Showing posts from November, 2010

Sunday Salon

My Sunday Salon will be brief, I'm feeling pretty bad with a cold. I came down with a cold yesterday.
I've not read any of my current readings, I've been too busy with the preparations of the holiday, and now with feeling sick.
Hope all of you are well and rested!

Blissful Blogging!

The Newest Book Club on Twitter

There is a new book club and it's on Twitter:
Named One Book, One Twitter.

Blissful Blogging!


"Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect-a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived in room exudes comfort and warmth."
Mary Randolph Carter
From A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign of a Misspent Life

Sunday Salon

Today has been a cloudy and chilly day, it's expected to be in the low 40's tonight with possible rain. Great weather for curling up in my favorite chair with a blanky and a cup of tea, reading my current book which is Dr. Zhivago. I've seen more than one version of the movie Dr. Zhivago, but never read the book. So far I really like it. I have felt anxious in trying to finish reading books from my TBR stack since the end of the year is approaching. I have two Vietnam War books to read for the War Through the Generations Challenge.
I also promised an author I'd read an ebook I have, Jacob's Courage by Charles Weinblatt. I've decided that those 3 books will be read next after Dr. Zhivago.
Stay warm!

Blissful Reading!

Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day---thank you! To say thank you does not seem adequate enough.

Thank you to my dad and to my son, both combat Veteran's of the United States Army.

Blissful Blogging!

Holiday Plan

I have plans during the holiday season to post a few holiday food memories of mine. I also plan to post recipes.
I would like for you as well to take part.
If you leave a comment with a recipe or holiday memory, I will re-post for all to read.
Or you can email me.

Blissful Blogging!

Sunday Salon

How are you on this first Sunday in November? Have you planned your Thanksgiving Day menu? Maybe you are traveling to another home for the holiday meal?
I will be cooking and baking the entire traditional Thanksgiving Day meal by myself, there will be 4 of us eating. I look forward to this big day! The hardest part is making sure everything is warm and ready to serve at the same time. I will start baking pies and 2 pans of cornbread (needed for southern style dressing) the day before Thanksgiving. During all of the preparing and cooking and baking, I often think of my mother. Mother died of end stage Alzheimer's in early 2008, the last Thanksgiving Day meal she was able to cook was in 1993. Interesting what memories we have that are associated with food, especially during the holidays.
What foods do you eat or bake during the holidays that are extra special because of the special memory that they hold?

I have been playing catch up with Christian fiction and non-fiction books. I …

Poem: Take Each Day As It Comes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Today is a king in disguise.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with worry, fret, and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with to high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations to waste a moment on the yesterday."

Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

@Publisher the hardback is $25.95

Link for the book @ Amazon:
Hardback $17.13
Kindle $9.99

Published June 1, 2010--304 pages--Fiction/Coming of Age Story/Food

My sister passed this book on to me for reading/reviewing. 

Rose Edelstein on the evening before her 9th birthday begins an unusual lifelong gift of tasting through food other peoples emotions. Her mother is the hub of the family, the one with the penchant for cooking, the happy and approachable parent. Rose's father is a reserved quiet man. Older brother Joseph loves astronomy.
The book follows the story of Rose from age 9 through her young adult years. In some ways it is a coming of age story in that we are given glimpses of Rose's school life, her friends, and feelings of growing up. Rose's gift gives her insight into her family's secrets and this puts her on edge as to how to handle certa…