Friday, November 27, 2015

Our book club picks for 2016 are...

It's always difficult (understatement) when we choose our books to read for the next year, especially when I make sure our selection has a mix of: Fiction, Young Adult, Classics, Non Fiction and Historical Fiction. 

It's a balancing act to find books that we really want to read along with books that stretch my members outside of their usual reading comfort zones. But, I think we achieved the impossible and created a fabulous book line up for next year and I'm excited to read and discuss EVERY SINGLE one of these books!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review for "The Thirteenth Tale" {by Diane Setterfield}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: The Thirteenth Tale
AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
GENRE: Gothic Suspense novel

Famous author Vida Winter has spent her life weaving spellbinding tales of alternate lives for herself. Now that she is old and ill, she is ready to reveal the truth about her haunting and extraordinary past. She is ready to reveal her truth to Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness of the feral twins, a ghost, the mysterious disappearing of a governess, and a devastating fire. Both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets and the ghosts that haunt them still.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Victor Frankenstein {Book to Movie}

In the mood for a gothic thriller movie? Then go watch 
coming out November 25th
This movie comes out over the Thanksgiving Holiday and I know in our family Thanksgiving means we go to the movies.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Make Your Own "Dirty" Sodas {FREE Printable Recipes}

free printable dirty soda recipes delicious reads

Let's get down and dirty people! It's nearly midnight and you literally have to finish the last 30 pages of the latest book in the Throne of Glass series. You need a pick me up, but its too late to drive somewhere and you NEED it now. You could just grab a can of pop (I'm saying pop here because I come from Washington State originally, and the word 'soda' still sounds weird to me). Except a can of soda (yep, still is weird) is just, well, kind of boring.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 {Book to Movie}

Are you guys ready for the final installment of the Hunger Games movies? 
comes out November 20th and I for one can't wait.
Are you going to dress up and go to the midnight premiere?
They are projecting this movie will have an opening of $121.5 million. Will you help make the movie hit this projection and see it opening weekend?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Throw Yourself a Mockingjay Party!

Buy Your Ticket Early
Mockingjay Part 2 comes out November 20th but you might be able to see it a couple of days earlier. Check your local movie theater they are probably selling tickets already. One of our local theaters is doing a double feature on November 18th and it's not sold out yet. You still have time to get your tickets and be a crazy fan. It's time to dress up and be a revolutionist or someone from the Capitol. Have fun, this is the final movie in the series so live It Up!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Harry Potter Inspired Pumpkin Pastie Recipe

Yesterday on Instagram I posted a photo of my BEAUTIFUL Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone book next to these scrumptious Pumpkin Pasties I made and got several requests to post my recipe so here it is!

And don't think that these pumpkin delights are just for Harry Potter fan, oh no. These mini pies are for any PUMPKIN and/or DESSERT FANS. These pasties are a glorified mini pumpkin pie that are the perfect size to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Without further adieu, here's the recipe, enjoy!

Harry Potter Inspired Pumpkin Pasties

Filling makes about 4 dozen miniature pasties.

2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1- 1 lb. can pumpkin

1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 2/3 cups evaporated milk (1 can)
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 boxes of 9 oz pie crust pastry (enough for two single standard pie crusts per box)

DIRECTIONS: Add all pie filling ingredients into bowl and mix well until smooth. Bake the pie filling only (no crust) in a large casserole dish in hot oven (425 degrees) for 15 minutes. Keep oven door closed and reduce temp. to 350 degrees and continue baking for 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of dish comes out clean.

1. Cool filling on wire rack.

2. Make or purchase pie crust pastry. Roll thin and cut into circles approx 4" in diameter. (I used a dessert bowl to make my circles since I didn’t have a cookie cutter that would work.)

3. Add a spoonful of cool pumpkin mixture towards one side of the center of the cut out pie crust circles. Fold circles over the crust into a half-circle and firmly crimp the edges closed with fork.

4. Brush pasties with egg white wash (with a dash of salt) and slice three small slits in the top for venting. Place pasties on a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 400 degrees until crust is a light golden-brown, around 9-12 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature. As another option, you can brush butter on top instead of egg white wash and sprinkle cinnamon sugar for an even sweater treat.

Friday, October 23, 2015

16 Favorite Halloween Picture Books

One of the best parts of each holiday for us readers is finding the perfect holiday-themed picture books to share with our kids! Such a fun way to spend time together and get psyched up for the next holiday. So today we want to share 16 of our favorite (non scary) Halloween picture books to read aloud to kids.

16 fantastic Halloween/Fall Books to read aloud to kids!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GUEST POST: Alix with A Ruffled Life- 5 things moms can't help but talk about with other moms (BOOK CLUB GOSSIP)

In June I joined this most amazing book club: Delicious Reads. Every month I look forward to reading a new book, discussing that book, and most of all socializing with some of my favorite people ever at book club. We talk a lot and we talk about a lot of different topics from eyebrow tweezing to kale consumption to faith. But being that many of us are mothers, we cannot control our conversations drifting to the realms of motherhood. It is actually quite hilarious that we can't help but talk about our kids because for many of us it is the one night a month we get a break from those little ones. Even without kiddos tugging on our hands, we just have to talk mom talk and after 6 months of book club I have compiled a list of 5 things moms can't help but talk about with other moms:

1. Birthing
Epidural, natural, water birth, at home, matter where or when or how that child was born, moms love to share their birth stories. From the first contractions to crowning we tell those birth stories like they carry the significance of Columbus setting foot on a newly discovered continent. And for the history of us, those birth stories are that significant. You know what I love most about hearing birth stories at book club? I view those moms as warriors. Giving birth is, like, really hard and those moms are so brave. Please don't spare us any fluid-covered details!

2. Sleep habits
I am totally guilty of being too lax in the sleep-training department. Some book club moms are like sleep-training ninjas. The 007 of sleep training. They just seem to have their crap together in regards to their family's sleep schedule and those moms have so much knowledge to share. I can tell that sleep training has been a beacon of light in their life and I come to book club like, "please tell me your ways and help me!"

3. Eating habits
While we chow down on cake bite and spinach dip our conversations are made up of breast milk and peanut butter allergies. Perhaps it is because the task of feeding little ones can be all consuming. I mean they eat A LOT. I feel like a professional cook with terrible pay! And I love hearing that other moms have the same thoughts as me: "What do I feed my kids?", "How do I get them to eat what I make?", "Is macaroni and cheese even healthy?", "How long should I boil eggs?", "Did they notice the spinach I snuck in there?", "Death to high-fructose!".

4. Our boobs
Whether you breastfeed or not, boobs have everything to do with motherhood. Six weeks into my pregnancy with my first child Liam I looked down to see stranger's breasts on my chest. Of course they were mine, but pregnancy hormones had forever changed them and with nursing and subsequent pregnancies those changes just keep appearing (and usually in a more droopy direction). Get two moms together and there is no stopping them from talking about the crisis that is our breasts. Boob talk isn't superficial either. It's more a mutual appreciation for the lack of control we have over the boob situation.

5. Reading and our children

Be it that we are a book club, we all happen to enjoy reading. Moms at book club are always a well of knowledge when it comes to ways of integrating reading into the lives of our children. From children's book suggestions to reading habits I always leave with a renewed appreciation for the magic of reading and how positive the influence of reading with your children can be. I hope that when I read to my kids every night they too will develop a love for reading!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Club Ideas for "Murder on the Orient Express" {by Agatha Christie}

We read another book by Agatha Christie a couple of years ago And Then There Were None. We loved it so much and had so much fun putting a creepy book club night together that we wanted to read another one of her books. So we picked her second most famous book,

We've already posted our Food Ideas and Menu and our Book Review so be sure to check those out as well.

Jen was our moderator and host for this book club and I know she spent MONTHS preparing for us to have a memorable night. A couple of weeks before book club Jen emailed each of us our character bio. She put together a dinner murder mystery and each of us had a character to play. We didn't know our exact roles in the dinner mystery until we arrived that night.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Food Ideas for "Murder on the Orient Express" {by Agatha Christie}

We had SO much fun reading and discussing Murder on the Orient Express, we highly recommend reading it for yourself or in your book club! I promise, you WON'T guess who the murderer is!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Haunted Places in Utah: Are They for Real?

Every October as I pull out my fake cobwebs, three foot spider, and an array of skeletons from my closet (no pun intended), I also like to wipe the dust off of any literature that gives me to heeby-jeebies. For book club, we do the same. In the past we have given ourselves nightmares by reading books like The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, Blood Moon by Teri Harman, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, and Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.

The picture of dorian gray, blood moon, interview with the vampire, the shadow of the wind, the graveyard book, the haunting of hill house

Now, I'm not one to fall for staged sightings of UFO's and I'm rarely scared by the Halloween haunted forests that come 'a callin' every October (though the Haunted Forest in American Fork did once make me scream). But, I'm not going to lie and say I haven't felt something akin to the paranormal before. 

Ever been in a place and felt your skin crawl or a rush of air when no windows were open? What about the strange feeling that someone was watching you? If you haven't had any of these feelings or sensations, you owe it to yourself this October to experience the paranormal. Let's take Utah: are there really haunted places in our own backyard? You be the judge.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Review for "Murder on the Orient Express" {by Agatha Christie}

BOOK TITLE : Murder on the Orient Express                                
AUTHOR: Agatha Christie
PUBLISHER: Collins Crime Club 
GENRE: Crime, Fiction, Mystery 

Our group rating was...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pretty in Print: Haunted Gingerbread Houses

To go along with any fun Halloween read, we thought it would be fun to create a few haunted houses of our own.  Haunted gingerbread houses are such a fun activity to do during the month of Halloween
and they are the perfect craft to go along with Shirley Jackson's classic novel.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Steve Jobs {Book to Movie}

Another Steve Jobs movie so soon after Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher! Not sure why they thought that movie wasn't good enough but hey what the heck. 
This movie is rated R and is 122 minutes long. It comes out October 23rd.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pan {Book to Movie}

To see how Peter Pan came to be. Yes, please. I am not sure if this has been done in a movie yet. But I love the idea of the back story that we never get with the original Peter Pan story. It is rated PG and is 111 minutes long. It comes out October 9th. So get your kids and go see this epic tale of Pan.
Want to play games, activities or get some printables. 
Then check out this Pan Movie Page.

Friday, October 2, 2015

13 Mysterious & Scary October Reads for Book Club

It's that time again! October creeps up on us every year and it's time to heat up the cider, put on the cozy socks, and pull out a good ol' scary read. And if you're not into the creepy-crawly stuff, October is the perfect time for a mysterious novel. Whether it's a classic mystery or a new horror novel, everyone should read one of these books this fall (though you may have to make sure all the doors are locked and you have your loved ones nearby . . .)

Below is a summary of each book. Since we've done most of these books for book club, I also included a link for decorating and food ideas to have your own scary book club night!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Character Costume Ideas for Halloween

Dress up, you say? I'd rather read a book. Well, how about a two-for-one? That's right, my friends. Why not read your favorite book and dress up as a character too? Now, we at Delicious Reads have been know for going all out for our book club nights and dressing up in honor of the books we read. As we are approaching Halloween this year, we thought it was time to share with you some of our favorite "looks from books" and some that we'd definitely like to try (as in, we might have to read the book JUST so we can dress like a favorite character).

Friday, September 25, 2015

DIY Poe-Inspired 'Nevermore' Shirt

I am sorry to admit that I am almost never the recipient of my own crafting efforts. I crochet hats for my kids, bake treats for my neighbors, craft up gifts for friends . . . but rarely do I make something for myself to keep.

And in the middle of creating some Halloween decor for my house and costumes for my kids, I realized that I need an awesomely creepy Halloween shirt for myself. I branched out a little from the typical Halloween fare and came up with this t-shirt inspired by one of the creepiest authors I can think of: Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, and an unforgettable line from The Raven.

DIY this awesome Nevermore shirt inspired by The Raven!

It was so fast and simple to make, and I love how it turned out. A subtle, spooky, Halloween-appropriate homage to one of America's greatest authors. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Martian {Book to Movie}

I read this book last year because there was tons of buzz about it and I had heard good things. So I was glad to hear that they were making it into a movie and wow did they make it fast. It was not your normal type of read but it was really interesting and MacGyverish, but on Mars where one could die at every turn. I am really interested to see what parts they keep and if they add anything to make this entertaining to the masses. I was surprised to see that it is rated PG-13. I would have bet money that it was rated R because of the language in the book but it looks like they might have made some changes to keep the rating down for more people to enjoy.

So get ready to buy your tickets because it's coming out October 2.