Archive for January, 2012

A Gift From The Sea

01/20/2012

GIFTABLY GREAT
“The problem is … how to remain whole in the midst of the distractions of life; how to remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center; how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come.”
Doesn’t that just about sum it up? Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s meditations on motherhood, simplicity, and her place in the world ring as true today as they did more than fifty years ago. A contemplative tour de force.

A GIFT FROM THE SEA, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1955; Pantheon, 1991)

Mixed Berry Cobbler

01/08/2012

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Ingredients

2 tablespoons whole-grain pastry flour
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed berries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Preparation

Preheat the over to 375°F. Place six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups in a baking pan.

Whisk the flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces, add to the bowl, and rub with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly.

In a medium bowl, combine the berries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Toss to mix. Spoon a half cup of the berry mixture into each ramekin. Sprinkle each with a half tablespoon of the crumbly dough.

Bake until the topping is golden and the berries are bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Makes 6 cobblers

Per cobbler: 83 calories, 16 g carbohydrates, 1 g protein, 2 g total fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 3 g dietary fiber, 1 mg sodium

A Babe In Ghostland by Lisa Cach

01/06/2012

A Babe In Ghostland by Lisa Cach:

Megan Barrows has retired from a brief career as a ghost-busting phychic and now uses her sixth sense to fill her Seattle antiques store with objects with happy pasts. After once nearly having the soul sucked out of her by a maleovlent spirit, she prefers a quiet life.

Case Lambert is a real estate prospector who restors old houses, than sells them for profit. He has just bought a dilapidated manison so amazing that he wants to keep it for himself, but the house appears to be haunted. Seriously haunted. A few inquiries lead him to Megan Barrows.

Megan at first refuses to help, but Case is a master of persuasion. Moving into the mansion, they discover that one of the ghosts has a thing for Case–and there may be even more amorous spirits inside this veritable paranormal vortex. But it soon becomes clear that no one–dead or alive–can stop Megan and Case from ending up in each other’s arms….

page total update as of 1/6/2012

01/06/2012

I am trying to read a total of 1,000,000 pages. I started this last year.

 

This year I read 198 books and 66,317 pages. I read an average of 334 pages out of each book. During the 365 days last year I read an average of 181 pages a day. When added to last 2010’s totals I read 118,331 pages and 361 books. On average I read 327 pages out of each book. Over the last 730 days I have read 162 pages each day. So I have to read 881,669 more pages to reach 1,000,000

The Books I read in December

01/06/2012

Kissing Comfort Jo Goodman
Historical Romance
9/10
378 pages
Library

High Anxiety
Charlotte Hughes
Mystery
10/10
291 pages
Library

She Shoots To Conquer
Dorothy Cannell Mystery
9/10
294 pages
Library

Twlight Whispers
Barbara Delinksy
Fiction
8/10
416 pages
Audio book
Library

Eclipse
Stephanie Meyer
Paranormal
10/10
629 pages
Library

Once Upon A Time, There Was You
Elizabeth Berg Fiction
9/10
304 pages
Audio book
LIbrary

The Glass Lake
Maeve Binchy
Fiction
9/10
757 pages
Own

Derik’s Bane
MaryJanice Davidson
Paranormal Romance
10/10
292 pages
Library

Serendipity
Carly Phillips
Contemporary Romance
10/10
283 pages
Library

The Last Time I Saw You
Elizabeth Berg
Fiction
9/10
288 pages
Audio book
Library

Roses For Christmas
Betty Neels
Romance
10/10
219 pages
Library

The House Next Door
Anne Rivers Siddons
Fiction
9/10
356 pages
Library

A Night To Surrender
Tessa Dare
Historical Romance
9/10
372 pages
Library

Thief Of Hearts
Tess Gerritsen
Suspense
9/10
360 pages
Library

Broken Flower
V.C. Andrews
Fiction
9/10
422 pages
Library

Christmas Cookie Murder
Leslie Meier
Mystery
10/10
314 pages
Library

Glory, Glory
Linda Lael Miller
Fiction
8/10
287 pages
Library

Books Can Be Deceiving
Jenn McKinlay
Mystery
10/10
282 pages
Library

High Heels and Holidays
Kasey Michaels
Fiction
9/10
328 pages
Library

The Winter Rose
Jennifer Donnelly
Fiction
8/10
707 pages
Library

Heart Of The Tiger
Lindsay McKenna
Silhouette Romance
9/10
251 pages
Library

Murder Of A Creped Suzette
Denise Swanson
Mystery
10/10
252 pages
Library

Devoured By Darkness
Alexandra Ivy
Paranormal Romance
9/10
368 pages
Library

The Lion
Nelson DeMille
Suspense
8/10
448 pages
Audio book
Own

The Gemel Ring
Betty Neels
Harlequin Romance
9/10
187 pages
Library

Very Merry Mysteries
Various Authors
Fiction
10/10
469 pages
Library

Fantasy
Various Authors
Romance
9/10
373 pages
Own

A Hero For Dry Creek
Janet Tronstad
Inspirational
Romance
10/10
245 pages
Own

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

01/03/2012

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Large hard pretzels are drizzled in chocolate for a decadent treat!

INGREDIENTS
12 large whole wheat pretzels
1 cup dark chocolate chips
waxed paper

DIRECTIONS
Melt chocolate in microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Dip top half of pretzel in chocolate and place on waxed paper. Repeat with all 12 pretzels. Place in refrigerator to cool.
Makes 12 servings.

Number of Servings: 12

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 169.7
Total Fat: 4.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 59.1 mg
Total Carbs: 31.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.0 g
Protein: 3.7 g

Wife For Hire by Janet Evanovich

01/02/2012

I finished my first book of 2012 on January 1st.

Wife For HIre by Janet Evonovich- Audio Book

Hank Mallone knows he’s in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue’s reputation. Will his harebrained sceme to get a bank loan for his business backfire one Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and less the gossips take a look?

Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she’s too intrigued by his offer to say no…and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal is strictly business, both agree, unitl Hank turns out to be every fantasy she ever had.