Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

24 servings (serving size: 1 square)

4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
Cooking spray

1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle butter and juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. To prepare filling, combine cranberries, sour cream, granulated sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust; sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

"Fablehaven" Book 4 Review

Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Book 4) Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Finished in a couple of days. I am telling you these are equal to if not better in some areas than Harry Potter. And this time around, the surprise came as a true surprise. Fantastic books, I totally recommend them to everyone of all ages!

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Thanks to Marilyn for the joke!


Indian Chief 'Two Eagles' was asked by a white government official, 'You have observed the white man for 90 years. You've seen his wars and his technological advances. You've seen his progress, and the damage he's done.'

The Chief nodded in agreement.

The official continued, 'Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?'

The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. 'When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine man free.. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.' Then the chief leaned back and smiled. 'Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.'

Sunday, June 7, 2009

"Eldest" Review

Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) Eldest by Christopher Paolini

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Usually the second book in a series suffers from not having a real beginning or closure, but I felt this book totally defied that convention. I even enjoyed it more than the first. I guessed a couple of things, but was still surprised by others. I am really interested to read the next one!

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