Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Easy, Yummy Smoothie! (Gluten free)

Google.com #smoothieinamasinjar
Do you want something to squelch your sweet tooth? Its easy, fast, and it tastes good.

What you need:
An Apple (2 if they are small apples)
A banana (this is just used to thicken the smoothie. You can use dates or avocado if you want to)
 Milk (it could be coconut, almond, cashew, etc.)
A pinch of sugar (optional)
Vanilla (to taste)

Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Put Ice cubes into a cup, and then pour the smoothie over the ice cubes so its cold, and then add a dash of cinnamon on top so its pretty. :) 
 I love to pour my smoothie into a mason jar, throw in a straw and a little umbrella! Heaven in a cup. 
This is a great little snack for fall when the weather is just starting to turn cold and the apples are ripe! Sit in your comfortable plus chair and enjoy the smoothie.... 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Escape from Furnace (4 and 5)

Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4
"Beneath Heaven is Hell.
Beneath Hell is Furnace."

Fugitives (escape from furnace #4) 

By Alexander Gordon Smith
Thriller, Suspense, End-of-the-world, Horror,

Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning. Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.

Fugitives is yet another masterpiece done and ready to end. Oh but wait! it hasn't ended yet because there is on other book. 

4 stars ****

Execution: Escape from Furnace 5
Execution (escape from furnace #5) Suspense, thriller, Horror, YA

Alex Sawyer has escaped his underground nightmare to discover the whole world has become a prison, and Alfred Furnace is its master. Monsters rule the streets, leaving nothing but murder in their wake. Those who do not die become slaves to Furnace’s reign of cruelty. Alex is a monster too. He is the only one who can stop Furnace but in doing so he could destroy everything. Is he the executed or the executioner? Who will die? All Alex knows is that one way or another, it all ends..

Who wouldn't want to read something like this? The cover art is terrifying, the summary sounds amazing. Lets just say this series did not end in a disappointment. I cried, i laughed, and I truly, really liked this series.
 It was a fast paced read and I'm sad that it has to end. But on that note, it ended very well.
Was wrapped up beautifully with a red bow to tie it off. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park



By Rainbow Rowell (<-- Awesome name by the way) 

Genre- Romance, 

YA fiction5 stars ****** (really liked it) 

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Have you ever been shopping and looked at something on a mannequin and loved it? Then you try it on and everything fit all wrong and you're like, what the hey? 
The sleeves were too tight, the waist is too snug, and the wrists cuffs cut into you like razors. 
Eleanor and Park was like looking at a mannequin and trying the clothing on but it fit... right. Just right.
Snug in all the perfect places, loose where it needs to be, and silky along the arms. The writing was fantastic, the dialogue captured essence, and the flow of the book couldn't have been better. Rainbow Rowell did a fantastic job at capturing the essence of a first love. All the glory, all the whoosh of it, and the fall out points. Man.
It really was a good book. One your likely never to forget in the near- future. 

"Parks face, asleep, was a brand-new kind of beautiful. Sunshine-trapped-in-amber skin. Full, flat mouth. Strong arched cheekbones. (Eleanor didn't have any cheekbones.) 
He caught her by surprise and before she new it her heart was breaking for him. Like it didst have anything better to break over...
Maybe it didn't. 
The sun was just below the horizon, and the inside of the truck bluey pink. Eleanor kissed parks new face- just under his eyes, not quite on his nose. Art work. that's what Park was like." 

"Holding her hand was like holding a butter. Alive."

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

James 1:2-4

Love this! taken from Google.com
James is Jesus's brother and the book of James talks about how we should practice our Faith. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything." 
James 1: 1-4

This verse goes along with being a disciple in God. A disciple is one who tells other people about God. Who knows God, and wants to learn more about him, digging up more dirt. In order to be a disciple and to spread the word we need to equip other people, challenge them, and test them in order for them to spread the word to other people.

I was at Youth group and someone said to me,
 "You cannot just say hi to someone, shake their hand and tell them your name in order to get to know them. You have to get their phone number, text them, hang with them, eat, talk, and even share secrets right?"
Well yes. 
"Even then you may be best friends and not know every little thing about them, correct?"
um... Yes again. 
"Its like this with God. You cant just pop in, ask for something, and say Hi. You have to read his word, pray, get to know him in order to tell other people about him, and share his love and faith."
I later thought to myself the words she was saying. No hi and then bye. 
I also learned at a discipleship group that you have to build an intentional relationship with God.
I-N-T-E-N-T-I-O-N-A-L Relationship.
What the hey does that mean?
You have to build up a relationship like you build a house. The foundation, brick by brick, and all the hard back work included. Get to know him by choice. indulge in the fact that you can read his word and not be whipped in public or even stoned to death.

On that happy note, TTYL!
-KimberKat :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sushi for one?

Sushi for one? By Cami Tang
Genre- Christian, Romance
Five stars *****

Camy Tang gives us a funny, plucky, volleyball-playing heroine with way too many balls in the air. I defy anyone to start reading and not root for Lex all the way to the story's romantic, super-satisfying end.
Trish Perry (author of The Guy I'm Not Dating) Lex Sakai's family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko gets married, Lex will become the oldest single cousin in the clan. Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn't seem to have a single quality on her list. It's only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

Sushi for one, anybody? I think not! I wish this book had gotten at least a little bit more popular.

Plus sushi is kinda gross. I loved this. It was cute, quirky, and funny all thrown into this little book. All the Japanese, Chinese  and maybe even Korean was brilliant and the males, well.... W O A H. It wasn't rushed, the characters were brilliant, and the whole set up of it: fantastic!!!  

Girl, Stolen

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Genre- thriller
Three stars

"Sometimes people did this, closed their eyes for a few seconds and imagined it gave them insights into what it was like to be her. Only, at the end, they could still open their eyes and see."

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of the car while her stepmom fills a prescription for antibiotics. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, the car is being stolen.

Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne and once he finds out that not only does she have pneumonia, but that she's blind, he really doesn't know what to do. When his dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes--now there's a reason to keep her. 

How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare?

Have you ever craved a cheeseburger really badly? But -oh wait!- you knew a cheeseburger is bad for you. So alas and alack you chose to eat dark chocolate with a creamy center and a harder outside. 
That's what this was like. A different -what would you call it?- flavor. 
I have no complaints about this book. the characters were not flat and boring, the plot was fantastic, and the writing was flow-y. 
The ending was a little disappointing considering I wanted the two main characters to end up together. Not that that might not happen with a second book. but that's y only complaint because i was loving the beginning, and even the middle. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Paleo Peppermint patties 2 ways

Taken from Meaninfuleats.com Though mine DID NOT look as good as this. #mouthwatering
Last week I had a HUGE craving for mint and chocolate together. Something without wheat that wont break me into hives and have a stomach ache. And guess what? Mint...chocolate, why not make peppermint patties?
So I did Internet searches and looked through cook books and tried out some recipes.

Two were the best out of all of them. AND I will make both of them again. For family gathering and such, or you know...just to eat.

One is my own recipe combining several others and another is found here:
 This is the recipe that was soft in the middle with a coconut texture. I didn't want that. What I was searching for was like the york peppermint patties with a soft smooth center and a chocolate coating that was evenly layered.
My recipe didn't even come close to that.
It was more like hardened peppermint candies, which I guess were good because they were gone within the hour.
 All twenty candies.

                                                  Peppermint Candies
Prep time- 30 seconds 
Cook time- more like 20 mins. 
Paleo: gluten free, dairy free
What you need: 
Coconut oil
Peppermint extract (to taste)
Chocolate chips
And vanilla (to taste)

The measurements depend on how much candies you want to make. I just poured the coconut oil (to make the base of the peppermint patty)into a glass bowl and went from there. (it was probably about a cup) 
If the coconut oils is stiff, use a fork to mach it up.
Put wax paper onto a cookie sheet and set aside for later.
Mix in the peppermint extract with the coconut oil, and stick your finger in it to see if you can taste the peppermint. For the people who are like "EW that's gross!" Stick a fork in and taste it, you big wussy. :)
The amount of peppermint may very, depending on how peppermint-y you want it. 
Take a spoon and spoon little candies size pieces onto the wax paper that's on the cookie sheet.
Stick in freezer for a moment. 
Take your chocolate chips and melt them. This is where you would add a hint of vanilla if you wanted. 
Take out the white base and use a spatula to take them off. Dip them into the chocolate (using various methods) and put them back onto the wax paper. 
Here's a tip- you have to be quick about dipping the frozen coconut oil base into the hot melted chocolate because things will get melted and hard to undo. (yes, my honest mistake. I just wanted the chocolate, thank you.)
Stick in the freezer. 
Eat when hardened and Enjoy!