Well, we have snow here now! So, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
Book the Second:
3 out of 5 Stars
So, Day 2… And definitely a different feel to this read! I may have been a little harsh on this book for a couple of reasons… I will say right off the bat that I liked the relationship and story between Polly and Huckle. They were a beautiful couple who had their problems, but were clearly in love. I would love to live in a lighthouse by the sea with my own pet Puffin! But… how to proceed with no spoilers?? All I will say about this book is that Polly says it best when she says that
“Everything will turn out fine because that is the spirit of Christmas!”
But, sometimes people don’t really deserve for everything to turn out fine. Well, that came out a little more mean than I meant it… Sometimes, people don’t deserve for everything to turn out fine without honesty. Sometimes honesty and forgiveness is required for everything to turn out fine, not dumb luck and secrets…
Read the book for yourself and you’ll probably know exactly who I’m talking about (….I’m talking about YOU Kerensa!) If any of you have already read this novel feel free to weigh in below in the Comments! I’d love to see what others thought because it has received very good reviews from others! I just can’t fully back a book that almost teaches “If you’re going to do something wrong, don’t fess up to it! Just wait and you may get away with it!”
It is very well written and the characters are written well. I would love to visit this town and meet some of these people.. but it wasn’t the Christmas message I was looking for.
Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery is Best Served With
Polly’s Hot Chocolate
So, I actually had another drink planned through half of this book and had to throw that out the window when I got to the end and realised that they GIVE you a recipe! And I had to try it out! It’s really good, but watch out how much chocolate you use because I tried to cut down her recipe since she says to use 750 ml of cream and that seemed like WAY too much. I still used too much chocolate and kept adding more cream and milk and wound up making enough for an army! (I should have invited you all to come and try it!)
- A couple of pieces of milk chocolate
- A couple of pieces of dark chocolate
- 2 cups of cream (Or half cream half milk if you want it less creamy) Also, feel free to use the amount that brings it to your desired chocolatey level
- 1 1/5 oz Cointreau
- 1 1/5 oz Brandy
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- Melt chocolate on low heat (watch that it doesn’t start to simmer or burn!)
- Add Cream/Milk and stir
- Add Cointreau and Brandy
- Add Vanilla and Ground Ginger
- Stir while it heats until it gets to desired heat. Don’t let it come to a boil
- Feel free to use frother if you own one, otherwise whisk briskly
- Add marshmallows if desired!!
- CHEERS! (But don’t burn your tongue!)
How many of these drinks did you already know, and how many do you look up specifically for your blog? 😉
Thinking *Fender* might still make an appearance?
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Some I knew, some I learned for this, but all I drank…. Oh, how I drank! Lol! And Fender is definitely on the docket! Sorry for the delay! I decided that 2 reading challenges in December was a GREAT IDEA!! But for all of you reading this comment be prepared for a review for a fabulous book, Fender by Brent Jones with a special drink pairing of a Regal Beagle!