Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cinnamon Triangles

Recently the we had some eggs to use up, so the kids and I decided to make a new recipe.  We called it Cinnamon Triangles.

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 egg, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups unbleached flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 275 degrees.  Mix vanilla, egg yolk, butter, and brown sugar.  Stir in cinnamon and salt.  Stir in flour.  Spread in an ungreased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1” jell roll pan.  Cover the dough wit the unbeaten egg white.  Spread the pecans on the dough and press them in.  Bake for 1 hour, cut into squares, then triangles.  Cool and Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What we have read aloud this past week

Our family reads a lot of books both silently and aloud.  I try to read other books as well, but we have not been doing a lot of that in the past weeks.  It is something we need to start doing again, it just seems as if there is not enough time in the day. 


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This past weekend we went on a short trip and we were not able to get our audio books that were on hold from the library, so we got to listen to, On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  We have listened to it many different times, so it was not as interesting as it had been times before.  As usual I didn’t like the grasshoppers and leeches.  I have had similar experiences with both of those, so I cringe every time they talk about them.  And C, my little grasshopper squisher, said that they should have been stepping on them when they were laying the eggs.

Of Courage Undaunted

We are reading Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty for American History.  This book is excellent.  It is about Lewis and Clark and their trek across the United States.  We are spending three weeks on this book and B always wants to read more.  Today we read about their encounters with bears.  I don’t know why the Fields brothers would want to stay and try to shoot the grizzly bears.  I would have left.  I’m surprised that no men were killed by bears on their trip.




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The Children’s Homer is what we are currently reading for World History.  I’m not sure when we will finish it in our school year, but it has been fun for us so far.








Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick is so much fun to read.  I didn’t know that he knew so much.  I don’t think I spent much time learning about him when I was in public school.  It is hard for us to only read two chapters a week, because this book is so well written and Archimedes was so smart.









Goal for next week- I would like to finish reading the book, Tom Jefferson by Helen Albee Monsell.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson

Series- Sons of Jude

Genre- Fiction/Crime Thriller

Published by- Monarch Books

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 256

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-205-4

Chicago detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are sent to investigate the murder of Trina Martinez.  It seemed like an ordinary homicide until their investigation was halted by a wall of silence.  It was a wall that stopped their inquiry from continuing on.

They get help from reporter Christy Lee and the problems begin.  Andy Polanski is arrested, Frank Campello is threatened, and Christy Lee is attacked. 

This is the case that changes their lives.

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author-

Brandt Dobson lives in Chicago and comes from a long line of police officers.  He is also the writer of the Colton Parker series.

Writing is something he has wanted to do since he was in fifth grade.  He had no time when he had many different jobs.  He began reading Dean Koontz and then started writing and submitting.  After twelve years he was able to get the contract he wanted.

My thoughts-

Wow!  This book was action packed.  I could imagine everything that was happening and I could easily see that this book could be turned into a movie.

One of the best moments for me was when I learned of Andy Polanski’s faith.  It was subtle throughout the book, but I could see the calming effect that Andy had over his family and the others in the department, especially over Frank Campello.  The addition of St. Jude was great.  I didn’t know he was the patron saint of lost causes and I could see the lost causes in the story and how they had become both better and worse. 

If you like detective stories then this book is for you.  There are plenty of plots and you will never guess who is on the side of the bad guys! 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.