Recent Reads / 03

Today I’d love to share another edition of my recent reading list!

My lady friends and I started a book club last February, and we’ve kept up with our meetings almost every month! I’ve happily ventured outside of my comfort zone to read lots of different genres of books. Some of our recent picks:

Going Clear – Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright. Just started this one. So far it is really interesting to learn more about the history of Scientology. I’m also looking forward to watching the new HBO documentary based on the book.

Camille, by Alexandre Dumas Fils. A classic and a tearjerker! This one was a super quick read.

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler. I was so, so excited to have this one on our book club list. Then I read it, and didn’t love it. I also didn’t hate it. I think my expectations were a bit too high after reading Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and I was slightly bored with all the name dropping. However, if you are a huge SNL fan and want to hear about some behind the scenes stuff…you’ll enjoy this one.

Outside of book club, I’m mainly reading cookbooks and the Outlander series. I need to add some variety!

In my last edition of recent reads, I mentioned I had purchased the newest book in the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon. Well, I’m still re-reading the entire series. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I’m currently on Book 5, The Fiery Cross, and am hoping to make it through these next few books quickly so I can read the new one!

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 Windowsill Plants From Kitchen Scraps
, by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam. This book was gifted to John and I for Christmas from our sweet friends Sam and Joel. Who knew there were so many ways to re-use kitchen scraps?! Currently growing some green onions in a glass thanks to this book.

Easy Gourmet, by Stephanie Le. A cookbook that I gifted to myself. I am drooling over all of Stephanie’s recipes and her photos are awesome – do you read her blog? If not, you should! I’ve made just a couple recipes so far, and am looking forward to making lots more. Especially since this month is our annual household tradition of Frugal February. John and I challenge ourselves every year to make all our meals in February at home. No eating out until next month! So this is my favorite time to try out new recipes and try to keep things exciting at mealtime. Wish us luck.

What are you reading lately? I need suggestions!

>> all book images are from Goodreads. Click the book covers to read the descriptions.


Recent Reads / 02

I thought we might be due for a book update around here!

I posted about my recent reads back in February, and since then I’ve made it through several more books. Our book club has been consistently reading every month, and we have fun meeting up and discussing over food and cocktails.

John also surprised me earlier this month with a new Kindle Paperwhite. I like having the built-in light feature, and it’s a touch-screen, which are some cool updates from my previous Kindle. I’m looking forward to using it as much as possible!

So without further ado, here are my recent reads:

The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester. This was one of our recent book club picks. The Oxford English Dictionary has an interesting story behind it!

Blood Meridian, by Cormack McCarthy. I picked this up a long time ago, but never finished. I’m giving it another shot. One word describes this book – violent.

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick. This was another of our recent book club picks, when we decided to go with the sci-fi genre last month. I thought it was pretty interesting. Apparently, Amazon may turn this into a TV show? I’d probably watch it.

Written in my own Heart’s Blood, by Diana Gabaldon. This is the 8th book in the Outlander series. I am currently re-reading the entire series from the very beginning, because I need a memory-refresher (I’m on book 2!) Though it may be cheesy at times, I love this historical fiction/romance/time travel series. I’m super pumped about reading this latest one.

George R.R. Martin’s short story “The Hedge Knight” is included in this book. John and I are joining in on a Reddit re-read of the Game of Thrones series, and each week there’s a discussion posted. The re-read begins with a few short stories by George R.R. Martin that I hadn’t read before. I figure, I loved reading the Game of Thrones series so much the first time around, might as well do it again and maybe learn some new things from the group discussion. (nerd-alert!)

Lucky Spool’s Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making. I picked this up at the book store and I’m enjoying reading and learning more about modern quilting. It includes 10 “workshops” that I’ve found pretty useful so far!

What are your current or recent reads? I love any and all book suggestions, so bring it on!

>> all book images are from Goodreads. Click the book covers to read the descriptions.

Recent Reads / 01

Some friends and I recently decided to start a book club, and we’re meeting at the end of February to talk about Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. We’re pretty excited, because we’re all first time book clubbers. Any tips for us?

So far in 2014 I’ve kept up a pretty good reading pace. I’m trying to read more and use my phone less before bed and during my lunchtime (my two favorite reading times!) I feel like it’s a better use of my time than scrolling through Facebook and Instagram.

I’ve made my way through 4 books in January, and I’m working on book #5. In February, I’m hoping to keep it up and get ready for the first book club meeting! Here’s what I’ve read so far: Continue reading

Around the house



Wanted to share a few photos of things I’ve been loving around the house.

Here’s my quilt setup on weekends. All I need is some good coffee, a comfy chair, and a little cat for company, and I’m happy quilting for hours.
weekend quilt setup
My favorite outside spot on the porch.
favorite place to sit
My plants are growing like crazy. The planter my dad and I made is my favorite part of the backyard. You can hardly see the concrete blocks anymore!
crazy overgrown plants
John’s parents gifted us this lovely family quilt for our wedding. It’s got a new home in the guest bedroom.
cozy guest bed quilt
Here’s a detail shot. I love all the bright colors and crazy scraps that went into this quilt.guest bed quilt detail
Speaking of quilts, I’ve got ideas brewing for my next project. More details coming soon.
my next quilt design
Making good use of this chalkboard I used in our wedding. Breakfast taco love + flowers to add color in the kitchen.
chalkboard love and flowers
Currently reading Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. Just finished several books from his Ender’s Game series and I needed more. So good.
currently reading
Watched this tutorial video and worked on my origami skills. Little elephant is keeping my hair products company. (p.s. the woman’s voice in that video is so soothing!)
origami elephant

Just a few things I wanted to share…now I need to get to work on the broken dishes quilt. I’m SO close to being done and I can’t wait to share the finished product here!