Month: January 2019

S3E2: Dark of Winter Squared

S3E2: Dark of Winter Squared

Welcome back listeners (and readers) to the second episode of season 3 and of 2019! Did you miss us cause we missed recording for ya! We are going to wrap up the theme of Dark of Winter with Cori’s pick, but first! What are we eating and drinking this week?

What We Are Drinking and Eating

This week, we’re drinking Plum Deluxe’s Tea Club Vanilla Hot Toddy Tea. Kyrie signed up for their monthly tea subscription so she (and Cori) get to try some delicious tea that is not open to the public! If you’d like to try it out, you can use our code BOOKSANDTEA and get 10% off your first order! For eating, Kyrie brought over her fool-proof Banana Bread because she was strapped for time, and well, banana bread. It’s moist (Kyrie loves that word, do you?!), banana-ey, and packed with cinnamon and cloves (Kyrie’s secret ingredients). We have a lively debate about recipe sharing that you don’t want to miss.  Recipe is below.

What We Are Reading

Cori’s pick was The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle.  After much deliberation, this book was picked for three reasons. First, the cover was pretty.  Second, a book with winter in the title seemed like a good idea. Third, it’s a modern re-telling of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  How do you feel about modern re-tellings? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Comment and let us know your opinion and any favorites you might have.  It is a bit of a mystery with some twists and turns. We tried our best to not spoil any major plot points, but listeners beware.

Kyrie’s Banana Bread:

  • 3 to 4 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Small pinch of cloves
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour, cinnamon, and cloves.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.

Welcome to Season 3 episode 1!!

Welcome to Season 3 episode 1!!

Happy 2019 listeners! We’re happy to be back with you for our third season. We hope you all had a great holiday season spent doing whatever your heart wants!

We’ve changed things up again, but hey, the only constant is change! We gotta keep you on your toes, after all.

What We Are Drinking and Eating

But first, tea! We’re drinking Creamy Earl Grey tea from the Flagstaff Tea Company. We both joined the Tea of the Month Club Heather offers, and are absolutely loving it. And most importantly, we’re eating the most delicious Chocolate Earl Grey Pot de Creme. It’s decadent and delicious, and we want to eat this all the time. Cori followed this recipe. The only adjustment needed is that it took more than 20 minutes to bake. After consulting another recipe, they ended up being in the oven for about 55 minutes.

What We Are Reading

So, we’ve returned to the Dark of Winter theme, as it’s January, and it’s dark, and cold, and all we really want to do is wrap up in a blanket, drink some hot tea, and read a good book. Kyrie’s pick for this week is in a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware.
This is a psychological thriller that doesn’t actually surprise you in the theme of “who done it,” but does surprise you in the “why it was done” theme. We follow Lenora, Lee, Nora (whatever the heck she should be called), as she gets an invitation to a “hen party” (bachelorette party) of Claire, who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in a decade. First, why would you ever do that? That’s just silly! So, obviously that’s the first suspicion.


It goes on from there, then someone dies (shock!), and there’s some melodramatic stuff, and then we realize why everything happened. We’re not surprised who did it, cause duuuuuh.

Anyway, this was a quick read that did encompass the dark of winter theme. While Cori and Kyrie wouldn’t say it is one of their all-time favorites, if you like thrillers, this is a good one to dig into!

Up Next

For our next episode, we will explore Cori’s pick for a dark of winter read: The Winters by Lisa Gabrielle.