Monday, November 17, 2014

Books 20-23

These 4 books by H G Wells are his first 4 books published. In this volume, they were all published together, so I read them back to back to keep my "Empty" Bookshelf in order ;)
The Time Machine - I watched this movie many years ago. One scene in this movie has impacted me forever! I will not read ebooks to this day because in the future, in the movie, real books had fallen into such disuse that they crumbled into dust when touched! I was so sad as a child seeing that scene, I did not see how we could ever not need books! Beautiful, precious, useful books! Now I see this as a reality with more & more people giving up real books for the fake ones ;)
So since the movie impacted me so heavily, I knew I had to read the book. This book and movie could not be more different. I'm not saying, "oh they didn't make the movie exactly like the book" no, they didn't make the movie anything like the book! They actually added more to the movie than was in the book! I recommend both, but just know they are very different! I also recommend you buy real books! :)
The Island of Dr Moreau - This is a weird book. I did not feel as though I liked where it was headed on more than one occasion,  but for being such a short book it did keep me on my toes & guessing. Overall, I did enjoy the book.
The Invisible Man - This book took me way to long to read. Once I put it down, I just didn't have the drive to pick it back up again. The main character is an unlikable jerk. You finally are shown the full circle of his character development & gain interest in where it is going in the last two chapters. Then it abruptly ends... sadly I did not enjoy this book.
The War of the Worlds - I will say upfront that I am not into aliens, they don't tend to hold my attention in books or movies, so take this review with a grain of salt. I found this book boring :( Describing the alien landing, sighting, & fighting was not interesting & at times slightly confusing. Towards the end, they started describing human survival after the fight & that was more interesting, like reading any other post-apocalyptic story. However, overall, I did not enjoy this book either, which is why these reviews are coming so much later after book 19!
I'm ready for a lighthearted book! :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treat

 Look who I got to go Trick or Treating with! :)
 This year Baby Luke went Trick or Treating for the very first time!
 He had an entourage
 A couple of police officers, a couple of Minions, & his Nanny!
 Ba-ba-ba-ba-na-na
Both Ghost & Luke wanted that banana!
 His first house!
 Trick or Treat! She said he was her first Trick or Treater of the night :)
 Such a big boy!

 Everyone thought he was just the cutest!
 Because he is ;)

 She told him that he made her night :)




 He got lots of candy!
 Watch out Baby Luke, the guy behind you looks like he's starving!

 Hey, that door looks familiar!
 Aww, look at the cute fireman that came to our door!!
 You can have the candy you want!
Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Star Wars Birthday Party

 My Brother & Sister had an out of this world Star Wars Party for my Nephew :)
 She went all out with the food & decorations!
 Black butcher paper covered in stars made a galaxy where ever you looked!
 The Force is Strong with this "1" Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheeseball & Ewok Cookies (Teddy Grahams)
 Leia's Buns (pinwheels, recipe at end of post),
Storm Trooper Beef & Cheeseball (I put all the beef in the cheeseball, then after Hubby formed it to the Stormtrooper shape, I covered it in whipped cream cheese. Hubby cut up olives & created the stormtrooper mask.), 
Lightsabers (Pretzel Rods dipped in colored chocolate)
& a Deathstar birthday cake!
 Luke & my Brother's birthdays are 2 days apart, so Daddy got a couple of decorations for him too :)
 It was very difficult for her to choose which pics to use, they were all so cute!!
 There was also Hutt Dogs,  Boba-Q Chips, Vaderade (Which Aunt Jen is holding), & Yoda Soda :)
Photo Booth Props! Yes, I made Leia Buns :) 2 Brown fabric flowers hot glued to a headband
 Let the party begin! Ma loves Baby Luke!!
 Cake!!!
 Are you sure about this?!
 Yum!
 Why have you kept this from me my whole life?!

 He's just so cute!
 This was the cleanest first cake eating I've ever seen!

 Here you go mommy, I will share!

 Got some on my arm
 That was good, let's have that everyday! ;)
 Photo booth time!!
 Cheese!
 I'm under attack!
 Me & Princess Leah ;)
 She has things to do, no time for pictures!
 Birthday Boys!
 Happy Birthday Baby Luke & Craig!!!
 Birthday Boy's turn with Princess Leia
 Presents!!!
 Forget about the card mom, what's in this bag?!
 Let me read you a story
 Daddy got a birthday gift too!
 Attack of the lightsaber pool noodle!
 Yoda's nose :)

 Nothing is better than a birthday balloon!
 Chilling out on his new stool :)
Thanks for the great party, but it's nap time, so kiss Ma bye bye :)

Pepperoni Pinwheels
2 pkg pepperoni
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
Mix together cream cheese & Salsa in a Snap. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on a tortilla, and cover in a layer of pepperoni. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Ham Pinwheels
1/2 lb ham lunchmeat
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
1 pkg ranch dip mix
Mix together cream cheese & ranch dip mix. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla, and lay a slice or two of ham on top. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Roast Beef Pinwheels
1/2 lb roast beef lunchmeat
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
1 pkg Knorr vegetable soup mix
Mix together cream cheese & vegetable soup mix. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla, and lay a slice or two of roast beef on top. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

Green Chile Pinwheels
1 block Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 small can diced mild green chiles
1 can large whole black olives
4 green onions, sliced
1 pkg fajita size flour tortillas
Slice black olives (I never buy presliced because they get soggy in the can, it is better to slice yourself). Mix together cream cheese, chiles, olives, & green onions. Spread Thin layer of cream cheese mixture on tortilla. Roll up & slice in about 1" slices. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at your next party!

I would love to know how well these go over at your next event! Enjoy!