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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 5:48:51 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
LOB thank you for the story and the reminder that the little things can mean so much to someone else!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 5:50:48 AM PST
Welcome Beeg Panda.....We have another poster from So. Africa....It is a small world isn't it?
What type of books to you like?

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 6:04:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 6:05:34 AM PST
Sue M says:
Found this on Kinlib this morning
The Box - Leonard Little

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:06:42 AM PST
Lyn says:
Thanks. One of my favorite authors.

The Box

Her mother at death's door, Tiffani's grandfather lets her open a Christmas present, hoping to cheer the young girl up. She opens a magicians box with hidden messages of love and treasure.

The Box is heart warming tale of a gift that's been passed down through four generation, each adding their own letter of love before giving it to their child.
Tiffani finds the last letter her mom may ever write.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:06:48 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Happy Thursday.

LOB Thanks for the start. The true spirit of a gift was a wonderful reminder. I hope your son has arrived safe and sound and you're having a great time catching up on his life. Have a fun day today. (cooking that favorite meal)

Girl in the Gatehouse, The
Scandal of Love (Scandals & Secrets - Book 1)
Just Evil (The Evil Trilogy Book One)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:09:22 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Found this while meandering over to pinterest and thought some of you would be interested...

A gluten-free chocolate sponge cake dressed for Christmas with the help of finely chopped Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses

Candy Cane Kisses Chocolate Sponge Cake


2 eggs (whites and eggs separated)
pinch of salt
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp (10 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp (16 grams) corn starch
2 tbsp (15 grams) gluten free all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp finely chopped Hershey's kisses
1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped Hershey's kisses

1.Preheat the oven to 375F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside
2.In a clean, grease free, mixing bowl which the egg whites with the pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
3.Slowly add the sugar and keep whisking until firm peaks form and the egg whites are glossy.
4.Add the egg yolks, cocoa, corn starch, flour, baking powder and the 2 tbsp. of finely chopped kisses slowly incorporating them making sure you don't lose all the air in the egg whites.
5.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 8-9 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
6.As soon as you take it out of the oven, sprinkle the remaining chopped kisses, the heat from the cake will slowly melting them.
7.Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Original reciepe found here...

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:20:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 7:57:59 AM PST
Beeg Panda says:
Becky - thanks for your input, much appreciated ;)

Scarlett859 - heeeya - here you are TOO! LOL. Nice to see a familiar face :) You're right, people are lovely here. (If you liked Clipped, then you've probably read " The Slowest Burn by TypoKween" already?) BTW, I'm addicted to Pininterest

Snowlady - You're from SA too? Yes, the world gets smaller and smaller through these forums. I'm amazed at how I am exposed to the rest of the world, by just being in front of my iPad.
I'm a bit of a weird reader:
Apart from whats on my wishlists, I love the older works of John Irving, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard. Cut my teeth on the old Harlequins by the matriarchs of that genre. I like Thrillers with elements of Romance and Suspense from Sandra Brown, Karen Robards, Karen Rose. I've started reading New YA. Can't get into Fantasy, Chicklit, Urban, Sci-Fi, historicals or anything involving men with tails and wings. I can't do the vampire thing either unless it's by JR Ward and I LOVE the Twilight fanfiction in which the Hs and Hs don't eat people LOL. Maeve Binchy's The Glass Lake, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and Ricochet by Sandra Brown are books I've read and re-read too many times to count. My MOST favourite author is Anne Mather -if SHE wrote about manly angels, I would most probably go there LOL

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:27:11 AM PST
TerryInTexas says:
And stopping by to say good morning, always like showing up after all the hard work is done :) thanks LOB, and Ribbon, see I knew if I had an idea, you all would take care of most everything else. For those of you wondering how your Secret Santa will be selected, I plan on using a tested and true method. Each name will be printed on a long, narrow slip of paper. All of the papers will be crumpled slightly and put in a large serving dish.....and stirred up with a cup of fresh catnip and small furry fake mice. I will go through your names in order, and each of my kitties will then take turns pawing out a slip of paper to match. Well, Blue's paws are big, he may pull a couple at a time....but as you can see it is indeed random.

I saw the note about mulberry, as long as I get an email, and mulberry comes out to post a few times in the next week - if only to say Hi I'm here, we are good.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:37:22 AM PST
TerryInTexas says:
And hi to Beeg! Janine is from your part of the world, I believe. And you will understand this comment; I also read a lot of authors from the Harlequin stable of the 80's, and it does spoil me for a lot of the romance/suspense/chicklit or anything else really, today. Like it or not, the Harlequin stable training forced an author to learn to pare their writing down to essentials, write tightly, have a distinct beginning, middle and end, define a character within a limited amount of words. a lot of authors without this training don't have editors to help them develop that experience, and I get bored with the writing. Of course, it also means they have a distinctive style (some would say writing the same book over and over), which works well for series, but can get boring over 17 books - except that you get attached to the characters. Think Nora, Sandra, Jayne Anne Krentz, Janet Evanovich . I don't see that kind of development going on today....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 7:39:25 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Beeg - actually CW&IA was my first fanfic. I had to do a little searching for it but I found it. Found The Slowest Burn. Will add to my ever growing list of TBR. Do you read directly from the sites or download to read offline?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 7:46:59 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Count me in with the earlier authors. Brown, Robards, Nora Roberts, JD Robb. Like MIT said, it not the same style now a days.

It's nice to have you join us. I hope you decide to stick around.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:49:24 AM PST
bethcross says:
Quick post today. Lots of yellow banners again:

Dead Wood (Dec 02-2011) - I've read this and really enjoyed it
Messages (Suspense, Mystery, Thriller) (Feb 14)
A Village Shattered ( A Logan & Cafferty Mystery/Suspense Novel ) (June 30)
Jazz Funeral (Skip Langdon #3) (Skip Langdon Mystery) (The Skip Langdon Series) (July 4)
Cooking the Books: A Sloane Templeton Mystery (July 5)
My Familiar Stranger - A Paranormal Romance (The Order of the Black Swan, BOOK ONE) (Aug 18)

New Today:
The Witch's Dream - A Paranormal Romance (The Order of the Black Swan, BOOK TWO)
Reign of Coins (The Judas Chronicles #2)
Superior Justice (Lake Superior Mysteries)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:51:46 AM PST
smoothysmom says:
LoB - thanks for the start and a story that brought me both tears in my eyes and a wonderfully warm feeling. Those kids really "get it", don't they?!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 7:52:22 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
I was sure the kitties would be taking all the responsibility of this job. I bet Secret Santa was really their idea and you just took credit for it!! lol

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:09:34 AM PST
Lyn says:
@OR_Dreaming of a Dry Christmas
Hope that you are getting better and are maybe lurking.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:15:41 AM PST
A. Mitchell says:
Love the opening story. Even though I don't get to post often I will be joining Secret Santa.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:25:41 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Another GF recipe if y'all don't mind...

Gluten-Free Eggnog Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan

2 cups Pamela's All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. Frontier Organic Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Frontier Organic Nutmeg
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks, softened
1 cup sugar
Egg Substitute for 1 large egg
2 tsp. Frontier Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup So Delicious Eggnog (Dairy-Free)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy, then add egg substitute, vanilla and eggnog; mix well. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture; mix well.
Using an ice cream scooper, scoop dough into balls. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie Calories: 105.0 cal * Fat: 4.3 g * Protein: 1.3g * Carb: 16.1 g * Fiber: 1.1 g * Sugar: 9.0 g * Sodium: 134.5 mg

Original recipe can be found here...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 8:28:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 8:36:21 AM PST
Beeg Panda, I'm not the one from SA, It's Jolly Janine.....

We like some of the same Authors.....Have you read Mary Higgens Clark?
Be sure to grab The Box From Leonard Little......It is a great story....

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:32:52 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Someone yesterday was looking for something to do with Peppermint Ice Cream... found this...

Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches

1 roll Pillsbury Peppermint Sugar Cookie Dough
8 (3 ounce) scoops ice cream (whatever flavor you like)
assorted sprinkles
crushed peppermint candies

1.Bake 16 Peppermint Sugar Cookies according to the package directions. Cool completely.
2.Scoop ice cream and place on one cookie. Add another cookie to the top and press together.
3.Roll the sides of the ice cream into sprinkles (or crushed peppermints) and wrap with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Keep frozen in the freezer until ready to serve.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:34:46 AM PST
WYRudolph says:
Old time forum gal that is back to reading again. :) Hope all is well with everyone, nice to see old and new faces.

Superior Justice (Lake Superior Mysteries) Mystery
Saint Nicholas, the Christmas Story Christmas
Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me Fiction
The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules to Success Self Help, which I thought I had before but no yellow banner
The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World By the same author who wrote The Kindness of Strangers NOT FREE
Orders is Orders (Stories from the Golden Age)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:38:39 AM PST
Ken Richards says:
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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:39:41 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:49:49 AM PST
My picks for today:

Bound By Blood fantasy
Dinner? You Got This! - Super Easy Recipes for Tasty Dinners that Anyone Can Prepare recipes
Lacrimosa (Requiem Series) YA fantasy
Ice Baron (Ice Chronicles, Book One (science fiction romance)) fantasy
Faetal (Butterfly Flight) YA fantasy
The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 technical how to
Blindsided (Sentinel Securities) romance
Daughters of Persephone, Book Four The Red Demon fantasy

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 8:54:15 AM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Ken Richards,
Amazon says you may not post your own book here. Please remove your post and go to Meet the Authors.

Feel free to join us for chat and sharing other books you may have found.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 9:12:37 AM PST
Thank you for the start today, Lover of Blitzen.
I remember you, WYRenegade, nice to see you again :)

Some of my book choices today:
Reinhardt's Blood - Warner Shows - Contemporary Fiction
Nelly of No Man's Land - B. J. Myrick - Historical Fiction
Mending Time - Cheri Lasota - Romance
Capture The Wind - Virginia Brown - Romance
Girl in the Gatehouse, The - Julie Klassen - Religious Fiction
Public Property - Mandy Baggot - Contemporary Fiction
A Wall Ever Higher - Elisabeth Nelson - Romance

@Hazel from Wednesday thread - There was one night that I was checking the books later in the day, perhaps Monday, where several on the list were no longer free for me, but I haven't had any issues since. I compared some of my picks on both sites, and they were free on both and I am not planning on switching to the .ca site yet for several reasons - the site has a lot of books that they are tracking for me, and I don't want to register them all with the Canadian ereader website; I would no longer be able to click on any of the fine suggestions on this thread, and I could no longer use Shelfari if I use the site (unless I add all my books manually, ugh).
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