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The Alphabet of Our Love Book

I made a book for my husband for Valentine’s Day.  Luckily he doesn’t read this blog.  :)

I started out with this idea I found on Pinterest.

 

I decided to make it in a photo book format even though I wasn’t going to use many photos.  I made one on Shutterfly.  If you’d like to see it, please do!

alphabet

Click here to view this photo book larger

Ravenous

 

I’m loving my new book: Ravenous: A food lover’s journey from obsession to freedom by Dayna Macy.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Salt, grease, tasteless pulp in my mouth,” he says, koan-like. “I can never eat

enough corn chips to be satisfied because there’s no there there. And if I

wasn’t paying attention, I’d keep eating them to try to get what isn’t there.

“Compare this to an orange,” he says, “which is sweet and tastes like sunshine.

When you taste something, don’t only let your mouth respond. Let your heart

respond. There’s a lot of food in this world that doesn’t have much to offer

your heart.”

Wishing you sunshine in your stomach, in your heart, and in your world!  :)

The Pioneer Woman is a friend of mine!

 

I love the Pioneer Woman like she’s a friend of mine.  I go through phases like this when there is a celebrity that I really like.  I used to love Martha Stewart that way.  With her it wasn’t her person but her stuff.  Her decorating, crafts, etc.  Martha is not very approachable though.  I honestly feel like I could hang out with Ree Drummond.

She has taught me how to cook.  My mother did and my grandmother did.  Cookbooks and experience have too.  But in the past couple of years, since I discovered Ree and started watching her show, reading her blog and making her recipes, she has taught me how to cook.

With some recipes you get the idea that the author doesn’t really want you to make it well.  They leave things out.  Ree tenderly and carefully explains every detail in a girlfriend kind of way.  You know what you are doing, you feel confident, and you smile.  And when it’s all over, the recipes work!  And you have happy customers.

My brother and his family got me a Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas.  I loooooooooooove it!

I heart Twinkie Chan! She’s simply fabulous!

I just found artist Twinkie Chan and she is too cool!  She is adorable and colorful and fun.  I like how she has taken something like crocheting that may seem dated and antiquated and made it so upbeat and current.  Her crocheting is not your Mama’s crocheting!

Source: etsy.com via Karyl on Pinterest

Twinkie Chan is a San Francisco based crochet designer who creates fun, food-themed accessories. Her unique work has been featured online, in print, on television, and in art shows.  Her book, “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats To Wear” is available on Amazon.  She also has an Etsy shop.

Twinkie’s latest project is her clothing and accessories line “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” which she launched to make her signature pieces more accessible and affordable.  Good luck Twinkie!

Source: etsy.com via Karyl on Pinterest

Giving books wings

 

I am not a collector of books.  I am a giver away of books. Sure, there are a few I keep: the odd poetry book, reference books, books of art and craft, bibles and prayer books, language books. I love cookbooks. But what I read most are novels and I don’t often reread novels. Novels have wings. They are meant to fly and soar. While I’m reading a book I’m always thinking of who I know that might like it. When I finish it I give it away and I don’t want it back. In that way books travel and soar and I like to be a part of that.

 

Turning my blog into a book

 

I had a marriage blog called I Love This Husband & Wife Stuff: 365 things I love about being married.  When I got to the 365th thing, I decided to stop.  The blog is still online but I am no longer adding posts.

I wanted some physical record of the blog so I made it into a book on Blog2Print.  It is a personal keepsake.  But I also wanted to make it into a book to sell on Amazon.

I have been working on this book for a few  months.  Whereas writing the blog was mostly fun and exciting, turning the blog into a book is tedious and requires discipline.  I still want to do it but when I sit down to work on it it’s just not fun.  And, I like to have fun!

I guess that’s where commitment and hard work come in.  Just like marriage isn’t always fun, when you want to do something important or good, you have to push though the challenges and difficulties.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

So, that’s where I am now.  I have about 127 pages of text from the blog and I’m about a third of the way through.  Have you converted a blog into a book?  Are you considering it? If you have any tips or encouragement you’d like to share I’d appreciate it.  Thanks.

Self-Doubt

Bookshop in Much Wenlock, UK

Image via Wikipedia

Why has it been so hard to finish the pie book I started?  I have written and illustrated a children’s book about pies.  It’s pretty cute but I just won’t finish it.  Why?  Because I am self-conscious about my drawings.  I decided that I wanted to illustrate it myself.  If I was the only one seeing it, I’d be happy enough with the drawings.  I am no professional artist but I enjoy drawing.  It’s scary to think others would see it and critique me.  I can hear people thinking:  “What makes her think she can publish this book?  She can’t draw.  I could do that.”  Well to them, I say – do it!  Maybe I will free others to create books with their own crappy drawings.  Now I feel bad.  I’ve hurt my own feelings.  Honestly, how old will I have to be before I just don’t care what people think?  Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world (and in a mind) that didn’t care?  Where pure creation was enough?

I think  I’m going to go home and finish my book.  This pep talk/therapy session has helped.

Soon on book store shelves:  Pies, Pies, Pies!

Southern Breakfast Menu

Picture by Art by Steve Johnson

I’m continuing to read The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells.  There was a great breakfast described that I made almost verbatim for my brother’s visit this weekend.  My husband was very happy.  I get the best recipes and menus from my pleasure reading!

Here’s the breakfast:

Fresh squeezed orange juice with champagne

Picture by Ulybug

Eggs with hollandaise sauce

Picture by Bob Judge

Bacon

Picture by Mr. Usaji

Ham biscuits

Picture by Joe Foodie

Cinnamon toast, crisp and cut into triangles

Picture by Treslola

Cinnamon buns from scratch

French toast

Coffee, dark roast with cream and two sugars

Picture by Ballistik Coffee Boy

Now doesn’t that sound lovely?  The breakfast was quite a feast! 

More about the book.  The main character shares how she uses her hands to heal people while washing their hair.  I don’t have a job where I physically touch people but I believe that all of us have the potential to be a healing force in the lives of others.   A kind word.  A smile.  You can send love to those you come in contact with and make a positive difference in their days and their lives.  Just try it.

The Heat of the Day

It has been mighty hot here in DC.  It was so hot yesterday that I thought my brother who lives in Denver was going to call and brag about how cool it was there and how sweltering it is here.  He’s like that.  It was so hot last night, I thought I was going to pass out on the way home.  And I’m not just saying that.  Moving was like a slow motion movie and I could hear sluggish sounds like a recording on low speed.  Thank God I had some water.

Picture by Creative Tools

My husband’s latest is that we have to avoid “the heat of the day.”  At first it sounded funny to me, coming from Michigan and growing up in Massachusetts.  But he’s right.  He said when he lived in Houston, people avoided the heat of the day.  That people died of heat exhaustion.  That’s no joke. 

 I’m reading a book now called The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells. 

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Crowning-Glory-Calla-Lily-Ponder-Rebecca-Wells/?isbn=9780060175313

She’s the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.  The book takes place in La Luna, Louisiana (another hot place) and here’s a quick excerpt:

“In summertime, I had to wake up early.  In Louisiana, if you’re not up by 6:30 or so, you miss the whole day, because it gets so hot that you have to do indoors stuff, trying to stay cool until evening, when you can go out again.”

The book is pretty good.  The kind of book I like and a perfect summer book.  It’s got great characters.  It’s about a kind of dreamy Louisiana town in the 60s.  It’s about hair and beauty shops and big lazy porches and cornbread. 

Picture by Molajen

Picture by House of Sims

And it’s a coming of age story.  Rebecca Wells is very easy to read.  And you feel warm, cozy and a little teary at times.

Back to the heat of the day, the war over the thermostat continues at my house. 

Picture by Armigeress

I try to keep it at 72 degrees to save money but husband keeps turning it down.  It was on 69 last night.  But you know what?  When I got in that house ready to pass out, I turned a blind eye.  :)   

Picture by Moriza