Happy Friday my dear Scandalicious friends. If you live in the Northeastern part of the US, I hope your fridge is stocked with goodies and your wine selection is plentiful because it looks like you guys are about to get blasted with some beautiful record breaking snow. I seriously love snow so if you get a chance, take a picture and send it to me…let me live vicariously through you! And stay warm and safe…Scandal’s orders.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about my yesterday. I got my eyes checked yesterday. No biggie, right? Well, wrong. I’ve worn glasses, for distance since I was about 27 years old. I probably needed them long before that but I didn’t want to admit it. Finally, after using my sunroof to navigate far too much…as in, reading road signs through the sunroof as I drove under them and realizing I needed to do a U-turn because I’d just driven through the intersection I needed to turn at…well, you get the picture. Anywho…recently I’ve started reading under my glasses. Yep, old lady style, you should see me trying to read something on my phone – it’s a sad thing to watch. Yesterday I learned I’m one step closer to an old age home. My eye doc prescribed progressive lenses for me. And no, progressive lenses do not imply I’m hip, cool and progressive, it means bifocals people. Bi-fucking-focals. I’m old. I’m decrepit. I’m only 42 and my eyes have decided to give up the ghost. My eyes are telling me, you might rock the hell out of those skinny jeans but don’t you forget, we own you bitch. Not only that, because I’ll now have two different prescriptions going on in my glasses, the glasses themselves have to be slightly larger. So you know what…I decided to rock them. I picked out a kickass pair from Banana Republic, they are black and grey marbled, plastic all the way around, Clark Kent style. I’ll post a picture for you when they come in. I am not taking this old age thing passively, I intend to push the boundaries as long as I possibly can.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you guys about my girl Lola. If you’re reading this Lola – you know who you are…take a bow! Last week Lola shared her Pumpkin Spice Cake in the comments section. So, like any good friend, I made it. It is delicious. I mean, seriously delicious. As in, my kids almost went to blows over the last piece. No joke – it’s that good. And I didn’t even make the cream cheese frosting, I only made a sugary glaze for the top (a certain 15 year old boy in my house ate an entire package of cream cheese when he got home from school that day while the cake was cooling – that kid is going to eat me out of house and home.) Anyway, I want to formally share the recipe with you guys. It’s so good. I love sharing recipes – if you have any you’re willing to share with the class, send them to me. I’ll try them out, take a picture and post it here. You know I love to cook…and share, so it’s a natural fit.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup solid pack pumpkin puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I like may cake spice so I usually add more)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
250 g cream cheese
1 cup of icing sugar
1 cup whipped cream
Bernard Callabeut white chocolate (or any white chocolate will do)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl beat the eggs, oil and sugar together until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin, then the dry ingredients.
3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cake to cool before icing.
4. Mix icing sugar, whipped cream vanilla extract and cream cream cheese all together in a bowl. Spread over cake and shred white chocolate over icing.
(like I said, I made a glaze instead of the frosting, I used about 5 tablespoons of icing/powdered sugar with a cap full of vanilla and enough water to make it pourable)
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about my girl Teena. Teena lives in Australia and she’s pretty much awesome. Teena seems to think I need a Cougar List here on my site. I don’t think she’s wrong. If you are wondering, a Cougar is an older lady who finds younger men attractive. I think many of us might just fall into that category. I have a math equation that keeps me out of trouble…half your age plus seven…anyone younger than that lands you firmly in Demi Moore-land. In real life you need to stay out of Demi Moore-land, it might land you on some watch list somewhere!! But here, since these fellas are fictional, feel free to have at it. I thought I’d share my list with you guys, and see if you have anyone we need to add to the list before I add it formally to the site.
Scandal’s Cougar List
Jasper – Kristen Ashley’s Golden Trail
Finley – Kristen Ashley’s Games of the Heart
Holder – Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless
Lucas – Tammara Webber’s Easy
So, who am I missing? Who would you add to the list? Plead your case well enough and maybe, just maybe I’ll credit you with the Cougar-add!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about an email I received from a reader named Naomi. Naomi suggested I include a way of searching for books by their price. Excellent idea Naomi. Going forward I will add a tag for books over $3.99 and books under $3.99 – does that seem like a good divider line for you guys? Let me just say, straight up – I’m kinda’ shitty with the technical stuff on the blog. When I first started, I honestly had zero idea how to use the “tag cloud” so I went at it rather willynilly style. Now I’m trying to hone my tags a little better for you. I’m including the rating, the author name and now the price of the book. Is there anything else you’d like to see me include that will make your search of my site easier? Seriously, just let me know. I write this blog for you guys, I want to make it as reader friendly as possible.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you I wrote up a kick ass review of Lisa Renee Jones’ next Rebecca’s Lost Journals installment. This one is The Contract and it is full of clues for us to Nancy Drew. I’m proud to say, I now have a theory. My plan is to post the review, sans theory, on Monday. The novella comes out Feb. 18th so I’m keeping my theory to myself until you guys get a chance to read this one. I don’t want to spoil the fun, and I want you to read it without me coloring your impressions. I’ll share what I think is going on in the Feb. 22 Virtual Coffee Date. Deal? Cool.
If we were having coffee I’d ask if you have any plans for Valentine’s Day. Doing anything fun with a loved one? Hopefully you’re doing something scandalicious. Do share, please.
If we were having coffee I’d ask what’s in your reading queue? Anything I need to check out? I’m reading some fun Jaye Shields books right now and then I have one more book I want to read before my big trip to Orlando. And speaking of Orlando, I’m getting a book full of autographs for you guys – I’ll do a special giveaway for it when I return. Happy weekend. Stay safe, stay warm, read lots and always do something scandalicious. Smooches!!