Monday, August 24, 2015

Are YOU ready for an emergency? 10 Items to Survive

Imagine you're on your way home from an afternoon of successful errands. You have your three kids in the car, your large diet coke for fuel and you're pretty much rocking the afternoon. You're thinking about the spelling test your oldest has tomorrow and that you should have grabbed the list to be drilling her in the car. You need to remember to turn the meat in the crockpot down when you get home and do the wrinkle release on the dryer setting before soccer tonight or the uniforms will be all crumpled. But other than that, you've pretty much got the evening covered.

You're rocking out to Frozen like this funny daddy and daughter duo (press play) or Taylor Swift (come on... we're ALL feelin' twenty-two). But suddenly the radio is cut off and replaced by that annoying high-pitched beep that signals an emergency broadcast.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book Club Ideas for "Station Eleven" {by Emily St. John Mandel}

Wow...we had the most amazing time at our Station Eleven Book Club meeting.

 We planned things right having our meeting outside in the warm summer air which created the perfect ambiance for our discussion.
Part of this book follows "The Traveling Symphony" as they perform Shakespeare in different "towns" along their travels. We put up a couple small tents in Kellie's backyard to symbolize their life on the road. If you don't have your book club outside, you could still set up a small tent inside and achieve the desired effect. The exact tent which is shown on the cover of the book would be a bell tent but no one we knew had one we could borrow. (One can dream right?)


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Delicious Dish: Sunday's Brown Sugar & Bacon Baked Beans Recipe

Brown Sugar Bacon baked beans

My mom has been making these beans for almost 40 years,  tweaking my grandmother's recipe here and there and making it her own.  I have not had one recipe that has even come close to tasting as good as hers.  I think that's my opinion with all family recipes so I was excited to share this nostalgic dish for our book club party for Station Eleven. 

Kellie had little individual jars and tin cans to serve these in and it was the perfect post-apocalyptic menu item.  

Brown Sugar Bacon baked beans, Recipe

The secret is the long bake time which allows all the flavors to meld together making the beans soft, creamy, and perfectly sweet and rich.  I have a terrible sweet tooth, so this satisfies that craving, plus it's dairy and gluten free and rich in protein.  Comfort food at it's finest!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Food Ideas for "Station Eleven" {by Emily St. John Mandel}

We read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel this past month.

The whole idea behind this menu was to think organic camping food. In the book there is a group of traveling actors and musicians that go from town to town performing for the people and bringing art and music to help lift their spirits. They are called "The Traveling Symphony".  So I wanted to do the food based around them. What would "The Traveling Symphony" eat while on the road. I wanted everything to be homemade, organic from a garden or scavenged from a house.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review for "Station Eleven" {by Emily St. John Mandel}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: Station Eleven                                                                  

AUTHOR: Emily St. John Mandel                                                



GENRE: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic


SUMMARY: Station Eleven is a novel that moves back and forth through time. It spans over decades before and after the Georgia Flu hits, killing 99% of the world’s population in a matter of weeks. It’s the story of many different characters and how their lives are unknowingly intertwined with one another. Including, Arthur Leander, a famous actor and his life before the outbreak. Jeevan the man who tries to save him and how he himself tries to survive. Kirsten and the Traveling Symphony, a small group of survivors who travel though their territory performing Shakespeare to the different communities in the post-apocalyptic world. It’s a beautiful story of love, relationships, hardships, and survival.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Club Gossip: 5 Tips on Raising Kind Children

It's an inevitable discussion when you get a group of women together (most of whom are mothers) to discuss Wonder, as we did for book club last month: we all wanted to know how to raise our kids to be kind, compassionate, and caring.

I think that kindness comes naturally to some children, but with bullying consistently on the rise, it's obviously something we need to discuss and teach at home.

Here are 5 simple tips on cultivating kindness in your children:

Friday, July 31, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Read "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee

It's been over 50 years since Harper Lee published her masterpiece novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set A Watchman, released on July 14th, has been on the top of the best seller charts for the past two weeks. Amidst the controversy of this novel, many skeptics wondered about its success. Whether you think it is better or worse than Harper Lee's first novel, with it's sales at over 3 million copies, I think we can all agree that this novel has merit.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DIY Harry Potter Cardboard "Mirror of Erised" Tutorial

DIY Harry Potter Cardboard Mirror of Erised
Photo by: Summer Nicole Photography
If you know me at all, then you know I LOVE Harry Potter.

 I was thrilled when Marissa from Raegun Ramblings asked me to be a part of her Happy Harry Potter Blog Series this year and WOW, the creativity and talent from all the bloggers participating is mind blowing!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review for Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

Wonder book review


AUTHOR: R.J. Palacio

PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers



READING LEVEL: ages 8 and up

GENRE: middle grade

SUMMARY: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Club Ideas for "Wonder" {by RJ Palacio}

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.” 
― R.J. PalacioWonder

I am SO excited to be sharing our book club ideas for this incredible book. We all fell in love with "Auggie" and the wonder of WONDER and if you haven't already, it's time you did.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Food Ideas for "Wonder" {by RJ Palacio}

We have finally read the thought provoking, charming, cry worthy book,
"Wonder" by RJ Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face
Wonder was published in 2012 and has had so many rave reviews and has been discussed by many book clubs and hundreds of classrooms and schools. What better way to represent "Wonder" than by to make the food themed around elementary school!?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mr. Holmes {Book to Movie}

Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen releases July 17th and is rated PG. I watched the trailer and it looks like a good mystery. This movie is based off of the characters from Arthur Conan Doyle's books "The Sherlock Holmes Series" and the movie is based off the the novel "Sherlock Holmes: A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Delicious Dish : Best (Gluten Free!) Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I've seen this recipe all over Facebook and Pinterest and had heard fantastic things about this pizza crust, but never got around to making it.  
Well friends, this recipe fit perfectly into our book club "school theme" for WONDER and since we have a few gluten intolerant (me included) and vegetarian gals in the group I thought it would be perfect timing to test it out.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Looks from Books: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

For book club this month we read "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio which is a middle grader book which we normally don't read but Wonder is NOT a typical book.

Auggie is a fifth grader. His face is badly deformed and he spent much of his preschool years hiding under a toy astronaut helmet in and out of surgeries. When August starts attending school for the first time, he makes enemies and friends, enduring the worst kind of taunts and enjoying the best kinds of friendships.WONDER captures the dual nature of childhood, both how cruel and how tender we can be with one another. It's about the wounds we inflict and the scars we carry, all the things that teach us to do things differently the next time. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Paper Towns {Book to Movie}

Opening in Theaters July 24th, 2015

Watch the movie and go on the Ultimate Road Trip this summer with the cast of Paper Towns.
They cast is doing an actual tour and voting ended June 15th. Cross our fingers that your state got enough votes for a visit.
You should really check out the Paper Towns Movie Website because it has many cool things to explore about the movie.

Paper Towns is rated PG-13 and I for one am really excited for this one. John Green is the Author and he also wrote The Fault In Our Stars and he was very involved with the making of the movie. I think all movies where the author is more involved are always better than if they are not. 
The same two guys who wrote the screenplay for The Fault in Our Stars also wrote this screenplay, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. And it is said on IMDB that John Green's other book Looking for Alaska is currently "in development" so this book might also become a move.
Cross your fingers.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Delicious Reads Asks: What's Your Personality Type??

Whats your personality type, personality test, Color code, people code, Miers briggs

Do you know your personality type? Do you know how it affects your relationships? How about in your day to day home life or work situation? Until recently, it had been years since I'd taken a personality test. Back in high school I took the Color Code Test and learned to peg the way I would react in certain situation and discovered why I make decision the way I do. It was so interesting to me that once I could identify someone's personality, I could understand where they were coming from and even predict with pretty decent accuracy how they would behave in a given situation.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Delicious Dish: 4th of July Desserts That Will Explode in Your Mouth

Let's be real. If you live in the United States, Independence day is usually hot. But because it is the 4th of July, everyone wants to be outside doing parades, picnics, and parties. You know what all those things have in common? FOOD! Wouldn't it be nice to cool off with a July 4th dessert that will explode in your mouth?

At Delicious Reads, we want to make that happen so that while everyone else is slaving over the main dish and potato salad, we can be lazing about in a hammock with a good book. We've put together a list of 10 to-die-for desserts that will cool you off this July 4th.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book to Movie 2015 {July-September} Part 3

The trend in Hollywood continues of turning books into screenplays so we are here to keep you informed on what book-to-movie adaptions are coming up!
We put this quarterly update together so if you prefer, you can read the books that interest you before their movie is released (but we all know the books are better.)

The first movie coming out is

Friday, June 26, 2015

Get Your Summer Sizzle On--Top 10 Adult Summer Reads!

Summer is in full swing with sunny days that stretch into lazy summer evenings. Lots of family time and fun vacations! We've got long list of MUST-READS this summer! If you missed Kellie's post with 16 Books to Kick Off Your Summer Reading, be sure to check it out! I already read Girl On a Train from her list and loved it! It's a crazy, twisty psychological thriller that's getting tons of buzz! Then Rachel gave us 9 Picture Books for the Reluctant Reader for our littles and I can't wait to try them out with my little guy. 

Today is all about our . . .
Top 10 Adult Summer Reads! 
These books are hand-picked with YOU and YOUR INDIVIDUALITY in mind! I selected books from a variety of genres so there's something for everyone! Let us know which are your favs! 
Have you read any of them yet?? 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Delicious Dish: Tropical Lime Punch

Well, summer is officially here and everyone needs a go-to punch recipe.  This is, in my opinion the punch of all punch recipes.  You may have been like me and have tasted and gulped, and gone back for seconds (and even thirds) at picnics, reunions, showers, or parties, but have yet to track down the recipe and make it for yourself.

Well, you're in luck!