3/27/15

Apocalipstick {My Thoughts}

ApocalipstickApocalipstick by Lisa Acerbo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Eternal Press
ASIN B00EDYQUSA
edition language English
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library

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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Life is bad after the apocalypse…the undead just made it worse.

Jenna should be having the time of her life at college. Instead, her one desire is survival. She lives in a world gone insane after a virus kills most of the population. Being alive after the apocalypse is bad, but when the undead return, hungry for humans, times turn darker. For Jenna and a small group of survivors, the goal is to reach the High Point Inn. At the inn, Jenna develops feelings for Caleb, who, while exotic and intoxicating, is not quite human. Will this new utopia last?

My Thoughts
As an impulse read this turned out to be a good idea, enjoyed the concept of how the group made it to High Point Inn in Virginia after going through pretty much the equivalent of some of the worst experiences that would have reduced less strong individuals to a gibbering mess of humanity.

As the author clearly intended this to be a mixture of normal zombie lore with a few unique spins of her own have to say was impressed with how she pulled it off, especially when things became fairly routine near the last and then she shook up the group with a threat they never imagined.

As a few others have noted there is a dratted cliffhanger but it fires my imagination envisioning what is to come in book number 2!
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3/26/15

A Stone Creek Christmas-Stone Creek #4 {My Thoughts}

A Stone Creek Christmas (Stone Creek, #4) (Silhouette Special Edition #1939)A Stone Creek Christmas (Stone Creek, #4) by Linda Lael Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published (first published October 1st 2007)
original title A Stone Creek Christmas
ASINB 001FA0RF2
edition language English
series Stone Creek #4
characters Olivia O'Ballivan, Tanner Quinn
setting United States
other editions (9)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Stone Creek veterinarian Olivia O'Ballivan communicates easily with animals, but men are another story. Especially rugged architect-turned-rancher Tanner Quinn. Olivia's uncanny bond with his daughter Sophie's pony, Butterpie, has him questioning her sanity, while she wonders if he's not just a drugstore cowboy. Then twelve-year-old Sophie conspires with Olivia to get Tanner into the spirit of Christmas with all the trimmings, including a tree-lighting ceremony and a man named Kris Kringle in a sleigh driven by seven reindeer...and a donkey. But will a holiday miracle transform the globe-trotting Tanner into a rancher--and family man--for all seasons?

My Thoughts
Having not read the previous three books in Stone Creek series can honestly say that even though am sure it would have helped with some of the secondary characters back stories that this 4th book can be read on it’s own merits as Olivia and Tanner’s tale is complete in itself.

This is another favorite author whose work I always seem to miss out on but am always glad of a chance to read as she spins heartwarming romances that touch you deeply and leave you feeling both tearful and happy when the last page turns!

There is a bit of whimsy, a lot of tension, past emotional wounds that need healing for both Olivia and Tanner but most of all there is the beauty and joy of Christmas shared with family-friends and loved ones that proves to be the best gift anyone could ask for.

A contemporary romance set during the holidays that brings to life the sights and sounds we all look forward to year after year.

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3/25/15

Mexican Pie-Easy Recipe #26

As often do when looking to find something fairly simple for a tasty evening meal go to internet for inspiration/recipe. Having the ingredients on hand makes things go wonderfully as far as prep is concerned. Since we enjoy things made with beef it seemed appropriate this time to try out a new spin on "hash" which is something we both like, putting the cooked ingredients into a pie tin and smothering in tomato sauce before topping with strips of flour tortilla and blended shredded cheese mixture sounded like a winner.
The results were tasty as the combination of hamburger meat cooked in taco seasoning, flour tortillas and melted cheese is always one  we enjoy and there was enough left over for my lunch the next day.
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Mexican Pie: 
Mexican Pie courtesy of Mommys Kitchen 
INGREDIENTS:
1 - lb ground beef, browned 
1 - packet taco seasoning(used tablespoon of no sodium homemade)
1 - 15 - oz can corn, drained (left corn out)
 1 - 8 oz can tomato sauce 
1 1/2 cups Shredded Mexican Style 4 Cheese Blend
 Flour Tortillas (used 4 Small)
[like spicy you could add a can of rotel or a can of chopped green chilies to give it a bit of a kick. Serve as is or with your favorite tortilla chips.] 
DIRECTIONS:
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Cook and drain the ground beef, then add the seasoning as instructed on the package. 
Spray a 9 inch pie pan with non stick cooking spray then pour the beef on the bottom. 
Next, top the beef with the canned corn (if you use it) , and pour the tomato sauce over it all, evenly spreading it out. 
Using the flour tortillas, cut them into long, narrow slices and place them lengthwise across the top of the dish, then repeat the same going in the opposite direction.
 The final result should look like a grid.
 Lastly, top the tortillas with shredded cheese and bake in the oven. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted.
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