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Initial post: Aug 10, 2013 1:53:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 2:13:20 AM PDT
Susan says:
Good morning all and welcome to another day of Free Books and Chat!! - Saturday August 10, 2013

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Posted on Aug 10, 2013 1:53:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 2:13:37 AM PDT
Susan says:
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(¸.*´ ¸.*´*' ~* ♥♡♥ FB&C Start Schedule:

chemmajrn - Sunday, August 11 start time 9:30ish PT
Leo Little - Monday, August 12 Start time 11:00pm Sun to midnight PDT
BubbaK- Tuesday, August 13, start time 11-12:00 mon ET/ 7:00am Tues
Robb - Wednesday, August 14 Start Time 10pm PT
Lover of Books - Thursday, August 15 Start Time: 10:30pm PT
DonnaBeeGood - Friday, August 16 Start Time midnight MST
Susan - Saturday August 17 start time 6:30am ED
Bubbak- Monday, August 19 start time 11-12:00 Sun ET/ Mon 7:00am
Snowlady Sandy, Tuesday, August 20, 12.00 PT
Robb - Thursday, August 22 Start Time: 10:00pm PT
Lover of Books - Friday, August 23 Start Time: 10:30pm PT
Susan - Saturday August 24 start time 6:30am ED
Snowlady Sandy-Tuesday, August 27 around 10:00-11:00 PT
Robb - Wednesday, August 28 Start Time 10pm PT
Lover of Books - Thursday, August 29 Start Time: 10:30pm PT
Susan - Saturday August 31 start time 6:30am ED


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Sunday, August 18
Wednesday, August 21
Sunday, August 25
Monday, August 26
Friday, August 30

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Posted on Aug 10, 2013 1:54:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 2:06:10 AM PDT
Susan says:
. . . . . . . . . . . .╰♡╮ Thought of the Day ╰♡╮ . . . . . . . . . . . .

"Friendship is not about whom you have known the longest. It is about who came and never left your side...."

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Posted on Aug 10, 2013 1:57:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 2:06:51 AM PDT
Susan says:
Again, yesterday, I had a whole different start planned. But then, a friend of ours here was/is going through some RL crap that we all understand and go through at some point. We all love this thread but RL comes first. Friends on this thread are real though, and sometimes it's where we turn to ask for good thoughts :)

It was nice to see many of you post and offer your thoughts, and energy to Robb and Lyn. That's what this thread is all about. People are in and out as RL allows, but when someone asks....friends come together. It was nice to see.

Still sending energy and good thoughts to RL, I mean Robb and Lyn :)

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 1:59:06 AM PDT
Susan says:

As we all grow older, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.

Remember, life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up really late. But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren't even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friends in life. They are the ones who matter most.

15 things real friends do differently:

1. They face problems together. - A person who truly knows and loves you - a real friend - is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while everyone else still believes the smile on your face. Don't look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.

2. They give what they can because they truly care. - One of the biggest challenges in relationships comes from the fact that many of us enter a relationship in order to get something. We try to find someone who's going to make us feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last, and give us joy in the long-term, is if we see our relationship as a place we go to give, and not just a place we go to take. Yes, of course it is okay to take something from a relationship too. But both sides should be giving. It can only be a `give and take' if BOTH SIDES are GIVING. That's the key.

3. They make time for each other. - It's obvious, but any relationship without any face time is going to have problems. You shouldn't have to fight for a spot in someone's life. Never force someone to make a space in their life for you, because if they truly care about you, they will create one for you.

4. They offer each other freedom. - A healthy relationship keeps the doors and windows wide open. Plenty of air is circulating and no one feels trapped. Relationships thrive in this environment. Keep your doors and windows open. If this person is meant to be in your life, all the open doors and windows in the world won't make them leave.

5. They communicate effectively. - It's been said many times before, but it's true: great communication is the cornerstone of a great relationship. If you have resentment, you must talk it out rather than let the resentment grow. If you are jealous, you must communicate in an open and honest manner to address your insecurities. If you have expectations of your partner, you must communicate them. If there are any problems whatsoever, you must communicate them and work them out. And communicate more than just problems - communicate the good things too.

6. They accept each other as is. - Trying to change a person never works. People know when they are not accepted in their entirety, and it hurts. A real friend is someone who truly knows you, and loves you just the same. Don't change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you. If you feel like changing something about your friend, ask yourself what change you can make in yourself instead.

7. They are genuine, and expect genuineness. - As Leo F. Buscaglia once said, "Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don't over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." Don't play games with people's heads and hearts. Remember, love and friendship don't hurt. Lying, cheating and screwing with people's feelings and emotions hurts. Always be open, honest, and genuine.

8. They compromise. - Real friends meet in the middle. When there's a disagreement, they work out a solution that works for both parties - a compromise, rather than a need for the other person to change or completely give in.

9. They support each other's growth changes. - Our needs change with time. When someone says, "You've changed," it's not always a bad thing; sometimes it just means you've grown. Don't apologize for it. Instead, be open and sincere, explain how you feel, and keep doing what you know in your heart is right.

10. They believe in each other. - Simply believing in another person, and showing it in your words and deeds, can make a huge difference in their life. Studies of people who grew up in dysfunctional homes but who grew up to be happy and successful show that the one thing they had in common was someone who believed in them. Do this for those you care about. Support their dreams and passions and hobbies. Participate with them. Cheer for them. Be nothing but encouraging. Whether they actually accomplish these dreams or not, your belief is of infinite importance to them.

11. They maintain realistic expectations of their relationship. - No one is happy all the time. Friends must keep realistic expectations of each other. Notice when you're projecting something onto the other person that has nothing to do with them, like a fear from a past relationship, and then make an effort to let it go. Recognize when you're looking for that person to do something for you that you need to do for yourself, like making you feel lovable or take care of your needs, and then release those expectations and do it for yourself.

12. They honor each other in small ways on a regular basis. - Honor your important relationships in some way every chance you get. Every day you have the opportunity to make your relationship sweeter and deeper by making small gestures to show your appreciation and affection. Remember, making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Your kindness and gratitude matters. Make an effort to really listen - not just wait to talk. See the other person as if for the first time. It's all too easy to take someone for granted. Really notice all the wonderful things they do, and let them know what you see.

13. They listen, and they hear every word. - Giving a person a voice, and showing them that their words matter, will have a long-lasting impact on them. Less advice is often the best advice. People don't need lots of advice, they need a listening ear and some positive reinforcement. What they want to know is often already somewhere inside of them. They just need time to think, be and breathe, and continue to explore the undirected journeys that will eventually help them find their direction.

14. They keep their promises. - Your word means everything. If you say you're going to do something, DO IT! If you say you're going to be somewhere, BE THERE! If you say you feel something, MEAN IT! If you can't, won't, and don't, then DON'T LIE. Real friends keep promises and tell the truth upfront.

15. They stick around. - The sad truth is that there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you'll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great people you can count on. We rarely lose friends and lovers, we just gradually figure out who our real ones are.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:05:48 AM PDT
Susan says:
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...........V.... ღ ~~ Have A Fantastic Birthday BJ ! ~~ ღ 

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:21:07 AM PDT
Susan, what a lovely and perfect open you have produced today. It couldn't be more perfect on so many levels.

Wendy ❤

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 2:21:51 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Susan
Thank you for the start - and I echo your sentiments regarding both RL and Robb and Lyn.
Here's to hoping that the updates we receive today will be positive - the vibes and caring certainly are ♥

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:25:07 AM PDT
Susan says:
Morning Red and Wendy :)

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:26:55 AM PDT
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May you live a long life
Full of gladness and health
With a pocket full of gold
As the least of your wealth
May the dreams you hold dearest
Be those which come true
May the kindness you spread,
Keep returning to you.

~ An Irish Birthday Blessing ~

╰♥╮ B.J., with love and best wishes from all your friends here at FB&C. ╰♥╮

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Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:28:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 4:09:45 AM PDT

╰♥╮B.J.'s Birthday "The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever}" ╰♥╮

Chocolate Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Chocolate Frosting:

1½ cups butter (3 sticks)
1 cup cocoa
5 cups confectioner's sugar
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon espresso powder

For the cake:

Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.

Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.

Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.

Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Frost cake with Chocolate Frosting.

For the Chocolate Frosting:

Add cocoa to a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer. Whisk through to remove any lumps.
Melt butter and pour into bowl with cocoa powder. Whisk together until well-combined.

Add sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added.
Add vanilla extract and espresso powder and combine well.

If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner's sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 2:30:52 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Susan
Whilst reading through your list I kept on looking for the "Do you think this post adds to the discussion?" button - wish I could click it for each of them ♥

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 2:32:13 AM PDT
Good morning Susan! You are up earlier than I expected this morning. I hope you have the coffee brewing. ;-)

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:35:08 AM PDT
redandwhite says:

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 2:51:06 AM PDT
Susan says:
Wendy -almost done with my first cup.

Red - I thought there should be individual likes too.... :)

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 3:02:35 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
What do you all think of the honey and cinnamon tips for health posted by Oregon Dreamer yesterday ?
I am certainly all for it, also found out that a milky drink with honey and cinnamon should aid sleep - to me it sounds good all round and it tastes good

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 3:05:54 AM PDT
Ooooo, this cookbook looks good enough to post separately!

America's Most Delicious Dessert Recipes, State by State. Tennessee Blackberry Jam Cake, California Chocolate Trifle, Georgia Peach Cobbler,

In this dessert recipe book, Chef Lisa Joy Taylor takes you and your taste buds on a mouthwatering dessert tour of the United States!

In this dessert recipe collection, each of the 50 states features two recipes that are representative of that state for one reason or another (100 recipes) including a great variety of cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, bars, sorbet, ice cream and more!

In addition to ingredients lists and cooking instructions for each recipe, you will also discover an interesting tidbit about the history of the recipe or its' main ingredient and sometimes both! Here are a couple examples:

Missouri Black Walnut-Caramel Tart

Producing nearly 50 percent of the world's Black Walnuts, Missouri is the world's largest black walnut producer. Black walnuts have a stronger flavor than English walnuts and have thus become a popular ingredient in Missouri's baked goods.

Maryland Smith Island Cake

With ten layers of cake and ten layers of rich frosting, Smith Island Cake is not only the state dessert of Maryland but an irresistible, mouthwatering confection that harkens back to the English torte, from which it is believed to have originated. Smith Island Cake is usually iced with chocolate frosting but variations made with banana, orange and coconut frosting have become popular.

Here are some more examples of the interesting and taste-tempting dessert recipes you will discover in this book:

Tennessee Blackberry Jam Cake

Idaho Sweet Potato Sorbet

Montana Mocha Crumb Cake

Louisiana King Cake

Rhode Island Butterscotch Tart

A few state classics like Florida Key Lime pie, New York Cheesecake, and Georgia Peach Cobbler are also included but you'll also find many yummy recipes in here that will be new to you and that you have yet to taste!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 3:15:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 3:32:48 AM PDT
You just have to be careful to use real cinnamon for the maximum benefits. Saigon cinnamon is real cinnamon. Apparently the cinnamon we buy in the grocery store is not real cinnamon. I bought some from Amazon several months ago because I couldn't find it in my grocery store.

I got this because the price is so good for the amount you receive.....
Frontier Natural Products Organic Cinnamon Vietnamese Premium Ground -- 1 lb

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 3:28:53 AM PDT
Keeper of my Heart (Greenwood Kingdom Series)

King of Greenwood, Tobias la Barre, had everything his heart could desire, except what it wanted most -- the love of a woman. Could love truly come when you were the object of someone's affection? Tobias hoped it could for the beautiful Josian Ashcome. She was the village seamstress. A mere peasant in most people's eyes but to Tobias she was his future Queen. When an uncle's jealousy over an old family quarrel threatens to destroy everything, Tobias is forced to protect Josian as well as his crown. Will the deceit and betrayal of those they trusted tear them apart, or will their love prevail?

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 3:46:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 4:10:39 AM PDT
I'm off to get some sleep. I'll see you a little later Susan and red.

I'm hoping I won't miss B.J. as I'm sure she'll visit us sometime today and hopefully she'll have a good update for us regarding her cataract surgery.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 4:39:02 AM PDT
This is so true Susan. Thank you for posting this.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 4:41:23 AM PDT
Happy Birthday B.J.! I hope you have a truly wonderful day.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 4:45:39 AM PDT
Susan says:
thanks BMW - glad you stopped in. :)

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 4:47:33 AM PDT
Susan says:
The Path of the Fallen (The Fallen Chronicles)
Set against the backdrop of the tundra and a world desperate for hope, the journey of a young man, E'Malkai, will come to define a realm that has been broken by an evil that does not sleep. A bitter betrayal, and the inception of a war that will consume the world, forces E'Malkai to confront the past and undertake a pilgrimage that is his by birthright. Follow him on his journey and be transformed.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 4:48:12 AM PDT
Susan says:
I am off for an appointment this morning - will be back in a bit....
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