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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Scrappy Shawl and Finished "Queenie"

I still continue working on my Scrappy Shawl as I read. 


“[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

      "Queenie" by Candice Carty-WilliamsI loved it and yet it was hard at times to slog through but I couldn't stop because I loved her, Queenie's character.  I feel like I became friends with Queenie immediately as you open the book.  Queenie is a British black Jamaican journalist juggling two world's, if not three.  The white world and black but also her old world Jamaican grandparent's expectations.  She goes through a horrible break up with a man she expected to marry and have children with.  She flings herself into a long string of one-night sexcapades to escape.  Her chatter with her friends ends up being a needed humor break from the bleakness of what she is experiencing and it's a continual spiral downward.  But her voice, her conversations, and insights keep it lighter and compulsive reading.  You want to know how she comes out of this.  Will she?  The book also is a brilliant inside look at what it feels like to be black in her situation.  A creative thoughtful social treatise in itself.  

     I'm also reading some books for a class I'm taking in a professor's home.  He teaches the class on Islam, and we're starting with the Israeli/Palestinian dispute.  He is an Arab Christian and I look forward to his perspective.  It's mainly a challenging perspective to current Christian American thought.  "Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians. "

     And for St. Patrick's Day I baked half of a Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake in an 8" cake pan and covered it with a  Dark Chocolate Ganache of 1/2 cup heated Heavy Whipping Cream (in the microwave, carefully for a min. or more till hot) and 2/3 cp. Double Dark Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips added after.  Let sit for 3 mins. and whip till smooth (opt. add a dash of Jameson's Whiskey).   I have done the whole recipe above before and it is heavenly.

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  1. Oh my! That cake!! Wow!! And, what a fascinating book! I have added it to my "read soon list" thank you for sharing!

  2. That cake sounds irresistible! Love your scrappy shawl and its colors, too. Is there a pattern for it? Because it looks exactly like three scarves I made last summer from a *pattern* I unvented.

    1. Here's the pattern.

  3. Here's the pattern. I have a link above to an older post with all details, but if you don't know to look for the blue highlighted type you can miss it. Really simple!

  4. I love scrappy shawls and yours just sings. That cake looks like it is delicious.