Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza




I've wanted to make a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza ever since I first ate one when we visited my son and daughter-in-law in Chicago. How good was that pizza? That pizza was so good that I snuck the leftovers home on the plane. 

I ran across this recipe a few months back and I decided to give it a try. Know before you start that it takes 3 1/2 to 4 hours to prepare and at least half of that time is time you spend actively baking. But it is worth it. The Chicago Deep Dish Pizza is rich and yummy.




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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR



Cathy at 746books is hosting The 20 Books of Summer ChallengeWhy not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!), read along with some of the books or just cheer her on as she tries to get that dreaded 746 down by another 20 in just 3 months? Join the 20 Books of Summer Challenge here.


Here is a tower of books I may read this summer: My rationale is in parenthesis.

Hunger by Elise Blackwell (Food Bookbox)
As They Were by M. F. K. Fisher (Food Bookbox)
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams (ARC)
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (ARC)
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (ARC)
The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Cybils)
Summer of '69 by Todd Strasser (Research)
My Friend Mr. Leakey by J. B. S. Haldane (1001 Children's Books)
Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern & Grant Faulkner (Research; ARC)
Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner (ARC)
New Kid by Jerry Craft (Cybils)
Hungry by Jeff Gordinier (ARC)
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney (Food Bookbox)
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (ARC)
French Dirt by Richard Goodman (Paris in July)
Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (Paris in July)
Vango Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle (Paris in July)
Eiffel's Tower for Young People by Jill Jonnes (Paris in July)
The Paris Project by Donna Gephart (Paris in July)
Bon Appetempt by Amelia Morris (Paris in July)
Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Paris in July)
A Walk Across France by Miles Morland (Paris in July)
Long Ago in France by M. F. K. Fisher (Paris in July)
Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann May (Paris in July)
Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris (Paris in July)
A Book that Takes Its Time: A Flow Book (Happiness)
The Little Library Cookbook (Baking; Books)
Another by Christian Robinson (Cybils)
Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes by Martin Philip (Bread Baking)
Artisan Sourdough by Casper Andre Lugg & Martin Ivar Hveem Field (Bread Baking)

Let's not even consider the Kindle books or the library books, shall we?


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: A Food Bookbox, Paris in July, House Painting, and a Tumble in the Kroger Parking Lot


 

Hunger by Elise Blackwell
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
As They Were by M. F. K. Fisher

What possible reason could I have for reading five books about food this week? To put into the Food Bookbox, of course. I'm a longtime Bookcrossing member, and I occasionally still join into bookboxes. A bookbox, if you are curious, is a box of books that travels among a group of readers. You take out the books you want from the bookbox and replace them with books you are willing to pass on to others. 

The Food Bookbox that arrived this week gave me a good reason to pull books from my TBR and read them and pass them on.

Are any of you Bookcrossing members? Do you actively Bookcross? 






Stewart O'Nan is one of those writers that is easy to overlook. His books aren't about big things---no cars crashing, no bombs exploding. O'Nan looks closely at everyday life. Henry, Himself is probably not a book some people would enjoy at all. It's simply the story of the day-to-day existence of an elderly man and his elderly life, his reminisces, his regrets, the small delights and frictions Henry faces. 



Tamara of Thyme for Tea is hosting Paris in July, a month long blogging event, with very few rules - except to focus on something Parisienne, French, or from France.... movies, books, authors, food, places, music, experiences, people, culture, history, future.... whatever you like to blog about - just do a post on something you love about Paris or France, and link it in. The linkup to sign up for Paris in July is here.




Painting. Painting. Painting. More alligator holding. And I took a tumble in the grocery story parking lot and landed on my face, resulting in some lovely purple bruising and a big fat lip. I don't know whether to blame it on the rough surface of the parking lot or my progressive lenses or a pair of new sandals or some combination of all of these. 





What did you do this week?

Did you finish any books? Anything you'd recommend?

Have you seen anything bookish you'd like to share with us?

I invite you to link up here and/or at the Sunday Salon page on Facebook each weekend (Saturday-Sunday-Monday) and let us know what you have been doing. Visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.

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My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Earthworm







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Best Books Coming This Fall

Here are the fall 2019 releases that look promising to me:



The Grammarians: A Novel by Cathleen Schine (September 3)
The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret Atwood (September 10)
Akin by Emma Donoghue (September 10)
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell (September 10)
Red at the Bone: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson (September 17)
The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett (September 24)
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (September 24)
Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) by Rainbow Rowell (September 24)
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (October 1)
Olive, Again: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout (October 15)




What are you eager to read this fall? 
Do you have any on your list that I've missed?
Do any of these look good to you?




Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up: Summer Readathon, 20 Books of Summer, Painting Our House, and Holding Alligators















There are lots of bookish things going on or coming up soon....






Sarah at Puss Reboots revealed that she has been keeping records of her reading for thirty-two years.



Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon will host a Summer Reverse Readathon on August 2nd and 3rd, especially designed for those readers who live outside the US time zones. I've already signed up.




Cathy at 746books is hosting The 20 Books of Summer ChallengeWhy not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!), read along with some of the books or just cheer her on as she tries to get that dreaded 746 down by another 20 in just 3 months? Join the 20 Books of Summer Challenge here.



Tamara of Thyme for Tea will be again hosting Paris in JulyParis in July is a month long blogging event, with very few rules - except to focus on something Parisienne, French, or from France.... movies, books, authors, food, places, music, experiences, people, culture, history, future.... whatever you like to blog about - just do a post on something you love about Paris or France, and link it in. The linkup to sign up for Paris in July will be live on June 15.




Brona’s Books is hosting the Moby Dick Readalong beginning in August of 2019 and finishing at the end of February of 2020. To let others know of your interest in joining in, leave a comment here and share on social media.




Yes, my husband and I are holding alligators to share with children through our Texas Master Naturalist group.

Does it look like I didn't get much reading done this week? In the past seven days, we have hosted my family for an early Father's Day...driven to the Hill Country to spend the day with my husband's family...had all the windows on our house replaced...volunteered a couple of times with our Texas Master Naturalist group...and, all the while, in our spare time, we have been painting the outside of our house. Whew. 



While I was reading Hungry, the story of the quest of the highly-esteemed chef Rene Redzepi for new flavors in the world, author and food critic Jeff Gordinier compared what Redzepi was searching for with Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, a vocal choir from Bulgaria known for singing in microtones, the notes in between the notes you know, "notes that have been melted and bent until they're several shades of blue." So here is this beautiful music, for your enjoyment, discovered the way I discover most things, through the pages of a book.




How was your week? 

Did you finish any good books? 

Have you run across anything book-ish that you would like to share with us? 

I invite you to link up here and/or at the Sunday Salon page on Facebook each weekend (Saturday-Sunday-Monday) and let us know what you have been doing. Visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.

Other places where you may like to link up are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.


My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Journaling






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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Widely-Held but Misguided Notions about Reading

I feel like I was put in this world to fight Widely-Held but Misguided Notions about Reading.

Here are some I hear all the time:























Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.