Jonathan Maberry writes some of my favourite zombie books and he also writes comics and other fiction. I love his Joe Ledger books about a special agent in a secret government organization who takes on the ultimate bad guys, apocalyptic scenarios and zombies as well. I highly recommend this series as great escapist reads.
They are full of action, monsters, terrible bad guys and apocalyptic warnings. Joe Ledger is the ultimate bad good guy who has lots of dark secrets and rough edges. They are a great summer or anytime read. Happy reading, Cheers, Michele
This peanut butter granola recipe is my own version of several other recipes cobbled together and is being posted on my blog at the request of my daughter Katie’s boyfriend Chris. The main recipe source is from www.breakfastdramaqueen.com so kudos to that blogger for a great starting recipe. I have added more ingredients because I like my granola with lots of different flavours.
Peanut Butter Granola
4 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if required)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 Tbsps flax seeds or flax-seed meal
3 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
You can add dried fruit, but add it together with the finished baked granola so that the fruit doesn’t burn.
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsps coconut oil
2 tsps vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper. Mix all dry ingredients well in a large bowl. In a large microwave proof dish or 2 cup glass measuring cup add all wet ingredients. Microwave on high for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes til liquid. Stir together well before pouring over dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed. Divide mixture between the two pans and spread out evenly. Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes depending on how brown you want your granola. Rotate the pans every so often to allow to bake evenly. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container. Serve with yogurt and fresh fruit for either a delicious breakfast or dessert. It also makes a great topping for a fruit crumble.
I hope you try this granola out, it is super easy and delicious and much more healthy than the store-bought cereals. Cheers, Michele
My daughter Kate loves these NYX Butter Gloss lip colours. They come in two types, the basic Butter Glosses and the Intense Butter Glosses. The basic Butter Glosses are more sheer and obviously the Intense ones are more pigmented. She only has a few of each type, but here are the ones she likes and has kept.
Here are the basic Butter Glosses from left to right, Eclair, Meringue, Tiramisu, Vanilla Cream Pie and Angel Food Cake.
Here are the swatches again with the same order as above from left to right in the top left hand pictures and then following down top to bottom, left to right for the lip swatches.
The Intense Butter Glosses from left to right are Toasted Marshmallow, Chocolate Crepe and Tres Leches.
Here are the swatches again from left to right (top left picture), top to bottom, left to right on the lips.
They all smell like candy or cake and are very nice in their colour payoff and finish. Easy to remove, not staining or sticky. you should try them out. Cheers, Michele
On National Thrift Shop Day, I thrifted these striped clothing items for 50% off at Value Village. Two of them were from the same designer label. That was a little weird, and the pricing was very low considering the quality of this brand.
This Ralph Lauren dress was originally $7.99 but I got it for $4.00. Crazy pricing sometimes works in your favour. I can wear this in the summer with some flats or in the fall with tights and some boots. A perfect dress…if only it had pockets!
This Ralph Lauren top was originally $5.99 but I got it for $3.00.
This coral top with black and white stripes was also $3.00 after the discount. I love the colour contrast and it will go perfect with shorts or a skirt now and into the fall. It is by Lord and Taylor which is also a good quality brand.
Not bad for quality items, and I do love me some stripes. What do you think of this little striped thrift haul? Cheers, Michele
I do love animal prints so I was pleasantly surprised that in one thrift shop visit I found these four pieces all. I still don’t have any coupons so the items were full price, but still good deals. Let the wildness begin!
This Gap dress in chartreuse and grey animal print is awesome and it has pockets. It was only $9.99.
This Jones of New York top in black and white leopard print was only $4.99.
This black and white leopard print top is a great summer piece with shorts or a skirt for only $3.99.
And this chartreuse and grey cashmere sweater needs a little TLC because it is a little shrunk, but a quick soak in cool water and a little stretching and laying it out on a drying rack will solve that problem. And I love the bird on the front so it still qualifies as an animal print at only $4.99.
So what do you think of my wild animal print finds? Cheers, Michele
Since it is harvest time and zucchini is a bumper crop this year, I thought I would share a recipe to use up all those lovely green zucchini.
Zucchini Gingerbread Muffins
2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour (or all-purpose)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsps ground ginger
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of shredded zucchini
zest and juice of one orange
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper muffin cups. Mix all dry ingredients together well. Mix all wet ingredients together well. Combine the two together and mix until just combined. Fill muffin cups. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until tester comes out clean. Allow to cool and enjoy. I hope you like this tasty use of fresh zucchini. Cheers, Michele
So here are the winners of the individual prizes for my anniversary giveaway. I will be contacting the winners to notify them of the prize they have one. Congratulations to the winners!!
Beauty Bundles 1-3
Beauty Bundles 4-5
Beauty Bundle 6
Book Bundle Cookbooks
Book Bundle Fan Fiction
Complete Thrifted Outfit
So there are the winners of my anniversary giveaway. I enjoyed doing this so much, there will be more giveaways in the future. Cheers, Michele