Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Cutest Birthday Party Ever

Last month we threw a party for my mom's birthday. It was honestly the cutest party that I've ever been to. So many flowers. So much pink. The bulk of the planning and decorating credit goes to my sister, Heather. She's a party genius.

 I loved helping Heather bring this party together for Mom. All the little touches (like the Diet Coke party favors and the old photos on display) made it really special. I got to bake and decorate the cake, which was rather terrifying exciting.

The party itself turned out so well. Yummy food, fun games, and there was even a craft table set up where people could fill in a page of a scrapbook for my mom.

Mom deserved to have a such a special party thrown for her. :)


P.S - A big huge thanks to all of you who left questions in the comments of my last post! You guys ask the best questions ever. I'm looking forward to answering them!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ask Me Something?

So, I was thinking (a dangerous pastime, I know). I was thinking that it was about time that I made another vlog, and that this time I should make it a Q&A. I've always enjoyed watching other bloggers' Q&A videos, and I thought you guys just might have something you'd like to know.

(To be quite honest, I've been putting off making this, because I was worried that I'd come across as conceited or something. Like, "Hey peasants! Seeing as I'm such a cool and fascinating person, I'm sure you're all dyyying to ask me questions!" But then I realized that I was just being dumb. So here I am.)

If you do have any questions, go ahead and ask them down in the comments (or by email, if you prefer). Any kind of question: random questions, deep questions, impertinent questions. Now is your big chance :D I'll hopefully have the vlog up later in the month.

Later, my dear peasants!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Ain't We Got Fun // Cover Reveal!

Hey lovelies! 

Today is an exciting day. Some of you may know about about Ain't We Got Fun - a beautiful story by Emily Chapman and Emily Ann Putzke, which was originally published as a series of letters on the blogs of those two girls. I completely fell in love with that story as it was being released on their blogs. I was so excited to find out that it is going to be published as a real book on May 25th! It greatly pleased my fangirl heart.

This brings me to the point of this post: today is the day that Ain't We Got Fun's cover is revealed! Take a look:

I think I'm in love. Just look at that perfection.  

The Story:

1935: It was never much of an issue for Bess: living contentedly on her family's farm, despite the Depression which loomed around them. But when her older sister Georgiana takes off to New York City to make a fortune and help Papa out, feelings of adventure and wanderlust strike Bess at home. Through their lively letter correspondence, the sisters recount to one another their adventures, surprises, and heartaches, leaving little room for depression. For in a world of such wonder, ain't we got fun?

The Girls:

EMILY CHAPMAN, also known as Bess Rowland, is a young hobbit living in the dear old South, and she is entirely bonkers. She's a dreamer, an optimistic pessimist, and an introverted people person. Blue skies, dancing, Disney, and whipped cream make her happy, and she swears she's been to Narnia. She's been a reader all her life, became a writer because of that, and published her first novel, Cry of Hope, in March of 2014. But without her Savior, all of this would mean nothing. It is in Him that she puts her hope. “And hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out His love into hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” – Romans 5: 5

EMILY ANN PUTZKE and Gi Rowland have two big things in common – their love for God and coffee. Besides writing historical fiction, Emily enjoys being an aunty, photography, Irish dancing, spending time with family, attempting to play the guitar, reenacting, and reading. She loves polka dots, war movies, and all things vintage. Her first novella, It Took a War, was published in December of 2014.

I'm so excited to get my hands on a copy of that gorgeous book, and for more readers to get to experience this story!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dystopian Dishes // Fictional Feasts

I'd go home now if they'd let me. But you have to admit, the food's prime.

“What’s impressed you most since you arrived here?” 
I rack my brain for something that made me happy here. Be honest, I think. Be honest. 
“The lamb stew,” I get out. 
Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audience has joined in. 
“The one with the dried plums?” asks Caesar. I nod. “Oh, I eat it by the bucketful.”
- The Hunger Games

“Have a piece of cake for me, all right? The chocolate. It's delicious.
- Divergent

"'There was cake?'
...'Yeah, someone just brought it out. Found a couple of boxes of the mix in the back and baked it,' he says. 'You can have a few bites of mine.'
'A few bites? So you're planning on eating that mountain of cake by yourself?'
'Yes.' He looks confused. 'Why?'
 - Insurgent

 Coincidentally, my very first Fictional Feasts post was published exactly a year ago today. I didn't initially intend for it to be such a long-lasting project, but it's been way too much fun to stop. Thank you all for being enthusiastic and encouraging about it from the start! Hope you like this latest edition.

 I don't think that it's possible to read The Hunger Games and not find yourself wanting to try Katniss' favorite lamb stew, nor to read the Divergent trilogy and not end up longing for a piece of Dauntless chocolate cake. All that food just sounds so good. It was a Fictional Feast waiting to happen. I wasn't disappointed.

Katniss' Lamb Beef Stew with Dried Plum: As a long time Hunger Games fan, I was pretty excited to finally try this. I used this recipe, and it was SCRUMPTIOUS. A lot of work to make, but worth it. I changed the recipe a bit - the biggest change being that I used beef instead of lamb. Personal preference, and I figured Katniss wouldn't mind. My family liked the stew a lot - my mom said it was the best stew she ever had!

Dauntless Chocolate Cake: Just like the cake in the book, I made this from a mix. However, I tweaked it. I googled "how to make a cake mix better" and discovered these two awesome tips: 1. Use hot water instead of room temperature and 2. Add an extra egg yolk. I also added some instant coffee for a flavor boost. Topped with my favorite chocolate icing, this cake was the earth-shatteringly gorgeous. Not even exaggerating. I think that Tobias would approve.

Katniss and Tris' worlds may have be utter disasters, but the food is great.


P. S. Yesterday I posted over on the awesome blog, Plottinger Twist. I talked about What I Look for in a Fantasy Novel. I'd love it if you went over and checked it out! Make sure you stick around to see what lovely things Hannah has going on there.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Words That Mean a Lot

Home, Nostalgia,
Gratitude, Regret,
Story, Love, Family,
Hurt, Grief, Alone,
Together, Remember,
Maybe, Wish,

Unrelated message: Hey lovelies! For the last few hours I've been working on uploading this new blog template (it shouldn't have taken me "hours" but I'm not very...technical). I'm very very excited about it. A new design was long overdue. When I saw this one on Designer Blogs I was just like yep, that's mine, thank you, bye. I hope you guys like it, too!

Also, have a lovely Good Friday, and a lovely Easter. I'll be around with a new post soon!