Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I don’t have chocolate cravings all that often, but when I do, I usually make my chocolate brownies – my very first recipe on this blog and the only one I know completely by heart. However, I’d recently seen a YouTube video by CupcakeJemma in which she makes chocolate brownie cookies. This intrigued me! Brownies, in cookie form? Yes please!

I decided to transform my own brownie recipe into a brownie cookie recipe and it worked like a charm! I added a little bit of extra flour, some baking soda and used light brown sugar instead of granulated sugar and these beauties were the result. They taste delicious, are kind of fudge-y and very chocolate-y, which was just what I was looking for…

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Sheer Mischief by Jill Mansell

P1010203It’s not that Janey Sinclair isn’t pleased to see her sister, she just wishes she could have arrived in less dramatic style. Being woken up at seven in the morning by Maxine, complete with borrowed wedding dress and police escort, isn’t quite how she’d planned to start her Sunday.

Still, life’s never dull when Maxine’s around, and Janey, who’s rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared eighteen months ago, is delighted that her sister’s back in town. But when Maxine sets her sights on Guy Cassidy, the impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, Janey knows there’s no limit to the mischief her sister will get up to in order to dispatch the competition. But little do they know that the competition is a lot closer to home than they think…

First published: 1994


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Bout of Books 14 – Daily Updates

This will be a sticky post until Sunday, August 23th. Regular posting will continue as usual.


BoB14-200x200As I announced a few days ago, I will be participating in the Bout of Books readathon this week. I’m three books behind on my Goodreads challenge, so this seems like a perfect opportunity to play catch up! I’m so looking forward to an entire week of reading and the weather is abysmal here at the moment, which makes for the perfect reading climate, in my opinion! Lots of cups of tea and curling up on the couch with my books. I love it!

I’ll be updating this post every day throughout the week with my reading progress, but if you want live update, follow me on Twitter (@bookbakeblog).

Goals

It’s not mandatory to come up with any goals for this readathon, but I like goals, so I decided to set a few for myself. They’re pretty much the same as the last time I participated.

Read as much as possible (at least 3 books!) I’m a bit firmer this time around than I was last time. I want to read three books, because I want to catch up on my Goodreads challenge! Therefore, I’m probably going to pick a few thin books for this week.

Chat with people on Twitter I loved the social aspect of Bout of Books last time, so I plan on using Twitter a lot this week. Unfortunately, the first Twitter chat is at a time that I will definitely be in bed (darn those time differences).

Participate in some of the challenges I’ve spotted a few fun challenges to do already, so that’s not going to be a problem I think!

Have fun! That’s what it’s all about, after all.

Now, let’s get started…

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Two Weeks on Gozo

As some of you may know (especially if you follow me on Instagram) I recently got back from a holiday in Malta. I spent two amazing(ly hot) weeks with four of my best friends on Gozo, the second island of Malta, in a beautiful village called Xlendì. We’d rented an apartment there, which turned out to be much bigger than we expected, and we had a wonderful time there.

Those of you who’ve been around for a while might remember my ginormous post on the four days I spent in Barcelona last summer. Don’t worry, this post isn’t going to be nearly as long! I just figured I’d give you a little taste of what our two weeks there were like with a couple of pictures and some text. (edit: this post turned out longer than expected anyway – I really can’t help it!)

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Bout of Books 14

In January I found out about this thing called the Bout of Books readathon and decided to join in the fun for the January edition. I had tons of fun with it and was pretty sad that I wasn’t able to join the May readathon because of university stuff.

But next week the fourteenth edition will start, and I have all the time in the world to join in the fun! I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while now and since I’ve barely read anything when I was in Malta (more on that later!) this comes at just the right time for me to catch up a little on my Goodreads challenge.

For those of you who are wondering about this mysterious reading challenge, here’s the info:

BoB14-200x200The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Here‘s the post I made for Bout of Books 12 on all of my progress for those interested!

Are any of you guys joining as well? Let me know!

Book Buying Habits

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Lately I’ve been daydreaming a lot about all the books I want to buy when I have some money again to do so (the summer months are expensive, guys, phewee!). I actually have a notepad lying lying next to my computer with a list entitled “Books I Must Get My Hands On ASAP” and it features books from the likes of Crown of Midnight to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and the vague “something by Rainbow Rowell”.

That got me thinking, though, about my book buying habits. Part of the reason why I started blogging back in October 2013 was because I wanted to read more books. As a logical result of that, I now buy a lot more books than I did before I began my blog. However, I also realised that the way I buy books has changed a lot as well, which I thought was really interesting.

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Classics: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

P1020801“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel – a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.

First published: 1960


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Mojito Mini-Muffins

Guys, I’ve got a good one for you today! I mean, a really really good one.

I decided to make these mojito mini-muffins as a kind of experiment. It was one of my best friend’s birthday earlier this week, so I wanted to bake something nice for her. Mojitos are my favourite cocktails and although I’m not sure if they’re her favourite as well, I do know we have drunk a whole lot of them together (her girlfriend makes a mean mojito!). It only seemed fitting to try to turn this amazing drink into an amazing muffin.

While I thought about using rum extract for this recipe, in the end I decided to use actual white rum and I’m pretty glad I did! After tasting the first mini-muffin I went kind of crazy with excitement (I might have yelled I’M SO GOOD a couple times…). I’m not even going to be modest you guys, these muffins are perfectIt’s like an explosion of flavours in your mouth. The first thing that hits you is the rum (yum!), closely followed by the fresh and fruity taste of lime, and then there’s finally room for the mint which you realise was there all along.

If you like mojitos and you like muffins, I’d say give these a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Monthly Recap – July 2015

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Greetings, my blogging friends! It’s the end of July, which means it’s time for another monthly recap. By the time you’re reading this I’ll be in sunny Malta for a two week holiday with a few of my best friends. I’ve all been looking forward to this holiday for about two months and now it’s almost here! You can imagine my excitement, I’m sure. For the past week or so I’ve been preparing – shopping for some last few items of summer-y clothes, gathering stuff to pack in my suitcase, and of course writing blog posts for the time I’m gone! I feel so productive and organised, it’s amazing.

July was pretty cool, too! At the beginning of the month I got my grade for my thesis, and it was a 9, so that pretty much made my month. I now officially have my Bachelor’s degree and I will start my MA in September. For now, though, I’m enjoying every minute of my holiday, I love not having to worry about deadlines and stuff!

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20 Desserts Inspired by Literature

20 desserts inspired by literature

You, my dear readers, have by now probably picked up on the fact that I’ve got quite the passion for both books and baking (no way, really?!), which is why I was immediately fascinated when Shari’s Berries approached me about a cool graphic they’d made.

It’s a book and dessert pairing guide, including some of my favourite novels and some very delicious desserts! I definitely wanted to share this with you because it’s obviously straight up my alley. Instead of just posting this cool visualisation, however, I thought it’d be fun to look for some great recipes to go along with the graphic, so that you can use this as a sort of reference post for some lovely literary desserts.

If you want to see the graphic on the original site, here’s the link!

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