The Bear and the Nightingale Review + Zharkoye (AKA Russian Beef Stew) Recipe!

So, full disclosure ya'll. I feel pretty #swag in the kitchen, I've worked really hard and honed my cooking skills over the last 14 or so years. It's been something I've been passionate about since early high-school and a hobby and skill I've been cultivating a long time. What I am #GARBAGE at is baking. I just do not have the patience for it. Cooking to me is easy peasy, you can eye-ball amounts, you can tailor it to your tastes, you can take the basics of a recipe and make it all your own.

That is however, definitely NOT the case with baking. The science that goes into baking, the finesse and preciseness of baking has just always been lost on me. Now, I'm not saying I can't bake anything because I can follow a recipe as well as the next person, however, I mentioned wanting to make Russian honey-cake and I failed miserably at this. It requires cooking 8 thin cakes and making frosting, layering everything, coating it - IDK ya'll but I ruined it.  So you're not getting a recipe for that because...well, I ruined it. What you are getting a recipe for is Zharkoye, a Russian beef stew! However, that's after our review for The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies!

It's Tuesday, which means only one good thing: it isn't Monday! It also means it's time for another round of Top 5 Tuesday. T5T is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored. This weeks topic is "books that need to be made into movies"! If you haven't checked out her weekly prompts you definitely should - they're super fun!

So I wouldn't call myself particularly into movies and TV. However, I am also not someone who says I don't like them either. I'm just a fan of good stories and well made entertainment. Whether that be in my favorite form (books) or in movies or TV, I'm not a stickler about it. What I am a stickler about is book to film adaptations. Most of the time, they're simply just not as good. You can't get the range of detail and finesse into a movie that you can into a book. HOWEVER, there's also something so magical about seeing something you've loved in a book come to life on the screen. *Obviously, it can also be terrible if it's done horribly (looking @ u, directors of My Sisters Keeper) and they miss the whole point of the book. But when it's done well (GoT 5Ever) it's a real thrill to relive a story through the screen. So without further ado, here are the books I think should be made into movies!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books you NEED to read in 2019!

Top 5 Tuesday is a meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm where different topics are explored each week. Go check out her list this week because there are some great 2019 reads on there! Remember if you participate in the meme to link her back!  It's only the second day of the week and I feel like… Continue reading Top 5 Tuesday: Books you NEED to read in 2019!