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A Bookworm and a Lothario Have a Margarita

Posted May 05 2013 3:50pm

Happpppppy Cinco de Mayo! I’m celebrating by avoiding margaritas like.the.plague. because I already ate today’s Sunday Sweet, and I’ll be feeling its effects until approximately Tuesday. Turns out my doc was right, and it is the sugar-gluten combo that makes me pray for death, or at least vampirism. (I’m already pale, what could it hurt? Ok, it may hurt your carotid.)

Before I move on to your Cinco de Mayo themed Sunday Sweet, I wanted to let you scamps know what I’ve been reading this week. I get many emails about the books I read, and I thought I would do a quick round-up!

Ashes of Heroes by Gabriel Archer and Jack Caanan. This book is HIGH fantasy, but completely addictive, but I’ll admit I didn’t even read what it was about before I bought and read it. All that I read was Gabriel Archer’s goodreads bio, and I had to read the highly rated book from an author who would pen this about himself.

Captain Gabriel Archer, IX, Ph. D., Esq. is a world-class lothario. There is a high probability that he slept with your wife or – if you are a beautiful woman – you. Mr. Archer is an expert marksman and can shoot an a amoeba off a fly’s head. He practices law in NYC for fun. He is the first sword of the Empire. He endorses self-reliance over political candidates. His hobbies include your wife (or, quite possibly, you, Mrs. Dear Reader); writing realistic magicalism, a genre he single-handedly invented with co-author and sidekick, Jack Canaan; creating fictitious and utterly true autobiographies; and breathlessly staring at the mirror. He has an advance doctorate in armchair philosophy and has spent years learning to make armchairs from Buddhist monks high in Himalayan mountains. He looks striking in a tuxedo. Although warned many times not to, he went there. He also discovered Martha’s Vineyard in 1602.

–We’re basically meant to be BFFs, or he wants to sleep with me. Possibly both. Probably. The book was Game of Thrones meets Ambien Trip, and I loved it.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. This is obvi a book about a golem and a jinni, and they fall in love in the early 20th c. in NYC, and I loved their love like candy and sample sales. It’s beautifully written and easy to read.

I re-read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and I love it even more every time I read it. You can read it in a day, easily. It’s a life-changing book.

Hot Blooded by Jessica Carlson. It’s the second book of a series and another cliffhanger, which makes me want to kick Jessica Carlson in her teeth. I still loved it.

Venus in Furs by really long old Germanic named author- re-read, still good.

Fury by Laurann Dohner. —porny, but intriguing.

Code Name:Verity by Elizabeth E Wein and Where Angels Fear to Tread by EM Forester are the books open on my kindle right now, and also a shit ton of novels and short storis, and folklore books dedicated to faeries for research for a musical. I may or may not have Persuasion on audio right now as well.

I KNOW I HAVE A PROBLEM. Don’t look at me that way. You watch a lot of tv, right? I read. It’s just what I do. I average a book a day. Hush.


You’ve had it up to here with sopapilla cheesecake. I know you have, I’ve seen your tens of jillions of sopapilla cheesecake pins to prove it. Blondies? Overdone. Churros? Pain in the ass. What isn’t? What hasn’t really been done?


Churro Blondies

Like a sopapilla, but better. Like a snickerdoodle, but tastier. It has the hard-crack shell of a good creme brulee, and the soft texture of a fresh blondie. It will make you slap your abuelita.

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Churro Blondies

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer dessert snack Cinco de Mayo cookie bars

Ingredients (12 blondies)

1 stick butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tbsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 2 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon

for the crackle top


preheat oven to 375F

cream together butter and sugar in a mixer on medium

add other wet ingredients and mix one minute

sift in dry ingredients

pour into greased 9″-9″ square baking dish

for topping

combine brown sugar and cinnamon

press evenly onto the top of the batter

bake in oven until brown and crackly, about 30 minutes

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