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Thursday Thirteen~My Booklist

January 24, 2008

I’ve had most of these books on my ‘To Read’ list for ages, now. Slowly and surely, I’m getting through them!

  • Second Thyme Around by Kate Fforde
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • An Innocent man by  John Grisham
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly
  • Cobwebs and Cream Teas by Mary Mackie
  • The Apple Tree Saga by Mary E. Pearce
  • Drink to the Bird by Benedict Kiely
  • P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  • How Will I Know? by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
  • The Kite Runner (Half way through it right now, and can’t put it down!)
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    After trying fresh meatballs on our recent trip to Las Vegas, how could I not come home and make my own?



    • 1 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1lb lean minced beef
    • mixed herbs
    • garlic
    • 1/2 cup water
    • salt and pepper to taste

    For the sauce

    • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
    • small tin tomato paste
    • garlic
    • 1/2 chopped onion
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • salt and pepper to taste


    1. Mix ingredients together, slowly adding the water
    2. Mould the mixture into meatballs
    3. Brown the balls on each side and simmer in the sauce for 20 minutes
    4. Add to pasta (I used fresh penne)
    5. Top with parmesan

    July 4th

    July 4, 2007

     Barb at A Chelsea Morning has a lovely idea for the soldiers who are in Iraq. Take a look…

      Overwhelmed at  Overwhelmed with Joy has a bit of fun going on.  A Pay It Forward Book Exchange. I’m already a Bookcrosser but I think this is a much better idea. I left a couple of books out ‘in the wild’ with Bookcrossing and they weren’t found. One was thrown in the bin because the shop where I’d left it, was then closed and refurbished!

        As you can see by my sidebar, I love Food Blogs. I enjoy looking at recipes and pictures of good food. I found this recipe and I think the children will love it. I made my Summer Activities Planner on Monday. Remember this post? And I’ve added a couple of baking days. I found and added another food blog called Val’s Kitchen and another Cara’s Cravings I’m looking forward to reading more from them…

    We’re off to Joey’s now for lots of fun! Byeee………..

     Happy July 4th to my American friends!

    I’m reading…

    April 21, 2007

    0312980345 - Second Thyme AroundI recently had three books on the go, and decided to put two away and concentrate on just one. I like to read outside the school when the boys are asleep and I have twenty minutes to read a chapter, hopefully, without a knock on the window from another Mum! That really annoys me, my attention span is tiny at the best of times. I’m only on chapter three and I’m loving it…
    Read the reviews here

    No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent

    Works for me!

    January 24, 2007


       wfmwheader2.jpg As you may have guessed by now, my main New Years  Resolution was to de-clutter and organise my home.

     How many books do you have? What do you do with them when you have finished with them? Are they in a cupboard? Under the bed never to be read again? Do you pass them on?

     This is what I do with mine, please comment after you see the Bookcrossing site!   

     runningbook33.gif   Bookcrossing  is the perfect way to pass on the books you have read whether you enjoyed them or not. Take a good look, you may even want to join!


    For more tips go to Rocks in my Dryer

    Sentence game, please join in!

    January 7, 2007

    Taken from  Toots and Noodles 

     1. Grab the nearest book.
     2. Open it to page 161.
     3. Find the fifth sentence.
     4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
     5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Use
    what’s actually next to you.

    Here’s mine;

    ‘Suddenly, his inherent decency had emerged.’

     A Special Relationship by Douglas Kennedy

    I tag Pocket!

    Childrens Books

    December 10, 2006


     Isn’t Clarice Bean cool? I’m hoping Santa brings lots of books for the children this year. There’s such a wide variety of them. But, in particular, I’m drawn to Clarice. The childrens reviews I’ve read are good, and the illustrations are excellent! She reminds me of Pippi Longstocking. Remember her? 

      My eldest loves Mary-Kate and Ashley, the next one is reading  the Judy Moody series (our local bookshop is offering ‘buy one get one free’…yay!)

     Now, my next one is a problem! She has the attention span of a pea. So, I’ll bring her to Easons on Monday, and let her peruse the 5-8yrs section and see what she looks at for longer than three seconds, then Santas little helper will no doubt put them in her stocking!

     The boy is a doddle to buy books for. He has the Bob The Builder annual (the one I bought at the Christmas Fair last week for half price, it was closing time!) He already has the mini box collection of Bobs machine team, which is so tatty, it needs replacing. So any Bob book for him will do!

    Early Learning Centre



    Barker & Jones


    November 27, 2006


    I’ve recently joined a bookcrossing group. Click  BOOK. What a good idea and an ideal way to pass your books on instead of having them collecting dust. I’ve dug up a few books to ‘leave in the wild’…

    Read on…

    November 18, 2006

     I’m trying to get through a couple of books before the ‘date stamp’ of December 8th!  Our library has about 3,ooo books to choose from, but this one just begged me to be brought home. The cover appealed to me from a box of books which had just been delivered! I’m the first to read it and the book is pristine!

    Check THIS out!

    October 31, 2006



     Click Chicken and look at the last comment from Marty Fahncke!

    Chicken Soup for the Mothers Soul

    October 14, 2006


     I’m reading this book again, its packed full of sentimental stories about being a Mother. Click Chicken to hear a story from the book. (Be prepared to shed a tear!)