Monday, October 27, 2014

Rocket and a review

How can you not fall in love with that sweet little face? This dog has completely captivated all of our hearts. He is affectionate, so intelligent, playful, and well behaved. A total delight is our Rocket :)

The Richest Season by Mary McFadden was a very enjoyable read, four stars.
Joanna is an empty nester, a corporate wife, and a very lonely housewife. Her husband's job as a successful salesman has had them uprooted too many times to count, and he gives all of his time to his career. Joanna finally decides that this is not the life she had in mind for herself and heads down to Pawley's Island, South Carolina, where she becomes the live in assistant of an older woman with a terminal illness. Her husband Paul's life is suddenly and drastically altered and he has more time to come to some understanding of what life has been like for his wife for the past couple of decades. Is it too late for a fresh start since Joanna has begun building a new life and relationships far from him? You can feel for all of the characters here. Somehow people just lose touch with the ones who should matter most to them while they are pursuing what they think should be making them happy or successful, when what really counts has been right there for them the whole time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Two of my current favorite Cookbooks

I have a serious addiction to collecting cookbooks and loose recipes. If I live to be 100 I could never make a dent in the accumulated collection. The two cookbooks shown here are my faves du jour. The Back in the Day Bakery has the best baked goods recipes you will ever find. Somehow I missed this little gem of a shop when I was in Savannah but that won't happen again. Everything in this book is just old-fashioned, down home goodness. I only have made some of these things for special occasions since they are somewhat decadent. Nothing low-fat this or light that, we are talking full on splurge and worry about the calories tomorrow.

On a healthier note, The Italian Vegetable Cookbook by Michele Scicolone is phenomenal. Especially the Peach, Tomato, and Burrata Salad. Nothing terribly fancy in this book, just a lot of recipes that you will want to add to your daily menu. Delicious and good for you is a pretty awesome combination!    

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Awesome Amish Baked Oatmeal

This was SO awesome! I found the recipe on Pinterest and followed the link to
Mostly Homemade Mom's blog for the recipe. Try it and see!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Going Bananas

I had an abundance of overly ripe bananas and had to make something with them quick. A use it or lose it situation. The recipe in the back of the cooling rack was fairly gross so I won't share it. The second one uses this delicious recipe which I changed just a bit to make it a whoopee pie instead of a cookie. The frosting was softened butter, vanilla, salt and enough powdered sugar to make it not too toothache sweet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry starts with a grieving and grouchy bookstore owner on a Northeastern island. He lives alone above the book shop where books are his only company. This all changes when a 2 year old girl is left in his shop with a note from her mother begging A.J. to care for her. The mother is found washed up on the beach and Fikry adopts little Maya. His life changes considerably when he finds that his heart is open to loving again and he falls for a publisher's agent. This work taps on the love many of us book lovers have for the feel and smell of a book in our hands, the joy and feeling of being where we are incredibly happy and at home while in a bookstore, and how reluctant we are to cede all of that to e-readers and online book giants. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy National Waffle Day!

Today is officially National Waffle Day but Billy has waffles (or the occasional pancake) every day. This was a yummy and very basic waffle recipe from my trusty King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion cookbook. The recipe calls for 2 large eggs, 1 3/4c. buttermilk, 2 tsp. vanilla extract for the wet. Dry ingredients are 2c.unbleached AP flour, 2 tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt and an optional 1/2c pecan meal (I used almond flour)  and of course a waffle iron!
I buttered these and ground some cinnamon sugar (from Trader Joe's and very handy to have around) and some powdered sugar. You can leave all that off if you don't like the sweet.

American Idol concert

We went to see the American Idol concert last night at Marymoor Park, Redmond. This was my mother's day present from Jim and Billy.  The show was pretty good, not fabulous, and was the last stop in their tour. Not a really great production value with the big screen in the background showing the same scenes and commercials repeatedly and a recorded music track. Some of the kids sounded and performed much better than they did on the actual tv show, I guess it is easier when the pressure is off. I thought Alex Preston was excellent. What a talented guy. I was expecting a lot more from Caleb, the season's winner, but basically he was just in the last couple of songs, for the ending of the show.
The weather was perfect for this event, such a beautiful, clear and comfortable night.