Monthly Archives: August 2012

Book Sales and Word Play

Stacks and stacks of glorious, sweet-smelling books and in the company of fellow book lovers but adversaries for the day – I was in Cloud 9 indeed!

I tried to work hard and fast going through all those books so I wouldn’t miss out on all the good ones. I thought I had succeeded and found myself walking around to observe what books people were checking out, and out of the corner of my eye I see a red, white and yellow rectangular box and decide to investigate. As I move closer, I realize and recognize that it was a Dr. Seuss book set! SCORE! So I quietly make my way towards the set so as not to attract any unwanted competitors and get there without a sweat. I beam and reach for it but then hesitate. The set was above a few books and right beside a guy scanning a book. I contemplate the situation for a while and it painfully dawned on me that the set already belong to someone else. The way he protectively leaned on the books with his elbows sometimes on top of them and the way he would steal quick glances at those books told me the hard hitting truth. The truth that was confirmed once he finished scanning and got the books he already picked out and walked away. I froze and yelled, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.” in my mind. Failed. I had failed! My one mistake was to not take the children’s section seriously. I missed out on a DR. SEUSS SET!!!! My heart cried in agony. I rushed to see if there was another one but alas it was not meant to be.

I told my sister and my brother what happened and my sister successfully hunted down a Dr. Seuss. 2 in fact. But not the one I wanted. *le sigh*

Above are the Dr. Seuss books she found and bought. Vintage which I love. She’s giving it to her future kids for their bedtime stories. Sweet!

I also saw this book with a beautiful Gothic and turn of the century-esque cover art that got me intrigued. I eventually didn’t buy it because the story centers around Lord Byron’s colleague/friend and not Lord Byron himself.

My sister saw this book that had a witty and funny title and book cover. I admired the word play on it as well.

This next book was the image and likeness of our 2 family kitties which we found highly amusing and a hilarious coincidence. They even got their expressions down pat.

Another thing that brightened my day was definitely seeing people of all ages and sizes at the book sale. Particularly this trรจs mignon little boy that was reading a book by himself. Now I don’t mean to look like a creepo but I just had to take a photo for an honest & innocent purpose. Besides, I love his hair colour. I’ll most definitely use the photo as a peg the next time I decide to dye my hair light at a salon, hehe. He had such a cute accent when his mother called for him. He even bought the book he was reading. And check out those adorable wellies! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Book Haul!!!

If fashionistas have Make-up Hauls, geeks have Book Hauls.

I say ‘geek’ as a term of endearment. Plus, I am one so le duh!

A few months ago there was a book sale at a local bookstore and I for sure had a mini heart attack…in a good way that is. You should see me in a situation like that. My eyes light up like fireworks in the freakin’ Fourth of July. They truly do.

I scored a variety of 9 books for around $20! CHA-CHING. So that’s more or less $2 a book!

Chchcheck out my new babies! Which I’ve completely devoured since then.

For utterly enrapturing reads, I’d highly suggest my top 3 favourites. Namely:

1) The Rosetta Codex by Richard Paul Russo

It’s filled with action, suspense, symbolism, adventure, politics, truth, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, depth of character and the universal question of ‘Who am I?’. I love how the story portrays a persons journey and choices in each stage of the human life cycle. It’s amazing how the author got to create a full feature of a characters life in such a little and semi-thin book. I am in awe.

2) The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Not only are the illustrations so intricately fantastical, the story itself is intricately fantastically made as well. This books is a marriage of visual and mental masterpiece. For what seems/looks like a children’s book, the story is amazingly thought out and complex. It’s a world of its own. It’s Peter Pan-slash-The Lord of the Rings-slash-Where the Wild Things Are combined. I cannot wait to read the next book and the next!

3) Naturally Healthy Skin by Stephanie Tukles

For all the lasses and ladies out there, this is the skin bible for you. Even lads and gentlemen would benefit from this. I am in love with this book! Tea, herbs, fruits and organics are a huge part of my life and this was an amazing find. It’s practically complete in information. You’ll find healthy AND cheap ways to make your skin AND your body healthy. Goodbye to expensive pills, lotions and creams and hello to a cheap but quality and healthy lifestyle.

If you’ve come across this post and have read some of the books here, let me know how you thought of them. Book suggestions are always welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Smores Cereal Bar: Perfect for camping or breakfast!

A few weeks ago I found myself staring at half a bag of marshmallows and half a bag of Cornflakes cereal. That got me thinking…about maths.

Marshmallows + cereal = Cereal bars!

I’ve missed baking so I thought I’d give it a whiz. But there’s actually no baking required really. Which is bittersweet for a girl who loves to bake.

Watching a lot of Food Network and TLC shows has given me quite a bit of information on some pretty awesome recipes. I saw a show that was all about cake shops and how they make their gastronomic and artistic cakes. They used cereal bars a lot and they showed the viewers how they make it (though without measurements). I figured it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to make cereal bars so I simply winged the recipe. Plus, I was famished. I needed a recipe fix that would get me to chomp on some yummy delights A.S.A.P.!

First I got all my ingredients and baking materials together and checked the pantry to see what stuff I can use or add. Saw the chocolate chips and had a light-bulb moment right there and then. I could make a Smores version of the cereal bar! I’ve seen recipes online before but have never come across a Smores recipe so here’s mine. You’ll need…

Marshmallows, Cereal (anything that has a mild taste so the bars won’t be overtly sweet), Chocolate chips and Unsalted butter

Cooking pot, Spatula, Foil and a Baking pan

No specific measurements on my part, I just used all of the leftover cereal and marshmallows I had. Though there should be more marshmallows in the mixture so your cereal bars won’t fall apart. Keep in mind that it will serve as a glue when it sets.

Cooking time: 5-10 min. tops (depends on how fast your marshmallows melt or how much marshmallows you put in)

Preparation time: 5 min. more or less

Serving time: When the marshmallow mixture sets (Depends if the weather/kitchen is hot or not. You can put the cereal bars in the freezer like I did.)

Instructions:

1) Turn on the stove to low heat and put a knob of butter in the pot. The butter serves as a barrier between the marshmallow and the metal. If you don’t use butter, the bottom part of the melted marshmallow will burn.

2) When the butter completely melts, put your marshmallows in. People say mini marshmallows melt faster so you can buy that if you want.

3) Wait for the marshmallows to melt until the look and consistency is like melted sticky dough. Throw in your mild flavoured cereal of choice (either Rice Krispies, Cornflakes, what have you) and mix until the cereal is evenly coated with the marshmallow mixture.

4) Pour as much or as little chocolate chips as you want LAST because it will start to melt from the heat of the mixture. You don’t want weird brown looking patches on your cereal treats. I suggest to not put too much chips because the marshmallow mix is already sweet – unless you used dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet, then it’s fine.

5) Pour the cereal, chocolate chips and marshmallow mixture into a baking sheet than has pre-buttered foil on top. Foil is optional. For me it makes the taking out of the block easier. Evenly distribute the mixture all over the area of the pan. You can use your buttered hands or a buttered spatula so the mixture won’t stick to your hands or the spatula. When you’re done, let the mixture set and when it has set, you can then slice the block into bars as big or as small as you’d like.

For fun holidays or events, you can used coloured cereal or cookie cutters. Use nuts, peanut butter, coffee, bananas or anything you can think of that would marry well with a cereal bar. Have fun and be creative! Kids will love these and they can even help you make this simple dessert.ย  You can even have these as mini appetizers in a posh party. My dad thought I bought them and that they were imported because it tasted as good as it looks! And my brother raved about the bars to his girlfriend. You can definitely add this as a camping treat or a sweet breakfast for you, your friends and your family.

Pictures below. ๐Ÿ™‚

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