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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was planning on reading this book later on but was prompted by a coworker to start it and I'm so glad I did. Talk about jumping right into the story line! This was such a fast read. I quickly became attached to the characters and was completely taken by surprise by some of the twists and turns the story took. Considering I finished this in 3 days, I suppose it's safe to say that it was really hard to put this down. I'm ready to pick up the next one and root on Katniss!

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I don’t normally do a “Merry Christmas” blog post because frankly, I would hope that by the time you were done with all of your festivities and got around to hopping on the internet, the whole Christmas thing would be done and over with.

Or at least that’s my excuse I use for not wanting to schedule a nice little Christmas wish to all my readers. Sorry!

Maybe I’ll remember to wish everyone a happy new year.. we’ll see!




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I confess… I haven’t done my Monday Confessions this week because I’ve been more than insanely busy and my confessions could have been a novel.

But seriously, who gets anything done the week before Christmas? I’ve spent the week doing things I wasn’t planning to do. Of those things, let me just say that I had to drive to Charlotte to pick up my husband’s Greek Aunt from the airport on Tuesday night and hands down Charlotte Douglas airport is the worst airport I’ve been in (and I’ve been in a few!) Who builds an airport and then decides that the only services offered outside of security will be a Starbucks kiosk and some little convenience store looking deal with 2 tables outside the door, so inappropriately named something “bistro”. Really? So, this is all you offer those people who, say had to drive 2 hours to get to the stupid airport and had to wait 4 hours for a passenger whose plane got delayed and then spent an hour and a half in immigration? I mean really? My son ate yogurt with granola for dinner! Healthy, yes! But not really all that pleasing or fulfilling for a 5 year old.

Oh well, I survived.

So.. Monday Confessions will continue next week, which should be fun to hear since it will be the Monday after Christmas. And I always have something snarky to say after Christmas!



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I confess…  I got to cross another item off my bucket list (which I'll be sharing again at the end of the year). Myself, my husband and our son went to our first NFL game yesterday to watch the Carolina Panthers lose in the most ridiculous fashion to the Atlanta Falcons. Oh well, not a shocker for this season. But it was a most awesome experience and we're talking about making it to 1 game a year!

I confess... I was able to get control back of all my other blogs that I lost just over a year ago when my old gmail account got hacked! YES!
Now, I'm not sure what to do with some of them. For example, my main blog was Me Myself & Jonna, I also had Kiss My Cache,- which will definitely get updated again,  A Girl and Her Curl , My Little Green Life and Totally Not Gourmet Chef

Looks like I have some work to do


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I’ve been geocaching on and off for a few years and a few years ago I started a blog about it. Well, it turns out that with my bad luck of my old gmail account getting hacked, I couldn’t access my blog. This happened just a little over a year ago and although, as you can see if you clicked the link, the blog is still up and live – I just can’t access it.. at all…


This really saddens me because 1) the name is just too perfect and 2)I can’t think up a name half as cool as that again!

So, yesterday I tried, once again, to get my old gmail account reinstated. This time when I tried, as opposed to the last 8 times, I found there’s an extra step in the process. See, before I would fill out this form trying to recall exact dates that my accounts were set up (fail miserably so I’d guess) and then I’d get notification that I didn’t provide enough accurate information to recover my account. Which is all fine and dandy because I’m all about security (or maybe not since I got hacked), but I found it a little ridiculous that I couldn’t somehow provide more specific information that would still be pretty much only knowledge that the owner of the account would know OTHER than the exact dates I may have set up my gmail, calendar or blogger!

I go through the tyipical form, and I get my notification that I didn’t know enough about my account to get it back BUT… this time, there was a link! And there was a notice that I could contact Google’s Advanced Super Geeks (okay that’s not what it said but that’s what it boils down to) but I’d need to pay a minimal fee of 0.30 cents to do it – because apparently if you’re stealing accounts, you’re not going to want to waste time setting up a Google Checkout and stealing a credit card to use on said Google Checkout to pay the 0.30 cents.

I’m thinking, “Oh, I wonder if after I pay my minimal fee, if I’ll get a chat window with some Googler on the other end?”

I quickly got my answer after finishing my Google Checkout. Nope.

I got a small textbox in which I could explain what my situation is.

I paid 0.30 cents to access a textbox? Yes-sir-ree-bob! Now hopefully my 600 word plea to give me back my account works (yes, I included some valid information aside from begging).

I mean really, I think Kiss My Cache is totally worth 0.30 cents.



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This was my first shot at baking home made bread and it turned out so well! I didn't realize bread could be this easy. If I can make it, ANYONE can make it!

I found the recipe via pinterest which let me to The Sisters Cafe. Many thanks to them for sharing this!

Here's the recipe from their website:
Baguette
submitted by Brittany ~ http://www.www.thesisterscafe.com/
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbs. (2 packages) dry yeast
2 tsp. sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
In a small bowl mix the warm water with the yeast and sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes – foam should form on the top.
In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and salt. Gradually add the yeast mixture. Mix until the dough becomes a smooth ball and knead for 5 minutes. (I use my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook)
Cut in half and then shape into 2 baguettes. To make them smooth and pretty, roll each half of dough into rectangle and roll up lengthwise. Pinch the edges to seal and place on lightly greased cookie sheet (or silpat) with seam down. Cover and let it rise for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. With a very sharp knife (I like to use a serrated blade) gently make a slash down the length of each baguette. This will give it that authentic look. Pour water in a cookie sheet and place it on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake the bread for 15 minutes. Half way through, brush the bread with melted butter. **I tried it with olive oil too… it was less crispy and salty. We liked the butter a lot more!


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cupcakes!


My boss celebrated his 13 year anniversary at work today and he loves Mountain Dew. So, once again, pinterest came to the rescue with a recipe for Mountain Dew Cupcakes.

But honestly... it has WAY too many ingredients for my culinary skill level, so I turned to handy-dandy Google and found a much more simple recipe at Nothing But Country!

Here is their recipe!
Mt. Dew Cupcakes
350 degrees
Makes 24 cupcakes
Cupcakes:
1 box lemon cake mix
1 box of instant lemon pudding
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups of mountain dew
1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Mix cake mix, pudding and eggs well.
  • Add in your oil to the batter and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in your mountain dew soda and mix for another minute.
  • Add to cupcake liners and bake at 350 degrees F for 13-17 minutes (or until toothpick inserted comes out clean)
  • Allow time to cool before frosting.
Frosting:
4 cups Confectioners Sugar
2 sticks of salted butter (room temp)
1/8 cup approx of Mountain Dew
1 tblsp of lemon juice
  • Beat your butter well till smooth, slowly add in 1 cup at a time of confectioners sugar and your lemon juice & mountain dew.
  • Add all of your sugar and check for thickness of the frosting. If it is too thick add a teaspoon at a time of mountain dew till you reach the correct consistency to pipe or frost your cupcakes.
  • Enjoy!!

Let me add, I didn't make the frosting portion I used a whipped vanilla from Duncan Hines, which I think is going to be the reason why I didn't really feel that I had the overwhelming Mountain Dew flavor. Don't get me wrong, they turned out awesome - to me they had a lemon cake/tangy flavor that was great - but I didn't bite into it and say "oh yeah, there's Mountain Dew in here"

So, next time, I'm going to make sure to actually make the frosting as well.



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I confess…  I love the unconditional love dogs give. I think Charles Shultz said it best, "Happiness is a warm puppy"

I confess... I made 2 new recipes this week, which have been or will be shared here. The first was a Tortilla Soup & then my own fresh baked bread. So my real confession here is.... I'm turning into Suzy Homemaker!


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Tortilla Soup II Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Seriously, this turned out great. This was a delicious quick soup with a slight kick.

 I LOVED the fried tortillas as garnish, and I added a little more cilantro as garnish (because I can never get too much cilantro!

I skipped on the green chilies in the can and opted for fresh, chopped.


Here's the recipe from Allrecipes!

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine the chicken broth, green chilies, tomatoes with green chilies, onion, and garlic in a soup pot. Add the shredded chicken. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes.
  2. Add the lime juice, cilantro, cayenne, and cumin. Simmer for 10-15 minutes longer.
  3. Cut the tortillas into 1/2 x 2-inch strips. Fry in hot olive oil in skillet until golden brown; drain on paper towels.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and the tortilla strips.





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