Hello most fabulous Read Alongers! Welcome to the second instalment of our Practical Magic Read Along. I'd first like to start with a big thank you to all of you that entered last week. I am floored at the response and love reading each and every one of your answers. Thank you so much for making this fun!
Now onto the fun part...the winner of the Superstition Bookmark and Black Glittered Clothespin Magnet OR PBS credit OR $5 Gift Certificate to Amazon is....
Drumroll please (for some reason I don't hear a drumroll with this book, let's insert a chant)
Please let me know which prize you would like firstname.lastname@example.org
Now onto the Premonitions section of the book. First a quick review of how this all works.
Below you will find a few questions. Answer them to the best of your knowledge in the comments section. Please number your answers (you do not need to re-type the questions) and leave a way for me to get in contact with you (e-mail, blog address, PBS nickname).
For each question you answer correctly I will enter your name in the cauldron for this weeks prize (1 PBS credit OR $5 Gift Certificate from Amazon OR a handmade gift by me). You have until Thursday September 8th at noon EST to answer the questions. The winner will be announced on next weeks Read Along questions and have 48 hrs to claim their prize (I will redraw at that point if contact has not been made).
This weeks handmade prize is a Bookmark and a Box containing you need to make Owen's Girl with a touch of Glitter Tart Brownies (see image at bottom of post...I'm eating one right now!)
1. What is the name of Kylie's only friend (extra entry if you answer 1st and last name)
2. What is Gillian's tattoo of and where is it?
3. What did Gillian slip into Jimmy's drink?
4. What flower grows out of control in Sally's garden after the Owen's sisters bury Jimmy?
5. What gifts does Kylie receive on her birthday from her mother and from Gillian?
Bonus: What are the 3 things on Jimmy's ring?
Just for Fun:
I really wanted to incorporate Sally's moto onto the bookmark this week but the more I thought about her motto "Never believe what you can't see" the less I liked it. Do you believe in what you can't see? Because I sure do!
For those of you that have seen the movie, what are you thinking about the major changes that were made? To me this is the section where the screenplay really took a turn.
And what about those daughters of Sally's do you think they are too much like Sally and Gillian? If so do you think the author did this intentionally? Do you think the aunts are like Sally and Gillian?
Somewhere in this chapter it is mentioned that Gillian makes brownies with sprinkles. I wanted to include a food themed gift because brownies are my favorite but the more I thought about it the more I decided I needed to mix the two sisters. To me Sally would make hers from scratch, so that's what I did, but the kit you get is more like a brownie box so you don't have to do the hard part (homemade brownie mix, chocolate chips and sprinkles are all included). Then I added my own touch I love mocha rum frosting, so I spread some on top to make sure that Gillian's sprinkles would stick.
For those of you that can't wait to see if you win the kit, here is the recipe.
The Owens sisters Brownies + A touch of Glitter Tart
For the brownies You will need:
1 1/2 cups sugar (less if you don't want your brownies as sweet)
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder (the good stuff!)
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (again the good stuff!)
9X9 baking dish, greased
Preheat oven to 325
Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa, eggs and melted butter until just incorporated. Add the chocolate chips stir until evenly distributed.
Pour into prepared 9x9 baking dish and pop into the oven for 30 minutes. Test with a bristle from a broom stick, it should come out clean (if not be careful that you didn’t stick it into a chocolate chip so test again). When done set aside to cool completely.
While baking/cooling prepare the Mocha Rum frosting
You will need:
½ cup melted butter
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons dark rum
Stir Butter and coco together. In a separate bowl stir sugar and milk together alternating between the two. Mix the two together and add the remaining ingredients, stir until smooth. Or pull a Gillian toss it all in the mixer and set on medium (both work).
Once the Brownies are cool cover with the frosting and top with sprinkles.
Sit down with your favorite or current book and Enjoy!
I hope you are enjoying the book! Can't wait to see your answers. Please feel free to leave any type of comment about the book, I will answer them all and share my opinion (so if you don't like the book it's okay to say so).
Next week (Friday September 9th) the Questions will be about the Clairvoyance portion of the book. See you then!