Sausage Cheese Muffins

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I have a hard time with breakfast. I am always running late and I never have time to make myself something.

That’s why I love this recipe. You just make these ahead of time and keep ’em in an airtight Ziploc bag. Then you have a quick and easy breakfast on hand.

Or, if you’re having company over, it’s easy to make a batch of these for your guests. So easy!

Sausage Cheese Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen muffins

Ingredients:
3 c Bisquick baking mix
1 lb ground pork sausage
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cheese soup
3/4 c water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.

Brown the sausage and drain the grease. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the Bisquick, cheese, water, cheese soup and sausage. Mix until the batter is just moist.

Drop dough by the tablespoon into the greased muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops of the muffins are golden brown.

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What are your go-to breakfasts when you need something quick?

 

 

Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

“Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.”

– Description from GoodReads

Is that not the most beautiful cover? Swoon.

And it is *perfect* for a fairytale re-telling. I love her dress. And the castle in the distance. Heck, I love it all.

I am a *huge* fan of fairytale re-tellings, so I was super-excited to get a copy of Entwined by Heather Dixon. I had never read the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, so that made this even better.

From the first page, Dixon’s writing was spell-binding. I can hardly believe this is her first novel. Each princess has her own personality, and I loved how their names corresponded with their character. I could really relate to Azalea. She is the one who tries to keep everything together and make everyone else happy.

In the tradition of true fairytales, the King is overbearing and mean. But he comes to show his love and affection for his daughters.

I just loved the imagery of the kingdom and the castle with bits of magic left. And how Azalea’s mom still held a few of the bits magic in her own possessions. As the king drew further and further away into war and work, the queen held on to the magic of the castle.

And the magical realm where the girls go to dance and end up meeting Keeper was so perfect — intoxicating and creepy and beautiful. It’s easy to see why the girls found refuge there.

And Mr. Bradford! Oh, how I loved him.

All in all, this was a great fairytale and I would definitely recommend this story to fans of Robin McKinley and other fairytale masters.

Entwined by Heather Dixon is available from Amazon.

**Disclaimer** An Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Greenwillow, an imprint of HarperCollins. It did not affect my review in any way.


Lime Sherbet

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I am *so* ready for spring!

The warmer weather, the sunshine, the flowers, the longer days… oh, I just can’t wait. I’ve been dreaming about spring for so long.

So this weekend, I decided to make some homemade lime sherbet to get my taste buds ready for warmer weather.

Hey, a girl can dream, right?

I love how fresh and sweet this tasted. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store-bought sherbet again.

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Source: She Wears Many Hats

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What dishes remind you of spring?

Storm Born Comic Book by Richelle Mead (Sneak Peek!)

Today, I have the chance to share a sneak peek at the comic book adaptation of Storm Born by Richelle Mead.

Storm Born is the first book in the Dark Swan urban fantasy series, where we are introduced to Eugenie Markham, a freelance shaman who battles the ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld.

When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherwordly creature’s object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

I loved the Vampire Academy series by Richelle, and it is always really cool to see a novel adapted into a comic book.

And now…how about some scenes?

Ooohhh…a make-out scene right off the bat? Slow down there, girl.

Wow. Looks steamy.

And here we see that Eugenie is just your regular ol’ gal…who battles ghosts and fey.

And checks her messages in her car.

The comic book will be released May 18 in comic book stores (you all know my love of comic book stores!). It is produced by Sea Lion Books.

Do you ever read comic book or graphic novel adaptations of your favorite books? What’s been your favorite?

PP&Z: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith

“The story opens with our newly married protagonists, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, defending their village from an army of flesh-eating ‘unmentionables.’

But the honeymoon has barely begun when poor Mr. Darcy is nipped by a rampaging dreadful. Elizabeth knows the proper course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe).

But when she learns of a miracle antidote under development in London, she realizes there may be one last chance to save her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after.”

— Description from GoodReads

 

 

 

Ok, I have to admit — I was skeptical at first of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But, I decided to give the first book a shot and LOVED it.

When I was given the chance to read the continuation of Elizabeth and Darcy’s story, I jumped at the chance. And I was not disappointed.

I think the absurdness of the story is what appealed to me. Woven within the austere British societal expectations are hilarious scenes of mayhem and gore. Your favorite characters from the original story are here, and the ending to their story fits perfectly with what we have already seen of them in Pride and Prejudice.

Dreadfully Ever After is exactly what you would expect for Elizabeth and Darcy…with some ninjas thrown in for fun. It was a great read!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is available from Amazon.

**Disclaimer** An Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Quirk Books. It did not affect my review.

 

 

Supermoon! Or is it?

You may think I’m crazy, but when I heard about the supermoon that would be visible Saturday night, I begged The Nerd to let me get a zoom lens, just so I could photograph it.

I’ve got priorities, you know.

I studied up on how to “shoot the moon” (heh!) and found this article by Erika from The Ivory Hut very helpful.

I shot these with my Canon Rebel XS, because I have the remote triggering system for it and not for the Canon 7D. I figured one extravagant purchase for this project was enough.

I used a tripod and set it up in the backyard. I fixed the shiny new Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens to my camera and zoomed all the way in.

I shot in RAW and cropped the photos and brightened the exposure in Lightroom 3.

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Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100

I was hoping for some clouds to provide a bit of contrast, but alas, there were none.

I did get a lot of photos like this, though.

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Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100

I think the moon looks a bit like an orange in this one. Don’t you?

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Orange juice, anyone?

While I was shooting the moon (heh!), there was some kind of event going on at the soccer field near our house. To my surprise, I got to watch a fireworks show!

I’m no expert on shooting fireworks, but here are a few of the ones I really liked.

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Shutter Speed: 2.0 sec
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Shutter Speed: 3.2 sec
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Did you watch the supermoon? What did you think?

 

 

Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano

“What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.” — Description from GoodReads

This is one of the 2011 debut novels that I was *most* excited about. As you know, I am a sucker for any dystopian novel. But one where the world isn’t ending…just the human race? That was intriguing to me. And where the government wasn’t responsible for the oppression of citizens, but wealthy men and starving children were the terrorizers? Even better.

From the beginning, Wither by Lauren DeStefano sucks you into this crazy world. You are immediately with Rhine as she is kidnapped. She doesn’t know what will happen to her: if she’ll be killed, sold into prostitution or sold to become a bride.

Yes, that’s right — a bride. The prison where Rhine is sent is a vast mansion filled with virtual wonders. Anything you could wish for — including an extensive library — is at her fingertips. Her sentence? Marriage to Linden (along with two other girls) until she dies. A sentence that won’t last longer than four more years. But the warden, Linden’s father, terrifies her more than anything.

This story was so compelling to me because it was all about Rhine’s own personal sense of freedom. Yes, she could have anything in the world. But what she most wants is freedom. Even though she knows she will die in four years, she fights to be able to live those last four years in her own way.

I think that many weaker people (probably myself included) would have just embraced Rhine’s situation, and made the best of it by accepting the role of First Wife. But Rhine refuses to do that.

Linden is an idealist, and I think that Rhine could have been content to stay there. But she would have never been happy. And his father was just pure evil. That man gave me the creeps. I don’t even want to imagine what he was doing in the basement. ::shudder::

The other two sister wives were a great contrast to Rhine, and made it easier to understand *why* she chose to fight her situation. At first, I wondered why she didn’t just enjoy herself. I mean, the world was awful. She had a good thing going with Linden. But she was so resistant. And now, I can see why.

Rhine’s relationship with Gabriel was just a side-story to me. And I liked that it wasn’t the main reason she wanted to leave. That was so refreshing. So often, heroines in YA novels are driven only by love and romance. But Rhine was driven by something more: her own sense of self-worth. And that’s something that many young women can learn a lot from.

I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano is available from Amazon. It will be released March 22.

**Disclaimer** An Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Simon & Schuster. It did not affect my review in any way.

 



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