Monday, October 13, 2014

Blueberry Muffin Murder

When I am stuck in long lines anywhere, I like to bring out my phone and open up my nook app so I can read while I wait.  I have a few books on my nook that I need to read.  Did I download any of them to read?  Nope.  I decided to buy and download the third book in the Hannah Swenson series.  Why you ask?  Well when I was in Albuquerque my best friend made me these killer blueberry muffins...and they came out of this book.  I admit it, I bought the book just so I could have the recipe.  But of course I had to read the book so I could get to the recipe.  See, there was a method to my madness.

It seemed like this book took place only a couple months after the last book.  Which means it is still winter and there were lots of descriptions of the snow.  While reading it while sitting in 95+ degree weather it just made me want the fall and cold weather to hurry up and come.  The town is having a winter festival-type event going on and they have invited a famous cooking person.  Makes me think of a Paula Deen or Bobby Flay type of person.  And you can guess what happens to her!  Yep, she's the first to get murdered.  I've noticed so far there are at least two murders that happen every book.  Of course I'm not giving you any clue who the second person is.  I can say that I was able to easily figure out who the murderer was.  In the first two books I could not predict who the murderer was until the very end of the book.  I just love these books because they are such quick reads and they hold your interest.

Now on to the baked goods!  First up, I made Blue Blueberry Muffins.  They were a huge hit with my boyfriend.  The little stinker took them to work and his co-workers ate them all.  Oh well, I guess I need to make them again.  I messed up on the crumble topping.  I added too much flower so it came out more cakey than a crumble.  But still so good!

Next up, Multiple-Choice Bars.  It's really cool because she has Columns A-D and you basically pick one item from each column to make cookie bars.  Column D is all nuts and I'm not a big fan of nuts so I skipped that column.  My cookies had Vanilla Wafers from Column A, chocolate and peanut butter chips from Column B (calls for one ingredient at 2 cups but I chose two ingredients and did 1 cup of each), and rice krispies from Column C. They taste even better the next day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

School for Good and Evil

I am about to admit that I do something I should not do, I somewhat judge a book by it's cover.  I shouldn't, I know, but I do.  When looking at books and even video games, the ones with cool looking covers or titles is going to make me pick it up, flip it over, and read the information on the back.  In most cases it has worked and produced an awesome video game or book for me, and on rare occasions it has been a total flop.  I was walking through Barnes and Noble when visiting my best friend in Albuquerque and came across a display of teen books.  My eyes were instantly drawn to the cover for The School for Good and Evil.  I mean look at it!  Totally looks like something you would see in Disney!  I couldn't help it, I picked it up and started reading the synopsis: two friends stolen from their home, transported to a fairy tale world where one learns to become a princess and the other an evil witch, only to find out the princess-looking girl is sent to the School for Evil and the witch-looking girl is sent to the School for Good, totally up my alley!

Unfortunately, life got in the way and I got too busy to try and read :(  When I first started this book it was right in the middle of a busy time and I found the reading to be really slow.  I don't want to say it was difficult to get through, I was just so busy that it was not keeping my interest.  Thank goodness that all changed!  The whole story line is pretty cool.  Especially when you have the blonde that loves pink put into the school for Evil.  She was the most entertaining.  Along the way I really love what this book taught.  Beauty isn't everything.  Sometimes the most beautiful people on the outside can be the most evil people around.  It really plays up looking past how someone looks and instead look at their morals and character.  For example, Agatha (School for Good) was always trying to help Sophie (School for Evil) try and show everyone she was good and did not belong in evil.  Sophie would always try to do this by showing off her looks.  Agatha would try to get her to show off her personality and character.  But Sophie thought looks were all that mattered. 

When I finished the book I saw there is a second book in the series.  Time to go to Amazon and add to my "Books" wish list!