French Recipes for My Birthday Week

French Recipes for My Birthday Week

I like to put a a decent amount of thought into celebrating around my birthday each year. After having a kind of crummy beginning of the year I decided to cook French meals for the week of my birthday. I usually only eat twice a day- an egg and veggie scramble around 11am and then dinner- so I mostly focused on dinners.Here’s what I made: Croque Madame from Tasting Paris. Quiche from Pardon Your French. Swiss Chard Potato Gnocchi from…

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Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton

Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton

When I first heard about this book at an Emerald City Comicon of the past, I was already familiar with both creators. Leila Del Duca is best known as the artist for Shutter and Kit Seaton is known for an amazing web comic she does with her sister, The Black Bull of Norroway (which has since been published). She also had a short comic in the back of one of the issues of Shutter that I really loved (the only…

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Favorite Books of 2018

Favorite Books of 2018

In reading order, my top 10 favorite books read last year: 1. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire 2. Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine 3. Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull 4. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 6. Sweet Tea and Sympathy/Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper 7. Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs 8. Ageless Beauty the French Way by Clémence…

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January 2019 Book Reviews

January 2019 Book Reviews

The Highland Witch by Susan FletcherThis book is about Corrag, a young woman in touch with the earth and on the run from anyone who may brand her a witch. Which is everyone at the end of the 17th century. We learn her story in two different points of view: present day from the point of view of the man who went to see her in prison and in past tense, her story from her point of view.As I read…

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Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC

Joe and I spent New Year’s in Whistler with his parents. It was my first trip and I was excited about seeing the area. Okay, and shopping. I also decided to give skiing a second try and all I’ll say on that subject is I can ski just fine but stopping eludes me. Also, ski boots are horrible awful torture devices. Highlights for me include my first pair of sweatpants as an adult, a ham and cheese crepe from Crepe…

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Wednesday Whimsy #23

Wednesday Whimsy #23

Bonjour and happy Wednesday. I am writing this with Nora laying on my wrists, which she has never done before and makes things challenging but not impossible. Book Though Bella Figura is a memoir about Italy, I enjoyed reading it just as much as all of those French memoirs on my bookshelf. It was kind of refreshing to get a personal account on another country. Links This to me is the holy grail of all resolutions lists, especially the first…

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Southwest Road Trip

Southwest Road Trip

Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada. Aside from Salt Lake City, I had never been to any of these places before and the Southwest has been on my travel list for a long time. We had planned to car camp but discovered that most of the top destinations are at a higher elevation than someone who had never been to this part of the country would think and it ended up being too cold except in eastern New Mexico by…

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The final books of 2018

The final books of 2018

I’m going to change up the format of my reviews in 2019 and I thought I’d start by rounding up the final books I read in 2018. An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) by Charlaine Harris Charlaine Harris is one of my most favorite authors and when she announced her newest series since the Midnight, Texas trilogy (which started in 2014) I knew I would be reading it. Set in an alternate-history North America sometime in the first half of…

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Wednesday Whimsy #22

Wednesday Whimsy #22

Happy New Year and happy Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and have some good ideas of how you’d like to spend 2019. I spent New Year’s in Whistler, BC with Joe and his parents. It was my first time there and the fact that we don’t take many snowy, wintery trips made this one special. It gave me a good excuse to break out all of my cold-weather gear. On to some links! Book I’ve mentioned Tasting Paris…

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The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

I have conflicting feelings about this book. I love the story but not the writing; it feels too neat and tidy to be realistic. The dialogue feels written instead of spoken and real and the foreshadowing feels like a sticker placed over the natural story. There are errors such as “Latine Quartiere” instead of Latin Quartier or Quartier Latin (hopefully this was fixed for the final book as I read an ARC) and having Caty, a photographer, make individual prints…

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