I Absolutely loooove folk lore and urban legends! That is probably the main reason for the choice i made when picking The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan!
The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.
The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.
Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.
When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.
I liked the Scottish mythology included, but sometimes this came at the expense of true character building. And I struggled with the unusual character names but i always do that and sometimes give the characters nicknames but i do that too! But i do have to say that Kirsty Logan makes these characters well written and rounded … People I could identify with and care for, no matter how remote their experiences might be from my own. She is a great storyteller, and deserves recognition as such. The sense of place is almost palpable. Very highly recommended, a tale for our time. And i think all young adults should read it!
Thursday of last week i was having a discussion with Mariah (Samantha’s little sister) Who has been doing her best to help keep me on track with working out and thinking healthier. Bless her heart but I am giving her hell! On this day we were talking about drinking more water but lately we have been getting notices from our county saying not to drink the water because of too much lead in the water! So i told he maybe we could start infusing water when we get our cases of water each week!
After mariah got her babysitting money, she walked down to the store and bought fruit. Bananas, grapes, lemons, limes and strawberries. after a while she comes home and went to the kitchen to start the infusing process. Now i need you to know that at no point in time did her and i think… hey maybe we should google how to do this…. Nah we just started cutting and dropping them into a pitcher…. after we were done i took the biggest mouthfull and lost it… IT was horrible.. The only way i could describe it was dirt lemonade… so we gave up on the idea. TILL NOW!!!!
After our little experience i was browsing Blogging For Books and found this awesome book called . And i have already started learning some good shit from it. Like that you arent always supposed to keep the fruit in the water while you drink it! Lol… it has a list of tools to use as well as the type of mason jars you should use! Then it breaks it down into infusing oils, spirits and water! Plus how long you need to infuse them! I think our first project will be peach bourbon! Mmmmm for summer… sounds delish! Needless to say this is one of my new favorite recipe book! Ill leave the buying link below so you can check it out!
I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review!
Authors Eric Prum and Josh Williams’ passion for infusing oils, spirits and waters began one summer nearly a decade ago when the two first made peach-infused bourbon. They were awestruck. The seemingly simple process of adding fresh, local peaches to a Mason jar of Kentucky Bourbon, and infusing the mixture for a handful of weeks had somehow resulted in something so much greater than the sum of its parts.
In Infuse the authors share not only their favorite infusion recipes, but also how to use them in food and cocktails, like a spicy chili oil added to a grilled pizza bianca or a hot toddy spiked with the peach bourbon that started it all years ago. With more than 50 recipes for infusing oils, spirits and waters, Infuse provides instructions, quick tips and plenty of inspiration for how you can make delicious infusions part of your everyday.
I am absolutely in love with The Bump products and i was so excited to see this little planner on the Blogging For Books website! This is one of those perfect books for new mommies and has every little thing you could possibly need for your entire pregnancy! It includes a slot for a picture in the front of the book so you can slide in your favorite photo of your baby! But it goes deeper than just one slot for pictures.
One of the first things you come to is three pages of timeline so that you can keep track of all the things you need to do throughout your pregnancy. Then you have a page for all of your important phone numbers just in case you arent home or around anyone you hope to be. But one of my favorite things about this book is that you can write a little note/ story for your child, telling them about their parents and what you are most nervous about when it comes to your baby. You have a page dedicated to a family tree as well as baby names you love, a list of prenatal tests you will take throughout your pregnancy and a place to keep track of your doctor visits!
It gets so much better than that though. This book is divided between your three trimesters with full page pockets for pictures, instructions from your doctor, test results and forms and anything else you might need! It also includes questions to ask your doctors and when to ask them and each trimester ends with another note space for you to write something for your baby! After the trimesters sections there is a baby section where you can keep all of their ” Baby Firsts”, pictures, baby checkups through their first year, a feeding tracker, and a gift log! In my opinion every mother needs this book! It will make so many things easier for you as well as less stressful! Pick it up on the Penguin Random House website at