FOTD : Japanese Magnolia

Japanese magnolias are in bloom everywhere right now, possibly signifying an early spring. It’s one of the most strikingly beautiful blooming trees this time of year. Alexandrina, Also known as saucer magnolia, it is a small, deciduous shrub (botanically speaking) but grows tall. It can be trained like a tree to grow from one main [...]

Book Treats : Maple Walnut Cookies

Today’s Book Treats : Michigan Maple Cookies

Lisa Everyday Reads

Our Book Mobile in our featured Cozy Mystery takes place in Michigan. And one of our favorite times while living in Michigan was Maple time . So enjoy these book inspired treats…… Lisa

Cookie Recipe :

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (Michigan syrup)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts (pecans)
  1. Beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer for three minutes or until light and fluffy
  2. Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix until well incorporated. Add the maple syrup and mix .
  3. In a separate bowl vigorously whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter…

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At the Library : Bookmobile

National Bookmobile Day !

Lisa Everyday Reads

Today at the Library I am celebrating the Book Mobile! Does your town have one? Ever visited One?

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final…

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Lisa Food Blog : Pecan

Today is National Pecan Day and I am celebrating with two recipes I pulled out from Mom's recipe box. One's Fish and the other is chicken enjoy.... Lisa 1 cup lightly toasted pecans, chopped 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs 4 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 [...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables

Check out these great Garden Books

Lisa Everyday Reads

“For new and novice gardeners who want a straightforward, unfussy guide to growing their own food.” —Library Journal

You can grow beautiful, healthy, delicious veggies and herbs right from the start—just follow the trustworthy advice found in The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables. Expert gardener Lorene Edwards Forkner shares all the information you need to create a thriving garden, from facts about soil and sun to tips on fertilizing, mulching, and watering. Regional planting charts show what to plant when, and a month-by-month planner takes you from January through December. Profiles of popular edibles explain exactly how to plant, care for, and harvest your bounty. Whether your garden grows in the ground, on a balcony, or in containers on a sunny patio, this is your guide to grow-your-own success. Your backyard bounty awaits!

Net Galley Book:

 Informative book that will help me do more than just grow…

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Starting A Community Garden

Welcome to Tuesday Gardening ! Today's post is about starting a community Garden. As a library project the kids are planning to start a plot of there own in the towns community garden. Our community garden is a labor of love with most things donated by a local business interested in feeding our community. Have [...]

7 Attitudes of the Helping Heart:

Do you want to better live out the teachings of Jesus to help people in need? Do you feel you should care more for the poor but are not sure where to start?In this book, author John Christopher Frame, PhD, having encountered poverty around the world, will help you on your journey of putting your [...]