Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m back this week with a new recipe and two books that I’m reading. I hope you enjoy!
Rice Pudding Smoothie
1/2 cup almond milk
1 Frozen banana (substitute ice for the banana if you’d like)
1 TB Vanilla
1 heaping tsp of raw honey
1 stevia packet
1/2 cup white rice (cooked and cooled)
1/4 to a 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Add everything into the blender in the order specified omitting the rice. Blend it smooth, then add in the rice and pulse a few times for 5 seconds or so. If you blend the smoothie too much, it will get very thick and hard to drink.
Here are some of the spice brands I like to use. I buy all of these from Costco.
I like to use a microplane to grind down my nutmeg and other whole spices. It’s so easy and fresh spices really make a difference.
I ended up doubling the recipe to make a few servings. The key is to stick with the exact amount of ingredients. If you add to much rice, it will ruin the smoothie. Stick to the ratio in the recipe above and it’ll be perfect.
This Week’s Books
I went against my reading schedule to start The Child Finder this week. I also started listening to a new audiobook–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Here they are below.
The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
Blurb: Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.
Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too.
As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?
*I was able to grab a copy of this from my library and started it a few days ago. So far, I’m about halfway through and it’s pretty good. The story is about a girl named Madison who disappears at Oregon’s Skookum National Forest while her and her parents are searching for the perfect Christmas tree. It’s been a few years and nobody has been able to find her. Now, they’ve found a child finder/investigator named Naomi who’s good at what she does. Naomi herself was once a victim and the book toggles back and forth between the past and present. It’s keeping my attention, but emotional and hard to read at times.*
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Blurb: “Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
*I purchased the actual physical book not long after its release. I’d just graduated from High School. I read it and fell in love. Sadly, I never read the other books! I’ve seen all the movies, and my oldest son read the books, but I’m behind. I had some audible credits and decided to use them on the Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale. I LOVE this narrator. I’m listening to this with my kids and we are enjoying every minute. I plan to move forward and finish all the books, hopefully over the holiday season.*
Thanks for stopping by this week’s Breakfast and a Book! Hope to see you next week. Happy reading!