Monthly Archives: August 2017

Raspberry Muffin Bread

The great thing about being really into baking is when your house is fully stocked with all the supplies necessary and you can just pick up one item to make something fabulous. In this case, my grocery store had raspberries on sale, 2 for $1. How could I resist? Raspberries are amazing! I was able to double the recipe and make two great loaves for $1.



Recipe Here.


C&M Mini-Vacay Beeches!

I’ve been living the life of no work since Friday evening and it has been fan-tabulous! Eating out at restaurants on a frequent basis, antiquing, being spoiled by my dad with candles, coffee mugs and new shoes while he’s town and just relaxing in general. Life at work had pretty much become as follows:


I have one day left and I plan to make the most of it before I return to the dredge of earning money. (The bank account is hurting due to my good times but oh well!)


Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

When panicking that your first time making homemade brownies is going terribly wrong, it helps to have a friend living with you that was a chef in the Navy to come to your rescue. I was expecting a cake batter like consistency and was getting a powdery mess. He told me I needed to put more muscle into for longer and that with brownie batter you want to essentially wind up with a batter ball that you flatten out in the desired baking pan. He was correct and the brownies came out perfect and tasty.



Recipe Here.

Jackaby – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

I went into this with very little expectations. It seemed like it may be good but I honestly didn’t know any one who had already read it to give me an opinion. It jumped out at me while perusing my massive pile of books at home and I think I was just in the right mood for it. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Abigail Rook is the daughter of an explorer. She grew up hearing fascinating tales of the world and is well educated however, a good British woman should be more concerned with marrying a man with a good job and fine pedigree. Or at least that’s what her parents kept telling her. They would allow her to go to university but afterward she was expected to live the boring life of a housewife.

Naturally, like any woman I find myself liking very much, she rebelled. She took her tuition money and started off her own grand adventure. However, it turned out not so grand and with barely any money left, she heads to America. She’ll take any job to keep a roof over her head (this could get ugly quick) and food in her stomach, but no one seems to be hiring. No one except one detective looking for an investigative assistant. A detective that who is known around town as incredibly strange.

To say that Mr. Jackaby is a bit odd, would be putting it mildly. Abigail has the curiosity of a cat with nine lives and a knack for noticing ordinary things the detective misses while he looks for the peculiar. She must prove her worth and help him stop a killer. A killer who appears to have some magical tricks up his or her sleeve.

Abigail Rook takes shit from no man or woman. If you try to tell her the correct or proper thing to do, she’ll do something rude in response. She’ll have none of your sexist bullshit and because of that, she earns her way to a top spot in my ‘favorite female characters’ category.

Fair Game – Book Review

Alpha & Omega #3

5 out of 5 stars

You see, the problem with Patricia Briggs and anything she writes in the Mercy Thompson world is that, it is so fucking good I don’t want to life. Work? Fuck it. Conversations notregarding these books? Fuck that. Sleep? Who fucking needs it. I have the next book in the series, and the temptation to pick it up immediately is practically irresistible. As I’m nearly caught up on both series, I have to convince myself to draw the books out more so that I’m getting my fix until the next installment comes.

People wonder about the obsession with werewolves, you wouldn’t wonder if you read about the wolves in these series. They make unmentionable, popular werewolves look like mother fucking chumps. It’s a testament to Briggs’ character building skills that I can say I love 90% of the wolves in either series. I think to myself, “Who is my favorite male werewolf?” and a minimum of 10 characters between the two series come to mind immediately. Picking one above the others is near impossible. Anna versus Mercy, who is better? I cannot pick. It’s a little like comparing fire and ice. They’re both awesome, strong females but each has an entirely different background and personality.

You can read the summary if you want to know the plot of this book, I’m just here to tell you to stop, shut up and read both these series.


Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Of course, she screamed when I tried to hug her and she nearly vomited after I sneezed and a piece of my brain came out of my nose, but it’s what passes for quality time around here lately.”

Andy woke up from a fatal car crash a zombie, shambling down the road, confused about where he was while being screamed at and pelted with fruit by people walking down the street. In this world, zombies live among the breathing as secondary citizens. They have no rights, they’re not allowed to do things like ride the public transport and people are allowed to beat them, rip pieces off of them with zero consequences. He has to move back in with his resentful parents and if he gets out of line he gets picked up by the SPCA. It’s a depressing existence so he joins a zombie therapy group to deal with his new ‘life’.

What ensues is a hilariously sarcastic point of view of life after death. Every secondary citizen reaches their breaking point and rebellion and revolution soon follow suit. Plus, you can pick up a few cooking human recipes along the way.


“How I Choose My Books” Tag

The incredibly sexy Ignited Moth nominated me for this fun little tag and since it’s talking about books, of course I’ll join in!

1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick this up?


 It’s Sanderson doing sci-fi with evil supervillains, why wouldn’t you pick it up?

2. Think of a book that you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?


I only read it because it was my book club book of the month. Like I REALLY didn’t want to read it, was convinced it would suck and ended up loving it.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?


It was at the very top of a ‘best of’ zombie novels list posted on author Chuck Palahniuk’s Facebook page.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?


My boss couldn’t believe that I’d never read a Terry Pratchett book and I can be pretty hard to book shop for so, he bought it (the second book as well) for me for my birthday one year. It was like fantasy on an acid trip. Trippy fun.

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?


It surpassed the hype in my opinion, it was genuine fun.

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?


Druids, mythology, talking dogs, shapeshifting people, werewolves, vampires, gods, goddesses, do I need to go on?

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?


I watched the first season and then picked up the book at work the next day.

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?


(Ok so question 7 essentially answers this as ASOIF is my all-time favorite so I’ll pick another favorite series.) The Black Jewel trilogy by Anne Bishop. It took me a little over a year to read the whole trilogy but I picked it up because I like dark books and this series always comes up on best epic fantasy AND best dark fantasy lists.


Okay, you should all know just how fucking lazy I am about tags at this point. Please feel free to nominate yourself. It’s really quite fun!

Good Omens – Book Review

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

3 out of 5 stars

I wanted light and fluffy and I got it.

When the antichrist is born, will nature or nurture decide the future of humanity? Here lies the basis of our story when an unlikely pair, an angel and a demon, misplace the son of Satan to the wrong human family. Of course, they don’t realize the mishap until eleven years later. Much too late to change the way of things. With Armageddon and the hosts of Heaven and Hell bearing down on them, what will the little antichrist choose?

Shenaningans ensue and yadda, yadda, yadda. Parts were funny and parts were horribly boring. Which brought it to the fairly balanced rating of 3 stars.

Hard to review when I don’t particularly feel one way or the other about this book. It wasn’t a waste of my time but it probably won’t be one I remember for years to come.


A Swollen Foot & 80’s Music

In true C&M fashion, I hurt myself the day before our house warming party. In an even more thorough C&M fashion, on the day of the party, I dropped a 22 pound bag of ice on it. Not to slow me down though, at least not until after about an hour of dancing to 80’s music at the end of the night. All at the encouragement of my boss and his girlfriend of course, because no one I know parties harder.

Other than that bit of foot misfortune, the party was a success and we received some really sweet house warming presents. Everyone seemed to have a genuinely good time.

Ozzy and Samus were the life about half the party. Some people who didn’t have dogs made up for it by playing mass amounts of ball and paying attention to them in general. It makes for a nice quiet day today, although Ozzy played way too hard for his weak back legs and will have a few days recovery.

A rainy day following the party has been the perfect excuse to nap and watch movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Now to just lazily kill time until Game of Thrones.