Review – Mistaken

Mistaken

by Jessie Lewis

Mistaken Book Cover

Genres: Romance, Regency, Pride and Prejudice Variation, Historical Romance
Release Date: February 10, 2019
Pages: 585
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

A tempestuous acquaintance and disastrous marriage proposal make it unlikely Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet will ever reconcile. Despairing of their own reunion, they attend with great energy to salvaging that of Darcy’s friend Mr Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane. People are rarely so easily manoeuvred in and out of love, however, and there follows a series of misunderstandings, both wilful and unwitting, that complicates the path to happiness for all four star-crossed lovers more than ever before. Re-edited with new and extended scenes for 2019 publication.

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Monday Munchies: Cucumber & Lime Agua Fresca

I found this one on Cooking Con Claudia’s YouTube channel. You’ll likely be seeing her channel mentioned several times, as I really like her recipes. The recipe is slightly modified from her video How To Make A Refreshing Cucumber Water With Lime.

For those unfamiliar with Agua Fresca, think of it like lemonade but with other fruits. You mix the fruit juice(s) with water to get a refreshing drink.

Cucumber & Lime Agua Fresca

What You Need

  • 4 cucumbers
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (takes 3-4 limes)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup + 2½ cups + 2½ cups water
  • Blender
  • Small pot
  • Nut milk bags -OR- fine mesh strainer
  • Pitcher or container for storage
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Día de Muertos, Pen Realized

I’m back with post three, so you know what that means. My pen arrived! If you have read my previous posts (1, 2), I suggest you do so to know how this pen came to be. Be forewarned, there is A LOT of pen porn in this post. And you can click/tap any image to view it larger. I take no responsibility for pen envy, pen lust, or pen purchases resulting from the content in this post.

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Review – Elizabeth Bennet: Heiress

Elizabeth Bennet: Heiress

by Don H. Miller

Elizabeth Bennet: Heiress Cover

Genres: Pride and Prejudice Variation, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2021
Pages: 247
Purchase from: Amazon
My Rating: ★★★☆☆

This story takes up the lives of Darcy and Elizabeth and their family and friends soon after Bingley holds the ball at Netherfield Park. Mr. Bennet receives news that Mr. Collins has died, and, there being no other living male descendants of the grandparent who created the fee tail on Longbourn, Mr. Bennet may will Longbourn to the daughter of his choice. He chooses Elizabeth, with the full agreement of Jane, her elder sister. Thus, although the family fortune is not affected, Elizabeth’s personal standing is raised because she is now the heiress of a desirable estate. This story explores the effects this may have on Elizabeth’s life and her somewhat contentious relationship with Darcy.

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Monday Munchies: Mac & Cheese & Cheetos

Let me preface this by saying that I never promised these recipes would be healthy. This is a holdover from my high school/college days. I rarely eat it now, because my body protests if I over indulge, but I still love it.

In high school, it was common to have the lunch lady ladle nacho cheese into a bag of hot cheetos. That combination was heavenly. But getting perfectly melted nacho cheese at home can be difficult, so I experimented, and eventually settled on mac & cheese & cheetos. I have no idea how this would taste with regular cheetos, but you’re welcome to experiment if you aren’t a fan of spicy food.

As a side note, the photo shows standard Kraft mac & cheese, because they were out of the shell version, which, in my opinion, is much better. So follow the recipe, not the photo.

Mac & Cheese & Cheetos
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An Epic Odyssey

After playing through Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015), I gave myself a little breather, then gleefully dove into Odyssey (2018). I decided to start a new game plus (see below), one of the many awesome features introduced in Odyssey. For the record, at the time of writing, I’ve logged just over 51 hours of playtime — for this play through — at the easiest setting on my PlayStation 4. Everything that follows is based on that experience.

NOTE: This post is LONG, even for me. A real Odyssey, just like the game. I’ve done my best to give it descriptive subheads so you can scroll through it and read the bits that interest you, if you want. And I’ve added lots of photos to break up the text some. I wanted to do, and I feel I have done, this game, and my recent Assassin’s Creed review series, justice. I have one more post planned, then likely won’t write about Assassin’s Creed again until the next game is announced.

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Sometimes Technology is Amazing

I had a moment of awe the other night for just what the internet allows us to accomplish. I’ve been following Josué Gómez on Instagram for a few months now. I love his artwork, especially his more recent work.

On Sunday, he posted this painting, and I finally had to ask if his work was available to purchase. It was; yay!

It took a bit of back-and-forth, but, within approximately 20 minutes, I’d initiated a bank transfer to rural Guatemala and purchased his painting. And that’s pretty freaking cool. It would not have been possible even just a few years ago, because all this happened a 9 o’clock at night!

For those interested, the service I used was Xoom, run by PayPal. The fee was $2.99, and according to the emails I received, it took 30 minutes to complete the transaction. Seriously awesome.

This is just one example of the amazing way technology is positively influencing and changing the world.

Monday Munchies: Golden Milk Dalgona Drink

I found this one on Honeysuckle’s YouTube channel. Although the video is titled Dalgona Coffee Recipes, only one is actually coffee based, and this isn’t it. The Golden Milk Dalgona Drink is the final one she makes in the video.

Combining a couple of recipes from the original video, I’ve made two different versions of this drink. The egg-based version (below) is really good for breakfast. The cream-based version makes a great dessert.

Golden Milk Dalgona Drink

What You Need (Serves 2)

  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ginger powder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 2 egg whites -OR- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream (see deviation below)
    NOTE: You can’t use the egg whites that come in a carton, those won’t whip up.
  • ~8oz of your favorite milk
  • 2 16oz cups (bigger cups mean less mess when you mix)
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Gone, but not Forgotten

I came across a post a while ago that listed some archaic/disused words in the English language. Some of them were awesome! So I went looking for more. Here are some no-longer-used English words that I propose we bring back into common use.

Overmorrow: (on) the day after tomorrow.
Example: “I’ll clean my room overmorrow.” 

Ereyesterday: (on) the day before yesterday.
Example: I’m still thinking about the concert I went to ereyesterday.

Bedward: heading toward bed.
Example: It’s late, I’m bedward.

Crapulous: sick from excessive indulgence in food or liquor.
Example: I had the munchies and now I’m feeling crapulous.
(Note, depending on the source, this may or may not apply to excessive indulgence in food. It 100% applies to excessive indulgence in liquor. But we already have ‘hangover’ for that, so crapulous, in my opinion, should apply to overeating.)

Sciolist: a person who pretends to be knowledgeable.
Example: It is inadvisable for a sciolist to attend a conference with masters of the field as their charade will be uncovered.
(Note: Sciolism [a superficial show of learning] is still a modern English word, so I find it odd that sciolist is rarely, if ever, used.)

Fudgel: Pretending to work when you’re not actually doing anything at all.
Example: My privacy screen protector really improved my ability to get away with fudgeling.
(Note: Despite fudgel coming up on numerous archaic word lists, it’s not in any of the dictionaries online. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether this is a real 18th century word or something entirely fabricated.)

Do you know any archaic words that should be brought back into common use? Let me know in the comments!

Monday Munchies: Banana Mocha Smoothie

I found this one on Girl Gone Gourmet after a Google search for healthy snacks. I’m not a fan of coffee, so I was a bit nervous about trying it, but it’s really good! I halve the recipe, because the original is practically a meal.

Banana Mocha Smoothie

What You Need

  • ¼ cup cold brew coffee (You can make your own, but I buy a small bottle of plain cold brew coffee. It lasts for quite a while in the fridge.)
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
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