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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:01:38 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
This one sounds interesting...

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
#1 Amazon Travel Bestseller
As featured on Oprah, The Kindness of Strangers is the story of one man's continental leap of faith--and the country that caught him.

Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life--and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he'd ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart--the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes...and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.

Includes an extended sample from the author's second travelogue, The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:06:56 AM PST
D&t?! Hey that's me. I am a bit slow. Terry said I need to post so I can participate in Secret Santa. Usually I am 40 or 50 posts behind everyone else. I found this forum last February and have been happily 1-clicking since then. Being financially *ahem* limited, the forum was like manna from heaven. All these books! All Free! Okay some were stinkers, like the promising witch romance that turned into a threesome, which I had to read mainly with my eyes closed. But then lovely stories like the ones from Leo more than make up for the stinkers. And if only 10% of my free books (12,487) are good, I am getting my money's worth.

I will try to keep my head out of my shell for the next week or so. But as the turtle learned, if your head is in your shell, the dog does not try to eat you. Not referencing ya'll, but that was a real life situation at Haus Dog Fur.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:10:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 11:14:47 AM PST
4Nbahu says:
@ Blaise, it is not allowed to self promote on this thread please read the beginning of the thread . There is an author thread where you can mention your book. Please remove your post.


You are welcome to join us for conversation, however, self-promotion or posting a link to your book in this area is against Amazon's TOS. Please go to the "Meet Our Authors" area for that, as many of us do check there as well.


ETA to add the special message to authors

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:14:18 AM PST
Dogs and Turtle,
Why have you just been lurking in the shadows snatching up free books? You are very funny and we would truly enjoy your wit here as we chat and post our picks for the day. What books have you found today Helen? I'm looking forward to you stepping out of lurkdom. Reading with your eyes closed..... Ahhhh, funny and talented!

Wendy. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:16:07 AM PST
BookCruiser says:
@4Nbahu thank you so much for pointing that out :)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:42:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 11:43:13 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
I'm glad y'all like the recipes. I am not strictly GF but I know that it's sometimes hard to find good recipes so I'm happy to share if I run across them. If I get carried away, please rein me in.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp


4 honeycrisp apples, chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup gluten free oats
3 tablespoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a square baking dish or pie plate, combine apples with brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Toss to coat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine gluten free oats, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add in vanilla extract then using your hands, add butter to the mixture. Take about 5 minutes and thoroughly toss, rubbing the butter throughout the dry ingredients with your fingers until it clumps together. Once the entire mixture is moistened, spread it evenly over the apples.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until apples are soft and syrupy and the crisp is golden.

ETA original recipe found here:

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:46:41 AM PST
KY Bk Addict says:
Lover of Blitzen - Very inspiring story. We can all learn from this.

Scarlett859 - I was looking for peppermint ice cream recipes. Thanks. It looks easy and delicious. I didn't know Pillsbury had peppermint sugar cookie dough. Will have to look for it.

ebook addict - Please post recipe. I have received several so far and am collecting them to use in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:49:37 AM PST
Grammiam says:
LOB... I used to make them leave the dirty clothes outside, and they had to shake everything and bring in one load at a time to put directly into the washer.
Bedbugs can be spread through those dorms!

DH travels, and I have a table set up in the laundry room with a white sheet spread out. I make him put his suitcase on it, so I can sort and wash immediately. He tells me he always checks the mattress, and he says he uses the suitcase stand. Never leaves clothes on the floor.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:55:53 AM PST
Scarlett859 says:
@KY Bk Addict - I saw it in our local Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago. I love all things peppermint so of course I picked it up. It's limited time so look quick.

And I just happened to run across this pin just now... Would be great with Peppermint!

Funfetti® Holiday Ice Cream Cake
*Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
*1 package Pillsbury® Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
*1 cup water
*1/3 cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
*3 large eggs
*1 (1.5 qt) chocolate ice cream, softened
*1 (9 oz.) package dark chocolate round wafers
*1 (11.75 oz.) jar Smucker's® Hot Fudge Topping
*2 (15.6 oz.) cans Pillsbury® Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
*2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
*1 (13.5 oz.) can Pillsbury® Easy Frost™ Vanilla Dream Flavored No-Fuss Frosting

1.FUNFETTI CAKE: HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 10-inch spingform pan with cooking spray. Prepare cake according package directions using water, oil and eggs. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake 48 to 52 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake completely. Remove outer ring. Level top of cake using a serrated knife. Replace outer ring.

2.FUDGY-CRUNCH FILLING: TURN-OUT softened ice cream into large bowl stirring occasionally until it is of spreading consistency. Break wafers with fingers into no larger than 1/4-inch pieces. Spread unheated hot fudge topping evenly over cooled cake in springform pan. Top with even layer of broken wafers. Spread ice cream evenly over wafer layer. Freeze ice cream cake for 6 hours or overnight.

3.WHIPPED FROSTING: WHIP frosting and whipped topping in a large mixing bowl, scraping bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy. Remove outer ring from ice cream cake. Working quickly, frost cake smoothing frosting on top and sides. Pull a cake comb along the sides of cake to create ribbed effect. Return cake to freezer as needed. Decorate with Easy Frost frosting and Funfetti® Holiday candy bits. Freeze cake 1 hour to set frosting before serving.

Original recipe here:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:55:57 AM PST
LOL, I made him leave his rolling duffle bag (it's huge) in the garage until we can sort through and was everything. Fortunately he no longer lives in the dorm, but you still need to be careful.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:02:20 PM PST
Grammiam says:
Smart woman!!! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:03:15 PM PST
@KY Bk Addict

I saw this recipe for Peppermint Ice Cream yesterday on the Pioneer Woman's website.....

Peppermint Ice Cream

Prep Time: 24 Hours Cook Time: Difficulty: Easy Servings:8

3 cups Half-and-half
2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
8 whole Large Egg Yolks
3 cups Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Crushed Peppermint Candies OR Chopped Andes Mints

Preparation Instructions
Pour the half-and-half into a heavy saucepan. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until they're light yellow in color. Temper the egg yolks by slowly drizzling in about 2 cups of the hot half-and-half mixture while whisking quickly. Pour the tempered egg yolk mixture into the saucepan, whisking gently as you add it. Simmer over low heat until it gets very thick, 5 to 7 more minutes.
Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing with a spoon or spatula to gently force it through. Pour in the heavy cream, then stir to combine. Stir in vanilla. Cover and refrigerate this mixture until it's totally cool.
Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to its directions. After the cycle is completed, stir in the chopped peppermints or Andes mints and immediately transfer to a freezer container and place in the freezer. A couple of hours later, open the container and stir again to make sure the candies are distributed.
Freeze for another 24 hours or until frozen hard and solid.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:04:52 PM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
Dogs and Turtle,
We know who you are now. You can't get away, so you might as well join in the fun. How have you managed not to share your sense of humor with us all these months??

My Hubby tells people he was afraid when I got my Kindle. He was sure there wouldn't be money for groceries if I had unlimited access to books. He was very, very thankful I found free books right away. Now he can completely support my book buying habit while still eating. And I don't feel guilty if I don't finish a bad book, if I paid for it I would finish it, even if I didn't like it.

Keep your head out for as long as you can. Great that you joined us.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 12:06:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 12:09:06 PM PST
Hello again everyone.
It looks like I am going to have to "fess" up. I am one of the *secret*, secret santa participants. I have not been posting because of some new health issues and a MAJOR case of seasonal depression. This is something I go through every year and I know it will pass. Knowing this, I have been trying to not bring my angst to the thread. Like Thumper, "if you can't say something nice, don't say *nuthin* at all.

@Ribbon - thank you for your concern. Things will be resolved eventually and I appreciate you asking about me. :)

I chose to participate with the secret santa because I am trying to take the steps needed to push myself in a more positive direction. I know all of you are supportive and concerned and that helps, but I also know this is something only I can actually do anything about. I will try to post a bit more as I can and am thankful for this thread and all of my friends here. :)


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Posted on Dec 13, 2012 12:13:46 PM PST
I thought this looked promising.....

Mouthwatering Entrees From Il Bel Paese (Italian Cuisine)

Are you looking for amazing Italian entrees that will make your mouth water? Trying to find great tasting dishes that bring a little bit of Italy into your home? Look no further!

You will learn how to prepare classics dishes like Lasagna, Fettuccine Alfredo, Bake Penne, Baked Ziti, Caponata, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Peperonata, Spiedini, Frittata, Homemade Gnocchi, Homemade Ravioli, Margherita Pizza, Mushroom Risotto, Osso Bucco, Sausage Strata, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Roasted Garlic Sauce, Meat Sauce, Pesto Sauce, and lots more! You will receive 40 incredible Italian recipes in this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:15:00 PM PST
Zoo Keeper says:
You know he's going to be in the kitchen shortly looking at the stove. If there's nothing there he's going to think you forgot him. You had better hurry.

At least the Texas Sheet Cake is quick and easy. (you said it was a favorite)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:26:23 PM PST
Marilyn, we are not just fair weather friends here. You do not have to come here and put on a happy face if you don't feel it and we are here to help you through any difficult time you are going through.

Goodness knows you and many others here have listened to my complaints and issues with my health. I can't imagine how I would have managed without you all. I've also gone through some incredibly down times and understand how it is hard to get the motivation to post when you feel so empty, so frustrated and so depressed.

I understand what you are going through and I wish I could help. I can only say that I'm thinking of you and sending my strongest healing prayers your way and big hugs too. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:37:56 PM PST
Thanks... <hard to get the motivation to post when you feel so empty, so frustrated and so depressed. > That is exactly the feeling~! I know you all are not just "fair weather friends" - that is why I love you all. I just haven't had the gumption to post... not even to whine. <small smile>
Posting today is a big step in the right direction... I know things will will just take a bit of time. Taking the hugs and healing prayers and tucking them in pocket closest to my heart. Thanks again. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:38:01 PM PST
LOL, he just woke up! I am going downstairs now and making him some of my Banana Waffles, my kids call them Special Waffles, for lunch. I didn't get to make them for him at Thanksgiving and he's missed them. Then I'll think about dinner. I have some Pork Tenderloin in the freezer that I wrap in bacon and bake so maybe that with some tiny roasted potatoes and homemade biscuits. That would make him very happy. Add in some chocolate chip cookies and he will think he's died and gone to heaven! Heck, the whole family will be thrilled. My husband loves to come home to a house that smells of a good dinner being cooked. I have to say, I haven't been able to do it as often since I've been sick. I love to cook and its a struggle for me now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:44:31 PM PST
Carla says:
I really enjoyed The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America. It was a quick read, but well written and inspiring. Another by this author is also available free: The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World. I haven't read this yet, but this reminds me to move it from my archive to Kindle to read over Summer.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 12:45:22 PM PST
Scarlett859 says:
Just saw this one posted on another thread...

Miss Kane's Christmas (A Christmas Romantic Comedy)
With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father's request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book 'Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea'.

Posing as Miss Kane, the children's new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa's only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?

**Please note - this book was originally titled Carol's Christmas**

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 12:47:20 PM PST
Scarlett859 says:
I picked up The Wander Year: One Couple's Journey Around the World this morning. Someone else posted it. Thanks for giving me your input on The Kindness of Strangers. :) Will look into it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 1:02:52 PM PST
Scarlett859 says:
I'm sorry in advance if this is not your kind of book. But I laughed at the title alone so I thought I would share.

And sorry for the multitude of posts today. It's bad being bored.

Holly and Her Naughty eReader
What if all those brooding teenage vampires, hunky 19th-century aristocrats, and gorgeous dominating billionaires on your Kindle came to life as real people?

Holly Pritchett is a high school English teacher by day, and avid reader by night. Romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror, and more, Holly's Kindle is packed with thousands of titles and she reads a new novel every day.

But when she returns to her hometown for her 10-year reunion and meets up with an old friend who dabbles in witchcraft, Holly's Kindle becomes much more than an eReader. No longer a passive observer to the many stories from the Amazon store, Holly becomes an active participant in the books on her Kindle, living the experiences of the characters.

That hot billionaire with a troubled past? Now it's Holly who's donning the leather and lace so he can teach her how to live. That beautiful werewolf with the heart of gold? Now Holly is the one who will help him find his true self.

For Holly, life with a magic eReader is a dream come true, until one domineering billionaire takes too keen an interest in her, and the fantasies on her Kindle start spilling over into reality.

Part romance, part adventure, and part satire of literary culture in a digital age, Holly and Her Naughty eReader is a novel for anyone who ever got so lost in a good book they forgot where reality ended and fantasy began.

WARNING: Holly and Her Naughty eReader contains intensely steamy scenes with a domineering billionaire who just happens to be a wizard, intensely goofy scenes where Holly stumbles into the body of a horny werewolf, and a cameo from the man who forever changed reading as we know it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 1:03:29 PM PST
OregonDreaming of a Dry Christmas I'm new but let me add my voice to the others telling you to post. I've battled depression for a long time (runs in the maternal side of my family. I think insanity runs in my paternal side and have the relatives to prove it). When the depression is really bad, all I want to do is draw back, shut everyone and everything out. It is really hard to reach out at these times. But in the past few years I have found that reaching out helps just as much as the medication. Depression makes you feel less than human and reaching out makes you realize you are valuable and that people do care.

And thank you for the warm welcomes, you know who you are (what? I am supposed to remember?).


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:06:45 PM PST
TerryInTexas says:
Any title that sounds like bad Victorian erotica has to be checked out....This could be very, very good, or very, very bad. Or very, very bad in a good way. Gotta click.
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