March 31, 2016

Kindle Books: Horror

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Good evening y'all....now of course y'all know I found some good horror books for your enjoyment!!!
Ramblings Thoughts, Reading, Free, Horror, Kindle Books, Books, Book Lovers, James Hershey Jr, Simon Clark

Within by Aaron Bunce (530 pages)
Call Of The Wind Spirits by James Hershey Jr (448 pages)
Blood Singers by Tamara Rose Blodgett (378 pages)
Darker Things by Rob Cornell (322 pages)
Almost Demon by AJ Salem (310 pages)
Owl Dreams by John T. Biggs (293 pages)
Cast In Blood by Christine Sutton...(275 pages)
Death in Neverland by Heather C. Myers (270 pages)
The Narrowing Path by David J. Normoyle (264 pages)
Because the Night by Kristen Strassel (255 pages)



Captured & Caged Animals: The Truth

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For those that do not know, I am a big animal lover.  Growing up I had plenty of cats, dogs, birds and even rabbits to play with.  I even contemplated becoming a vet when I was a child.  Now there are certain animals that I do not like...such as spiders and snakes but that's ok, I still wouldn't purposely go out of my way to kill them.
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So, I was talking to someone close to me who is always opening up me to great information and he was telling me about this movie Blackfish.  If you haven't seen it, check it out, it is on Netflix right now.  Basically, the movie is about the killer whales at Sea World.  This movie has opened my eyes to so much.  When I was younger, I went to Sea World a few times and loved it, especial the big splash finale of the whale show.

I cannot believe the lies that employees are telling people.  Granted they are only following a script they are given but they are telling people that Killer Whales have a life expectancy of about 30 years in the wild and in captivity it is much longer.  But in reality, the life expectancy in the wild for a killer whale (and dolphin) are similar to humans.  They also tell people that the flopped over fin is normal and happens in the wild....not true...only about 1% of wild killer whale will have a flopped over fin.

Ramblings Thoughts: Captured & Caged Animals: The TruthThat is just like it really troubles me to realize that these whales are not rescue whales.  They were not rescued from a terrible situation or orphaned in the wild and taken in.  Some of these whale have actually been taken from their mothers in the wild just for the purpose of becoming a Sea World whale.

My take away from this documentary, is no matter how much we may love animals, there is absolutely no reason why we should be capturing animals to make them entertainment pieces by having them do tricks or punish them because they do not do what we ask of them.  There is so much about whale and other animals that we do not understand, so why can't we just enjoy them in their own environment and love them by respecting them and their environment.


Ramblings Thoughts, Discussion, Current Events, Killer Whales, Animals, Caged, Abused, Captured, BlackfishUnfortunately, Killer whales are not the only animals that are be exploited.  There are several videos out there on the wonderful world wide web that shows polar bears being put in small cages forced to do tricks and suffer in hot climates they are not used to.  Or many of the animals that are part of circus acts, the videos are numerous.  I get that it cute to see a killer whale or a tiger to seem not so dangerous and cuddly but let's face it....that is not a good idea.  To be completely honest, we as a society have seen where even some dogs just snap and attack for no reason....because it is in their natural.  Not all animals are meant for us to tame and make as our pets.

It is one thing to rescue animals in need but people need to have the proper environment for that rescued animal.  It should be as close to their natural habit as possible and definitely big enough and safe for them to grow and not be harmed in any way...by caregivers or other animals.

What are y'alls thoughts?  Have you watched the movie Blackfish?  What did you think of it?  Don't be shy, tell me your thoughts on this matter.

-Rambling Holly

March 30, 2016

Kindle Books: Fantasy/Science Fiction

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I found some more great books to share with y'all!!!
Ramblings Thoughts, Free, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Kindle Books, Reading, Books, Book Lovers, C.A. Hartman, Neil Gaiman

The Starborn Ascension by Jason D. Morrow (698 pages)
Black Dog Series by Hailey Edwards (548 pages)
Stormcrow by N.C. Reed (358 pages)
Spindle by W.R. Gingell (326 pages)
The Refugee by C.A. Hartman (354 pages)
Terminus Cycle by Dave Walsh (349 pages)
Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith (340 pages)
Essential Beginnings by Kennedy Layne (310 pages)
The Enemy of an Enemy by Vincent Trigili (275 pages)
Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins (260 pages)

-Rambling Holly
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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March 29, 2016

Kindle Books: Mystery

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Check out tonight's list of great reads!  If you read any of these books, please leave a review on amazon about the book...it could help the author out.
Ramblings Thoughts, Free, Mystery, Kindle Books, Reading, Books, Book Lovers, Joanna Campbell Slan, Paul Pen

Never Say Spy by Diane Henders (406 pages)
Soft Case by John Misak (356 pages)
Bean Counter by T.A. Clark (314 pages)
Tear Down and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (306 pages)
Whiskey Sour by J.A Konrath...(298 pages)
In Strange Worlds by Brenda Cheers (289 pages)
Rosemary's Gravy by Melissa F. Miller (269 pages)
Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan (260 pages)
Any Means Necessary by Jack Mars (256 pages)
Playing with Poison by Cindy Blackburn (251 pages)


Cheesesteak Casserole

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Cheesesteak Casserole
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What you need:

2-3 lb. shaved steak
3-4 c. rice
2-3 medium green peppers
1 large onion
3 c. shredded mozzarella/provolone mix
10 oz. cream of mushroom soup
1 c. mayo
1 c. milk
3 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.

2.  Cook rice as directed on package, set aside.

3.  In a medium pan over medium-high heat, cook shaved steak, garlic powder, black pepper and salt until meat is cooked, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove meat but save juice.
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4.  In the pan, add onions and green peppers, cook for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
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5.  In a large bowl mix together cream soup, milk and mayo thoroughly.  Add rice, steak and vegetable to bowl and combine well.
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6.  In a deep casserole dish, spread mixture evenly.  Top with cheese and bake until center is hot about 5 - 10 minutes.  Then turn your oven on broil and leave casserole in for about 3-5 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and brown (Watch closely to make sure you don't burn).  Enjoy!
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-Rambling Holly

Freebie List

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It is time to take a break from the work week to snag up some freebies, what ones are you going to snag?
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March 28, 2016

Kindle Books: Children

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Time to check out these great books for your little one to enjoy!!
Ramblings Thoughts, Free, Children's, Kindle Books, Books, Book Lovers, Reading, Karin Kaufman, Anna Kang

The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson (506 pages)
The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (331 pages)
The Case of the Clever Secret Code by Cindy Vincent (244 pages)
The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins by Karin Kaufman (143 pages)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (120 pages)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (103 pages)
Drips by Leigh Anne Lagoe (34 pages)
Name That Train by Louise Lintvelt...(32 pages)
The Dragon and the Princess by Erik Peterson...(30 pages)
Stars in the Pool and Other Stories by D.R. Tara (24 pages)


Kitchen Hack: Charred Pots No More

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For those of you that do not know, I work full-time as a cook and have been cooking for some time now.  I love cooking and in fact, it was one of the careers I was looking into when thinking about furthering my education.  Even though I chose a different career path to go to school for, cooking is what I ending up choosing to pay my bills while I work on getting into my other career.

With that being said, I might not be the next Julia Child but I do know my way around the kitchen.  I know that sometimes, recipes just don't work out when you are experimenting or sometimes, you end up burning or charring food that you did not mean to.

Ramblings Thoughts, Tip, Trick, Hack, Pots, Cleaning, Charred, Burnt, How-to, No matter what, every time I make chowder for my residents, I always have charred potatoes charred on the bottom of the pot.  UGH!!!  I hate it!  Now, it didn't ruin the chowder but it does ruin my patience when it comes to cleaning up.  Trust me there has been plenty of times when I seriously contemplated throwing away the pot.  No matter how much I scrubbed using a steel pad, the food just wouldn't come off.  I would even soak the pot and still end up giving my arms a work out trying to get the pot clean.

Not anymore!!!!  I have figured out how to get the most stubborn stuck on food off without having to spend a bunch of time or working out your arms!  All you have to do is put about 3-6 tbsp (depending on the size of the pot) Dawn dish soap in the pot and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot about 1/2 inch.  Then put it on the stove over high heat for about 6-8 minutes, enough time to boil the water and work its magic (make sure to not let the pot go dry).  Empty the water and take the scrubby part of your sponge to wipe out the loosened food.  VOILA!!!


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March 24, 2016

Kindle Books: Horror

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Got some great horror kindle books to share and if you do read any of these go back to Amazon and leave a review on the book (good or bad).
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Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (488 pages)
From a Poison Pen by B.P. Smythe (388 pages)
Keeping Minds by Vinal Lang (343 pages)
Masque by W.R. Gingell (335 pages)
The Hiding House by Malcolm Richards (334 pages)
Lost Lives by Malcolm Richards (318 pages)
Dismember by Daniel Pyle (308 pages)
The Familiar by Benjamin E. Sawyer (304 pages)
Eternal Shadow by Nicole Cambridge (286 pages)
Slow Bleed by Tim Adler (280 pages)


March 23, 2016

Kindle Books: Fantasy/Science Fiction

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To end another day, I found some more great kindle books for y'all to enjoy!
Ramblings Thoughts, Free, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Kindle Books, Reading, Books, Book Lovers, Pauline M. Ross, Lisa Blackwood

The Fire Mages by Pauline M. Ross (386 pages)
The Depths by Nick Thacker (384 pages)
Life by Rebecca Belliston (375 pages)
The Change by Teyla Branton (356 pages)
Stone's Kiss by Lisa Blackwood (318 pages)
Essential Beginnings by Kennedy Layne (310 pages)
We Kill Death by S. Forrester Lybrand (309 pages)
Secret of the Conclave by Beth Raymond (273 pages)
Onyx Unleashed by Tany Vought...(267 pages)
Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins (260 pages)