Common baking mistakes

Common baking mistakes

Now that so many people are doing their holiday baking, the above linked article will help you not make the same mistakes that many people do.

I rarely bake, but I can’t be bothered with the scale, especially since most recipes are written with cups, etc, and not the weight.

I also never sift my flour or powdered sugar.

My biggest baking and cooking crime is being forgetful. I forget to set the timer or I turn the timer off and “I’ll get to it in just a second.” then I will totally forget what I was doing.

This list is great. It goes through everything that could possibly go wrong. Take a look at it and see what you might be missing before you start your holiday baking.

From the Desk of Lady Miss by Keke Palmer

From the Desk of Lady Miss

From the Desk of Lady Miss by Keke Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up after seeing Keke Palmer interviewed on the Drew Barrymore show. I have followed her for years and when I saw that she was writing with Jasmine Guillory, I was so excited.

I got this on audiobook. I think I would have liked it more if I had read it myself, though. I was not thrilled with the voices that Keke Palmer used, and was really not thrilled with the personalities that she added to each character.

This book was the second of 5 in the series. I honestly think it would have worked better as one book instead of 5 novellas/short stories.

It was worth the time to read, though.

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I’m Thankful for…: A Book About Being Grateful!

I'm Thankful for...: A Book About Being Grateful!

I’m Thankful for…: A Book About Being Grateful! by Uncle Amon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this book for free after being asked for reviews of another author’s books. I’m trying to clear out my audible account of the little things, so I’m not crazy reading this when it’s not Thanksgiving time. 

It is a cute book teaching kids gratitude. If I had small children, it would be wonderful to share it with them. 

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Little Free Library Etiquette

Little free library etiquette

The above linked article tells about how to treat the Little Free Libraries in your area. Take one leave one is the most important one, but this article includes little things like not donating or selling books that you’ve found. Tidy up, including making the titles face out and take out any garbage that someone else might have left.

I haven’t seen too many more libraries pop up, but when I do, I make sure to visit. I will keep these etiquette rules in mind.

Hidden Passage

Hidden passage

The above linked article shows the hidden features in a man’s home in Sussex, England. He finds a hidden area behind a bookshelf in his library, and the link above is the video about what he found there. He kind of glossed over the double doors that open to outside, but I found that interesting. Much of the rest of the video was about trying to open a safe that they found in the passage. It was interesting, but I was expecting him to find more than he did. I can only imagine how huge the house is, based on the rooms along the hidden passage.

My Dear Friend Janet by Keke Palmer

My Dear Friend Janet

My Dear Friend Janet by Keke Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up from a recommendation on the Drew Barrymore show. I love the work of both Keke Palmer and Jasmine Guillory, and they teamed up for this series.

I think that it would have done better as a single book of short stories, or even one novella, but it was still a fun read.

I wasn’t so thrilled with some of the voices of the characters, but the general story was good.

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Red cup day

I made the mistake of going to Starbucks on red cup day. Everyone needed to get to Starbucks to get their “reusable” red cup. Right now, Starbucks isn’t even refilling them.

Because of the limitations of the coffee maker, they were almost an hour behind on hot drink orders. If you wanted a refund, you could stand in the line that went around the block. By the time you hit the front, your hour long wait might be finished. I chose to wait for my coffee, since I was screwed either way.