Friday, October 23, 2015

It's Friday!

We officially made it through the work week! YAY! I am pumped for a free weekend of nothing to do.

Did you see Adele is coming out with a new album? I just love her... I can't wait to hear it. Here is a single she released from the upcoming album called 25. The song is Hello. It is awesome!



Hopefully you have a great weekend!


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Until next time,

Kara

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Triple Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Hubby had a pitch-in lunch at school on Friday. I decided to make my traditional chocolate chip cookies and then throw a non-traditional cookie in the mix.

I made a triple chocolate- chocolate chip cookie! These were super rich, but good!

If you are up for something different and you're a chocoholic, give this a try!



Triple Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies  

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup of white chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Then combine your flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl and set it to the side. Beat the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. 

Add in your eggs  and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add in flour mixture. Stir in your chocolate chips and white chocolate chips with a wooden spoon to avoid breaking the chips apart. 

Then drop by rounded tablespoon onto un-greased baking sheets. I like to add a few chocolate chips to the top of the cookies before baking. This just makes for a prettier cookie!

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are puffed. Make sure not to over bake. These are a dark cookie, so you will not be able to judge it based on being brown! 

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

These are a yummy cookie to add into your line-up!

Until next time,

Kara

This recipe was inspired by Double-Chocolate Dream Cookies

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Recommendations for October

Here are some recent books that I enjoyed.

Mythos Academy Series- by Jennifer Estep

I really enjoyed reading this young adult series. It incorporates action, adventure, romance, mythology, and mystery all into one high school! It's an easy read that keeps you wanting to know more. 

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PLUS, it helped me answer a recent mythology Jeopardy question...Can we say invaluable information?!?

First Frost is the first book in the series. Here is the description:

I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It's called psychometry – that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys.
My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy—to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school – Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same...
The Bourbon Kings- by J.R. Ward
I love J.R. Ward. I have read and recommended her two previous series, The Fallen Angels and The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
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I really love her writing and the way she incorporates a ton of characters and story lines within one plot.
This book has scandal, love, lies, and family issues. Who doesn't love someone else's family drama?!?
Here is the description:
For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane's beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires- by Molly Harper
I just recommended Molly Harper's other series Jane Jameson
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This book is a spin-off of that series. It still has all the same characters, but the focus shifts to another character's life. 
I really enjoyed reading this fun romance!
Here is the description:
"The thing to remember about a 'stray' vampire is that there is probably a good reason he is friendless, alone, and wounded. Approach with caution." 
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled Faux Type O—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vamps. Her rules are strict; relationships are purely business, not friendship—and certainly not anything more. Then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and her quiet life turns upside down.
 
Cal—who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris thought vampires were sexy—offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place. And even though he's imperious, unfriendly, and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," she agrees. But as they search for who wants him permanently dead, Iris is breaking more and more of her own rules . . . particularly those about nudity. Could it be that what she really needs is some intrigue and romance—and her very own stray vampire?
Hopefully this will give you a few good ideas for books this month! 
It's starting to get cool here in Indiana, so it's almost time to get a good book, a heavy blanket, something warm to drink and to hunker down for Indiana's cold weather!
Until next time,
Kara

Monday, October 12, 2015

Fall Break in Las Vegas

I am officially back to the land of the working people. P.S. I hate it. Can't we just always be on vacation? No? Okay, well I guess I'll just tell you what we did while we were on vacation.

We just got back from 7 nights in Las Vegas. Don't get me wrong, Vegas is still our city, but 7 nights was a little long. Our butts dragged all the way home!

We packed in a ton in the week we were there!

I always love being in Vegas during March Madness or during football season. Everyone is so pumped to cheer on their teams. Our football gear is always a huge hit!


We saw Nathan Burton's comedy magic show. It was awesome, we really enjoyed it. We got our tickets on Groupon.com for $10 each! You can't beat that!

We saw Zarkana at the Aria Hotel & Casino. 


Wow, this hotel is gorgeous and Zarkana was AWESOME. It was one of our favorites!



We also saw Love at the Mirage. The music was good, but it wasn't our favorite show. 


It didn't have the WOW factor that I feel like most Cirque shows have. If you loved the Beatles, you would love this show.


We love the MYVegas app. We got our Zarkana and Love tickets for free. Plus we got 2 free buffets from all the station casinos. This allowed us to visit some more places we had never been to, plus get free food! That's a win-win!

We were also able to go to the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium. 


It was really neat to see all the animals! 





We got to see the divers trying to get a tiger shark to go into a separate holding tank to get examined by the vet! We also got this free from MYVegas!

We stayed at the Gold Coast for 4 nights and the Golden Gate hotel for 3 nights.



We enjoyed both places, but I really like staying downtown, this is our room at the Golden Gate. We upgraded to a suite. 

We went bowling, watched The Martian in 3D (can you say awesome?!?) and The Intern. Oh yeah and we also got massages! 


Plus add in all the walking we did. We were busy people! Here are some of the random pictures from the week!










One of the best things to watch in Vegas is the fountain show at the Belliago. Here is a clip of one of the shows we watched this time!

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We sucked in the gambling department this trip, but we can't always be winners, right? That's my story at least!

Until next time, 

Kara