Kobo is having a wonderful sale on Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale books in time for the launch of the newest exciting adventure for kids ages 8 to 12!
Book 1 is free until October 31st.
Book 2 is 40% off if you use the top secret promo code: OCT40
It works for Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand!
Book 3 is full-price because it’s brand-spanking new!!!
The BAD News:
Today (October 28th, 2020) is the LAST Day for Book 2! So please hurry! I don’t want you to miss it! Especially if you are spending time in the dungeon with kids! You need stuff to read that’s good for the whole family.
P.S. I told you the dungeons in the Seven Kingdoms are famous for their hospitality. You didn’t believe me, did you?
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs lightly beaten 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt
Beat pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, add to pumpkin mixture and beat until well blended. Pour into greased 15″x10″x1″ baking pan (jelly roll pan). Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.
Frosting: 1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened (6 T) 5 T. butter or margarine, softened 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 3 to 4 tsp. milk chopped walnuts (optional)
Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add sugar, mix well. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake. Sprinkle with nuts. Makes 20-24 servings.❈
**********Thanks to Debbie Clark for this much-loved recipe!!!***********
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We book people know that books are a doorway to adventure so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I got to visit a whole new country because of the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales.
Unlike Prince Nero, I didn’t get lost. Because I had help from my friends at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. *waves* That’s the purple SCBWI banner in the photo above.
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg strolled by our booth, evidently a book person too. Lots of families speaking lots of languages strolled by too. 🙂 I recognized English, French, Luxembourgisch, Italian, and German.
Luxembourg is full of orange and yellow trees at this time of year and nestles down into deep valleys in true storybook style.
As usual, I ran across bits and pieces of new stories:
the flame at the veteran’s memorial,
the glass roof over the historic train station where Jewish people were deported to concentration camps in World War II,
a mysterious stone building with a tower tucked into a deep valley,
and the French versions of “Bread Guys” that show up everywhere in honor of St. Nicholas’s Day. The stained glass window showing Luxembourg City is above the train arrivals and departures. Elegant, no?
If you live in or near Luxembourg and are looking for English language children’s books, check out the selection at Lucy Goosey. Lots of happy book buyers were browsing at their warm and friendly booth.
Find the Lucy Goosey bookstorehere. Or if you’re not into Facebook, this helpful blog post might interest you.
If you get lost as often as I do, you might enjoy Prince Nero’s adventures in LOST WITH LEEKS.
The second book in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale series is all about exploring–with a prince who has no sense of direction!
Just for fun, here are the real castles that inspired the Blackfly and the Saffron Kingdoms. LOST WITH LEEKS stars the Blackfly Prince Nero and the Saffron royal twins: Prince Magellan and Princess Saffy!
The second Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale is almost ready!
Argh! Twelve-year-old Crown Prince Nero is lost again. That’s what he gets for trying to fly a hot air balloon. Thanks to his fairy godfather’s “gift,” every compass and map goes kerflooey as soon as Nero touches it.
Even worse, his royal mom has just kidnapped St. Nicholas. If Nero can’t find his true North in a hurry, he’ll never rescue him before St. Nicholas’s Day!
Why read Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales?
Everyone knows the leaders of tomorrow will need lots of skills. Whether it’s speaking up at a feast, or reading a map in a strange kingdom, these Tales are all about finding more magic in your life.
For ages 9 to 12. Click HERE for more about the book, including where to order. Thank you!
Half-way healthy: This supper starts off with a leek.
If you aren’t used to leeks, slice off the roots on the white end, and any wilty or tough parts on the green top. Lay it down and slice the whole thing length-wise. Wash each half well under the faucet (or you’ll have grit). After it’s washed, slice it thin across the grain. It is worth it–leeks have a nice mild-but-interesting flavor. (You can use an onion, if you don’t have a leek.)
Sauté: Sliced leek with a few chopped slices of English bacon (looked leaner than the American kind) in olive oil.
Core: Take off the outside leaves and core the Romanesco. My sous-chef a.k.a. photographer cut it into small pieces (Thanks sous-chef!). The florets don’t break off like regular cauliflower.
Even with the cover on, the Romanesco took longer to cook than I expected–about 15 minutes. It’s not as fast as broccoli. Red pepper wedges went in as the Romanesco was getting tender. I turned the heat down to keep the pepper peel tender.
Sauce: A spoonful of cornstarch dissolved in a cup or two of cold water plus a healthy bouillion cube. Add to stir-fry and heat gently until thickened.
Cooked separately: Cooked whole wheat pasta went in after the Romanesco was tender. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.
Cheap: I splurged on the Romanesco because I thought you’d enjoy how it looks. So, not cheap (under $5 or 5 Euros). But it makes a lot of food–easily supper for six adults.
Oddly, there was one head of Romanesco in the middle of a box of normal cauliflower at the local discounter (Aldi). So, it could have been cheap. If I hadn’t already splurged. Yes, I know, I’m weasel-ling.
Vote: Needs more pep. The Christmas-tree shape of the Romanesco is charming. Overall, the team went along with it, but they prefer “normal” cauliflower for flavor.
We all wished for the Chili-Garlic Puree from our grocery store in Vermont to pep things up. If you can get some, try it. 1/2 teaspoon would be perfect in this supper.
Years ago, I read in a library book (natch!) that Chili-Garlic Puree is the key to authentic Chinese cooking, but I can’t give you the source. 🙁
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