I love baking for Yule and Christmas! I have not been able to do this year everything I would like too, but since we get to spend Christmas at the Ninja Warming station on Fort Hood (the folks who kept us safe during the winter storm and who I made special Frostie Floats for), I will get to bake more than I expected. HOWEVER, I usually do but these little dandies which are one of my favorites!
I have this friend, she is an Indie author and right now she is sitting on the couch recovering from surgery in either pink or lavender pajamas sporting a cartoon cat or something pretty and girly and beginning a new life. I have talked about and posted about and shared Natasha Troop who is the author of Lakebridge: Spring and Lakebridge: Summer. So in honor of her, her recovery and the fact that both of us are girly girls who LOVE our horror, I am offering up the books in this Indie Author Giveaway Hop!
I met my Natasha via the internet, in fact I met her because she wanted me to read her books and review them. It took me forever, she even enticed me with special Woobie’s cookies. She teased me with being a HUGE Lovecraft fan and having worked for Chaosium as the Call of Cthulhu pimp at Cons, she teaches English and Theatre, she is dramatic and festive…OH heck she and I have a lot of many great things in common. I finished the first book last week and am still whirling with excitement. I have featured my friend here on the website, in fact she inspired my new author series officially beginning this Friday! Her fourth-wall breaking interview can be read HERE. (go read it, it ROCKS and features original artwork too!)
I saw the colors of the blog hop button and immediately knew I had to giveaway these great books, I must indoctrinate ALL into the Lakebridge .. I mean the story! And since it was pink, I decided to focus on something silly like girls in horror stories. Yes how completely politically incorrect and un-empowering etc…etc… blah blah blah.. oh go put your jean jacket back on and know the secret pink sparkly strawberry lip gloss in the right side pocket is no longer a secret!!
I am not a complete idjit. I am aware horror is not gender specific. But gender plays a huge part in the literary conventions within the construction and genre of horror, especially giry girls. Urban Fantasy has changed the role a bit, but horror, especially classic tales, girls tend to be the screamers who get rescued or killed off or the tomboys who do the rescuing. Let’s face it, whether your the screamer or the girl who swings first, there is a certain appeal to the role of a woman in a horror tale. Plus let us not forget one of the most influential pieces in the history of the genre which gave us one of the most mistakenly referenced monsters was written by a woman! Do you know the book which I speak of, and what was the monsters name again? (he he he why YES I AM evil).
What female character and from what book is your favorite? Why?
I do not have a favorite honestly But I always have had a love/hate relationship with Mina Harker from Bram Stokers Dracula for a classic, from in the middle of the road it would be Frannie from The Stand by Stephen King (NOT the Molly Ringwald character but how King meant her to be in his epic tale), and my latest is Wendy from The Infection by Craig DeLouis (Wendy was a cop BEFORE “they fell” and is one in a group of survivors in a zombie-esque style horror which gave me nightmares for days, review coming soon) WHY? Because Mina was ahead of the game for me. Oh I have a long paper written about her, but I liked how fast she typed! Frannie because she was insightful and I could relate to her. I was her personal cheerleader throughout the whole book. Wendy? Because she came out ahead of it all, despite being a woman in a man’s world and a woman survivor in a world that became run by idiots!
I am reviewing Spring this week (fingers crossed I get it up) and AGAIN the first 2 books of The Lakbridge Cycle are the prizes for The Indie Author Hop!! The giveaway is all Indie and the blogs participating (SEE BELOW) have tons of great giveaways from Indie Authors so hop on over and enter for a chance to widen your Indie Author world!.
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The Difference between a Newbie Writer and A Master
You’d think this would be obvious. But it isn’t, especially if you THINK you’re a Master.
In fact, I’m not sure I ever WANT to be a Master writer. Let me explain.
Being a newbie means you are in a constant state of learning, you’re willing to be humble enough to allow another writer, editor or reader teach you.
When you’re a Master, you know
- Stay in bed (CHECK)
- Have a coffee pot in bedroom (CHECK) (though since my bedroom is also my office… but I made coffee)
- Keep refreshing Facebook to see if anyone is here posting (CHECK)
- Send random shout outs to all the other
slackers awesome people you love on Twitter (DOUBLE CHECK)
- Keep clicking refresh on your blog stats instead of writing that review you need to write like TODAY! (once, twice, three times a statistical addict (CHECK)… you get the picture… it is like a dieter with a scale.. I can’t stop clicking!!)
- Upload pictures to some asinine schoolFeed site that makes you want to keep doing things by giving you credits.. ya.. I need help! (CHECK)
- GO like fifty things on Getglue (CHECK) (VERY important in the scheme of things! I got another sticker, that makes 62!)
- Delete pictures off my iPhone (because 3923 is getting a bit obnoxious) (CHECK)
- Checking Twitter and hijack a few conversations (CHECK) (hey I read NEWBIE, smelled a Twitter Virgin and had to step in, duty called!)
- Write a blog post about how to avoid working (CHECK)
OK I finished my coffee, I am hungry again, there are cookies needing baking for my contest winner and I really need to finish another review…. after I refresh my twitter stream, check my shout out status, stats and make a bacon
AND THE WINNER IS…
Before any of you go “HEY that is not G-rated” I want to give you some of the reasoning behind the choice, I feel I need to because I insisted after MOST of you sending in your naughty names. I realize by giving you such a sexy cookie to name it was going to be difficult, which is why I decided to make the contest a bit of a challenge by making the G rated aspects a precursor. (Psst, all you naughty name contributors? I did add all of them to the list so he could choose though. Let’s face it they were pretty dang funny, well SOME of them.) So though it may not be totally G rated, this is why he chose it a the winning name! I felt guilty so I kept talking it over with Geoff, but he listed many good reasons why his choice was what it was, after all I did give him the power in this little soiree.
”instantly funny and catchy“… “Literally, it is the name that Tollhouse could come up with and everyone would titter but they would get away with it“… “Great Alaskan cookie naming jokes that would make a great cookie title, but don’t apply to this particular cookie” …”Kriss, I believe I am the one that gets to CHOOSE the name, stop bugging me and get on with it!” (spoken by the man-beast himself)
Sometimes you cannot stay huddled under blankets when it is -4oºF (or colder) outside here in the Interior of Alaska. Sometimes we have to break free of those frozen shackles and have a little fun! Sometimes you just need a shower and fast food because lets face it, as much as I love to cook, even I need a break!
In my earlier post I talked about more general aspects cold weather front in Fairbanks, AK I talked about how crazy the weather can get here. I had been stuck inside being forced to take a bath in the Rubbermaid© tub and wash my hair in the sink. Usually I have a walk or I cross-country ski on the snow-machine trails to avoid cabin fever, but with the dangerous steady temps of -4oºF (or colder) there was no having a nice healthy walk. I let the dishes pile up, stayed snuggled in my Christmas PJ’s and wool socks, whining to Geoff about how I needed to get out, well he surprised me on Monday and said it is going to a cold one, but a fun one! I hope so because if the car needs a blanket, I am thinking maybe I need to stay under mine!
OK EVERYONE! The time has come, yes it has.. to NAME THAT COOKIE! Why you ask? Well I created these puppies from scratch because:
- I had a loan box of Milk Chocolate Brownie mix. It was a mistake when I went shopping a few weeks ago. I firmly believe brownies are better when they are fudgelicious! So the darker the better!
- Geoff LOVES peanut butter!
- I need to bake up a double batch because one lucky winner of the NAME THAT COOKIE CONTEST will get a dozen in the mail and a nice write-up and blurb about them here on Cabin Goddess!
So what are you waiting for! WAIT.. this as easy as it sounds, however! It must be a G-RATED name! Oh stop whining! They already have enough naughtiness just in the way they look! I will leave it open for a week, I am SURE some
Well, since I know many of you closet bacon eaters have more than likely put yourself into a glorious food coma creating your own Bacon Wrapped Sausage Delights, I suppose I will have to say YES you can have your pudding cookies!
Lately I have been stalking Dessert For Two. Christina delivered recipes scaled down to make a sensible size dessert instead of enough for a bake sale. (Well that and after the Bacon Maple Donuts incident we needed to be a bit smarter, I ended up with a severe sugar crash after stuffing my face with three donuts. I couldn’t help it they were SO good!) I was reorganizing my pantry looking for inspiration when surrounded by light, a glorious box of lemon pudding called to me! What? You don’t like lemon pudding? For shame! (Seriously, neither do I but I had inherited this when a friend moved out of state. One of the great things about living in Alaska, when people leave, you gain ownership of boots, coats, left over fish and game, tang, pilot bread…you get the the picture!) I recalled seeing something about pudding in a cookie recipe I had.
Have all of the cookies you slaved over this holiday season been given away or eaten by Santa’s little helpers? Well whip these classic ones up in less then an hour and if you do not already make these bar cookies you will be adding them to your favorites in no time! My grandmother willed her recipes to me and after making them today, I decided to share this one with you!
My grandmother's recipe
Definition: Scandihoovian – A Hoosier whose ancestry includes that of Scandinavia.
First off, yes with my Lefse raised high, I proudly proclaim I can trace my roots back to the Indiana Tufte family and am a proud Scandihoovian, at least on my mother’s side. My great-grandparents were born in Norway and when they came to our great country, like many other Norwegians (and those dirty Swedes), passed up Lady Liberty and kept going till they ended up in the Midwest! (No self respecting Norwegian will ever admit to having any Swedish blood in them, they are all drunks and don’t know their way around a Krumkake iron if their life depended on it and in my house it did. We let it slide that my dad was part Swede because of the fact of being a direct descendent of Morgan the Pirate… oh and Alexander Hamilton, but the Pirate bit is better, yah?)