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Friday, October 10, 2014

Immortal - J.R. Ward

And another series comes to an end.

Immortal is the final installment in 
The Fallen Angels series.
And what an ending it was.
I'll admit,
I cried a little at the end.

So far, 
Jim, our fallen angel
is loosing to
Devina, our evil devil,
2:3.
He would have been up one,
but he exchanged a win in a previous book.
So now, 
there are 2 souls left.
If Devina wins the next round,
Hell wins.
But who is this soul?
Will Jim be focused?
He lost the last round,
as he could not focus on the "game".
His mind was focused on Sissy.
Even Nigel was disappointed in him.

Immortal begins with Jim deciding he needs to get
Nigel back.
He decides he must enter Purgatory.
The first half of the book 
you wonder who the soul is.
We all know Jim will be the last soul.
Jim spends the first half of the book
getting Nigel back,
working out his feelings for Sissy
and controlling his anger against Devina.

And even after he wins,
he's too focused on winning
and beating Devina
to realise there is another soul in play.

But really,
it's the last book with Jim.
Did you ever have any doubt he'd win?

This Makes Me Happy


Every once in awhile,
you see something that really makes you happy.
You know,
you can't stop smiling,
and every time you think about it,
you smile.
You know those things,
right?

Well, 
this is one of those things
that makes me happy.

So I had to share. 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Books

October is National Book Month, 
tell us about the best book you've read so far this year. 

For the last couple of years,
I've challenged myself to read a certain number of books.
The challenge, 
and keeping track of the books
are all on Goodreads. 
So for MamaKat's prompt,
I decided to take a look at the 
26 books I've read so far.

Now really,
I'm suppose to choose the best
book from these?
Yikes!
Not sure if I can.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
is a children's book
that I could not put down. 



Phoenix by Dawn Rae Miller,
was the end of an amazing YA trilogy.
And this one did not disappoint. 



Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
is the last book I read.
It's one I probably would never had read
had it not been recommended.
And I loved it!



I was chatting with a mate the other day,
commenting how I had a lot of reading to do
as it appears all the authors have chosen
October as the month
to release their new book.
In case you're looking for something to read
here are some great ones to look out for.









Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baking Cakes in Kigali - Gaile Parkin

OMG! I loved this book!

Angel Tungaraza is a Tanzanian.
She now lives in Kigali, Rwanda
with her husband
and their 5 grandchildren.
In Angel's kitchen,
she bakes cakes
and listens to the stories of her clients.

A mate of mine recommended this book.
She loved it.
I loved it.
And then I noticed on Goodreads
that not many people loved it
as much as we did.
And that got me thinking
about the different reasons
I found the book endearing.
It was the stories
that Angle shared.
I found myself laughing out loud
at different parts.
And one reason I laughed so much
were these are things I could see happening here
in Dar.

Here, listen to the following story.
A baby is named Goodenough.
When asked why,
the reply is simply
"They really wanted a boy.
But a girl is good enough."
How many of you are shocked?
How many of you laughed?
How many of you can't stop laughing?
I'm the third.
Even now I'm still laughing!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Writer's Workshop - Pin Me


Pinterest inspired! Try something you saw on Pinterest and share the results.

My Pinterest feed
has been full of all kinds of 
pumpkin delights
lately.
And,
being a HUGE Halloween fan
I thought I'd try a couple. 

Here is the 
Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte
I found. 

(Click on the picture to go to original site)
Now,
I don't have a pretty clear mug
to show off my creation.
(Note to self:
Buy some clear mugs to show off drinks)
I also opted not 
to add the whip cream.
I can already hear my trainer
bug me
"Why are you drinking coffee?
Didn't I tell you to cut back?"
The last thing I need is for her to bug me
"Whipped cream? Are you serious?
Does your coffee really need whipped cream?"


So now,
I have an open can of pumpkin
with two spoonfuls missing.
Obvioulsy I need to try something else.
Thank you
Pinterest!


It looked good.
And easy to make.
So how hard can ot be,
right?

Very easy!
And fabulous!
I made it for my son
to eat as breakfast,
but am not sure I'm willing to share.

Here's my version.


Have your tried any Pumpkin
treats?










Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fifth Grave Past the Light - Darynda Jones

I love Charley.
I believe,
if she were real,
we'd be awesome mates.
We both love coffee
and we both love Reyes.

I think
Fifth Grave Past the Light
is my favorite one to date.

Here,
our favorite Grimm Reaper
discovers her apartment is filling up
with dead blond women.
Twenty-seven women 
to be exact.
Charley needs to figure out
where these women are buried
and who killed them.

Oh, 
and let's not forget the arsonist.
Yes, 
someone has been burning down vacant lots.
Charley suspects she knows who it is
but can she prove it?

Then there's the husband
of a client.
She wants Charley to prove her husband is cheating.
The husband isn't too happy with Charley.

Yes our dear friend
gets into a lot of trouble.
But we'd never take Charley
any other way!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Chocolate Fruit Leathers

Ethan has been loving the fruit leathers
I have been making.
He has been bugging me
for a few weeks now
to make chocolate ones.
I decided,
if he wanted them,
he could make them.
So he did!

Ethan chops the bananas


Blends them with cocoa
We have to add here, 
we used pure cocoa powder from
I LOVE their chocolate.
The cocoa is awesome
as there is no added sugar.

Ethan helped me spread the mixture out
onto trays
and off in the dehydrator they went.

Yes he loves them!