Reach & Read: Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon

Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon by Judy Young, illustrated by Jordi Solano Young and Solano have created a cohesive story, highlighting several key lessons and providing opportunity to learn more about a different time and culture, 16th Century Beijing. Solano’s detailed illustrations capture the seasons, spirit and tenor of the story’s setting. Young’s words […]

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Classic Peanut Brittle with a Cayenne Kick

I feel a little behind in my holiday baking this year but made some time to plan out baking to share with neighbors. A few of my favorites made the list right away (mystery cookies, Mexican wedding cakes and gingerbread). While ‘thinking’ I heard the bag of peanuts singing a song of  brittle from my […]

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Yarn Christmas Tree Ornament- Holiday Kid Crafting

A few years ago, I started making a homemade ornament for family. This year’s ornament is a yarn wrapped tree. It is simple but still festive and so many ways to personalize (sports theme, favorite colors). Better yet it is a quick activity to do with kids of most ages. Use your imagination and yarn […]

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Bee is for Books is turning THREE!

#BeeisforBooks – instilling right (pint)-sized philanthropy in children. This year Bee wants to continue supporting families at  Bailey Boushay. The What: Bee is for Books is about ensuring that all children have books of their own and removing a barrier to the critical adult child interaction of reading aloud and together. The Who: Families of […]

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Pork Liver Pâté

While technically this is more of a ‘puree’ than a pâté, according to my 1981 The Good Cook: Terrines, Pâtés and Galantines book, it functions, feels and tastes like a modern, more approachable pâté or mousse. Puree is their term used for a base recipe that is then incorporated into much more elaborate recipes. This cook […]

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Reach & Read: Book Review Round Up for September 2017

Here is a snapshot of books consumed during the month of September.  Lots of audiobooks as I had some drive time to fill for work. We have been reading on average four to six books per bedtime routine, none of which are highlighted below. Lots of Good Night Construction Site, Quick as a Cricket and […]

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