Recipe: Christmas Crack! ;)

Sunday, November 28, 2010
I made this last night and it is so good! More than half the pan was gone in a few hours. Since the Holidays are here, I thought to post it in case any of you need an inexpensive gift or treat to give! It's very easy to make so the kiddos can help too.

1 sleeve of saltines
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks, salted)
Bag of milk chocolate chips (I used 3/4 a bag)
Crushed pecans/nuts (optional)

- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a raised edge baking sheet in tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Line saltines in a single layer side by side.
- Combine brown sugar and butter in a pan for three minutes, bringing it to a boil.
- Once the the boiled mixture is finished, pour it over the saltines. Make sure you coat them as evenly as possible.
- Put in the oven for five minutes and take out when the mixture is bubbly.
- Once out of the oven, the saltines might have shifted. Move them back together with a knife or fork. Wait for 3 minutes for mixture to cool and the crackers are visible.
- Pour chocolate chips over crackers and let them sit to melt. Spread them over the crackers evenly. If you have a hard time melting them, throw the pan back in the oven for a minute or two.
- If you want to add the nuts, sprinkle them over the chocolate and gently press.
- Put the baking sheet in the fridge to harden and set.
- Once hardened, break into little pieces and enjoy!

Store in fridge or in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to avoid getting soggy.

Yummo! Next time though, I think I'm going to double the brown sugar and butter mixture, and use a thinner layer of chocolate. It is still delightful though...they call it Christmas Crack because it's so addictive!

In My Mailbox (11/27/10)

Saturday, November 27, 2010
 In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren!

How can November almost be over already? Didn't it just begin? Christmas is now a month away and I can't believe it. My 'mailbox' is completely stuffed full of awesome reads that I can't wait to share with you. My sister is here visiting from California so I haven't had much time to read, but I hope to get back on track soon! Hope everyone has a wonderful week! :]

13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson
Guardian of the Dead - Karen Healey
The View From The Top - Hillary Frank
Wish - Alexandra Bullen
Lessons From a Dead Girl - Jo Knowels
Beautiful - Any Reed
Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston
Black Mirror - Nancy Werlin

 Jane - April Lindner
Crescendo - Becca Fitzpatrick
Nightshade - Andrea Cremer
Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Glimmerglass - Jenna Black
Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr (realized this is the second one, crap!)
The Glass House DVD
Hunted & Gossip Girl on audiobook (clearance)

What did you get in your box this week?

Twenty Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.  
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first opened this novel, as I sometimes do. At first I thought it was going to be one of those chick lit books but as the novel went on, I found it was much deeper than that.

I really liked Anna as a main character, I thought she was strong and had her own mind. She didn't think how she could change herself into something the guy wanted, more about 'take it or leave it'. As a matter of fact, the only character I didn't like was Frankie. I didn't like how she was written at all, she was portrayed as an airhead who couldn't pronounce words and didn't care about anyone but herself. It was okay at the end, but for some reason it still irked me.

The writing was beautiful and there were many one-liners and I wish I could remember them all. I think she has a great talent for writing and this book was really good. I highly recommend it and would love more from her in the future!


Book reviews

Sunday, November 21, 2010
I'm so sorry I haven't been around lately - work has been really busy and I've been working overtime on top of some personal problems and illness, but I think things are going to calm down so I'll be able to get back with the reviews, Memes, and etc. Anyway, I have a few book reviews for you via YouTube to catch myself up!

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt 2/5
End of Days - Max Turner 3/5
Return to Paradise - Simone Elkeles 4/5
Jekel Loves Hyde - Beth Fantaskey 4/5