Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – A recipe

classic-chocolate-chip-cookiesOne of my all time favourite books is ‘To all the boy’s i’ve loved before’ by Jenny Han and the second book in the series ‘P.s I love you’ and in those books the main character Lara Jean Covey bakes ALOT. And just the other day i was scrolling through tumblr and saw a post about these books and it SOMEHOW made me want to bake cookies. And i thought since it is the holiday sesaon it would be fit to make a post on my all time favourite cookies so here it is, i hope you enjoy them! (p.s they are not even close to healthy cookies)

This is the recipe that my Aunty uses all the time and i LOVE these cookies so that’s the recipe i’ll be using today.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves : 40 cookies (estimate depending on how big you make them)
Pre-heat: 150*

img_2559Ingredients

  • 2 cups of margarine
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbs vanilla essence
  • 6 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp sodium bi-carb
  • 4 cups of choc-chips

Method

  • Cream margarine, brown sugar and white sugar together thoroughly.
  • Add vanilla essence and the eggs to the mixture and beat well.
  • Mix in salt, sodium bi-carb and flour gently into the liquid mixture.
  • Add choc-chips and mix in gently.
  • Prepare a baking tray with baking paper
  • Drop spoonfuls of batter on to the baking tray and space them out evenly.
  • Bake them in the oven at 150* for 15-17 minutes.
  • Take them out when they look fully cooked and leave them out to cool.
  • Enjoy them with a glass of milk or tea!

I hope you enjoy the cookies, be sure to let me know if you try them!

xx
Taraana

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo-Book Talk

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Six of Crows is one of those books that you start reading and you feel like you could read FOREVER because its just SO SO GOOD. This book was everything EVER. It was one of those books that reminded me of why i love reading, and i one hundred percent recommend it to everyone.


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him ricProcessed with VSCO with c1 preseth beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


The plot of this book is so unbelievably perfect. It kept me on my toes at ALL times and made me keep reading until my eyes had to rest. But if i had to be honest it took me about 25 pages to properly get into the story because of the new world and different writing style but that was the ONLY problem i had with this book and it’s not even a proper problem, so if this doesn’t persuade you to read the book i’m not sure what will.

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

The characters that Leigh Bardugo created are so incredible. Even though there are six different characters, each with a different point of view, Leigh Bardugo was able to give all her characters a fully developed personality that makes you beleive you’ve known these characters forever. My favourite aspect of this book has to be the friendship between all the characters, their conversations and interactions were what i LIVED for. And i can’t forget to mention Bardugo’s phenomenal writing style. Her writing style is the kind that you wonder HOW DOES ONE WRITE THIS PERFECT? It’s magical, hilarious and absolutley beautiful. Definitely a 5/5 book.


SPOILERS

Okay so where should i start?  (the rest of this book talk is basically incoherent fangirling talk) 

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The Raven King by Maggie Steifvator-Book Talk + The Raven Cycle series discussion

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A couple of days ago i finished The Raven Cycle series and i loved it to pieces. This is one one the most unique series that i’ve ever written from the plot to the writing style, it’s sooo different but sooo amazing and i’m really glad i read this series. And although a lot of people thought the ending was rushed or needed more pages, i think that it was written so we feel as though the characters live on after the book is over and not just to the last page of the book. I also loved how it tied a lot of lose ends together but left us questioning some things too.


All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caimg_0366ught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


I didn’t looove every single book in this series but i have to say The Raven King was by FAR my favourite of the series. Mainly because we got more information as to what was happening and i LOVED the dynamic and the dialogue between everyone soooo much. The dialogue has to be my favourite aspect of these books especially everything Ronan Lynch says.

“To think you could have been dreaming the cure for cancer,” Blue said. “Look, Sargent,” Ronan retorted, “I was gonna dream you some eye cream last night since clearly modern medicine’s doing jack shit for you, but I nearly had my ass handed to me by a death snake from the fourth circle of dream hell, so you’re welcome.”
Blue was appropriately touched. “Ah, thanks, man.”
“No problem, bro.”

SPOILER SECTION

When we were first introduced to Henry Cheng i didn’t like him. I was so wary of him, constantly thinking that he was going to ruin the gang’s friendship or SOMETHING. But it turned out that he was just trying to help and that he was an amazing guy and understood Gansey just like Ronan, Adam , Noah and Blue. The scene where Henry was trying to help Gansey’s fear of hornets and told him his secret was the moment i knew i loved him as much as the other’s. I loved how he easily slid into their group and that Toga party was the best.

“But it wasn’t that Henry was less himself in English. He was less himself out loud. His native language was thought.

And we HAVE to talk about Ronan and Adam. I knew from the second book that there was something going on between them and then in this book they finally addressed it and it was amazing. I loved how Adam went to talk to Gansey afterwards and how happy Gansey was that Adam spoke to him about it. And everything about them just made me happy. I also adored the entire time they were in the Barns revealing all their truths to each other especially when Ronan FINALLY told them that he was the one who made Cabeswater.

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”

Obviously there are a hundred other things that i would love to say but that would mean that i would be writing forever and you would be reading until your laptop battery ran out.

So, i want you know who is your favourite character, mine is Ronan Lynch and let me know in the comments below!

xx
Taraana

Why i started blogging and what it means to me.

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For a really long time, blogging was one of those things that i watched other people do (and really wanted to do myself) but never got the courage to do it myself. It was always one of those things that i thought ‘that’s not for me’ ‘people like me don’t do that’ ‘i don’t have the courage and TIME to do that’. And i made up a hundred other excuses on my ‘why i shouldn’t blog list'(in my head of course) when i realised that all the reasons were invalid. Deep down i wanted to do it, i needed an outlet to discuss my favourite books, obsessions and just WRITE. So that’s when i decided to stop just being a reader of content but also to become a creator of content online.

The thought of blogging first came to me when i read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armenrout. The main character ‘Katy’ was a book blogger and i felt inspired to try and do it myself. I’d only watched booktubers and i’d never heard of a book blogger so went online and found an entire community of book bloggers, people i could relate to. So i guess you could say that’s where it all began, my love for blogging.

Booktube was another factor, because i watched it ALL the time and loved the content but i wasn’t courageous enough to put myself out there on the interwebs and edit those videos  so came back to the idea of blogging. I knew then that if i didn’t do it now i’d never start my own blog. And then one day on the tenth on January 2015, i decided to create my very own website, wrote up a post and hit publish and that felt AMAZING, i was sooo glad i did it. Since then i have changed my blog from blogger to wordpress which is MUCH better and i have enjoyed every step of the way.

I know i’m not the best or the most regular blogger, but i try and the most important thing is that i love it. I love creating new posts, taking the pictures for it, writing it and hitting the publish. It is so satisfying and gives me a feeling of accomplishment and i don’t regret it at all.

Do you blog? if so, why did you start and what does it mean to you? Let me know in the comments below.

xx
Taraana

btw. IF ANYONE HAS WATCHED THE NEW GILMORE GIRLS LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I’M IN DESPERATE NEED OF A GILMORE BUDDY ABOUT RIGHT NOW and also how GOOD and EMOTIONAL were those 6 hours?

Ten books to read if you like fluff

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish you can find more information about it here. Due to my lack of reviews you can probably guess that i’m taking FOREVER to finish my current read (mostly because TV shows exist+procrastination) so instead of the review this week i’m doing a tag of sorts.

Fluff;
Adorable, romantic cuteness in books/movies that makes one squeal and smile like a cheshire cat.

With that i’m going to begin my list of books that you should read if you like fluff, which are in no particular order.

These books are probably my most read contemporary books and i ADORE them so much. They are sooooo cute and the male leads in these books are just so perfect. I love the family aspect in To all the boy’s I’ve loved before soo much it makes me want to have sisters like Margo and Kitty. I also really relate to Cath from Fangirl on such a real level, like in a past life i could have been her. The friendships in Anna and the French Kiss and PERFECT and Etienne is just the cutest ahhhhh.

To be honest i love all of Morgan Matson’s books but Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve been Gone are my favourites are my favourites. They have all the cute romances and friendships that make you want to want to live with them for the summer. My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of short stories written by various authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins and i loved every single one of them, some more than other but nonetheless i loved them all. The stories are cute winter romances that hit your heart in less than 50 pages which is what i love most about these stories. But my top 4 favourites are:
1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
2. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
3. Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
4. Polaris is where you’ll find me by Jenny Han

And these books are just as cute as the rest. I gobbled up Attachments and Slammed in one sitting which probably wasn’t good for my sleeping schedule but who cares right? I loved the relationships in My life Next Door  especially the family relationship and most importantly the relationship between Jase and Samantha. To end my list is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, to be honest the plot and pacing of this book didn’t quite do it for me but the characters did. There is soooo much cuteness and the romantic gestures in this book which are bound to make you swoon.


What are your top 10 books that make you swoon and want to jump up and down like a total weirdo because of the cuteness overload? Let me know in the comments below.

xx
Taraana

Burn, Re-write, Re-read- Tag

waffles-1Today i’ll be doing a tag that i saw on Cherry from Read Forevermore after i stumbled across her blog this morning.


The Rules

  1. Randomly choose 3 books. 
  2. For each category, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  3. Repeat until you have completed three rounds 

Round 1

Burn: Nowhere But Here. This book was one of those ‘i liked other books written but this author so i’m going to try another one, but i didn’t like this one. I didn’t like the characters or the world and it felt verrryyy predicable.
Re-write: Ashes to Ashes. I loved the first two books of this trilogy and i even enjoyed the first half of this book but towards the end i started to hate it which is why i want someone to re-write the ending of this book.
Re-read: A Torch Against the Night. Probably one of the best books this year. That’s all that needs to be said.


Round 2

Burn: Requiem. This book was waaay too dramatic and ‘i don’t know who i love crap’ for me. I’m sorry to anyone that did enjoy it because i definitely did not. Also i didn’t think we got much of an ‘ending’ which adds to me dislike of this book.
Re-write: All The Bright Places. This was a really hard one because i loved the last two books in this round but i chose All The Bright Places because i wish we had more of Finch and Violet’s relationship and i don’t know just MORE. I still thoroughly enjoyed it though.
Re-read: What I Thought Was True. Only because i loved this book soo much that it’s on one of my ‘to re-read’ shelves because it is summer here in Australia and it reminds me so much of the beach and sunny weather.


Round 3

Burn: Acid. I think the fact that i can barely remember this book except for the fact that i didn’t fell connected with the characters AT ALL, say a lot.
Re-write: The Dream Thieves. It sucks that The Dream Thieves and To All the Boy’s I’ve loved Before are  in the same round because i adore them both. But the reason i chose The Dream Thieves for this category is because i didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one but i still loved it and the only thing i would change would be to have more dialogue between the whole gang but that’s only a teeny-tiny problem.
Re-read: To All the Boy’s I’ve loved before. The fact that i have re-read this book waaay too many times to remember speaks for itself. I just adored every inch of this book and cannot wait for the final book in the trilogy ‘Always and Forever Lara Jean’!!

xx
Taraana

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- Book Talk

For at least two years i have contemplated reading the “Raven Boys” because EVERYONE recommends it to me. I have always been sceptical on this series because of the negative reviews on the “Shiver” trilogy but i am SO glad i finally decided to pick this book up (i just can’t believe it took me this long). I’ve heard people say that they stopped reading it because it was hard to get into “because the pace was slow” or they “couldn’t get into the writing style” but you have to stick it out for at least 50-80 pages before you decide to stop
reading because ” The Raven Boys” is absolutley wonderful. I finished it in three days and i couldn’t stop reading it after i really got into it.


Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the Image result for the raven boys reviewscholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


*The rest of this review is NOT spoiler free so if you haven’t read the book please don’t read the rest of this review.*

This book started off with a slow start, i can admit as i mentioned before, as Maggie Stiefvater describes every inch of her world in a detailed way which i appreciated because it gave me more insight into the world and the characters. “The Raven Boys” was one of the few books that i couldn’t quite tell where the story was going even after reading the blurb and half of the book. I was always thinking, What is going to happen? and i loved that aspect about this book, it kept me on my toes. The boys Adam, Gansey, Noah and Ronan are probably my favourite group of boys that i have ever read. Each boy has very distinctive character traits and each of them have a unique story which i loved reading about. I don’t know a thing about the Welsh mythology and i’m new to all things Glendower so everything was new to me. The information we got about Glendower is till a bit unclear to me but i’m sure we’ll get more information about him in the next three books.

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