Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Nicholas Kotar – Cassandra Fear – Piña Colada

This week I have a simple smoothie recipe along with some exceptional books to share!

With yesterday being July 4th, I wound up eating a few uncured hot dogs, and while they may be a little healthier than standard processed hot dogs, I always feel like I need to cleanse myself the day after like I’m suffering from some sort of hangover. So, this morning I’m having a smoothie and I’ll have raw food and juices the rest of the day. giphy.gif

I was able to find a few beautiful pineapples over the weekend and they’re ready to cut, so I decided on a Piña Colada smoothie! The only issue is that I don’t have any coconut milk on hand. My problem with canned coconut milk is that the majority of brands you find on the market have sulphites and I have a serious allergy to them. You will find sulphites in many foods including frozen foods, dried fruits, dried coconut, bottled lemon juice, grape juices, and pickled foods. They occur naturally in wines and some other fermented foods as well. You can find organic coconut milk that doesn’t have sulphites, but I make it easy. I buy shredded coconut that doesn’t contain sulphites and use that to make the milk. I’ll show you how to do this first in case you’re in the same situation as me.

For homemade coconut milk you will need:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Water

Yes! I’m dead serious. You don’t need anything else. Here’s the kind I use.


Bob’s Red Mill makes a shredded coconut that doesn’t contain any sulphites. It’s not organic. Here’s the one I get on Amazon. It comes in a pack of 4 for under $12.

Measure out a cup of coconut and add it to 1 cup water in the Vitamix.

Blend it until smooth. Add in another 2-3 cups of water and reblend.

There’s your coconut milk!


If you want to drink the milk alone, I’d add in a little honey. Also, put it through a nut milk bag to strain it. You can see how to use the nut milk bag on my previous post HERE.

Continue reading for the smoothie & books!


The Piña Colada

This smoothie is so easy. Here’s what you need…


1 cup of coconut milk

1 Banana

2 Cups of fresh or frozen pineapple * see note

1-2 Tablespoons raw honey

1 cup of ice – Use less ice if you’re using frozen pineapple

Process: Put all ingredients into the blender in order listed and blend until smooth. Here are some pictures below.

* I’m using my pineapple corer again. Here’s how I did it.

Cut off the top and press the pineapple corer down into the top while twisting to the right. Continue to push and twist until you get to the bottom. I usually stop before cutting through the bottom. Then, pull the corer up and all the beautiful pineapple comes out in perfect slices. You can cut that core out and SAVE IT! It’s so nutritious and you can put it through the juicer later or if you want to throw it in your smoothie, feel free.

You could even serve your drink in the pineapple if you wanted to. Just make sure you don’t cut through the bottom to avoid leakage.

Add all the ingredients into the blender as shown. Try to have your banana frozen ahead of time. Just peel it and throw it in the freezer for a few hours.

Pour and enjoy!


This week’s books!

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The Song of the Sirin: Raven Son: Book One




Blurb: An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man’s quest save the world?

Voran can’t help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasyllia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…

Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down a dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed.

A Lamentation of Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale “Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf.” If you like the hero’s journey, creative twists on mythology, and classic fantasy, then you’ll love Nicholas Kotar’s sweeping tale.

This book by Nicholas Kotar is one I’ve been waiting to read for some time. It was finally just released this week. I’m at about 20% and I’ve enjoyed it so far. I like the characters and feel like the attention to detail is amazing. The scenery almost comes alive. I haven’t read a fantasy in awhile and this is really good. I have struggled through a few small parts in the story and had trouble keeping track in a few spots, but it pulls together every time. I’m at the point in the book where Voran is preparing to lead many warriors on an expedition to locate living water. 


Above the Flames by Cassandra Fear


28940574.jpgBlurb: Jasmine’s sixteenth birthday was the worst ever…

All in one day, her dad died, she met a demon, and her mother rejected her existence forever. After all, the demon who killed her dad was there to take her, and all because of her stupid powers—the ability to conjure blue flames.

Two years later, she’s happy. But happy never lasts…

After moving to Idaho to live with her grandparents, Jasmine has a new life. Almost nobody knows about her powers, and she’s just a normal teenager with normal problems. Then comes her eighteenth birthday—and the earthquake that changes her world forever.

An army of demons rise from Hell. And Jasmine is right in the middle of the battle…

When demons claw their way to Earth, Jasmine is surrounded by hundreds of fire-eyed beasts. Worse, she is captured by a big-shot demon named Bael. He’s a tricky foe with a chip on his shoulder—and the desire to make Jasmine use her powers for evil.

Amon is a fallen angel with an attitude—and everything to lose.

Successfully escaping the underworld undetected, Amon is on a quest to regain God’s grace when he rescues Jasmine from the clutches of a particularly nasty demon he knows all too well. The attraction between him and the not-entirely-human captive is instantaneous. Heavenly sparks fly, but ideas of romance will have to wait. First they have to stop the demon race from wiping out the mortal realm. Humanity’s fate rests in their hands.

Can two troubled angels rise above the flames to ensure a future for mankind? Or will Jasmine and Amon’s souls be bound together—in hell?

I won this in a giveaway and will be starting it tomorrow. Usually I like to read 3 or 4 books at the same time, but when reading a fantasy like The Song of the Sirin, I normally try to focus on that book first. I’m excited to read this one as it sounds super thrilling. The second book is coming out right away and I’ll be reading that one too. 

I have a few other books I’m still reading like the Enchanted World Series Dragons book which will take me a few more weeks. I’m also reading Andy Carrington’s book S.O.P.H.I.E. I just finished Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul and will be doing a Q&A with this UK poetry author later in the week. Please check back! ❤

Thanks for reading today’s Breakfast and a Book! Please feel free to comment below with comments and suggestions. 😉 Enjoy the rest of your week…



15 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Nicholas Kotar – Cassandra Fear – Piña Colada

  1. starjustin

    Perfect post! Pina Coladas used to be one of my favorite drinks in the day. lol. So I will try a pina colada smoothie for sure. I just downloaded The Song of the Siren to my kindle. It was free on kindle unlimited. 🙂 I added Above the Flames to my TBR list. It sounds so different and I like the idea that it’s a trilogy. Have a great day Mischenko!

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  2. Nel

    I love Bob’s Red Mill products! We always get their polenta grits. They’re so delicious! I’ll take my pina colada without banana please ;). Can’t wait to see your book reviews on these! I’m a fantasy junkie and always looking for new books to read.

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    1. Oh my gosh, Nel! I was thinking the same thing about NOT using the banana, but it was good! I usually never use a banana, but saw a recipe online that included one and thought I’d try it. Too funny.

      I’ll be reviewing them hopefully by Sunday. I’m so behind with the holiday and now the week is moving to quick for me, lol. 😉 Thanks for commenting and sharing. You made me smile today. 🙂

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  3. Jennifer C

    Yum! I am going to try making coconut milk that way- how smart and definitely want to enjoy a pina colada smoothie! Glad you are enjoying your books, too, M!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! 🙂 Let me know how you like it. I noticed it has a grit to it if you don’t strain it, but it was great in the smoothie. Thanks for commenting and enjoy your day!


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  5. The pineapple corer is a great idea and thanks for the recipe! We have just got back from a week in Croatia where sunset Pina Coladas quickly became part of our daily ritual. I wrote a poem about the bar where we would sit and drink them which features on my poetry blog today in case you have time to look? Sunny greetings, Sam 🙂

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