Thursday, January 7, 2016

1st book of 2016... Wildflower

My life was differently hectic the last 3 months of the year. I went through a real reading dry spell at the end of 2015. I started a few books and just didn't finish. 

I broke my dry spell with Drew Barrymore's Wildflower. It's a breezy autobiography...nothing terribly juicy. The chapters feel like stories she would share with you at a party in the Hollywood Hills. Drew Barrymore had a crumby childhood but all of that brought her to the happy place she is in today. She loves being a mom and I can't help but respect that.

Friday, January 1, 2016

My Favorite Book of 2015

You know I LOVE historical fiction but I think the book that stuck with me long after I returned it to the library is Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kitchens of the Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest  is J. Ryan Stradal's first novel. The book is peppered with recipes.  I almost had to stop reading because it made me so hungry! Every chapter is a short story that adds up to a wonderful novel. Loved this book.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Saint Mazie

 I had a long list of books I wanted to read this summer and this book kept popping up on Must Read List of 2015. Saint Mazie is a roaring 20's good time girl with a heart of gold. This book is written as a diary of a common person who was known as the Queen of the Bowery. Mazie loves the bums, dirt and grim that make up New York City. She sits in her cage, the ticket booth at the Venice movie, watching life go by. I really liked the format of journal entries. I didn't want this book to end.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Book of Speculation

I picked this novel merely for the cover. However the story had enough mystery to keep me reading to the last page. If you like carnival stories with tarot cards and curses you'll enjoy this book.  It reminds me of Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Everest Vacation Bible School

 This year our church's VBS theme was Everest. It was fun to come up with snowy ideas during the summer heat. I did snacks again for VBS. The first day I kept it super simple with trail mix. Day 2 was a yogurt parfait. I used strawberry yogurt, crushed graham crackers and blueberries on top. It looked real messy in the cups but the kids loved it. It was also the messiest snack to clean up.
 This snack was very simple and a real crowd pleaser. 

We used cookie cutters to make quesadilla hearts and snowflakes. This was the most labor intense of all the snacks. 
This was our final snack of the week. The day before we made the cups because it is time consuming. It is a simple craft as long as you have sharpie pens and ribbon. We used an air popper to make the popcorn. It smelled so good! I put Teddy Grahams on top of the snowmen because a bear, Yeti, is the mascot for Friday. We served it with grapes on the side.