Last week was the Christmas Party and it was lotsa lotsa fun! Shauna hosted and the food was delicious as always! We missed those of you that couldn't make it!
Sorry I didn't get pictures of all the food and all the gifts, they were all great!
Britney with her candy-filled lamp!
Sumo wrestler, anyone?
Oops, I guess it went out of focus when I set the timer!
Shannon was on serious pain killers because of her surgery that morning so she had TOOOONS of fun!!
Eating shot, sorry Stephanie!! :)
Shauna's house was decorated so beautifully!
I'm enjoying hot chocolate in my new favorite mug, thank you Heidi!!!
Some of the delicious food!!!
If you're willing to share your recipe, please post it on here (or email me?). We would love all the recipes possible!!!
Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive oil, and Lemon Juice: 5 cups cauliflower, cut to eating size (or 1 of those costco bags to make it easy)1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1 TB garlic, minced/grated2 TB lemon juice1 tsp salt1/2 tsp pepper2 TB parm cheese, grated (I use much more than 2 TB) Preheat oven to 500 (I did 450) degrees. Place cauliflower in large roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil over the cauliflower and season with the garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Put in oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even roasting. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parm cheese.
I just finished reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and wished I could've discussed it with all of you! Has anyone read it? Is anyone reading this? Probably not. Sorry to see the blog has gone to the wayside. I miss seeing what you're reading, what you're eating, and of course seeing all of you! Tried to help start a book club here, but it's fizzling fast. People are just too busy these days (or have more friends than me). What have you guys read in the last 6 months? What are you reading next? Dying to know. Miss you all. Please write soon.
here are a few choices for April's book. Vote either in the comments or via text or email. I'll tally the votes and we'll have our winner!
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.