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Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

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The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery
Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard
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Where the Crawdads Sing
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Helen Hoang
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Ursula K. Le Guin
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DIWALI-24 TASKS

Diwali

Task 1:  Share a picture of your favorite light display.

 

 

Not lit up for the holidays yet! But you can see the candles and lamps that surround it. 

 

Task 2:  Cleaning is a big part of this holiday; choose one of your shelves, real or virtual, and tidy / organise it.  Give us the before and after photos.  OR Tidy up 5 of the books on your BookLikes shelves by adding the CORRECT cover, and/or any other missing information. (If in doubt, see here: [insert link to MbD’s how-to post from earlier this year.]]

 

I did clean up my shelves with this renovation! So I have before pictures. Will have to take pictures tonight for after.  

 

Before


After

 

 

Task 3: Eating sweets is also a big part of Diwali. Either select a recipe for a traditional sweet, or make a family favorite and share a picture with us.

 

I miss cooking and baking. One of my favorite things to do during the winter time is to bake brownies. Here is a recipe that I have used time and time again. Go to All Recipes if you are looking for the exact recipe and you want to know about trying to tweak it a bit. 

 

Best Brownies

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

 

Frosting:

3 tablespoons butter, softened

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners' sugar

 

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

 

To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

 

Task 4: During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower. Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.


Thank you Goodreads! I picked books on my read shelf on Goodreads. 

 

True Love (Nantucket Brides, #1)Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4)

The Life ListBlossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

 

 

Book: Read a book with candles on the cover or the word “candle” or “light” in the title; OR a book that is the latest in a series; OR set in India; OR any non-fiction book that is ‘illuminating’ (Diwali is Sanskrit for light/knowledge and row, line or series)

 

Two potential books: 

 

Title details for Summer Light by Luanne Rice - Available  

 

Hmm maybe this book. Will have to see.