Excursions in Baking–Peanut Butter Bars

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Or excursions in no-bake(ing)? This recipe doesn’t actually require baking so I’m not sure if this counts as an excursion in baking, but regardless it is a yummy desert!

The original recipe can be found HERE and I also made some tweaks by using Oreos instead of graham cracker crumbs with another excursion in Baking post, which can be found HERE.

The ingredients below are of the standard measurements. I used a 7 x 7 inch pan because I like thicker bars; user a larger pan if you want them thinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Use an electric chopper or a food processor to turn the Graham Crackers into Graham Cracker Crumbs.

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  2. Put the Graham Cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter in a medium bowl.
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  3. Mix together until well blended.
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  4. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased pan. With the standard recipe I like thicker bars so I use a square 7 x 7 inch pan. when I doubled the recipe I used a larger pan that was around 12 x 8 inches. The chocolate is for the next step, I just forgot to take a picture of it before I added it for this recipe.
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  5. Melt the chocolate and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter together. I miserably fail at the stove method for doing this, so I used the microwave. I feel like you are less likely to ruin the chocolate this way. I microwaved in thirty second increments and stirred the chocolate and peanut butter together until it was fully melted and combined.
  6. Spread the chocolate mixture over the prepared crust.
  7. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
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  8. ENJOY!

 

Christie Cote

Excursions in Baking–Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

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Or excursions in no-bake(ing)? This recipe doesn’t actually require baking so I’m not sure if this counts as an excursion in baking, but regardless it is a yummy desert!

The original recipe can be found HERE, which I also made without changes and will also share in a separate post. *EDIT* My post using the original recipe can be found HERE.

The ingredients below are of the standard measurements, but I doubled the recipe. The original recipe calls for gram cracker crumbs which I also made, but I decided to try Oreos instead and it was a  hit! In this case I used the limited edition Peanut Butter Oreos, but the first time I made it I used both and it would come out just as good with just regular Oreos.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups Oreo crumbs
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Use an electric chopper or a food processor to turn Oreos into Oreo crumbs. I currently have a small chopper which I’m in love with, much more effective than plastic bags and meat hammers… I now want too get a larger food processor to make it even easier! 

  2. Put the Oreo crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix together until well blended.IMG_8931
  4. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased pan. With the standard recipe I like thicker bars so I use a square 7 x 7 inch pan. when I doubled the recipe I used a larger pan that was around 12 x 8 inches.
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  5. Melt the chocolate and 4 tablespoons of peanut butter together. I miserably fail at the stove method for doing this, so I used the microwave. I feel like you are less likely to ruin the chocolate this way. I microwaved in thirty second increments and stirred the chocolate and peanut butter together until it was fully melted and combined.
  6. Spread the chocolate mixture over the prepared crust.
  7. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
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  8. ENJOY! (Please ignore awful cutting. I forgot to take a picture before I brought it to work to serve and was stuck using a steak knife to cut it instead of a proper knife.)

Christie Cote

Social Media & False Connectedness

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I’ve been thinking about Facebook and social media a lot lately. I think social media, especially Facebook, gives us a false sense that we are communicating with our friends and family. It makes us believe we know what is going on in someone’s life because we see their posts and click the like button and maybe even write a little comment and they might do the same in return.

Here is the thing.

We aren’t actually having a personal dialog with these people. We don’t necessarily know what is going on in their lives, only what they choose to post publicly. If we don’t communicate outside of those posts then we don’t know anything more than that. Some people post almost everything that happens in their daily life, but others are very selective or don’t take the time. I used to post about almost everything, but over the past several years, I have grown and changed. I’ve turned into a selective person and generally just post about big events or something that relates to reading and writing or one of my other interests. If you only look at my posts, you are only getting a tiny fragment of my life; I have so much more going on. My life has changed significantly in recent years and in ways I’m a different person then I was just a few years ago.

I think people have this false relationship with me and believe we are communicating and engaging in each other’s lives and I’m certainly guilty of living in the false sense of friendship as well, but it isn’t real communication. It isn’t a real relationship. It doesn’t compare to when I used to spend hours on the phone with my friends talking and having real dialog, getting deep and very personal about things I wouldn’t want everyone to know and I certainly wouldn’t be posting about on the internet. It’s not the same as sending a letter, email, or even a text message and corresponding directly with that person. We aren’t keeping those personal connections anymore. Social media is great for mass communication to a bunch of people at once and being able to advertise and promote stuff, and even finding people we lost touch with for various reasons, but it’s truly hindering our interpersonal communication and our relationships. I have people who I used to be really good friends with but now we’ve morphed into Facebook friends. We just don’t talk outside of Facebook anymore. How did this happen? When did it become so uncomfortable to talk to someone on the phone, or it just become not worth our time? Why is it easier to just post on the black hole that is Facebook instead of reaching out directly to the people who mean the most to us? Honestly, there are very few people I feel connected to anymore and I think this is part of the problem.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that social media exists and the Internet and am thankful for it. I wouldn’t have met one of my best friends if it weren’t for the Internet and social media because that is how we met. We’ve never been in the same state, but our conversations grew from social media messages, to emails, to texts, to phone calls. We don’t get to talk on the phone much, but when we have it helped grow our relationship. We are such good friends because we text each other almost every day to see how the other is and check in and are always there when the other needs to talk or vent. Especially, since I don’t usually vent on Facebook any longer. I grew out of that and instead talk my frustrations out with my husband or my friends in person or through emails or text messages.

I just think it’s really sad and tragic how our communication has changed. I hate how I don’t feel connected to people I used to be very close with and this isn’t me blaming those people because as I mentioned I’m guilty of this as well. I get stuck just paying attention to Facebook and don’t reach out to people personally.

This isn’t meant as a rant, but to try to make people think; to encourage people to close out of social media once a day or week and reach out to someone they haven’t talked to in a while outside of social media. Find out what is truly going on in their lives and engage in a dialog. Don’t let communication and relationships get lost in favor of a façade. Engage with people. Build real relationships. Connect!

Christie Cote

Breaking Pointe teaser

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I’ve been working on editing Breaking Pointe so it is ready to sed to beta readers before I schedule time with my editor. I wrote the rough draft of Breaking Pointe for my first NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago. I really love this story and when it is ready to be released into the world, I hope others will love it too!

Here is a little picture teaser I just made.

Breaking Pointe by Christie Cote
Release Date: TBD

Liv Foster lived and breathed ballet. She grew up training, and perfecting each move with hope to be a professional ballerina until her love of ballet was stolen from her. One night was all it took for her to become their prey, changing everything she believed in.

This time she isn’t the prey…

THEY ARE

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Rain E-Book giveaway on my FB Page!

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Hey Everyone!

I’m giving away an e-book copy of Rain on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChristieCote/posts/1001653999909808. Go check it out. Who knows, I may give out more than one, just give me some good book recommends!

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Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.

 

 

Christie Cote

Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan Blog Tour

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Escape to Eden by Rachel McClellan

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When seventeen-year-old Sage wakes up in a hospital with no memories, her only clue are the words written on her hand. With a deadly disease threatening to wipe out mankind, Sage must find out who she is and why most people would kill to get their hands on her–before it’s too late. This fast-paced, futuristic thriller is a spine-tingling read!

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About the Author

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was… 

 

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Top Ten Movies

1. Count of Monte Cristo

2. Batman, Dark Knight series

3. Harry Potter movies

4. Underworld

5. The Heat

6. Napolean Dynamite

7. Moulin Rouge

8. Pride and Prejudice

9. Legend

10. Better Off Dead

Character Casting

Sage Radkey: Lucy Hale

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Colt: Dylan O’brien

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Jenna: Dove Cameron

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Anthony: Theo James

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Max: Levi Miller

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Snippets

Snippet One:

All of a sudden I shiver, the kind of shiver that makes me know I’m being watched. I look around to find the reason for the hair on my arms standing to attention. Across the room is the tall, dark outline of a man. Lights flash over him, illuminating electric blue eyes, making me think of lightning. I feel the power in them as strong as thunder. He sees me watching him and moves forward.

Straight for me.

 

Snippet Two:

Cold air rushes up at me, and I think this is the end. I shouldn’t have trusted Colt. Surprisingly I don’t think of Max, but of my father in the last few seconds of my life. Why didn’t he prepare me better? Maybe give me some pDNA injections, anything, so I could’ve better protected Max. Now I’ve failed because I’m normal.

The thoughts are bitter, and I can taste them in my mouth. A horrible thing before you die.

Interview

What is your favorite color? Black

Favorite holiday? Halloween

Most embarrassing moment? Is it bad that I don’t have one? I don’t embarrass easily.

Dream vacation? Italy

Something unique about you? I have been sky diving and am scuba certified

All-time favorite book? Atlas Shrugged

Writing snack of choice? Cheetos

Top hobby you do when not writing? Sports

Favorite Animal? Hippo

 

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“Stop!” a man shouts. He runs towards us. Two more appear behind him.

Jenna reaches a hand down. “Grab it!”

Colt takes hold and she easily lifts him out. They are all so strong.

“Go up, Sage,” Anthony says. “I’ve got these guys.”

He’s holding the same dagger I’d had in my hand earlier.

“I’m not leaving you alone,” I say.

“Three guys is nothing. I’ll be fine. Go.”

I look up toward where my brother sits waiting for me and then back at Anthony.

“Stop right there and we’ll let you live,” a guard says. He has a single spike sticking out of his otherwise bald head.

“Don’t listen to him Sage,” Anthony says. “You’re too valuable. Just go before they capture Max again.”

This makes me move. I scramble up the ladder. When I’m at the top, I shout down, “Come on! You can make it.”

He stares up at me through the narrow opening and smiles. “Change the world,” he says just as an invisible blast knocks him to the ground.

 

 

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KITTENS!

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Sora cleaning Simba (white nose/mouth) whether he likes it or not!

A couple of weeks ago, well I think it was a couple of weeks ago, it’s been crazy, I got kittens. Two male kittens whose kennel names were Han and Yoda. Someone clearly liked Starwars. We have renamed them Sora and Simba. Sora is from the game Kingdom Hearts, one of my all time favorite video games and Simba is from my favorite childhood movie the Lion King. They are just too cute for words, so I had to share.

Simba is a cuddler, but Sora would much rather be running around chasing things. That is all I have! I’m just overdosing in adorableness over here🙂.

 

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Simba and I before I had to head to work since Sora wouldn’t let me hold him.

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Sora actually allowed me to hold him long enough to get a picture with him and his brother!🙂

 

Hiatus Post

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Hello Everyone!
Wow, I haven’t made a blog post in quite a while. Things just get away form you when life is busy! I signed up to do NaNoWriMo in November, fully intending to give it my best shot, then at the end of October I got Pneumonia for the first time ever. Pneumonia… one major ass kicker! I was out of commission for a month and was out of the office at my day job for about two weeks. Thankfully I was allowed to work from home since at the time I was temporary and didn’t have any sick or vacation time. I don’t do well being sick and having no energy and all of the other fun symptoms of pneumonia for that long I was beginning to lose my mind. To anyone who lives through chronic illnesses and any kind of serious condition, I commend you. You are one badass person to get through whatever it is. I couldn’t handle having pneumonia so I can never begin to understand how someone gets through having cancer or whatever illness they might have. I try to envision it and write about it, but I can’t even begin to understand how that really feels.

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I did write a little during November. I had planned to join a writing group who was meeting once a week during the month at a local bookstore. I had joined the pre November session before I got sick and managed to make it to one session during November and wrote a bunch in that session. It felt pretty amazing. I was focussed, inspired, and productive. I started working on a story idea I had had for probably a year, called Finding Home. I wrote a little bit outside of that session as well, but definitely didn’t come anywhere close to completing NaNoWriMo. Another writer problem.. I have too many different ideas that I want to write and not enough time! AHHH.

Writing, oh how I miss writing. I have been so busy I just haven’t been able to take the time, especially after staring at a computer screen all day at work it is difficult to come home and want to spend more time typing on a computer. I need to get back to it though and find a way to manage my time better. After this week my work location will be moving closer to where I live, which will cut down travel time, so I hope that helps.

I had spent some time going over Breaking Pointe as well and then when I was getting closer to get it to Beta readers life got busy again so I need to start going over it from the beginning again. Hopefully I can get my act together so I can get feedback, revise, get it edited and out into the world.

2 year wedding facebook headerDuring my time away I have been settling into my new house and getting some home projects done. I celebrated my first Thanksgiving and Christmas in my new home. I celebrated my two year wedding Anniversary  and six years together with my husband as well. I’ve also been making new friends and getting out of the house.

I even managed to read a little. I’m currently reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas. My bestie from Michele from A Belle’s Tales gifted The Assassin’s Blade to me for christmas insisting that I must read it. I devoured that one and have now started Throne of Glass, which has been very difficult to put down! I love getting lost in an amazing book, and it has felt fantastic to be reading again.

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I have been listening to lots of Audio books of books I have already read and loved. I’m obsessed with the Amazon program where you buy the ebook of a book and then get the audiobook at a discounted price! I’ve gotten some amazing deals. I’m currently listening to the Harry Potter books and am on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I was ecstatic when the audio books finally came to Audible. The sad news of Alan Rickman’s death was even more heartbreaking since I’ve been wrapped up in the Harry Potter series recently. He was an amazing actor and played Snape perfectly in the movies. RIP Alan! Your talent will be missed and I’m sure the hurt is greater felt to people who actually knew him personally.

So this is a snapshot of my absence in the blogosphere. I plan to finish this book series and hopefully get back to writing. I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to get Breaking Pointe finished this year and another book written. Those are my writing goals.

What are your goals this year? How is everyone doing? Feel free to pose any specific questions to me as well! I would love to hear from you.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Thank you for making a difference in our world Martin!

 

Best Wishes,

Christie Cote

September–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Hello Everyone! I’ve been MIA for a while now. My life has been exciting since my husband and I bought a house and moved and all of that fun stuff. Things are starting to settle down and I hope to get back to editing and writing soon. I realized that we are in September now, which is more than temperatures dropping and the anticipation of fall. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Some of you may know this, especially if you read by novel, Rain. For the most part, I feel like this awareness month goes unnoticed. I just put together this image in honor of this month and all of the children who have been and will be diagnosed with this awful heartbreaking disease. I hope everyone will share and spread awareness this month as well as after. Awareness should never be confined to a single month, it should be spread all of the time. There are a lot of different cancers out there and the disease in its entirety makes me angry, but childhood cancer makes me the angriest! Kids shouldn’t get sick, shouldn’t get cancer, and kids should never die, but they do. Thousands of kids are diagnosed with cancer every year. I wish I could do more to help, but at the very least I want to try to spread some awareness because there isn’t enough. I hope you all will help me.

Be Brave, Be Bold, GO GOLD!

As always, thank you for reading!

Christie Cote

One Chance Night by Eliza Boyd Blog Tour (Guest Post & Review)

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Once Chance Night by Eliza Boyd
Series: Make a Change #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Pages: 188
Published: May 15, 2015 by Patchwork Press



Book Description:

On the surface, Chelsea Greer has it all: A loving husband. A nice house. A good job.
In reality, she works hard to maintain the illusion that is her life. She’s also missing the most important thing:
Love.
One night could change her life. One night could give her the strength to rediscover what’s important. In one night, she could find love when she most needs it and least expects it.
All Chelsea has to do is follow her heart after One Chance Night.

Review

One Chance Night was filled with intense emotion and had me swooning, swearing, wishing I could reach through the pages of the book and strangle a certain character and become best friends with others.

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The novel had the right combination of romance mixed with difficult, life changing decisions. The reader followed Chelsea, who wasn’t perfect, had made her share of mistakes, and was in an awful situation, but I couldn’t help but feel for her. She was a creature of routine, and it took taking a chance and breaking that routine for her to get a much needed wakeup call, pushing her to change her life for the better.

I couldn’t help but immediately start the next chapter to find out what would happen next and what Chelsea would do. The words flowed and my eyes floated across them until the final page, which left me with a perfect ending to the story, not making me suffer through one of those awful cliff hangers, but I still wanted more of the beautiful characters who made me feel so much. If you read this book, which you should, then we are all in luck because it is a series, while the main characters won’t be central, they will make appearances so we can get our fix.

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Eliza Boyd did an incredible job painting the pictures, introducing the characters and making them feel real, and created a poignant story that I think many people can relate to in one way or another, whether they survived a bad relationship or have fallen in love. This debut novel will make you stop and take notice of this new author and I know she will have much more to share with us.

Take a chance on One chance Night, you won’t regret it! I certainly can’t wait to read what she writes next!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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How Songs Made it to the OCN Playlist

    1. Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
      I first heard this song in November of 2014. On a trip to Houston for a book event, I rented a car—something I normally don’t do when I travel alone. I heard the song each of the four times I was in the car, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The spoken word, the lyrics, the feel of the song—totally dug it. And I so badly wanted to write the book about it. Then, in March of this year, I heard the song on the radio and it reminded me so much of Chelsea’s story, which I’d finished writing in October—before I’d even heard the song—that it made me cry. And I realized I’d already written the book for this song.🙂
      (Little known fact: The song actually appears in the book. It was a last-minute change when I made that realization in March. Originally, it was Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This.”)
    2. Brett Eldredge – Don’t Ya
      This is on the list, but it doesn’t appear in the book. It’s the song that inspired the whole thing though—hence Brett’s name. I heard this one and pictured chapters 27-29. Something about the song triggered that whole scene, and I knew I had to write it. But I didn’t know what came before all of that, so I had to work through Chelsea’s story a bit backward. Knowing that it’d all be worth it in the end made her road easier to navigate.🙂
    3. Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
      I knew I had to include a wider spectrum of country music. I used new music and a song or two from the ’90s, so I wanted to add older songs. With the girls being at an open-mic night, I wrote in a band that covered older songs. And I didn’t want them to only show up just because, so this song and the Conway Twitty song I mention in the book come up again later on. But I love this song so much. I mean, truly. “The taste of love is sweet / when hearts like ours meet.” That’s a great line!
    4. Blake Shelton – Mine Would Be You
      Brett and Ian sing this song at a pivotal point in the book, and I think it really encompasses the feel of the moment. This song is all about regret and what you wish were different in regards to love. And at that point in the book, Brett is certainly feeling that way. It’s a very emotional song, and I think it brings some more emotion to the book when it shows up.🙂
    5. Sara Bareilles – Brave
      OCN is all about Chelsea and her journey, and truly, she needs to become brave in order to deal with all of the choices she’s made and make anything in her life different. This song represents that. Chelsea doesn’t have a lot going for her at the beginning, and she recognizes that it’s her fault. But in order to change, she has to do things she hasn’t done, which is the nature of life. I love her journey, and I hope you do too.🙂

Eliza Boyd is a contemporary women’s fiction and romance author. Also an avid reader, she writes novels, short stories, poetry, and whatever else strikes her fancy. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, she now lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and her plethora of animals. When she’s not reading, writing, or working, she can be found walking around her neighborhood (for exercise, not for stalking), taking photos of her pets, or catching up on her favorite shows. Catching up really means binge-watching.

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