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Manic Monday

Caroline Holliday Bellefleur's Chocolate Cake

#1- In a cool twist of fate this week I sort of brushed virtual elbows with one of my favorite favorite authors – Charlaine Harris (if you are unfamiliar she is the mind behind the Sookie Stackhouse series and many many others, but since the HBO series True Blood is a Sookie Stackhouse spinoff, I figured it was the best point of reference). I made these cupcakes – Caroline Bellefleur’s Chocolate Cake – forever ago, in my first year of blogging.

They are based on a character in her books– on old southern lady that has a reputation for an amazing chocolate cake. I also made Sookie’s Chicken Casserole awhile back, a recipe based on the main character’s knack for cooking comfort foods. Both recipes were adapted from a book called The Sookie Stackhouse Companion and so my adapted recipes were brought to Charlaine Harris’ publisher’s attention! Through a series of emails they contacted me AND per Mrs. Harris’ instructions sent me a copy of a special UK edition of the last book in the series (and it just so happened to be the only one I hadn’t read)!!!! It was pretty flipping neat, to say the least. So now I really just want to get my work done so I can park on the couch and finish this book.

Sookie Stackhouse Series; Manic Monday

#2- School starts in one week. ONE WEEK!!! So whenever the seasons switch over I have this insane urge to purge everything in the house and clean out all the closets. Does this happen to you? Like forget spring cleaning. I turn my life upside down at the start of every season. The only problem with this is that I am super thorough, so until I’m done everything looks 48 times worse than it did when I started. Also I have begun packing all the stuff we don’t use regularly. Even though we haven’t found a house yet. Can you tell I’m ready to go? I. Am. Ready.

Studded Flats; Manic Monday#3- The seasons are changing and it has occurred to me that I don’t have any in-between shoes. I am always in bare feet when I’m home. I wear flip flops when I have to go somewhere in the summer and I only like socks when it is -23 degrees. Actually, I take that back. I do not like socks. Anyway, sometimes flip flops are not appropriate. And sometimes I need to paint my toenails. So I found these cute flats. What do you think?

#4- 25 pictures to make you smile. (#13 is my favorite.)

#5- Forest Houses for your viewing pleasure. Because they ae fun. And because I’d kind of like to live in a storybook.

Sleepy Lucy; Manic Monday

#6- Awww. Sweet sleepy Lucy. I told you guys– this is all she ever does. Laziest puppy ever.

#7- After hearing feedback from some of you (thank you!!! I appreciate it!) I decided to add a Weekly Newsletter subscription option for my email readers. If you subscribe by email you currently receive a new email with every post. With the Weekly Newsletter you will receive ONE email on Fridays with all 5 posts. There are so many of you that have been with me for forever (I appreciate you so so much!) and so I wanted to make sure you knew the option was available. You can use the signup form below.


Monday 2nd of September 2013

You are a busy bee over there haha hope you're doing good!!!!

Sandra - The Foodie Affair

Wednesday 21st of August 2013

What a precious photo of Lucy and how super cool to get a book from one of your favorite authors! Love unexpected things like that from blogging :)


Thursday 22nd of August 2013

The book thing was SO cool! Super exciting for me. Love me some Lucy Girl. She is the best.

Choc Chip Uru

Tuesday 20th of August 2013

Aaaah Lucy what a gorgeous adorable dog ;) And I love the laziness - my life!

Cheers CCU


Tuesday 20th of August 2013

Hey girlie!!! You've been missed! Lucy is MAJOR Lazy-- she is living the high life.

My Inner Chick

Monday 19th of August 2013

okay, I especially love the sleeping sweet pup! Xx


Tuesday 20th of August 2013

Awww thanks!!! She is rotten. I love her to pieces.


Monday 19th of August 2013

Very cool about the recipes and the book!


Tuesday 20th of August 2013

I thought that was pretty neat, too!!!