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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Book Club

We had our first book club meeting last night.  It was so much fun!  Our group was small and informal, so it was comfortable.  The best part was that a couple of my older kids decided to join in the fun.

We talked about how life on Guernsey is a microcosm of life in general.  There are always those people who go out of their way to stand up for those who aren’t able to stand up for themselves, there are those who reach out to include others, and unfortunately there are those who bully and criticize.  Just like anywhere else, the secret is to surround yourself with people who uplift and encourage.

Us older folks both seemed to be absent the day they taught about World War II in school.  Neither of us knew that much about the German invasion.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have an army invade my community and devastate my way of life.  We wondered how we would act in that situation.  Would we have thought all Germans were evil or would we see people for what they are besides their nationality.

Our conversation wasn’t limited to just The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  We compared it to parts of other books.  Then we talked about even more books when we chose books for the next few months.  I’m glad to have a couple of specific books to keep in mind.

And finally we finished off the night with something sweet.  It seemed appropriate to share my favorite pie, Praline Pecan Chocolate Mousse Pie.  I know you are shocked it wasn’t a potato peel pie.

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Book Club

I love my family book club; hanging out with the kids, building common connections and creating memories.  I usually enjoy the books we read, even if they are a little young and usually magical.  But I’m always reading my own book on the side, and I’ve really been enjoying historical fiction.  A couple of my kiddos are mildly interested in the books I read, but they haven’t read them yet.  Which is OK, I just don’t have many chances to talk to grown ups about the books I like the most.

I was talking to one of my Cub Scout leaders and she said she wanted to join a book club.  I’ve heard of a book club that some of my other friends are part of, but the date is inconsistent and only posted on Facebook, which I don’t have, so I miss out.  So we’re starting our own book club!  I’m so excited.  She borrowed my copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and we’re going to meet in two or three weeks for our first book club!

If you’re local and would like to join us, email me and I’ll fill you in on the date, time and place!

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Friday Favorites: September 2

It’s Friday and a holiday weekend!  Woohoo!  What more could a girl ask for, except some 90 degree weather.  Oh well, two out of three isn’t bad.  I’ve already shared my favorites this week, a great book, a cute elephant, and a few more recipes on our Real Food blog.  Maybe I’ll get to do something other than homework this weekend and have some new things to share next week!  In the meantime, here’s some favorites from the blogosphere.

We might as well start off with the food.  It’s the perfect answer to a hectic week. (No wonder I have so much trouble losing weight.) I’ve always  wanted to try making Angel Food Cake from scratch.  My Favorite Recipes tells me how.

If you need a little chocolate, Your Cup of Cake hits the spot with these Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes.

Moving away from the sweets, I wonder how my kids would react to these Spaghetti Dogs from Polka Dot.  I might have to try them for lunch this weekend.

No more food.  Check out this cute tutu lamp from Apothecary Home; it totally matches the tutu table from Sassy Sanctuary.  Not that it fits anyone’s style in my house…

My “style” seems to be more in line with Room Mom 101.  I think I need to check out these tattle tale helps.

What are your big labor day plans?

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August Numbered

August in Arizona is a little unusual.  While most of the country is making the end of summer because their kids are going back to school, our kids have been in school for over a month – we’re half way through the first quarter!  So summer vacation is long gone, but the end of the heat is no where in sight.  They weather man keeps telling us just a few more days of temperatures over 110, but he’s been saying that for two or three weeks.  I keep hoping that by the middle of next week we’ll be basking in those 105 degree days!

So now that we have the school time routine back, how did my month add up?

.2 – The number of pounds I lost this month, or should I say fraction of a pound lost.  Down is better than up, no matter how small.

1 – The singular book I finished this month.  At least it was a good one, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I just finished it yesterday.  I loved the ending, but hated to see it end!

2 – Pictures entered a local photography contest.

4 – The number of legs on our new fuzzy little stuffed elephant.

7 – Articles written for the Homemaking Cottage and Arizona Mama, including my latest Norse Mythology Summer Camp.

19Challenge projects completed, including 9 big projects.  OK, I didn’t do much to get our recipe blog started, but it’s not on the list anymore!  You have to love delegation.

31 – Days over 110! That’s the whole month of August folks. I keep reminding myself how much I love Arizona nine months of the year.

1212 – Page views between the old blog and this one.  Now I just need to figure out how to get the traffic from the old blog to come here instead!

How did your August days stack up?

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