Forever Fall & Forever Friday Please

Dear Bookworms,

Today was beautiful and because it’s Friday, well that’s just the icing on the cake.

It was so beautiful that it almost made me sad. Fall does not ever last long enough in my humble opinion.

If it could just be forever fall and forever Friday.

If you are new to my blog, on Fridays, along with book stuff I also post about dessert and wine. So now that you are caught up, let’s go!

The Book:

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen was first introduced to me by a girl in my bookclub. She raved and raved about it so I went to Overdrive (free library app for e books for my Kindle) to put it on hold. As amazing as Overdrive is, it didn’t have Harry’s Trees in its collection yet, so my only choice was to put it on their recommendation list. Usually my library is pretty good about buying recommend books, it’s just sometimes you’ve got to be a little patient.

A few weeks later, translating: last week, I went to the library looking for a different book. I found what I was looking for and was on my way out, when Harry’s Trees about hit me in the face! The cover is so darn beautiful too, and I’m a sucker for a stunning cover. I added HT to my bundle and headed home.

Of course I’m reading a million other books and truthfully I did not open HT for at least four days after checking it out.

But it’s just so pretty, that it simply begs to be opened.

So I opened it and started reading it. I know, I know, I should’ve stopped, but my will power is complete crap when it comes to books. I’m just a few chapters in and so far, so good. Below is the Amazon synopsis:

• Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, he is unable to cope. Leaving his job and his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, determined to lose himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy – Amanda stoically holding it together while Oriana roams the forest searching for answers. And in Oriana’s magical, willful mind, she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world.

Now it’s time for Harry to let go….

After taking up residence in the woods behind Amanda’s house, Harry reluctantly agrees to help Oriana in a ludicrous scheme to escape his tragic past. In so doing, the unlikeliest of elements – a wolf, a stash of gold coins, a fairy tale called The Grum’s Ledger and a wise old librarian named Olive – come together to create a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana’s wildest dreams and open Harry’s heart to a whole new life •

So what do you think? Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts.

The Dessert:

These are Almond Butter Blondies. What makes them so amazing besides being low sugar (low carb) is the key ingredient. I use Trader Joe’s Almond Butter and it makes them nothing short of phenomenal. A friend of mine figured this out when she was experimenting with the recipe one day. On my next trip to the grocery store I grabbed some random jar of almond butter. They were good, but they weren’t what my friend had made. The skeptic that I can be (and totally not doubting my friend) was thinking how can one almond butter be so drastically different from another. The other reason, the closest Trader Joe’s is an hour from me. And you can’t order it online unless you want to get ripped an new one by some price gouger on Amazon selling it for $14 a jar (normally it’s $5 something a jar at TJ’s). So now when I make the trek to TJ’s I buy it in obsessive amounts-as in nine or so jars. If you were eating these right now, you’d understand.

The Wine:

This is my first time trying Crushed. It’s a red blend from California. It’s good, pretty smooth and somewhat dry. No complaints for under $10 and a screw off top.

So there you have it, my dears. Another Friday post for the books, or the blog? I don’t know how the saying goes, just go with it and have another glass.

Cheers.

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson

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3 thoughts on “Forever Fall & Forever Friday Please

  1. I love this! I do food and books on my blog on friday’s too. Can you share your blondie recipe? They look absolutely amazing. The wine sounds amazing too. This was a truly perfect fall post! I hope you have several more weeks of beautiful crisp weather and tasty treats before it gets cold and dreary!

    Also I stock up on my TJ favs every time I go and I’m only 20 minutes away.

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    1. Yes, I noticed your blog mine have some great similarities, so glad we found each other! I think I posted a recipe for another dessert awhile back, I wasn’t sure if anyone wanted the recipes, so I don’t always post, but I’m always happy to share! I use stevia instead of sugar in my recipes, so just change to whatever sugar you use. I’m totally jealous that you have a close TJ’s!
      Almond Butter Blondies:
      375 degrees, 13-14 min (better to have them a smidge underdone)
      Mix all in one bowl:
      2 eggs, 1tsp baking powder, 1 jar TJ Almond Butter, 1/2 c stevia, some vanilla, 1/4 c Lily’s chocolate chips (these are made w/stevia, are delish, but use whichever you like)
      Pour mixture into a parchment paper lined 8×8 dish. I sprinkle chopped walnuts liberally across the top. Bake 13-14 min. One of the key things here is allowing it to completely cool. I usually pull the whole thing out, including the parchment and put inside a plastic container with a lid and then put in the fridge for a bit. The coolness allows them to not to crumble much. Hope you love them!

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