Two Treats for You & Me!

Treat #1 is:

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The Revelation Chronicles, Book 1
Chris Pavesic
Print Length: 240 pages
Publication Date: September 25, 2017
ASIN: B074YZ9JKB
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, LitRPG
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Treat #2 is:

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Join author Chris Pavesic in the virtual kitchen with this healthy Couscous Salad recipe and a sneak peek into her new novel, Starter Zone.

 

This recipe is a family favorite. Some like it when I make it with goat cheese while others prefer feta. The choice is yours. (I think both are equally delicious!)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups plain couscous
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup cubed peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar (balsamic vinegar works too)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta cheese)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (or toasted almonds slivered)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Materials:

  • Measuring spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Saucepan
  • Small bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Fork
  • Small skillet 
    1.  Pour pine nuts into skillet and cook on medium heat.  Toast about 2 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent burning.  Set aside to cool.
    2.  In a saucepan, bring the orange juice and water to a boil.  Stir in the couscous, cover; remove from heat and let stand for 5-7 minutes.
    3.  Transfer to a large bowl, and fluff with a fork.
    4.  Add the cranberries, cucumber, parsley, and green onion, mixing well.
    5.  In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, honey, and garlic.
    6.  Pour the dressing over the couscous, mixing well, and stir in the goat cheese and pine nuts, carefully tossing together.
    7.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.

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    While you are enjoying this healthy salad, please take a moment to enjoy a glimpse into my new novel, Starter Zone, Book One of the Revelation Chronicles.

     

     

    When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail.  Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

     Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

     But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

     Time to play the game.

 

About the Author:

Chris Pavesic lives in the Midwestern United States and
loves Kona coffee and all types of speculative fiction. Between writing
projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening, working on
an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with friends. She
blogs on http://www.chrispavesic.com and Tweets @chrispavesic

 

 

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Spiced Apple Oatmeal – Inspired by Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell

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Desert Sunrise is Free 7/2-7/6 + Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Poppers Recipe!

We heard that you think you aren’t allowed to have chocolate pecan cheesecake when you eat clean and healthy. Not. True. You can have these.

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Here’s how: make them and share them! But, we challenge you to eat more than two. They are so decadent!

 

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Popper

Ingredients:

½ C. organic cream cheese, softened

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. raw pecans, ground and another tbsp. for sprinkling on top

 

Method:

Mix all but the final tablespoon of pecans together in a mixing bowl until the cream cheese and cocoa powder are smooth and creamy.

Put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Sprinkle your hands with water, then shape ½ tbsp. of the mixture at a time into balls.

Garnish with the ground pecans you held in reserve.

Keep refrigerated until party time.

 

Easy, creamy, deep chocolate flavor. It is so holistic!

 

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Refreshing Chocolate & Raspberry Frozen Treat – Guilt Free!

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Dairy-free Chocolate Raspberry Frozen TreatI read Fiesta Friday every week to drool over lots of talented contributions, promising myself that I will bring a dish worthy of the fiesta. Today is the day! I hope you’ll visit Fiesta Friday #175 to see the features and next week’s entries.

This week’s hosts are Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Suzanne @ A Pug in the Kitchen.

Recipe:

1/2 Cup Thrive Life banana slices, refreshed and then frozen

1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. Thrive Life raspberries in their freeze-dried form

Add all three ingredients to the blender. Use the blend button, stopping to move chunks down, until you have creamy, frozen deliciousness.

Now you can taste and adjust if you want more chocolate or raspberry flavor. I shared what tastes good to me.

Eat immediately or freeze for later. This is enough for one person.

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#Ask Chef Todd – THRIVE Life Ground Beef

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What I like most about THRIVE Life cooked ground beef is that it is perfect for our low meat, high vegetable diet. When we make tacos, we load them with avocado, tomato, onion and jalapeno, then season the tacos with a tablespoon of ground beef and cheese. My can of ground beef stays in the cupboard until I want to add a spoonful to one of our dishes. We do not wait for it to go on sale at the store. We do not have to cook it and throw away a minimum of 35% of the weight we paid for. We do not have to find a use for the rest of the package. We use what we want and enjoy the benefits of our mostly vegetable tacos.

Look back at your recommendations from your nutrition analysis. Most of us do well with only a few ounces of meat…

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