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?]

Bookending Spring 2019- Spring Releases

Today’s prompt is brought to you by Bookending Spring and today’s host, Jayati.  Click on her name to be taken to her Anticipated 2019 spring releases, she’s got some pretty good picks! And I’m excited to share mine! [Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

[Remember you may not want to do this prompt but that’s okay, you can still participate in the event, us hosts are just here to give prompts that you may use if you want! And I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to do this prompt and like every other. To find out how to join the event click on Sam’s name where you’ll be taken to her blog with the information you need!]

Spring 2019 Releases I am excited for!

  1. Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

    April 2, 2019
    This was one of my fave reads of 2019 so far and its book birthday is tomorrow!!!! If you’re a fan of Kurt of Cobain and Nirvana it’s worth a read even if you may not be a fan of Danny Goldberg. You can find my review linked in the title.
  2. Descendant of the Crane

    April 9, 2019
    It was pushed back by only a week but Descendant of the Crane is definitely worth the wait! I buddy read this with some amazing peeps in the blogosphere and it just blew my socks off. Another going on my list of 2019 faves. ❤ Joan He as also been so cool as to let the [intl preorder incentives keep on rolling, the bookmarks are all gone as I’ve said before but you’ll still receive 5 character cards though, click here.
  3. The City of Veils (Princess Vigilante #1)

    April 16, 2019
    FORGOT TO ADD THIS! I think it’s because I already pre-wrote the review and as I finished reading it, I was like ‘okay, book 2 now!’ This is the story of a woman who saves the city she loves at night, Batman style, saving people, no killing, cool gadgets, but now that she’s up to be Queen, logic says to hang up the mask, but, is she ready? And is the city ready to lose its night defender? I already know the answer to this, so go read so you can know the answer too. [My review for this will be up by Saturday the latest]
  4. Viper

    April 18, 2019
    I have to wait for this one and the rest until their release dates from here on out and they’re all linked to their GoodReads pages. I’m very excited about this one and let me just say the cover doesn’t hurt to look at. Wink wink. Nudge nudge.
  5. The Tiger at Midnight

    April 23, 2019
    Indian History and Hindu Mythology with an #OwnVoices author? Please, it didn’t take twisting my arm to get excited about this one. Not to mention there is an awesome [intl] preorder for this going on, and Swati Teerdhala has even extended the sale past the release date, until April 29! Click here to check it out.
  6. Aurora Rising

    May 7, 2019
    I’m sure you’ve seen some news about this one, causing websites to crash and people to wail and bemoan (let’s not get into that though lol) but, at the heart of all that is the reasoning that this is expected to be an out of this world book for 2019. Get it? Out of this world? This one also has a preorder incentive, an Illuminae prequel novella, this preorder is international but you have to read up carefully because it’s only available through certain sites, check it out here.
  7. We Hunt the Flame

    May 14, 2019
    I’ve been so excited to order this, I think it’s the third book I’ve attempted to preorder this year/ever. A woman, a hunter, disguised as a man, a ‘Prince of Death,’ and war under the surface, are just some of the small tidbits I’m offering up as to why. I’ve linked the GoodReads and not to mention another #OwnVoices book, how lucky are we in the book world for 2019?!
  8. Through the White Wood

    May 16, 2019 [U.K. Release Date]
    A young woman with a power to freeze things, but without the ability to keep it under control, she’s sentenced to the palace of Prince Kiev as punishment for the consequences of losing control of her powers. This was another that had a [intl] preorder incentive, and it’s available to you here if you order before midnight on April 9 [no clue what timezone for the midnight]. If you live in the USA then it’s coming your way April 9, 2019.
  9. Romanov

    May 30, 2019 [U.K. Release Date]
    I am a HUGE Romanov history buff/fangirl/aficionado so to hear this twist on history done just has YA fiction just has me HOOKED. It’s Anastasia in a whole new light and I can’t wait. But, I have to. If you’re in the USA you can get your hands on this May 7, 2019. There is a [intl] preorder incentive for this one, you get via e-mail the author’s exclusive annotated notes from some Romanov chapters and a downloadable recipe card from the book, click here to check it out.
  10. Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3)

    May 30, 2019
    This is book 3 in the series so far, so if you’re interested, you may want to check out the other two, first! The diversity in this book is amazing, we have so many great books coming out that are definitely diverse but I’m glad to say this one really shows off LGBTQIA rep and it’s magnificent. Like the others this also offers a [intl] pre-order incentive and even better, you can still snag it even if you buy the ebook! Check it out here.

    And finally for me:

  11. Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow

    May 2, 2019
    Now the reason this is down here, is because it’s not a new release but it is new to paperback and it did just recently come out anyway, on March 5, 2019, to be exact. Nonetheless, I’m still excited for this book to reach my letterbox!

So there we have it, my anticipated spring 2019 releases. These are all books I’ve preordered and uh, I won’t be doing any charity shop hunting with this lot of books, I’ll be broke as a joke, no joke.