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Homemade Irish Cream #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

I never knew how easy making homemade Irish Cream would be! I have four cocktail recipe books, but I went with Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen recipe because Deb promised on her blog it would be quick and easy.

As usual, she wasn’t fibbing.

Although it came out a little lighter than it was the pictures on Smitten Kitchen (next time I’d add the optional coffee for color), I was so proud of myself for finally getting around to trying this before the twelve days of Christmas were over that I had to instagram it.

While I (just) managed to make this during the holiday season, it’s all gone and  it’s time to make more. It’s a good February drink, because bathing suit season is still so far off and we’re well over those pesky New Year’s resolutions, too. And Irish Cream is also a good drink for March, because (of course) St. Patrick’s Day!

This time, I’m going to try a slightly more complicated recipe from one of my drink cookbooks, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss. It calls for cacao nibs, which I’ll have to look for.

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I wish I had had some Irish cream left this week, to go with my audiobook of Faithful Place by Tana French. All those Irish accents! The narrator, Frank Mackey, takes his whiskey straight, though. Though over all a very sad story, like all the Dublin Murder Squad books I’ve read so far, it has plenty of dark humor. Faithful Place has a scene in a pub where the brothers in a gathering of siblings are embarrassed to order the sissy drink their sisters want, a “babycham”. I had to look this up to see what it was:

How Babycham Changed British Drinking Habits

Happy Weekend Cooking!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3-27-17 #IMWAYR

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When you can barely remember your admin password, you know it’s been too long again since you last logged in to your blog! I missed the whole of the week-long Bloggiesta that ended yesterday. Congratulations to those who fixed up their blogs and worked on their to-do lists!

This month I’m reading mysteries, with a focus on diversity, for our genre study group meeting in early April. Last week I finished The Long Fall by Walter Mosley, the first in his Leonid McGill series.

book coverThis week I’m reading Ghost Month by Ed Lin, which is first in the author’s Taipei Night Market series, set in Taiwan.

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I’m also hoping to start Hot Flash by Carrie H. Johnson this week. Hot Flash is first in a series by a new author and features a 40-something female forensic firearms specialist named Muriel Mabley, in the Philadelphia Police Department.

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I just finished The Worst Kind of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (on audio) last week, and I’m on the waiting list for The Night School on audio, Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book – both of which have aging male main characters – so I’m looking forward to the perspective of a “mature” female crime-solver in Hot Flash. The second book in the series, Cold Flash, is coming out in May.

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I’m also halfway through I See You by Clare Mackintosh. I read her first novel, I Let You Go, last week. They are quick reads in the British psychological suspense/domestic thriller genre that’s so popular. I’m getting a little tired of the first-person point of view of these, but if I don’t try to figure out the plot twists and just read along, they can be pretty addictive! The way the police work the murder/rape cases in I See You seems totally unrealistic, but the author was a police officer for 12 years in England, so maybe that’s how they operate over there! 😉

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week, both reading-wise and otherwise!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1-30-17 #IMWAYR

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I’m still reading Swing Time and The Bone Clocks! I realize they are taking me forever, but I am savoring them instead of devouring them. However, I need to pick up the pace with The Bone Clocks because the other #BoneClocks17 Readalong participants are way ahead of me!

So today I’m going to talk about my current audiobooks.

cover image of audiobook Memory ManI listened to Memory Man by David Baldacci last week because I have never tried reading one of his books and he is so popular at the library.

The main character in Memory Man, Amos Decker, has an altered brain due to an injury resulting in synesthesia and a photographic memory. In addition, he has suffered a hugely tragic loss, so he has the potential to be an interesting detective character and the book could go into some fascinating neuroscience digressions, but if you take away the action of the story, there’s not much else there, so I won’t be going on to #2 in the Amos Decker series (The Last Mile). Not right away, anyway.

Audiobook narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are very good individually, and I like them both. but I didn’t like having Orlagh Cassidy pipe up only whenever a female character said something (even just in Amos Decker’s memory), when the bulk of the book was narrated by Ron McLarty. That was distracting!

cover image of audiobookThis week I’ll be listening to Wicked Autumn, an English village mystery, too dark to be a cozy, by G.M. Malliett, which is more my cuppa. The detective character, Max Tudor, is a tall, rangy, recently ordained Anglican priest who is a former MI5 agent. The village of Nether Monkslip, where he is the vicar, is full of promisingly quirky characters; one of whom is now dead. Next up will be A Fatal Winter (Max Tudor series, #2)!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in, everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at Book Date.

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