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Free Books and Chat - Saturday May 18, 2013

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Initial post: May 18, 2013 2:15:38 AM PDT
Goji says:
Good morning all and welcome to another day of Free Books and Chat!! - Saturday May 18, 2013.

Happy Birthday to Wendy/Lover of Books!!!
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Posted on May 18, 2013 2:16:02 AM PDT
Goji says:
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(¸.*´ ¸.*´*'~* ★☆★ FB&C Start Schedule . . .
KayKay - Sunday, May 19 start time by 2:30 EDT
Leo - Monday, May 20 start time 11:00pm to 12:00am PT

Lover of Books - Thursday, May 23 Start Time 12:00am PT
Robb - Friday, May 24 start time 11pm PT
Susan - Saturday, May 25 start time by 630 am ET
KayKay - Sunday, May 26 start time by 2:30 ET
KayKay - Monday, May 27 start time by 2:30 ET (Unless Leo or someone else wants it)

Robb - Friday, May 31 start time 11pm PT
Susan - Saturday, June 1 start time by 630 am ET

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Tuesday, May 21
Wednesday, May 22
Tuesday, May 28
Wednesday, May 29
Thursday, May 30

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Posted on May 18, 2013 2:16:20 AM PDT
Goji says:
. . . . . . . . . . . .╰♡╮ Thought of the Day ╰♡╮ . . . . . . . . . . . .

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."

― John Burroughs

Posted on May 18, 2013 2:17:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2013 2:18:06 AM PDT
Goji says:
May is National Strawberry Month!

It's finally that time of year again! Some of our favorite fruits & veggies are back in season. How fitting it is that May is National Strawberry Month! We get a whole month to focus on the amazing health benefits and fantastic taste of Strawberries!

If you love strawberries, then you know that nothing compares in texture or flavor to a red, ripe succulent strawberry!

.✿. Some Strawberry Facts:

Strawberries were originally called "Strewberries". They were called this due to the way the berries seem to be just strewnabout the leaves of the plant.

Eight strawberries provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.

One cup of strawberries has just 55 calories.

The strawberry is the only fruit with the seeds (on average, 200) on the outside of the fruit.

Strawberries are grown in every state in the United States and every province of Canada.

There are over 600 different varieties of strawberries!

Peak season for strawberries is from April to October.

Strawberries have the same amazing health benefits regardless of if you buy them fresh or frozen.

The world's largest strawberry shortcake is hosted in the annual strawberry festival in Lebanon, Oregon.

In Belgium, there's a museum entirely dedicated to strawberries.

Many people list strawberries as their favorite fruit. In a recent survey, over 53 percent of seven- to nine-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.

California produces one billion (yes, with a B!) pounds of strawberries each year.

California by a large margin grows the most strawberries, four times the amount of Floria, which comes in second. Nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California.

If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they'd wrap around the world 15 times.

The strawberry growing season runs from January through November, with the peak season being April to mid August. But, new farming methods extends the season until mid December, making fresh, delicious and tasty strawberries available all year long.

Ninety-four percent of U.S. households consume strawberries at least once a year.

.✿. Choosing the best strawberries

Choose brightly colored, dry, firm, shiny, plump berries that still have fresh-looking green caps attached.

Avoid soft, dull looking, or shriveled berries.

Since strawberries do not ripen after being picked, avoid berries that are partly white or otherwise unripe.

It may seem obvious to say, but strawberries should smell like strawberries. Take a whiff before you buy.

.✿. Caring for strawberries after purchase

Do not wash until you are ready to use them.

Do not hull (the green stem on top of the fruit ) until you are ready to use them.

Store (preferably in a single layer on a paper towel) in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Wash strawberries by placing them in a large colander and rinse gently with cool water, then lay them in a single layer on a clean kitchen towel or layer of paper towels and pat dry.

Posted on May 18, 2013 2:19:20 AM PDT
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Posted on May 18, 2013 2:19:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2013 2:20:07 AM PDT
Goji says:
Strawberry Shortcake


1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
5 tablespoons sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Whipped Cream, recipe follows


Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.

Whipped Cream:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

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Posted on May 18, 2013 3:30:18 AM PDT
Happy birthday Lover of Books!

Strawberry shortcake is my favourite. I just love strawberries! But they have to be local Québec ones. They should start in June. The things grown in Florida are a poor excuse for strawberries, and this is sadly all you can find in grocery stores,even in the summer. You have to find a local market to enjoy the real thing, can you believe we buy a flat a week throughout summer!

Thank you for the start Susan, as always, it is very much appreciated.

Posted on May 18, 2013 3:37:19 AM PDT
Mo says:
Happy Birthday Wendy!!

Thank you for the start Susan. Have a good day all!

Posted on May 18, 2013 3:59:13 AM PDT
Biscay says:
That looks like a super recipe, Susan! Thank you. I am trying to think if there is some cream lurking in the fridge... not optimistic. Looking forward to making it tomorrow, maybe! In honour of dear Wendy's special day.

Wendy, hope the day brings everything you could wish for - have a wonderful birthday (both in real life and also surrounded by the loving wishes of your "other" family here!)

Biscay xx

Posted on May 18, 2013 4:18:12 AM PDT
Suze boos  says:
Great start Susan!

Happy, happy Birthday LOB!! 🍰🎈🎉

And a very happy birthday to Betty I have the right day?? Betty, tell us all about the Tony Bennett concert! 🎶🎶🎶

Posted on May 18, 2013 5:39:58 AM PDT
AnnieB says:
Oh, I wondered about the Tony Bennett concert! Happy b'day to our b'day girl(s) :) As I get older, I'm really amazed that nobody told me I'd feel pretty much exactly the same way inside as I did when I was a teenager/early 20s. I sort of really thought I'd automatically 'grow up'.. and it never happened. I am still amazed whenever someone calls me ma'am.

I do have to admit that my grandmother was correct when she said that when you get into your late 40's+, ALL the firemen (and doctors, etc) look like they're about 15 years old :P

Thanks for the nice start today! Total serendipity, but we were so stuffed last night that I never got around to making the planned strawberry shortcake (we had scones, cheesecake, brownies, fruit salad, trifle, 'dump' cake, hawaiian fruitcake and a couple other 'brought' deserts yesterday (in addition to all the grill food) and saved the strawberry shortcake for today! So we'll be joining you guys with your strawberry shortcake)...

I found a few freebies today:
Lucky Stiff (The Lillian Byrd Crime Series) mystery
Black Jasmine (Lei Crime Series) mystery/crime
Invisible modern lit
War of the Fae: Book 1 (The Changelings) urban fantasy
Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic)
Chop, Chop (Chop, Chop Series - Book 1) Christian romance
The Fallen Star (Fallen Star Series Book 1)
The Island (Fallen Earth)
The Island - Part 2 (Fallen Earth)
The Island - Part 3 (Fallen Earth)

Have a nice day! :) Oh, I 1-clicked Lila Blue the other day and I've just about finished reading it and it's really good! More young adult than I was expecting.. but not sappy or preachy at all (very even-handed on the philosophy angle)... just a nice coming of age story.

Posted on May 18, 2013 6:03:37 AM PDT
Dianna says:
Happy Birthday LOB! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Posted on May 18, 2013 6:29:05 AM PDT
Goji says:
Bitter Wild
Special Agent Jack Hall was about as much a city boy as any man could possibly be. The closest he'd ever come to nature was a trip to the zoo. Then he and his partner tracked a psychotic killer on a multi-state killing spree to a tiny town nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Their fugitive had run into some of the wildest and most remote territory in the nation, and unlike Jack, he was completely at home in the woods, which left Jack in the uncomfortable position of having to rely on a civilian for help.
Casey Nolan knows the woods surrounding her hometown better than anyone else in the world does. She'd roamed them her entire life, living and breathing the wildness until it was a part of her soul. She never imagined that anything could keep her out of the woods she loved so much, until a terrible tragedy took the life of the man she loved and left her scarred both physically and emotionally. Suddenly, the wilderness that she has always loved is no longer a place she can bring herself to visit. Her confidence is in shreds, until Jack Hall comes crashing into her life, demanding that she help him hunt down a psychotic killer.
Casey wants to tell him no. She doesn't trust him. She knows damn well that he and his partner will be worse than useless in the wild. They're city through and through. However, she finds herself reluctantly agreeing to guide them because she knows she won't be able to live with herself if the lunatic they're after somehow survives long enough to shed more blood.

Posted on May 18, 2013 6:31:46 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start, Susan.
A very happy birthday to our Lover Of Books! I don't say this lightly, but I think you are next in line for the "Princess" title for this thread. You bring the same warmth and care that Joyce was able to share with us, and I don't think the Principessa would mind if you became a Princess just like her :)

Some of the books that I chose before work today:

White Chocolate (The New Castle Series) - Lydia Michaels - Romance
Maude Brown's Baby - Richard Cunningham - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Paid in Full (Harry Caine Mystery Series) - David Shaffer - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Hiding Hollywood - Ainslie Paton - Romance
Codename: Cipher (Grant Sommers) - Eliza Lynn Taylor - Crime/Mystery/Thriller
The Beckoning ice (Wiki Coffin Mysteries) - Joan Druett - Historical Fiction
Ninth Orb - Kaitlyn O'Connor - Romance
The Chronicles (Past Earth Series) - Maree C Burke - Romance
Cut Limbo - Peter Masters - Contemporary Fiction
Hildi's Games - Charlotte Pickering - Crime/Mystery/Thriller

Posted on May 18, 2013 6:36:25 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Morning Susan
How goes the day so far?

Posted on May 18, 2013 6:59:43 AM PDT
Goji says:
Interesting morning so far :) the whole discussion thread was zapped at 330 am my time. Tried again around 530 - no changes, no problem...not much sleep though :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2013 7:07:21 AM PDT
Lyn says:
I can commiserate there. Been there done that and have the t-shirt. I didn't change a word and the second time no problem Shrug.

You just leveling out all the sleep you've gotten over the past couple of days. Headed out birding or is it too late? Tomorrow?

Posted on May 18, 2013 7:08:09 AM PDT
Beemer says:
Happy Birthday Lover of Books. I hope your day is a special one.

Posted on May 18, 2013 7:10:14 AM PDT
Goji says:
Yes, no rhyme or reason...
Too late to bird today....maybe tomorrow.
Do we get some 5k training today? Later I would think?

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2013 7:15:25 AM PDT
Lyn says:
Later. I allowed the little imp to talk me out of it this morning but plan on taking Bailey for a mile or so walk in the next 15 minutes.

Posted on May 18, 2013 7:34:45 AM PDT
We just ate breakfast and are getting ready to go to the car...And will be on our way home pretty soon... I'll check in tonight..

Wendy, Have a Great Birthday!!!

Posted on May 18, 2013 7:55:02 AM PDT
Eeyoregeo says:
Wendy, have a wonderful birthday!

Posted on May 18, 2013 7:57:39 AM PDT
Overtime says:
Very Happy Birthday Wendy!

Posted on May 18, 2013 8:24:46 AM PDT
Lyn says:
I define myself as more of a runner than walker so just cross off where it says run/runner and replace it with walk/walker.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2013 8:42:12 AM PDT
Biscay says:
Donna, as usual you have tempted me and I collected a few more for the archive. The problem is not just with the ones picked up, but where they lead, so among other things (too many to remember of course) my wishlists are now bulging even further, with more (expensive!) nautical historical fiction from Joan Druett, and a couple of fascinating books by Thomas French - not sure how I got there, but it is your fault all the same!

Maude Brown's Baby by Richard Cunningham
The Beckoning ice (Wiki Coffin Mysteries) by Joan Druett (if this is a series, where are all the rest? probably just as well I can't seem to find them)
Hildi's Games by Charlotte Pickering

Thanks, Donna :)

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