Sunday Post #108

January 11, 2015 Sunday Post 52

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Itโ€™s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What happened this week?

This was an okay week some nice things happened, some bad things happened, but overal it was a nice week. I got some work for Lola’s Blog Tours done and had contact with some authors about upcoming tours. I also got a nice chunk of marketing assistant work done for this month already.

Last Sunday we had an issue with our internet, it was a frustrating day. One moment nothing would be wrong and then suddenly the pages wouldn’t load or if they did it would be incredible slow, like taking minutes to load a page. We called our internet provider and they didn’t knew what was wrong either. Then the internet would work for hours and then be gone again. It was frustrating and I think I double commented on some blogs and forgot to comment back to some bloggers thanks to the issue. I always click open the pages so I know to comment, but as we tried a lot of restarting pc’s and the internet modem I lost some blogs I still had to comment on. Then monday we heard it was a local issue and multiple people in our surrounding had complained as well. Luckily the internet kept working normally after that!

On Monday I went to the doctor for my ears, it turned out the problem wasn’t on the outside like I expected, but the doctor thought there was water behind my ear on the inside. So I got a nose spray and have an appointment tomorrow to check and see if it helped. I also got my form for blood testing, basically I can go the a place were they do blood testing in this city and if I show them the form I can have my blood taken and tested. I probably will go tomorrow morning for that, to have that out of the way as well.

We’re still a bit worried about Pita, the area around were her last tumor was is still a bit hobbly and we discovered a very small lump behind one of her front legs, we’re keeping a close eye on her and probably will pay a visit to the vet this week. She’s been squeeking a lot lately, if we pick her up or if she moves or if another rat grooms her.

LolaKitchen
And this week was my first Lola’s Kitchen post! I started with a post with general cooking tips and next week I’ll share my first recipe with you! I am so exicted for this feature and thanks for everyone who stoped by and commented!
I also made a new page on my blog for my recipes so you can easily find them all in one place, it’s still a bit bare at the moment and only includes two recipes I shared last year.
And have you seen the amazing banner Michelle from Because Reading is Better Than Real Life made for me for this feature! I am so happy with how it turned out! And I have to thank Michelle as well for pushing me to start this feature, I am so excited for this feature and having a blast writing and scheduling the posts.

WinterCoyer
Still reading my second book for Coyer, it is a good book, but it’s pretty long so it takes me a while to read it.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: Sajoer Beans – new recipe – I made it from scratch for the first time and it turned out great, will be making a recipe post of it next time!
  • Monday: Tai Green Curry Fried Rice – which turned into green curry with rice as I had way too much sauce
  • Tuesday: Risotto with egg and curry spices ketchup – this was so delicious, making it again soon!
  • Extra: Chocolate Chips Snickerdoodles – recipe post in february
  • Wednesday: Curry Wraps
  • Thursday: Carrot Soufllรฉ – recipe post in April
  • Friday: Potatoes and Peas Curry – recipe post in April
  • Saturday: Sweet Sour sauce with veggies (sauce came from a jar that was in my boyfriend christmas package) with noodles
  • Extra: Egg Salad – recipe post in April
  • Extra: Peanut Butter Cookies – recipe post in April

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Smarties in ruined wigwam
Here’s Smarties, she seem to like the wigwam a lot and ate a new hole in it. I took her and the wigwam out of the cage as it’s a safety hazzard now. And she was content to just keep sitting in there on my desk. She’s such a cutey!

This week I posted about:

Review: Forbidden by Kelley Armstrong
Review: Paragon (Legacy Code #2) by Autumn Kalquist
Lola’s Ramblings: Books you Hate by Authors you Love
Lola’s Kitchen: General Cooking Tips
My To-Be Read List #5: chosen book

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Schedule Posts? – Thursday
– Lola’s Kitchen: Hot Lightning – Friday
– Book Blitz: Instinct by JA belfield – Saturday

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Review Opportunity: Chills: a short story collection by Sahar Sabati – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Flawless by Jennifer McGill – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Paranormal Keepers by Jen Naumann – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1) by Kelsey Ketch – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Cross Roads by Donald Wilson II – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Last House Burning by Katy Scott – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: True Calling (True Calling #1) by Siobhan Davis – sign-ups open till further notice

Book Blitz: Bring Me Back by Jennifer Collin – sign-ups open till 5 february

Blog Tour: Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black – sign-up open till 8 February

Book Haul:

shadow and boneShadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
by Leigh Bardugo

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find on Goodreads

Blurb:
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Laini Taylor.

52 Responses to “Sunday Post #108”

    • Lola

      Glad to hear you enjoyed my debut cooking posts, I hope you’ll keep enjoying them as I have many more planned ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And Michelle did an awesome job with the header, I love it. I only wish I actually had a hat like that for when I am cooking. I do have a wooden spoon like that and use them almost always when cooking.

      Yeah I am glad the internet problem was only one day, it really put a dent into my work that day, although I did get some more reading done.

    • Lola

      lol, you can try ;).

      I am looking forward to Shadow of Bone, heard so many good thigns about, so I am glad to hear it lives up to the hype!

    • Lola

      I don’t the ear thing is serious, it felt full so I assumed it needed to be cleaned as that happened in the past a few times. The nose spray seems to have worked so far, but I’ll know more tomorrow.

      Just try and cook at least once each week, that really helped for me and gradually I wanted to cook more and I ended up cooking every day of the week now.

    • Lola

      I try to bake at least once every week, but I cook every evening so I do that a lot more. I already have all my favourite cookies recipes scheduled as a recipe post! I hope you’ll enjoy my cooking posts ๐Ÿ™‚

      We’re probably going to the vet with her this week. I read that sqeeuking can be a sign of pain, but it’s difficult to figure out what exactly is wrong.

      It was really scary when our internet disapeared last week, my work, my blog and everything related is online. Makes you realize how little you cna do without it. Luckiyl it was solved soon!

        • Lola

          Oh lemon meringue sounds delicious! My sister made a delicious lemon meringue pie once, I haven’t tried that myself yet.

          • Laura @ trips down imagination road

            I’ve been told it is, though I don’t actually like it myself (the irony of the fact I make it to sell amuses several people greatly!) I’ve perfected my recipe over time as well, so its actually not much like the basic recipe I started with!

            • Lola

              Are you willing to share the recipe or is it secret? Would love to try it once! I think it’s funny you can make a delicious pie and then don’t like it. I always think eating what I bake is one of the best things about baking ๐Ÿ˜‰

              • Laura @ trips down imagination road

                No secret! (Except maybe from my boss! Can’t have him knowing how to make it!) Now just for me to remember…

                Pastry
                260g (ish) plain flour
                200g unsalted butter
                65g icing sugar
                Splash of water

                Use a food processor to mix cubed butter and flour until a fine consistancy, add in icing sugar and a splash of water, then, still using the processor, mix until it forms a dough. Cover in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes at least. When it is done role it out into flan tin (pretty sure mine is 21cm but I’m not too sure about that!) and blind bake for 15 minutes, remove baking beans and bake for around 8 minutes (all at around 180oC)

                Filling
                5 lemons
                60g cornflour
                about 450ml water
                6 egg yolks (you’ll use the white in a minute!)
                250g caster sugar

                Zest and juice the lemons into about 390ml of water, bring to the boil. Mix 60g cornflour with about 60ml cold water until it is a paste and mix into the lemon mixture on a medium heat, stir a few times and take off the heat to cool. Beat egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl, when the lemon mixture is luke warm, mix in the egg/sugar mix and put onto a low heat until thickened. Leave to cool a bit more.

                Meringue
                6 egg whites
                225g caster sugar
                2 teaspoons of cornflour (though I normally just shake a bit in if I’m honest)

                Beat the egg whites til they peak, add in the sugar, beat until they peak, mix in cornflour.

                The rest of it!

                When the lemon mixture has cooled a bit, pour into the baked pastry case and spoon the meringue on top without touching the edges or leaving any where uncovered. Bake for 20 minutes at 170oC. After the 20 minutes is up I turn the oven off and leave it in there for a while (depends how close to going to work I am when I make it) – I find it makes the meringue better.

                Hope that made some sense! I normally make it from my head, so I don’t actually have it written down! Yes normally I like to eat what I bake, but in this case I don’t! I’ve never liked it but always been pretty good at making it though!
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                • Lola

                  Thanks so much! I copied and pasted it in a word document so I can try it once! And that’s impressive you normally make ir from your head. I have a few recipes which I could make from my head, but I like having the recipe next to me just in case.

    • Lola

      The health thigns are just regular check-ups I keep avoiding, so it’s good to get them done now. I am really worried about Pita though, she seems sick, but we can’t figure out what’s wrong.

      Smarties really is a mishievus rat, she loves ruining nice wigwams. Her sister Snickers loves to ruin the things in the cage as well, so it runs in the family ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. laura thomas

    What a cutie in the wigwam. I hope Pita is okay.

    I’m dealing with something today also. I don’t know if it;s a tooth, or my ear or sinuses, but something painful is going on with the right side of my face and neck. Taking some anitbiotics and hope that helps.

    I’m looking forward to your recipes. I’ve been in the mood to try some new ones:)
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    • Lola

      Yeah she was really happy in her ruined wigwam, she actually stayed in there for several minutes before changing her mind and sitting with me. I hope I have more news about Pita next week, we’re plannign a visit to the vet if this keeps up.

      That pain on the right side of your face sounds nasty and it’s even more difficult when you don’t know what is causing it. Hope the antibiotics help!

      Next recipe is this friday for potatoes with appels :). I am actually making it again this week to celebrate the recipe post!

  2. Shandy Jo

    Hi, Our internet acts up all the time not sure if it’s the modem or just to many devices on all at once, but it’s a pain. I hope Pita is all right, it’s upsetting when a pet is sick. I will definitely come back and check out your cooking posts, I love to cook. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

    • Lola

      This was an issue with the internet provider, something local, so luckily it’s solved! I hope you’ll enjoy the cooking posts :).
      We’re probably paying a visit to the vet this week to find out what’s wrong with Pita. Her behaviour is really worrying me, but we can’t figure out what’s wrong.

  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    Our old internet service use to do that, it would drive me insane. Now it gets cut very rarely but it’s so frustrating.

    I LOVE your banner ๐Ÿ˜‰ so happy you are doing the feature! I am really looking forward to the recipes and of course your menu has me starving.

    I hope Pita feels better, that poor baby oxox Smarties is adorable. Such a cute picture!

    Have a great week Lola!

    • Lola

      I am happy we didn’t had any internet issues after that, as it drove me crazy, I couldn’t do anything but read and wait till the internet worked again.

      I think the Lola’s Kitchen banner is my favourite banner so far, I just love it! Hope you’ll enjoy the first recipe post this week!

      Smarties can destroy a wigwam and I can’t even be angry at her as she’s such a cutie. I hope we can figure out what’s up with Pita this week as I am worrying about her :(.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Ugh internet issues drive me crazy! We have them sporadically as our area has grown really fast and the service is slower to catch up. Also, I think the network card on my desktop is starting to go so I might need an external modem for it. So frustrating! Hope your bloodwork and ear stuff come out fine and I hope Pita feels better. Smarties is adorable! Have a great week!
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    • Lola

      I can’t imagine having internet issue sporadically, that would drive me crazy! We never had any issues with our internet except for this time.
      I hope the blood and ear stuff both turn out fine. I don’t worry too much about my ears, but the blood stuff coul be nasty.

    • Lola

      Smarties really know how to cause trouble and the be so cute, you can’t blame her. Thanks I really enjoy makign these foodie posts!

  5. Greg

    Nothing aggravates me more than internet problems when I’m trying t do something. ๐Ÿ™‚ And good luck with Pita- hope everything is OK there. Glad the new feature is going well- have fun! And have a good week.
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    • Lola

      Yeah the internet issue was really annoying, I am glad the internet kept working well after that. I hope Pita is okay, but if she keeps behaving like this, we’ll pay a visit to the vet just in case. I am really enjoying my new feature! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    Oh Pita! I sure hope everything turns out to be no big deal – keeping my fingers crossed for her! I hope your blood test goes well too:)

    Smartest is too cute – that picture is too adorable!!

    I need to cath up and check out your Lola’s Ramblings and your cooking post, I’m so excited for it – I just love the logo Michelle did for you!! I’m really excited seeing all the recipes you have scheduled, I’ll have to try my hand at some.

    Have a great week Lola!
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    • Lola

      I really hope it turns out to be no big deal, but after since that last tumor surgery she seems a bit off. I just hope she’ll be okay.

      Thanks for stopping by my Lola’s Ramblings and Lola’s Kitchen posts as well :). I love the banner Michelle made for the Lola’s Kitchen feature, it might be my favourite so far! I have recipe posts shcedule up until the first week of May, I might have gotten a little bit too excited ;). And I would love to hear what you thought of it if you decide to try one of the recipes!

  7. Samantha

    I hate internet issues! They can be so frustrating! I’m working on my second read for COYER as well. I’m going slowly with this challenge but at least I am getting some books read so that keeps me happy. I hope that you have a great week filled with good books!
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    • Lola

      It’s been slow going for me this Coyer, but good news is that I finally finished that second book yesterday evening. And I got a chunk of my third book read waiting in the doctor’s office today.
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    • Lola

      Yay! Glad to hear you enjoyed my first kitchen post :). Next up are mostly recipes posts although I hope to add in a few tips posts like this one.
      I love PB cookies, it’s a shame they don’t sell them anywere here in the Netherlands, but the more reason to make them myself!

  8. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    OMG I am so pumped about your cooking feature!!! I love to cook. Though I suck at it. I am always trying new meals around here. It is totally frustrating when the internet is down. I play a lot of video games online and so that makes it double hard for me. I don’t get to do a few of my favorite hobbies… I need the internet!
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    • Lola

      I love to cook, although I used to suck at it for a long time until I finally got the hang of it, but I still mess up now and then. I was doing some work and blog commenting and then it’s really annoying when you can’t continue. Same goes with video games. My boyfriend and I were joking as well how we ned the internet, my boyfriend is a big gamer, so he could only play some games when the internet was down.

  9. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    It really BLOWS when your internet goes down, nothing will prompt me to call customer service quite like an outage. Sorry to hear that one of your fur babies isn’t doing so well; it’s at times like these that I wish they spoke people, so we could explain to them what’s going on. It looks like 2015 has been really good to you tour-wise; keep up the good work!
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    • Lola

      After a half hour of no internet we decided to call customer service, we were really impressed with the customer service so that sort of made it less bad.

      Rta behavior is so difficult to read sometimes, I know something is wrong with her, but I am not sure what or were she’s hurting. We have an appointment with the vet tomorrow, so hopefully we know more then. In the meantime we’re giving her lots of yummies and extra attention.

      Most of the tours currently open are review opps, authors pay once and they stay open for sign-ups until further notice. Except for the True calling review opp the rest is of last year, but I got some new tours/authors this year already so I can’t complain :).

    • Lola

      My ear actually feels fine and the doctor said it looked fine durign the check-up so yay for that! Also got my tetanus shut and blood testing done this week. So finally got all the doctor visits out of the way, only have to call back for the blood testing results.

      We went to the vet this afternoon and it’s a bit mixed, we got pain killers for her as the doctor wanted to give that a try and see if that helps her, but he couldn’t figure out were she’s hurting. And she has a tumor in the beginning stages, but basically we’re seeing if the pain killers help first and then decide afterwards whether to do the surgery for the tumor.

    • Lola

      lol I never swim, but my ears always bug me. They are really sensitive and make weird crackling sounds when there’s too much sound. But the doctor said they looked fine during the check-up, so that’s good.

      We got some pain killers from the vet for Pita, so we hope that helps her. He wnated to focus on threating her pain issues first and only after that decide on the tumor. The tumor is still very small, so that can wait for a bit while we see if the pain killers help her.

      I heard so many good things about Shadow and Bone, I hope I’ll enjoy it!

  10. Asti

    Oooh Shadow and Bone! Love that book (and series)! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry to hear this week has been sort of up and down for you – especially in regards to the internet. I practically live on my laptop so anytime the internet goes down it can ruin my day. Hopefully it starts being more reliable! And yay for starting a new cooking feature! I think that’s a great idea. A lot of blogs I follow have been expanding into new content areas, and I think it’s exciting. It’s nice to have some diversity of content in the book blogosphere.

    Hope you have a better week this week!
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    • Lola

      I am so excited to finally own my copy of Smoke and Bone, everyone seems to love this series and it has such a pretty cover, so I can’t wait to read it!

      The internet is usually very reliable, but it can be so frustrating when it isn’t. Since then we didn’t had any issues, so I hope the issue, whatever it was, got fixed.

      I love it when blogs add different content to their sites and I just love cooking, but I didn’t want to start a seperate blog for it, so I think it’s great being able to combine them like this.

    • Lola

      In this case the internet was an issue with our internet provider locally and it was solved the day after that luckily!

      I can’t wait to read Shadow and Bone, heard so many good things about it!

  11. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    YOU had a seriously busy week, lady! I have to go check out your review of Forbidden now, b/c LOVE that series, AND I hope you love Shadow and Bone–it’s one of my favorite YA fantasies ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Lola

      This week was even worse, I hope I have some less busier weeks coming up soon! I love the Otherworld series as well and I am so happy I won Forbidden, it was a fun read!
      So happy to hear Shadow and Bone is one of your favourite YA fantasies, hope I get aroudn to reading it soon!

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