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Matcha Rice Pudding | Betrayal at Iga

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Matcha Rice Pudding | Betrayal at Iga
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann, the 5th book in the Shinobi Mystery series! I started the Shinobi Mysteries on book 3...and I've been hooked ever since. At the end of The Ninja's Daughter, Hiro, Father Mateo, Ana, and Gato have made haste out of Kyoto, and this novel picks up as they enter the village in which Hiro grew up and trained amongst the many shinobi that inhabit it.

Slow Cooker Chile Verde | Another Man's Ground

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Chile Verde inspired by Another Man's Ground
Slow Cooker Chile Verde
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for Another Man's Ground, the second book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series by Claire Booth. I'm pretty excited to be hosting a stop on this tour, because I've been eagerly awaiting this book ever since finishing the first book in the series, The Branson Beauty.

Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguine | Game of Thrones

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Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguine | Game of Thrones
Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguine | Game of Thrones

OYSTERS, CLAMS, AND COCKLES!

I can feel the excitement in the air—we made it to premiere day! In case you missed it, Evelyne of CulturEatz and I teamed up to bring you Game of Thrones inspired recipes all week long in anticipation of the new season. We started Monday, and traded off days, creating 3 recipes apiece, and culminating with both of us sharing a recipe today with our chosen theme.

Blackberry Wine Slushies (for Tyrion) | Game of Thrones

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Blackberry Wine Slushies (for Tyrion) | Game of Thrones
Blackberry Wine Slushies (for Tyrion) | Game of Thrones
Welcome to day 6 of the Game of Thrones inspired recipe challenge! Have you been keeping track of the recipes that Evelyne and I have been sharing this week? Are you ready for tomorrow (premiere day)!? I am beyond ready. I have been binging the entire series again, this time with my husband who is watching for the first time—he was hooked from episode 1, of course.

Bran Muffins | Game of Thrones

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Bran Muffins inspired by Game of Thrones
Bran Muffins | Game of Thrones
Welcome to day 4 of the week-long Game of Thrones inspired recipe extravaganza being held right here and over at CulturEatz! The inspiration behind the recipe I'm sharing today is obvious for any GoT fan—our sweet little (well, not so little anymore) Bran Stark.

Chicken Caesar Wraps | Like A Fly On The Wall

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Chicken Caesar Wraps | Like A Fly On The Wall
Chicken Caesar Wraps inspired by Like A Fly On The Wall, a #TLCBookTours stop
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for Like A Fly On The Wall by Simone Kelly! I joined this tour really looking forward to reading a novel where the main character reads people's energies and communicates with spirit guides because, although it's not something I mention here on the blog very often, the metaphysical is a regular part of my everyday life (meaning I love meeting characters of this sort).

Honeyed Chicken | Game of Thrones

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Honeyed Chicken | Game of Thrones
In honor of the Game of Thrones season 7 premiere this coming Sunday, Evelyne of CulturEatz and I have joined forces to bring you a week's worth of GoT-inspired recipes! Each day one of us will post a new recipe (so, 3 recipes each), but on premiere day we will both share a recipe based on a fun theme within Game of Thrones—Oysters, Clams, and Cockles!

Roasted Veggies (for sharing) | 6 of Pentacles | #InternationalTarotDay (+ Giveaway)

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Roasted Veggies (for sharing) | 6 of Diamonds | #InternationalTarotDay blog hop #tarot
Roasted Veggies (for sharing) | 6 of Pentacles | #InternationalTarotDay (+ Giveaway)
Welcome to the International Tarot Day 2017 blog hop! Why today? Today is July 8th, or 7/8—and a typical tarot deck contains 78 cards (22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana). Each blogger participating will be featuring a single card per post, and you can find links to the previous and next card within each post, allowing you to make your way easily from start to finish of a traditional deck, if you so wish. The card I'm feauturing today is the 6 of Pentacles!

Cinnamon Scones | The One That Got Away

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Cinnamon Scones | The One That Got Away
Cinnamon Scones
Welcome to the TLC Book Tours stop for the debut novel by Leigh Himes called The One That Got Away!  I'll start by saying that I always love these kinds of stories...the "what if" stories. For example—would my life have turned out differently if I had said yes instead of no that one day 20 years ago? I actually think this is my first time reading one of these, so I'm basing my love on movies like The Family Man and a handful of made-for-tv movies.

Blood Red Strawberry Pie | Volver #FoodnFlix

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Blood Red Strawberry Pie | Volver #FoodnFlix
Strawberry Pie
Food, life, secrets, and death permeate the landscape of this month's Food 'n Flix pick, the 2006 Spanish flick, Volver (roughly translated as "to return" in English). The return to an unspoken secret...the return to life.

Vanishing Point | #TLCBookTours

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Vanishing Point Book Tour Stop
Welcome to this TLC Book Tours stop for Vanishing Point by E.V. Legters, the story of Angela, a discontent housewife who strays. At it's most basic, Vanishing Point is a quick read, filled with bad decisions, a bleak outlook, and unlikable characters...but it's entirely relatable.

Fire Swamp Fireball Cocktail | The Princess Bride #FoodnFlix

Fire Swamp Fireball Cocktail | The Princess Bride #FoodnFlix
Fire Swamp Fireball Cocktail | The Princess Bride #FoodnFlix
I'm sliding in last minute with my submission for this month's Food 'n Flix club pick, The Princess Bride. I grew up with this 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel of the same name (which I haven't read yet, but will one of these days), so it's totally nostalgic for me, but the great thing about it is that it stands the test of time—my kids love it, too...and laugh out loud right alongside me.

Roasted Radishes | Signs and Seasons (cookbook review)

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Roasted Radishes
Roasted Radishes
I'm pretty darn excited to be hosting a TLC Book Tours stop for the cookbook Signs & Seasons: Feed Your Sign the Food it Craves today! Between them, he wife and husband duo of artist Amy Zerner and astrologer Monte Farber have created so many amazing contributions to the spiritual and metaphysical world.

Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons

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Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons
Egg Salad Sandwiches (and Cheap White Wine) | It Happens in the Hamptons
Today I'm featuring the novel, It Happens in the Hamptons, as part of TLC Book Tours stop. After reading the description/teaser for this book (below in the feature box), it sounded like it would make the perfect summer beach read. After reading the book itself, I hesitantly agree with my initial assessment. I say hesitantly because I think the teaser is a tad misleading. Here's why:
  • The teaser calls George Katie's new boyfriend. In the story, it's more of a "let's see if this leads to boyfriend" status.
  • The teaser implies that George takes Katie on his arm and shows her around in a whirlwind fashion. This never happens. A lot of what is seen of lavish events, country clubs, and haute couture fashions is not seen through Katie's eyes.
  • I sort of get why they teased it as "upstairs-downstairs", but I think that description is a bit of a stretch.