I decided to bake this week and this is what I came up with.
chocolate chip trail nut cookies
The banana bread was something heavenly, both tasty and moist. I added a handful of chocolate chips and that made it all that much tastier. But the original would have been just as awesome.
The cookies were amazing. Easy to make and delicious, I also knew just how good they were for us. A win-win in my book.
And where did I get those recipes? From a great vegan site that I continually go to: Oh she glows. I have yet to find a recipe that is a miss. Honestly. I don’t know how she does it.
If you’re into cooking or baking and want to give these a try, let me know how they go. They were a great success in our house.
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If we were having coffee, I’d ask for a second one. This week has been crazy. It seems I’m not the only one who’s had a nutty week, Luther M. Siler’s sounds absolutely bonkers.
If you asked what was nuts at my job, I’d tell you, without giving away too many details, that I’ve seen co-workers crying this week, that my job used to include doing Thing-A and has suddenly changed to Thing-B and that there were some late, late hours at work this week. This weekend was a desperately needed necessity.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m looking forward to spending tomorrow with my puppies and taking them on a long walk. Today has been all about cleaning up the house (it was a disaster), getting groceries (we had nothing but baking soda and water in the fridge) and recuperating from the week.
Finally, I’d share with you that my lovely hubby has been trying to ‘cure’ my fear of spiders by showing me horrific pictures of said animals.
That’s right ladies, he’s all mine.
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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that our garage is almost finished and I have the pictures to prove it.
Stairs to get into our home
A hinge I thought was inspirational
The corner of a window…don’t I take incredible pictures?
Okay, he might look tiny in the picture but this spider was actually massive. As in dinaussor-sized massive!
My lovely Jeep, safe and sound in his new home…and yes, I parked too close to the door. Oops.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that my lovely hubby just had a fit over the dogs. He was tip toeing his way around a sleeping River when the dog decided to move…and, trying to avoid stepping on him, the man went flying into a pirouette. It was an incredibly graceful move for a man that is not on the small side. However, River didn’t find it that impressive, and he didn’t think the decidedly British curses that followed were inspiring either.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that just this weekend was the first time when I couldn’t finish a book I had started. It was an odd experience that left me pretty stunned.
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How about you? How is this week treating you?
#Weekend Coffee Share was created by Part Time Monster and is hosted on her site. Check it out and see what other bloggers have to say over coffee.
1. Best. Salad. Lunch. Ever.
Not kidding here. It’s absolutely yummy. So good it tastes like it should be bad for you, or have something in there that’s not the best for you…but it’s actually really healthy to boot!
This is where I got it:
www.ohsheglows.com is a great site for anyone interested in eating savoury meals that are also super healthy. She has vegan stuff, but it’s not limited to that and she’s written two books because her recipes are that amazing. The one I just rambled on about is from her lunch menu and she actually puts it in a pita bread but it’s so yummy, I eat it with a fork. It’s the Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad. Delish.
2. Best How-To-101 reference site for authors out there.
This is where I got it:
I’ve talked about Chris The Story Reading Ape before. He is a never-ending source of great resources for writers of all kinds and, to boot, he’s incredibly kind. But this reference page just blew me out of the water. It’s got everything. And he keeps updating it! No dead links here.
A huge thanks to Chris for his never-ending support of all writers out there!!
If you’re interested in finding out how to keep a post permanently on your home page, check out this great post on WordPress Sticky Post from Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. It’s super easy, comes with pictures and I found it very helpful. A huge thanks to Chris for that awesome post!
My top 5 posts for 2016 according to you aren’t all from this year. There are some that are from previous years but refuse to fade away.
5. If we were having coffee… Where I ramble about my hubby and his friend making a dog house for our pooches.
4. Sneak Review: The Girl on The Train. Readers couldn’t get enough of this book review.
3. The Lipstick Fiasco. An oldie and a true story that seems to hit the right notes with readers.
2. 5 Worst Things you can do if your Wi-fi is running slow. This was a true story again and one that readers can’t get enough of.
1. The Importance of Tags: for Bloggers. This one has been in the top 5 for several years running and is still there for good reason.
But those are only my little top posts, what about others?
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This is the best bloggers blogging in 2016 according to Island Editions.
Even more for those bloggers out there, ProBlogger has their top 2016 posts on how to find readers and on writing awesome content in their excellent blog.
These are the top books to read from 2016 according to Crystin Goodwind, author and blogger extraordinaire.
These are the top 10 books of 2016 according to Luther M. Siler, another author and blogger extraordinaire.
Finally, one of my favourite sites, All About Romance, chose their top books for 2016 in this post.
Here’s hoping 2016 was an awesome year for you! 😀
I ask this after reading this wonderful post on Hugh’s News and Views. I’ve never recycled a post thinking that I’d bore my readers. Then I read that post and thought, should I recycle one?
Well, I did a little digging and found the most popular posts in this humble blog of mine.
This one: The Importance of Tags: for bloggers is the mother of all posts getting hits even now.
This one: The Amazing Abilities of Akitas, is one of my favourite rants…and apparently yours too.
What do you think? Is it a good idea to recycle old posts? Or should we stick to new material?
This is for those among you who are authors. Positive Writer has this great compilation of fantastic blogs just for you. In fact, they have the top 50 from 2016 with their top posts ready for your inquisitive click.
Here’s the link: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/
And a huge, HUGE thank you to Positive Writer for that awesome gem of a post!
If we were having coffee, I’d be chatting about this week and asking you how it went. What was your highlight? And what part would you rather forget?
I’d tell you that we have a new addition to the house. My lovely hubby decided that our akitas were too ‘frail’ to be outdoors in our Canadian winters without some form of protection and called his handy-man, trusty Shane. Long story short, there’s a new small building in our yard, built specially for our doggies. It has a roof and everything.
Since I know for a fact that akitas are winter dogs, I have suspicions that my hubby and his friend were just looking for a reason to hang out and bang on things, but I’d ask you to keep that suspicion between us. No need to remove someone’s denial.
If we were chatting, I’d admit I took work home this weekend, something I seldom do. And hope you didn’t make the same choice and have a lovely, work free weekend ahead of you.
And I’d ask you what you were reading…and if you’ve heard of any good books you’d like to share…
And I’d thank Part Time Monster for this lovely meme. 🙂
Just had to share these beauties. They’re too good to keep hidden.
If you’re an author looking to promote your book, check out this post by Brittney Sahin. She’s offering free promotion and asking for nothing in return. That qualifies as amazing in my mind.
The Story Reading Ape is an incredible site with every resource imaginable. Check out this post on 10 free ways to promote your novel. Free!
If you’re thinking, Taylor, my book is not even close to done and you’re stuck, I have a post for you too! This one is from Ink and Quills and it’s got 10 tips on how to accept your writing and move forward. A fantastic post with great ideas for those times when we’re stuck.
If you’re a blogger and not an author, check out this post with 5 Key elements that your blog should have by the amazing site: @ProBlogger. If you’ve been at it for a while and want more growth, check out this great post with tips for just that on Daily Blogging Tips.
Finally, a huge thank you to all the sites for their gems! They’re continuing to support authors and bloggers alike, for free!