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Wednesday Anything – Caramello Slice

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I had a dilemma this week and completely forgot about my Wednesday post. The dilemma involved my lip, my toddlers head and (eventually) the doctor. I have been drinking through a straw since Tuesday! Even my cups of tea have been consumed via straw! Ridiculous. Anyway, I’m semi back to normal now and ready to roll. 

So the post for this week is food related (surprise!). You may have seen this recipe already as it seems to be doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment but I recently tried it and Oh! so good! Perfect with a cuppa and book. It’s also incredibly easy to make – only 4 ingredients. Warning – it’s quite intense and that’s without the chocolate topping. 

Caramello Slice

Ingredients 

1 pack of Marie (plain) biscuits

1/2 tin of condensed milk

220g block of Cadbury (or any other brand) Caramello Chocolate

125g of butter

Method

* Line a slice tray with baking paper.

* Crush the biscuits into small pieces – you can use a food processor, or just bash them with the end of a rolling pin.

* Melt the butter and chocolate together in microwave. 

* Add the melted butter & chocolate as well as the condensed milk to the crushed biscuits.  Mix together to combine and then pour into the slice tray.

* Using a metal spoon, spread slice evenly over the tray and push down to smooth.

* At this point I just chucked mine in the fridge for a bit to set but I have seen people melt a block of plain choc and spread it over the top or sprinkle coconut over the top. Both options sound delicious. Once set, slice into squares and enjoy!

Wednesday Anything – Ramblings about The Fault in Our Stars, True Blood & other stuff that took my fancy this week.

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I have a few things to discuss with you all today so this post with be a bit of this and that. I have a review to post this evening too, for Beautiful Broken Promises, but its going to be pretty short and to the point because I have a lot of books waiting for review! (useless, I know).

First up, Charm and I went and saw The Fault in Our Stars last Friday night. I haven’t read the book (and definitely will NOT be after seeing the movie) and OMG a little bit of warning would have been nice! I knew it was a pretty emotional movie but I wasn’t prepared to have my heart and soul ripped out of my body and set on fire, then have the smoldering ashes stuffed back in. We can never, ever return to the movie theater in the city because we well and truly shamed ourselves with all the sobbing. And the swollen, read, tear-streaked faces we sported as we were leaving. The poor kid that served us earlier in the night actually looked a little worried when he caught sight of us as we left. What an absolutely amazing story but seriously! Intense. This gif is us at the movie. Except we are both the last guy – completely distraught!

Okay! Next thing – Who watched the True Blood premiere? We watched it together so we could discuss (constantly) what was going on. Sooo….vampire zombies – creepy and gross. So gross. I was gagging at one point there. I did actually enjoy parts of this episode. It almost had a Season One vibe going on at times. But the lack of Sookie and Eric time has me thinking that there is no way they will be endgame. I really can’t figure that out since from what I have seen on the internet, most people are shipping them….so what’s the deal? Charlaine Harris has ruined my faith with the shitty end to the Sookie Stackhouse book series so I don’t have high hopes for the tv show but, but, but…..it’s still there. That teeny, tiny spark of hope. Thoughts????

Lastly I’m reading Scoring Wilder by R. S. Grey at the moment. SO SO funny!!!!! It was love at first line for me. You have to read this book. Here’s one of my fave quotes so far – 

“I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”

Teehee! I’m a Harry Potter lover so this cracked me up. 

That’s all from me for now! Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the rest of your week.

Wednesday Anything – This & That

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I’m moving house this week so you won’t see much from me over the next week or so. Boo. I hate moving house. Especially since my husband and I nearly ended up divorced last time we moved. Apparently my patience wears very very very thin after hauling around 50 million boxes. 

Anyway, for this weeks Wednesday post I’m going to share a couple of different random things. The first thing is the new Outlander trailer. Sooooo looking forward to this tv series. It’s going to be EPIC. I just know it. Bring on August 9th!

The other amazing thing I have to share is this delicious recipe I tried last night. It seems to be lemon season here at the moment. Everyone and their neighbor has lemon trees laden with lemons. So last night, under a cloak of darkness, I crept over the fence and pinched some lemons from my neighbor. Then I made up the following recipe and while it’s quite intensely lemony, it’s completely delicious. Enjoy!

Lemony Lemon Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the tart lemon glaze:

  • 4 tbsps lemon juice
  • 8 tsps lemon zest
  • 1 cup icing sugar

Directions:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
  3. Zest and juice two lemons and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined.
  6. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat for 2 mins at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  7. Pour into baking dish and bake for 23-25 mins, should turn golden around the edges.
  8. Allow to cool completely before glazing. Do not overbake, or the bars will dry.
  9. Filter the powdered sugar and whisk with lemon zest and juice.
  10. Spread the glaze over the brownies with a rubber spatula and let glaze set.
  11. Cut into bars and serve.

This recipe was found at http://www.bestyummyrecipes.com/lemony-lemon-brownies/ so follow the link to check out the original recipe!

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Wednesday Anything – Eeeep!

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So, I’m meant to be writing up this Wednesday post then working on a review buuuuut instead I’m going to Auckland to see the Michael Buble concert. I’m not even kidding with that shit. I LOVE Michael Buble with the fire of a thousand suns. You know those people that say they like a bit of everything when it comes to music? That’s me. One of the best concerts I have ever been to was a Korn concert. Weird, yes. But why limit yourself to one type of music?! The last concert I went to was Taylor Swift. Before that it was Greenday. I’m not even ashamed. My ipod looks like a toddler got onto itunes and randomly started buying songs. Here’s some Buble to brighten your day –

Wednesday Anything – Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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Still I Rise by Maya Angelou is my favourite poem. Admittedly, I don’t read a lot of poetry but ever since I first came across this poem I have been in love with it. Maya Angelou is an American author, poet, and civil rights activist, among many other things. Still I Rise really captures the determination to rise above, and I think that almost everyone can relate to that at one time or another in their lives. Also noteworthy is her poem Phenomenal Woman. We run the world!

 

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou, 1928

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Wednesday Anything – You HAVE to try this! Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownie

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There has been a lot of talk about chocolate on our Twitter lately. Unsurprising really, since chocolate goes hand in hand with tea and reading. Well I think it does anyway! So today I thought I would share this amazing recipe with you. It is so freakin good. And it’s dark chocolate and nuts! So it’s healthy too. Ahem…

Best Ever Chocolate Fudge Brownies 

Ingredients
250g of good quality dark cooking chocolate, chopped
150g butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
1 cup of plain flour
125g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

Method

1.    Melt butter and chocolate together over a double boiler or in the microwave on medium (50% power) for 2 minutes. Stir to help the mixture melt and make it smooth.

2.    Add the sugar and stir to dissolve any lumps. Add the eggs, vanilla and flour, and mix well. Fold in the nuts.

3.    Pour into a greased and lined 28 x 18 cm slab pan. Bake for 30 mins (slightly less for fan bake) at 180 degrees.

4.    Cool completely in the pan.

5.    Dust with icing sugar to serve.

A couple of things – if you’re allergic to nuts, or someone in your family is allergic to nuts, this is still completely delicious without any nuts. Just leave them out. Also the icing sugar dusting at the end is optional – I never do it because I think it tastes better without it.
And Ta-da! There you have it. Get cooking (and scoffing) and tell me how much you love it. I won’t judge – I have been known to eat a whole batch in a day…

 

 

 

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Wednesday Anything – Vampire Academy movie

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I read the Vampire Academy series a while ago now. I’m talking years. I didn’t even read the last book because I was over it by the time the movie came out, but I have read the first three Sydney and Adrian books because I freaking loved Adrian. I wanted him to be the winner, even though I knew it would never happen. I was hoping for a miracle.

So, on the advice of my (youngest) sister (who loved the whole series) I watched the movie. Uuuh did I miss something in the books? It was a little odd because I didn’t really get the comedy vibe from the books but it was definitely there in the movie?! Like Mean girls with vampires. I actually didn’t hate it though. The girl that played Rose (just googled her name – Zoey Deutch) gave me Ellen Page vibes and I adore Ellen Page to infinity and beyond, I also found Rose’s one liners to be quite witty! Do I need to grow up? Maybe. 

I read on Wiki that it under performed at the box office and that there more than likely won’t be another one. That might be for the best…ahem… I secretly wish there was a follow up though.

Anyway I just wanted to share that little weekend experience with you all. If you have watched it let me know your thoughts! If we’re still friends now that liking the Vampire Academy movie is no longer my secret shame.

Oooh! While I was hunting out the above clip on YouTube I also found this! Beauty and the Beast!! I’m dying!! Since my French is pretty much limited to basics like hello, goodbye, telling people my name and commenting on the weather, I’m going to have to watch this with subtitles. Worth it. 

Wednesday Anything – Loved Divergent! Great movie.

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I ended up seeing Divergent last night. What a great movie! Epic is definitely the world I would use to describe it. I love that dystopian business.

One of the biggest things that stood out for me, was how the movie looked so much like I imagined when I read the book. It was almost familiar. Crazy!

There were some hideously awkward parts that almost had me shrinking down in my movie chair but that’s a sign of a good movie. When it makes you FEEL what that characters are feeling. I think I even blushed a little for Tris at one point there. And Four…Reow.

The movie wasn’t enough to make me change my mind about reading the last book but maybe I will see the final movie after all. If you haven’t seen this yet GO SEE IT! Today. Now. You wont regret it. 

Divergent

By Veronica Roth

Wednesday Anything – Happily Ever After?

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This weekend I’m going to be visiting my parents and so it’s the perfect opportunity for me to drag one of my sisters off to see Divergent with me. I have read the first two books in the series but not the third. I’m not going to lie – I haven’t read the third book because of the ending. I read a spoiler about Tris dying before I read the book and that just completely put me off. I’m not even sure if I’ll see the final movie when it comes around because of it. I’m not totally against characters dying in movies and books. Sometimes it’s completely necessary (hello Harry Potter) and adds a lot more depth to the story.  Sometimes the story would be nothing without character death e.g. Game of Thrones. Often, when no one dies in a long running series, the story ends up being a bit ridiculous. Case in point – Twilight. Every single person lived Happily Ever After. Including Jacob, who ended up being paired up with his soul mate aka The Baby. It was bizarre (and creepy) and made the whole story blah. But in the Divergent series I just feel like Tris’ death was not necessary. It had depth without it. What would The Hunger Games series have been if, after ALL of that, Katniss had died at the end? One of the most powerful parts of The Hunger Games series for me was the Mockingjay epilogue, explaining that while Katniss and Peeta did live, it took a long time for them to heal enough to live a normal life and it certainly wasn’t Happily Ever After. It’s the difference between and good series and a great one.

Wednesday Anything – Outlander Series: Yes or No?

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As BBH mentioned on Sunday Loves, we each have a day where we are going to post about what ever takes our fancy. My day was meant to be Friday but I have decided to go with Wednesday instead. Something to break up the monotony of the work week. If your work week is Monday to Friday. So this week I wanted to talk about/get your opinions on the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.  

I haven’t read this series. I first heard it mentioned when a favourite author of mine (Nicole Peeler) talked about it on Facebook. I read the blurb and wasn’t sure if it sounded like it would be up my alley or not, so figured i’d think on it for a bit. And THEN I saw that there was a breastfeeding scene in there. Not weird at all right? WRONG! Because I don’t think she was talking about babies. Is this correct? Or have I read between the lines wrong? And if it is correct then what the hell was going on in these books?!?! Hah! So I decided to leave it for now. 

But then I saw this – 

And it looks AMAZING!! I’m definitely watching this, no doubt about it. I’m going to force Charmaine to watch it with me too. It looks like it’s going to be epic. 

Also, let’s just take a second to appreciate this –

What I need to know is if you think I should read the books first? Worth it or not? Give me your thoughts below!