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Some special treats


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While perusing the aisles at Aldi last week I noticed they had cans of cherries--both sweet dark ones and sour ones. It had been several years since I have purchased cherries because they are normally out of my price range. The ones at Aldi were much more reasonably priced so I bought a couple of cans and made a cherry pie on Saturday. It was such a treat! Both Rob and I commented that it had been far too long since we had had cherry pie.

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One of my readers asked for the recipe I used, so I am adding it here. It's from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook.

9 Inch Cherry Pie

Pastry for a two crust pie
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour (I actually used Clear Jel)
2 cans (1 pound each) pitted red tart cherries, drained
1/4 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsps. butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Stir together sugar and flour; mix with cherries and add almond extract. Turn into pastry lined pan. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust. Cut slits into top. Seal and flute. Cover edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake pie on lowest oven rack for 35-45 mins. or until crust is brown and filling starts to bubble.

The second special treat of the week was an email from the library telling me that the newest book by Alexander McCall Smith was in. If you have never read any of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels you should head to the library and check them out. The author has a delightful sense of humor and the books are great fun to read. The main character, Precious Ramotswe, is the first female detective in Botswana, Africa. The books do not contain bad language or a lot of violence. The cases that Precious tries to solve are more interpersonal in nature. You can also learn a great deal about the customs and life in Botswana. The book is in high demand at the library since it is new on the market so I can only have it for two weeks but I am trying to read it slowly. Sometimes it's the little things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Have you had any small treats or blessings recently?


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Read any good books lately?


I've been wanting to share a couple of books that I have really enjoyed reading. I received a Kindle from my dear husband as a gift a while back and have been learning to use it. Nearly all the books I have downloaded have been free ones. There are many classics available for free and I have also found a few more recent books that have been free from time to time. I do read some fiction, but my favorite books are biographies or similar non-fiction books. I didn't want to buy a Kindle book if it was something that I probably wouldn't want to read again.

I read many good reviews about the book Kisses from Katie by Beth Clark and Katie J. Davis and decided it would be a good one to buy. It is a true story about Katie Davis who left her home in Tennessee right after high school to go to Uganda to work with orphans. Initially she was just going to go for a year but she has stayed on and adopted fourteen girls. She is a very selfless young woman. It is amazing to read how the Lord has used a young girl barely out of her teens with no formal training or organizational support to accomplish so much for these girls and many others in her community. She has established schools, feeding stations, and workshops to help the poor support themselves. She was available and the Lord has blessed and used her.

A number of years ago I read the book In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham. This book tells the story of Gracia and her husband Martin who were serving as missionaries in the Philippines in 2001 when they were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf. They were held hostage in the jungle for 377 days. During that time their captors beheaded some of the hostages and forced the others to flee from place to place throughout the jungle with only the clothes on their backs. Their captivity ended in a gun battle with the army in which Martin and another hostage were killed and Gracia was wounded.

A few weeks ago I saw that Gracia has written another book entitled To Fly Again. I was able to get this one from the public library. This book briefly recounts her ordeal in the jungle but primarily tells about her life since then. The Lord has miraculously provided for her and her children. She recounts many specific incidents during her captivity that the Lord used to teach her things and also what she has discovered since her release. It was a blessing to read how the Lord has given her peace and the ability to be such an encouragement and blessing to others. This is a book I plan to read again---I may even order it for on my Kindle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you read any good books lately?

Becka


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The Midwestern Country Cookbook


A number of years ago I discovered The Midwestern Country Cookbook by Marilyn Kluger at the library and checked it out. I liked it so much that I asked for my own copy for Christmas that year. If you enjoy "reading" cookbooks you should find this one a delight. Mrs. Kluger writes in charming detail about growing up out in the country near both sets of grandparents. Interwoven in the family stories are recipes that she associates with different people and different events.

I love reading cookbooks with stories about the recipes. A modern cookbook of this type is Southern Plate by Christy Jordan. Christy tells delightful stories about her southern family and their food traditions. Another such cookbook that comes to mind is Jewish Cooking in America by Joan Nathan. I have checked this book out of the library several times and am always facinated by the stories of how these precious recipes were treasured and preserved throughout the years.

I have several recipes which I received from my aunt Nana (this recipe), my grandmother, and one from my great-grandmother. My great-grandmother, Margaret Alice Copeland, lived with my grandmother and passed away when I was a young elementary school-age child. The recipe passed along from her is called Mrs. Monday's Soup. It received that name because Great Grandma overheard the recipe being narrated while she was listening in on the party-line! From what I understand that was a rather common pass time back in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ This recipe isn't outstanding, but it is something that goes together quickly and that can be made from ingredients that many people keep on hand. It is written as it was narrated to me, with my changes at the end.

Mrs. Monday's Soup

Take three or four large potatoes and dice them in fairly large pieces. Put just enough water on to cover them and cook. Meanwhile take about two Tablespoons of butter in a skillet and cut up an onion in the butter and cook these until you think they're done. Then add this to the cooked potatoes. (You may have to drain some water off of them) Then add about one cup tomato juice and stir up. Remember this is soup so it should be soupy. Salt and pepper to taste.

*Note: I often add a stalk or two of chopped celery including the leaves with the onion. I don't usually keep tomato juice on hand so I use half tomato sauce and half water to replace the tomato juice.

Here is a picture of Grandma Copeland:

Do you have any family recipes that have been handed down from your ancestors or any "story" cookbooks that you enjoy?

Becka


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Dewey Contest Winners


My totally unbiased assistant pulled two names out of the hat to win copies of the new book, Dewey's Nine Lives.

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The winners are:

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Joy B.
and
Brenda Evans

If you two will send me your mailing addresses I will contact the publisher and ask them to send you your copies of the book. Please contact me by clicking on the contact button above the header picture at the top of the blog post. Your message will go directly to my e-mail account. I hope you both will enjoy reading this new book.

Thanks to all who left comments and participated in the contest.

Becka


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Dewey’s Nine Lives


A couple of years ago I got quite a few books for Christmas. One that I really enjoyed was Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. I wrote a post about the book. A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would like to preview another book by the same authors.

picture of new Dewey book

The new book is Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions. It contains two more stories about Dewey and the rest of the book is comprised of stories from other cat owners who sent in their own inspiring cat tales.

The publisher, Dutton, is sponsoring a contest for anyone who would like to send in their true tale about a special cat that they have known. The winning selection will be included in the paperback edition of the book. You can read all the details here.

In addition, I have the privilege of giving away two copies of the new book, Dewey's Nine Lives. To enter the drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this post before 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on October 18, 2010. I will be able to accept comments only from those living in the United States and Canada. All the names will be put in a hat (literally!) and my able-bodied assistant will draw the names of the two winners. The winning books will be sent directly from the publisher. Be sure to include your name with your comment so I can contact you in case you are one of the winners.

So, if you like cats and would like to read about some special ones I hope you will enter my first-ever give-away contest!

Becka


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