Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wrapped in Rain

Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin is the book our book club read for this month. This is the fifth book that I have read by Charles Martin, and though not my favorite one, definitely one worth reading. The beginning of the story is slow, but if you stick with reading the book, I don't think that you will be disappointed. It is a story of love, family, and forgiveness. The characters are well developed. Parts of it were sad, but parts were funny and I had to chuckle at a few of the things that characters did. Someone in book club thought that it would make a good movie and I would tend to agree.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Summer A User's Guide

Summer, A User's Guide by Suzanne Brown is a fun book to look at. If you love summer, you will enjoy this book. There are great photographs, recipes, and instructions for a variety of things. It is seperated into different sections including
  • the summer house and garden
  • the great outdoors
  • games, indoors and out
  • the summer table
  • for kids
  • how to fix or cure just about anything
One recipe that I want to try is for dulce de leche-an ice cream topping. If you want to know more about the author, click here to see her blog. There is also a website that is about her book here.
Looking through this book makes me wish that I could spend the summer at the ocean or at a lake cabin with a bunch of friends.

Coming soon-my 100th post and a giveaway.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

rain, rhubarb, and rice

It is the first week of my summer vacation and it is supposed to rain off and on at least through Friday. It is not all bad, since we haven't gotten a ton of rain this spring. But I can't go on a long bike ride without wondering if I will get wet. I just got a new bike yesterday-it's blue and the first brand new bike I have ever owned.
I was at dad's yesterday and got a bunch of rhubarb. I am going to make rhubarb jam using a recipe that came from home-don't know the origin. It is my kind of recipe (only four ingredients and short instructions).
Rhubarb Jam
5 cups cut up rhubarb
1/2 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 3-ounce strawberry jello
Cook rhubarb, sugar and water til rhubarb is done. Add jello and stir well.
I am going to make a double batch of this later today.
I found a fun website (compliments of Susan Meissner's blog) that lets you test your word knowledge and donate rice to the UN World Food Program at the same time. You can find it at