5 Books to Read Before You Die – Part 2

5 More Books to Read Before You Die – Part 2

6. All The Pretty Girls – Now I may be a bit bias on this one, Chandra Mayor is my mentor and friend. She is also however, an amazingly talented author that is not afraid to tell it like it is. What I love most about her writing style is that she can tell a tale of utter brutality with beautiful and poetic words. All The Pretty Girls is a collection of short stories about the lives of a group of women. Some are struggling with poverty or domestic abuse. All are struggling with parts of themselves. I loved all these women, cared about their struggles and admired their strength that we would all hope to have in their situations.
7. Lessons From a Nude Man – Now again with the bias, I know this lady and I’m very proud to know this lady. One of my favourite Winnipeg authors and people, I first read her work in Prairie Fire Magazine and immediately wanted more. I searched out her work high and low and was disappointed to find very little else. Until one glorious day she announces that finally a collection of her endlessly entertaining,beautifully written and at times heard breaking short stories will be published for our reading pleasure! Donna is a Boreal writer, choosing the lush landscape of the Boreal Forest for the setting of these stories. Her affection and deep connection of this place can be felt through out this whole book that I couldn’t put down but at the same time never wanted to finish because I didn’t want to leave the exquisite world she created.

8. The Lucky Ones – This is a very serious book but it is an important book that I believe should be on everyone’s must read list especially in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis. In this book, African refugees recount their experiences of their birth countries and of immigrating to Canada. In their own words they tell of their losses, their hopes and dreams and their new lives in Canada. I feel like I know all these people personally after reading this book and I’m happy they are here.

9. The Day Tripper’s Guide To Manitoba – There is so much to see in our own back yard! Our province is so diverse from the endless prairie that turns to the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley to the lakes and legends of the Interlake. In The Day Tripper’s Guide To Manitoba Bartley Kives shows us all of the cool places to go and things to do in our own province. And trust me, they are plenty.
10. Dance Gladys Dance – This unique and original novel features the ghost of a lady who just wanted to dance. Unfortunately her well to do husband had other ideas. The ghost of Gladys then begins to “haunt”  young woman who’s given up on her dream of being an artist. This is a quirky and very enjoyable story with twists and turns and heart ache a plenty along with good humour (the novel won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour) and very real likeable and unique characters. This is definitely worth reading before you die. Or right now because there’s no better time then the present!

Love,

Miranda

“READING GIVES US SOMEPLACE TO GO WHEN WE HAVE TO STAY WHERE WE ARE.”

Truffle
Truffle

Onion Skins – Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs

Dyeing and decorating eggs is an Easter tradition. The fun part is, there are so many ways to do it.

For this post I will select easy and natural way – ONION SKINS.

Yes, we are dyeing Easter eggs naturally with onion skins.My grandmother and my mother made the most beautiful Easter eggs using this method.

Now you can do it too. Just follow instructions below and you will hear comments like: ” Beautiful! Those are the prettiest Easter eggs I’ve ever seen!”

And smile. (because our life is the biggest joke …just watch TV).

Now, let’s do it!

Easter Eggs
5 Star Cookies – Easter Eggs

To make this process success we will need the following:

-skin of organic yellow onions

-pantyhose (buy in $ Store)

-pot of boiling water

-vinegar

The eggs will come dark reddish-brown and you will impress your friends, family and your kids.

It is simple, easy and NATURAL!

Onion Skins - Natural Color to Your Easter Eggs
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • Skin of Organic Onions (between 6 to 10 lbs)
  • Pantyhose (Dollar Store)
  • Pot of Boiling Water
  • 1 TBSP Vinegar
  • 20 Eggs
Instructions
  1. Cut about 5 inch sections of the pantyhose (enough to wrap around an egg and make a knot)
  2. Gently wrap the pantyhose over the egg and pull tight to keep it in place and allow dye to soak through. Tie a secure knot in the back.
  3. Fill the pot with water (it must cover the eggs, and place the burner on medium.) and 1 Tbsp vinegar.
  4. Add eggs and when water starts to boil,boil for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Take eggs out of the pot.
  6. Turn cool water on over them and gently remove the pantyhose.
  7. Rub them with the bacon or with olive oil.
  8. YOU ARE DONE! ENJOY!

If you want to see what you did to poor skin onions…

Onion Skin - What is left of me
Onion Skin

Or if you want to see dark life of onion skins….look below

Dark Life of Onion Skins
Dark Life of Onion Skins

I know the picture above is not pretty…but see your final product below.  I love my eggs…specially with the glossy finish

Eggs and Bacon
Eggs and Bacon

I did say, you will hear: “Beautiful! Those are the prettiest Easter eggs I’ve ever seen!”

Eggs in Cage
Eggs in Cage

HAPPY EASTER!

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Irish Green Hot Chocolate- Happy St Patrick’s Day

Irish Green Hot Chocolate
Irish Green Hot Chocolate

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day – March 17!

 

 

St Patrick’s Day is an annual event that celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.

If you’re planning to celebrate St Patrick’s Day  you might wish to wear one or more of the following:

– Green clothing

– A green top hat

– Green accessories (think hair bows, hair dye, nail varnish)

– Basically, anything green

– A shamrock (or a horde of them… to get fully into the spirit of the Irish)

If you are planning to drink ( and please don’t pretend…) my blog 5 star cookies is making for you “Irish Green Hot Chocolate” (wink, wink…)

It is very simple and easy to make. (15 min. max).  If you like to make this drink very Irish and very special (think Hoda and Kathie Lee)

add some Irish Whiskey. After all it is the St Patrick’s Day.

Before we start let’s see our final destination.

Irish Green Hot Chocolate
Irish Green Hot Chocolate

Now, we can start our drinking trip in my kitchen.

We need the following ingredients:

2% milk

heavy cream

green chocolate

Green Chocolate
Green Chocolate

and Irish Whiskey (if you want to add alcohol).

Irish Green Hot Chocolate- Happy St Patrick's Day
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Recipe type: Drink
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk (2%)
  • ¼ cup green chocolate
  • ⅛ cup Irish Whiskey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat cream and milk until just below simmering point.
  2. Remove from heat and pour over ¼ cup of chocolate.
  3. Let stand for about 5 min.
  4. Whisk everything together.
  5. Reheat until all chocolate is melted. Add whiskey if you are using it.
  6. Pour into the prettiest glass you can find.
  7. If you wanted garnish with whipped cream.

Now, let’s celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

5 Star Cookies - Irish Green Hot Chocolate
5 Star Cookies – Irish Green Hot Chocolate
Green Hot Chocolate
Green Hot Chocolate

 

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Irish Green Hot Chocolate
Irish Green Hot Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Day-I Am Your Carrot Ambassador

Carrot Juice and Angels
Carrot Juice and Angel

We all need vegetables specially if you are Nutella or the chocolate addict .

I am all of that and then some more .  Since, I know I have an addiction problem I like to have days when I eat healthy.

My idea of healthy is called  “The Carrot Day”. The main dish is “The Carrot Juice”. (Yes, I know …

The Carrot juice is the”dish” in my head…

When Brad Pit ask: Who is your daddy?

I answer: “The Carrot Juice”…)

For this dish you need only two ingredients: carrots and apples. (use organics)

Apples and Carrots
Apples and Carrots

Carrot Day-I am your carrot ambassador
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 Lbs Organic Carrot (425 gr)
  • 2 Organic Apples (cut into large pieces)
Instructions
  1. Wash and peel carrots.
  2. Add apples.
  3. Place carrots and apples in juicer.
  4. Pour into glass and drink! Enjoy!

And check the picture below…

carrot juice 2 024

Do you like the color?

Carrot Juice Top
Carrot Juice Top

Now, pour it into a glass

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

and drink it …

Of course, never forget from where you came from….

Carrot Juice-Do not hide your past
Carrot Juice – My Past

The International Carrot Day is celebrated every year on April 4th.

Join the fun and celebrate the Carrot Day yourself!

 

Have a nice Carrot Day!

Love you all,

Your Cookie

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5 Books to Read Before You Die

5 Books To Read Before You Die

I know everyone’s heard of a bucket list, mostly places to go and things to do before you die. There are many destination books out there listing all the places you should go before you kick the proverbial bucket. The adventures sound amazing but how many people can actually afford the luxury of world travel?
Books can transport you on an amazing adventure to. And if you have a library card they’re free! So, I’m making a far more achievable bucket list. Here are my top recommendations of things to read before you die.

1.The Bible

– Yes really! If you want to be transported to far away lands, see fierce battles and amazing miracles the Bible has all this and more! It’s the ultimate love story, packed with action and adventure, brave heroes and terrifying creatures straight from the pit of hell there’s even a talking donkey! I personally believe the Bible, believe that all of the events therein are fact and base my life on that truth. However, even if you don’t, it’s still worth a read.

2. The Outsiders

– The ultimate coming of age story! This is my favourite book of all time. This is THE book that got me through my teens! This is THE book that inspired me to write. This is THE book that turned me into the bookworm I am today. Before The Outsiders was assigned as mandatory reading in my eighth grade class I’d never read an entire novel cover to cover. I found books, especially books targeted to my age group boring, stupid and entirely un-relatable. Apparently way back in the sixties tween (before the word tween even existed) books weren’t much different and so sixteen year old S.E. Hinton created this masterpiece which is second on my list of books to read before you die.
P.S. You don’t have to be a tween to enjoy it!

3. The Evolution Of Alice

– I won’t spend too much time on this one as I’ve already delved into it’s fabulousness in my previous book review post but I will tell you this book touched me deeply. It has such a unique and incredible mix of harsh and gritty everyday life with a touch of magic thrown in at just the right spots. And I’m a sucker for a really great friendship story.

4. The Sisters Brothers

– Out of all the books I’m recommending here, this one has the most entertainment value. If your looking for a real escape, I mean lose yourself completely in an utterly weird and crazy tale of two brothers on a mysterious mission then this Governor General award-winning book is for you! Patrick DeWitt is the author and I’d love to live just a day in his imagination! Now there’s something for the bucket list!

5. The Opening Sky

– The description of this book did it so little justice that I actually wasn’t interested in reading it at first. Thank goodness that the book I wanted was checked out at the library and this little gem was staring me in the face practically begging me to take it home. So I did and I found myself entirely wrapped up in the every day life of the Glasgow-Fimeser household, their problems and heartbreaks and their ordinary/extraordinary lives. What’s most amazing about this book is the masterful way in which a pretty everyday kind of family is elevated by the masterful writing talent of Joan Thomas. Life in The Wolsely neighbourhood takes on a life of it’s own and even though it takes place in the same city as I’ve lived my whole life, it transported me, not to a far off land but in to the life of an every day family which can be just as interesting.

Miranda Corner – 5 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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1.Cookies

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2. Cakes

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3. Nutella

5 Star Cookies - Nutella Life
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4. Sweet Imagination

5 Star Cookies - Macaroons
Sweet Imagination – Macaroons

 

5. Books – Miranda Corner

This blog, 5 star cookies is about the best thing in the life called BOOKS.

Miranda is our amazing and talented writer and you will have opportunity to read and follow her work on this blog.

To find more about Miranda please click on the link below:

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For her book review visit

http://www.5starcookies.com/books-review/

…and very soon, like tomorrow Miranda will share 5 books you should read before you die.

Until then, please click links above and share your thought and comments with us…

Because your feedback matters!

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Carrot Cake or When your boss is Bill Cosby

Carrot Cake First
Carrot Cake My First and the Best Cake

When I laugh with my friends I called him Bill Cosby and by him I I mean “psycho boss”.

You know the type: charming, controlling  freak, narcissists and masters of deception. One of my favorite explanation is the following

 Psychopaths operate from a warped moral code and experience little to no guilt or remorse over telling lies. These bosses are skilled at avoiding accountability and have a Teflon-like capability to deflect blame. They lie, omit information, rephrase the truth, and misrepresent facts. They take credit for ideas that they did not come up with.”

So, how many of you have this kind of experience every day in your life? And how do you deal with it?

For me I like to bake. Baking is the perfect escape from my cold reality. I can even create perfect little creatures in this fictional life and I can make them from anything I like…like ginger

and there you have it…perfect little ginger people with the big heart in the middle. (Reality, eat your heart out)

Ginger People
Ginger People

In this baking escape I like to make cake that my grandmother made for me every week when I was a child.

It is my favorite and the best cake ever – THE CARROT CAKE.

My grandmother used to make different version of her basic recipe. It can be with cheese or with chocolate icing.

There are so much memory connected to this cake and very often when I need something to “hold on” and forget “reality” I make this cake.

And it makes me smile. I love the color, I love the taste and I love to pretend that I am eating the healthiest cake ever made..The Carrot Cake.

And because of memory of my grandmother I like to share this recipe with you.

I know somewhere she is watching over me and saying: “Still your favorite cake…” Yes, grandma still my favorite cake.

Thank you for the  recipe…and the memory.

Now, I need to start making carrot cake. The version that I selected today is carrot cake with cheese frosting.

My grandmother used to make very special frosting with secret ingredients.

Her secret ingredients was apple sauce and strawberries.

You will find yourself making this cake all the time.

Quick and easy, it will become your family favorite!

For this recipe you need the usual ingredients: flour, sugar, oil, eggs, cinnamon, walnuts, cheese, apple sauce, strawberries, vanilla, baking soda and salt.

So, let’s make magic …the Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake or When your boss is Bill Cosby
 
Quick and easy with secret ingredients....
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 TBS cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups carrots
  • 1½ cup walnuts
  • ---------------------------------------------------------
  • Cheese Frosting
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cup icing sugar
  • ---------------------------------------------------------
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and sides of pan (13x9)
  2. Mix sugar,oil and eggs.
  3. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in carrots and walnuts.
  5. Pour into pan.
  6. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Mine was for 35 min).
  7. Cool it.
  8. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
  9. Decorate with strawberries.
  10. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  11. Frosting:
  12. Beat cream cheese, add apple sauce, vanilla and icing sugar.

Carrot Cake - Side View
Carrot Cake

Like always, make this cake and share with somebody you love…somebody you think need love

and with all your family and friends …co-workers and Universe…

and say: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…

Love and hugs,

Your Cookie

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5 star cookies - The Best Carrot Cake
5 star cookies carrot cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stars who love to cook-Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars Close Call
5 Star Cookies – Lemon Bars

When life give you lemons you make lemonade or in my case I make Lemon Bars.

Lemon bars are quite simple to make. The first part is a perfectly crumbly shortbread base followed by a gooey lemon topping.

The final special touch – magic sugar dust  …and the princess came to our blog.

Her name is Martina McBride and she is a very famous country singer. She is also very famous for her cooking and baking.

Her book “Around the Table” is must have. For today and for this blog I am going to make “Lemon Coconut Bars”.

So, if you need some magic in your life…try this recipe.

Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars

Stars who love to cook-Lemon Bars
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1½ sticks butter, chilled and cubed
  • Filling:
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line 13x9 baking pan with aluminum.
  3. Combine flour, sugar and ½ tsp salt in processor. Add coconut and butter.
  4. Process until a fine meal forms, press into pan.
  5. Bake for 15 min.
  6. For the filling:
  7. Combine first 6 ingredients and a pinch of salt in processor,blend until smooth.
  8. Pour over hot crust.
  9. Bake for 20 min.
  10. Let it cool. Dust with magic and say
  11. THANK YOU!

 

5 Star Cookies
5 Star Cookies – Lemon Bars Martina McBride

If you want to hear the song please click on the link below:

I never promise you a rose garden

 Or just read..

I never promise you a rose garden

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time
When you take you gotta give so live and let live
Or let go oh-whoa-whoa-whoa
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don’t find roses growin’ on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well if sweet-talkin’ you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that’s what it takes to hold you
I’d just as soon let you go
But there’s one thing I want you to know
You better look before you leap, still waters run deep
And there won’t always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I’m talkin’ about
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time,
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden

MAGIC IS SOMETHING YOU MAKE…SO MAKE LEMON BARS…
  and remember.
“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done”.
 

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Coffee Crepe Cups – Part 2

Hello,

Let’s start making Coffee Crepe Cups. Before I start making them let’s talk about crepes. The word crepe is French for pancake and is derived from the Latin crispus meaning “curled”.

Crepes originated around the 12 century in Brittany, a region in the northwest of France. Crêpes are also common in other European nations, such as Italy, Poland, Romania, and Denmark, although they are known under different names.

In areas of Eastern Europe, the meal is called palacinka (Serbian,Czech, Slovenian). In Danish, it is Pandekage and in Dutch it is pannekoeken. There are two types of crepes:

  • Sweet
  • Savory

Now that we have a basic knowledge of crepes we can start making them.

This is my favorite recipe and it is the best one you can find on the Internet. I made million version of this recipe but today it is my coffee version.

(Does it look like Cappuccino?)

Coffee Crepes - Starting Point
Coffee Crepes Start

For this recipe we need the following ingredients: eggs, milk, coffee, flour, salt, oil, water.

Coffee Crepe Cups - Part 2
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup coffee
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup H20 (water)
  • ⅛ tbs salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour and the eggs.
  2. Add milk, coffee, water, salt and oil.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Let batter sit at least 15 min at room temperature or if you are not in a hurry you can refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 day, whisk before using.
  5. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium. Lightly coat with oil. Add ½ cup batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of skillet. Cook until underside of crepe is golden brown.
  6. Loosen edge of crepe with a rubber spatula or knife, and quickly flip. Cook 1 minute more.
  7. Turn crepe out onto plate.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with oil and stacking crepes on plate.

Now, my friend you are ready for “Fancy Coffee Crepe Cup”.

You are going to build the following + some extra on the top

Basic Coffee Crap Cup
Coffee Crepe Cup
Your Crepe Ready to be mold
Your Crepe Ready to be Mold
Crepe in Mold
Crepe in your Mold

Now, it is easy part. Let’s have fun. Start with the whipping cream. ( O, I know…..things we can do with whip cream…).

After the whip cream, add some Nutella and honey.

Nutella, Whip Cream, Honey
Crepes Nutella

… add your favorite fruits…banana, grapes, kiwi and so on…

Banana, Grapes
Banana, Grapes

Add more whip cream…(and why wouldn’t you?)

Basic Coffee Crap Cup
Coffee Crepe Cup

And add the finishing touch…. You can use walnuts, hazelnuts, chocolate…

5 Star Cookies - Crepes
5 Star Cookies

Now, grab your spoon and let’s eat. Don’t ask me how, just start from the top and ….keep going…

5 Star Cookies Crepes
5 Star Crepes

I hope, I am your favorite Hello and hardest Goodbye.

Please come and visit my blog again.

Until then,

Love and kisses from

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Coffee Crepe Cups – Capture the Magic

Hello,

It is Saturday, March 5 of 2016. What kind of magic is happening in my kitchen?

And trust me, in this crazy world this is the only place where we can create magic. Right now I am making the following:

-Lemon Bars

– Carrot Cake

– Coffee Crepe Cups

A picture is worth a thousand words or One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words refers to all of us except for search engine called Dr Google.

So, for all of us and Dr Google please see picture of my new favorite recipe “Coffee Crepe Cups”.

The Coffee Crepe Cups is the magic you can create in your kitchen for your family, friends or people you love. (including yourself…).

The recipe is coming very soon and until then just enjoy the picture. My perfect, Canon camera capture the magic for you.

5 Star Cookies - Crepes
5 Star Cookies – Crepes

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Coffee Cup Crepes
Coffee Cup Crepes