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Finally, at long last, here we are. The very beginning of the very first Kindleboards Book Klubs; Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

There have been a lot of questions asked and answered over the last several weeks. Betsy has gone over the general rules and guidelines for all the Klubs (please make special note of Robin's Rule). :-\

I'll just add a few things here. We'll be reading and talking about five chapters a week. There are 41 chapters, so the Klub will run for eight weeks. The last chapter is very short and will be included in the last week (6 chapters).

Betsy has mentioned this before, but I'd like to remind y'all that we will be sticking to the current chapter set in each weeks discussion. If you come late to the party, please catch up and join us in our current discussion.

The questions I will be posting are to aid in starting the discussion. You may discuss any point outside the questions as long as you stay within the current chapters. You may choose not to answer the questions, but instead respond to someone else's answers.

The hardest rule for many of us to follow will be avoiding spoilers. I've read the books so many times, it's going to be hard to keep from saying things like, "Yeah, but wait until you see what Claire does next." I'll be reading my responses carefully before posting them to make sure I don't spoil for the newbies.

Speaking of the newbies, consider this a content warning. Outlander contains violence, corporal punishment, graphic sex, profanity, rape ... and a lot of love and humor. My best advice to those of you who haven't read it is read what is comfortable for you, skip what isn't, or even stop reading if you don't like it. I'm adding this caveat because I never knew until recently there were people in the world who didn't like Outlander or found parts of it offensive. I'm confident that most of you will like it.

That being said, please feel free to post about what you don't like as well as what you do. It's all part of the discussion. I won't be insulted ... I'll just lock myself in the closet with my DTV and never come out. :'(

Just to get an idea of who is going to be joining us, please reply with "here," "yo," "hey, y'all," or the regional response of your choice.

Ready, set,

 

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Almost forgot, I promised you a Splenda recipe so we could have tea and guilt free snacks while we read and discuss. 

Blueberry Muffins

1 large egg
3 Tbs canola oil
½ cup Splenda granular
1 - 8 oz cup low-fat lemon yogurt
6 Tbs 1% milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbs baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup blueberries (don’t thaw if frozen)
1 tsp finely grated lemon peel

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Spray standard 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, whisk egg until frothy.  Add oil, Splenda, yogurt, milk and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder,a nd baking soda.  Stir.  Add blueberries and lemon peel.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the yogurt mixture.  Using a large spoon or spatula, stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

4. Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full. 

5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Do not substitute “light” or low-calorie lemon yogurt.  The sugar in the regular low-fat yogurt helps the muffin sides and bottoms brown.  Remember, each muffin has only a touch of sweetened yogurt in it.

Per serving:

Calories: 145
Carbs: 23 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 4.5 grams (.5 saturated)
Fiber: 0.5 grams
Sodium: 200 mgs

Diabetic exchange - 1.5 Carb, .5 fat
WW point comparison - 3 points
 

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I found this tea online which sounds perfect with Blueberry Muffins... might have to try it! And green tea is healthy!

Blueberry Muffin Green Tea

Betsy

anyone else have teas they love? or would love to try?

Betsy
 

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Betsy the Quilter said:
I found this tea online which sounds perfect with Blueberry Muffins... might have to try it! And green tea is healthy!

Blueberry Muffin Green Tea

Betsy

anyone else have teas they love? or would love to try?

Betsy
My across-the-street neighbor gave me six different green teas for Christmas. Pear, Razzberry, Lemon, Kiwi, Strawberry and I forget the other one. I'll be enjoying them while I read.
 

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I ordered Chai, Cranberry and Pomegranate samples for my Keurig which I will be drinking in the evenings when I am Kindling. I had a Starbucks Chai in the airport in Charlotte, SC yesterday & it was so good. Highly recommended if you aren't feeling well.

Linda
 

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Nytngale said:
Hey everyone, can't wait to get the party started! I am already enjoying my re-read of a favorite book. :)

Sherri
I am enjoying re-reading the book too. It has been a whllle since I read it the first time.In a way it is almost like readiing it for the first time.
 

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I read it once, I can read it again. (I must have liked it, I read the next two!)

No discussion from me until Friday...I'm going to Orlando (Disney and MGM) and won't have a laptop with me.  (I'll read this board on my Kindle, posting is supposed to be very difficult).


Claire's the Murderer and Jamie's the Private Eye right?  ;)
 
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