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August 16, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Resurrection Lilies

Almost wordless: Right on schedule, the Resurrection Lilies burst into bloom. This plant has an unusual life cycle. Foliage emerges in the spring and and dies off after several weeks. As summer wanes, it sends up tall stalks with flowers, the first week of August. And it does it at rapid speed, within a week!

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August 14, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 14th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Just one new book last week.

New Arrivals

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld from Harper.
Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own harrowing experience that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

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August 12, 2017 / Leslie

Weekend Cooking: Zucchini Overload

August 8th was national zucchini day, also known as Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Gardeners will understand this all too well! August is the time of year when we have zucchini overload. I only have a couple of plants this year and I still have more than enough for me and can give some away.

I’ve been grilling, frying, and cooking zucchini for a few weeks now. Even my parrots are eating zucchini. I have a zucchini recipes for bread, muffins, fritters, I grill them, steam them, fry them, fry the flowers, add and them to other dishes that call for vegetables.

Right about now I’m getting a little tired of them. But maybe you are not! So today I offer my simple, easy recipe for grilled zucchini.

Grilled Zucchini

Ingredients

• Young Zucchinis (about 6 to 7 inches or 15-18 cm long)
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Garlic Pepper Seasoning

Preparation

Cut zucchini lengthwise into slices about ¼ inch thick (½ cm).
Brush olive oil on both sides and season with garlic pepper.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Grill on medium-high heat turning after 3 minutes. Grill other side for another 2 to 3 minutes.

A Meal or a Side Dish

Grilled zucchini make a perfect side dish, or add some couscous or rice, maybe a few other grilled veggies, and you have a tasty vegetarian meal.

 


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August 7, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 7th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.
 
After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

A couple of new books plus some audio downloads last week.

New Arrivals

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart from Delacorte Press.
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine from Harper.
A mesmerizing debut psychological thriller full of delicious twists about a coolly manipulative woman who worms her way into the lives of a wealthy “golden couple” from Connecticut to achieve the privileged life she wants.

Audio Downloads

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride
From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe from Gallery Books.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to her beloved Isle of Palms to tell the poignant, charming story of two women, one summer, and one very special beach house.

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August 2, 2017 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Northern Flicker

Almost wordless: While out monitoring for breeding birds, I came upon a pair of Northern Flickers defending their tree from a young Cooper’s Hawk. The male had stopped diving at the hawk and glared at him from the top of a snag.

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August 1, 2017 / Leslie

Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway.

The winner was selected using random.org and has been notified by email.

The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

Winner: Deborah

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July 31, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ July 31st

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
It was a lovely weekend here in Chicago, so I spent some time in my outdoor office, otherwise known as my backyard.

New Arrivals

Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh from St. Martin’s Press.
Marsh offers a thoughtful, perceptive consideration of medicine and the pursuit of a meaningful life.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater from Scholastic Press.
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

The World Is Great, and I Am Small: A Bug’s Prayer for Mindfulness by Bradley Trevor Greive from Andrews McMeel.
A thoughtful and uplifting reflection on modern life and the human condition, as well as a lighthearted celebration of some of the many truly amazing insects with whom we share our planet.

Digital Downloads

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson from Random House and NetGalley.
An epic new thriller about a race of ageless, human-like machines hiding among us for untold centuries.

The Address by Fiona Davis from Penguin Audio.
Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota, New York City’s most famous residence.

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