Wednesday, April 18, 2018

VIGIL AT THE TOP


Photo by Annisa Lam (former member of Stock.exchng)
Licensed photo DO NOT COPY


Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:

-----A young homeless man who needs to figure out a path and then should be doing great.
-----A family that is going through some big changes. Determination, cooperation and adjustment is needed.
-----That a good friend in physical rehab gets to come home soon! For strength, healing and continued determination. I am very proud of this person and hope that many see him as a role model. Also, that this person comes home in time to participate in events that are important to them. For effective ways to deal with ongoing issues and expenses.
-----A sibling that is extremely ill. :-( :-( :-(
-----Employment situations. This has been a long road!
-----I need to be in better physical shape and beat the symptoms of several thyroid problems. I am trying to rid myself of Chronic Fatigue, send Hashimoto's Disease into remission and lose gained weight. I have just received good news of some nodules being GONE!
-----Someone I used to know that committed crime and is now incarcerated. I am hoping that they come forward with any truths that may help victims and that they decide to go down the path of rehabilitation (no matter how long either of these takes). I think that in this situation it would be great if the victims could somehow see that rehabilitation was occurring.

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Note:
This post is in no particular order. Prayer/thought requests just go to the top as I hear more about what is going on. If you can think of a way to help these people, PLEASE do so. This post will be second-from-the-top during the midst of an emergency (such as an Amber Alert).

Note: I would not advise linking to this post...you will wind up with a broken link each time I have to change the post-dating to keep this a Vigil at the Top.



-----"40 Favorite Audiobooks for Kids." We are starting to listen to "Ramona Quimby, Age 8." The kids love the "Ramona" TV series from the late 80s.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

G is for...

Gardens
The kids are each seeing if they can get six rows of seeds to start growing. We did not pay much attention to recommended start times but are just doing it (with older seed packages).
They are both growing two kinds of peas, pumpkins and Moon and Star Melons.
Preschool Girl is growing Baby's Breath and helping First-Grader with cucumbers.

Geography
Clickable map quizzes that test geography knowledge. I wish schools taught SO much more geography (we homeschool and do teach so much more geography and the history that goes along with it).



Glazed
-----Susi's Kochen Ynd Backen Adventures: Glazed Corn Beef...what we were originally going to do with our St. Patrick's Day brisket this year but it proved too time-consuming for the the time I had. (Instead we had New England Boiled Dinner for breakfast at Easter. LOL.)
-----Glazed Carrots with Irish Whiskey and Ginger. Not the most appetizing photo...but probably pretty yummy. I will make this the next time I have more than just the remainders of Husband's whiskey. You know, maybe I will make it sooner...the recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of Irish Whiskey.
-----Popcorn With Sesame-Glazed Pistachios. We love a Sesame Popcorn from Food Network Magazine. I pop the popcorn stovetop, in Ziyad Extra Virgin Sesame Oil.)
-----Asian Swai Fish. Vietnamese catfish...a favorite of mine for light fish dishes. Preschooler picked out this particular recipe which we will try.
-----Carmelized Banana Bread with Browned Butter Glaze. When Little One, now First-Grader, first saw the recipe photo, he declared, "Burnt toast. That's burnt toast. Don't like burnt toast."
By the way, National Banana Bread Day is February 23rd. :-) You need to know for next year and could have a belated celebration now. :-)
-----Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings. I can eat a ton of chicken wings.
-----Sliders with Beer-Glazed Onions and Brie
-----Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze
-----Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze
-----Hummingbird Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze. A one bowl recipe for a Southern classic.
-----This is an unusual one...Cantaloupe Bread with Praline Glaze. "This excellent bread is very moist and has the texture of pumpkin or zucchini bread. Can puree and freeze extra cantaloupe to make bread in the off season."




Trial run of doing glitter nails still holding up/cleaning up. I am the guinea pig for Preschool Girl's nails.
[My hands aren't that wrinkly yet...just cold from Raynaud's Phenomenon.]
The Youtube tutorial is HERE. :-)




A Blue Apron recipe. Romantic dinner with Husband. Cauliflower Steaks With Spinach Gratin & Green Beans



Gratin recipe from my Mother's recipe box.
Tip: Doll's are great to photograph a recipe at a good angle.
Gratin
-----Broccoli Cheese Casserole. "Broccoli Cheese Casserole gets a bad rap because generations of moms have resorted to canned soup, frozen broccoli, and mayo. This version is closer to a French gratin, with everything (easily!) made from scratch."
-----Brussels Sprouts Gratin. Provided this is not greasy, it sounds YUMMY. Stores around here are just starting to get pancetta.(Several years ago, we enjoyed this Creamy Brussels Sprouts Bake. Thank you A to Z Challenge for helping me finally find the recipe...in my Pinterest "We Liked This" board that goes. We will have to try this again sometime soon to see if our palates have changed since having this last.)
-----Cheesy Leek Gratin. The preferred cheese is goat's milk cheddar. (As an aside...we recently read in several books that the Mongols mainly drank MARE's milk.)
-----Rich and Creamy Salsify Gratin.Recipe from Gabriel Kreuther, Food and Wine 2004. Salsify is a root vegetable that's shaped like a skinny parsnip and has blackish skin with white flesh. It tastes a little like artichoke hearts. It's available from June through February.



Guinness Soup...an easy recipe that I found last year and haven't gotten around to doing yet.


Homemade Mashed Russet Potatoes with Skillet Barbecue Gravy
Gravy
-----Bacon-Shallot Gravy. Dana Cowin, Food & Wine, 2014. (How Dana Cowin Helped Shape the Modern Celebrity Chef)
-----Cider Pork Roast with Apple-Thyme Gravy. Stephanie Spencer, Sunset Magazine, December 2012
-----Bourbon Gravy. The recipe is from Le Creuset. I wouldn't mind having their gravy boat in the "Marseilles" blue color. :-)


I am using the A to Z Challenge to organize and motivate myself. :-)
I sure collect(and do) a LOT of projects!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Admittedly, I started skimming this one...I will have to go through again at some other time. There were periods of too little forward movement for me (though I was impressed with the author's teenage career). I admire the point that the author made at the end!
The book comes out in October.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Thirteen


1.
This video is amazing! We read about the tropical rainforest this week (there are three other types of rainforests). Aria's favorite rainforest animal was the macaw.



2.
Husband gave me half a dozen red roses.



3.
-----Homemade Tartar Sauce. This one uses grated onions. #FanOfCapers
-----Pull-Apart Garlic Bread. An easy recipe that my son and I never got around to. It should be fun. Our Walmart sells the Rhodes frozen white bread dough in 5 pound bags...if we like this, there will be enough for 5 loaves. :-)
-----Lemon Pudding Cakes #ProjectNotDoneYET
-----Hawaiian Shoyu Hot Dogs. Quick, economical and a comfort food. #ProjectNotDoneYET
-----An easier way to make Som Tam...a fresh papaya Thai salad.
-----You can DIY wine in an Instant Pot.



4.
-----"We Finally Know How Chameleons Change Their Color." A Smithsonian article we discussed last homeschool year and will be going over again today.
-----About the lady who invented paper bags (as in lunch bags and the paper grocery bag). This was at a time that few women held patents. I will definitely teach our homeschoolers more about this interesting machine and the machines modeled after it.



5.
I found a new(to me) thing during our Justice League intermission. A 1993 Norwegian cover of Cohen's "Everybody Knows." :-) :-) :-)
The movie: Good, what I saw of it...I was busy trying a Martha Stewart tomato sauce recipe for our spaghetti. The digital erasing of Henry Cavill's mustache made Superman look a bit like he was getting ready to bite someone.
The spaghetti sauce: Well my tomato products cabinet was being blocked for the night by a remodeling project...so I figured there had to be a good spaghetti sauce recipe that uses only cans of diced tomatoes...found it. Three onions cooked until a bit brown and then plenty of minced garlic cooked for a few minutes (at this time the oil was almost gone so perfect, fragrant garlic was easy). At first I tried crushing down the tomatoes to get the juice for Martha Stewart's Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce. I decided the liquid wasn't going to be enough and it was going to be too solid-canned-tomato for us. I put in Tabasco sauce and a few glugs of red cooking wine to add kick and depth...almost out of one of my treasured cooking wines. I added a 15 oz. can of sauce to the simmer and a bit of pure cane Morena sugar to balance the acid. We have a ton of dried thyme from Great-Grandmother's garden but I quickly noticed, after adding a little, that it was too woody for this...so, a good amount of oregano. I made a ton of spaghetti before we went on our homeschool book haul and Movie Night pickup and kept it moist in the fridge with olive oil and a bit of oregano...then simply mixed the sauce I had made in the skillet into the big spaghetti pot. We have leftovers. I make a lot of better spaghetti sauces but everyone liked this.




6.
The kids finished the last of the Belgian chocolates. Creamy, fun shapes and they liked a lot. This has to be the only European chocolate in my memory that was two rich for me...I think it was the white chocolate part.



7.

"The Dream Cast in Concert." We haven't watched this in a couple of years...it was perfect for the kids to start watching in segments. Preschool Girl and 1st-Grade-Boy have watched several children's versions of the story. A lot of key parts from the book are cut out but this is a very enjoyable performance! At the end, the Japanese Jean Valjean is Takeshi Kaga (The Chairman from Iron Chef).
#RelaxAndEnjoyTheMusic #HomeschoolLife



8. -----Dante as readable to young people. Basically, a gateway to "The Divine Comedy." I am becoming a fan of The Baldwin Project!



9.
-----We enjoyed looking at these treasures from King Tut's tomb...very interesting.
-----15 Things Your Might Not Know About the Sphinx



10.
During Chinese Checkers...
1st Grader: Imagine a gorilla playing this.
Preschooler: At least he didn't kill us (the gorilla).
(1st Grader starts making fun of Preschooler's comment.)
Mommy: I wouldn't make fun of her comment. You say your share of silly things.
Preschooler: I farted.
---Speaking of Chinese Checkers, I want to try the German abstract strategy board game Tintas.
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Mommy: ...Wilbur would get tired, and Fern would pick him up and put him in the carriage, alongside the doll.
Preschool Girl: I don't think that's necessary!



11.
Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.
-Irish toast




12.
From my latest book hauls...
-----"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"...7 cassettes. I am undecided if the kids will listen at this age...I need to read the text first as this one is darker. Husband says he thinks this is the best out of the series.
-----"Where God was Born" by Bruce Feiler. Husband and I are reading this together. I have read most of/repeatedly skimmed his previous book "Walking the Bible." In "Where God was Born," the author journeys through Israel, Iraq and Iran searching for shared ideals (from the Bible). Combined with us talking of current events, this will make for some lively discussion and fleshing out of viewpoints.
-----"Genesis: A Living Conversation" by Bill Moyers. A companion to the PBS series...I will have to watch.
-----"Here to Stay: Studies in Human Tenacity" by John Hersey. Those profiled include JFK(PT 109).
-----"Shape Yourself" by Martina Navratilova
-----"On the Way to Christ." A gift for a loved one in Germany.
-----"Ride With Me" by Thomas B. Costain. A favorite author of my mother's and I may have it in her library already. A romance set in the time of Napoleon.
-----"This Accident of Being Lost" by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. A collection of unusual, fragmented short stories that is either going to be really awesome or really NOT.
-----"Ash Princess" by Laura Simpson preview and bookmarks. A YA read that comes out in April.
-----"An Unquiet Mind" by Kay Redfield Jamison. Memoir of a manic depressive being diagnosed and treated.
-----"8 minutes in the Morning for Real Shapes Real Sizes." A month of exercises. I think I will share/blog. :-)



13.
"Hails from"...
1st Grade Boy and Preschool Girl tell me they hail from my belly.
Preschool Girl says, "I kicked because I was looking for a secret door. I thought those blood cells were tomatoes and I was trying to get them."



Participate in Thursday Thirteen. :-)

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Thursday Thirteen

1. Test run of Pesto Lo Mein went well.
My new side for pepper steak.
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1 1/2 Yellow onions sauteed in olive oil until lightly brown. Add minced garlic to taste and sautee a few minutes more.
Bring noodle water to a boil. 9oz. No Yolks Stir Fry noodles goes into the water, bring back to the boil and boil about 14 minutes.
Add noodles to the skillet with the onions. Add lots of soy sauce, less sugar than normally used for lo mein (so maybe use 1/2 tablespoon...you will want some). If you go over on sugar when tasting, balance it with more soy. I use pure cane Morena sugar.
Also put in small amount pure sesame oil and small amount olive oil. 2 oz. basil pesto. A few dots of Sriracha, a little garlic powder, a good amount of ground ginger.
Stir-fry.
Add about 5 grinds of black pepper at the end (when it is cooked through, steaming a bit and oil is lightly coating everything). Stir-fry the pepper in lightly.




2.

I am reading the preview excerpt of "The Queens of Innis Lear" which comes out at the end of the month. Like a lot of books set in a foreign world, it is taking a bit for me to start sorting out what's what. The book is described as being an adaptation of King Lear, feminist and somewhat like Game of Thrones. I have not read King Lear itself (I will be reading it soon).

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.




3.
-----Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stew
-----Red Cabbage and Dill Slaw. I want to make this because I love slaw, like dill and love vividly colored dishes.
-----I want to try making an Oven Denver Omelet.
-----Chicken Cordon Bleu Eggrolls. Complete with dipping sauce.
-----Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls
-----Irish Coffee Cheesecake Squares
-----Instant Pot Chicken Posole
-----Broccoli Cheese Casserole
"Broccoli Cheese Casserole gets a bad rap because generations of moms have resorted to canned soup, frozen broccoli, and mayo. This version is closer to a French gratin, with everything (easily!) made from scratch."



4.
Deviled Eggs :-)
Husband said they were addictive. Olive oil mayonnaise, sour cream (outnumbered the mayo), Dijon, lemon juice, a bit of Inglehoffer Wasabi Horseradish, smoked paprika.



5.
This seems a bit darker than the original and not a hint of song or dance, thus far. Are you planning on seeing it?



6.



7.
The kids are still working on learning to whistle. Your tips are appreciated!



8.
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Mommy (to Preschooler): Preschooler, your patience is legendary.
Preschooler: I never had patience.



9. St. Patrick's Day menu ideas:
-----Brisket Tacos with Red Cabbage. Alex Guarnaschelli, Food Network Magazine
-----Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Cheese Frosting #ProjectsThatNeverGotDoneYET




10.
Low-FODMAP Quinoa Stir-Fry with Sauekraut
A healthy lunch we had a few years ago. We enjoyed it more with kielbasa(well that diminishes the health a little). I plan on making it again this month...and enjoying it with chopsticks. :-)



11.



12.
Our preschooler is excellent at coloring. :-)



13.
Okay, so this took a while!
Have you read anything interesting lately?
300-500 more to organize in that unit of bookcases.
I organize to protect the books. Less damaging light, amazingly small amount of dusting, less weight on the books, orderly lines I like, I easily know when a book has been absconded with(sadly there was an issue...wow and WHY). I have seen where this kind of organization is becoming a bit of decor trend.



Tuesday, March 06, 2018

"The Queens of Innis Lear"



I am reading the preview excerpt of "The Queens of Innis Lear" which comes out at the end of the month. Like a lot of books set in a foreign world, it is taking a bit for me to start sorting out what's what. The book is described as being an adaptation of King Lear, feminist and somewhat like Game of Thrones. I have not read King Lear itself (I will be reading it soon).

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.
The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.
Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

Saturday, March 03, 2018


A cute tie-dye Easter egg project. I want to take a photo with the paper towel as a background like they did, too.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

I am soon to read and review...
"The Ripper" by Carmelo Anaya


Post-in-progress. I am waiting on a review copy of this book.

Genre: Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural

One hundred twenty-five years to the day after Jack the Ripper committed his first gruesome murder, a young woman is killed in a picturesque Spanish town. As if the eerie timing isn’t enough to unnerve Commissioner Carrillo, the murderer has mimicked the Ripper’s grisly method almost exactly.
Soon more women are murdered and their bodies horrifically mutilated. Tips and accusations fly wildly, sending the commissioner and his fellow officers chasing after suspects who might be innocent. Adding to the confusion, the killer is creating his own trail, carving mysterious signs on the bodies of his victims and texting the commissioner puzzling messages.
When the murderer reveals who his fifth victim will be, Commissioner Carrillo’s blood runs cold—he now has a personal stake in solving the atrocious mystery. Who is this villainous fiend posing as Jack the Ripper? Can he be caught before he commits his final murder?




EXCERPT:
I wonder if the women will appear to their killer in dreams, as they do in mine. Diana Carolina Mieles was a cleaning lady and carer. She bathed the elderly, picked rubbish off the ground, worked hard. She was deserving. Cristiana Stoicescu, Naima Medari, Sandra Okeke, Rosario Minguez -- none of them knew anything in this life but exploitation. Their flesh was eaten.
I know my life would be meaningless if I didn't stand up for every Cristiana Stoicescu,every Diana Carolina Mieles, Naima Medari, Sandra Okeke, Rita Oehlen and Rosaria Minguez.
The law is like a dam. Sometimes it saves you; sometimes it drowns you. It needs vents so justice can get through. We can't see it all. We can't know it all. If we knew about every horror happening around us, every minute of every day, we wouldn't be able to stand it. It's not a limitation; it's relief.
Page – 318



BUY IT ON AMAZON
(Kindle and paperback)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carmelo Anaya has published ten novels, including three previous books starring Commissioner Carrillo: The Yellow Earth, The Guardian of My Brother, and Baria City Blues. He lives in Almeria, Spain, where he works as a lawyer and a criminalist.

-----CarmeloAnaya.com
-----Facebook
-----Twitter: @CarmeloAnaya




-----Pesto Buttermilk Dressing. Now I am looking for a "Rainbow Veggie Salad" recipe (as was mentioned in the comments).

-----Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Full House Reading Challenge 2018






I am in the process of picking out some of the titles for my participation. You can sign up HERE. :-)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 Blogger Shame Challenge


Okay...this is an opportunity for me to tie up any and all loose ends. Let us see what I can find in bookcases, files and storage.



This is from a BlogHer Virtual Blog Tour in 2007. I found a blurb about awaiting its arrival and I have annotated the book. It is possible that I had review participation in the tour but it became extinct sometime after the end of the event. I know there were people I word-of-mouthed with. Anyway, I need to get something substantial up on the internet (I am just like that...11 years later or not, the book and author are going to get proper attention that sticks around). This one is interesting in that it can almost serve as a day book or workbook of figuring out problems/solutions...I think I will make a nice project out of this one for 2018.



Retold from a turn-of-the-century (1897) tale collected in Calhoun, Alabama. This story about a pesky trickster rabbit and a little girl working her garden, has delightfully illustrated spreads throughout.



American Emma Hanson came to England to study at Oxford, but joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at the height of World War II. She is stationed at beautiful and historic Danesfield House west of London as part of the highly secretive Photographic Reconnaissance Unit.
Englishman Will Fleming is a handsome young artist who has been commissioned by the British government to record the changing landscape in paintings. His path intersects with Emma's when his real mission—tracking Nazi spies—leads him to Danesfield House, the target of a sinister plot.
Emma and Will become friends, but neither can reveal the true nature of their assignment. Can their relationship grow amid such secrecy? And can Will save Danesfield House—and Emma and her coworkers—before it's too late?










There will be more posted as I progress in this Challenge. :-)
You can join HERE. :-)

Book Date


Happenings and readings in my week. :-)
You can link up to the Book Date HERE. :-)

I am  taking advantage of everyone sleeping in to enjoy fried eggs, salsa verde and a read. My mother bought this when she in her 20s and probably made the clear dust jacket over it sometime in the late 80s. She was an AVID reader. I wouldn't dare to take off the jacket to see what the colors truly look like now for fear of disturbing delicate paper but putting it through HDR Max for this photo yielded a wonderful surprise for my 2D eyesight...I could EASILY see the perspective of the door almost opening when I hold my phone up...that is a big deal for someone with eyesight issues like mine!
Romantic Suspense is not usually my genre and I hope that the heroine doesn't fall in love with her "handsome, strangely disturbing" cousin (as often happens when dealing with authors from that time frame).
Thoughts thus far: The current hero is an emotionally messed up character...his emotional conflicts are kind of hard to believe at times BUT the peek into his conscience has been fascinating. It appears he must be the disturbed cousin mentioned on the cover and their will be another male hero. I think one of these males will likely turn out NOT to be a hero and I am guessing the cousin was introduced first for sympathy. Though who knows...a good percentage of the plot-line on the back cover hasn't come into play at all yet...a lot of story left to be told.
Another thought: I wish the times when people were familiar with the works of Haydn and such were not past.
This seems to be a Cinderella or maybe even double Cinderella story. Perhaps, probably certainly, an Ugly Duckling, too. The storytelling has been great thus far...I think I like this author.
PAGES READ: 29
This is to be completed by the end of January for the Read Your (Book)Shelf Challenge.




Watching Husband's artwork this week has been nice. :-)
More progress and drying for the first panel of a commissioned triptych. Hyper-textured. Right now, it is entitled something along the lines of "The Peaks of Prayer."



"Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling" will be a permanent addition to my Taco Night repertoire. It ended up being very Mex-ish. Yum! Leftovers for lunch.
Adapted: 2 good-sized, diced purple onions. 5 big chicken breasts, cubed. 30 oz. tomato sauce. Homemade chicken broth (boiled and simmered everything in the recipe down). Hungarian Paprika, just a bit of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt.
Toppings: Sour cream, jalapeno slices.
(Picky Eater) Elementary Schooler gave it 5/5 but did not like the texture when leftovers were heated.

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Items in consideration for this week's menus...
-----19 recipes for homemade salad dressing. From Taste of Home.
-----Cowboy Corn Bread. Another Taste of Home recipe (I am a fan of the Comfort Food simplicity). This is a sweeter corn bread and half-and-half is one of the ingredients.
-----Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken with Crispy Bacon
-----Zucchini, Cheddar Cheese and Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread
-----Cinnamon Swirl Zucchini Bread
-----Hamburger Stew. Easily big-batchable, easily freezable. I don't know where my mother's Hamburger Stew recipe is...so, this will do as a substitute for me.
-----Cheesy Chili. Creamy, zesty, can double as a dip. I hope it is not too greasy. The kids are in a "I don't like beans" phase right now (when they did like beans before)...I am hoping this changes that for at least one meal.
-----Hearty Beef and Sweet Potato Stew
-----Veggie Chowder
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I have skimmed the entire book and picked out recipes...but now reading and considering more carefully. I almost always use a corn on the cob method from this book...it involves two boils, sugar and putting things in with the cooking corn....simple changes that make a difference for YUM.



Preschooler and Daddy finished the string art. Pink and blue.



I am on page 13. The story is told from the viewpoint of Marie Antoinette (who apparently left many documents behind...intending to write a memoir).


-----The BBC will have an adaptation of Les Mis. An all star cast will be included but it is expected to be very much an adaptation.
-----Roy Orbison is to go on world tour as a hologram.
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Commercial I have been enjoying (and book I would like to have):



Elementary Schooler wants to learn Thumbchuckz...should be fun. He wants a black pair and a gold pair..."mix and match." We will start this next month.
These were at our Walmart.




Elementary Schooler doesn't want Burger King crowns anymore...his reason why is pretty smart. He says that he loses them and then finds them broken and then throws them in the trash. "It's a waste."


My learning curve for 2018. Cell phone photography (which, of course, comes in handy for photographing books).
Criacr fisheye, wide angle, telephoto. KobraTech ProPic fisheye, kaleidoscope, polarizing/CPL, super wide angle, 0.63 wide angle that combines with 15X macro, telephoto, Bluetooth remote start, LED fill light. Chinese binocular for outdoors...no brand name at all, free...useless indoors.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge 2018


A book for each month.
Details of the Challenge are HERE. :-)



1.
I am enjoying this photo/book for a variety of reasons right now. My mother bought this when she in her 20s and probably made the clear dust jacket over it sometime in the late 80s. She an AVID reader. I wouldn't dare to take off the jacket to see what the colors truly look like now for fear of disturbing delicate paper but putting it through HDR Max for this photo yielded a wonderful surprise for my 2D eyesight...I could EASILY see the perspective of the door almost opening when I hold my phone up...that is a big deal for me! Romantic Suspense is not usually my genre and I hope that the heroine doesn't fall in love with her "handsome, strangely disturbing" cousin (as often happens when dealing with authors from that time frame). This will be a good choice for my blog and a 2018 Reading Challenge.
Thoughts thus far: The hero is an emotionally messed up character...his emotional conflicts are kind of hard to believe at times BUT the peek into his conscience has been fascinating. I wish the times when people were familiar with the works of Haydn and such were not past.
History lesson: When did people stop using the term "The Brazils?" 
PAGES READ: 25



Hmmm....and let me see what else is on this shelf (readable stuff, that is).
Trivia: The Little Golden Book is Mother Goose rhymes a present from my Mother to my son. The silver container is my Mother's crayons that the kids will get to use up when they are better at taking care of crayons (Grandma had this careful style to her coloring...so, the way the crayons were means something to me and I want to share that). Oh, and, of course, there is the movie to my favorite fiction...Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!



First thing I encounter on this shelf, which I am dusting and rearranging, is a big Roget's Thesauraus from my childhood...to be used by the kids in our homeschooling.
I'm obviously not reading that for the challenge but here is a picture of Peter Mark Roget (from the book)...



2. I am using the next book to flatten out a bit of damage to the Roget's cover. Though, I know books can't be preserved forever, I try to take meticulous care of mine. :-)
This is "The History of Henry Esmond" by William Makepeace Thackery. It was purchased by my mother for 50¢ in 1978.
Goodreads description:
"Orphaned in the England of the later Stuarts, Henry Esmonde is raised by his aristocratic, Jacobite relatives the Castlewoods.
As a young man he falls in love with both Lady Castlewood and Beatrix, her beautiful, headstrong daughter, and is inspired to join the ultimately unsuccessful campaign to reinstate James Stuart to the throne.
Thackeray valued Henry Esmond more than any of his other novels and it displays many of his own memories and emotions."



3. I need to get a clear, acid-proof dust jacket for this book...ideally, I will learn to make them someday.
Goodreads description:
"A novel about a state political boss, his co-workers and his loved ones. No black and white character, James Kirkland concealed his manipulations behind a front of social impeccability and devotion to his only daughter, Anne, tragically crippled by an accident."
Goodreads author description
"Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull was born in 1888 in New Alexandria, PA. After a dozen years as a short story writer, Turnbull wrote her first novel, The Rolling Years, published in 1936. In the 14 additional novels she wrote over the next 40-plus years, Turnbull built a thorough chronicle of the Scots who settled and farmed rural Westmoreland County. Turnbull died in 1982."


4.  A short, factual book that looks to read smoothly in places.



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Amazon description:
With sympathy and understanding, this new novel by the author of The Outsiders tells the touching and meaningful story of a woman's return to the hometown she had run away from years before, and of her valiant efforts to make a place for herself there in the hearts of her kinfolks and neighbors. Set against the background of a lovely old New England village, the story of Deborah Brent is a drama of human relationships which illuminates the enduring ties that exist between people who live and work together in the small American communities of the present day.
---I have read that, due to the time period, this book may have some offensive parts.


Next, a pause to organize those catalogs and misc.:
---Figis
---Birchland Market (a lot like Figis)
---Pipes and Cigars. The cover features a tobacco called "Plum Pudding." The Christmas 2017 catalog and, while I was organizing, the mail person arrived with the January 2018 catalog.
---Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I love getting this catalog which always has a pretty cover! Today, I am interested in the Chinese Green Luobo Radish (Qingluobo)...pickles, relish, fried, fresh.
(Company's photo not mine.)


7.
155 pages. A book that belongs to, and I will be reading to, the kids...part of our second semester. #HomeschoolLife


8.
I tried reading this once before but started swimming on keeping track of some of the details of what was going on...time to try again. My mother purchased this on a Florida vacation and said that good books on Indians were easier to find in Florida.



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Goodreads description:
"The life of Julia Pallister in 17th century England (1641-1670 with Prologue set in 1723) includes her grandmother's ties with Queen Elizabeth, her father's fighting for Charles II in England's bloody civil war and her first love in famous architect-to-be Christopher Wren."


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Over on the left are a couple of the paint colors Elementary Schooler wants for his bedroom...also a red and green...Avengers colors, of course. :-)


12. A big, boxed copy of "Portrait of a Lady" by James Henry Joyce.
There are many lovely pictures...



For now, the book shelf now looks like this. :-) Challenges help with tidying. :-)


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And here's a little more that Husband got me...to get a start on replacing some titles that have come up missing and because I love the storytelling and humor. Awesome gift!!!!!

:-)



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