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Friday, March 2, 2007

The Ultimate Blog Party!

THE INVITATION:

Whoopee!
Yea!
Hah. Lay. Loo. Yuh!
It’s party time, it’s party time!
And boy do I need a party!

The moms over at 5 Minutes for Mom are party planners extraordinaire, and they have put together a bloggity-world-wide party that will last ALL WEEK LONG!
There are lots of really great people to meet – a little music, a little chit chat, and even the chance to win some prizes!

(Ultimate Blog Party

It’s one of those simulcast, multi-location things, sort of like a progressive dinner, where you have cocktails at one house, appetizers at the next, and nibble your way house to house – course to course, until you get to the dessert and coffee! The idea is to eat lots of goodies, make small talk, and essentially revel in the party atmosphere.

So, you are officially invited!
Come party with me!

THE FESTIVITIES:

And since I’d like to think I live by the following mantra:

“Life’s uncertain, eat dessert first!”

My stop on this celebratory circuit is gonna be all about the coffee and chocolate cake!

So let me show you to the coffee bar!

The barista can whip you up your favorite Starbucks concoction – lowfat, nonfat, decaf or leaded, with syrups, cream, anything you want!. Only the best for my blog-world friends! May I recommend this recipe?



If that doesn’t suit your palate, customize your own.

And for dessert, I have the best chocolate lava cakes.



They are hot out of the oven, decadent, rich and creamy. Mmmmmmm. What’s that? Do I have crumbs on my face? Oh! The recipe? I’m sure I have it laying around here somewhere, you’re welcome to borrow it! (Don’t tell anyone, but I got it from my book club buddy, The Thirteenth Tale” right now. It’s sooooo good! The imagery and the characters just draw you in. I have escaped into books since I was a little gal. Yep, started reading at four, and haven’t stopped yet. You should really check out this book, though. The closer I get to the end, the more I want to slow down and take my time, but I can’t – the pages keep turning, and I can’t put it down. Maybe Diane Setterfield has other books that I can devour, once this one is finished.

Another book that I just closed a couple of days ago was "Eldest" – the second installment in the Inheritance Trilogy, written by a very bright young man, who was homeschooled, Christopher Paolini. His first book, Eragon, he wrote when he was but a mere lad of fifteen years. It was very good. My son was inspired by Eragon, and later by Eldest, to start writing his own novel. He’s about 1500 words in, and working on character development. I think that’s pretty cool! Sadly, the third book in the trilogy isn’t out yet, and I hate waiting. So if you hear of it being released, be sure to let me know!

I have another book I just began. It’s the current bloggity book club read, authored by Beth Moore. It’s called “Get Out of That Pit.” If you’re a quick reader, you still have time to get in on this one; discussion doesn’t begin for another week. Check out the book club details here!

Oh, and I must tell you about this book I bought on the recommendation of Bev, over at Blessed Beyond Measure. It’s called “Resting Place – A Personal Guide to Spiritual Retreats” by Jane Rubietta. Honey, there are no words…

I’ve been trying to decide what book I would choose as my favorite book of all time. (besides my Bible, of course.) That’s a tough decision – I’ve been reading for 32 years. I’m not sure I can pick one, but I can tell you which authors have won my heart, and a place on my permanent collection book shelf. Here are a few more you should check out for yourself.

Joanne Harris
Gene Edwards
Fannie Flagg
Richard Paul Evans
Max Lucado
Sue Monk Kidd
Gregory Maguire
Brock and Bodie Thoene
Frances J. Roberts
Anne Tyler


PARTY FAVORS:

Before you leave, here are a couple of momentos for you take home with you!

If you are a book addict like me, I found a great place to get my fix! Zooba is my book-a-month club. It’s simple. You register, browse their shelves, make a wish list, and for a flat $9.95 a month, you get a great hard cover book mailed straight to your door! It’s like Christmas on the 19th of every month for me! This is where I found both “The Thirteenth Tale” and “Get Out of That Pit”!

If you are a book addict, who needs to get rid of some of the books piled on every flat surface, and tucked into every corner of your home, making it quite impossible to find a place for your guests to sit when they stop by for coffee and driving your spouse and kids to consider kicking you out of the house --- then check out this station, for an all access pass. Stop by the Starbucks bar for a refill before you go, and tell everyone what a great time we’re having over here! Who knows, I might see you later this week at some of the other celebration sites – and maybe you’ll even host a celebration of your own, and get a chance at those fabulous prizes!


Drop by for coffee any time!

55 comments:

Kristen said...

Hey! Thanks for the fabulous coffee and cake! I'm so stuffed from all these parties I don't even know if I can walk anymore.

Thanks for inviting us over and the great book recommendations! I love to read as well, but hardly ever get a chance to.

Thanks for coming to my party!

Kuanyin said...

Aloha from Maui and mahalo for the great links! I'm participating too...so if you would like to check out my feel-good link of the day, mosey on over! I have put the book you recommended about spiritual retreats on my 'to buy' list! I'm a Book Crossing member/player too...I love the concept! Blessings!

CreativeOutletDesigns said...

Oooo! I love that cake! it's soo yummy! Thanks for stopping by my party! nice to "meet" you!

Jodi said...

I'm party hopping and just wanted to say hi. I love the coffee concotion, I posted my own on my site a few days ago.

Amy Jane said...

I read 13th Tale too! So intriguing!

The Tuesday Tales premise doesn't have you writing your own stories, but rather introducing lesser-known tales and variants via summary.

I've only just introduced it, so feel free to jump in from the beginning.

I read 13th Tale too! So intriguing!

The Tuesday Tales premise doesn't have you writing your own stories, but rather introducing lesser-known tales and variants via summary.

I've only just introduced it, so feel free to jump in from the beginning.

Have you read any of Cornelia Funke's stuff? DragonRider doesn't much look worth the time, but I've read Inkheart and The Thief Lord, and they were both good.

Thanks for stopping by!byufzwi

Pure Joy said...

Yum! Coffee and chocolate! Perfect party items! Thanks for stopping at my party! Blessings

Big Mama said...

That cake looks amazing.

Thanks for sharing the book recommendations. I'm going to check some of them out for sure.

Have a great day!

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Ok, Starbucks, lava cakes and good books? I'm so in!!

melody said...

I love it here! I love lava cakes and books and my boys and I DO Bookcrossing. You are way cool.

Thanks for stopping by my place. I'll be back soon.

Amanda said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by (sip) my blog (sip sip). I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts (slurp). Ahhh, great coffee by the way (gulp). Anyway, gotta run, quite a few blogs to visit. Feel free to visit anytime. : )

Trista said...

Had a blast!!! Enjoy the party!!

Nic said...

Oh. My. That lava cake is divine.

Forget the progressive part of this dinner; I am in no way progressing past your house. Lava cakes for all six courses, I say!

Shash said...

Thanks for coming by my party - I'm feeling much better now. I was able to get out for a Grande Latte with a full shot of Vanilla and the world seems like a better place again!!! My hubby and I were joking about naming our next pet - Venti... small addiction!!!

Lauren S. said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Also, I would love to have dessert first! Thanks!

Crystal said...

Thanks for the coffee and cake. The cake was especially scrumptious! MmMMmmm.

I love reading as well, but I find myself wasting too much time online to get a lot of reading done. ;) I'm a member at frugalreader, which looks like it might be a little like bookcrossing.

Thanks for visiting my party. My first contest is under way! :)

Linsey said...

I really needed that Grande Oumpkin Spice latte w/ soy & no whip cream!! Thank you for reminded me about the book club! I forgot all about it... I will have to get the book ASAP.
Great blog... and wonderful CAKE
:-)

susan said...

Yum! Desert first and the coffee is divine as well!

I'm a reader too. Anything is fair game for me. (That's so kewl that your son is busy with his first book!) I'll have to check out your reading recommendations. :)

Lynne said...

Coffee and cake were delicious. Thanks for stopping by my pajama party! See you soon.

Tracey said...

Thanks for the tasty goods!

Jan said...

OH MY! That chocolate lava cake looks awesome!!!

Stopping by for the party!!! Thanks for visiting my blog!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Thanks so much for the coffee and cake! I'm glad to have met you. I'm glad you stopped by my party. Thanks for having me over and thanks for the book suggestions :)

Karen said...

Thanks for stopping by my place. Your coffee was fabulous!! My husband likes the Grande Triple Vanilla 2 percent extra hot latte and I got one for him. Thanks! The chocolate lave cake was awesome too...hm.
Will check you out later in the week.

Slackermommy said...

Thanks for the lava cake. Those are my favorite!

Monkey Giggles said...

Yummy treats....

Swinging in for the Ultimate Blog Party!!! Nice meeting ya.
Happy party week!

PARTY ON!!!

My first party favor give-away has begun. Come over when you get a chance.

breyasmommy said...

mmmm....chocolate lava cakes! Now i'm hungry...lol...Thanks for stopping over! Hope you liked my projects. Nice to meet you!

Dollymama said...

Hi!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I also love to read. Right now I am reading the 6th book of my favorite series Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. (the 6th book is A Breath of Snow and Ashes) This is my 2nd time reading through the series. (some I have read 3 times, which is very unusual for me...)

Have you checked out paperback swap? That is my favorite place for giving and getting books. They also have swap a cd as well. I have links on my sidebar to visit either one.

Dollymama said...

Hey!
Just saw your comment at my blog. Paperback Swap isn't just for paperbacks, actually. :) You can get hardcovers and audio books as well. I trade hardcovers all the time!

Chrissy said...

Thanks for stopping by. After all the heavy partying at my place the last two nights we all need some coffee.
Thanks a bunch.

Dana said...

The cake is wonderful and the coffee is great too!! Beautiful site and very fun post for the party. Thanks for stopping by!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Thanks for stopping by my party & I’m glad to join in on yours, too- you've got the tastiest treats I've seen so far... as STARBUCK'S!!!

Please be sure to check out a fun Bump! Photo Tag going on tomorrow! I’ll have a linky up … hope you’d like to play along and post your favorite pregnant belly pic!

Steph

amaras_mom said...

Chocolate lava cake! OMG what is that perfect dessert?! I need to have one!! Thanks for introducing me to it -- I'm now in search of one!

Lisa Knight said...

Yummy cake! Thanks for the visit.

Party on!!!

MommaBlogger said...

Mmmm...chocolate!

Barbara H. said...

Wow, that lava cake looks scrumptious! Thank you! It's so nice to meet you -- thanks for stopping by my party. I am a book lover, too, and usually have a couple going at once. Right now I am trying to catch up on some classics I somehow missed along the way. I just finished Jane Eyre and am almost finished with Mere Christianity. I started Sense and Sensibility. I think some of my first posts were my favorite fiction and non-fiction books.

Lynne said...

Oh the cake looks fabulous! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

julie said...

The cake was delicious!! I am also reading Get out of the Pit for the book club. So far I am really enjoying it. Happy Partying.

Jen said...

Hi nice to meet you
oh yeah coffee and chocolate cake sounds right up my alley yum yum yum!
I love reading too at the moment Im reading Nevil Shute's the Chequer board
Max Lucado is a good writer

Nise' said...

I like your attitude, "dessert first"! Thanks for the great time! I love, love books too. My favorite books are Cold Sassy Tree, Sacajawea and I'm currently reading Get Out of That Pit.

Donna said...

Hi! We live by the same Mantra! =) Dessert is the best part of any meal!!

I'm a book addict, too, and I ALWAYS owe library fines. Thank you for the link to Zooba (did I spell that right?)

Also, thank you for stopping by and inviting me over for coffee - the nectar of the gods...the very wellspring of life! (Ok, well, maybe not, but coffee IS a big deal to me!)

Hope you enjoy the rest of the party!

Dana said...

oh this was a LOVELY party stop! i just finished the 13th tale myself and LOVED IT! I hope you enjoy it as well!

Heidi said...

MMMMM! Chocolate Lava cakes are the best! Good choice.

I am reading A Certain Justice by PD James and I really like it. I also am going to start rereading the Anne of Green Gables series when it comes.

there is another blogger doing a book discussion with the Anne books. I will link to it on my blog sometimes soon.

MJS4Him said...

Thank you so much for the coffee and cake! It is great to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my party.

Linda said...

wow, how did you know that I love starbucks and chocolate lava cake? And i love to read although I don't recognixe any of the books you talked about... :)
Thanks for the invite! hope you are having a nice party!
Thansk for stopping by my little brazilan party! :)

groovyoldlady said...

Oh wow. This cake and coffee beats "bloater butter" hands down! Thanks for having me over.

Mama Duck said...

Mmmmm, Starbucks!! Yummy!! Great party, thanks for visiting us as well.

Erin said...

I've been eyeing "The Thirteenth Tale" for weeks, everytime I'm in a bookstore. Good to know that it's enjoyable. I'll probably get it now. Thanks for the recommendation. Great party you have here, and yummy cake!

C. H. Green said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM breaking the diet for this one....thanks for the drive by...love your site.

kate5kiwis said...

definitely an espresso for me:
and TWO of those lava cakes. they look delish.
*waves hi from the party*

Mandy said...

Hello, nice to "meet" you. You are a lovely host! Thanks so much for the invite and for stopping by my place.

Lisa - The Scrap Princess said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved reading about you and will definitely be back to visit!
Have a great day!
Hugs, Lisa

tracebooks said...

Hi, just stopping by for the Party! Another bookaholic here--I'm actually a Literacy Pusher! Just finished Eldest and now my own eldest, 10, is reading it.

Please stop by and visit me at womanwithmanyhats.com (not my Blogger account). I have fun exploding bubbles and educational videos all week!

Tonya said...

I really like books I just can't seem to find the time to read them. I think it is I like my sleep a little more! Nice meeting you, and great party.

Esther said...

Beth Moore is the best! I just saw her live on her tour in WA. Fabulous. I have her tour schedule over on my blog.

Love your blog. I love to cook as well. Best wishes ;o)

Brandie said...

Hello! So nice ot meet you =)
I too love reading. I am currently reading Big Stone Gap and Lucky.
Have a great day.

eph2810 said...

Thank you so much for this little chat.
I used to read a lot, but lately I don't have much time to spare...It takes me a while to finish a book. I just picked up Beth Moore's latest book today at the Christian bookstore -- 50% off *smile*...So, that is on my list to read after Easter...
One of my favorite authors is Bill Myers, oh and Ted Dekker :)...

Thanks again for the coffee stop...Although it is a week late *sigh*...

Blessings to you and yours...

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