November Book Update

Finished!!!

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.

#SundaySupper: Snickerdoodle Snack Mix

Sunday Supper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back super around the family table in every home.  This week Susan at The Wimpy Vegetarian is hosting and the theme is homemade gifts.

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! :) )

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The Weekly Dish: 11/9/2012

This is a song I really like right now.  It is by Passion Pit called Take a Walk.  I hope you enjoy!

Now on to the Weekly Dish!  These are recipes from this blog!

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Spanish Garlic Soup

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Black Rice, Roasted Carrots, and Dried Cherries

Tea and Cider Wassail

Here are recipes from blogs I follow.

Breakfast

Seeded Maple Granola from Eating for England

Cranberry Hazelnut and White Chocolate Muffins from Baker Street

Bread

Apple Bread Ring from Cake Duchess

Side Dish

Ricotta Flatbread with Pomegranate Salsa from Family Style Food

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken from Closet Cooking

Cheesy Bacon Scalloped Potatoes from ChinDeep

Main Dish

Curried Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Skillet from Naturally Ella

Spicy Mushroom-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese from Poor Girl Gourmet

Dessert

Maple Cinnamon Applesauce from Cookie and Kate

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Black Rice, Roasted Carrots, and Dried Cherries

We had friendsgiving last weekend.  It was awesome, albeit small.  But the people who did come were awesome and the food was great.  Really what more can you ask for?

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October Favorites!

Number 5- Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms, Brown Rice, Pecans, and Dried Figs

Number 4- Apple Dutch Baby

Number 3- Halloween Popcorn Cake

Number 2- Roasted Squash with Ricotta and Honey

Number 1- Chicken Chowder

Author’s Choice- Bacon-Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Asiago Cheese

#SundaySupper: Spanish Garlic Soup

#SundaySupper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back super around the family table in every home.  This week Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen is hosting and the theme is dishes that keep you warm.

I have a wonderful book called The Soup Bible.  When sunday supper decided on this theme I went straight for that book.  There is a section called winter warming soup!  Perfect!  I want to try all of them, but this one really stuck out to me.  It has a rather interesting process.  It is very simple.  However, it gets unique at the end.  You ladle the soup into single serving bowls and then crack an egg into it and put bread on top of that and bake it for a few minutes to poach the egg.  It’s brilliant and makes for a full meal.

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#cranberrylove: Cranberry Upside Down Cake

November is #cranberrylove month!!!  I am hosting this month.  In the past I have participaped in #figlove, #peachlove, #tomatolove, #icecreamlove, #pastalove, #berrylove, #greenslove, #chocolatelove.

I have been dying to make an upside down cake!  So, when I was looking for recipes for this month’s love blog hop and stumbled upon a cranberry upside down cake- I was hooked!  I also love bundt cakes, so I decided to put the cake in my bundt cake mold.  It makes everything prettier.  Don’t you think?

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The Weekly Dish: 11/2/2012

The Weekly Dish!  These are recipes from this blog for the last week.

Roasted Pumpkin and Coconut Milk Soup

Halloween Popcorn Cake

These are recipes from other blogs I follow.

Breakfast

Pumpkin Crepes from Take a Mega Bite

Bacon Potato Tart from Food on the Food

Apple Cider Pancakes from Baking Serendipity

Main Dish

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Winter Squash and Seared Radicchio from Eats Well With Others

Shrimp and Feta Pasta from Noshing with the Nolands

Dessert

Bourbon Apple Pies from Boozed + Infused

Mexican Wedding Pumpkin Cookies from Vegetarian Ventures

Apricot, Pear, and Persimmon Crumble from Feed the Piglet…

Roasted Pumpkin and Coconut Soup

I love soup!!!  And I have never made anything with real pumpkin.  Therefore, last time I went to the farmer’s market I decided to buy one.  For some reason I was really nervous about cooking with a real pumpkin, but it was so easy!  Just like squash, except bigger.  I don’t know what else I am going to make with pumpkin.  But, I definitely am going to use it more this fall!

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