After school Delly ran to Ferris Boyd. "Hey," she said softly, and fell in beside her, like they'd been friends forever.
She waited till they were at the bridge to ask, "Ferris Boyd, did you see? I didn't fight." Then she told her, without saying a word, I heard you.
Ferris Boyd stopped and turned to Delly. her eyes were still sad, but there was something else in them. Something like a smile.
It was only a second. Her head went down again, and she was shuffling along the road.
It was all Delly needed. Ferris Boyd had heard her, too. "All right then." She grinned. (168)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
"Magnus? Magnus Bane?""That would be me." The man blocking the doorway was as tall and thin as a rail, his hair a crown of dense black spikes. Clary guessed from the curve of his sleepy eyes and the gold tone of his evenly tanned skin that he was part Asian. He wore jeans and a black shirt covered with dozens of metal buckles. His eyes were crusted with a raccoon mask of charcoal glitter, his lips painted a dark shade of blue. He raked a ring-laden hand through his spiked hair and regarded them thoughtfully. Children of the Nephilim," he said. "Well, well. I don't recall inviting you." (218-219)
Roof Beam Reader
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I do want to honor Lisa's questions with answers so here they are...
1. Could you eat the same thing for lunch every day? What would it be? Yes, Sushi.
2. How many library books do you have checked out right now? Only two but they are both overdue. 'Nuf said.
3. Do you feel strongly about specific music? or more of a music in general type person? I love music in general but am not a fan of heavy metal or opera. I lean toward Jack Johnson, The Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift, John Prine, The Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel.
4. What is your favorite brick and morter retail store? I love a store on our eclectic Main St. called Vintage Iron.
5. What is your favorite online store? The Gap
6. What is your favorite moment of heartstopping romantic tension? (Book, movie, music, tv, real life, art, anywhere.) Heart-stopping romantic tension makes me think of Claire and Jaime in Gabaldon's Outlander series.
7. What is the first book you remember reading? Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss over and over to my two younger brothers.
8. Are you creative in any way? How so? Yes, I like to write. I do knit but have yet to really produce items that people will actually wear.
9. Not counting your family, pets, and vital personal documents/pictures, what one thing would you save in a fire? The oval table that sits by my side door. It belonged to my grandmother.
10. What is your favorite type of vacation (museums, beach, cabin, mountains, theme parks)? Hands down; the beach. My second though is the mountains of Colorado.
11. What is the most surprising or unexpected thing you've done in the last 12 months? disagreed with my superintendent. Eek.
Katie L. (who just needs something to smile about after her painful week)
1. What book character is crush-worthy to you?
2. What is your favorite library memory; either public or school?
3. What is your favorite state?
4. What is the best time of day for you?
5. If you could direct a movie of one book-what book would it be?
6. What is your favorite guilty pleasure (massage, expensive haircut, high priced coffee)?
7. What is the worst book to movie adaptation you've ever experienced?
8. Describe your dream vacation.
9. What musical artist or song would play on the soundtrack of your life?
10. What is the one food that brings back blissful childhood memories?
11. What form of exercise do you actually like?
Have fun! Feel free to play along...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Chronicles of Prydain was a favorite of one of my college professors. She ran the Library Science program at the time I was studying to be a teacher-librarian. Any time I see the series I think of her and because I'm taking a class on fantasy I decided to give it a try. I've no idea why it took me so long-it was a wonderful!
When Hen Wen escapes and Taran goes after her, he finds himself farther from home than he's ever been. Soon he begins to realize that heroism is not easy task. With the dreaded Horned King on the loose and King Arawn gathering the forces of evil, Taran must look past his own dreams to warn the population of Prydain-before it's too late.
I love how fantasy so easily transports me away to another land and this one did just that. I imaged trudging through the lands of Prydain with Taran, Eilonwy and Gwydion as they follow through with each quest and do battle with the Horned King. This one has very typical good vs. evil crisis but the characters bring it completely to life. Eilonwy is a natural rebel-always curious and never willing to just follow along. She is perfect example of a positive female character and she can do a little magic! I also love a hero who's shy and humble and Taran and Prince Gwydion both have these characteristics. I'm anxious to read the next in the series, The Black Cauldron, to discover the next adventure awaiting Taran and Eilonwy.
Did every one else read this one in high school? Better late than never for me!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This was a spur-of-the-moment recipe and some substituting occurred. Graham crackers aren't a regular feature in my pantry except during the summer and early Fall s'more high season. Club crackers on the other hand are a staple plus I like that salty/sweet sensation.
Brownie S'Mores Bars (makes 36 treats)
adapted from So Sweet! (Sur La Table p. 30-31)
1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (Club Crackers)
1 T. sugar
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
6 ozs. semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup sugar
2 large farm fresh eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows (I used regular-sized and groovy girl cut them into fourths)
1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350*F. Turn a 9-inch square baking pan upside down and mold a piece of aluminum foil to the outside. You should have about an inch of aluminum foil overhang. Slide the foil off the pan bottom, and turn the pan over. Slip the foil inside the pan. Fold down any foil that extends past the top edges over the outside. Lightly butter the foil or use spray.
2. Place the crackers crumbs, and sugar in a medium bowl. Pour the melted butter over the cracker crumbs and stir with a silicone spatula until the mixture is evenly moistened. Smash any lumps (groovy girl's job)
3.Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and use your clean fingers to press it into an even layer over the bottom of the pan.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Using oven mitts, transfer the pan to a cooling rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Leave the oven on.
5. Put the chocolate on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, chop the chocolate into small pieces. Put the butter in a medium saucepan, place over low heat, and heat until it melts. turn off the heat, and move the pan to a heatproof surface. Add the chocolate to the pan, let it sit for 2 minutes, then whisk until blended. The chocolate should be very smooth. If it is still lumpy, let it sit for another minute or two, then whisk again. Scrape the chocolate mixture into a large bowl.
6. Whisk the sugar into the chocolate mixture until fully blended. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, blending well after each egg is added. Whisk in the vanilla. Finally, whisk in the flour and salt. Whisk slowly at first, then fast until batter is smooth and shiny. It will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.
7. Using a spatula, scrape the batter into the crust and smooth the top. Bake for 25 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the pan from the oven, set it on a heat proof surface. Carefully sprinkle the mini marshmallows evenly over the top. Gently press on the marshmallows so they mush into the brownies a bit.
8. Return the pan to the oven and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, or until the brownie mixture feels firm when lightly pressed, or do the clean toothpick trick. Transfer to the cooling rack and let cool completely.
9. To remove brownies from the pan, lift the foil out from opposite corners. Set brownies on cutting board and peel back the foil.
10. Spray a chef's knife and cut into 6 equal strips. Then repeat across the other way to make even bars. Store in an airtight container or resealable zip-lock for up to 5 days.
Taste test: We waited for them to cool (almost) and sliced them with no problems. They were delicious and my husband (the only one in the house lacking a sweet tooth) went back for seconds. I would make them again using Club Crackers-I thought it added a different twist and graham crackers might make it over sweet for us. I hardly ever use milk chocolate chips preferring dark or semi-sweet. My environmentally-friendly self would use parchment paper in the pan instead of foil next time I make them. I think it would work just the same since I am not a fan of cooking with or in tinfoil.
I like it when I can create something this yummy with supplies I already have on hand. Too often recipes call for two to ten odd ingredients that I have to shop for which is fine sometimes but it is always nice to whip something up without that added shopping trip. As I grow as a "chef" I've learned what will make good substitutions, even in baking.
Weekend Cooking meme. Click the link to see other food-related posts. I posted about So Sweet!
for another Weekend Cooking post about whoopie pies.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
As the roles of librarians emerge and change we have a wide array of duties that fit in our hats. We feel, at times, out of place. We can learn a lot from teacher's collaborative meetings but rarely get the opportunity to go. As our district buys into reading plans we don't feel needed in a meeting about reading. Our role is ever more crucial to guide students into independent thinking, decision-making, and to nurture life-long readers. It is a struggle to get administrators at the highest level to understand it is much greater and as simple as picking a book. Long live librarians!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
So today I say I love calm. I need to embrace it and bring it forth more each day. My day at school is class after class and when I have a lot of student-led projects happening I end up working through my lunch to get supplies sorted and ready. After busy work days I am grateful to come home and peacefully make dinner, enjoying my time with children.
This week though I've yet to make a real dinner at home. Amy's mac and cheese and some vegetables on a plate do not count for a family meal but that is what I left my children with as I pulled down the driveway headed to my daughter's school conference and then to an art class I'm taking. Last night was similar as Groovy Girl had a make-up skating lesson and I helped at a school fundraiser right after. Two activities each night is exhaustive to my mind and spirit. How do you deal with your hectic schedules?
Breathe. Peace. Calm is what I love.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
|Tarah interrupting my reading.|
|Bella's too big for the love seat now|
|Trying to nap|
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As a young girl I loved curling up in my room and reading the day away. Today is no different-I squirrel away moments to read as I make dinner, while I wait in line, as I eat lunch at work and especially while I soak in a quiet bath. I read with my two older children as they moved into middle school age and now read religiously with my youngest. I'm
I began to close the bag, then changed my mind. "Want a Life Saver?"
She cocked her head skeptically. "Depends on the flavor."
"Butter Rum," I said.
Brightening, she nodded-a girlish bounce of her head that sent a thrill through me. I peeled the damp foil back so she could take one.
"I forgot how good these are." She was rolling the candy noisily around her tongue. (5)
I love this scene as it introduces both Claire and Julian. In this moment standing in the rain she holds a yellow umbrella and he is soaked. Their relationship in the beginning throes seems picture perfect except Julian hesitates unsure of himself and she waits expectantly. Oh-the thrill of a good book! This one is a keeper.
Last week I got inspired to use them but realized I hadn't copied down the original recipe. I did what everyone does; I googled a new recipe and this is what I found at Healthy Green Kitchen, a new foodie blog for me! Winnie at HGK credits Ree Drummond (do I even have to say it...Pioneer Woman) for her recipe. I made them and we've been eating them all week in different easy meals.
*4 slices organic uncured bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces- optional; bacon lends a nice smoky saltiness but you can leave out for vegetarian beans
*1 teaspoon course sea salt or to taste
*1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
*1 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste
*1 teaspoon chili powder or to taste
The first night we had them with brown rice, chopped tomatoes, a little curry sauce and whole wheat wraps. In the middle of the week I had them on top of a green salad while my children ate pasta. Last night I turned the last of them into my food processor with a little water, fresh squeezed lime juice and a few diced tomatoes with juice and created a refried bean consistency. We had soft shell small tacos using the beans as our base with freshly shredded mozzarella, avocado, tomatoes, and green lettuce from our co-op. The beans were delicious! My kids didn't even realize they were eating the leftover beans re-purposed!
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
He is the perfect husband for me.
|(He is a prisoner to his phone)|
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I do plan to write reviews still for Sing You Home (Dec.), The Book of Three (great fantasy) and Claire Marvel, which was as amazing as The History of Love.
- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. 312 pages. 2011.
- emma and me by Elizabeth Flock. 292 pages. 2004.
- Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. 466 pages. 2011
- Bigger Than a Bread Basket by Laurel Snyder.
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. 1964.
- The Geranium Farm Cookbook by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
- Claire Marvel by John Burnham Schwartz. 2002.
I deeply love my children all the time but I am very nearly giddy when they get along, showing mutual respect and kindness for each other (not the terms they would use.) This morning in the bathroom was an example of this or when Teenage Boy helps Groovy Girl with her homework. There are many more times when he is big brother mean to her and she sobs little girl sobs and maybe those times make me appreciate the camaraderie that can occur. Life is rocky-I hope they can learn to count on each other.