Sunday Post #153

November 22, 2015 Sunday Post 32

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’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 another busy week, I got a lot of work done. On Thuesday evening I felt so tired from all the work I decided to take it a bit slower the next few days. I finally got a bit of couring done this week. And I baked “Kruidnootjes” twice this week, I really love the recipe I found for them. I already scheduled a recipe post for it as well. I also had a cover reveal and a tour take place this week, which was fun.

Beside that I took two pictures of weird things we eat on our bread here in the Netherlands and a book I won in a giveaway arrived. I also found a kelley armstrong novella on netgalley, that I couldn’t resist grabbing. On saturday we watched Home Alone 2, which was fun. We’re planning to rewatch all the Home Alone movies this year.

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And sign-ups for the winter Coyer are now open! I always love this reading challenge and can’t wait for this one to start!

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Muisjes
Continuing the theme of featuring weird things we dutchies eat on our bread. I had a hard time thinking of more pictures I could take until I remember “Muisjes”, we don’t eat it that often, but I still own a package of it. “Muisjes” are either blue and white or pink and white, they are eaten on bread or “Beschuit”. Often when a baby is born parents serve “Beschuit met Muisjes” and the colour of the “Muisjes” shows the gender of the baby. “Beschuit” are hard, airy, almost cracker like round pieces of hard baked bread. I don’t think there is a good english translation, in english you do have biscuits, but that isn’t the same. You can check the dutch wikipedia page for picture of beschuit, I’ll share a picture next week in my sunday post as well.”Muisjes” is literally translated Mice, and when I think about it that’s quite a name for something you eat on your bread. The are sweet, with a slightly anice flavour and quite hard. Wikipedia also describes it as hard candy coated anice seed.

Gestampte Muisjes
These are “Gestampte Muisjes” or literally translated Mashed/ sqaushed Mice. They taste similiar to “Muisjes”, but they aren’t hard. I think these are literally sqaushed mice. It’s white and powdery and tastes like anice. This is often eaten on bread or soemthgin similiar, but not when baby is born, then you use Muisjes.

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugsr Mystery Paperback
And I was so excited to find this book in my mailbox on friday! I won it in a giveaway and the author was nice enough to also sign the book. It’s so pretty! Can’t wait to read this one!

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Peanut Pasta
  • Monday: Wraps with curry sauce and rice
  • Tuesday: leftover Wraps with curry sauce and rice
  • Extra: Kruidnootjes
  • Wednesday: storebrought Pizza
  • Thursday: Potatoes and Peas Curry
  • Extra: Kruidnootjes
  • Friday: Storebrought salad
  • Saturday: vega pie with sweet potatoes

This week I blogged about:

Review: Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Review: Revealed (Nogiku #5) by SJ Pajonas
Lola’s Ramblings: How do you Decide in Which Format you Buy a Book?
Lola’s Kitchen: My favourite Veggies and Fruits
Review: My Kind of Wonderfull by Jill Shalvis

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Risky Tide (Santa Barbara Dolphins #2) by CJ Mathhew
– Review: Death Crashes the Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #1) by Vickie Fee
– Lola’s Ramblings: Where Do You Read?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Fruity Yellow Chicken Curry recipe
– Review: Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2) by KA Tucker

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

Review Opportunities:
Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez
Link by Summer Wier
A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael
Maisy and the Mystery Manor by Elizabeth WoodrumNew!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
none open for sign-up at the moment

Tours:
Book Blitz: Sonar the Cyclone by B Truly – runs from 30 november till 4 December
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein – 30 November till 13 December
Blog Tour: Pretty Little Creatures by Vince Milam – runs from 1 till 14 December
Book Blitz: The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor – runs from 14 till 20 December
Book Blitz: Sparked by Sheena Snow – runs from 16 till 22 December
Book Blitz: Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis – runs from 15 till 28 December

Book Haul:

DrivenDriven (Otherworld Stories #13.6)
by Kelley Armstrong

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Driven on Goodreads

Blurb:
Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Driven will feature a full-color dust jacket as well as four full-color interior illustrations. The Signed Limited Edition will have a completely different dust jacket, full-color endsheets, and two additional full-color illustrations not in the Trade. If you own a copy of the limited edition of Forsaken, please mention your number to match when checking out.

Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.

When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn’t about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.

But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster—Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.

Longing for HerLonging for Her (Risso Family #2)
by Lynn Burke

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Longing for Her on Goodreads

Blurb:
Straight-laced Cole Risso has longed for his sister’s bohemian best friend Gwen since he first laid eyes on her as a kid. Now, as future patriarch of the Risso Family, he’s expected to marry well. A free spirit and unconventional daughter of a pot-toking hippie hardly qualifies.

When one night of giving into temptation ruins them both for any other, Cole and Gwen are faced with a decision—love the other enough to let them go, or defy family expectations and fight for their hearts’ desires. No matter the decision, their choices have the power to destroy all they hold dear.

Complete With HerComplete With Her (Risso Family #3)
by Lynn Burke

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Complete With Her on Goodreads

Blurb:
Bastian Risso breaks away from his loud, intrusive family and moves to Charleston, West Virginia. His new neighbor is a seemingly lonely soul, a kindred introvert who might be his perfect match. Her beauty calls to him like a siren, and determined not to be a chicken-shit, he steps out of his comfort zone to make her acquaintance.

Eve Thompson is protective of her privacy. She relishes her solitude as it keeps people from staring at her deformed upper lip or making fun of her speech impediment. Her persistent neighbor, however, proves a temptation too great to resist. His sincere smiles and compliments threaten to crumble the brick wall she hides behind. And his affections evoke feelings she can’t control.

Bastian plans to show Eve the beauty of who she is inside and out. But will his efforts break down her barriers or shatter both their fragile hearts?

Tempered by HerTempered by Her (Risso Family #4)
by Lynn Burke

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Tempered by Her on Goodreads

Blurb:
Zane Risso, a Dominant unyielding in his desires, is haunted by the one woman he wants and can’t have, vanilla goodie-two-shoes Raquel Hawkins. He knows the only way to flush her from his system is to seduce her and move on, because surrendering the kink club addiction he enjoys is not a demand he’ll accept. From any woman.

Raquel Hawkins has never known temptation like the blue-eyed Italian god who seems fond of whispering naughty things in her ear during office hours. He’s bad news—sin personified—and although she continues to deny him, her body’s responses to his sensual words just might buy her a one-way ticket to hell.

From their first kiss, Zane’s determination to overcome her Pollyanna principles threatens his lifestyle. For Raquel, giving in to temptation would doubtless leave her heart a shredded mess—and unlock sordid secrets best left in the dark.

Amanda lester and the Pink Suagr MysteryAmanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)
by Paula Berinstein

Format: signed paperback
Source: won in a giveaway
You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy on Goodreads

Blurb:
A reluctant detective, a criminal mastermind, and . . . sugar?

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away—until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these seeming clues mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

32 Responses to “Sunday Post #153”

    • Lola

      I was so excited to get Driven from netgalley and the book I won in a giveaway was one that already was on my to-read list. I woke this mornign with a headache, so I’ve been having a lazy sunday too, it’s finally disapearing, so I can get some more blog commenting done.

  1. S. J. Pajonas

    Mice on bread! Lol. Yeah, that’s a little strange when you think about it. The Dutch really love that anise flavor, huh? I’ve never been a fan of anise, so that would be hard for me. How’s the weather been there lately? It’s coming up on winter, and, per usual, I love to hear how Europe is fairing with snow and what not.

    You got a lot of books in a series this week! Lots of reading ahead for you.
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    • Lola

      Yeah now that I translated it, I suddenly realized how weird that sounds mice on bread. I like anise and sometimes add it to curries as well. I don’t eat Mice as often, but I do like the anice taste.
      The weather’s been cold and windy and rainy these past few weeks. All the pretty autumn leaves are gone due to the wind. The wind is finaly calming down a bit. We didn’t got a lot of snow last year, so we’ll see if we get any this year.
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  2. Stormi

    Wow, you got a lot of new to me books this week! I hope you enjoy them all. You also do put some weird things on your bread but it’s interesting to see what other countries eat. 🙂
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    • Lola

      It’s fun to share all the things we eat on our bread here. Every week I am planning to get less new books, but every week I end up with mroe new books than I planned, I just can’t resist all thsoe awesoem books.
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    • Lola

      Sorry for making you hungry, it’s just so much fun to talk about food ;).

      I love the covers for the Amandan Lester series, they are all so prety and detailed. There’s even a detailed picture on the back cover. The cover artist really did an awesome job on those covers. I am really happy I won a copy as the cover is even prettier in real life and it sounds like a fun book!
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  3. Greg

    The Home Alone movies are fun (the first two anyway, those are the ones I’ve seen). Very holiday- ish. 🙂 And it’s interesting to learn about muisjes, I like seeing what other people and cultures eat.

    • Lola

      I think I’ve seen the first 4 or maybe even all 5, but I remember the first 2 the best. After that they switch to another kid as main characters. I never realized how many country specific things we have until I started sharing them in my sunday post.
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  4. Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com

    The beschuites look a little like zwieback maybe http://www.vermontcountrystore DOT com/store/jump/productDetail/H3713?searchid=7SPDNONB&feedid=googlenonbrand&adpos=1t1&creative=76543483218&device=c&matchtype=b&network=g&gclid=CjwKEAiA7MWyBRDpi5TFqqmm6hMSJAD6GLeAp3sZSgt3MD_Sgr_00hNL665DbcVJYiZe1UAVSVHSnhoCqMbw_wcB.
    I haven’t seen round zwieback though.
    But I find that “squashed mice” on anything a bit off putting. Otherwise I think the sprinkle parts look like what we call jimmies and we put them on icecream or on top of cake for decoration. How do they stick to the beschuits?
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    • Lola

      Yes Beschuit is very similiar to zweiback, only here we always have them in round shapes and they are a bit thicker. Sqaushed mice is a weird name for something you put on your bread, event though it doesn’t even look like mice. In dutch it doesn’t sound weir,d but now that I translated it, it suddnely strikes me how weird the word is.

      You put some butter on beschuit and then sprinkle whatever you want on top. Here in the Netherlands it’s normal to put butter on our bread before anything else, although I only use butter when I am eatign thigns like Vlokken and hagelslag as else it falls off.

  5. Michelle@Because Reading

    I think I will take it in Dutch instead of translated, I don’t think I could eat something called Squished Mice LOL. I do like Anise, the Italians love to back cookies with that, My mom makes the best Anise Cookies for the holidays.

    Loving the cover of Kelley’s Novella!

    Have a great week, Lola! Happy Reading! ox
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    • Lola

      In dutch it sounds more normal, lol. When I translated it, it just felt weird with the squished mice. Oh anise cookies sound good, I’ll have to see if I can find a recipe for that.

      I was so excited to see that Kelley Armstrong novella on netgalely, they are very pricey in physical format and I don’t think I’ve seen one on netgalley before.
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    • Lola

      I wouldn’t call these popular to eat on bread, but most supermarkets do sell these. Vlokken and Hagelslag are more popular. I had a nice book haul this week :).

    • Lola

      I read the first book in Lynn Burke her series and was happy when she offered the rest to me for review. I alreayd finished the second one as well, they are short and hot novella’s that follow sibligns from one family.
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  6. Mary Kirkland

    Hmmm, Mice on bread. I just thinking about small furry rodents looking up at you and trying to eat the Muisjes off the sweet bread before you can. lol

    I like Anise flavor and have had some anise cookies before and liked them.
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    • Lola

      I am not really sure why they are called Mice, maybe because they are so small? I wonder who ever came up with that name. The flavour is nice though. Anise cookies sound good, I’ll have to see if I can find a recipe for that once.

  7. Deborah

    Oh Lola, I love the insight into different culture’s eating habits! Thanks for sharing. But mice?! Very funny!

    Am also off to check out that peanut pasta recipe!

  8. Kathy

    I love the Dutch food you have been sharing. It is really unique and I love how there is a special treat for when a baby was born. I want to start reading graphic novels so I’ll have to check out Kelley Armstrong’s. I did enjoy one of her series so I can’t wait to see what copies I can find here. I hope you enjoy all your new books and have a great week!
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    • Lola

      It’s been fun thinking of things other countries might not have. Don’t you have something in the US that you eat when a baby is born?

      I don’t think Driven is a graphic novel, but it does has a few illustrations. I do know she has one graphic novel, but I can’t remember the name at the moment and I haven’t read that one yet. I love Kelley Armstrong her books, so I was really happy to find that one on netgalley.
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  9. Nise'

    All new to me authors. Not sure what is the weirdest thing I put on bread. Long ago after frying pork chops, we used to put bread in the pan to soak up the drippings and then eat it. The thought of it now makes me say eewwww. Have a great week.
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  10. Sophia Rose

    The Muisjes are a neat idea for baby celebrations. I like the taste of Anise. But that’s funny about it meaning mice and there being a squashed mice variety.
    I’ve pretty much eaten the usual spreads and stuff on my bread or at least usual for Americans. Not sure if others would consider our food usual. 🙂

    Glad it was a productive week. And that is so cool about the book prize. It sounds like a fun story. I love Sherlock Holmes type stories.

    Have a good week!
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    • Lola

      It’s pretty fun to get “Beschuit met Muisjes” here when someone has gotten a baby. The mice taste pretty nice, although I didn’t realize how weird the name mice soudned till I translated it. Not sure how they ever came up with the name.

      Most of things we eat here I saw as normal and it’s only since I started doing thes pictures that I realized how many weird things we eat here, lol.

      I was so happy to have won that book, it sounds like a great series and I love the cover.
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  11. Bookworm Brandee

    Thanks for sharing more things you eat, Lola. We really only eat butter, jam, peanut butter, or cinnamon/sugar on our bread. It is very interesting to learn things about you. 😀 Glad you took some time to ‘relax’ and do something just for you. We all need that sometimes. And the books you procured look fantastic! Especially that Kelley Armstrong. I hope you’ll enjoy each of them! Enjoy your week!

    • Lola

      There are so many different things we eat here, although muisjes aren’t that common, compared to vlokken and hagelslag for example. Yeah I think it was good to relax a bit more for a few days, I feel much better now. I was so happy I got accepted for the Kelley Armstrong book on netgalley :). And I already started the Amanda Lester book and it’s really good so far!
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  12. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I wouldn’t be happy eating anything called mice! So I’d just have to use the dutch name and wipe the translation from my head! I’d love to try one though as I’d like to just what the texture is. They look very pretty and I love the idea of new parents serving Beschuit met Muisjes.
    Glad you had a busy and productive week and hope this one is just as good.
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    • Lola

      The traditions to serve beschuit met muisjes is pretty neat! When my cousin and his girlfriend got their first baby we went to visit them and got beschuit met muisjes too. Just remember the dutch name that sounds less weird ;).
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