Goals for 2017

With 2016 coming to an end, it got me thinking about what I want to achieve for 2017.  One of my goals was to start a second blog about family life and share it with others who are also learning to embrace the chaos.  

Thanks to For Tyeth, this blog is called Wrapped in Chaos.  Here is where I will continue to share recipes that are kid-approved, post uncensored mommy rants, include quotes of the day and more.

If your life is chaotic like mine, even if you don’t have kids, you can follow me there are well.

What are your goals for 2017? Do you have more than one blog? If so, leave your link in the comments for me to check it out 😊

Happy New Year everyone 🎉

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Top 5 books on my TBR list for 2016 I never got around to 😞

This is for you Bookowly.  They weren’t necessarily published this year, but they were the books I really wanted to read but just didn’t have enough time to get to it.  Here we go:

1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

Synopsis

Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
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2. Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Synopsis

“What I intend to say to you will come as a shock…”
With these words, Lady Athelinda Playford — one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors — springs a surprise on the lawyer entrusted with her will. As guests arrive for a party at her Irish mansion, Lady Playford has decided to cut off her two children without a penny . . . and leave her vast fortune to someone else: an invalid who has only weeks to live.
Among Lady Playford’s visitors are two strangers: the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited — until Poirot begins to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murder. But why does she seem so determined to provoke a killer? And why — when the crime is committed despite Poirot’s best efforts to stop it — does the identity of the victim make no sense at all?
Harper Collins 

3.  The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.
Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished . . . and who will die soon if she isn’t found.

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.  But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

-Harper Collins 

4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Synopsis 

September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

-Indigo/Chapters

5. In the Woods by Tana French

Synopsis 

When Katy Devlin, a 12-year-old girl from Knocknaree, a Dublin suburb, is found murdered at a local archeological dig, Det. Rob Ryan and his partner, Cassie Maddox, must probe deep into the victim’s troubled family history. There are chilling similarities between the Devlin murder and the disappearance 20 years before of two children from the same neighborhood who were Ryan’s best friends. Only Maddox knows Ryan was involved in the 1984 case. The plot climaxes with a taut interrogation by Maddox of a potential suspect, and the reader is floored by the eventual identity and motives of the killer. A distracting political subplot involves a pending motorway in Knocknaree, but Ryan and Maddox are empathetic and flawed heroes, whose partnership and friendship elevate the narrative beyond a gory tale of murdered children and repressed childhood trauma. 

-Amazon 

Have you read any of these books? If so, loved it? Hated it?  No spoilers please 😊

Is there a book you really wanted to read this year, but didn’t get a chance to?



Book Review: The Twilight Wife

I received a free Advanced Reader’s Edition from Simon & Schuster Canada, via Goodreads Giveaway

What it’s about:

Kyra Winthrop is a marine biologist who has been piecing together the last 4 years of her life since her diving accident.  She can’t remember her husband or the life they built together on Mystic Island.  While trying to rebuild the memories she lost, small fragments of her past resurface.  Is everything what her husband says it is? Or is it all a lie?

My thoughts

A.J Banner doesn’t waste time! I was pulled into the story right from the get-go.  The story starts off with Kyra having no recollection of her life with her husband Jacob, or the last 4 years of her life.  After her diving accident, she can only remember bits and pieces but can’t make any sense of it.  She has to rely on Jacob and her friends to fill in the missing details.  

Every time Kyra had a glimpse of her past, I was right there with her wanting to know more and what it meant.

This was an easy read with just the right amount of mystery.  Enough to make you wanna keep turning the page.  It had a really good twist and is a book that I would definitely recommend.

My rating: 

   

Genre: Mystery

Publish Date: Dec 27, 2016



How To Roast a Turkey on a BBQ

Wait..whuut? Roast a turkey on a BBQ?  That’s right! On the barbecue!!
Truth be told,  I usually use my gas oven.  But the burners aren’t working and need to be replaced.  Thankfully,  I have my reliable gas BBQ with a gas line so I don’t ever have to worry about running out of gas.

Here’s how I cook my bird on the BBQ:

• the turkey in the pic below was 5 kilos and was fresh (not frozen).

• Stuff the turkey cavity with herbs of your choice.  I used Rosemary, sage and a lemon (cut in half).  I also like to stick butter under the skin.

• turn the heat to 325 degrees F

• Place the turkey in a deep dish and fill the dish with water.  I used two 500ml bottles of spring water. This will keep the turkey moist.

• This step is very important!  Be sure to put the turkey on the side of the BBQ that has NO FLAME.  Otherwise you’ll have inedible turkey, and we don’t want that!

• Cook time really depends on the size of your bird.  I cooked this one for 4 hours and it came out perfectly!

Voila! Turkey is served!

Have you ever tried roasting a whole chicken or turkey on your BBQ?

What kind of things do you like to whip up on your barbecue?

Chocolate Chip Cookies 

 With Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in sweets.  I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate?  Unfortunately, I have a soy allergy and my daughter has a severe peanut allergy.  Thus, finding chocolate that isn’t laced with soy or produced in a nut free environment can be a challenge.  Thankfully, there’s the Enjoy Life brand.  It’s peanut free, nut free & soy free!  YES!


Now to top it all off, I also suffer from severe eczema, which means egg whites are a no no.  So you will notice that all my baked recipes use only the egg yolks.  Why? The yolks are low in histamine, but I won’t bore you with all the details.  Let’s start baking shall we?

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cup unbleached flour

• 1 cup of butter

• 1 cup of yellow or light brown sugar

• 1/2 organic cane sugar

• 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder

• 1 tsp pink salt or sea salt

• 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

• 4 egg yolks (if using whole eggs, you only need 2)

• 1 cup of Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

2. Cream together butter and sugars until fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

3. In a mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).  Add dry ingredients to mixture.

4. Stir in chocolate chips.  Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.  Let cool for 2 minutes.




I prefer my cookies to be thin and crisp.  How do you like your cookies?  What is your favourite cookie or baked good?

Foodie Friday: Easy Sugar Cookies


These cookies are buttery and the perfect base if you want to add a piece of Toblerone or chocolate to the centre.

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cup of unbleached flour

• 2 egg yolks

• 1 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar

• 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder

• 1/2 pink Himalayan salt

• 1 cup softened butter

• 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks.

3. In large mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt.  Stir into mixture and add vanilla.

4. Roll cookie dough into balls.  If you are using chocolate chunks or toblerone, place in centre of the ball and flatten into cookie shape.

Note: if you’ll be using cookie cutters, you will need extra flour for dusting and a rolling pin.  

5. Heat in the oven for approx. 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.

The Vampire Diaries: Detoured On Some Random Backwoods To Hell

*Caution: Major spoiler alert*


• Seline has kidnapped the twins and has plans to offer them to Cade, in exchange for her freedom.  However, Sybil has her own plans.

• Enzo is at the mercy of Sybil’s mind control.  Stefan tries to rescue him by going into his mind.  Sybil agrees to let Enzo go in exhange for a meeting at a motel.  Stefan must go alone to hear her offer. 

• Seline & Sybil sumon Cade with the help of the twins.

•To keep the twins safe and free from harm, Stefan offers his immortal soul along with Damon’s to serve at Cade’s side.  Of course, this puts a wedge between Stefan and Caroline’s plans to spend eternity together.  


And here’s the real kicker..at the end of the episode, Matt & Alaric take Damon down.  Alaric stakes Damon in the heart and he dies 😭 or did he?

What did you think of this episode?  Do you think they really killed off Damon? Or was he just put to sleep like the vampires from The Originals?

Friday Flix


The Secret Life of Pets

What really happens when pet owners leave their pets at home?

Omg. This movie was too cute!  Being the pooch owner that I am, this one was a must see.

My rating: 10/10

What it’s about:

Max is a terrier who has a comfortable New York life with his owner Katie, until she adopts a large mutt named Duke. 

While going for a walk at the park, the two dogs end up getting lost and wind up in an alley full ferocious cats and a truck headed for the pound. Luckily, a cute but rebellious bunny (Snowball) rescues them and in exchange, the duo must join his gang of misfit pets who were abandoned.  

My Thoughts:

Perfect for all ages, especially if you’re a pet owner.  My kids loved it.  If you enjoyed Toy Story and other similar movies, you’ll definitely like this one.

Have you seen the movie?  What did you think?

Do you like animated movies?
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Wicked Wednesday

Who loves cookies? Mmm..I do! And so do my kids.  Since my hubby and one of my children are sensitive to wheat, I’ve been trying to make a really good gluten-free batch of cookies.


Here’s my Wicked Wheat Free Oatmeal Cookies:

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups of oat flour

• 3 cups of gluten-free rolled oats

• 1 cup of cane sugar (you can add another 1/2 cup if you like it really sweet)

• 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temp.)

• 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

• 2 tbsp corn starch

• 1/2 tsp of sea salt

• 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

• 2 large eggs

• 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

• 3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

• 3/4 cup raisins (optional)

I didn’t use chocolate chips or raisins since my oldest is allergic to chocolate (I know! Bummer right?!) and my youngest son hates raisins.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and corn starch.

2. In mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3. Add in oat flour mixture gradually until combined.  Fold in rolled oats, chocolate chips and raisins.

4.  Use a cookie scooper or spoon to scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet. 

5.  Bake for 15-18 minutes and let cool for 2 minutes.

Voila!  Freshly baked cookies!  So good you won’t even know they’re not made from wheat.  Enjoy!