Yodamom Finds her Force

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Eclectic reader, nerdy, mother, animal rescuer, beach addict, kayaker, foodie and fan of books that slip me into another world. A life long reader, explorer, traveler and day dreamer who enjoys getting lost in worlds filled with mythical beasts, demons, shifters, vampires and other beasties.






“Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre


"You're nothing but your life."
- Jean Paul Sartre


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Stronger Than They Are

Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me) - Nicole Curtis

Passion, it all starts and ends there. Nicole Curtis is a woman of passion with knowledge and determination backing her up. Her life’s path so far has been bumpy sure but she worked with the bumps and made them useful. He love for rebuilding history in homes is real down to her bones. This woman is the real deal, a restorer not just a TV personality, she is also a mother and a human being with all the emotional ups and downs.

She goes into her past, some painful lessons she learned through mistakes or be said, lessons. Relationships, personal and professional, she had difficult times, heartbreak and stress. Her greatness grew because she didn’t stop and dwell in her struggles she moved through them going towards more. She is questioned, mocked, lied about, for her personal and professional life. She is also a giving charitable soul who really cares for the people around her. TV editing makes it look so easy.

I admire her for so many reasons. Her amazing strength reminds me of my mother, a single mother who never stopped believing and working her dream. I was a fan of her show now I am a fan of the woman and mother behind the scenes. I loved the fact that she didn’t moan and groan about how unfair life was when it hit the fan.

I was envious that she was able to purchase her Grandparents home. It is my dream to buy my Grandparents home in Michigan that they built and rehab it for my family. This rehab brought tears to my eyes, her closeness to her family is beautiful.

I received an early copy for review so I did not get to see any of the pictures. I plan on buying a copy at her signing when she comes to town so I can see the images she placed in my head. I’ve heard they are fabulous photos BTW.

One of my favorite quotes from her book was “..just because you can juggle a chainsaws doesn’t mean you don’t get stressed about it.”

The Perfect Patch

I found the perfect patch for my new jacket


Reading progress update: I've read 53%.

Better Than New: Lessons I've Learned from Saving Old Homes (and How They Saved Me) - Nicole Curtis

I'm going to finish this, I am !

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Famous Last Words - Katie Alender

Ice Hot Romance

 Crazy Pucking Love  - Cindi Madsen

Smart Sexy and Hot with a side of Ice

Sweet collage romance, with intelligent people, who make well thought out decisions. Sexy, sexual tension with just the right amount of naked time. I just couldn't help but cheer these characters on, they were so well written.

Megan barely 18 is off to college to start her new life and her recovery from her past. Lonely but not alone, her brother attends the same school and plays hockey for them. she sets out to rebuild herself. Insomnia, is her evil friend, they are very close. She has a list of things she wants and goes after it. She is also smart, a math queen, loves it and wants a career in a field that uses it. Gotta love the smart girls !

Dane, is an over burdened brother, college student and hockey player who suffers from serious insomnia. He has a scholarship and a family that needs him to succeed. His history has made him swear of relationships, he will not go there again. He is a good guy, who just doesn't want to hurt someone with his being unavailable time wise.

The two meet, insomnia, and attraction bind them. Dane sets down the rule, Friends Only. Sure, that always works. LOL  Well these two have a strange but fun friendship over late night romps around the city. It's when friendship turns into something more that things go wanky.

I love that this author made Megan, intelligent, and not a doormat. Bravo Ms. Madsen.


Many New Recipes and Combinations to Try

Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion - Taymer Mason

I learned a lot from this book. Spices, herbs, vegetables, flours, so many ingredients. I can't wait to put this new knowledge to work with the many recipes in this book. Moringa, a plant I've seen sold at a local farm but had no idea what to do with is now growing in my garden.
The spice blends while they have an extensive list of ingredients are so delicious. My family is using the Magical Moringa Spice blend , a nutritional power boast daily on just about everything. In this section there are many sauces, spreads and other flavorings as well.
I tried several recipes some I liked better than others but all were good. The Split Pea Fritters, not loved. The Caribbean Caesar Salad with Coconut Bacon, The Holiday "Ham", the Jerk Sausages,the Coconut Bread, the Coconut flan (the best !) and the Rum Raisin Ice Cream were all fabulous.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new combinations of food and spices and learned from it. That is a winner for me. I did have one complaint, I wanted more pictures. I taste food with my eyes first and didn't enjoy reading through all the recipes to drag interest out of my cooking soul.

I Love Slow Dough

Slow Dough: Real Bread: Bakers' secrets for making amazing long-rise loaves at home - Chris Young

I have been baking bread for most of my life. I have made flat breads, yeast breads, quick breads, sourdoughs etc, but I had never made a slow rise bread thill this year. I love (slow rise) bread, I sound like a famous TV celebrity there don't I? What a difference in texture and taste. Chewy, firm texture with yeasty air bubbles, perfection.

This book has a wonderful collection of recipes, and hints to expand your level  of bread making. There are many recipes that I have not seen before which is wonderful. There is even leftover bread recipes !  Creative, way beyond the french toast option I always go for. The sourdough recipes are all top of my list as are the croissants. I've only tried 4 recipes but plan on making almost all of them this fall /winter.

I think this book is fabulous, for beginners, and more advanced bakers. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I plan on gifting this book to several people, and myself this holiday season. This book will sit on my favorite cookbooks shelf.



Thank you to the publishers for the advanced e copy



Reading progress update: I've read 54%.

 Crazy Pucking Love  - Cindi Madsen


Flaming hot cheetos ! That scene-somebody throw some cold water on me



Five Good Things

Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 320 pages.

The Food and Wine of France: Eating and Drinking from Champagne to Provence - Edward Samuel Behr

Not a book to read straight through. it is to be savored in small bites. It's dry, very good but.....small bites

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Until the Beginning - Amy Plum

I wish she wouldn't be so docile, after being so feisty.  I bet she has a plan and is playing a game but I really want her to Wack these moles !

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

 Crazy Pucking Love  - Cindi Madsen

This couple suffers from serious insomnia. Their insomnia is making me tired. LOL

Wednesday Hump Day

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Katie Alender
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