Sunday, February 28, 2010

What to read???

Alas, it has happened: I have NOTHING to read! Deep breaths. My Nightstand Stack (NS) has dwindled to one measly book that I'm not really enjoying, and none of the books on my shelves are holding any appeal. I think I'm just in a picky mood. In fact, I tried on four different outfits today just to go bike riding. I didn't realize the absurdity of my pickiness (or indecisiveness, you may argue) until I found the dog buried in a pile of clothes that I had deemed unworthy of bike ride apparel. Bike riding! Four outfits! 

Anyways, it's time for some new books. And some new bike riding clothes, apparently. 
I've always found it interesting how readers choose their books. Was it recommended by someone else? Did it jump out at you in a bookstore? Did you read about it on a blog or online book list?

When I'm in need of a new book, I hit up the following websites and blogs:

Where do YOU find out about new books to read??? Any sites I should include?
Do you keep a "Gotta Read Now!" list, as my students do?

Recipe to Read By: Picky Palate Chocolate Pudding
Even the pickiest of eaters will eat chocolate pudding. This recipe can be made in the microwave and will be ready to eat before any indecisiveness kicks in.

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1.) In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa and cornstarch. Whisk in milk a little at a time so the mixture does not have any dry lumps. (If you get dry lumps, pick them out with your fingers and plop them in your mouth.)

2.) Place in the microwave, and cook for 3 minutes on high. Stir, then cook at 1 minute intervals, stirring between cooking times for a few minutes, or until shiny and thick. Stir in vanilla. 

3.) Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming (unless you like pudding skin--then by all means forgo the plastic wrap), and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold for breakfast. Or whatever.

 Mmmm. Pudding.

Recipe courtesy of 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wreck this Journal? Really??

I buy journals all the time with the intention of writing in them. Pink fuzzy journals, sleek black journals, pocket-size journals, and journals with crisp, fresh paper just waiting for my wistful reflections. For the first few days after my new journal purchase, I'm completely motivated to write. I crawl in bed, pull my journal into my lap, and write, write, write about everything and nothing. Man, what a feeling!But then, something happens that I'm not proud of. I stop writing. Completely.

Then, after months of not writing, staring at my journal and feeling ashamed for not writing, I go out and buy a brand new journal, thinking that it will motivate me to begin writing. And it does! For about a week. Ok, you see where this is going. The vicious journal cycle repeats itself.

Well, guess what! I've found a journal that won't leave me feeling ashamed and embarrassed about my journal-abandonment issues any longer. This is a journal that you don't even have to WRITE in! All you have to do is completely destroy it. Seriously!

Here are some of the ridiculous yet incredibly satisfying things that you may do to this journal:
Fling it at a wall
Shower with it
Spill coffee on it
Write on it with food
Scribble really hard on it
Sleep with it

If you are a commited journal writer, do not even open this book. It will most likely make you angry. However, if your journal topics are lame or just the thought of picking up a pen and recording your deepest thoughts makes you break out in hives, I suggest you crack open your piggy bank and invest in your mental health.
I promise you this journal will not collect dust on your nightstand!

Recipe to Read By: Cow Pie Cookies
Although they look awful, they are quite therapeutic. (Kind of like Wreck this Journal!)

2 c. granulated sugar

1/4 c. cocoa

1/2 c. milk

1/4 c. butter

1/2 c. chunky peanut butter

1/4 tsp. vanilla

3 c. quick oatmeal (dry)

Melt butter in milk over low heat. Add sugar, cocoa. Cook to boiling. Remove from heat, wait 1 minute and add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix quickly. Drop by tablespoons onto wax paper. Cool. Eat. Rub the chocolately crumbs into your new journal and feel like an accomplished journalist.