Hello to all my bookish peeps! I’m in the process of catching up on my reading, but it’s not easy, especially since. . .
- I keep adding to my already overflowing bookshelves (more on that in an upcoming post)
- I added another book to the reading list
Anyway, I’m looking at how to breathe a little more life into my blog, and what I’ve decided is give you a bit more of me.
Oh dear, what does that mean? It’s simple really, I’ll be letting you into what I
like enjoy doing and what often distracts me from reading. What are my distractions?
- Creative writing
From time-to-time I’ll share a story I’ve written, which may or may not have been inspired by my reading; however, a recipe will probably be more common. I will share my thoughts (not a review) on a book I’m reading and a recipe from something I ate during my reading.
The recipes will range from a snack to a salad to an entrée and more. They are tree nut free (I’m allergic) but may contain peanuts and animal milk free. I use alternatives to these like Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.; and they are just as tasty.
So, let’s get on with it!
I picked up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch at the library this weekend because of work. I know. I know, I said I wasn’t going to start anything new until I got caught up; but it’s a Barnes & Noble regional title and I felt I had to read it before recommending it.
While reading I got a hankering for fudge, but not any ole fudge – White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge. And I had to make some.
Before I get on with fudgy goodness here are my thoughts on Dark Matter.
Two Sentence Summary: Dr. Jason Dessen is a college physics professor and a happily married family man when he is abducted and his life is suddenly changed forever. He is transported to a time and place in which he is a famous, well respected and well-liked scientist. But which life is a dream? And can he get back to the family he loves?
My Thoughts So Far: I’m only on chapter 3 and so far I’m enjoying it. Dark Matter is a quick read and Crouch’s writing is solid. He uses short sentences, so it’s fast paced and the action happens quickly. Crouch makes the reader feel as though h/she is part of the action. There isn’t really too much more to say now. I can’t wait to get further into the novel.
A quote that stood out to me and got me thinking about my life came from his abductor:
Are you happy with your life?
I paused to ask myself, “Am I happy with my life?” To some degree I am and another not so much. There are things I wish I could change or had done differently and I wonder how my life would different. But for the most part, I’m happy.
And, now on to what you’ve all been waiting for – White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge.
Crock Pot White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge
- 1 can (14 oz) Condensed Milk
- 3 cups White Chocolate Chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- About 20 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies or Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies
- cooking spray for crock
- Lightly spray and dump the first two ingredients into your crock, cover and cook on high for 1 hour or low for 2 hours.* Give a stir every 30 minutes to make sure it’s not sticking and the chocolate is melting
- Once the chocolate has melted stir in the vanilla and cookies
- Working quickly pour into a parchment paper lined 9×9 square pan and spread evenly
- Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until set. Once set cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
*And, of course, you can do this on your stovetop. Follow the directions above. Make sure your stovetop is on medium-low and stir every minute or so to prevent burning. It takes about 10-15 minutes