• The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy Book Cover
    Bianca B,  Fiction,  Kid Lit

    The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

    Step into Charlie’s world where four creatures befriend one another and teach us some of life’s important lessons. We live in complex times, and The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse provides a message of hope and understanding alongside illustrations you’ll cherish. FRIENDLY CREATURES When the Boy encounters the Mole, they are full of questions for one another. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind” said the boy.  Each inquiry is answered honestly and simply – establishing this unlikely pair as friends. As the story progresses, The Fox and The Horse join the adventure. Each creature bringing a different element of wisdom. The journey…

  • Book review Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant
    Bianca B,  Books,  Historical Fiction

    Lies in White Dresses by Sofia Grant

    Based on true stories from the 1950s, Lies in White Dresses spins a tale of three women in search of the “Reno Cure” – a quick divorce. They share desperation for a new beginning, but long-hidden secrets and unexpected tragedy threaten to be their undoing. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN Francie Meeker and Vi Carothers have been best friends since they became neighbors decades ago. Experiencing life together – Pregnancies, raising children, and welcoming grandchildren – they find themselves in a new stage. Both in unfulfilling marriages, Francie hounded Vi for ages to travel to Reno to get divorced once and for all. Once Vi finally agrees, the two board a…

  • Recipe for Cornish Pasties Downton Abbey cookbook
    Bianca B,  Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Cornish Pasties

    These Cornish pasties are hearty, handheld pockets of goodness. Meat and veggies wrapped in flaky pie crust. Pasties are a perfect afternoon snack or even dinner if paired with some greens. THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THESE CORNISH PASTIES If you know me, you know my love of Downton Abbey runs deep. Yes, I wanted to celebrate the release of the Downton Abbey Movie this week by baking something really British. No, I couldn’t tackle kidney pie or any of the other concoctions Mrs. Patmore and Daisy whip up on a daily basis. For years I’ve thought, “I should try making hand pies.” But I always get waylaid by wanting to make…

  • Cast Photo Downton Abbey Movie
    Bianca B,  TV & Movies

    Downton Abbey Movie

    The Downton Abbey Movie is in theaters September 19, 2019. I considered taking the day off of work in celebration of this long-awaited movie. But, my girlfriend snagged us sneak preview tickets to see see the Downton Abbey Movie last week, and I LOVED it! Didn’t see the Downton Abbey TV show? Never fear! Before the movie begins, Phyllis Logan and Jim Carter (who play Mrs. Hughes, the Housekeeper and Mr. Carson, the Butler) give a CliffNotes summary of the entire show. Downton Abbey, aired for six seasons from 2010-2015, so there is a lot of drama to cover in under 10 minutes! via GIPHY This afternoon, my colleague mentioned…

  • In the Vines by Shannon Kirk Book Cover Review
    Bianca B,  Books,  Fiction,  Mysteries & Thrillers

    In The Vines by Shannon Kirk

    A family estranged, long-kept secrets, and a woman unwittingly searching for answers are woven together in this coastal thriller. In The Vines by Shannon Kirk is a unique thriller. A LIVING NIGHTMARE An enraged woman wields a hatchet in search of Mop (Mary Olivia Pentecost). She threatens to kill anyone who crosses her path for vengeance. Shannon Kirk immediately draws us into Mop’s hiding place, and her struggle to balance fear with pain and the will to survive. The story unfolds alternating between the voices of Mop and her Aunty Liv. Descendants of a prestigious New England family, these women have large estates and political power – think the Kennedys,…

  • Book Review Gretchen by Shannon Kirk
    Bianca B,  Fiction,  Mysteries & Thrillers

    Gretchen by Shannon Kirk Book Review

    Gretchen by Shannon Kirk A mother running from her past, her daughter unsure what or who they’re running from. Together they land at an eerie property where long-kept secrets dare to be exposed. LIFE ON THE RUN Eleven different states over the past 13 years, means Lucy is a teenager who knows no single place as home. Mother has kept them on the run for as long as she can remember, forcing them to move at a moment’s notice, take on aliases, and pick up cash stashed in random cities. Mother is hiding something. The terror of being separated from Lucy is palpable, and maybe that’s why she rarely allows…

  • An Arabian Journey by Levison Wood Book Review Netgalley
    Bianca B,  Books,  Non-Fiction

    An Arabian Journey by Levison Wood Book Review

    An Arabian Journey by Levison Wood Book Review The lowdown from Goodreads Publication Date February 5, 2019 Following in the footsteps of famed explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer Levison Wood brings us along on his most complex expedition yet: a circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula. Starting in September 2017 in a city in Northern Syria, a stone’s throw away from Turkey and amidst the deadliest war of the twenty-first century, Wood set forth on a 5,000-mile trek through the most contested region on the planet. He moved through the Middle East for six months, from ISIS-occupied Iraq through Kuwait and along the jagged coastlines…

  • Patriotism Through Election Cake Food Wander Really Into This
    Baking,  Bianca B,  Recipes

    Patriotism Through Election Cake

    Patriotism Through Election Cake I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Election Day than with a cake. Though, any day involving cake is reason for celebration. Today’s adventure takes us back to the 1700s, where the drama of patriotism and politics resulted in dessert bribes. It is said that Election Cakes were baked and sold only to those who voted a straight ticket. I’d like to think that today we’ve moved beyond cake rewards, but it would definitely have influenced my seven-year old self. A yeasted loaf cake filled with spices and dried fruit, they were often spiked with Madeira wine and brandy. The alcohol served to preserve the cake…

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