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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The REAL MERMAIDS Love the Holidays Blog Tour: A Festive Treat!

As the holidays get nearer, the majority of us are looking for quick holiday treats to help us relax and enjoy the festivities... I am so very happy to have the ever-famous mermaid, Jade from the Real Mermaids series, visit my blog today to share a special and super quick-fix holiday treat with us :) 


Hi everyone! Jade here from Real Mermaids. 

One of my favorite things about the upcoming holidays is the great treats we get to make and share. I love food so much, in fact, that I included a recipe for some of my favourite snacks in each of the Real Mermaids books. 

My friend Cori and I thought we'd experiment a bit and 'holiday-size' each recipe for you!

In Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings, I was stuck at my Gran's cottage without any chocolate in sight. That's when I turned to Google and found a recipe for a 5-minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Yes! Cake in FIVE MINUTES. I added raspberries and whipped cream to this version. Holiday dessert, anyone?

Chocolate Mug Cake with Raspberries
and Whipped Cream

First, get yourself the biggest microwaveable mug in the cupboard. 
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar 
- 2 tablespoons cocoa 

Mix it well. Then add:
- 1 egg

Mix. Then add: 
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons oil 

Mix. Then add: 
- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (NOT optional - at least as far as I'm concerned.)
- 1 capful of vanilla extract

And... MIX!

Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will look like it's going to overflow but don't freak out! Let it cool for a bit (unless you want to burn your lips off) and add raspberries and whipped cream to make it fancy, then ENJOY!

Happy treats and have a great holiday, everyone!

Thank you so very much, Jade, for stopping by and sharing one of your delicious holiday treats with us! I know for sure that my family and I will definitely be treating ourselves to this delight over the holidays :) 
And a big thank you for Sourcebooks for putting this together, too! 

More about Jade and the REAL MERMAIDS series... 

by Helene Boudreau
Release date: December 10th, 2011 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 
Genre: Middle Grade - Science Fiction, Fantasy


First zit. First crush. First... mermaid's tail? 

If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail? 

Most. Embarassing. Moment. Ever. 

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But this revelation raises a serious question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown? 

Jade is determined to find out. But how does a plus-sized, aqua-phobic, mer-girl go about doing that, exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend Cori, and her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting... 

by Helene Boudreau
Release date: May 1st, 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Middle Grade - Science Fiction, Fantasy


Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: it's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now - nothing. 

Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? 
And why is Luke acting so weird? 

by Helene Boudreau
Expected release date: May 1st, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Middle Grade - Science Fiction, Fantasy


Jade is finally ready for life to return to normal - 
even if starting ninth grade is like being a goldfish in a shark tank and being asked to the school dance means Jade must get over her fear of awkward dancing. 

But just as Jade settles into high school life, there is unrest in the ocean, and the whole mer-world is on the brink of civil war. Can Jade find a plus-size dress that doesn't look like a shower curtain, keep her mer-ness a secret, and finally figure out if she and Luke are officially dating?
Who knew being a high school freshman is even more awkward than being a plus-sized aqua-phobic mer-girl?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Helene Boudreau 

Hélène Boudreau never spotted a real mermaid while growing up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as giant squids, flying fish, or electric eels. 
She now writes fiction and nonfiction for kids from her landlocked home in Ontario, Canada. 
Her first book of this series, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings, was a 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist.

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