Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Club - Jane Eyre Night




Last night's book club centered around our discussion of Jane Eyre and the consensus of the group was that we all loved revisiting this classic, gothic romance. The member who picked the book is always in charge of leading the discussion and she happened to be an English Lit major in college, so we were in very good hands. She came with talking points and discussion questions and as always, our discussion was lively, opinionated and sometimes loud. We all agreed, that reading Jane Eyre at this stage of life, is infinitely a different experience than reading it as a teenager.



Before our book discussion started, we sat down together to a beautiful dinner. We started with a spicy squash soup, drizzled with creme fresh and topped with the toasted squash seeds. Our hostess also prepared a chicken dish with olives and artichokes, thinly sliced and wonderfully seasoned potatoes and sautéed green beans with almonds. Dessert and coffee were served after our discussion; a light and fluffy slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

The group was small last night, but we more than made up for it with our enjoyable and interesting look at a classic novel. If you are in a book club, or just need a new book to read, try reading a classic novel, just for the pleasure of it. It can be a wonderful and enlightening experience.



Have a wonderful weekend. It is rivalry weekend here in Michigan - MSU plays U of M on Saturday afternoon. We will be there tailgating bright and early in the morning, wearing our green and white and cheering the Spartans on to victory!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley




A PBS Masterpiece Theatre and BBC adaptation based on a favorite novel is something that makes me very happy. Sunday night, Death Comes to Pemberley will finally be shown in the states, after airing to good reviews in England last year.

It is based on the novel of the same name, by respected mystery writer P.D. James and picks up six years after Pride and Prejudice left off. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are living a quiet, happy life at Pemberley and in the midst of planning an autumn ball. On the eve of the ball, a murder occurs, involving Elizabeth's disgraced sister Lydia and her husband of dubious character, Wickham. What follows is a wonderful murder mystery set in the world of Jane Austen.

The book, on which it is based, was very good and the characters and situations are very true to the spirit of Pride and Prejudice. It will be interesting to see the set recreation of Pemberley, the costumes and the new actors cast as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Of course for me, there will never be a better Mr. Darcy than Colin Firth, but Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) is an interesting choice.

It begins Sunday night and will be shown in two parts, concluding next Sunday, November 2nd. You will find me in front of my television, once again lost in the lovely world of Pride and Prejudice, this time with a murder mystery as the plot.

Happy Thursday!




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two Fall Cocktails




The fresh apple cider you find in the fall, either from the cider mill or right from your local grocery store is the featured ingredient in the two delicious and fun cocktails I have put together in the past few years. I always make a seasonal cocktail on Halloween night to enjoy while I pass out candy to all the little trick or treaters and haven't decided on a new one for this Halloween, but I have a few ideas pinned and ready to go on Pinterest. One possibility is a caramel apple martini that sounds heavenly.

For the cocktails I have made in the past, you can find the recipe for an Apple Cider Buttershot Cocktail here and the recipe for an Apple Pie Cocktail here. Both are easy and quick to put together and have delicious fall flavor to enjoy, right in your favorite cocktail glass.

I think I will be making the Apple Cider Buttershot Cocktail at my tailgate this weekend since it has only two ingredients to bring along and will go well with the brunch we have planned. Fun cocktails, with apple cider and fall just go together.

Happy Wednesday!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn Candles




This was a quiet weekend, which was a nice change of pace. I had time to do a little DIY project in between the massive amounts of laundry Melissa brought home as college students tend to do - but it is something you gladly do for them, because you know they are in the middle of midterms and their stress level is high. We also took a couple hours to see Gone Girl and I thought it was very good and a great representation of the book. It has been a long time since I read the book and Melissa had not read it herself, so we were both on the edge of our seats, a lot of the time.

These candles are so easy and fun to put together and I love to use this idea from holiday to holiday. For the autumn season this year, I used simple white candles and two kinds of burlap ribbon.



To place the ribbon on the candles, simply wrap the ribbon tightly around the candle, leaving space at the top and the bottom. Use pearl topped pins to secure the edges. I like to group them together on a candle plate, along with jar candle, with a great scent. I keep this display on my kitchen counter, ready to lend some seasonal cheer on those dark fall nights.

Last fall, I used a combination of ribbon and burlap for a completely different look.

Happy Monday!


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