Bookish Baking: Blue Bantha Milk (Star Wars)

The Last Jedi comes out on December 15th.


So, to celebrate, this Bookish Baking is going to be Star Wars themed!

Blue Milk is basically the classic Star Wars food – and bonus, its surprisingly easy to come up with a recipe as well as actually make it. There are a ton of recipes, ranging from simply adding food dye to milk to making weird cocktails inspired by blue milk.

Mine is simple – though a little more fun than just food dye, and non-alcoholic – because I’m 18.


Blue Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla or blueberry frozen yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • blue food dye
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • ice (optional)

I won’t write out how-to-make instructions in list form, because its really easy. Add all the ingredients sans ice to a blender, and blend until well mixed. Then add some ice if you like, and blend until you’ve reached the constancy you desire – somewhere between a think milkshake and a smoothie.

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YA Books In A Sentence – Part 1

Harry Potter – Orphan has magic powers and an inability to go to adults with his problems.

Divergent – You can have more than one personality trait!

Gallagher Girls – Girl spies have boy problems, and also someone may be trying to kill everyone.

The Raven Cycle – He’s going to die. No really, he is.

Shadowhunter Chronicles – Literally no one will ever get their lives together, so they’ll stab demons instead.

Illuminae – You love the evil AI, own it.

Because You’ll Never Met Me – Like the X-men but sadder told in letters.

The Selection – Like The Bachelor: Royal Edition except you’ll want everyone to die in a fire.

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Your Bookish Identity Tag

I saw this tag over at Dreamland Book Blog and thought it looked like fun! Go check out her blog – its amazing!

This tag was created by Little Book OwlKatytastic and Benjaminoftomes of booktube fame!


Questions!:

  • What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  • Who would your partner be?
  • Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]
  • Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]
  • Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  • Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  • What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

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I don’t believe in any other answer to any variation of this question.


Who would your partner be?

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I had the BIGGEST crush on Seth Clearwater as a 13 year old.


Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

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Always Athena, and if you need proof:
Throwback Thursday: 7th Grade Greek Mythology Monologue


Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

I’d die in a fight of any sort, so I probably wouldn’t be nephilim, lets be honest, no matter how cool it would be.

I’d probably be a warlock – I’m down with magic. I’d be like Catrina – using my abilities an knowledge to help people (being friends with Magnus is also an epic bonus).

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Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

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Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

Erudite

I may hate them for being the villains in the story – but that not withstanding, I’d probably be Erudite – if staying with my family were not a factor.


What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

I’ve never read the books, and I’m not 100% sure what a Daemon is (I vaguely know, but not totally). I did take a quiz though and it said:

What Would Your Dæmon Be?

You got: Osprey

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You’re not afraid to say what you mean, or speak up when you see injustice. You have a healthy distaste for authority and you’re committed to doing what’s right even if it’s not in your best interests.


I Tag:

Roses Book Nook

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Bookish Baking: Turkish Delight (Chronicles of Narnia)

Turkish Delight is crazy famous for its place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is also not a candy readily found in America.
But since its December, it seemed a good time for this recipe.
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TURKISH DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • rose pink food coloring (or other color to preference)
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • .5 tsp cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the gelatin, white sugar, cornstarch and water until mixed together.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the rosewater, lemon juice, lemon zest, cream of tartar and food colouring.
  4. Rinse a square pan in cold water but don’t dry it off.
  5. Pour in the mixture.
  6. To firm up quickly, pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, otherwise leave in the fridge overnight.
  7. Using a sharp oiled knife, cut the turkish delight into squares and roll in powdered sugar to coat.

 

Let me know what you guys think about this recipe, or if you make it for yourself!

Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Thanks so much to Katie @ Never Not Reading Blog who tagged me – she’s super sweet and I love her blog so go check it out!


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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Let’s be realistic, I’m probably nominating 3 or 4)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Previous Editions of this Award:

The SunShine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award#2

Sunshine Blogger Award #3


Answers

If you had to pick one favorite book, which would you choose?

Harry Potter. My favorite fluctuates between Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.

Coffee or tea?

Both! I drink coffee every morning and iced tea nearly every night.

Other than reading, what is something you enjoy spending a lot of time doing?

Watching Tv. Blogging. Currently doing nothing but filling out applications for college and scholarships…

What holiday do you enjoy the most?

Christmas! Two weeks off plus family time!

If you were royalty, which super hero would you want as your personal body guard?

Captain America.

Favorite candy/sweet?

I like Reese’s and Twix. And sour candy/crystallized sugar fruit wedges.

What animal should I google pictures of to get the most squeals?

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Which subject did you enjoy the most in school?

English! I’ve had great teachers, and I really enjoy reading! I also like AP bio. and AP Psych.

If you could take any vacation, where would you go?

London! I’ve never been to Europe and I’m dying to!

What kind of vehicle do you drive/ride?

I don’t drive yet. But my mom and dad both have Honda’s.

Who in your life makes you laugh the most?

Probably my sister. That’s why she’s my senior yearbook quote – “You go to college, I’m only child now” – Alexa B.


Nominees:

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

B @ Icebreaker694

Cait @ Paperfury

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


My Questions:

  1. What are your five favorite books from childhood?
  2. What required reading books did you hate/love?
  3. What is one book you recommend everyone read?
  4. Tea or coffee? What kind (think Starbucks order etc.)?
  5. Give us a bookish confession.
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Current top five favorite TV shows?
  8. Favorite board game?
  9. Do you collect anything? What do you collect?
  10. Show off your three favorite bookmarks!
  11. Most anticipated upcoming book release?

The Cinderella Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Snuggly Oranges and after reading Geekerella, I’m in a Cinderella mood – so I’m doing it!


Evil Stepsisters

A Book with Characters You Hate:

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All these characters need a swift punch to the face.


Prince Charming

A Book with a Gentleman:

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Gansey was raised RIGHT.


Cinderella

A Character That is Graceful, Kind and Defiant:

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Tessa is the very definition.


Fairy Godmother

A Character That Always Has Someone Looking Out for Them:

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I love Brownyn and Addy’s families in this book, especially their sisters!


Helpful Creatures

Something That Makes You Happy When You’re Sad:

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Enough said.


Ashes

A Book You Didn’t Care For:

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My detest of this book is not unknown.


Pumpkin

A Character with a Transformation:

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Not a physical transformation, but she goes from spy to superhero so…


Impossible

A Book with an Ending You Didn’t See Coming:

 

I’m not going to say anything else on these.


Just Breathe

Something That Inspires You to be Courageous:

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The entire book is about learning to be brave (and then other adjectives).


Happily Ever After

A Book With a Perfect Ending:

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Its rare that everything gets wrapped up so nicely, but this book does it!


I Tag…

Roses Book Nook

Whoever wants to I guess. Everyone who reads this! Take your pick.

Poem: Bad Boys Shouldn’t Fall For Good Girls

He hides a halo under
Dark hair
And
Dark eyes

Skinny jeans in the dead of summer
Leather jacket
On a
Motorcycle

And everyone tells you
Stay away
He’s got the devil in him
He’ll take your soul
Chew you up and spit you out

Because he’s the dangerous boy
Always on the edge of what
He shouldn’t do

And oh
You’re the golden girl
Going somewhere special they say
Blonde hair
Blue eyes
A little Aphrodite
With Athena’s brain

So they say
Stay away
From him
But oh
You can see the halo
He tries so hard to hide

And you
Fall at his feet
Just to spite them
And you say
“I see the good in you”

You
With the clumsy feet
Tripping and falling at his

You with the
Golden girl smile
With a halo
Proud on display

(But halos are easier to fake these days)

And no one thinks
The golden girl
Is going to be the one
With the poison in her heart

They warned you to stay away
Someone should have been warning him

In Ancient Greece
Every war started
With a beautiful girl

So really
They should have seen it coming
You were hiding a forked tongue
Under lip gloss
All along

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Last year I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

The Candid Cover

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Discussion: On Un-Hauling Books & How

Books –

Every book blogger faces the problem, one day or another, of having too many.

For example, my room is basically:

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Which is:

  1. Honestly probably some sort of health hazard (my shelf did once collapse and almost kill me once)
  2. Not so easy to deal with when I go to college next Fall.

My solution?

Unhaul some books.

Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.


What Is An Un-Haul?

An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.


What Do You Mean, Getting Rid of Books?

I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.

It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…

Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.

And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:

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Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.


But How Do I Un-Haul? Its hard!

Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.

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Step 1 )

Take a good hard look at your books.

Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?

You need a goal, or the books might drown you.


Step 2 )

Good job!

You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!

Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.

Gather boxes.

I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade


Step 3 )

Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.


Step 4 )

Now we get to the hard part.

The un-hauling.

Get all the books off the shelves.

They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.


Step 5 )

If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.

If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.

The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.


Step 6 )

Sort. Then sort some more.

Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.

Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.


Step 7 )

Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.

You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?


Step 8 )

All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.

If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.


Step 9 )

Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf


Step 10 )

Plan for the future.

Where will new books go?

Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?

The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.


And you’re done! 

You did it!

You survived the unhaul!

Reward yourself!

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