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The 2014 Goodreads Choice contest has begun. What will you vote for?


The 2014 Goodreads Choice Contest is open. If you’ve never participated before, it’s a readers’ choice contest featuring competitions in twenty categories. Romance is a single catetory–there’s no sub-genre separation–and this year, like like last year, is heavy on New Adult picks. There is one straight historical romance: Tessa Dare’s Romancing the Duke. Also representing romances with a historical bent is the latest by Diana Gabaldon, Written in my Own Heart’s Blood.

You can go here to begin voting:

A New Look at a Childhood Favorite: Pimento Cheese

Growing up one of my mother’s favorite snacks was pimento cheese. Perhaps it’s because we lived in the north (I’ve since learned it’s a longtime southern favorite), but she never made her own. Instead, she bought this small jarred version of pimento cheese. For a special treat for all of us, she’d put tiny squares of rye bread topped with pimento cheese on a plate. I thought they were okay, but as a girl, would have preferred another snack.

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Cold Weather Foods

LinnieGayl’s  comfort food blog and the recent colder weather started to remind me of dishes I typically eat during the winter.  One of the first dishes I turn to is beans.  With my parent’s southern roots, even living in the west, I grew up on a lot of pots of beans.  Pinto beans, and great northern beans with a ham bone were big favorites of my mother and I don’t really remember those dishes being seasonal.  However when it turned cold my mother turned to a big pot of chili or stew.

I don’t do the stew but always turn to chili.  In fact, I am probably going to make chili today.  I don’t have any special recipe and to be honest sometimes my dish is good and sometime it is average.  So I thought maybe I need a more definite recipe instead of a little bit of this and that.

The Today Show had a chili cook-off and I am just not sure about the three top contenders? Here are the ingredients: Continue reading

True Blood Poster Giveaway (Contest Now Closed)


I’ve got smokin’ hot Sookie and Bill season two posters courtesy of HBO to give away to four lucky winners.  All you need to do to enter for your chance to win is comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 4.

And to make it just a little bit more fun, please tell us if you’re Team Bill, Eric, Sam – or any other supe you’re rooting for.

Winners will be selected at random and posted here on Friday morning.  So good luck and get posting!

As for me, I’m Team Eric all the way.

-Sandy AAR