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Friday, October 28, 2011

400-Less Recipe In My Kitchen

Yep, this is the book. I got it from Sams.

I really wanted to love this book. But, there are too many fancy ingredients, it's hard to make anything without thinking that I'm missing it up because I don't have this hard-to-find spice. However, I keep this book anyway because I like to punish myself with looking over the beautiful pictures and torturing myself with lovely images knowing that I'm too lazy to hunt for these exotic ingredients so I can make my own.

Last Wednesday, I wanted to make a soup. However, there was nothing in my Complete 400 recipe book which I can make because of missing ingredients. I had just made a cheesecake, cookie dough, and other stuff. I really wanted to make a soup. I thought it over and decided to make one up. I know I like chunky soup, and I know I like onion in my soup. Lucky for me, I had some onions.

What I end up making was really edible and yummy. Here's what I put together.

1 med. onion, sliced into strips
2 med. baked potato, cut into small chunks
1 can diced tomato
4 stalks of celery
1 can white northern beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can cream style corn
1 cup of water
1 tbsp of dried parsley
1 tsp of dried Italian mix herbs
1 tsp of dried garlic (mined or powdered)
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 tbsp Olive oil

Heat oil, add onion and stir fry until it's translucent. Add potatoes, stir fry for 2 minutes, then add all the rest of the ingredients. Heat to a boil, stirring a little. Cool down, and serve with your favorite cracker or bread. The whole thing should be ready to serve in less than half and hour.

Serve it on a fancy bowl, and it's good for company too. It doesn't tasted like canned ingredients at all. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Loving Daylights by Lynsay Sands

Title: The Loving Daylights
Author's website: Lynsay Sands
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Isbn: 0505525275
Size: 4.4" x 6.6" x 1.3"
Publisher: Love Spell
Publication Date: 2003-04
I love Lynsay Sands vampire series. In fact, hers might have been the next series vampire series I read after Linda Lael Miller's vampire trilogy. This was way back before anybody was writing paranormal. Now, you cannot blink without seeing another paranormal novel. I haven't read this book, but when I saw the title, I just had to buy it. How could I not? It's now residing in my car for when I have time while waiting in the carpool line.

Don't you just like the homage to Austin Powers with that outfit? Have you read this book? If you had, please leave your link in the comments below. 
Product Description Shy Jane Spyrus loved gadgets. She could build anything B.L.I.S.S. needed in that international organization's fight against crime—although its agents weren't exactly queuing up at her door. Some of them thought her inventions were a little too ... well, innovative. Like her shrink-wrap prophylactic constraints, or her spray-on truth serum. But they just didn't realize those items' potential. Of course, you couldn't use wacky inventions to fix all your problems; Jane knew that better than anyone. Her neighbor had been kidnapped, driving that point home. She would have to team up with another human being—and Abel Andretti arrived just in time. He would help Jane find her neighbor, stop the evil machinations of tall Dirk Ensecksi, and most of all he would have to show her how to love the daylights out of something without batteries. .
If you want to know more about this book, check it out here.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

PhotoHunt 288: High

Six Flags Ride
I like books, and I also like photos. Which is why I'm a regularly irregular member of Photohunt club.It has weekly theme, so it makes for a nice challenge each week. This one is from Six Flags Over Texas. I have never ridden this ride before, but only because I'm a scaredy-cat when it comes to heights.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane)
by Elizabeth Hoyt

List Price: $7.00
Published in 2011
ISBN-10: 0-446-55893-1
 My Take:
Books in the series:
Wicked Intentions
Notorious Pleasures
Scandalous Desires
Thief of Shadows (coming in 2012)

Yes, this is the 3rd book of Maiden Lane series. Having not read any of the book in the series before, I can honestly say that this could pass as a stand alone book. Some serial books are awkward to read out of order, but this one reads just fine. I was compelled to purchase in my kindle the other two books in the series.

I have never been entertained by a book so much before. Not since Eloisa James' Midnight series. I got that same feeling of giddiness while reading this book. The characters are pitch perfect. Yes, he's got a name like Charming Mickey and she's Silence...but it doesn't matter. Their story is the stuff of legends.

I thought I'd never like someone who's a pirate and a thieving 'prince' like I do Jennifer Donnelly's Sid in Winter Rose, but Charming Mickey comes close. If you have read those book series I've mentioned, then you'll know that Scandalous Desire is a book you must read if you're a romance junkie like I am. If you're not much into romance, then read this one anyway because it's got all that you need to be entertained in a book.

I'm thrilled to have read this book. Some parts are quite scorching. That's just extra icing treat. Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my copy.   

By the way, a 4th book is coming and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I like the sound of Winter Makepeace very much.

Here's what the back of the book said: 
Can a pirate learn . . .
River Pirate ‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor has lifted himself from the depths of the slums to be the King of St. Giles. Anything he wants he gets—with one exception. Silence Hollingbrook has been haunting his dreams ever since she spent a single night in his bed.

That the only true treasure . . .
Once Silence was willing to sacrifice anything to save the man she loved. Now a widow, she’s finally found peace when Charming Mickey comes storming back into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. But this time she won’t be the only one paying the price for his sins.

Lies in a woman's heart?
When his past comes back to torment him, Mickey must keep Silence safe from a merciless enemy, while wrestling with the delicious hold this widow has on his heart. And in the face of mounting danger, both will have to surrender to something even more terrifying . . . true love.

Monday, October 3, 2011

GIVEAWAY + (review) What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  • What I Did For Love
  • by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Hardcover: 401 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061351504
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my all time favorite authors. I have to say that I read with my mood. And if the book doesn't match my mood, I enjoy it less. My first listen to this book on audio wasn't pretty. I couldn't stand Georgie York. I couldn't stand Bramwell, and I couldn't care less what happened to them. I find it hard to believe that a SEP book would not get my juices running, so I got  myself a paperback and read it. It's much better. I think sometimes the reader and I just don't see eye to eye on how a book should be read. This is a fun book. I have a much better time when I read the words for myself.

On that note, I'd like to do an all-over-the-world giveaway. $20 worth of books at Book Depository. If they deliver to your country for free, then you qualify. Drawing will be scheduled on October 27 (coz that's my 20th year anniversary).

That's not all. For every additional 40 entries, I will draw another winner for $20. Maximum winners of 5. I'll make this easy. Rafflescopter will help me sort your entries and pick winners.

From Amazon:
How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.
What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life.
It's a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie's nonsupporting cast doesn't help. There's Bram's punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie's own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband's new wife, who can't get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world—the bitch. As for Georgie's leading man, Bram's giving the performance of his life, but he's never cared about anyone except himself, and it's not exactly clear why.
Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

(TBR Pile) Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer

borrowed from my eLibrary, read via Kindle  

Since I haven't had a chance to read this book, I borrowed an amazon review to titillate you and me. Review from Amazon by Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana" (New York, NY USA)
Deborah Grantham is well born, well-bred and ever so lovely. None of this matters, however, in the game of love and matrimony in Regency London, because Ms. Grantham earns her living playing cards in one of London's finest gambling houses. And marriage with such a gaming-house wench is just not done, especially not in the echelons of the "ton." Young Lord Maplethorpe is willing to flaunt society and risk its censure to marry the beautiful Deborah for love. His unhappy mother seeks help from her stepson, the handsomest, cleverest, richest man about town, Max Ravenscar. This unrelenting bachelor meets Deborah, his new foe, across the faro table where they play for power, although they wager for money.
And proud Ms. Grantham gives Ravenscar a run for his money as she proves to be more stubborn and high principled than he in this delightful romantic farce. Georgette Heyer writes one of her best novels with "Faro's Daughter." The witty dialogue, the power plays between the intelligent Deborah, who does not want to be beholden to anyone, let alone to the arrogant Lord who is so willing to believe the worst of her, and the creative subplots and adventures showcase her talent.
This is a winner, and a must read for all Ms. Heyer's fans!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

(TBR Pile) Home Sweet Home by Bella Riley

Author: Bella Riley

I can't wait to read this. I'm also taking LSAT in December 3, so it's going to be slow going on my TBR pile. After LSAT, I'm going to devour books after books after books. Right now, most of my reading material have LSAT on the title and requires pencil. Not even the pretty mechanical #5 pencils I prefer, but the #2 yellow wood pencil. It's what's allowed on LSAT day and I might as well get used to it now. Wish me luck on my test.

Product Description (from Amazon)
What if you can go home again?

Ten years and two hundred miles. That's what separates Andi Powell from quiet, secluded Emerald Lake-and that's exactly how she likes it. But now her job brings her back to the hometown she's tried so hard to forget . . . and to Nate Duncan, the man she's never been able to.

Nate once looked at Andi with love in his eyes. But that was before she left him in the dust to pursue her big-city dreams. Now he's the town's ruggedly handsome mayor with the power to break Andi's career like she broke his heart. As the two clash over the future of Emerald Lake, the sparks that fly between them rekindle a passion neither of them can deny.

Andi may have left town looking for the life she thought she wanted. But could everything she needs have been in Emerald Lake all along?