[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Recipe :: Caramel Apple Cake

The husband of a good friend used to make a delicious apple cake from a recipe in Southern Living. I made his recipe once years ago, but recently when I had a hankering for one, I couldn’t find it. I did find something very similar that I’ve now made twice this fall. I don’t know of this one is actually better, or if it has just been so long that I can no longer accurately compare the two, but this one is darn good.
Ingredients
2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored & chopped …

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[8 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Club Wrap-Up :: Life After Life

I’m always after that thing that will spur me on to write and review more regularly, so this year, I’m going to try sharing wrap-ups from my book club’s discussion. Maybe this may also help to inspire your club’s book selection or discussion as well.
Recently, we met to discuss our last book from the 2013/2014 list – Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.
Life After Life centers around Ursula Todd and the various courses her life could take given different circumstances and decisions. In some chapters she dies early on – in other much …

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[4 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Short List

Here it is, fellow book clubers! These are the books that made the short list that our book club will be reading this upcoming year. I’ve listed it by month so if you want to follow along with us, please do! I’ll do my best to keep up with letting you know what we thought. (Remember, for May we are reading the final book from last year’s list – Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life.)

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[1 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Love :: Herb Garden Markers

For most of my life, I’ve wanted to have a respectable herb garden, and I think I’ve finally arrived. My love for herbs started one summer in grade school when I took a summer enrichment class on herbs and all the things you could do with them. At that point, the utilization centered around drying, adding oils and creating potpourri. But now, I love to cook with herbs. I flavor my water with them. I love to just run my hand through their lush greenness and take in the invigorating scents. Yes, I …

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[24 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
For Book Clubs :: SOC Sista Long List

Last night the SOC Sistas gathered for their annual book pitching event (described here). Below is the complete list of nominations. These will go into a survey where each person will select the 10 they want to read. The 10 books with the most votes will make our 2014/15 list.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Emma by Jane Austin
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Good Lord Bird by James …

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[18 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: We Are Water

Wally Lamb’s We Are Water is the fourth of his novels that I’ve read, and while I’d put it third behind The Hour I First Believed and I Know this Much is True, let me be clear – an average Wally Lamb is still better than about 75 percent of what I read.
We Are Water is the story of Annie Oh  – but also her husband, Orion. Annie is an artist  who has decided to leave Orion after 27 years of marriage because she’s in love with her female publicist, …