Summer reading

About a year ago I discover a great app for listening to books through my smart phone.

Audible is an amazon company that allows for audio books to be purchased and downloaded onto your computer or mobile device.

IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!

I consistently have been pleased by this service. No longer tethered to a room to hear the computer or radio, I am able to listen to a book all day while moving from task to task and location to location.

Shower, kitchen, laundry, grocery shopping, gym, walk, cooking…..

And I never have to stop listening! I give this big hearts. I highly recommend you giving it a shot. Bring literature everywhere!

In the past I might have tv on as background noise while I clean or cook but now I find that the poor old guy hardly gets action. I get sucked into a story and find myself looking for more tasks to accomplish to keep me active and listening. It’s been a great motivator. Last summer it was the driving force that kept me on my house painting goal. Seriously.

I still read regular books at night or when I am relaxing or in a place where headphones are generally considered rude. I could never abandon my paper lovelies! But I do have to say that audible has increased the volume of works I’m able to consume. And it is a great way to listen to non-fiction or classics that might otherwise be a little dry or lengthy. I tend to struggle through books of that nature but I have had good experiences with them using Audible. For instance, Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. I love the story but have always fallen short when reading the entire novel. I could never get through the whole thing with out picking up something else. However listening to it I had great success and was really able to enjoy the story!

That is my share for today. Read long and prosper.

~L

Honey Butter. It’s real.

Episode 2 of Boondock Pioneer: Cooking on the Fringe

Buttermilk Biscuits and Fried Chicken.

You may know that I have a slight obsession with all things Southern. People like my sister know this to be true. This is evident by the fact that she bought me this for Xmas:

And then was smothered by endless screams of joy. Ahhh, memories…

My Southern fascination has of course led my decision in choosing Buttermilk Biscuits and Fried Chicken as my first dinner recipe from my Precious, The Pioneer Woman Cookbook. See yesterday’s post for clarification

Here, courtesy of my Nikon 1 J1 is the evidence of my Biscuit and Chicken challenge

1. Make biscuits and bake them. Make HONEY BUTTER!!!! to put on biscuits

2. Make more because they were suppose to be for dinner

3. Fry Chicken with Becca the assistant

4. Revel in the glory of Southern yummness

~L

Going where no L has gone before…

That may be a misleading title.

Technically, yes, I have not gone here before. But I’m not so much really, physically, going anywhere. It’s more of a Jedi mind-trick thing.

For Xmas one of my awesome presents from the husband was something I have coveted for more than a year. I’ve even wrote about it here, appealing to the masses to make my dream come true. Note that none of you did. What’s that say about our friendship? Hmm?

Alas, it was meant to be that the man I married would bestow the greatness upon me…

That would be the wonderful cookbook of one of my favorite bloggers

The Pioneer Woman!

This lady is the shiz nit. I am for serials.

If you know not of her, acquaint yourself. She is amazing and may just be my new American Idol.

Drooling with the precious in my hands I set off on a mission. A mini Julie-Julia project. I call it, Boondock Pioneer: cooking on the fringe. 

Here is the challenge:

Read book cover to cover – check

Make list of must try right now recipes – check

Actually make these recipes – in process…

My first recipe excursion was potato hash and the breakfast burrito. Both were met with smashing success in succession and have gone un-photographed.

Why?

Because I sort of forgot and am still getting used to the idea that I have a camera that makes picture-taking awesome. Plus, I have no real idea of how to use said camera making me slightly nervous. There will be progress.

When?

You know, for internet friends you’re a little judgy. Just sayin’.

Next up Buttermilk Biscuits and Fried Chicken…otherwise known as straight up heaven on the rocks.

That post will be complete with photos. Otherwise known as, not this post.

See ya on the fringe!

~L

The law of the land

Determined to do better next growing season, and to expand my general knowledge should the apocalypse happen, here is my winter reading list.

Amazon will be loving me like two cents a dance…

Northern Light

Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly is a great Young Adult novel set, you guessed it, in the Boondocks!

Can you see my love?

Set in 1906 it follows a sixteen year old girl through the realities of living on a northern farm and working in a Adirondack Hotel. Filled with local names, places and events, this novel captures the true feeling of the Adirondacks at a time of uncertain growth and the truths of hard, northern life.

Mattie Gokey is a great female lead. Saddled with the desire and ambition to go to college and become a writer, she struggles to balance herself with her duties as the matriarch or her father’s farm after her mother’s death. Dreams of writing and the acceptance into Barnard college in New York City prove a conflict for the harsh and soft life that Mattie struggles to accept and rebel against. Love temps her, money alludes her and a death at the hotel puts her in a difficult position.

The story is great. Even though it is a Young Adult novel, it is really a great read for anyone. The author, Jennifer Donnelly, researched the Grace Brown murder in the Adirondacks and early twentieth century farm life meticulously at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and The Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown. And you know the love I have for both of those places. Need we remember a certain dog’s vacation to a certain fountain at a certain Adirondack Museum Dog Day every year?

Here’s a reminder…

Or my recent trip to Cooperstown with my BFF here

Back to the main point. If you are looking to get a feel for the Adirondack life of yore, this is your book. For natives of the Boondocks it is a fun read that brings to life all a true historical murder, roads, names and architecture you know and love!

So snuggle up and get lost in the woods…

~L