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May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour…

Well, I’m one of those rebellious people that won’t do something just because everyone else is, and usually go out of my way not to do what everyone else is.  When I started hearing all the raving over the Hunger Games, this was no different, I was determined not to like it or be involved in any way.  Then more and more people got talking about it, and unlike Harry Potter, Twilight, or Lord of the Rings, all of which seemed to have Christians debating over how wholesome they are, this is something that Christians and non-Christians alike seemed to really enjoy.  Curiosity got the better of me, and I picked it up at the library, just to check it out for myself, definitely not because I thought I’d like it…determined NOT to like it!

Well, that kinda went out the window a few chapters into the first book, when I found I just couldn’t put it down.  Then I had to read the next book and the next book to find out what happened!  I don’t even know why, but the books are so gripping.  So I told Sam he just had to read it and plonked it on his bedside table and he, who was even more anti than me, also could not put the books down!

While the plot seems crazy at first, after reading I can actually see that while the books are extreme, it’s not that far from reality either.  The struggle for power, and what happens when people actually get it, the fact that killing people isn’t something that just happens and you move on from, it has a deep affect.  Even the Hunger Games themselves–created as a punishment but enjoyed by all the residents of the Capitol–not completely unlike the days of the Gladiators, and even some horrific things that happened in Bible times just for enjoyment–people in those days did view some pretty graphic and gruesome things!

Anyway, all in all I enjoyed reading!  Sam and I have watched the movie together now and are looking forward to the next installments  🙂

My cousin Elizabeth wrote a nice and articulate little blurb on her blog here.  I agree with what she said.  Just pretend that’s what I said, ok?  🙂

It snow joke!

These photos are not the greatest but were taken from my own front porch this afternoon!

Unfortunately it wasn’t cold enough for the snow to settle…this is all there was on the ground, and it melted fairly quickly.  But it was fun while it lasted!  🙂

Five Things…

Danielle tagged me to participate in this meme so here I am!  Five things I’m excited about or looking forward to, in no particular order:

1.  30th Birthday celebrations.  Somehow being 29 sounds way cooler than being 30.  For that reason, and because it makes me sound way older than I feel, I am not exactly looking forward to being 30 next month, however, seeing as it is a BIG birthday it does give more opportunity for celebration than the ordinary birthday, so that’s the part I’m looking forward to!  We don’t know exactly how we’ll do our little get together but we know when and where it will be and also that a few special people are coming!

2.  Home modifications.  Sam and I are talking and planning our guest room/school room change over and it’s got me excited.  I’m not a fan of massive renos (I’ve had experience of the not-so-fun variety where that is concerned) but this is a small-ish project and I’m actually looking forward to getting out the paint and giving the room a fresh feel, and getting some nice curtains and shelving in there.  And maybe a desk of my very own?

3.  Having friends come to stay next month. Looking forward to catching up properly and chat time for grown-ups in the evenings.  🙂

4.    A trip to Queensland to stay with family in December.  For a whole week!

5.  A new camera lens that should be arriving here sometime this week.  That will increase our lens options by 100%!

Chocolate-Chip Buttermilk Scones

I had some buttermilk in the fridge recently which I didn’t really know what to do with so I went hunting online and found this recipe.  I adapted it a bit and this is what I came up with.  Very yum!  We topped ours with nutella  🙂  I was hesitant to add the cranberries, but they were actually good.

Here’s what I did:

4 cups SR flour

½ cup sugar

225g butter

250g choc chips

75g dried sweetened cranberries

Vanilla extract

1½ cups buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

Process flour, sugar and butter.

Transfer to mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Pour onto floured surface and knead ever so briefly til it holds together and shape. This size batch is a double so I made 2 rounds.   (I obviously cut mine into wedges but when I make them again I’ll use my regular scone cutter–it’ll be easier to halve and top them).

Cut, place on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a 200ᵒC oven for 15-20 mins.