Monday, December 03, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? & Pumpkin :)




A weekly event hosted by Sheila from Book Journey to discuss your reading week ~ the books you've read and those you plan on reading in the coming week. I love this meme ... thanks Sheila!

Look what I got!! I was so excited this morning to get a package in the mail from Arizona I just had to share photos. 

Julie from 
Life with the Tucker-Wolek Clan is an absolute sweetheart and spent a fortune (yeah I noticed you naughty girl!!) sending me 2 tins of pumpkin and a Betty Crocker Spice cake mix along with a recipe for Pumpkin Muffins after I made a comment on one of her posts about the oddity of tinned pumpkin (we don't have it in Australia.) I've been following Julie's blog for a while now, she's a super talented scrapbooker, avid reader, blog commenter and all round gorgeous girl.

Thanks so much Julie, you have no idea how much this package made me smile. I'll be making those muffins and decorating the Christmas tree so will share more photos in a few days so keep an eye out.



Tomorrow I pick Callum up from the airport, 2 weeks has gone fast but Bella and I have missed him so we can't wait! We're in the middle of a heat wave in Brisbane so I'm sure the expected 40 degree temperature (104F) will be a bit of a shock for him after Banff. Insurance work started on our storm damaged rooms so at least the paint will dry extra fast in this heat :)

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Giveaway: 

THE GILDED LILY by Deborah Swift ~ giveaway up Wed

Winner of THE SUMMER BEFORE THE STORM by Gabriele Wills ~ Congrats: Anette

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I posted reviews for: (click on title)

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman ~ beautiful & sad

Want a laugh? Check out my post to celebrate the 1st day of summer - Aussie Summer Fun ~ BBQ's, Beaches & Bums

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Finished last week:

FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah (audiobook) ~ good story of friendship & family

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This Week's Reading List:


THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe

SCENT OF MAGIC by Maria V Snyder ~ ARC courtesy Harlequin Teen 

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Reviews Coming:

THE GILDED LILY by Deborah Swift ~ book tour review & giveaway 5th Dec

TOUCH OF POWER by Maria V Snyder ~ really enjoyed it

THE LAST BOYFRIEND by Nora Roberts ~ Inn Boonsboro #2 ~ nice



25 comments:

  1. I'm hoping to read The Scent of Magic soon too. I've heard good things about The Light Between Oceans and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Have fun baking the pumpkin spice cake. I love that Libby's canned pumpkin. It is good for making cookies too.

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    1. Looks like Libby's canned pumpkin is a popular brand in the US, I can't wait to use it!

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  2. How wonderful to get a surprise package! I have a yummy pumpkin bar w/cream cheese frosting recipe if you are interested. I just started listening to The Light Between Oceans.

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    1. Thanks for the recipe Nise :) Hope you really like The Light Between Oceans!

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  3. Fun post! The same canned pumpkin I buy - so glad you get to try it and Callum already home!!! WOW! :)

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    1. I know it went so fast Sheila! Libby's must be good, most of you have commented that it's the one you use lol

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  4. Loved the book Scent of Magic!

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    1. Glad you loved it! If it's as good as Touch of Magic I'll be happy Erin.

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  5. Woooooooooooo hooooooooooooooo!! SO excited it arrived!!! Can't wait to hear what you think about the muffins!! Love ya girl!!!! :)

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    1. Callum is bringing me home some pumpkin spice so I'm hoping to make pumpkin spice frappe too ... woohoo!! I'm a lucky girl. Thanks Julie xx

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  6. I love seeing that box of pumpkin, lol, made me giggle for some reason! Also, I feel like baking now :)

    Have a great week!

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  7. I LOVE Pumpkin anything! I have some in my cupboard, was going to make pumpkin bars today but ran out of time...maybe tomorrow! Yes we love our canned pumpkin here in the US! Especially this time of year!

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  8. America cans everything! I have come across some recipes with the weirdest canned ingredients - the latest was canned onion rings!

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  9. Too warm for me, i think I will rather take my -16c here then.

    Pumpkin pie in a can, lol

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  10. I really MUST resume reading on the Boonsboro Inn trilogy...I've only read the first one!

    And not having tinned pumpkin? I can't imagine..but what a lovely mailbox gift!

    And you got some lovely books on your stacks...enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting all my blogs!

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  11. You are doing so good with reading and listening to Kristin Hannah, I want to get one in before end of year.

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  12. That is such a cute surprise to find in the mail! It never occurred to me that canned pumpkin is more of a states thing...it's a lot easier to bake something with it :)

    Hope you have a wonderful reading week!

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  13. Just goodness came in a package. You will love the muffins!!
    Have a great week!!

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  14. I have been wanting to read that series by Nora Roberts- Christmas break is coming, it seems like that would be a perfect time to read them. :) Have a great week!

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  15. Yum! Enjoy the pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin desserts are among my top faves. :)

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  16. Wow, thank you so much!! I'm so happy, and I can't wait to read the book :)

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  17. Gasp! You don't have canned pumpkin in Australia? We have shelves and shelves of it, but as sad as I am to say, I don't cook with it much. This Thanksgiving for some reason my Grandma kept worrying there would be a pumpkin shortage and bought like 10 cans...and never used 'em! :)

    Hope you make something scrumptious with your pumpkin!!

    Have a wonderful reading week! Whatcha readin' this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

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  18. Callum is home by now, safe and sound and utterly exhausted from a fabulous trip!! I am making the exact same muffins that Julie sent you the ingredients for!! Enjoy and do let us know when you make them!!! Loved your guest post and your review this week so far!!

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