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This is my first time doing Booking Through Thursday, so I did a few more after this week's. There will be a food post later today as I just baked a batch of cookies. 1. Just out of curiosity, as we enter into Passover and Easter season . . . have you ever read the Bible? Just the odd chapter or Psalm? The whole thing? (Or, almost the whole thing? It's some heavy reading, of…

This is the first book I've actually finished since February. It's always depressing when I realize that I haven't actually read a complete book in a month. In any case, I said I was going to read Northanger Abbey next or finish The Best American Travel Writing 2006, but I have been stressed and tired. I wanted to read and finish something that I knew would be quick and relatively light. That doesn't mean I'm…

Appetizer - What are you proud of? My parents, my family, my friend Sandy, and the things I've gone through and the things I've learned. Soup - What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize? I almost never win anything. It sucks. But I was surprised that in my last year of high school, I won a $1000 scholarship for taking this quiz about Canadian Heritage. Salad - Name something you do…

SOURCE Appetizer: Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why? In national Canadian news, Lloyd Roberston. Even though I think CBC is a much better news network overall, CTV has better personalities and it's a little sleeker. I read the news more than I watch it or listen to BBC World Service or RFI podcasts. I also watch The Colbert Report and The Daily Show quite a bit. Soup: Name 3 foods that are currently in…

Commentary on movies I've seen each month. Annual list. The Departed (04-5 03 07): Good Scorsese. Now, I have to watch the original again. I really liked DiCaprio in this. The Holiday (08 03 07): I only watched is for Kate Winslet. Borat (10 03 07): Some of it was funny. It's a bit sad, really. Little Miss Sunshine (11 03 07): Nice, good, and funny. Casino Royale (19 03 07): I grew up with…

One of the recipes I am trying to perfect or adapt to my own is a good banana muffin recipe. I have a muffin pan, and I am going to use it. This is my third try with it, the first weren't so good, but these muffins were different but still good. It is more of a bread-loaf texture than a conventional buffin muffin; you can make this into a 9x5 loaf as well. (more…)

The disappearing bees thing has been worrying me for a bit. I love honey, and I love bees. They are quite incredible creatures and honey is liquid gold. I found a podcast from earthfiles.com (episode 10) discussing it. Did you know that 1/3 of human food supply is directly affected by bees with another 30% indirectly. It would be enough for this to signal some environmental hazard and doom. Where have all the bees gone?…

For my birthday, I decided to treat myself to my favourite new hobby: baking. I wanted something simple and easy: chocolate chip cookies. I did research and had heard about the Nestle Toll House cookie, but I've never seen those chips in my supermarket. Taking advice from a couple sites, I modified the cookies just a bit. This is not a definitive recipe, rather an attempt to find my own perfect chocolate chip recipe with…