosts from his own past. Together, they must try to find their way back to one another.

It was nice to get back to the Brotherhood, and meet new characters too.