Rock Hard and Rearing to Go.

OMG. You guys, I think I have a thing for befanged grey men. First, it was Brishen in Radiance  by Grace Draven, and now? Daarik from Exile by Colleen Vanderlinden. Maybe I have a statue fetish I’ve not explored? Something about their stoney grace? I have a feeling I know who’s next… It’s the obvious first step into the … Read more…

a body in motion tends to stay in motion

A Body in Motion Tends to Stay in Motion: How to Itemize Your Day for Success.

We all know Newton’s first law of motion. “A body in motion or at rest tends to stay in motion or at rest until an outside force acts upon it.” For many years, I was a font of physical energy. In fact, that has never changed. But recently, I allowed myself to become so bogged … Read more…

Excess is Just Enough.

Get Series(ous) #14

This week has been filled with tragedy and rhetoric. People slinging mud whilst others are simply trying to survive. We need some light, some humor, some incredibly inappropriate .gifs to relieve the pall which has settled so heavily on our terra firma.

Not to worry, I’m pretty boss at making/finding inappropriate .gifs.

And it’s time to Get Series(ous), and find the next series you should devour. And I mean devour. 

So, for whom is this series a good fit?

Let’s see…

This guy is your hero.

This thought has entered your mind more than once when you experienced an “encounter.”

This image makes you simultaneously dizzy and it makes you think this:

and this:

This series is for someone who likes a bit of dick in her dude. She likes a guy who may or may not be entirely PC all of the time, but it’s not because he’s racist or misogynist, but instead because he’s lost the ability to give a single fuck. This reader is turned on by bilingual men who can do more than just wear a suit and earn a paycheck. This reader loves a storyline that is linear with just enough zany to keep you on your toes, and keep the pages turning. This reader probably likes this movie:

It’s on Netflix. Watch it.


(Yes, I love that movie in a way that can only be described as “reckless.” Shut it. Yes, I watch sans subtitles. NO, that’s not influencing this post. {a lot.})

What’s the series?

The Amour et Chocolat series by Laura Florand. (Love and Chocolate).

Why do I love it?

So many reasons. First, they’re beautiful. The stories, the language–bits of French are scattered through the text–the characters, the setting. All beautiful. They’re completely fantasical. There are “witches” making chocolat chaud, (hot cocoa–recipe to come) a billionaire heiress breaking into chocolate shops, a woman bent on world peace settling with a brut of a chocolatier.

But the fantasy just makes the storyline that much sweeter.

Laura Florand crafts these novels with the same focus and skill that a chocolatier uses when creating the tiny works of confectionary art, and the result is equally as rich and satisfying. (Not to mention less-fattening!)

These novels transport you to the banks of the Seine, with the entire history of the City of Light whispering in the echoes of each installment.

BONNE! Tres jolie. J’aime! J’adore.

These books make you hungry–not only for decadent french food and confections–but more additional installments of the series. It becomes compulsive.

Laura Florand is now an “auto-buy” for me. Meaning, if she comes out with a new book–I’m buying it. And I’ll probably enjoy it with a chocolat et un verre de vin. (ou trois!)

What recipe complements this series?


Molten Chocolate Almondine.

Molten Chocolate Almondine

(psssst, it’s dairy free and egg free and my fancy pants french friend could not tell!) (french purposefully not capitalized as the French do not capitalize nationalities used as an adjective.)

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Molten Chocolate Almondine

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert vegan soy-free

Ingredients (4 ramekins)

  • 1/2 cup aquafabas (the water reserved from a can of white beans)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup salted almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa–sifted twice
  • 1/2 cup flour–sifted twice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup espresso
  • 4 squares of Ghiradelli (or whatevs) 72% dark chocolate.
  • coconut oil or cooking spray for the ramekins


preheat the oven to 375F

spray the ramekins with cooking spray or brush with coconut oil

in a mixer on high with the whisk attachment whisk the aquafabas to stiff peaks

in a separate bowl, melt the chocolate. (I do it in the microwave in 30 second increments)

stir in the coffee and almond butter

gently stir in remaining ingredients save the aquafabas and squares

fold chocolate mixture into the aquafabas slowly

pour into the prepared ramekins

insert a square into the center of each

bake for 15 minutes

serve. (with wine and ice cream)

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