Reading and Eating

Hello to all my bookish peeps! I’m in the process of catching up on my reading, but it’s not easy, especially since. . .

  1. I keep adding to my already overflowing bookshelves (more on that in an upcoming post)
  2. I added another book to the reading list

Anyway, I’m looking at how to breathe a little more life into my blog, and what I’ve decided is give you a bit more of me.

Oh dear, what does that mean? It’s simple really, I’ll be letting you into what I like enjoy doing and what often distracts me from reading. What are my distractions?

  • Creative writing
  • Cooking

From time-to-time I’ll share a story I’ve written, which may or may not have been inspired by my reading; however, a recipe will probably be more common. I will share my thoughts (not a review) on a book I’m reading and a recipe from something I ate during my reading.

The recipes will range from a snack to a salad to an entrée and more. They are tree nut free (I’m allergic) but may contain peanuts and animal milk free. I use alternatives to these like Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.; and they are just as tasty.

So, let’s get on with it!

I picked up Dark Matter by Blake Crouch at the library this weekend because of work. I know. I know, I said I wasn’t going to start anything new until I got caught up; but it’s a Barnes & Noble regional title and I felt I had to read it before recommending it.

While reading I got a hankering for fudge, but not any ole fudge – White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge. And I had to make some.

Before I get on with fudgy goodness here are my thoughts on Dark Matter.

Two Sentence Summary: Dr. Jason Dessen is a college physics professor and a happily married family man when he is abducted and his life is suddenly changed forever. He is transported to a time and place in which he is a famous, well respected and well-liked scientist. But which life is a dream? And can he get back to the family he loves?

My Thoughts So Far: I’m only on chapter 3 and so far I’m enjoying it. Dark Matter is a quick read and Crouch’s writing is solid. He uses short sentences, so it’s fast paced and the action happens quickly. Crouch makes the reader feel as though h/she is part of the action.  There isn’t really too much more to say now. I can’t wait to get further into the novel.

A quote that stood out to me and got me thinking about my life came from his abductor:

Are you happy with your life?

I paused to ask myself, “Am I happy with my life?” To some degree I am and another not so much. There are things I wish I could change or had done differently and I wonder how my life would different. But for the most part, I’m happy.

And, now on to what you’ve all been waiting for – White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge.

Crock Pot White Chocolate Oreo® Fudge

  • Servings: 36 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 can (14 oz) Condensed Milk
  • 3 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • About 20 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies or Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies
  • cooking spray for crock


  1. Lightly spray and dump the first two ingredients into your crock, cover and cook on high for 1 hour or low for 2 hours.* Give a stir every 30 minutes to make sure it’s not sticking and the chocolate is melting
  2. Once the chocolate has melted stir in the vanilla and cookies
  3. Working quickly pour into a parchment paper lined 9×9 square pan and spread evenly
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until set. Once set cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
  5. Enjoy!
*Cooking times may vary, as all crocks don’t heat the same

*And, of course, you can do this on your stovetop. Follow the directions above. Make sure your stovetop is on medium-low and stir every minute or so to prevent burning. It takes about 10-15 minutes

So, how about it what are you reading and eating?

2 thoughts on “Reading and Eating

    • The Broken Spine June 28, 2017 / 11:42 am

      Thanks. I’ve struggled with opening up across my blogs. It never ceases to amaze how being a real life introvert comes into play when blogging.

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