Melanie's Musings
February 22, 2016

Unfettered and Free in My Hometown Librar-ee

It’s been too long since I’ve been on a free reading spree. These days, great friends give 101 recommendations, there’s an ever-increasing list of books I “should” read and such seemingly limited time.

So, when I took my vacation home, I dug up my old card and went to my hometown library- no holds barred.

Here are my spoils:

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From left to right:

  1. A Rapunzel retelling set in medieval Germany
  2. By Sarah Ockler, the author of Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet‘s MC is a cupcake baking queen- her local newspaper said so
  3. The sequel to The Young Elites
  4. A poetry collection entitled Revolutionary Petunias (best title ever)

Two weeks with nothing but free time can put a dent into such an ensemble.

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The only book I had a hankering for I didn’t see was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; I found out Cath and Levi from Fangirl make a cameo! How did I not know this?! The library where I currently live has a copy, it is now on hold, and all shall soon be well.

ETA: I just finished Attachments, saw no signs of Cath and Levi, rechecked my sources, and realized they appear in Landline instead. Back to the library I go!

 

What have you lately added to your TBR?

Friday Finds is hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

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January 19, 2016

Lemon pound cake kitchen adventures and the best baking cookbook I’ve seen

There are things in life I was better off not knowing. Like the amount of butter that goes into a pound cake, for example.

 
In an effort to fulfill my goal of baking All The Food, I decided to make a lemon pound cake. Of course, I brought out my new best friend, Baking by James Peterson*. I got Baking from the library but now have it at the top of my wishlist. Each section (cakes, pies, cookies, breads, and custards) starts with the basics, then goes on to things I can only dream of one day being able to create, like cream puff pastry swans. Look and be amazed.

 
What I really like about Baking is the combined simplicity and details in the recipes. Like, it tells you how long to stir the stuff. Honestly, I’ve never stirred anything for longer than two minutes in my life, except for trouble. The book does expect you to have tools, like a mixer, that I don’t have in my kitchen, but such things are easy to work around.

Baking always allows me to practice two of my weakest virtues: crisis management and patience. For the lemon pound cake, it went like this:

Crisis Management: The pound cake has risen to the point of slowly overflowing and dripping batter onto the bottom of the oven that is causing smoke to mildly billow all over the house? Never fear! Just scrape it out and keep going.

Patience: The recipe says the cake tastes best if you wait days to eat it? I might have nibbled just one bite, but I wrapped the rest up and waited ’til the morning to make a lemon glaze. I was somewhat astonished by my self control.

Despite the minor debacles, the cake turned out really good. I don’t know if I’ll be making a lot of pound cakes in the future (2 1/2 sticks of butter! madness!), but I’m glad to have made it once.

Realizing that eating the entire pound cake by myself might be in conflict with other of my new year goals, I invited friends to eat it over breakfast with tea.

Good food and friends? Nothing’s better.

Weekend cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads.

*Baking‘s recipe for pound cakes didn’t call for any lemon, only zest, so I also pulled up a recipe from Epicurious for extra help.

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January 11, 2016

Quotes from Fangirl that have me fangirling

I am a fan of Fangirl, no doubt. Rainbow Rowell’s novel is fun and frothy, then smacks you upside the head with emotions. Here are my top three reasons for loving the novel, with quotes to back it up.

1. The dialogue is the smart, snappy stuff of dreams.

Fangirl quote

2. The humor is the cover-your-mouth-to-hide-your-smirk kind.

Fangirl quote

3. Cath is a freakin’ endearing romantic.

Fangirl quote

Bonus: Have you seen the book trailer?

I’m glad I gave into the hype and read the adorable Fangirl. I went on to read Eleanor & Park, Rowell’s previous YA novel with a main character and setting less relatable than Cath and college, but even more distinct. I’m not entirely certain which I like better, and that’s a wonderful dilemma to have.

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