Sunday Post 41 | Let Them… okay, me… Eat Cake

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This week I made another cake: chocolate cake and chocolate icing with peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache in the middle. My husband’s birthday was Friday and chocolate and peanut butter together is a favorite. The combination came up in an Instagram conversation about favorite dessert flavors with the wonderful Teri Polen who requested this very cake for her birthday, coming up soon, but I can’t imagine shipping a cake and it arriving in the same shape that it left.

Other than the birthday, which prepping for took up most of my extra time, my week was pretty normal. No tech issues – yay! My little lemon continues to slowly mature – yay! I’ve discovered that disposable masks are way more comfortable than cloth masks. They are so light, I can almost forget I’m wearing them – almost.

How was your week?

NetGalley Book Haul

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from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

Sally Hepworth, the newest breakout star of domestic suspense delivers her next twisty novel about family secrets and lies in The Younger Wife. Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he’s still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he’ll take care of that easily, by divorcing her–even if his adult daughters protest. Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she’s a golddigger and after their father’s money. Heather has secrets that she’s keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen. With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses…in all of them?
A community’s past sins rise to the surface in New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery. 1965 Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn’t as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She’s chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill. 2010 Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill’s new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it’s the place where Kayla’s husband died in an accident—a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla’s neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built. Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth–no matter what that truth may bring to light–in Diane Chamberlain’s riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.
he Golden Couple is the next electrifying novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo behind You Are Not Alone, An Anonymous Girl, and The Wife Between Us. If Avery Chambers can’t fix you in 10 sessions, she won’t take you on as a client. Her successes are phenomenal–she helps people overcome everything from domineering parents to assault–and almost absorb the emptiness she sometimes feels since her husband’s death. Marissa and Mathew Bishop seem like the golden couple–until Marissa cheats. She wants to repair things, both because she loves her husband and for the sake of their 8-year-old son. After a friend forwards an article about Avery, Marissa takes a chance on this maverick therapist, who lost her license due to controversial methods. When the Bishops glide through Avery’s door and Marissa reveals her infidelity, all three are set on a collision course. Because the biggest secrets in the room are still hidden, and it’s no longer simply a marriage that’s in danger.
Last Seen Alive is the fifth book in Joanna Schaffhausen’s heartpounding Ellery Hathaway mystery series. Boston detective Ellery Hathaway met FBI agent Reed Markham when he pried open a serial killer’s closet to rescue her. Years on, their relationship remains defined by that moment and by Francis Coben’s horrific crimes. To free herself from Coben’s legacy, Ellery had to walk away from Reed, too. But Coben is not letting go so easily. He has an impossible proposition: Coben will finally give up the location of the remaining bodies, on one condition—Reed must bring him Ellery. Now the families of the missing victims are crying out for justice that only Ellery can deliver. The media hungers for a sequel and Coben is their camera-ready star. He claims he is sorry and wants to make amends. But Ellery is the one living person who has seen the monster behind the mask and she doesn’t believe he can be redeemed. Not after everything he’s done. Not after what she’s been through. And certainly not after a fresh body turns up with Coben’s signature all over it.

This week, I finally watched Suicide Squad II. I liked the original movie and was very curious about this one. It’s very gruesome. I think much more so than the first. But, there’s also a lot of dark humor too. I find the character of Harley Quinn totally fascinating- kind of in a train wreck type of way but fascinating none the less.

  • Sunday, August 22nd : Book Review of The Meeting Point ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (RomCom)
  • Tuesday, August 24th: Book Review of Where I Left Her by Amber Garza ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ (psyc thriller)
  • Wednesday, August 25th: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, August 26th: Book Review of The Family Plot by Megan Collins ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ (gothic thriller)
  • Friday, August 27th: Book Blogger Hop
  • Tuesday, August 30th: Book Review of Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (YA Mystery)
  • Wednesday, September 1st: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday, September 2nd: Book Review of Mastermind by Andrew Mayne ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️☀️ (thriller)
  • Friday, September 3rd: Book Blogger Hop

How was your week – bookish or otherwise?

41 Replies to “Sunday Post 41 | Let Them… okay, me… Eat Cake”

  1. Mmm that cake sounds delicious – I hope your husband had a great birthday and yay, for no tech problems! 😃 My week was a very quiet one of resting before I return to work next week and as my sinuses started to bother me. I have been taking comfort in reading the utterly charming Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and watching a lot more television, including the delightful film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 😊

    Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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    1. My sinuses have been a mess lately too. I hate that :(. My husband loved his cake and had a very good birthday. We get to celebrate again next weekend when the girls come home!

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  2. Now I want cake, it sounds delicious. I would ask my husband to bake me a cake for my birthday, but it never ends well. Watched both Suicide Squad’s. They are amazing. I’ve been watching reruns of X files. I think they were slightly giving up on plot by the ninth series. I start a new job on the 7th September. It was going to be the 6th, but I have been commissioned to write a play, I am part of a group of amateur writers, who each wrote a ten minute play for VR360. When I found out how much I get paid, I nearly fell of my chair. It is such a great opportunity, and I’ve never been paid for my writing before.

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    1. You have some very exciting things coming up in the next few weeks! That’s so cool that you are getting paid for your play. You are now a professional ❤️ 🤗

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  3. Hmm I’m not much of a fan of gruesome things but I will probably watch The Suicide Squad at some point! I did enjoy the 1st one. I bought several books from charity shops this week, so although I’m reading mostly e-books at the moment, I’ve now got a stack of paperbacks for when I need them.

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  4. I love that you bake cakes, Tessa💜 I used to for my niece and nephew, making up stuff. Can’t cook that well but I liked working on creating one thing. Your cakes sound so inventive.

    I want everything you got in your haul this week!!! So far, I’m trying to resist using that widget for the Hepworth book since I want the audio version. Hope you enjoy them all.

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    1. When I was first diagnosed with celiacs disease and had to go gluten free, I stopped all baking and cooking. It was just too hard to back gluten-y things when I couldn’t eat them and baking gluten free was not where it is now. I’m so glad it has progressed and I have progressed with it.

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    1. Pretty easy. I use a peanut butter mousse recipe that used gelatin and between that and the ganache the center help up. The rest is normal cake and icing.

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  5. Yes, peanut butter and chocolate belong together, your cake sounds awesome. I don’t make cakes, but love making pies and I have made a chocolate peanut butter pie that everyone loved. I have all the books you got already, so I hope we both enjoy them. Have a great week, Tessa.

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    1. I hope we both enjoy them too! And my center was very much like a chocolate peanut butter pie. That was one of the recipes I looked at when deciding how I wanted to do the middle layer.

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    1. It’s one of those things where the more you do it, the more likely it’ll come out as you hope. It definitely requires patience with yourself.

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  6. Yummy, you made me hungry. Chocolate and Peanut butter is a fantastic combination. I bet your cake was delicious!

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    1. It is very good. I always taste as I go to make sure each component is tasty (such a hardship. Lol) but I still get worried when I cut that first slice. I was extremely happy with the way it came out and my husband was very happy with his cake too ❤️

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  7. That cake sounds amazing. No wonder Teri wants one just like it. Lol. And Yay for your lemon. And yes, disposable masks are so much more comfortable. They aren’t as pretty but I wear them just so my face doesn’t get hot and my glasses steam up. Great book haul and thanks for the recommendation on what to watch. We’ve been watching Handmaid’s Tale… and my husband is so freaked out by it. It’s been interesting to watch him react to it. 🙂 Have a great week!

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    1. Lol. I bet it has been interesting to watch him react to it. I wish I had started wearing disposable masks sooner. Now, I know why my youngest hordes ones from work. Lol. Have a great week!

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  8. Oh wow, that cake sounds SO good! I haven’t worked up the courage to test my cake and icing skills so if I ever I make it’s never with icing 😂 I want to give it a try soon though! Looks like you’ve got some fun thriller reads in—I hope you enjoy them! Have a great week ahead 🙂

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    1. You can do it! Just do a light crumb coat of icing, put it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and put on all the icing your heart desires. Easy ❤️

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  9. I’m not normally a fan of peanut butter but when used in deserts I can happily make an exception 😂. I feel terrible guilt over using disposable masks but I had to wear them whilst I was teaching in a hospital school last year and couldn’t bear the feel of a cloth mask afterwards. It felt like I couldn’t breath properly.

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    1. I don’t think here there is a shortage anymore. I guess it maybe is not the best for the environment since I don’t think they are biodegradable but they are better for not spreading the bad germs since you toss them.

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  10. Pardon me while I wipe away the drool over your description of the cake, lol. Hope your hubby enjoyed it. If he’s a PB and chocolate fan, there’s no way he couldn’t! I still haven’t gotten to the second Suicide Squad. I’m hoping to get caught up on several things in the next few weeks, so maybe it will make the list. Have a great week, Tessa!

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    1. I missed some big aspects from 1 and it’s a bit more gruesome and a bit more silly. How you do both of those things in one movie would be beyond me if I had seen it for myself.

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  11. I never thought you would be the kind of person to watch gruesome movies, for some reason, so I have to ask: do you like horror movies? I LOVE HORROR MOVIES. If you’re into the gruesome/dark humor sort of movies, you should check out Hot Fuzz, Dale and Tucker vs. Evil, and Ready or Not (starring Samara Weaving, whom everyone confuses with the lovely Margot Robbie. Both Australian and totally look the same).

    At the very end of August is my nephew’s, mom’s, and sister-in-law’s birthdays, so I mentioned that we had a cake with all three of their names in my last Sunday Lowdown post. My mom, whom I call Biscuit, is really named Christy. When I got my piece of cake, it just said CHRIST on it. 🤣

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    1. My father and my grandmother love horror movies so much that they had me watching them at a very inappropriately young age. Exorcist at 8 probably should have never happened. I like some more than others and stories with ghosts, demons, possessions do actually can’t-sleep scare me. Will it make you feel better if I told you I watch gory movies peeking through my fingers? Lol. I like dark humor and that usually comes with gore, so…there you go. I’ll have to check out all of your recommendations!!! And I’m so glad you mentioned your Sunday Post. Somehow I didn’t see it come through my feed. I didn’t even like it, so I think WP let me down. That is too funny about the cake. Do you ever wonder if fate has a hand in these little things? 😉

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      1. I published my Sunday Lowdown right after I wrote it. Typically, everything goes out at 6am, but I was just so busy this weekend. I’ve had a few folks mention it didn’t show up in their reader, so I’m not sure what to think of that. I have all my blogs come to me in one email address, so I read and delete the emails as I read them.

        I tend to go on slasher binges. I watched all of the Chucky movies a couple of months ago, and now I’m on Friday the 13th. It’s so funny how these movies will and revive the same character over and over instead of filmmakers just creating a new villain. I mean, the backstories are not complicated. How hard can it be? Friday the 13th was made just to cash in on slasher mania after Halloween came out. I will say I’ve never seen another villain like Jason who never opens a door. He just explodes through every. single. one.

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