It has been one hell of a year. I am struggling to get my feet back from under me. My life has been turned so topsy turvy and I have had such struggles and challenges, one is the end of my way of life as i have known it for the last 11 years. I have great sadness, great amounts of happiness, fun etc… but the thing is, I have been hiding. Hiding behind a game, a little micro-community. I hid who I was, tried to be on the down-low, but as many of you who know me, it is really hard to hide Kriss. I tend to sparkle everywhere, much like many of you are sparkling today on Christmas. I need your help to get back on track. I would love to have you all poke at me, and If you want to friend me on Facebook, tell me what to read and follow my Facebook page for Cabin Goddess also.
I am a huge fan of three things within this post.. Dystopian fiction, easy-recipes and Oreo™ cookies! Let’s deal with why they are the trifecta of today’s post. Dystopian fiction usually depicts some kind of hardship. Many times it is post-apocalyptic or an alternative future where things are bleak. Drowned is full of bleakness and despair. But where the leading lady, our protagonist lives maybe a little comfort and treat would help you feel a bit better and I know Oreo™ cookies always make me feel better, and let’s face it.. if I can share a really good recipe and pin it with a great book, you know I will! Oh and this is NO-BAKE!
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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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:
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.