It’s that time of year we start planning Christmas Dinner if you haven’t started thinking about it already. OK, I got curious on how to save money and time and found some good hacks I didn’t even and just had to share. These hacks are from Reader’s Digest so they are really good. The hacks are below with photos.
1.) Tackle two recipes with one dough Have someone who wants cookies; and someone who wants pie, but you certainly don’t have time to make both. Making pie crust takes a lot of time and patience, so store-bought cookie dough can be swapped in for an easier alternative. Simply Press the softened dough into a pie dish, bake it, then add your favorite no-bake filling like cream or fruit.
Photo Credit: iStock/2GreenEyes
2.) Have someone who can’t eat buttermilk or sour cream or you don’t have the ingredients and you need an alternative? Here’s what you can do. See below.
Make a buttermilk or sour cream alternative – – – If your recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk or sour cream —but they’re nowhere to be found in your fridge—take 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, then add enough milk to equal 1 cup.
Photo Credit: iStock/ivandzyuba
3.) Keep Your Cookies Soft.
Need to keep your cookies soft now that you have them baked? Here’s a simple way to do that. See below.
Who likes hard cookies? I know I don’t and neither does Santa Claus. To ensure maximum cookie freshness, store them in a container with a slice of white bread, half of an apple, or an orange peel. The cookies will absorb moisture, keeping them softer longer.
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I follow some good blogs and sometimes they share things that makes your life simpler. Today I was reading one of my book blogs and Romance Authors, Marcella Swann Romance and Marcella shared this Life Hack that makes holding a cookbook and some room in your kitchen and it’s a clever idea. For all I know some of you may have tried it all ready.
What is this clever cooking life hack? It’s a pants hanger. You hang your cookbook up with the pants hanger and hang it up on one of your cupboards above your countertop. Pretty cool and neat hah? I thought so.
I found 2 more cooking life hacks while researching the internet. The images are below.
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Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelor degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Harvard, he worked as a Corporate Strategy Consultant and as an Investment Banker in America, Spain, and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) and clinical yoga, for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved to Paris and opened his private practice of stress management.
Currently, he has taken sabbatical from his practice of stress management, as a full-time writer, to work on his fictions and non-fictions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is a work of Fiction. In a nutshell without revealing too much about the book it’s about people, the way they treat each other, the way animals are treated(not by everyone), the way trees and forests are treated, what people will do just to get their way and what happens when you treat other people and animals the right way and not the cruel way.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
First let me say when I started reading the book, I soon found out that it wasn’t about what I thought it was going to be centered around. I like some twists and turns and surprises in my books because to me that’s what makes a book interesting. I also found that there was no bad language or sex. Another good mark from me. Just proves you can have good books without all the sex and bad language.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The only thing I can think of is how graphic he made it of what happened to the birdies. Let me explain this. This was to make a point in the book in my opinion. What I mean when I say graphic is the words used. No swear words but I feel he could have chosen his words better. He people treat animals right and not be cruel to them.
HOW I JUDGE A BOOK’S RATING
It’s pretty simple actually, you see my judgement rating for a book is based on many things. Below is how I rate the books and why in stars.
1.) The book is boring, no plot or the same plot keeps occurring over and over, Has swear words or too much sex, I can read only a few pages before putting it down or I just can’t finish it that in my opinion = 1 star.
2.) The book has an OK plot, I can finish book, it has swear words and sex, but not as boring and I don’t fall asleep that = 2 stars.
3.) The plot is average, I can finish the book, has swear words and sex but still not a page turner but a little interesting that = 3 stars.
4.) Plot is better than average, it’s interesting but not quite a page turner, I can finish the book, It has swear words, some sex but not much and not graphic that = 4 stars.
5.) Excellent plot, No swear words, it’s a “page turner”, I want to read the book again or even buy the print version, the book has twists, turns and surprises, straight forward plots(not all the time), I don’t want to put the book down and I’m not ashamed to recommend to my nieces or nephew or anyone else that = 5 stars or above. **Please Note** If a book has bad language but isn’t used a lot through the book I have been known to give five stars especially if I really liked the book and read it twice. I’ve found once that I remember.
I recommend the book The Sacrifice to anyone who can read. However, the younger crowd also known as the preteens and younger should have a parent or guardian in case they need them to explain things to them.
Hi Everyone and Welcome, as most of you might have noticed I went dark unexpectedly for a while. Sorry about that but it couldn’t be helped. I’m going to proceed to tell you why I went dark and that might help you understand. These last few months have been hectic, busy with unexpected situations popping up, winter storm causing the electric to go out for multiple days, getting ready for the holidays, trying to get everyone to come for the holidays and etc… is what’s been happening.
The title says it all about what happened in our little town here in Pennsylvania. Let me start at the beginning. Last Thursday(the Thursday before Thanksgiving) we had some electric glitches where our electric went off then came back on real quick. No big deal right? Wrong. As we soon learned that was just a warning that our electric was going to go out for a while(3 days to be exact). At 11:30 PM Eastern or a ‘Tad’ there after was when we lost it for good.
So when did we finally get our electric back? 3 days later. Then the next day some people who were brought in to help get all the electric turned on before Thanksgiving but that didn’t happen for everyone. Then Didn’t they turn off our electric. Well a few hours later we got our electric back and hopefully so did some other people. So we cut it close for Thanksgiving hence our Thanksgiving miracle. More about that below in this post.
Now about our Thanksgiving miracle. I’m grateful for a lot but this Thanksgiving I had something huge to be grateful for to add to my list. You see we got our electric back just in time for Thanksgiving which meant we got our stove back, heat back and not going to my sisters for Thanksgiving. That isn’t a bad thing because she’s a good cook. We got to have everyone from the intermediate family here on Thanksgiving(12 people). So the Good Lord saw fit to take our electric away for a few days and He saw fit to give it back just in time to have Thanksgiving at our house. Miracles do happen and sometimes you’re blessed with multiple miracles at once. That’s what happened to my family and I.
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Welcome Everyone to our site. We really appreciate those who have been reading and following us for a while now. We also want to welcome the new readers and followers and we appreciate you too. If it weren’t for you all we wouldn’t be where we are today. Now on to the book, when I read a book I usually can tell if I’m going to like the book or not and how I’m going to rate it half way through the first chapter. Sometimes it takes longer. For example, if I absolute don’t like it in the first chapter, I’ll give it to chapter 3 or 4 usually and decide whether to go on reading the book or make it a DNF(Did Not Finish). Sometimes the book just doesn’t live up to hype even if it had a movie made out of it.
WHAT I EXPECTED
I follow this authors blog so I had an idea what to expect. Since her blog is so great and writing style very good, I set the bar quite high for this book PRANCIE’S PRAYER. I guess knowing what I did I expected a very good book and at least a 5 star rating if not higher. Well guess what? I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, It was better than I expected. I must say that doesn’t happen often with books with me.
WHAT I LIKED
Well what can I say. I liked everything about this book. The way the book was layed out from beginning to end, How the story was told, Most of all I liked it because there was no bad language.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Noop. Can’t think of anything although maybe just a suggestion. This isn’t a complaint, I loved the book but thought it could have been longer. However, the way this story was told and layed out the length was perfect. I hope I get to read the print version some day.
RECOMMENDATION & RATING
I recommend everyone buy, read and review this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I know I wasn’t. This book is made so kids can read it too. I give the book PRANCIE’S PRAYER 12 STARS. OK, I know you can go up to 5 stars but really this book deserves 12 stars it’s that good.
Please buy this book. WHY? Because from October to December all the royalties are going to a charity called Boston’s Forgotten Feline’s. It’s a win-win situation you buy the book the charity gets the royalties and you get a Fantastic book by a fantastic author.
Rating: 4/5 Books(📚📚📚📚/📚📚📚📚📚)—Actually, I would give this book 4 1/2/5 books or stars but no way to do that.
Hello And Welcome Everyone, I am so excited because I signed up to review an ARC(Advanced Reader Copy) of When Stars Come Out and I received an email that I was approved. Goody, Goody Gumdrop.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(FROM GOODREADS)
Scarlett St.Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology-all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out (OCT 2018). To get more on Scarlett St. Clair you can go to SCARLETT ST. CLAIR’S GOODREADS PROFILE.
WHAT I EXPECTED
To be quite honest, I really didn’t know what to expect this type of book in these genres mostly because it’s the first time ever reading Urban Fantasy and Young Adult(YA) for me. I’m always up for trying new genres and new authors and never know if I’m going to like them or not. I guess in a case like this I set my rating middle grade. Middle grade for me is 2 1/2 stars. Then after I read the book fully I judge to make it higher or lower. A description of the book When Stars come out by Scarlett St. Clair is listed below.
DESCRIPTION OF BOOK
Anora Silby can see the dead and turns spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate end up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth-and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
For reading these genres for the very first time I really enjoyed reading the book. I was pleasantly surprised of how interesting this was. I liked how it was a page turner(I didn’t want to put it down), It kept my interest and it didn’t take long to read. I started reading on November 9, 2018 and ended November 11, 2018. I guess when I started at 2 1/2 stars I started to low. I also thought it may have bordered on the Sci-Fi genre but wasn’t sure. I also liked the cover of this book and it showed how much trouble this girl was having and the despair she was in.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
That’s easy. I didn’t like the use of the F-word and some other bad language that was used. Other than that I really enjoyed this book. I give it 4 1/2 / 5 stars. If the bad language weren’t used it would be rated about 5 1/2 or 6 stars in book. I liked it that much.
WHY I SIGNED UP TO REVIEW THIS BOOK
I think it’s important to put this section in my review not because other reviewers do it to but because I think the author, other authors, all my readers and viewers should know why.
In all the book blogs I follow, I have yet to see one reviewer put in why they signed up to review the book. I think that is to bad because I think readers would be interested in knowing. I know I would.
So onto why I signed up to review When Stars Come Out because when I read the blurb I found it interesting and the cover of the book well—can we say it was catchy and right cover for the book. I know this might sound crazy but after reading the blurb and looking at the cover and well basically studying it something called to me saying you have to sign up to review this book, you have to sign up so that’s what I did.
When a book calls to me it usually ends up being a good book.
HOW I JUDGE BOOKS
How I judge books is pretty simple:
3📚=I Like It
4📚=I Really Like It
5📚=Excellent Book With No Bad Language
RECOMMENDATION AND WHO SHOULD READ THE BOOK.
First let me say my rating is my opinion only. Since it’s a Young Adult genre I would recommend this book to teenagers and up. Be warned though there is some use of the F-word and other bad language but not much. I would let the parents use their best judgement.
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We’ve had two days of light snow and very cold weather. Between the snow and cold temperatures it has been very slippery on the roads and sidewalks. Even though I am not a huge fan of summer, it’s way too soon for this. It’s only the first week of November!
Anyway, since it can’t be stopped, during this change of season let’s not forget our pets.
How about your area? Any snowfall or cold temperatures?
2.) My next electronics purchase will be an inexpensive printer for my computer.
3.) The sound of thunder and any loud noises makes me cringe.
4.) Right now, I am craving Hot Wings.
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The picture I’m about to show is of deer eating and some type of another animal. I will show you the picture where I circled the animal first then I will show the original picture. If you have any ideas please let me know.
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I’m very sad. You see a while ago I sent out a bunch of invites to do guest posts. Although a bunch of you accepted my invites I’ve only seen a few guest posts(4 to be exact). This is not only disheartening but really sad too.
So I thought I’d show you the invites sent, invites accepts and who took the initiative to do their guest posts already.
INVITES SENT —(47)
fourleggedfurball(AT)gmail(Dot)com: Written this way for security.
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Violet’s Vegan Comics
The Canadian Cats
Front Seat Ryder
PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE POST(4)
First of all this isn’t a good ratio. I expected more than 4 guest posts to be done by now. Those of you who have accepted but haven’t done a post yet you can do your posts on my site except for uploading or putting pictures in. You have to send the pictures to me. For those who haven’t accepted or replied well better make up your mind. Some of you have replied to me even after you accepted and told me you couldn’t do it. I understand that. However if that’s still the case, please e-mail me or use the contact form provided to remind me since it has been so long. I would appreciate that.
Also, Anyone that has accepted my offer to do a guest post, I would like all guest posts by December 31, 2018.
AND DAISY MAE
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