🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂Simple Chocolate Recipes……🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂

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As you know I’ve done two cooking hacks post they can be at A Simple Cooking Life Hack and Christmas Cooking Hacks And Helpful Cooking Hacks……. So that got me to thinking what are some simple chocolate recipes and alternatives to chocolate are there. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Who doesn’t love chocolate? I love chocolate except for chocolate coffee. Yes I have tried chocolate coffee too. Vegan’s I didn’t forget about you. I will have a separate post for you. Because there are so many good chocolate recipes I’m only listing 5 but will give you the link for all the recipes for your recipes.

SOME SIMPLE CHOCOLATE RECIPES

Chocolate-Banana Pudding Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of heavy cream.
  2. tablespoons confectioners’ sugar.
  3. 3 bananas, thinly sliced lengthwise, plus 1/2 banana, sliced into rounds.
  4. 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped.
  5. 26 chocolate wafers.

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil over medium-high. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar and whisk to combine. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Layer 13 chocolate wafers in a 2-quart baking dish. Add half the chocolate mixture, then top with lengthwise banana slices. Top with 13 more cookies and remaining mixture. Cover and refrigerate until pudding is set and cookies are tender, about 2 hours (or up to 1 day). Top with round banana slices and serve.

Servings:

Serves 8.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Ingredients:

  1. 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped.
  2. 1/3 cup of pistachios(optional).
  3. 1 pound large strawberries (about 20), washed and dried well.

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. One at a time, dip each strawberry in chocolate, twirling to coat; then sprinkle chocolate-covered portion with pistachios, if using, and place on waxed paper.
  3. Chill chocolate-dipped strawberries at least 15 minutes to set chocolate. (Strawberries should not be stored in refrigerator longer than 1 hour as condensation may collect on the chocolate.)

Total Time:                           Prep Time:                                  Servings:

35 minutes                                                   20 minutes                                                         Makes About 20

Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundaes Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup heavy cream.
  2. One 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips.
  3. Best-quality vanilla ice cream.
  4. 1/3 cup light corn syrup, plus more to adjust consistency.
  5. 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  6. Peppermint candy, coarsely chopped.

Directions:

  1. Combine heavy cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Stir to combine, and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and add chocolate and peppermint extract.
  2. Whisk until chocolate is melted. If necessary, adjust consistency with additional corn syrup. Serve over ice cream. Garnish with chopped peppermint candy.

Cooks Notes:

Peppermint extract can be found in most supermarkets.

Makes:

4 Servings

  Crispy  Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan.
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  4. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled).
  5. 1/2 cup of chopped nuts, such as cashews, pecans or walnuts.
  6. 1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips. 
  7. 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar.
  8. 2 large eggs.
  9. 1 cup miniature marshmallows.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper.
  2. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, combine butter and 1 cup chocolate chips. Heat, stirring occasionally,  just until melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove mixture from heat; stir in sugars and salt, then eggs, and finally flour, stirring just until combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick  inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips, then marshmallows and nuts. Bake until chocolate is shiny and marshmallows are puffed, about 5 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares.

Cook’s Notes:

To prevent toppings from sinking into the batter, sprinkle them on after brownies are baked. An extra 5 minutes in the oven melts the topping together for easy slicing.

Total Time:                          Prep Time:                    Servings:

45 minutes                                                  10 minutes                                      Make 16 

     Ricotta Tart With Chocolate And Kumquats Ingredients-For Crust:

  1.   5 ounces chocolate wafers (about 24 cookies). 
  2.   1 tablespoon granulated sugar.
  3.   4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.
  4.   Pinch of salt.

FOR THE FILLING:

  1. 1 1/2 cups ricotta. (12 ounces).
  2.  2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
  3.  5 kumquats, thinly sliced crosswise.
  4.  1/2 cup heavy cream.
  5.  1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  6.  1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. For The Crust: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pulse wafers in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in butter, sugar and salt. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes . Let cool.
  2. For The Filling: Beat together ricotta, cream, sugar, and cinnamon until fluffy. Fold in half the kumquats and half the chocolate. Pour into cooled crust. Top with remaining kumquats and chocolate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes ( or overnight) before serving.

Total Time                                Prep Time                            Servings

1 hour                                                                 10 minutes                                                  8


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To stay with my chocolate theme and to keep my promise below is what you can use if you don’t have chocolate handy or someone can’t eat chocolate this is what you can do.

5 HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO CHOCOLATE

1. Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder is a mixture of many substances that are left over after cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. One tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa power contains about 10 calories, and has virtually no fat, cholesterol, or sugar. And because it is 100% cacao, it is jam-packed with antioxidants.

Try mixing cocoa powder with almond or coconut milk for a homemade hot chocolate, or add a scoop to plain or vanilla Greek yogurt or as an addition to your favorite smoothie. Cocoa powder can be used in savory dishes as well – especially in many traditional Mexican dishes (cocoa and chili pepper!). For a crunchy snack, try cocoa dusted almonds (lightly drizzle almonds with honey and roll them in cocoa powder).

2. Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs are basically Cocoa beans themselves, which have been roasted, removed from their husks, and broken into small pieces. In other words, they are a less processed form of cocoa. Cacao nibs are crunchy and taste similarly to unsweetened chocolate. They can be ground into a powder and used just like cocoa powder, or they can be eaten as is and added to yogurt, trail mixes, smoothies, or in your favorite baked good. Cacao nibs are naturally low in calories (just one ounce contains about 130 calories), are a good source of heart-healthy fiber, (9 g per ounce) and contain a number of  beneficial minerals and antioxidants.

3. Dark Chocolate (at least > 70% cacao)

It is important to choose dark chocolate with at least 70%cacao in order to reap all the antioxidant benefits. Plus, the darker the chocolate (aka the higher % of cacao), the less sugar will be in the bar.

4. Carob

Carob is a tropical pod that is derived from a tree in the Mediterranean. Its pulp is roasted and ground into a fine powder that tastes very similar to cocoa powder. Carob is naturally low in fat, high in fiber, contains calcium, and unlike cocoa or chocolate, does not contain caffeine or theobromine (a good alternative to those who are sensitive to caffeine or migraines). Additionally, it is naturally less bitter than cocoa, so it does not need additional sweetening.

Carob comes in many forms which can be used in cooking, such as powders, liquids, and carob chips. Add carob chips to trail mix, fruit, yogurt, or use it as a substitute for chocolate chips in baking (but set your oven about 25 degrees lower or it could burn!).

5. Fruit

I can’t think of a better way to satisfy a sweet craving while still staying within a healthy eating plan than with fruit. Most fruits are high in vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, fiber, and health-promoting phytonutrients. Generally, the darker the fruit’s color pigment, the more nutrients it will have! Strawberries and whipped coconut cream, anyone? Or try mixing up a medley of cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds, with some carob chips or cacao nibs sprinkled over top for a delicious and healthy treat!

LINKS

Quick Chocolate Dessert Recipes (Slideshow With Recipes)

5 Healthy Alternatives to Chocolate

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Christmas Cooking Hacks And Helpful Cooking Hacks……

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. 

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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. 

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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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Cats Rule Our Hearts!

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Cats Rule Our Hearts!

If you feel sad, I will be your smile

If you cry, I will be your comfort.

And if someone breaks your heart,

You can use my love to live and to be by our side together!

 

 

 

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A Simple Cooking Life Hack

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. 

EASY COOKBOOK HACK TO MAKE MORE ROOM.

I found 2 more cooking life hacks while researching the internet. The images are below.

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E-Book Review: The Sacrifice

Title: The Sacrifice                                    

Author: Indra Garai

Genre(s): Fiction

Rating: 5🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄= 5 stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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.

RECOMMENDATION 

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.

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OUR 1ST BIG WINTER STORM OF 2018 AND A THANKSGIVING MIRACLE

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.

Since we got rain/ice/snow, trees were so heavy they were cracking and falling down, transformers were going. Lines were down. I have never heard our scanner so busy with lines down, trees down and etc… It was really bad. We learned that the storm not only took out a lot of lines and trees but it took out several transformers and 9 power sub-stations. Then because the storm was so big we were told electric wouldn’t be restored until after Thanksgiving. That of course was after 2 days of being told you’ll have your electric restored. Thankfully we have a gas stove. We might not have been able to use the stove but we were able to use the burners so we could fry food and use the stove top. How cold was it? I hate to admit this but it got so cold I literally slept in my clothes and heavy coat along with 3 extra blankets and I was still cold. Below is a slideshow of the winter storm that knocked out our electric. JavaScript is required to see the slideshow.

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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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Book review: PRANCIE’S PRAYER

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Title Of Book: PRANCIE’S PRAYER

Author: Ellen J. Pilch

Published: September 12, 2018(Kindle Edition)

Publishing Company: Mirror Publishing

ASIN: BO7HB95KKT

Who Can Read This Book: Everyone

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

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.

LINKS

Ellen J. Pilch Goodreads Author Page

Where You Can Buy Ellen J. Pilch’s Book, PRANCIE’S PRAYER On Amazon

My Review For PRANCIE’S PRAYER

Ellen Pilch’s Blog

Ellen Pilch’s Twitter Page

Ellen Pilch’s Instagram Page

Ellen Pilch’s Amazon Author Page

 

 

BOOK REVIEW:When Stars Come Out

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Author: Scarlett St. Clair

Title: When Stars Come Out

Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Publication Date: October 31, 2018

Rating: 4/5 Books(📚📚📚📚/📚📚📚📚📚)—Actually, I would give this book 4 1/2/5 books or stars but no way to do that.

WELCOME

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:

1📚=Lousy

2📚=OK

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. 

LINKS

MY GOODREADS REVIEW FOR WHEN STARS COME OUT BY SCARLETT ST. CLAIR

Scarlett St. Clair’s Author Page

Scarlett St. Clair’s Website

Scarlett St. Clair’s Newsletter

SCARLETT ST. CLAIR’S GOODREADS BLOG

SCARLETT ST. CLAIR’S AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

SCARLETT ST. CLAIR’S TWITTER PAGE

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A Sleepy-Hot Wings Friendly Fill – Ins

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY. (ORIGINAL PICTURE).

DAISY MAE’S ANSWERS

1.) I just love to sleep.

2.) My next thing I’ll do will be sleeping.

3.) The sound of thunder makes me cringe.

4.) Right now, I am craving lots of sleep.

CRYSTAL’S ANSWERS

1.) I just love to shop, shop, shop, shop.

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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WHAT AM I????

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER

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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)

L.M.G. Miller

fourleggedfurball(AT)gmail(Dot)com: Written this way for security.

Mabeautility 

petsoverload(AT)gmail(Dot)com

15andmeowing 

sidilbradipo1

Kristi Ann

Dakota/Caren/Cody

Eliza Waters

BellaDharma’s LadyMew

hello(AT)frontseatseatryder(Dot)com

advoffzkug(AT)gmail(Dot)com

Lisa

kittyclysmblog(AT)gmail(Dot)com

Claire Yang

angelswhisper2011

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

mommakatandherbearcat

jan1961(AT)gmail(Dot)com

Charlotte

onespoiledcat

Valentine

Yael Ben-Ari

roseytoessews(AT)talktalk(Dot)net

DashKitten

da-AL

catlady(DOT)natascha(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

erinthecatprincess

Kathe W.

Patricia

Cally

night(DOT)prose(AT)gmail(DOT)com

catchat(AT)mi(DOT)rr(DOT)com

lovelydysfunction

artmusedog

Violet’s Vegan Comics

theveiledfacet

Katie Kat

floatinggold

John Siebelink

Brian

cricketpages(AT)earthlink(DOT)com

samantha60black(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Anita

animalsarefeelingbeingstoo(AT)q(DOT)com

daal(AT)gmail(DOT)com

The Canadian Cats

INVITES ACCEPTED(15)

Front Seat Ryder

cookandenjoyrecipes

pkmessi18(AT)gmail(DOT)com

ortensia

Nat

Artemisa007

WhskrDesign

RasmaSandra

koolkosherkitchen

speedyrabbit

greg-in-washington

foguth

petitebrunetteme

Marc-Andre

mnl(AT)cactuscatz(DOT)com

PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONE POST(4)

cookandenjoyrecipes(Esme Slabbert)

greg1948

kaleasian(Kalia)

yamarella(Rasma Raisters)

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.

THANK YOU, 

CRYSTAL STEWART

AND DAISY MAE

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Friendly Fill – Ins

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY. (ORIGINAL PICTURE).

DAISY MAE’S ANSWERS

1.) One can never find out if you’ll lose one of your nine lives if a cat doesn’t explore and get stuck a few times. Thankfully I’ve been rescued every time.

2.) Given the choice of Wet oily food or Dry food, I would pick Dry food paws down.

3.) Curling up in a ball without the lights on makes me feel safe because nobody can see me because of my fur color.

4.) I never go a day without sleeping because I not only guard the whole house but also guard Queen Mom, Queen Mom Deputy Sister Crystal and King Dad. That’s a tough job.

CRYSTAL’S ANSWERS

1.) One can never reach their dream if they don’t fail a few times trying to reach it.

2.) Given the choice of Cats or Snakes, I would pick Cats hands down without hesitation.

3.) Reading the Bible makes me feel like a weight has just been lifted off my shoulders and it will be taken care of.

4.) I never go a day without praying because praying helps me in so many ways.

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Clean Halloween Puppy Dogs

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Happy Meow-O-Ween

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I promised you more Meow-O-Ween pictures and when I told Queen Mom Deputy Sister Crystal what I promised she was thrilled. Actually, she said she had Meow-O-Ween pictures that haven’t been posted yet. So she kindly said I could use them.

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DAISY MAE’S CAT QUOTES

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY. (ORIGINAL PICTURE).

Hi everyone, Daisy Mae here with another edition of my famous Cat Quotes. OK, so the quotes are from a mini calendar that Queen Mom Deputy Sister Crystals sister got her for her birthday/Christmas. Well I’m not going to keep you any longer from my famous cat quotes so without further adieu here they are. 

Cats only assume their strangest, most intriguing, and most beautiful postures when it is impossible to photograph them.

—-J.R. Coulson—-

Cats are cool. They have style, personality, sophistication, and just the right amount of confidence.

—-Michael Bolton—-

Since each of us is with only one life, why not live it with a cat?   

—-Robert Stearns—-

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

                                                                                                                                                          —-Anonymous—-

I rarely meddled in the cat’s personal affairs, and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets.

—-Kinky Friedman—-

The cat:  an animal that’s so unpredictable, you can never tell in advance how it will ignore you the next time.

—-Evan Esar—-

It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see.

—-Eleanor Farjeon—-

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Turkey & Deer Fun

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Sunday Halloween Selfie

Can you believe it I was comfy and sleeping on my head and who shows up with a nanner to do selfies and enter some contest Vaentine asked her to be in. Who else but the Queen Mom Deputy Sister Crystal. I guess I can’t fault her for that since I am adorable, cute, Smart and who wouldn’t think I’m all these things. If you didn’t see the slideshows yesterday on Caturday Art then hop on over Caturday Art and read and watch. You will need Javascript enabled. Below is our early Halloween selfie slideshows. ENJOY!!

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