LotR Marathon & Feast


I’m scheduling this post for tomorrow so currently I’m watching Two Towers and loving every special extended edition of it.

**Shocking, but I have yet to read the books! I plan to, I just fell in love with the movies so much as a kid**

Anyway, I rewatch these movies religiously, and so my hubs and I decided we need a tradition as we’re just starting out as a family, this means, LotR annual marathon every January! Why January? It helps inspire some hope for the new year in my opinion.

This year I also finally got to do something I’ve been wanting to for ages. THEMED FOOD for our movie marathon!!

I’m going to share the links for the recipes I used and share the pictures. But I had so much fun with this!

The total cost for the ingredients was under 20 quid, so, not too bad, and we had leftovers today so it fed us for two days!

I did an appetizer, main meal, ‘bread,’ and dessert!

Appetizer: Mushrooms on Toast


Recipe: https://2geekswhoeat.com/tolkien-toast/

Farmer Maggot hopefully won’t have my head but I decided I wanted some tasty mushrooms to start with! Instead of wheat, I used a 50/50 mixed bread.[I think next time I would chop up the mushrooms, but, this was actually the last thing I made though the first thing we ate, and I was beyond caring at that point lol]


Main: Hobbit Beef stew


Recipe: https://rachelschultz.com/2012/12/17/hobbits-vegetable-beef-pie/

So I would have given you all a picture of the actual stew, but, we were hungry and wolfed it down. Also please ignore the recycling bines underneath the slow cooker! So I love slow cooker recipes and this recipe seems like a lot but the stew was so good! And so easy because after all that prep I just got to walk away while it cooked.


Lembas Bread


Recipe: https://lotrscrapbook.bookloaf.net/other/recipes.html#lembas

There are a lot of recipes for this! I chose this one, and on this site alone there are two recipes for Lembas bread and so many awesome recipes in general. I tried to make little leaf shapes and then got fed up with my lack of skill and just had whatever shapes were left over lol. It calls for the optional inclusion of raisins, but, I decided to go with some crushed up almonds instead and it’s so good! [I also am eating it while I type this…]


Dessert: Apple Berry Pie


Recipe: https://spinachtiger.com/apple-berry-pie/

This was actually the first pie that wasn’t pumpkin pie that I’ve ever made! I did a couple of things different than the recipe, I used canned berry filling instead of frozen or fresh, we don’t have a lot of fridge/freezer space and since I was going to have to fiddle with the measurements, I didn’t want to have any ingredients left over that I couldn’t store. I also didn’t have time or space to make a pie crust so as when I make pumpkin pies, I just used a pastry crust.


All in all I can’t wait to do this again, I’ve saved a lot of recipes off multiple sites, and I plan on doing a Hobbit marathon with Bilbo seedcake! And some Harry Potter stuff come my birthday. I know my stuff looks rough but I just never have patience for cooking, as much as I’d like to, so, sorry for the appearances lol.

Do you all have any movies you love to marathon? Or any snack foods you eat while watching them? [Or how about anything to snack on while reading?]

The Veiled Threat – Blog Tour



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Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor’s final score, she’s retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end… Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can’t refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea’s entire world storms on the horizon. She’ll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike. Something’s coming and Shea is at the center of it.
Book Information:
The Veiled Threat
By: Sophia Menesini
Genre: NA Fantasy/LGBT
Release date: July 2019

Where to Buy

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“It’s too late to play the hero, captain,” The princess mocks keeping her stance solid and firm, “You’ve already said yourself, you’re the villain of this story.” 
At that, Shea’s gaze snaps to her and Aster shifts uncomfortably. It feels as if the room has dropped several degrees below freezing. 
“Was that how you saw me before, a hero?” Shea asks, stepping towards the bar and running her finger down one of the lengths.
 Joana rolls her eyes, one eyebrow arching as she crosses her arms, “Not exactly.” 
“Really? Perhaps the sweet love interest? Maybe now I can play the redeemable villain?” 
Shea boasts with great sarcasm. 
“Better yet: the heartless monster who gets slain in the end,” Joana coldly responds, shooting daggers in Shea’s direction.


My Review

Beautiful redheaded elven pirate captain who loves her pirate crew like family and is a kickass leader, meets, beautiful stubborn Princess who has lived a pretty isolated life.

Pirate Captain meets Princess.

Pirate Captain steals Princess.

Honestly guys this is a wild action packed ride from start to finish. I could not help loving Captain Shea Lara as soon as I read the first page. She’s great, daring, charming, everything a swashbuckling pirate captain should be.

Menesini is brilliant at writing in a fluidity that makes you feel like, despite the length which is longer than you realize, the story is fast paced and quick.

Before you know it, you’re at the end and you have to wait until next summer for book 2. [There’s a scowl on my face as I type this, patience is not a virtue of mine]

Not only do you have to wait, Menesini sets up this perfect fantasy, but she waits until the end of the book to kind of lay it on you, like what direction this is going to go and so you’ve had a great resolution to the story in this book and yet it’s like ‘surprise, you’re going to have to wait to find out the rest about this’ and she does it without making it a cliffhanger necessarily! [Sneaky author!!!]

You have a really lovable cast of characters and a really amazing world that I’m excited to see more of.

The few creatures we encounter are amazing, and same with the lands which consist of kingdoms, islands, queendoms.

There’s beautiful clothing, elves and their land of Erebos, sweet romantic overtures, steamy moments, seafaring monsters and adventures, political intrigue and plotting, and tales of gods.

Overall? Well paced, I loved the love story, Shea is amazing, and I really want book 2.



About the Author

The Storyteller with Salt Water in Her Veins
Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA with her husband, and their two small Chihuahuas, Ziggy and Zeppelin. The Veiled Threat is her first novel. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.

Author Links

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