Would The Real Can Do Campbell Please Stand Up ?

Leave a comment

Well the shit hath hiteth the faneth in the words of Shakespeare (ok so im paraphrasing a little). But today (somewhat inevitably some would say) The Fake Can Do Campbell was outed on Twitter and I am not the first nor will I be the last to be not only saddened by this, but to be outraged ! Yes outraged ! Come on people ! Cant anyone take a joke anymore ?

The Twittersphere went ballistic today with people claiming left right and centre to be the fake Campbell in an act of support to someone whose tweets we have all come to enjoy.  The Fake Campbell is funny, insightful and lets face it a lot more interesting than the real person.

I recently got to interview the Fake Campbell and he is great ! The sad thing that has clouded the issue is that people were so concerned with finding out who the imposter is that a lot of people have missed the point !

None of that matters ! Not who he is or what he does for a job when he isn’t being funny on Twitter what matters is that people felt like they were getting a say. People felt as though finally they were being heard ! Whether or not the real Campbell Newman ever read it was beside the point for most followers.

Like me most people enjoyed the opportunity to have a whinge and say what they really think. And now because someone decided to play silly games a lot of people may lose that opportunity and I for one think thats a real shame !

Now we can all sit back and potentially lose something that made us all smile because some snotty brat couldnt shut up ! Clearly they havent read my blog post “If You Cant Say Anything Nice Then Shut The Hell Up”. Why did we all have to know? Wouldnt it have been better and a lot more fun if he had remained nameless ? Do we always have to know the identity behind the caped crusader ?

I mean come on people you will all admit that Spiderman is way hotter in the suit then when he is Toby Maguire right ? Or Bruce Wayne ? Not to mention Catwoman without the secret identity and that hot catsuit she is just a shy retiring nerdy secretary !

A little mystery is good for people it makes life more exciting, it gives us all a little thrill. And I know your all nodding your heads right now cos lets face it a little kinky role-playing between consenting adults is never a bad thing. Now ok so maybe Can Do Campbell role-playing isnt sexy and admittedly if you find it kinky ill be a little concerned, it’s the premise behind it. Without the mystery it’s just not as dangerous and therefore not quite as fun.

I for one hope that because of one big mouth we don’t lose this funny, entertaining twitter feed! Its kept me laughing and smiling and its given a lot of people a voice. And I guess for all you weirdos out there who think Campbell is sexy its given you something to perve on you sick freaks ! (but who am I to judge?)

Damn the Man save the Fake Campbell ! At least he is funny !

BlondiieC (A Fake Campbell devotee)

xox

P.s If you want to read my interview with the Fake Campbell Newman it’s under the Interview category and If you want to read more about all of this then keep your eyes peeled because like the good little thing I am I have already asked the Fake Campbell for another interview so he can address the backlash and he has kindly agreed ! So watch this space people I promise you wont be disappointed !

Oh and Fake Campbell, I may not think that Campbell is sexy but you will always be a Bruce Wayne to me 😉

Advertisements

Attachments – Review

Leave a comment

I was very kindly given Attachments by Rainbow Rowell as an advance reading copy at this years Independent Booksellers Conference in March. It is set to be released in June of this year and it is set to be BIG ! It is being published by the great team at Hachette and true to form this book is another stellar choice from the Hachette team !

Now I have to admit I have a bit of a soft spot for a nice rom/com, and Attachments sure fits that bill. Yet it’s so much more than that. It’s a beautifully written look at a group of people, how their lives entwine and what the future holds for them all. Attachments is a great fuzzy read that will make you smile and gush to anyone who will listen about how wonderful it is.

Attachments is the story of Lincoln, he’s kind of dorky, a little weird, quiet, shy and reserved and to top it off he is a computer geek. In short he is adorably goofy and you will fall in love with him. Lincoln works for a newspaper in the IT department, he spies on colleagues emails and he hates it. Until he starts reading emails between Beth and Jennifer and suddenly Lincoln’s job becomes a lot less mundane.

Beth and Jennifer are friends and colleagues on the paper and their email antics will have you in stitches. Lincoln is drawn into Beth and Jennifer’s world and once he starts reading he can’t stop. He knows its wrong and he feels bad about it, but he can’t help himself. He should turn them in for abusing company policy, but they seem so nice, so fun, he just keeps reading.

One day Beth reveals she has a crush on a “hot” guy at work. Jennifer of course doesn’t believe that its even remotely possible that there is a half decent looking man anywhere in the offices. But Beth is smitten, she has her eye on him. Lincoln is intrigued, who is this guy that has Beth so enchanted ?

Read the emails that fly back and forth between Jennifer and Beth and get lost in their story, it is truly delightful. Readers will love Lincoln with all his strange quirks and geeky habits. And everyone will relate to Jennifer and Beth, they are such beautifully written real characters.

For me Attachments was reminiscent of such  great modern rom/com’s as One Day by David Nicholls and Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. But don’t start to think that you have this book figured out. Just when you think you know where the story is going it twists and turns and takes you places you really didn’t expect.

I absolutely adored Attachments and so will everyone who reads it. It’s the type of book that you start mentally casting in your mind. I could picture the characters in my mind so clearly as I read it. I really hope that this gets optioned for a film as it would be a truly beautiful movie.

Attachments is the sort of story that you read frantically, you rush through the pages, racing to the end to see how it all ends. This is a book to devour in one sitting. You will laugh and cry and laugh some more. This is the sort of story that is like a modern-day fairytale but its infinitely believable. Never over the top or silly Attachments is witty, well written, fast paced and has the best dialogue I’ve read in a long time.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the book everyone is falling in love with, make sure you fall in love with it too ! The only thing that you will want after reading it is to start reading it again. It really is that great !

BlondiieC

xox

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni-Recipe

Leave a comment

This is a wicked recipe that I stole *cough ahem I mean borrowed from my sister-in-law and I have made it ever since. I love it because its easy and quick, super healthy and my daughter loves it ! I know that lots of people and cooking purists will shudder because in this I don’t make my pasta and I use passata from a jar but meh you try having a toddler and a job and see if you still make every step from scratch !

Ingredients:

1 large bunch of fresh spinach (you can use frozen pre chopped if fresh isnt available)

1 medium brown onion

2 cloves garlic (crushed)

1 tub of low-fat ricotta ( you don’t have to use low-fat )

1/4 cup shaved parmesan

I bottle of tomato passata

Salt and Pepper

1 egg (lightly beaten)

1 cup pizza cheese blend ( it melts better)

1 package of fresh lasagna sheets ( you can use the hard tubes but I find the fresh sheets easy to use and they taste better )

Method:

Chop the spinach and blanch it in a pot with boiling water, once its soft drain off the water and squeeze out the excess moisture (wait until its cool to do that step) Now while the spinach is blanching I like to lightly fry off the onion and garlic. Now in a large bow mix the ricotta, parmesan, a small handful of the pizza cheese, the spinach, onion and garlic and the egg. Mix it all up really well until combined.

Now your ready to put it all together ! Simply slice the sheets in half along the width ( yes the width not the length ) now take a spoonful of the mixture and place it at one end of the sheet and spread it to each end in a tube. Now roll the sheets up into little tubes. Just keep repeating the process till all the mixture is used up.

The last step is so easy ! Just spread a layer of tomato passata over the bottom of an oven proof dish and then lay the tubes in to the dish squish them in so you fill the whole dish. Now over the top spread more tomato passata over the top of the tubes and sprinkle with cheese.

Then put it all into a pre heated oven at about 180 degrees celsius and bake until cheese is melted and brown.

Serve with a crisp green salad and some crusty bread ! YUM

This is such an easy delicious healthy recipe and you can even make it the day before if your busy. Or if like me you like to be super organised you can double the mix and roll up the tubes and freeze half for another time! So easy !

Chocolate Chip/Peanut Butter Cookies

1 Comment

I make cookies a lot because they are easy and with my daughter not too messy 😉 But these are absolutely amazing and just have to be shared ! They are a great variation on the standard choc chip biccies too ! ENJOY !

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (125 mL) margarine

1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup (125 mL) white sugar

1 egg

1 cup (250 mL) crunchy or smooth peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) plain flour

1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (375 degrees F). Cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla and peanut butter. Combine the flour and baking soda, and add to the margarine mixture. Add the chocolate chips.

Roll into 3 cm (1 inch) balls, place on a baking sheet and press flat with a fork. Bake about 12 minutes, until just browned.

Makes about 35 cookies.

These are really really delicious but not the most healthy so don’t eat all 35 cookies at once 😉

Red Velvet Cupcakes ! ( From Tasted by Two )

Leave a comment

Anyone who is a fan of Sex and The City will know the name Magnolia Bakery right ? mmmm drool ! The single most amazingly beautiful delicious cupcakes in the world ! No im really not exaggerating. Well not only do I have a weird obsession for cupcakes but I have a really obsessive love of red velvet cupcakes and this one is the Magnolia Bakery version. Now I could whip up a recipe of my own on here and I have a few variations but to be honest none of them are as good as these. So rather than give you a mediocre recipe here is one I found from Magnolia that will knock your socks off  !!

Magnolia Red Velvet Cupcakes (yields 24 cupcakes)

3 ¼ cups of plain flour
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
6 tbsp red food coloring
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups organic full cream milk
1 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 175°C. Grease and lightly flour 2 cupcake pans.

In a small bowl, sift the cake flour and set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, whisk together the red food colouring, cocoa, and vanilla. Add to the batter and beat well.

In a measuring cup, stir the salt into the milk. Add to the batter in three parts alternating with the flour. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat. In a small bowl, stir together the cider vinegar and baking soda. Add to the batter and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended and the batter is smooth.

Divide the batter among the prepared pans. Arrange the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and bake the cupcakes, switching positions of the pans halfway through baking, until a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely on a rack before icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

300g cream cheese (spreadable cream cheese or mascarpone are both fine)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

With an electric mixer, blend together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Pour in powdered sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Fill a piping bag with the icing and spread over cakes. Big and swirly is the key!

YUM I hope you enjoy making these cupcakes ! I have made them many times and they are always delish ! If you want to know more about where I got this recipe its from Tasted By Two a Sydney blog about FOOD yum ! check it out they are amazingly great!  http://tastedbytwo.com/

30 Day Book Challenge !

Leave a comment

Thanks to TLC Books and The 30 Day Book Challenge on Facebook not only will I be doing the song challenge but now im doing the book challenge as well. Day 1 is tomorrow so get ready and let me know if you take part I want to see everyone’s choices ! All the TLC Books staff will be playing so join in the fun !

Similar to the 30 Day Song Challenge, the 30 Day Book Challenge is a challenge that lasts thirty days, where users post links to their wall on Facebook or in my case on their blog , one per day for the appropriate category. Here’s the guide:

Day 1 – Your Favourite Book

Day 2 – Your Least Favourite Book

Day 3 – A Book You Read to Feel Good

Day 4 – A Book You Read to Feel Down

Day 5 – A Book That Reminds You of Someone

Day 6 – A Book That Reminds You of Somewhere

Day 7 – A Book That Reminds You of Your Past

Day 8 – The Book You Can Quote Best

Day 9 – A Book With Your Favourite Character (Male)

Day 10 – A Book With Your Favourite Character (Female)

Day 11 – A Book By Your Favourite Writer

Day 12 – A Book By Your Least Favourite Writer

Day 13 – A Guilty Pleasure

Day 14 – The Book That No One Expected You To Like

Day 15 – The Book That Depicts Your Life

Day 16 – A Book You Used to Love, But Now Hate

Day 17 – Your Favourite Drama Book

Day 18 – Your Favourite Comedy Book

Day 19 – Your Favourite Action Book

Day 20 – Your Favourite Romantic Book

Day 21 – Your Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book

Day 22 – Your Favourite Horror Book

Day 23 – Your Favourite Thriller/Mystery Book

Day 24 – Your Favourite Animated or Children’s Book

Day 25 – Your Favourite Non Fiction Book

Day 26 – Your Favourite Series of Books

Day 27 – Your Favourite Stand Alone Book

Day 28 – The Most Obscure Book You’ve Ever Read

Day 29 – Your Favourite Book As a Kid

Day 30 – Your Favourite Book This Time Last Year

http://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Day-Book-Challenge/108165739267765?ref=ts&sk=wall

http://www.facebook.com/TLCBOOKS

Day 4 Song 4 – A song that makes you sad – 30 Day Song Challenge

Leave a comment

Day 4 is here of the 30 day song challenge and in spite of threats of being hidden from certain people’s feeds for engaging in this game I must continue as once I start I’m not going to stop.So day four is a song that makes you sad, today like every day there are so many choices but I’ve decided to try to keep things simple I’m going to pick the first one that comes to mind so here is today’s choice…I dont know why I find this so sad but I do.