Plum Season: Recipe Round Up

My plum trees are at it again. Thankfully this is the lighter crop year. They reliably produce a giant bumper crop every other years, well over 100 plus pounds per tree. As such, I have quite a few go to recipes to enjoy plums throughout the year. however, my favorite option is to use City […]

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Reach & Read: Book Review Round Up for July and August

Whoops – I did it again! Apparently forgot to post the last few book review summaries. I have been reading a lot more but writing fewer reviews. So easy to fall behind…. but not sweatin’ it. Some of what have I been reading (besides Tremendous Tractors Dazzling Diggers, work journals and a bunch of ‘why […]

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Magnetic Story & Busy Play Board DIY

This DIY ‘simply’ involves a trip to the auto parts store, a drill, some nails/hooks and all the magnets you can stomach (figuratively, many magnets are total choking hazards). At the auto parts store look for the world’s largest appearing cookie sheet, also known as oil drip pan. Select the least warped one.  They tend […]

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Reach & Read: S is for Stanley Cup

S is for Stanley Cup A Hockey Championship Alphabet by Mike Ulmer, Illustrated by Chris Lyons A sporty twist on the classic alphabet book. I certainly learned a fair bit of hockey championship trivia reading this book, but the basic ABC construct was fun and engaging for my little tot as well. Read as much […]

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Basic book binding: making advance reader copies more shelf-stable

Bookbinding is a true craft and in no way is this post a reflection of its true breadth and depth. However, over the last several years I have added reviewing, mostly children’s books, to my repertoire. Frequently publishers send advance reading copies out for reviews, meaning that they may be unbound, not through final proof, […]

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Reach & Read: Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus

Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus, Illustrated by Andy Atkins is a fun children’s read about Napoleon the Chameleon who just wants to make friends but people struggle to see him because, well, he is really good at the chameleon thing. The story is easy for young ones to follow and features a colorful and determined […]

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