Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Really Random Tuesday #57: Two Book Winners, Homemade Yogurt, and Mailbox Monday

Two books are better than one!  In celebration of this month's paperback release of Crazy Enough by singer-songwriter Storm Large, Kristin from Simon & Schuster offered to give away two copies of this bold and absorbing memoir.  Please help me to congratulate my two randomly chosen winners, hkmichellec87 and Lainy from So many books, so little time (so many of us can relate to that!). Congratulations to you both! 


There are many recipes in Jamie Oliver's Great Britain that I'd like to try, but this one sounded so good and easy, and I had the two ingredients required on hand to make homemade yogurt--milk and some yogurt or "starter"--so I quickly mixed some up this morning.  I've made yogurt in my yogurt maker numerous times, but I liked the idea of mixing it up in a bowl and just letting it sit and become yogurt, fresh and homemade, without using a machine of any sort.  It's a very simple recipe (I think this is how my grandmother made yogurt), and I hope Jamie doesn't mind if I highlight it here.  Basically, I just added four heaping tablespoons of yogurt to 2% milk that I'd heated up slowly to a simmer.  I let the milk cool a bit and then I mixed in the starter (since I have a yogurt maker thermometer, I used that to make sure the time was right).  I'll leave this bowl out to "incubate" until I go to sleep tonight, then I'll put it in the refrigerator.  Tomorrow morning, I'll try a dollop or two of this yogurt on top of my oatmeal. 


Although I don't get a ton of books in the mail each week, Mailbox Monday is one of my all-time favorite memes.  Originally created by Marcia from The Printed Page,  Mailbox Monday has been on tour for the past couple of years, and I'm honored to be the host for the month of December.  I hope you'll join me as we share our new books during the holiday season.

Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of.  I often announce my book giveaway winners in these posts.  If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to "grab" the button for use on your own blog, and leave a comment so I'll know to stop by.

Your comments are welcomed, as always. 


  1. Congratulations to your lucky winners!

    I love Mailbox Monday too and look forward to a month with you as the host!

  2. I hope you enjoy your yogurt, and I'll try to play along with Mailbox Monday in Dec. I don't get many books in the mail most of mine show up on my Nook or Kindle. I just received one on my Kindle today, the author was giving them away free today. The Title is "Small Kindnesses" by Fiona Robyn.

    Congrats to your two winners. Happy Reading everyone.

    1. Enjoy your new Kindle book, Small Kindnesses, Gigi Ann!

  3. Congrats to the winners!

    The yogurt sounds yummy.

  4. Congrats Suko! You are the winner from The Bookworm contest. You won either an autographed paperback or ebook (device of your choice) on THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO. Woohoo!!! Feel free to twitter me @CarrieCrain or send an email: wildcatterswife@gmail.com to let me know which one!

  5. Is there no escaping Jamie Oliver?

    Seriously though, well done to your winners and happy reading.

  6. Congrats to the winners ;)
    The yogurt sounds good Suko! *yay* about Mailbox Monday. I'll be participating this month.

    1. Naida, I hope you will participate in a MM or two this month! It's a fun, social meme. I have a Mister Linky ready for that, and may also add one the next time I do a Really Random Tuesday post. :)


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