Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Magically Delicious!

Cake Pops... Although I've not yet attempted any of these beauties, I've been following Bakerella's blog for more than a year now, and I love her recipes. Her pancake muffins are great, as are many other tips and tricks for baking and decorating. But, this new book of hers... it is a joy to look at. Whimsical, magical, full of joy and promise. And, today I had two preschool boys absolutely enthralled by this book. You should buy it, heck, I bought two. Give one away to someone who could use a little joy in their day. I did!

The instructions are very clear, and although the pops look intricate, Angie Dudley's tips make them sound like a breeze. A fun, time-consuming breeze, but still... A fairly easy and fun little project to amuse and delight. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You could try checking it out at the library — good luck! It's a very good price on Amazon. Just sayin'.
And, for our household, these pops alone are worth the price of the book... Erik shouted "Ernie's Baby!" and hugged the book. He loves Koalas. I predict that I'll be making these dudes very soon. Oh! And there are clown pops. I have to say that I don't really even like clowns (they're in the creepy realm in my opinion), but Bakerella's are so seriously adorable that I think I may just be OK with clowns. At least the small, cute Cake Pop variety.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Creative Seasonal Inspiration

While this is not technically a book, the Rhythm of the Home online publication has inspired me to head to the library in search of many things this Summer. I learned of this amazing site from a friend at the beginning of June, and have been reading it (and blogs of all the contributors) ever since.

In this Autumn's edition, among those that I've had time to read (there are so many great articles!) I especially love...

Finding Balance and Keeping Rhythm

Love With Intention

Cooking with Children, Autumn Spiced Scones
and, Learning in the Kitchen

Take Apart Science
(Hello, his was written for Erik!)

Flower Pounding (I did this with red Japanese Bloodgood Maple leaves several years ago)

Life in a Viking Village (Traveling vicariously to Sweden...)

The Sugar Sprite
(A clever idea for an over-abundance of Halloween candy)

And, most relevant to the Lieberry List... Lessons from the Library! You can check out articles from other seasons right here. All the articles are a fairly quick read (handy for busy moms) and they're all written by amazing women (there may be male contributors, I've just not come across any articles by dads)!

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