Bookish Baking: Dean Winchester Worthy Apple Pie (Supernatural)

Okay, so, not a book, I know. so not exactly bookish. But Apple Pie is basically a requirement for any American holiday, and Supernatural is a pretty popular fandom and I’m going with it.
This recipe is adapted from various I’ve found online.
Enjoy!
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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Large apples (I prefer Honeycrisp – Granny-Smith is also popular, but you can use any kind you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup whiskey (The alcohol bakes out, and basically every recipe I found online included it)
  • 1 T Corn starch
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3tbsp Cornflour
  • Pre-made pie crust and pastry sheet (or you can make your own, this recipe seems good)
  • 16 oz sugar for Caramel

 

Instructions:

Pie

  1. Peel, core and slice apples thinly (or to preference, the thinner the slice, the more cooked the apples will get)
  2. In a large pot, cook the apples over medium heat.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients, once well mixed, stir in whiskey. Add to apples.
  4. Cook down, until thick rather than liquid – whiskey should mostly cook down.
  5. Spoon apple mixture into crust, cut extra pastry sheet into a lattice and lay over the top.  If you choose to simply cover the top with the pastry sheet rather than a lattice, poke holes into the top to allow steam to escape.
  6. Brush the top with a little milk and/or butter, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 370 F/190 C, or until the pastry is golden.

Caramel

  • In a small saucepan, add sugar, and just enough water to dissolve. Stir.
  • Stop stirring and leave on high heat until color is desired.
  • Add 1 T of butter  after it’s taken off of the heat and stir SLOWLY stirring quickly may pop air bubbles and lead to some extremely nasty sugar burns.
  • Let cool while out cooks, pour over the top when served.

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Halloween Creatures Book Tag

Melting Pots and Other Calamities tagged me in this super fun tag! A year ago…

Whoops?

Whatever, its Halloween now!

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Rules for the tag:

  • – Follow the Categories
  • – You Must Be Honest
  • – You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability
  • – You Must Tag At Least 3 People
  • – Have Fun!
  • -Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated! (credit goes to: Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)

Witches : A book or character that is magical:

I’m stealing her answer for this one. Because The Night Circus IS one of the most magical books ever!


Mummies : A book or character you can’t wrap your mind around:

Review: Wink Poppy Midnight – its been two years and I still don’t entirely get this book.


Vampires:
A book, series, or author you can’t live without
:

harrypotter


Werewolves:
A book best read in the middle of the night
:

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Zombies:
A book you picked up for the 2nd time/Continued after DNF’ing it
:

whitecat1


Ghosts:
A book you easily predicted a twist or ending
:

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Frankenstein:
A book that truly shocked you
:
 

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Skeletons:
A book or character that chilled you to the bone
:

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Ghouls:
A book that left you hungry
:

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Goblins:
A greedy character
:

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Devil:
A dark, evil character
:

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Grim Reaper:
A character you loved/hated that died
:

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Scarecrow:
A book or character that scares you:

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The Monster Mash:
Tag 3 or more people to do this tag
:

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Night Court Reads

Roses Book Nook

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

 

 

 

Trailer Talk (And Speculation): Crimes of Grindelwald

Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Release date: November 16, 2018 (USA)
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: J. K. Rowling
Film series: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before We Start:

  • As much as I want to watch this movie, I don’t think I’m going to see it in theaters.
  • I don’t want to support Jonny Depp’s role in the movie, nor JK Rowling QueerBaiting and representation issues (The whole “yes Dumbledore is gay but no his and Grindelwald’s relationship will not be shown in the movie.”)

Thoughts While Watching The Trailer:

  • HOGWARTS!
  • BB NEWT!
  • Newt’s fear is very on brand.
  • Deluminator!
  • Those cat things are creepy.
  • “I can’t move against Grindelwald” BECAUSE YOU”RE IN LOVE OR SOMETHING.
  • CREDENCE!!!!!!!!!
  • Deathly Hallows!
  • Flamel?!?!?!?!?!
  • It looks so good I’m so angry onny Depp is in it!!!!

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award #4

I was tagged by Andrea’s Nirvana. Thank you so much!


 Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award #2

The Blogger Recognition Award #3

I’ve done this three times already, so in the interest of your time and mine, I am condensing all my previous iterations here.


How my blog (originally) started:

V 1 –

Its really not that exciting of a story.  Last year over christmas break I was bored, and my cousin had a blog that she never used and I guessed I wanted to prove I could be better at it then she was or something like that, I don’t really remember. So, I started a book blog. I also started a youtube channel but my computer is so old that Imovie doesn’t work so that was put on hold. I’m getting a new computer this summer so, maybe I’ll start that up again.

 V 2 –

My blog started because I wanted to one up my cousin.

You see, my aunt does PR and encouraged my cousin to start a blog since she gets dragged to a lot of events my aunt organizes/attends.

So, I had to start a blog too.

I choose to start a book blog because I love reading, but not many of my friends read the same books, at the same speed, that I did, so I couldn’t really talk to anyone but my best friend (who reads SO SLOWLY…Sorry LOVE YOU ANA BUT ITS TRUE). So, book blog it was.

And since I liked it, I just kept doing it. Even when my cousin lost interest. I enjoyed it, and I continued, even if it took a couple mo the for me to get in the swing of things (re: a year) and I still fall off the face of the Earth every once in a while.

 V 3 –

Back in 2015, my younger cousin started a blog, at her mom’s insistence (my aunt does PR). Being two years apart, me and my cousin are competitive like sisters – so of course, I started one.

I blogged for maybe a month, before she got bored of it, as did I.

Flash foreword to the end of 2016, I decide I want to blog again. So I did. And i’ve been going strong(-ish) ever since!


Advice:

  1. Have fun. Do this for yourself not anyone else. Write what you want not what you think others want. If it isn’t fun, there is no point in doing it. And don’t stress if it isn’t perfect, this isn’t school.
  2. Make friends. Interact with people. Number one way to get followers and comment? Comment and follow other blogs. So what you like and dislike about other people’s blogs, and work to make yours better. You can’t have a good blog without reading good blogs. Be part of the community don’t just shout into the void.
  3. Make friends. Make connections. Talk to people. Comment, respond, like. You can’t blog in a vacuum. And its more fun with friends. If your worried about bothering someone, or that someone has too many followers to talk to you, DON’T BE. We all blog to talk to people about books, so talk. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation.
  4. If you say you’re going to do something: Do it.

    Review the books you say you’ll review. Post what and when you say you will.

    It doesn’t matter if you out once a day or once a month, but stay true to your word.

    Readers don’t want to stick around for a liar or a flake.

    (This is something I need to follow as well, I’m terrible at consistency, but at least I own up to that.)

  5. Just do it. Waiting until “you’re good enough” or until everything is perfect just means you’re never going to start. Start your blog, learn as you go, talk to people. Eventually, you learn, you get better, your blog grows and changing with you, but that can’t happen if you never start.
  6. Talk to people. Comment on discussions. Tag people in tags and posts. Talk a conversation on twitter. I promise, 99.9% of the time, people are amazingly nice and will love to talk and make new friends. Ask for help. Request books. Nothing ever happens when your too scared to try. If you want to be a part of the community, be a part. Simple as that.

I’m not going to nominate people because this is my fourth time doing this.

My Favorite Author Blogs/Websites

Cassandra Clare

  • Awesome website – appearances updated, signed preorders, extras and deleted scenes etc.

Dahlia Adler

  • Awesome blog – great advice for writers, aspiring and published.

Neil Gaiman

  • Awesome blog and some great personal essays.

John Scalzi

  • Hilarious author blog.

Chuck Wendig

  • Another hilarious author blog.

Wil Wheaton

  • A super fun author blog.

Peter David

  • Great information on all his works.

 

Netgalley Review: The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions

The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions

A Flowchart Book

by Tess Koman

Book Blogger Hop: August 31st

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


August 31st – September 6th – Do you have a YouTube channel? If so, do you post book review vlogs? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)


I actually started doing Booktube about a month and a half ago!

As I’m writing this, I haven’t done any review vlogs, but I am planning on it!

 

And if you want a laugh, my first failed attempt at Booktube back in 2015:

Book Blogger Hop: August 24th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


24th – 30th – Where do you post your reviews besides your blog? Please list them all so perhaps we can find some new sites. (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


I post my reviews on Goodreads, and I want to start doing review vlogs soon.

Goodreads

twitter

Instagram

Youtube

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


August 21: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump


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Netgalley Review: Miniatures – The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

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Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

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Netgalley Review: The Adventures of Technicality Man

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Book Review: Comic Book Story Of Video Games

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