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When I first heard about E-readers, I was sure that I wouldn't like them. In this post, I told you about my love of books and how I will pet the pages that I love. But, then, my sister gave me a Kindle and now, I love it. I want you to know that I am in an affiliate program with Amazon, but all of the opinions here are mine and I wouldn't be telling you all of this if it wasn't how I really feel. Here are the reasons that I love my Kindle:
*I can finish a book and then have a new one to read right away! I always have something to read!
*I share books with my mom and sister and niece since we are all on the same cloud.
*TheKindle is light weight and makes it much easier to read in bed.
*If I love a book, I can always go and buy it in hard copy. But, if I don't love it, it isn't taking up space in my house.
*Many of the books are much less expensive on Kindle.
*I can find books that are not as well known, that perhaps aren't in bookstores but are very lovable.
So, since so many of you enjoyed my post about my most loved books, I have decided to let you in on a few more of my favorites that I have read on Kindle.
Miss Buncle's Book, by D.E. Stevenson and others in that series are clever, lighthearted books about a young woman who, writing under a pseudonym, describes people in her town. Hilarious chaos ensues afterwards. All of the books in this series are terrific, but this first one is my favorite.
Interested in a new fantasy by a new writer? I happen to know B.K. Eastin personally! She has written a debut novel, Street Rat, that introduces readers to the magical culture in a place called Haraj. If you love stories filled with fantasy and magic as much as I do, this is a great read. I understand that another novel is in the works, so after enjoying this one, stay on the look-out for the next!
Deb Baker has written this great murder mystery series that is filled with humor about a 60 something sleuth named Gertie Johnson. If you know anyone who lives in the Michigan Upper Peninsula, they will appreciate that Gertie is a Yooper and the vocabulary that shows it in these books! They are a lot of fun.
Staying in that same genre with Gertie, We have Elizabeth Spann Craig's series about an octogenarian named Myrtle Clover. Somehow murder always seems to find this feisty sleuth who drives her police chief son crazy with her shenanigans. Another fun, light hearted series.
I just found out that there is a fifth book in theHangman's Daughter Series that I haven't read! It is only $2 on Kindle! These books by Oliver Potzch take place in around 1660 in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. They can be bawdy at times, but the history, the mystical moments, the realization that the Hangman is so much more than a hangman and his daughter is so much more than a hangman's daughter have just drawn me in and kept me hooked!
The Greystone Series hooked me because it describes life in Great Britain during WWII, which is something I love to read about. It always amazes me how these people survived all that they had to go through The government took over their homes, many sent their children away to what they thought would be safety. Everything was rationed. It fascinates me.
Finally, one of my very favorites that is definitely going to take a place on my shelves with my hard copies of books so that I can pet the pages, is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Zusak has written a book that describes "the ability of books to feed the soul" as Amazon so eloquently states. I know that I felt fed by it. It takes place in 1939 Nazi Germany and is about a nine year old girl's fascination with books, even when she can't read. I haven't seen the movie because I am afraid that it can never live up to the one that played in my mind as I read the book.
I have given you a fairly eclectic list to choose from here! I could have let this post go on and on! I hope that you will try a few of these titles and let me know what you think! Also, let me know if there are any books on Kindle that you think I should try, because I am always ready for a new read!
One of the things that we have enjoyed eating during this no-bake, hot summer is salad! They have to be hearty salads, too, because even though we are hot, we are also hungry! I made a few of those pre-packaged types of salads, but they always taste a bit packaged and you have to make a few packages to have enough to feed everyone. Not to mention, there are always weird ingredients that we have never heard of in pre-packaged food, plus a very small amount of dried out bits of what were once vegetables. I figured I could come up with my own, healthier and tastier version of our favorite flavors on my own.
Around our house, we love bacon. If anyone ever posts anything about bacon on Facebook, they always tag my oldest son. He is the King of all bacon lovers. One version of the packaged salads that we all enjoy is the bacon ranch flavor. Okay, bacon may not fit in with the "healthier" stamp, but since I am using the real thing and not artificial flavoring, it sure is tastier! I will be sure to tag my son once this blog is completed because today I am going to give you the recipe for my HOMEMADE version of Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad. (By the way, I loved the big red bowl that I used to make this salad in. It comes in a colorful set with lids! My daughter received them as a wedding gift. I liked them so much, I bought my own. There is an affiliate link to order them on the sidebar.)
, Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad
A 1 lb. bag of small pasta shells, cooked and drained
1 lb. bacon, cooked crispy and cut into bite-sized pieces.
1 can of corn kernels, drained
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
about 2 cups mozzarella cubes
1 diced tomato
1 package dry ranch dressing mix
1 cup mayonnaise
In a large bowl, blend the vegetables, bacon and pasta together.
Mix the dressing mix with the mayonnaise. Mix this into the pasta mixture. Chill before serving, if you can wait!
You can probably imagine a lot of other stir-ins that would be delicious in this salad. Let me know what your favorite salad stir-ins are in the comments section!
The other day, one of our local markets had bananas on sale for 4 lbs. for .98! Such a great deal! I picked up some bananas for our family and a friend's. My son walked in the door from school and saw them all and said, "When did we become Donkey Kong?". (He can be quick with the wit, that one.) Of course, I froze some bananas for smoothies, and some will become po'i. But, after Tina's post on Artisan Bread in a Crock Pot, I have been wanting to try banana bread in a crock pot. The only problem is, every recipe I see for crock pot banana bread on Pinterest looks very dry. I have a great recipe for Super Moist Banana Bread that I make in my oven, so I thought with a couple of tweaks, I would try it in the crock pot! I must confess here that I actually turned on my oven and did a loaf in there as well as the one in my crock pot because the recipe makes two loaves and I wanted to be able to compare the outcomes. Luckily, it was cloudy outside, threatening rain, so the temperatures weren't quite as intense as they had been, (high 90s to low 100s). So, here is how it all turned out:
The slice on the right is the crock pot loaf, and the one on the left is the one I cooked in the oven. You can see that the one from the crock pot is darker and more moist that the one from the oven! While it takes longer to bake in the crock pot, the outcome was delicious! My family loved and devoured both loaves of bread! I will give you the baking instructions for the oven and for the crock pot. That way, in the winter, when you want to warm up the house, you can use our oven. In the summer, when you want to keep things cool, the crock pot method will be great!
Super Moist Banana Bread
(Crock Pot Method)
Spray your crock pot with cooking spray, then line it with a sheet of parchment paper, then spray again.
Set your crock pot on low heat.
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter (softened)
6 ripe bananas
2 c. +4 T. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
nuts are optional. I didn't use any.
Mash the bananas with a potato masher, then blend in the sugar, shortening and butter. When blended well, beat in the eggs. Sift in the dry ingredients and mix well. This recipe makes two large loaves, so you can use two crock pots to bake the bread, or bake one loaf and then the other later if you only have one crock pot. Or, do it like I did and do one in the crock pot and one in the oven if it isn't too hot for you. Bake in the crock pot for approx. 4 hours. It should look firm all across the top and a toothpick or skewer should come out clean when poked in the middle.
The only differences are that you grease your loaf pans, (I didn't use parchment paper). Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix as directed, pour into pans and then bake for 1 hour. It makes two large loaves and is so moist it feels sticky when you take it out of the pan. This bread freezes well I hear, but ours never lasts long enough to find out!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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