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January Monthly News

Welcome to the January 2014 edition of monthly news!
First off, with the new year we have moved and registered at our own domain! WOOHOO!! Freda's Voice is now 100% Freda's Voice!!! After my stats last year, I learned I loved YA Fiction the most. It was what I read most, and seemed to turn to when I wanted a good and sometimes gritty read. I also decided to host my own reading challenge. Have you signed up? The goal is to read at least 100 books. It seems like a lot, but that's what a challenge is supposed to be. I do hope you will join anyway. Won't be keeping stats on anything this year... can't be bothered.
I also started a recipe section. Not sure how far this will go.

BOOKS:
1. Once Upon A Winter's Heart - Melody Carlson (recommend)
2. The First - Jason Mott (recommend)
3. Mayhem - Sarah Pinborough (recommend)
4. Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews (HIGHLY recommend)
5. Step-by-Step Bread (recommend)
6. CelebraTORI - Tori Spelling (recommend)
7. The Unwelc…

Big 25th Anniversary Edition

Two-time Oscarr Winner Tom Hanks* received his first Best Actor Nomination for his disarming turn as a 12-year-old man-child in Penny Marshall's timeless, "hilarious" (Newsweek) delight. Tired of being a kid, Josh Baskin wishes he was big. When he wakes up the next day, he's an adult! Now, Josh must hold down a job - and please a new boss (Robert Loggia). Tougher still, he must convince his best friend that he's still himself, and explain to a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Perkins) who falls for him, that he's not. Soon, Josh just wants to be a kid again, but can he? As exhilarating as it was during its acclaimed debut, the "warmhearted" (The Washington Post) Big is available as a Blu-ray+DVD combo pack!


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Rated A
104 minutes


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REVIEW:
This was an amazing movie when I watched it in the 80's, and this time around was no different. I am so thrilled to have this classic Tom Hanks comedy in my personal collection. This r…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 163!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.







Sadly, I'm still reading the same book. I'm at the end though, so this 56 is from Page 156.
I watched as he maneuvered his way between drunken men and women and disappeared into the dark confines of the pub. I waited outside, my eyes darting nervously at the faces of the people passing me, their features harsh in the lights of the gas lamps.











K Is For Kitty

For once I am actually gonna post the same as the graphic.
Except this is not my kitten I will posting. It is in my family though, I suppose it could even be my fur-niece.
Let me tell you all about it.
Meet Sophie.
She is one of five kitties that my nephew found abandoned this winter along the train tracks. All of the five kitties got nice warm and loving homes, but Sophie got the best one of all. My sister's.
She loves to play and run around. She is quite the character really.
Plus she is so spoiled she will not eat treats from the ground. She will only eat them if my sister picks her up and feeds her by hand.
One day, she decided to climb up my nephews pant leg all the way to the top of his head. She thought sitting on his baseball cap was the bees knees!
Wish I had a photo, but that is a memory you will have to visualize in your mind. It was funny though.
Anyway, she is the newest addition to my family, even though it's extended family.

Do you consider your siblings/parent…

Oreo Cupcakes #Recipe

These are the easiest cupcakes in the world to bake. I use box mix, so even easier. They taste delicious and the whole house has them gone in record time. I thought I would share with you though it's not rocket science here.

INGREDIENTS
White Cake MixEggs, (Egg whites actually)OilWater or milk, (I use milk)Package of Oreo CookiesWhite Frosting
METHOD
Add cake mix, egg whites, oil and milk according to directions on the cake mix box. The mixture will be a little lumpy, but it's supposed to be. Add 6 crushed up Oreo cookies to batter and mix again. Pour mixture into cupcake pans that have cupcake sleeves inside. Fill each cup 3/4 full. Bake at 350 until golden and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely. Once cooled, use frosting spatula to make a little dent in the top of cupcake. This is to insert an Oreo into it. After adding Oreo to slot on top of cupcake, use frosting spatula to add frosting. Be sure to gently add to cracks around Oreo. This will keep…

#10: The One Year Book of Amish Peace - Tricia Goyer

In our instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to help us draw closer to God and hear his voice. In The One Year Book of Amish Peace, you’ll get a daily taste of Amish values and wisdom. Tricia Goyer shares her fascination with the Amish in a way that will inspire and encourage believers to carve out more time in each day to listen to God and experience his presence. This daily devotional contains interesting facts about the Amish, recipes, and information about the way the Amish handle money, rear their children, and center their lives on faith in God. You’ll be inspired to slow down and find ways to simplify so that you, too, can experience God in the ordinary.

Series: One YearPaperback: 400 pagesPublisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 20, 2013)ISBN: 9781414379807

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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle …

Blasting About: Mooncalf (With #Giveaway)

Mooncalf by Linda Zern

Over Olympia and Leah's heads, Americans race the Russians to the moon; on their television sets young men fight and struggle in the mud of Viet Nam; and America holds its breath between heartbreaking tragedies.

But on Miss Brinker's school bus, in the seat with the rip in the green plastic, Olympia and Leah fall in love, the way children do: immediately, completely, and without knowing or caring why they shouldn't. Olympia Crooms, with her happy hair, and Leah Breck, with her silly red dog, are two smart girls.

Olympia's father works other men's orange groves in rural Central Florida and tells his daughter that school is the best way to reach for the stars. Leah's father moves his family from the Space Coast to the country where she and her brother can climb orange trees, imagine lions in the tall grass, and learn to feed baby cows milk from a bottle.

At Evegan Elementary, two smart girls find each other and have to decide if they will l…

#9: Step-By-Step Cakes #DKStartSomethingNew

If you want success in the kitchen, DK's new Step-by-Step Series will take you through every single stage of classic recipes with clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions that guarantee you will be cooking with confidence. Featuring two hundred recipes in easy, step-by-step sequences that showcase every single stage, Step-by- Step Cakes covers a spectrum of cakes, from angel food, jelly rolls, and mini cakes, to red velvet, sponges, and chiffon cakes. Step-by-Step Cakes will have readers cooking the world's classic recipes successfully, whether making a birthday cake or whipping up biscuits, cookies, or treats for the family.
Series: Step-By-StepHardcover: 192 pagesISBN: 9780756692674

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REVIEW: One of my goals for this year is to bake more, or should I say, learn to bake more. I have always been handy in the kitchen, but at mealtimes only. Baking and sweets I didn't do. The older I get, the more I want to bake. The hubby loves cakes…

Teaser Tuesdays

One night, our circus sold out. Every seat was filled, and some sat in the aisles or on the hard rock at the edges of the ring.

#Giveaway: Lumiére - Jacqueline Garlick (With Excerpt)

Welcome Jacqueline Garlick to Freda's Voice! 
Hi Jacqueline! Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Jacqueline Garlick. Author of YA, New Adult, and Women's Fiction. I originally hail from the shores of Bournemouth England. No I don't, I'm just kidding, but my father's parents did! Actually, I hail from another familiar shore though. I grew up on the banks of the Thames River in Chatham, Ontario, not Chatham, England, but trust me it's just as murky. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Doesn't everyone?) I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper) and plan cool writing events for cool writers (check out niagarawritersretreatandconference (dot) com.) I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology (doesn't everyone?) and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-…

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Carrie

Chloe Grace Moretz and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore star in this exhilarating re-imagining of Stephen King's iconic best seller. After merciless taunting from classmates and abuse at the hand of her religious fanatic mother (Moore), Carrie's (Mortez) anger - and her telekinetic powers - are unleashed. And when a prom prank goes horribly wrong, events spiral out of control until the terrifying conclusion of this powerful, pulse-quickening horror story.


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Rated R
100 minutes


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REVIEW:
I like this remake. A lot in fact.
The original was amazing, and nothing compares to Sissy Spacek, but this remake brought Carrie into our time and made it so much more relate-able. 
It was also a little different in parts. but all in a good way.
The bigger budget for this film, compared to the original, made a huge difference to the film and cinematography.
Julianne Moore took me back a few when I first saw her. Being such a beautiful woman, and she is just the …

#Giveaway: My Pacific Pearls Black Pearl Drop Dangle Earrings (ARV $125)

Love is in the air, and what a better way to show your love than to give your lady some pearl jewelry.

At the end of last year, I was lucky enough to review a pair of Black Pearl Diamond Drop Dangle Earrings. They are so beautiful and make me feel glamorous when I wear them. The best part is you can dress them up or down. Wear them with a dress or with your jeans and a blouse. They are so versatile!

Now here is your chance to win a pair for your lady love, or even as a gift to yourself!
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