Wednesday, April 28, 2010

{book}worm wednesday :: we're pretending to be farmers

 Man, I'm beat. I'm not sure all of what did it today, maybe the three thousand times I repeated myself to the middle one who is forever saying, "whaat??" We think he has some serious wax build up in his ears... that or something more serious like actual hearing loss. Then there was Skills (my new nickname for him since he spends nearly every waking moment practicing his soccer footwork and enlisting me to watch him), and of course my Busy Bee who is still kind of weepy/clingy/snotty from her ear infection, etc. Besides that there were sheets to wash and stories to be read, friends to meet with, and who knows all of what else.

Suffice it to say that even though I had grand designs of featuring some wonderful books on here, I just don't have it in me tonight. Plus, the reading has been a little redundant and slow lately- though I DO have a few new ones that have been cracked open and I am looking forward to sharing them in the future. In some of my puttering around today, I started pulling books off the shelves that I have either never been able to quite get to, or have been wanting to read again for some time (as in, years). So, I'm putting together a tentative "summer pile." I think I'll just share those with you tonight. If you want to give me any feedback for those of you who have read them, and/or if you want to give me some of your own summer list ideas that will possibly inspire me down a new and different path, I would love to hear your input!

And just to explain the pictures. We had a lot of buttermilk yesterday. I was squeezing tight on the budget this week so needed to make some bread for sandwiches, toast, etc. and went back to an old recipe called "Farmhouse Buttermilk Bread" that I like for just that sort of thing. The recipe is from this book, which is a great little baking cookbook that Josh's mom gave to me sometime around when we got married. I have used it possibly more than any other cookbook I own. Which isn't saying too much since I think I have maybe 4 or 5? But still, it's a good one.

So, I also decided since it was the "nth" night in a row we were eating Chinese (helps the budget since it's pretty much just veggies and rice and a little meat), I ought to whip up a dessert with... hmm... flour, sugar, milk and eggs. My handy dandy book came to the rescue and I decided to try the Buttermilk Pie. We topped it with strawberries from down the road and homemade whipped cream. Delish. It was a hit. With all that buttermilk floating around in our stomachs, we felt a little like Almanzo after a hard days work, except we had tilled zero fields and chopped nada loads of wood.

I am dreaming of something like Chicken Cordon Bleu next week when the money rolls in.

But enough of food for now. Here is what I'm pulling off the shelf so far...
  • Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept by James W. Sire 
  • Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child by Kevin Swanson
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn (a friend is loaning this one to me while she leaves for the summer)
  • The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan
  • He Gave Us a Valley by Dr. Helen Roseveare
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey 
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (I know everyone has read it... somehow I never have)
I'm feeling like I'm going to need a novel or two in there. I also miss Jack. You know how I am about him. So, I might try to read something new from his stash or just go back to an old favorite. 

Thank you for putting up with my meager book posting. And let me remind you, buttermilk makes everything better.

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