Sunday Post #165

February 14, 2016 Sunday Post 38

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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?

Another nice, but busy week. I send out 5 media kits for the 5 cover reveals that will take place next week and I am exicted to see all the cover reveals take place next week! It will be a fun and and busy week with all those cover reveals. I also got a lot of marketing assistant work done and only have only a little bit left for next week.

I reorganized my recipes page a bit so it’s easier to find a recipe you’re looking for. I now grouped things in general cooking posts, dinner recipes, cake/ pies etc and other. As the list of recipes was getting so long it became difficult to find recipes. Ofcourse you can also use ctrl f, but I still thought it was handy to group it in different categories as well in case you don’t have a specific recipe in mind you’re looking for.

And there’s a new The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonascover reveal open for sign-up! It’s the first cover reveal for a cozy mystery I am organizing and it’s such a great cover, I can’t wait to share it with you!

getting cozy with a mystery
I almost finished two more books for this challenge, so my total is still on 2, but will be upped to 4 today probably. As I am almost done with The City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (love it!) and Murder on a Silver Platter by Shawn Reilly Simmons (not really caring about this one even though the catering thing is interesting).

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Banoffee-pie
I mentioned last week that I made a Banoffee pie, here’s the picture. One of my challenges for this year is to make more pies, so I am doing really good so far with making two pies in two months ;). It turned out pretty good, although I was impatient and cut it up before it was fully cooled and thus some caramal dripped out. The pie turned out good, just not 100% to my taste? It was pretty sticky and I thought there was too much caramel. I did like the cookies I used for the bottom and the banana’s, but I don’t think I will make this pie again. Overal I still consider it a succes as it did turn out well.

Apple-pie
And this week I amde apple pie, Kirsten mentioned it last week in a comment on my sunday post and suddenly I was craving apple pie. We still had a lot of apples left, so apple pie was made. I even made pictures so I can share the recipe on my blog in April :). And I was feeling a bit grumpy and down that day and making pie definitely cheered me up. This is the best apple pie I made so far, it turned out fantasic, looked great and tasted delicious too, yum! Apple pie is one of the few pies I can actually make, so I just knew I had to make it for my resolution challenge. What is your favourie pie to bake and to eat?

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Swarma for my boyfriend and vegetarian meat for me with baked red bell pepper and spanish garlic sauce
  • Monday: Lukewarm couscous salad
  • Tuesday: leftover lukewarm couscous salad
  • Extra: Apple Pie
  • Wednesday: storebought salads
  • Thursday: Veggies in chilli sauce
  • Friday: storebought soup with french bread
  • Saturday: Japanese Curry

This week I blogged about:

Review: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss
Review: February by Audrey Carlan
Lola’s Ramblings: Do You Beta Read Books?
Lola’s Kitchen: Risotto with Soy Sauce and Egg Recipe
My To-Be Read List #18: the winner

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: A Scone to Die for by H.Y. Hanna
– Review: Truths we Tell by Brenda St. John Brown
– Lola’s Ramblings: How Expectations can Influence your enjoyment of a book
– Cover Reveal: Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis
– Lola’s Kitchen: Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
– Review: His Kind of Cowboy by Karen Rock

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

Review Opportunities:
Maisy and the Mystery Manor by Elizabeth Woodrum
Indestructible by Emma L Adams
Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Buried and Forgotten by CJ Carmichael
Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
When Lucifer met Calamity by D. Alyce Domain – February 15
A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land – February 16
Crash Landing by Nikki Godwin – February 17
Trees of Life: A Colouring Experience by Jenna Field Lyn – February 18
Saven: Disclosure by Siobhan Davis – February 19
The Daydreamer Detective by SJ Pajonas – February 25 – New!

Tours:
None open for sign-up at the moment

Book Haul:

Happily Ever AfterHappily Ever After (Happily Ever After #1)
by Jen Meyers

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Happily Ever After on Goodreads

Blurb:
For wedding planner Everly Vaughn, her best friend’s high-profile Caribbean island wedding could be her big break. The good news? She’s starting her own business. The bad news? Well…

One client.
The wedding of the season.
Twelve days to pull it off.
No staff.
A bride who’s been engaged four times but never makes it down the aisle.
And the bride’s brother who she’s trying desperately to resist…to no avail.

What could possibly go wrong? (Seriously? Absolutely everything.)

A Disguise to Die ForA Disguise to Die For (Costume Shop Mystery #1)
by Diane Vallere

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find A Disguise to Die For on Goodreads

Blurb:
Someone is dressed to kill in the debut Costume Shop Mystery from the national bestselling author of the Material Witness mysteries.

No sooner does former magician’s assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family’s costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for—literally—when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo’s friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz.

For Margo, clearing Ebony’s name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas. But as she soon learns, even a killer disguise can’t hide a murderer in plain sight for long.

INCLUDES RECIPES AND COSTUME IDEAS!

38 Responses to “Sunday Post #165”

  1. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Your apple pie looks gorgeous! And all classic with the cross-cross design. That’s great that it even cheered you up 🙂 I just looked banoffee pie because I didn’t know what it was, and I think I would actually like that. I love bananas in desserts, and I like caramel/toffee/dulce de leche/whatever is used. Plus your crust looks really good!

    It does sound like you had a busy week and have another busy week ahead of you with all the cover reveals and things, but I imagine it’s a good kind of busy 🙂 Good luck with all of it!
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    • Lola

      It’s the standard here in the Netherlands to make apple pie like that, I’ve never made it differently. Baking the apple pie really cheered me up and it was so good! I did like the banana part of the cake, but the caramel got a bit too sticky and I like it when it stays a bit more fluid I think. The crust was made from Bastogne cookies, do you have those cookies over there too?

      Yes it’s a good kind of busy! I am looking forward to seeing all the cover reveals play out. It’s always work intensive on the day they take place, but it’s also fun to see the cover pop up everywhere.
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  2. Wattle

    The apple pie looks great! 🙂 My favourite pie is probably lemon meringue (that my Mum makes), but I also love pecan pie which I make every now and then on special occasions. I’m the only one that eats it *sigh*

    I hope that you enjoy your new reads, A Disguise to Die For sounds like fun!
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    • Lola

      I also love lemon meringue pie, my sister made one for my birthday last year. I once attempted to make it myself, but failed misserably. I like pecans, so I should give pecan pie a try once, I did make a pecan cream cheese pie once, which was really good.

      I can’t wait to read A Disguise to Die For, it sounds like so much fun!

  3. Xxertz

    Ahh reorganization. It’s a wonderful, painful process that makes everything better. I think your new set up for recipes is great ☺ and your pies!! Yum! Although I wish I never looked up Banoffe pie because now I reeeaally want one lol.

    I’m excited to see what you think about A Scone to Die for. I enjoyed the book, but it was an adjustment getting used to the new genre (cozy mysteries) and I didn’t quite understand the whole “I say this, but I actually feel this” in regards to her ex. Hmm..

    I am even more stoked to see your Tofu & Veggies in Peanut Sauce. I enjoy tofu in stir fry, but haven’t been able to make it in anything else.. Have you ever tried the tofu noodles??

    Do you have a post that explains what it takes to sign up for a cover reveal?

    Blah, sorry for rambling and happy Sunday!
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    • Lola

      Luckily this reorganization didn’t take too long and improved things :). I am sorry I mentioned Banoffee pie, I had the same reaction as you when I first heard of it and am glad I gave it a try.

      I really enjoyed A Scone to Die for, I already read some other cozy mysteries before this so I am not to new to the genre anymore. I mostly got annoyed at her being jealous, misinterperting things and then saying she didn’t want him. But besides that I really enjoyed it and already read the second book as well, which might’ve been even better.

      I don’t think I ever heard of todu noodles before, sounds interesting. This tofu and veggies in peanut sauce recipe is about the only way I make tofu.

      To sign-up for a cover reveal you go to the sign-up post for the cover reveal you want to sign-up for and fill out the sign-up form. There’s a big button at the buttom of every cover reveal post that says click here to sign-up, just click there and fill out the form. As long as you have a blog or social media account you can sign-up. I hope that explains it! Let me know if you have any questions or trouble with signing-up for a cover reveal.

    • Lola

      A Disguise to Die for sounds so good! I hope I can read it soon!

      I also dislike makign pies, they always take so much time and effort. I don’t think I ever tried a strawberry rhubarb pie, but I love apple pie. Chocolate pies are a bit too hit or miss for me, I’ve had some good ones though.
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    • Lola

      I usually prefer cookies to pies, but I am hoping to bake a few more pies this year as I usually avoid those. I really dislike baking pies, but do like to eat them once in awhile.
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  4. Daniela Ark

    I love that you have a book/recipe blog! My two favorite things! So, good to know the recipes will be even easier to find. 🙂 Those pies pics! OMG. Though.. I have no idea what a banoffee pie is so I’ll have to google it. 🙂

    Sounds you will busy next week! Marketing assistant seems like a fun job to have, though! so Good luck with all those cover reveals!
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    • Lola

      It’s mostly about books, but I incorporate food and recipes in my sunday post and do a weekly recipe post. It’s fun beign able to blog about two of my favourite things at once. I think the current way of reorganizing works better if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for.

      The marketing assistant work is pretty fun, there’s a lot of different tasks I do and the authors I work with are great. I work for two different authors now, although that’s probably the limit of what I can do next to my normal Lola’s Blog Tours work.

    • Lola

      I love the sound of A Disguise to Die for and it was one of the cozy mysteries that got released this year that I am really looking forward to. I hope I can read it soon!

  5. Deborah

    That Banoffee pie looks good. I’ve never actually had one – not sure they’re big in Australia….

    I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s cozy reads. I’m not participating in Stormi’s challenge, but enjoying it vicariously nonetheless!
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    • Lola

      I hadn’t heard of them before until I saw it on pinterest, so I don’t think they are big here in the Netherlands either.

      I am really enjoying Stormi her challenge, especially now that I am reading more cozy mysteries and I got some great recommendations from her.
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  6. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad your week went well, Lola. Mine was so busy I didn’t have time to get my Sunday Post finished. Oh well, it’ll work for next week as well. 🙂 That’s nice of you to reorganize your recipes page – I didn’t have any trouble finding what I was looking for but it’ll be even easier now. 😀 I look forward to seeing what you think of Happily Ever After. Have a great week!
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    • Lola

      I stopped by your blog to visit your sunday post, but noticed you hadn’t written/ posted it.

      I am glad to hear you didn’t have trouble finding anything on the recipes page, but I thought it was nice to reorganize it in such a way that it’s grouped on categories, handy for those who don’t know what they’re looking for.

      I am currently reading Happily Ever After and it’s really good so far :).
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  7. Morgan @ Bookenstein

    That apple pie looks absolutely cookbook-worthy. It’s so perfect! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at one myself, but I’m still in the “burns a pot of water” stage of my cooking journey.

    Can’t wait to read your thoughts on “How Expectations can Influence your enjoyment of a book.” I’ve wanted to talk about something similar for a while now, but I haven’t quite finished my train of thought.

    • Lola

      I was surprised at how well the apple pie turned out, it looked perfect and tasted perfect. My best apple pie so far ;).

      Keep trying, cooking becomes easier to more you do it. that first stage is difficult though. I still burn my rice to the bottom of the pan half of the time I made it though, so some things stay difficult. And pies, bread and pancakes are things I still can’t bake well, but I keep tryign hoping it will improve in time.

      I hope you’ll enjoy my post about expectations, it’s such a fasicnating topic and I already addressed part of the topic a few times in other posts, so I decided it was time to write a full lenght post on the topic.

    • Lola

      Same here, I suck at baking pies, so that’s why I am trying to make more of them this year. I’ll be doing a recipe post of the apple pie early april 🙂

  8. Amy

    Can I just remind you at what a beautiful blog you have? I’m in love with your little Lola My Little Pony! It’s adorable! Lovely shade if green too.
    Now, on to more serious matters. Recipes. You’re an angel!! I’m looking to do another personalised cookbook so *if you don’t mind* I’ll have a ganders and steal some for my book 🙂 don’t worry they’re only one-off copies, they’re for the buyers kitchen not publication lol. I love recipes!!!
    Have a great week!
    Amy x

    • Lola

      Thanks! I really enjoyed baking those pies 🙂

      I already finished one of my new books I got this week and it was really good!

    • Lola

      I am a bit picky when it comes to fruit, but I really like apple pie.

      I am excited for the cover reveal for Daydreamer Detective! I already have a post scheduled on my own blog for that day. And I can’t wait to read it!

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