It’s bake sale time at Emma’s school again. I was suffering with mutant tonsillitis when the notice came home last week, so I had to wait till yesterday to do any kind of food prep. The idea for these came from this pin on Pinterest. When I followed the link I noticed there wasn’t much of a tutorial, so I thought I’d try to help avoid any future Pinterest fails.
1 package Oreo Double Stuf
1 package white candy melts
1/4 tsp Peppermint extract
Candy canes, crushed (about 1/2 cup) for sprinkling
- Unwrap and crush your candy canes. (the kids were amazing at this part)
- Assemble all of your ingredients so that they are handy. Line cookie sheets with waxed paper and make sure you have lolly sticks ready. You need to work quickly with the melted chocolate, it’s better to have anything you need nearby.
- Pour candy melts into a glass bowl (mine had a handle, I highly recommend . Microwave in 15-30 second intervals, stirring in between. After first 30 seconds, add peppermint extract and stir. Continue with intervals till chocolate is melted & smooth.
- Here is the secret, what makes this a Pin-Win instead of an epic fail. Heat the Oreos in the microwave before inserting the lolly stick. I found that 15 seconds for 2 cookies worked well for me. You might have different times based on your microwave. You want the icing barely soft, not melted. This way you can put your lolly stick in and not bust your cookie. (snicker)
- Dip cookie into chocolate using a spoon to help coat.
- Lay on wax paper & sprinkle with candy cane bits.
Since yesterday was Thanksgiving here in Calgary, and you were the last thing I ate, I can only assume that the following was ALL YOUR FAULT. Why did you keep me tossing and turning last night? Aren’t you chock full of lovely tryptophan? After last night’s performance in the dream arena, I’m inclined to think you may be chock full of hallucinogens. Because of you Turkey, I had the following dreams:
- I dreamed I joined the Army reserves, right now, at 35. I dreamed my drill sergeant made us run miles and miles to keep up (surprisingly I had no problem). Then the drill sergeant decided to demonstrate an upside down headlock on me. I held it together for a record 80 seconds, but then my nose filled up with snot and I couldn’t breathe.
- I dreamed about elevators again. I do that a lot, but these were worse than normal. The elevators were open platforms that moved at high rates of speed. Awesome.
- Then I dreamed I was in a strange land, forced to find fae objects of power in order to get out. I can kind of blame this on all the Karen Marie Moning books I’ve been reading..
- There’s one more, it’s right on the edge of my mind, but I can’t quite remember it yet. Likely I’ll look at a pear while grocery shopping and remember the whole thing. I’ll update when/if that happens. UPDATE: I just remembered the fourth dream, ironically while composing my grocery list. I dreamed that one of my favorite shopping sites, Dealextreme, was smuggling drugs in the middle of giant novelty erasers. As always in dreams, I was the hero and I busted the case wide open when I found drugs in the middle of a hot-dog shaped eraser.
In addition to the nocturnal weirdness darling Turkey, I have aches and pains like the drill sergeant did in fact demonstrate a headlock on me, and my brain is having a hard time believing that we got any sleep at all last night.
In closing sweet Turkey, I plan to eat the hell out of you for the next few days. So if we could come to an agreement that you won’t disturb my dreams, that would be great. I mean you were already dead when I bought you from Sobey’s, I didn’t even swing the axe. Therefore I see no reason for you to haunt me. Also, you are delicious. In a sandwich. With mayo and salt and pepper.
Ok, so I’ve missed the last couple of Fridays. What have you been reading with out me to guide you??
This week’s list will be long, because it’s actually 3 weeks worth of reading. So buckle in and grab a coffee.
All Jacked Up (Rough Riders #8) by Lorelei James
Keely McKay knows Jack—and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. The lone girl in the prolific McKay family, Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic—and prove she’s left her wild-child days behind. That means dealing with buttoned-down, uptight Jack.
As usual, Ms. James does not disappoint with the sexiness I did find Keely a little neurotic to deal with at times. I wonder if it’s just me or if I get frustrated because I’m the omniscient reader and I can see when they’re getting their knickers in a twist over nothing.
Cowboy Casanova (Rough Riders #12) by Lorelei James
In Sundance, Wyoming, you can’t throw a boot without hitting a McKay cowboy, so Ben McKay is used to fading into the background. Except on weekends, when he’s Bennett, imposing Dom at The Rawhide Club, surrounded by a bevy of female subs eager for the attention of his long…whip.
As for the curvy brunette eying him from across the room? He’ll eat his Stetson if she’s the experienced Domme she claims to be. Bennett offers her a deal-he’ll let her call the shots for one night. But the next night he gets to prove to her how freeing it’ll be when he takes the reins.
This one was lots of sexy, I’m always worried that books with BDSM in them will be too kinky for my tastes. I should realise that the books with serious (read:disturbing) kink would likely be less mainstream. Also, by disturbing I mean animals, rape, disfigurement, bodily fluids that don’t aid in baby-making etc. Sorry, it just doesn’t flip my cookie.
Inappropriate Thoughts by Ian Dalton
Victoria Wilde’s best friend, Jillian, is a disillusioned divorcée and best-selling romance novelist who can’t write a chapter without her hunky male heart throb suffering ED, an STD, or even worse. Brian Nash is a tennis-obsessed, college senior who’s unlucky in love and the roommate and best friend of Jillian’s son, Rob. After Brian learns he’s being manipulated by a college love, Rob offers him a spring break escape to his home in Miami. There Brian meets the surprisingly young and also tennis passionate Jillian, and their shared interest quickly develops into an intense mutual attraction. As they struggle to fight their feelings, they develop a unique super-intimate, yet non-physical connection that provides Jillian with the inspiration to write again while erasing Brian’s brokenhearted funk. Will the lonely pair continue with this distinctive relationship, actually explore their passion or will they discover all of it is a really bad idea?
This book was emailed to me by the author simply for being a member of the Smut Book Club on Goodreads started by my sister-in-smut, Angie. If you’re not a member yet, you should be. Back to the book. I have to admit, I was a little worried about boy-written smut. I equate it to a mechanic who’s never driven a car. I am happy to admit I was wrong. It wasn’t as detailed as Ms. James’ books, but the sex was hot, and I’m terribly intrigued by this Victoria Wilde lady and would like to read more about her. Thank you Ian!
Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
Mixed martial arts fighter Reid Andrews’s chance to reclaim his title as light heavyweight champ is shattered when he’s injured only months before the rematch. To make sure he’s healed in time, his trainer sends him to recuperate under a professional’s care—Reid’s best friend’s little sister, all grown up.
Disorganized and bookish Lucie Miller needs some professional help of her own. She’d do anything to catch the eye of a doctor she’s crushed on for years, so when Reid offers seduction lessons in exchange for 24/7 conditioning for the biggest fight of his career, Lucie jumps at the chance.
Soon Reid finds him himself in the fight of his life…winning Lucie’s heart before she gives it to someone else.
This was a Smut Book Club suggestion. I pretty much agree with Angie’s review; it was a little predictable, but the sex scenes were nuclear-hawt and made the book a very enjoyable read.
The Fever Series: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever (Fever #1-5) by Karen Marie Moning
In the blockbuster Fever series, Karen Marie Moning creates a darkly erotic and paranormal world, torn apart by the struggle between humans and Fae. Now in a convenient eBook bundle, here are the five thrillingly sexy novels featuring heroine MacKayla Lane: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, and Shadowfever.
This is a re-read for me. It’s actually probably the 3rd time I’ve read this series.
Moning is the writer of the super smutty Highlander series, but this series, is not smutty. Well, it has its moments, and book #4 starts off super-smutty, but mostly it is action/adventure/fantasy-ish. I highly recommend reading this series. More than once if you are a re-reader like me
Do you have a book or series that you love to re-read?