Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book ~ "Walter the Farting Dog" (2001) William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Audrey Colman

From Goodreads ~ "Warning: This book may cause flatulence." 

Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless but Father says he's got to go! 

Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to be a hero. 

A children's beloved classic, this story will have kids rolling on the floor with laughter. Adults are permitted to laugh too.

John at The Book Mine Set blogged about Walter the Farting Dog this month.  Gord had bought me this book the summer we got married.  There was a bookstore in his neighbourhood we would walk by often and this book was prominently in the window.  I haven't read it since that summer so I read it again this evening.

It's a cute book directed at children about a dog who has a flatulence problem  The family does everything they can to make him stop but he can't.  The father finally declares that Walter has to go back to the pound but because his heroics one night, Walter gets to stay.  Yay!

The illustrations are colourful and cute.  Here's an example of when Walter was taken to the vet (notice the fart coming out of Walter's butt ... the poor vet!).

If you have a sense of humour and are looking for a book your kids will find funny, you should check it out.

Book ~ "The Fire" (2013) John A. Heldt

From Goodreads ~ When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. 

Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats and ankle-length dresses. Returning to the same time and place, he decides to travel again and again and make the portal his gateway to summer fun. 

The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher, Sarah Thompson, and integrates himself in a community headed for tragedy. 

Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, "The Fire", the sequel to "The Journey", follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.

It's June 2013 and Kevin has just graduated from university.  He and his family head to Wallace, ID, to clean up his late grandfather's house to sell it.  When his parents and sister go away for a couple days, Kevin finds a diary, old coins and diamonds in a secret hiding place under the floor.  Kevin reads the diary and realizes that his ancestor, Asa, who had owned the house, was a time traveler and the portal is in the backyard.  On a lark, Kevin checks it out and discovers he has sent himself back to July 1910.  Though he spends a couple hours in 1910, when he heads back to 2013, he discovers that he has only been gone a couple seconds.

Intrigued he decides to go back to 1910 and stay longer and packs for the trip taking the coins he has found, a suit from that time period, etc.  Going back in time, he can determine which year he wants to go back to but not when within the year.  This time he arrives earlier in the year.  He finds a place to live, gets a job, makes friends and meets and falls in love.

Obviously he knows about things that will happen in the future ... the world wars, Haley's Comet, the sinking of the Titanic, but most importantly, the fire that will destroy the town later that summer.  His dilemma is whether to use this knowledge to save the town and its people (who are now his friends) or let nature take its course and let it happen.

This is the fifth book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I like reading time travel books when people go back in time ... in this book, Kevin was able to go back and forth to 1910 when he wanted.  Regardless of how much time he spent in 1910 (days, weeks, etc.), when he went back to 2013, he had only been gone a few seconds.

It is written in third person perspective with most of the focus on Kevin.  Unlike the other books by this author that I've read and enjoyed, I found this one could have been a bit tighter ... it seemed a bit long in places and I just wanted to get on with the story.

Kevin adapted to 1910 well but it was funny when he slipped up and used language from the 21st century (like "dude").  He was quite attracted to two women he met and had to remind himself that 1910 was a more "proper" time than 2013.  It was a different time to be a woman ... we still didn't have the right to vote and once we got married, we had to give up our jobs to become wives and mothers.

I wasn't crazy about the ending ... from the time to fire started to when the book ended.  I like having happy endings and was glad that this book had one but I had a hard time buying it.

I received a copy of this ebook at no charge from the author in exchange for my honest review. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carens Wine and Cheese Bar, Toronto, ON

I was invited to a blogger night at Carens Wine and Cheese Bar in Yorkville this evening.

Yorkville's hidden gem; Carens wine and cheese is a quaint, rustic French restaurant specializing in a vast selection of wine and cheese from all over the world. Serving lunch and dinner every day of the week and classic brunch on weekends, Carens boasts a unique dining experience and a delightful summer patio unlike any other. 

First up was goat cheese, almonds, apricots and bread.  I'm not a fan of goat cheese but Gord said it was good.

Gord's plate

Topbox - April

My April Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

 Here's what was in it ...

Trius wine club - April

Gord and I have been members of the Trius Wine Club for over ten years.

Every month, 2 bottles of our best wine will be delivered to your door along with Winemaker Craig McDonald’s tasting notes and Chef Frank Dodd’s recipes.

The cost is $43 a month and it's only available in Ontario.

I picked up our Trius wine club box today ... they tried to deliver it last week and we weren't home.

Here's what we got this month ...

  • Trius Merlot 2012 ($14.95) ~ The recipe included that pairs with it is Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
  • Showcase Clean Slate Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($) - The recipe included that pairs with it is Fennel Steamed Mussels

Book ~ "We're Done" (2013) Judy Irwin

From Goodreads ~ What if it turns out that YOU'RE the bully - and you didn't know it? 

Things aren't going very well for 13-year-old Luke Mitchell. He's been kicked out of his posh private school, Heyworth Academy; his best friend Jon has just dumped him; and the tough guys at his new school have just picked him as their new target. 

So what's a guy who used to be on the top of the heap supposed to do? The upside-down world that Luke finds himself in at Carlyle gives him a whole new way of looking at things. Can he recover from losing his school and his best friend, and find new friends and a way to fit in at Carlyle?

Luke is 13 years old and goes to a private school. He likes to "joke" with the other students ... but they don't find it so funny.  An incident during School Spirit Day is strike three against him according to the school's anti-bullying rules and Luke is kicked out of the school, though he doesn't realize his behaviour was considered bullying.  His mother retreats within herself and is no support.  His older sister, Monica, and a friend of her are bullying a fellow student via Facebook.   He expected his dad, who is out of town often on business, to be able to talk him back into the school and when this doesn't happen, he has to go to what he considers an inferior public school.  In addition, his best friend, Jon, who we met in What Did You Say?, had had enough of his "humour" and doesn't want to be his friend anymore.  All in all, Luke is not likeable.

As he tries to fit in at the new school, he is picked on and made fun of by some of the kids.  Tash, who he met in What Did You Say?, is a fellow student and doesn't give him the warm welcoming he expected because she took offense to something he said over the summer.  He's not used to not having his way and learns some humbling lessons in how to get along with his fellow students and how he had treated others in the past.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well.  The subject matter is bullying which is a huge focus right now and this book could be an eye-opener to kids who don't realize they are being bullies.  Though it is a YA book, I didn't find the writing or storyline too immature for me.  It's a quick read and I'd recommend it for everyone (there's no bad language or mature situations).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book ~ "The Journey" (2012) John A. Heldt

From Goodreads ~ Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979. 

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher, Robert Land, and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. 

Filled with humor and heartbreak, "The Journey" gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

The book opens with Michelle standing at her husband's grave lamenting the rich and extravagant life she'd had with Scott with all she had missed out on by being his wife ... a Yale education, a writing career and children.  When she attends her 30th high school reunion, she and her friends tour an old abandoned house whose last inhabitants had mysterious disappeared.  Entering what turns out to be a wrong room, Michelle discovers that she is in 1979 when she exits it.  With no ID or money, she uses her aunt's birth certificate and lands a job at the high school as a secretary, which puts her in contact with all the students.  She falls in love with Robert, a teacher, and embraces her new life.

It's 1979 and Shelly is in her last year of high school.  She's been dating the school jock, Scott, for a while.  She loves him but finds that he's immature and dominating at times.  She gets accepted into Yale but unless she can find the funds to pay for it, she's going to have to settle for a more local university.  Scott doesn't want her to go away because he's afraid he'll lose her.

Michelle becomes friends and a mentor to Shelly and her friends.  Michelle knows how Shelly and her friends' lives are going to turn out (since Shelly's life will become hers) so her dilemma is to let nature take its course or gently steer Shelly in the direction that Michelle wished she'd gone.

I like reading time travel books when people go back in time ... it's interesting to see how they react without cell phones, laptops, the Internet, etc.  This is the fourth book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style and thought he captured 1979-80 really well.  Like Shelly, I graduated from high school in June 1980 and remember rugby shirts, gaucho pants, feathered hair and large plastic combs in the back of our super wide-legged jeans!  Cringe :)

One of the rules of time travel is that you don't connect with yourself because you may change the course of events (the butterfly effect).  In this case, though, Michelle wasn't happy with how her life had turned out and knew she had the ability to be able to change things, not just for Shelly but for Shelly's friends, etc.  For example, April, Shelly's best friend, died in their senior year ... would Michelle stop this from happening?

Michelle had the opportunity for a "do-over" in two ways.  She had the chance to make different choices for herself rather than what Scott had wanted in their life together.  Plus she had the ability to redirect Shelly's life into what young Michelle had dreamed of rather than the one that Michelle ended up with with Scott.

The one thing I found a bit odd was Michelle's relationship with Shelly's parents.  After the initial shock of seeing her father again in 1979, she didn't seem to have much interest or feeling for them.  For 48-year-old Michelle, they'd been dead for a while so I would have thought she'd be more grateful to have the opportunity to have them back in her life (even though she'd had a tense relationship with her mom when she was younger).

The ending was interesting ... I was wondering how the author was going to do it.  Would Michelle guide Shelly to change the course of her life and if she did, would Michelle suddenly disappear because Michelle's life as she knew it never actually happened?  Trippy, eh?  Would the portal open up again (as in the author's other books) and Michelle gets transported back to 2010?  Or was it possible for Michelle and Shelly to co-exist even though they were the same person?  Trippy too!  You'll have to read this book to find out!

I received a copy of this ebook at no charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Morgan has feline diabetes

When we took Morgan and Crumpet to the vet in October for a check-up, Crumpet was the perfect weight and Morgan was overweight.  We cut their food back for a few months and then we got lazy and went back to free-feeding them (leaving kibble out all the time) in January.

I noticed last month that Morgan had lost a lot of weight quickly so took him in for a check-up.  He had lost four pounds since October!  I asked for bloodwork to be done (he's going to be 12 in August) and it came back that his sugar was high.  A urinalysis showed that he has become diabetic.  The normal blood glucose level for cats is 4.4 - 6.6 mmol/L ... his was 28!

Other than the weight loss, he seems okay.  Here's my boy over the weekend doing what he does best ... snoozing and being nosy.

We took him to the vet this afternoon to learn how to treat his diabetes.  We have to give him insulin shots twice a day so I practiced doing that with the vet tech using saline.  I've never given a needle before so it was kind of freaky.

Here's what's involved when you have a diabetic kitty:

0.5ml of insulin twice a day
The used needles go into this container and
we drop them off at the vet when it's full

Frankie's Bar & Cafe, Toronto, ON

I had supper this evening at Frankie's Bar & Cafe (Ossington/Queen W), which is in my 'hood.

Gord and I had checked it out last year and enjoyed it but for some reason haven't been back.

I ordered the burger combo special.

Ipsy Glam Bag - April

I received my April Ipsy Glam Bag today.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.  It was $187.87CN for the year which worked out to $15.66CN a month.

It came in a shiny fuscia envelope

Here's what was in it:

beautybox five - April

I received my April beautybox five today.

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling service that delivers 5 deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month.

Subscriptions are $12US a month or $99US for a year.  Shipping is free.

Book ~ "What Did You Say?" (2012) Judy Irwin

From Goodreads ~ What if absolutely NOTHING is turning out the way you want it to? 

It's the summer after seventh grade, and for 12-year-old Tash everything has changed, from parents to friends to summer vacation. Her parents have just gotten divorced and Tash and her mom are spending July at a borrowed trailer at the Tall Pines Trailer Park up north. 

As she tries to figure out how her new family set-up will work and deals with missing her father and brother, Tash pushes the boundaries of behavior. 

Is she acting out because she's mad at her dad or wants to prove something to her new friends? Even Tash isn't sure. Can she learn how to accept people and things for what they are, instead of longing for what she wants them to be?

Tash is turning 13 this summer and her parents have recently divorced ... she is living with her mom and her brother, Brian, and her father have moved away.  To chill for the summer, Tash and her mother spend the month of July vacationing at a trailer park by a lake.  There she meets and befriends Polly, Jon and Luke, who are her age.

Tash blames her dad for breaking up the family and for her not being able to see Brian so avoids his phone calls.  She acts up a bit and her mother is there to ensure she owns up to it.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed well.  Though it is a YA book, I didn't find the writing or storyline too immature for me.  It's a quick read and I'd recommend it for everyone (there's no bad language or mature situations).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book ~ "Duke City Split" (2014) Max Austin

From Goodreads ~ A cool, calm, and collected bank robber - with two kids at home - heads a fascinating cast of characters in Duke City Split, the first in a trilogy of white-knuckle thrillers from Max Austin.

Bud Knox isn’t your average bank robber. He’s happiest fixing a nice lunch for his wife on her lunch break or watching his two young daughters play soccer. He leaves the boldness and brawn to his partner, Mick Wyman. In the past fourteen years, they’ve hit nearly thirty banks all over the west - everywhere but “Duke City,” their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

So when Mick calls him about the perfect job, Bud is less than convinced because the target is on their own turf. But with the potential to haul in millions, Bud simply can’t say no. If they do this job right, Bud may never have to work again. 

As it turns out, the heist is the easy part. Holding onto the money while evading everyone from the FBI to the Mafia to the low-life criminals who want a cut will be the hardest thing Bud Knox has ever done - and it might just cost him his life.

Johnny Muller works in a stereo store and hates his job and his boss ... he has dreams of opening his own stereo store.  From his apartment, he sees an armoured truck every Monday morning leaving from a nearby casino.  Curious, he starts to follow it and tracks its pattern, eventually ending up at a small bank.  Figuring there must be millions of dollars being deposited every week, he knows this is his chance to score and achieve his dream.  He asks around a seedy bar to see who can help him and eventually hooks up with Bud and Mick.

Bud is a house hubby who dabbles as a day trader and takes care of his wife and their two young daughters.  Mick spent some time in prison but has been "clean" for twenty years.  Best friends, Bud and Mike have been robbing banks for many years to supplement their income but this is the first time they will be considering robbing a local bank.  With a potential robbery of about $3 million, this will set them up for life, once and for all.

The robbery goes off without a hitch ... it's not 'til afterwards that all the trouble starts.  On their tail, they have the FBI, the mafia and a couple of ruthless local criminals who will do anything to get the money.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style and thought it flowed very well.  The story was interesting and I kept wanting to read more to see what was going to happen.  It's written in third person perspective, with a focus on whoever and whatever was happening at the time.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence so I'd recommend it for a mature reader.

Despite being criminals, I liked Bud and Mick.  Bud was a guy who just wanted to take care of his family but didn't want to be a slave to wages.  After this robbery, he would never have to do it again and he'd have enough to put his daughters through school and fund his and his wife's retirement.  Mick was rougher and prepared to do whatever it took to survive, even if that meant killing people.  Despite their differences, they really cared about each other.  Johnny was a naïve, trusting and green and just wanted to have a better life.  I found Linda, Bud's wife, who was a realtor, interesting ... she knew what Bud did for a living and, though she worried about him, accepted it.  And she considered Mick part of their family.

I understand this is the first in a series and I look forward to reading the others as they are published.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Toronto Rock 10, Philadelphia Wings 9

Gord and I went to the Toronto Rock game this evening (we have season's tickets this year) ... it was second last home game of the season.  The Rock is a professional lacrosse franchise in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

The Rock were playing the Philadelphia Wings.

Scotty Newlands sang the national anthem along with a children's choir.

The Rock huddled before the game started.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, Toronto, ON

My friend, Liz, and her husband, Jamie, gave Gord a gift certificate for his birthday for the Keg ... and we used it this evening before the Toronto Rock game and went to the Esplanade location.

We sat in the lounge by a fireplace.

While I had a couple glasses of Riesling, Gord had some mojitoes and really liked them.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book ~ "Dog Gone, Back Soon" (2014) Nick Trout

From Goodreads ~ When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, VT, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town, especially an alluring waitress named Amy. 

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama. 

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. Dog Gone, Back Soon brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

This book follows a week in the life of veterinary, Cyrus Mills.  After the recent death of his father, who he hadn't had contact with in many years, Cyrus moves back to Eden Falls, VT, to take over his inheritance ... his father's veterinary practice.  Unlike it's hip and happening competitor, Healthy Paws, it doesn't have fancy equipment or the backing of a fancy chain.  Instead Cyrus must rely on his quirky scientific mind and his background in pathology to figure out what is going on with his patients.

His patients include Gillian, a dog who refuses to eat and is losing weight; Stash, a dog who is well-trained as a helper to the disabled; Marmaduke, an obese cat; Ermintrude, a cow that might have Mad Cow Disease; and Crispin, a dog who is dead but has been stuffed whose tail has come off.  As he tries to figure out what's wrong with his patients, he is attracted to Amy, a waitress, who is giving him hot and cold signals.  He also has to contend with a vet from the competitor who is interested in him but she doesn't realize who he is.

Though this is the second in the Cyrus Mills series, it works as a stand alone (I haven't read the first one) ... there are enough references so you can figure out what happened in the first one.  I found the writing style quirky (like Cyrus) at times and found it flowed well.  It's written in the first person perspective from Cyrus' point of view.  I like reading stories about animals and this one fit the bill.

I liked Cyrus.  He didn't have any social skills which made being a pathologist a good occupation for him.  When he takes over his father's clinic, he is forced to interact with people which makes him less introverted.  Gabe and Charlie, a couple of geeky teenagers, add some comedy as does Lewis, an elderly veterinarian that Cyrus also inherited.

If you are a fan of James Herriot stories, you'll probably enjoy this one. The author is a vet in real life and that comes through with his technical knowledge.

Book ~ "The Southern Bite Cookbook: More Than 150 Irresistible Dishes from 4 Generations of My Family's Kitchen" (2014) Stacey Little

From Goodreads ~ In the South, a conversation among home cooks can be just about as illuminating as any culinary education. Luckily for Stacey Little, home cooks run in the family. 

Whether it's fried chicken or pimento cheese, fruit salad or meatloaf, everybody's family does it a little differently. "The Southern Bite" is a celebration of those traditions and recipes every Southern family is proud to own. It's the Pecan Chicken Salad that's mandatory for every family reunion and the hearty Goulash, so comforting after a long day. It's the Glazed Ham that makes its way to the Easter table every year. 

If you're lucky enough to hail from the South, you'll no doubt find some familiar favorites from your own family recipe archives, along with a whole slew of surprises from Southern families a lot like yours! There's Turnip Green Dip for your next party, Chicken Corn Chowder for those chilly fall nights, and Cornbread Salad for when you really need to make an impression. 

No matter what's cooking, Little's goal is the same: to revel in the culinary tradition all Southerners share. These are the recipes that bring us together and the meals our families will cherish for generations to come.

Being from Canada, the only thing I know about Southern cooking is what I read in books.  So when I was offered a copy of this book to check out, of course I said "yes" so I could see what exactly is Southern cooking.

The book starts off with an introduction of the author's background and how he started the blog, Southern Bites, about five years ago sharing his restaurant reviews and musings, eventually posting recipes.  This is followed by some kitchen tips like what is bacon grease and how to store it, how to make your own light brown sugar, etc.

Then there are the recipes (some things I've never heard of but sound delicious):
  • Party Bites - Pizza Pull-Apart Bread, Dill Pickle Dip, Just Plain Punch, etc.
  • Weeknight Bites - Easy Smothered Chicken, Porcupine Balls, Chicken Pot Pie, etc.
  • Weekend Bites - Almost Famous Fried Chicken, Chicken Bog, Brunswick Stew, etc.
  • Side Bites - Gumbo Greens, Hot Tomato and Bacon Pasta, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, etc.
  • Potluck Bites - Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Spaghetti, etc.
  • Holiday Bites - Cranberry Relish, Coconut Cake, Martha Washington Balls, etc.
  • Heirloom Bites - Old-Fashioned Biscuits, Southern Chocolate Gravy, Nana Hoops' Mac and Cheese, etc.
  • Sweet Bites - Gamma's Chocolate Pie, Papa's Lemon Icebox Pie, Sweet and Salty Toffee Bar Cookies, etc.

With each recipe, there are the author's thoughts about the recipe and stories in the chapters which makes it more personal.  There are lots of colour pictures throughout the book of the dishes.

I'm looking forward to trying some of the recipes in this book and I'll share the recipes when I do.

For example, the Pizza Pull-Apart Bread looks yummy and sounds easy to make!
  • 2 – 16.3 oz can of large southern style biscuits (8 in each can)
  • 1 – 14.5 oz jar of pizza sauce
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 oz pepperoni, coarsely chopped
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Open biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add pizza sauce to bowl and Stir gently to coat. Add diced pepper and onion, Parmesan, olives, pepperoni, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Stir gently to combine.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased Bundt or tube pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and biscuits are done throughout.
  4. Remove from oven and invert onto a platter while hot. Top with remaining cup of mozzarella.

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