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Book List 2011

Just like the one last year, only aiming for 50 instead of 100. First reads only, public, recommendations welcomed, etc. However! To make it more interesting, I'll put in a few sentences about each book and how I felt about it. ^_^

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RECIPE: Sweet Potato Cheesecake

I'm storing this recipe (with picture!) here so that next time I'm in the good old US of A I can make it. And I'm counting on certain kitchens to help in this project. Probably Rae's. XD

Stolen from a darling friend on facebook. ^_^


Cream Cheese Layer
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, not softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Sweet Potato Layer
1 cup mashed cooked dark orange sweet potatoes (about 3/4 lb uncooked)
2/3 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg

1 Pillsbury® Pet-Ritz® frozen deep dish pie crust

1 cup sweetened whipped cream


1. Place cookie sheet on oven rack. Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed until well blended. Add egg; beat well. Stir in orange peel. Set aside.

2. Place sweet potatoes in food processor; cover and process until smooth. In large bowl, beat sweet potato layer ingredients with wire whisk. Spread cream cheese mixture in frozen pie crust. Carefully spoon sweet potato mixture over cream cheese mixture.

3 Bake on cookie sheet 50 to 60 minutes or until set and knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, 3 to 4 hours. 4 Serve pie with sweetened whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.


Oct. 27th, 2011

I'm rereading the Inheritance books (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) in preparation for the 4th one being released some time in the near future, and was suddenly struck by a certain similarity. Now, poor little Paolini's books have been angrily compared to (aka, people said he ripped off) Anne McCaffrey, Tolkien, etc. I found a new (to me) one, and just about laughed myself silly putting this together.

Notes: Contains spoilers for Eragon/Eldest/Brisingr. Is likely only funny if you are familiar with both Eragon and Star Wars. And I probably spelled stuff wrong, but I can't be bothered to go look it up in the RLY THICK BOOKS, K.


Eragon Luke, gets his hands on something he shouldn't have, a dragon egg two droids. This thing was sent off by an Elf Rebel princess, with the aim of getting it to a wise old man who isn't quite what people think he is. This old man is named Brom Old Ben Kenobi.

Our hero sets off on a journey with this wise old man, heading for the Beorn Mountains Alderaan, during which he discovers he has magic powers can use the Force. They're running from the Emperor and his minions. The Emperor is evil, and uses evil magic the Dark Side to make people do what he wants.

Our hero falls in love with someone he can't have: Arya Leia. They can't be together because he's mortal he realizes that they are twins, which is squicky!. (only here, the stories diverge, as Luke is wise enough to go OMG YUCK and leave Leia alone, while Eragon spends entirely too many pages mooning over Arya)

In the course of learning to use his magic powers the Force, our hero goes to Ellesmira Dagobah, where he finds out that HE IS NOT THE LAST DRAGON RIDER JEDI! There is, in fact, an old member of his kind hiding in secret in order to be able to train him. Oromis Yoda begins this training, but for various and assorted reasons, our hero leaves before his training is finished, causing his master to facepalm and declare this to be a Very Bad Idea.


Don't get me wrong. I greatly enjoy the Inheritance books. They're well written, especially considering OTHER CURRENTLY POPULAR NOVELS (*cough* Twilight *cough*) and how young the author was when he started writing them. I still find this HIGHLY amusing, and will likely update the Saga of the Adventures of Eragon/Luke as I reread the series. ^_^



Stolen from brilliantcat .

My first thought was "PFFFT this will be easy"...and then I saw the third rule. >.>

I don't even know of 100 books that I haven't read that I want to read (think 3-4 books a week for the last decade, and you will have some idea of how much I've read. I had no social life, living on island with no friends anywhere nearby and all XD), especially as I have devoured pretty much everything Terry Pratchett ever wrote, all in the last six months. I even read 5 new books last week (Artemis Fowl, Artemis Fowl Eternity Code, Truckers, Diggers, Wings), but last week was 2009 and I refuse to cheat. XD

Rules and Guidelines:
1. Read 100 books or more in 2010.
2. Keep track of how many I read.
3. First time reads only.
4. Leaving entry public. If you want to recommend any of your favorites to me, please do so in the comments.

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VICTORY IS MINE! 15/09/2010 :D

Recipes: Finnish Ribbon Cakes

I'm going to type up a whole bunch of recipes to give to tinykat and brilliantcat , and, as tinykat ' mom made me crave these ones, this recipe is first. XD

Oven Temp: 375F / 190C


1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon peel
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
Jam - use favorite flavor or strawberry

Make dough in usual fashion by creaming butter and sugar, then adding egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon peel. Add salt and then flour. Shape dough into logs approximately 3/4inch wide by 15 inches long (sorry metric people, you'll have to do your own calculations. I can work with both sets of numbers, but not when I'm baking). Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Use finger to make a lengthwise groove down center. DO NOT press finger all the way through. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon jam into groove. Return to oven and bake until firm, 5 to 10 more minutes. When cool, cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

When still hot, drizzle with mixture of 1/2 cup powdered/icing sugar and 1 tbsp water.

(personally I think this makes them too sweet, but it does give them a more sophisticated air if you drizzle nice lines)


Recipes: Zarbo's Hello Rosie Slice

Moar recipe storage!

Sandy gave me this a while ago, and I was afraid I'd lost it. Photocopies run away from me. >.>

100g butter, melted
250 malt biscuits, crushed (I just used plain vanilla dry ones lol)
2 cups walnut pieces, roughly chopped and lightly toasted
1.5 cups dark chocolate pieces, chopped
1 cup sultanas/raisins
3 cups long-thread coconut
500g sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 160C. Lightly grease a 23cm x 33cm slice pan, line with baking paper.

Combine butter and biscuit crumbs and press into pan. Mix together remaining ingredients and roughly press over the base.

Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Do not overcook. Cut into smallish pieces when cooled.


Notes: This is WAY better when cold. My family tried it fresh out of the oven and went ICK. But then they tried it again the next morning...and when I came back from work, it was gone. >.>


DUCKIE QUILT: Progress Report

When I was visiting my aunt, I picked up the pattern and fabrics for the CUTEST baby quilt, featuring fabric with rubber duckies in puddles with UMBRELLAS. These pics show what I did yesterday and today. No, I did not spend two solid days working on this. Just most of two days. XD Until the power goes off (which has happened twice today GRRR) or until it get darkish, as I STILL haven't replaced all my light bulbs. XD

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