On the blog this month – October

Hands up if you noticed there wasn’t a review of September’s activities? You get a (virtual) cookie if you did! Because I was away from most of September – and if we include “mental presence” all of September – I didn’t do a round up. A few recipes went up that I’d scheduled in my absense, but other than that I took a little time off. To, y’know… get married and stuff.

But with October I’ve been totally back into my groove! So, what did we get up here at Made by Luci?

Recipes from October

Reviews and other things

This month’s most popular posts

Chocolate and chilli, that’s the theme here at the moment: rocky road, oreo cupcakes and simple chilli have all be going down very well. You guys love these three! Although it was a pretty close one between the chilli and my vegan cheese hummus, the chilli just about edged it.

Irresistible Oreo Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan rocky road

Simple Mexican Bean Soup with Crispy Tortilla Chips

Books

I read a couple in September as well, but I’m including them here because well… it’s my subtle way of encouraging people to read! Plus, Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to talk about Armada, and therefore Ready Player One…

Armada by Ernest Cline. I bought this after much debate because Cline’s debut novel, Ready Player One, was so fantastic. It’s completely unrelated to Ready Player One but Cline has a clear love of all things retro because there’s a continued theme of throwbacks. The story starts slow but picks up eventually, and although I didn’t get quite as attached to the characters or the plot quite as much as his previous work, this was still a really good book that I never wanted to put down for the day.

The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward. This was an airport-purchase and I’d like to say not my usual fare – it’s aimed at younger readers – but I am a bit of a fan of the Young Adult genre so my OH wasn’t that surprised when I turned up with it in hand (and a Mr. Adventure book for him! Haha.) This was actually pretty good! The plot itself was hardly groundbreaking, but I enjoyed the characters and the way it was written.

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb. I… did not like this, I think. I was never quite sure if I liked it or not while I was reading the book. Since I finished it several weeks ago now and my views haven’t changed, I didn’t like it. It seemed to just plod along. I never got attached to the characters particularly and the plot of the story really is geared as a part of a series, but without the enticement to make me actually want to read the series.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A colleague at work recommended this to me so I dutifully loaded it onto my Kindle. The mystery stays a mystery right until the end. I found myself yelling at the characters, or getting frustrated with them, in my head. The book wasn’t an absolute page-turner for me, either. But that could be because I just got so frustrated with the actual protagonist herself I wanted to beat them upside the head with a pillow or something. I think that’s a good thing.

What’s happening in November?

Probably a house move, fingers crossed. We’re moving from a small town in the Midlands to the ‘burbs of Manchester – over 100 miles away. We’ve seen some horrible houses. Like, want-to-shower-now kind of levels of uncleanliness! But we finally found one that we quite like and is close to lots of transport links so… hopefully it all comes off!

With all that in mind, things may slow down. I hope they won’t because all throughout October I’ve been totally stoked to bake! I blame the Great British Bake Off. If you follow me on snapchat or instagram, you might have an inkling already but if not (why not?) but if you don’t: there’s things like protein pumpkin blondies and marshmallow Oreo baked cheesecake to come!
In contrast I’m also all about the soups again. It’s cold, I can’t help myself. I like to make a batch enough for 3-4 days if possible and that way most of my work lunches are done and I can have something different before I get too bored of my Batch-a-Soup.

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