It’s Foodie Pen Pal reveal day! I had a delicious foodie pen pal package from my new friend Diana. It was great! I love getting mail :)
I got peanuts, chocolate, cornbread and blackberry jam. All these items are from Virginia. I have never been to Virginia so this was a nice taste of a new place. I have already finished off the peanuts and chocolate. Next I am going to make some cornbread and I think I am going to make pop tarts out of the blackberry jam :)
If you want to see what I mailed you can go check out Elizabeth over at Being Elizabeth. I sent her a yummy Minnesota package.
Next month we are changing it up and encouraging everyone to donate money to charities for hurricane sandy. You can check more out on that here.
I love Thanksgiving dinner. We always have family favorites and it is so good. We normally have leftovers, but my family usually eats the leftovers just like they are. We don’t make new dishes out of them. So for this Sunday Supper I had to do a little investigating to see what we could make.
I was given this recipe by a really good friend of mine. I love getting handwritten recipes from people. It feels so authentic and personal to me. These are recipes that people share with their loved ones. And then they took the time to sit down and write it. I adore handwriting. Mine is not the best, but if I write very slowly I can produce something I am proud to share. Also, since people so rarely give handwritten recipes anymore, it feel extra special to me!
I love apple cider. It is one of my favorite things about fall and winter. Drinking the warming, cozy treat is cemented in my memory- associated with home, family and love. This recipe takes those flavors in a whole new direction!
I listened to all of these books on audiotapes. I really enjoyed it. I think I am addicted!
Stardust by Gaiman, Neil- I saw the movie first. I really liked the movie, so I wanted to read the book. I ended up liking the movie better, possibly because I saw it first. But the action in the movie was much more compelling. The book was kind of anticlimactic. Still a good read. I would be interested in what other people thought about the book vs movie.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Bauermeister, Erica- I was disappointed by this book. It took leaps I couldn’t take with it. Saying that food had this amazing, huge effect on people. This coming from a food blogger- right?! But really it was so over the top. I think a good meal is a wonderful thing to be cherished, but I also think recipes are important. I think that good meals can communicate how much you care for someone, but so can talking. This book made it sound like the food was more important than almost everything else going on.
Island Beneath the Sea by Allende, Isabel- I really enjoyed this book. It is historical fiction set in pre-Independence Haiti and then moved to New Orleans. The character development was fantastic. You really understand the different character’s perspectives. I knew very little about that time period, so I learned a lot. Allende does a wonderful job creating the world that she transports you to. I highly recommend this book.
To Be Read
Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa
What books have you read lately? Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
This is a really easy mix to make! My sister loves snickerdoodles. My mom makes those, but when I found this recipe- I knew I had to make it for my wee little sister (who isn’t that little, but she will always be my little sister! :) )