10 April 2013

The Symptoms of My Insanity Blog Tour: Secondary Character Guest Post

Hey guys! For today's stop on the blog tour I have a blog entry from Pam Rubinstein. Pam is Izzy's mom's bestfriend and also works as an Administrator in Broomington High School's main office. Fun fact: The recipe is actually from Mindy's mom who named it, "Challah Souffle." Check it out! And enjoy :D

Well hello all!

You know, I’ve done the Gchat and I’m subscribed to a lot of blogs, (movie reviews, cooking, and this one that’s just all these animated Robert Redford pictures) but this is my first time posting my own blog entry.

Can you tell? How am I doing so far?

You know, when Principal Preston said she wanted all the Broomington High staff to share something on a blog post, I thought she was kidding. But here I am, Pam Rubinstein, right here on Broomington’s brand new website!

The site does look good, doesn’t it? And I just have to take this time to commend all the students who worked so hard on this digital overhaul. You guys, it looks SO GOOD!

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. . . my recipe for
Pam’s Perfect Poignant Positively Heat Attack Inducing French Toast SoufflĂ©!

2 cups brown sugar 
1 cup butter 
2 tsp. cinnamon (some people like more cinnamon, you can taste your mixture and see what you like best)
18 slices egg brad (you can also use brioche, but if you do you can use a little less sugar in your milk mixture)
3 cups milk (whole milk is best, I mean come on!)
6 eggs 
1/2 cup sugar 
2 tsp. vanilla 

Melt butter and add brown sugar and cinnamon. 
(This is your glaze and it’s just mouth watering. Make sure not to let the butter burn or overcook that sugar. Once it’s mixed you can just let it heat on low while you’re coating your bread to keep it nice and gooey.)

In another bowl, beat eggs, add sugar, vanilla & milk. 

In 9X13 pan, layer bread, glaze (with brown sugar mixture), layer bread, glaze (maybe 3 layers). 
(So you’re basically coating pieces of bread with this glaze and layering them in the pan. Make sure not to overuse your glaze on the first layer. It’s best when every piece of bread is coated.)

Pour egg mixture on top of bread. 
Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes. 

I just have to add that this is obviously not a health food item. It’s important to eat healthy and exercise and treat your bodies with respect and don’t overdo it with the bad food. But also enjoy yourselves, because life is short and you guys work so hard. So make yourself some soufflĂ©, and just eat it for heaven’s sake. But be healthy too!

Okay, I’m rambling. The end. Stop by the office and let me know how it turns out if you make it. And congratulations on your brand new website, Broomington High. We are looking good!!!

Title: The Symptoms of My Insanity
Author: Mindy Raf
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Expected Publication: April 18th 2013 by Dial Books for Young Readers
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.

When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.

I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed herself with breast cancer during biology.”

But Izzy’s sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help her through the insanity.

About the author
Mindy Raf

Mindy Raf is a writer, comedy performer, and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and grew up in a Detroit suburb right around here (visualize someone pointing to the inner part of their thumb). She has written for VH1, CollegeHumor.com, was a contributor to the “My Parents Were Awesome” anthology. She has been invited to perform at the Women in Comedy Festival, SketchFestNYC, NY Funny Songs Fest, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where she was named a “stellar surprise” by The Portland Mercury.


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Don’t miss tomorrow’s stop on the blog tour where you’ll get a sneak peek into a character’s email account. Check it out at www.readingteen.net

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