Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Club - In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

" 'Happy New Year Miri, I hope someday I have a daughter exactly like you.' He ruffled her hair.
'I am your daughter' Miri told him inside her head.
'I know.' Henry whispered, as if he'd actually heard what she hadn't said."

" 'It's going to be a great adventure.' Rusty whispered.  Miri never thought about her mother being adventurous.'

" 'So long Cowgirl,' she says softly.  'I'll see you in my dreams.'
'Not if I see you first.' "

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume is a big favorite of mine, so this has been on my list since it was announced.  This is for the Female Author category in the reading challenge.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Instagram - 90 books reviewed

I took a long hard look at some of the books on the shelves, and got rid of the ones that I knew I would not cook from - the old retro books and charity sale ones that I bought just to buy something, a few I held on to because I thought I "had to" - but really, no one is going to notice, and Marti is not going to show up and be furious with me because I no longer have the cookbook she bought me as a housewarming gift 8 years ago.  Marti probably doesn't even remember buying me that book.
By the end, I got rid of a lot of books - easily 40.  I was glad to see them go.

A few notables that have left - a book on sandwiches, a raw food cookbook that I bought when we were moving from Calgary, God knows why, and Nigella Summer, which shocked me a bit, but this book and I have never really jived.  It has some great sounding boozy desserts that I wish I'd tried before I stopped drinking, and a wonderful ice cream section, but I don't have an ice cream maker, so out the door it went. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Something I Like - Zoku Slush and Shake Maker

The Mother In Law bought The Boy one of these in the Spring - a Zoku Slush and Shake maker.  
It's basically a cup you put in the freezer ahead of time and then 
when you're ready to use it, you put the frozen cup in the holder, add your liquid and 
soon enough you've got a slush or shake for one or two people.  
I vividly remember having a Donvier ice cream maker for a couple of years 
when I was a kid that was the same thing on a bigger scale.  
And since I still harbor dreams of one day owing an ice cream maker again, 
I was excited to see how this would work.

Here's what you get - the outer cup holder, the inner cup that gets frozen, and a spoon.
The only downside to the cup is that the inner cup needs to be frozen in advance, 
so you can't have it sitting in your cupboard and then decide you want to use it right then.  
But since it doesn't take up much room, ours just sits in our freezer all the time.

Out of sight, out of mind is how 6 year olds work, so it took us quite a while 
before we remembered to try it out, and our first choice was a good old coke slush.  
It was of course super easy to make, and The Boy thought it was fun to do. far that's been it!  I'm sure we will get more use out of it, 
and I'm very interested in trying a small batch of ice cream.  
This is a cute, easy to use gadget. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Club - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

"A half moon had come up, and the light was bright enough to pick out the leaves of the mallow plants growing on the roadside, but the shadows in the clefts of the rock could hide anything."

" 'I told you that the Blessed Sacrament was not alone, for you were there.  But what of you, ma chere?  Were you alone?'
I stopped and looked at him for a moment before answering.
'No,' I said.  'I wasn't.' "

"Not a gift, but a trust.  Fiercely to cherish, softly to guard.  The words spoke themselves and disappeared into the groined shadows of the roof."

Also for the Summer Reading Club - A Book Over 500 pages.  And it was.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sunday Dinner - Burgers and Vegan Cookies

This was a Sunday Dinner organized at the last minute - so we went with premade burger patties from the store, with salad and green beans, and cookies for dessert. 
The burgers were President's Choice brand, and they were really really good. 

I am in love with cold cooked green beans this summer; we've been (hee hee) having them at least once a week. My method is simple - a large pot of water is brought to 
the boil, a few spoons each of sugar and salt are added to the water, 
and the whole beans, ends removed, are added for 4 or 5 minutes. 
 Just until tender crisp. When done they are drained and shocked in ice water,
 and then put in the fridge until dinner time. 

These cookies were real winners from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz 
and Terry Hope Romero.  Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies.  
Very good, and very easy to make.  
I didn't think the raspberry was evident in the cookies,
 but my tastebuds don't work so well any more, so maybe it was just me.  
They were a hit at home and at work. 

Recipe here.