Archive for September 2011
The Poutine Truck
I am serious about that. Never heard of the stuff till I saw the truck and thought, GRAVY. I’m a wolf what do you expect!
I got the classic – Frites
It has a whopping three ingredients – Fries – GRAVY – Curd (Cheese)
If you have never heard of the item before then you may be intimidated, it comes out of a truck after all. GO AND EAT IT! Wait, let me match words to ingredients. GO EAT IT!
On their own some of the finest I have enjoyed. The square tipped edges and uniform size made the experience consistant from beginning to end. That may not sound like the biggest compliment, but it is. NOTHING is worse then one too big and under cooked, one too small and dried out. Hand Cut and Awesome
Made From Kennebec Potatoes – Didn’t know what those were so I looked them up.
“The Kennebec is a large potato, and it looks very pretty with its light tan skin, nice uniform appearance (it usually doesn’t have large ‘holes’ like many other potatoes), and attractive white fleshy insides. The skin is thin so it peels quickly (and is fine to use even unpeeled), and it’s a nice oval potato so it is more attractive on the plate than some other irregularly-shaped ones.” – Taken from http://www.kennebecpotato.com/
THE GRAVY – Homemade
Thick, rich, the natural meat juices just calling to the tongue. I refrained from licking the last spots of this masterpiece off the cardboard tray, but it was close. I had the classic once again, Veloute made with chicken broth. Yummy feathery little beasts.
THE CURD – Made Locally
Well not too locally to North Hollywood where I found the truck but I like when a place that is using up their carbon footprint traveling around does not make their ingredients travel far.
It was recommended to me that the Fire House would stand out against the gravy, but old dogs, new tricks, foolishly did not listen. THERE are NO mistakes cause it is all good. Just a miscalculation. The plain was a fine cheese, it was lost in the gravy, becoming more of an enhancement to the flavor than a stand alone element.
This stuff is good! Every element start to finish was a delight to enjoy. Mine may not have had meat, but I was reasonably full after a serving. – Keep in mind, werewolf here – Normal person might be close to exploding and yet unable to put the fork down.
Advice: Stalk them like a deer in the forest, tackle them to the ground if you get close and eat until you are ready to burst.
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Laugh with your Scare?
Shaun of the Dead – 2004 – Not to be missed, this thing is Fu-unny. I became a Simon Peg fan right there. - There comes a day in every man’s life when he has to get off the couch…and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it’s up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal Ed (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entrée. Novelist Stephen King gushes Shaun of the Dead is “a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic” and Newsweek calls it “a bloody hoot!” It’s a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.
Zombieland - 2009 – The cameo in this film was the bomb. Plus Woody is fan-#&%*ing-tastic! Nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the plague that has turned mankind into flesh-devouring zombies because he’s scared of just about everything. Gun-toting, Twinkie-loving Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has no fears. Together, they are about to stare down their most horrifying challenge yet: each other’s company. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin co-star in this double-hitting, head-smashing comedy.
My Boyfriends Back - 1993 - Teenager Johnny Dingle will do anything to keep his date with the hottest girl in school — even come back from the grave! You see, Johnny had the perfect scheme to win the heart of Missy McCloud, the town beauty. Unfortunately, Johnny’s scam goes sour and he winds up dead! Even so, Johnny’s determined to keep his date — unaware of the hilarity waiting for him upon his return! See for yourself why everyone’s dying to see this outlandishly funny comedy!
If you want to laugh with your flesh eating films…
Cole the Vampire – Horrific Cinema Lover
Okay so lets go with really horrific influences and add the word Nazi.
Yes you heard me right. Films with Nazi Zombies. Some are actually not bad.
Dead Snow - 2009 – I really like this one - A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.
Director: Tommy Wirkola Writers: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen
The Frozen Dead - 1967 - A crazed scientist keeps the heads of Nazi war criminals alive until he can find appropriate bodies on which to attach them so he can revive the Third Reich.
Director: Herbert J. Leder Writer: Herbert J. Leder
Shock Waves - 1977 - A crazed scientist keeps the heads of Nazi war criminals alive until he can find appropriate bodies on which to attach them so he can revive the Third Reich.
Director: Herbert J. Leder
Cole the Vampire – Introducing you to the weird in Cinema
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Today is the first day of the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. This Hop is co-hosted by I Am A Reader, not a Writer and by I Read Banned Books. These ladies have gotten together almost 300 blog to participate in this hop to celebrate Banned Books Week. I think that most of us enjoy our freedom to read what we want, uncensored by anyone (except maybe parents if you are young ). It’s important to celebrate the fact that we don’t live in a country where books are censored.
If you are curious and are interested in looking at a list of books that have been banned, click HERE.
So, on to the giveaway! We are giving away two copies of Welcome to Sanction Year One, Book One. This is an e-book so the giveaway is open to international entries as well as Canada and the US!!
September 1: The Hawthorne Academy of Witchcraft is burned to the ground leaving the teens from Sanction’s three biggest powers with only one place to go… Now if the Witches can avoid Non-Witches, the Werewolves don’t tear anyone apart, and the Vampires keep their mouths shut Wind Haven High School might survive. IF…
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Audrey here with your latest Study Skill Tip!
- Do you have trouble getting your homework done?
- Do you fall asleep before you homework is finished?
Today we are going to talk about WHERE you study.
Is it cozy? Is it well lit? Does the dog curl up beside you when you study?
All of these things are important, but what is most important is the lack of distraction. The brain is an interesting organ. As much as we think we can multi-task. We can’t. If we do one activity really well, we do two activities at roughly half that ability. It’s true…..check the studies They are right here in the library!
The ideal study space is comfy (but not too comfy like a bed) and well lit (makes it easier on your eyes). You should have a surface large enough to hold all the things you need to study – textbook, binder, calculator, paper, etc. It should also be as free from distraction as we can make it. Can the family dog cuddle with you…..yes along as he doesn’t bounce around. You also need to turn your cell phone off, and shut down email, MSN chat, Yahoo chat, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and any other social media that you may like to use. If you read my post last week, it suggested spending 10 minutes every hour taking a break. Doing something different. Use that time to check your e-mail, see what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll find you are much more productive if you concentrate on one thing at a time.
Happy studying! Come back next week to see what we discuss next!
The Sanction Chronicles – Welcome to Sanction, has hit the bookstores!
Surf over to your favorite on-line bookstore and buy your copy now!
Find a comfy chair and your e-reader and see what happens in Sanction, NH during the month of September. You know from the Prologue that the witch’s school burns down forcing everyone to attend one high school. What happens when witches are added to the mix already present at Wind Haven High? Bet things get pretty interesting…..
30 prizes split between 3 winners + 3 Gift Card Giveaways!
HOSTS & other giveaways
Organized by: Reading Romancesalso having a US$50 gift card giveaway!
Laurie’s Thoughts & Reviews – also having several giveawaysThe Magic Attic – having her 600 follower giveawayForbidden Passions Reviews - also having other giveawaysBook Nerd Reviews – having an international giveawayCan’t Put It Down - having several giveaways under her Giveaways & Contest Tab
Krystal Larson – Live To Read - also having several giveawaysA Bookish Affair – also having other giveawaysSugarpeach - also having two giveaways
Book Briefs - having her 500 follower giveawayThe Sanction Chronicles- having a giveaway every friday
Thank you to our featured authors:
Gabrielle Bisset: A Writer’s Blog- also giving away a signed copy of the Stolen Destiny paperback and bookmarks to US/Canada winner and ebooks of Stolen Destiny and Love’s Master to International , able to be signed through Kindlegraph. September 15-18 at her blog!
Regan Black, Paranormal Romance Author – having a onus giveaway at her site: a Smuggler’s Stash which includes a Tracking Shadows t-shirt and all the 2096 contraband a reader could want (coffee, coffee mug, sweets, and ebook).
**Winners:**We’ll be selecting a random participant to win a gift card for every 1000 entries till we reach 3000! The first winner will choose 11 items from the prize list (including 1 gift card) The 2nd will choose 10 items after the 1st winner has chosen (including 1 gift card) The 3rd will get 9 items after the 2nd winner has chosen (including 1 gift card) The remaining books and giftcards will be given to our hosts.
**Rules:**1.Sign up using the RAFFLECOPTER tool.1.2Read the blog rules to know how to sign up for the prizes other blogs might be providing.
2.This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway
3.You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country.
4.The contest will end on September 23rd at 12:01 AM EST.
5.Winners will be selected using the RAFFLECOPTER tool and posted on the the next day after the event is over.
5.1The winners will be notified by email and announced on all hosting blogs.5.2 The winners will have 48 hours from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within two days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS.
6.Each blogger will be responsable for mailing the prize they provided. No replacements will be made. Your email address will not be saved or used for any other purposes then to contact the winner in the contest for their mailing address.
6.1 The other bloggers are not responsible for other prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit.
7. Prizes are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice.
School has now started! Tests are being planned
In my role as librarian I’m often asked to help with study skills. Check back here on a regular basis to catch my pearls of wisdom.
Today’s Study Skill – block out study time and breaks.
Believe it or not, your brain can only function well, when you treat it well. Part of this good treatment is to give it a break. How often do you need a break – well, that’s an individual thing. Often it is suggested to take a 10 minute break every hour, but you might study better if you take 5 minutes every half hour.
During this break allow your brain to shut down. Do something completely different than you were doing. Go for a short walk, phone a friend for a short chat, fix a snack, clean your room (kidding). You will feel relaxed and ready to take on a new project when you sit down to study again.
Come back next week for more pearls of wisdom! Happy studying
What Were You Wearing?
Good: Fuzzy slippers. I’m always a fan. You lovely witches gave me a selection from zebras to steam engines. Much appreciated.
Bad: Animal prints, in unnatural color combinations. A pink leopard spotted silk robe? Really Sera?
Good: All of the guys took the time to cover their boxer shorts.
Bad: ALL of the HOT guys took the time to cover their boxers. You all think Devon is a boxers guy? I hope so, briefs are not my preferred look to daydream about him wearing.
Good: Everyone was safe and has recovered quickly, casts and bandages are a bad fashion move. Thank you for saving us from future eye assault handsome firefighters.
Bad: Firefighters wear too many layers. They are buff and heroic and I could not get a good look at any of them through the smoke.
That just leaves us with the: Best and Worst Dressed Awards
|Sheriff Rhys Gard – A man in uniform, he looked very official. Yummy.||Principal West – Black with smoke nighty no-no. That thing is due for a trip to the trash.|
|Faith Bradford – Looked good, but made us late to the scene while she could have skipped the makeup.||Sera – Pink Animals are rare, so stop forcing them to hide with embarrassing usage of their camouflage.|
|Devon looked cool and confident next to his element||Anchovy, his PJ’s had flames on them. Poor taste, very poor taste.|
WHO Started the HAW Fire
Available on the Paranormal Online Access Network
The big news comes close to home this week, the Hawthorne Academy of Witchcraft fire.
Rumor is that the place went up and burned almost to the ground in less than thirty minutes. No way is that natural. There had to be magical forces pushing the flames on. If there was no outside interference the firefighters or the fire witches working to put the blaze out would have been successful.
There has to be more going on than the surface evidence hints at. There are suspects being questioned, but are they strong enough to cause this damage. Hope Bradford is an Air witch, no way she has enough power to influence another element and take out the school.
In Sanction the list of people who want to get a little revenge on the witch community covers everyone. This job requires a skill. Who is able to master fire in town BUT the witches?
Inside job is what the news said, but there is another option.
ELEMENTALS – I do not believe they are as extinct as we all want to believe. Controlling and element is a dangerous gift. The witches said something like that three hundred years ago when they exterminated every Elemental they could find.
I think witches are just jealous since they only influence elements not control them. Jealousy Green is not a good color.
Water, Air, Fire, and Earth have not disappeared so I find it hard to believe that every elemental has. Should we be watching every time we light a match or turn on the water?
- Cole Harold
Paranormal Online Access
Hawthorne Academy, September 3, 2011
Bill Jensen – Authorities are investigating a large fire that damaged the Hawthorne Academy of Witchcraft (HAW) late September 1, 2011.
Town Sheriff Rhys Gard arrived shortly after an emergency call at 11:45 P.M. from nearby Grove resident and witch Hope Bradford, 15. First on the scene, Ms. Bradford pulled HAW Principal West to safety.
Rhys Gard said, “No one was seriously hurt as a result of the fire.” Ninety percent of the school however was damaged. The school will have to be closed until further notice.
No decision has been reached on how this will effect students returning this Fall to the Hawthorne Academy of Witchcraft.
The Witches Council says, “This is a serious situation and we’re making every effort to determine the cause of the fire. The impact on the students is deeper than the loss of a building and we’ll announce plans for them soon.”
So far there is not enough information on how the fire started. Speculation in the community has been running large.
- Bill Jensen
The Sanction Chronicle News
Bill Jensen, a Shade, has been reporting on Sanction news for the past 123 years.
Talking About Fashion with Faith Hope and Charity
The three sisters share their take on preparing for the school year.
Faith: Readers need to know that wearing high cut jeans is a fashion crime and I am not afraid to tell them. If you are an offender be prepared to be mocked!
Hope: Yeah please do us all a favor and burn those babies! Another faux pas for me is chipped nail polish! What is up with that? Are you out of nail polish remover or what? If you’re going to wear nail polish, keep it on, or take it off people.
Charity: Maybe we should all just wear skirts. That would solve the problem right? I like skirts anyway. And we can not use nail polish. Have you ever tried a highlighter? They work and you always have them in your backpack.
Faith: People who use highlighters on their nails should also be ready for mockery.
Charity: You’re just jealous my nails are sunny and pretty.
Faith: Oh really…
Hope: Anyways, what about hair?? The blunt bang is back! I’m not sure what I think about this trend returning. Personally I go for long bohemian curls swept back in a side braid.
Charity: It is all about color not style! Hair bands, colored extensions, and feathers!
Faith: If you have a bird on your head other birds might come and make friends. Hair is not meant to be a nest Charity.
Hope: I actually like feathers, they are an inexpensive and fun addition. What I don’t like is tinsel. Tinsel is for Christmas trees, not hair. next thing you know we’ll see Christmas lights!
Charity: Oh tinsel! Where can I get that?
Faith: I don’t care where you get it the minute it enters the house it is in the trash! And anyone else who uses it can expect to be trashed on the 3sisters twitter, facebook and Blog! This is your last warning, the new year is here and dress carefully for back to school. Sanction may be off the maps, but that is no excuse to be lazy when picking out your wardrobe.
Hope: For sure Faith! Students and citizens of Sanction BEWARE!
Charity: Do the fashion Police really exist? I never believed it, but I guess it is possible. Which would you rather be in trouble with, them or the Hell Hounds? At least the HH just kill you and there is no need to live in shame for poor fashion choices.
Faith: Shut up Charity.
September 4th, Sunday
As if life in Sanction isn’t weird enough!
I was just getting –sorta – used to living here. I was all ready for school.
No friends – check.
Bored on weekends – check.
Disgusting caf food – check.
Bitchy witches talking behind my back – all ready for that and then some.
So yes, it sucks being the only voodoo witch in town, much less the only voodoo priestess in town. Well…..priestess-in-training….
I don’t hate it so much that I wanted Hawthorne Academy to burn to the ground. The two days later and the town still smells like burnt sage and singed tarot cards. I can’t even breathe outside.
They think a student had something to do with it. Doubt it. The witches here are all about their “better than you “ school.
I don’t know. I have to go to Windhaven High now? At least I knew what to expect, who to avoid, what NOT to wear at Hawthorne. Maybe this’ll be better.
It will put all of the witches on the new-kid list. That will be good
Even up the playing ground. They’ll be so busy trying to find their way around they won’t have time to give me crap. Hhmmmm I like that…..
But hey, Cole will be there. I get see his luscious self everyday. I might even get a class or two with him. That will be better. No – that’ll be sweet.
Doesn’t mean it will be any easier.
p.s. just had an email from my dear sweet brother, Daniel. Bad storm hitting Louisiana. Now I have to worry about my brother too! What cosmic crap is this? I have to leave my beloved New Orleans after making it through Katrina . Just now it’s starting to come back to life. I have to leave my brother behind just because he’s “normal” as my jerky of a “normal” father says. Now this? Fire, floods — hurricanes. If I get stuck having to take algebra again this year — Merde! I’ll just be here throwing myself a pity party and everyone’s invited.
I know you’ve been thinking about them ~ Mom’s Famous Oatmeal Macaroons
Fall represents many things, but most typical in Sanction is cooler weather, back to school and back to baking. I love everything about these cookies, from the smells of them baking in the oven while the twins steal dough-balls to devour before they even reach a cookie sheet! As the title indicates, this recipe was my adopted Mother’s, and her Mother’s recipe before her. Come into the Undergrounds and get some or bake at home, enjoy…
Proprietor of Undergrounds Coffee House
Mom’s Famous Oatmeal Macaroons
- 1 C. Butter
- 1 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 C. Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 t. Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 C. Flour
- 1 t. Baking Soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 3 C. Rolled Oats (oatmeal)
- 1 pkg. Chocolate Chips
Sanction Chronicles YA Series
Author MD Christie
Sanction New Hampshire
September 1, 2011
Wow, he’s hot, too hot.
Hope’s skin was uncomfortably warm, the heat getting worse every minute. She smelled smoke, or was that part of the dream? He’s smoking hot, that’s it. Hope settled back to admire his dark hair and bright eyes. At least I dreamed up someone worth looking at.
She sighed. Life in Sanction was good. Not was, is—is good. Missing Dream Guy, AKA DG, did not make the rest of her life lonely. These dreams didn’t last. Now he was here, but for how long? She wanted to enjoy the time, but it was just so damn hot!
His voice broke into her thoughts. “Hope. Hope. You need to wake up.”
Like hell I do. Just minutes after getting here he wants me to leave? No way.
She was staying asleep and right here. He was free to do whatever he wanted.
“Hope, please.”The urgency in his voice pulled at her, but she refused. She wasn’t letting go of the dream.
“You need to wake up now!”
He was giving her orders? This is silly. I created DG, I don’t have to listen to him. Made up people are not allowed to give orders.
“I’m not joking Hope.”
It will be my job to give away one book every Friday. I’ve got the first few titles for giveaways chosen, but if you have a book that you would like to win, please put it in the comments and I’ll hunt through the library shelves to see if I can find it.
We will be giving away one of my favorites for this first week:
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey
On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family. Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy. Lucy is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black — in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.
Let’s chat a bit about the rules! You know, Librarians always have rules…….
1) This giveaway ends next Wednesday, Sept 7th at midnight
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Good luck and may the luckiest fan win! Now, go do your homework