Okay, one reason I haven't been blogging as much lately is because life with the kids has been crazy. But also... Books. I put a bunch on hold at the library and am catching up on all my favorite authors! Here are some current favorites:
Brandon Mull (an awesome author if you haven't read him - check out the Fablehaven series, please!!!) finished his Beyonders trilogy and, not surprisingly, it was awesome! It's only $10.99 for the whole trilogy on Kindle right now, which is a pretty sweet deal. It kind of reminds me of Harry Potter meets Eragon, if that description means anything to you. Really fabulous fantasy series for young adults and adults like me who like to read young adult fiction...
Orson Scott Card is one of my all-time favorite authors. Not every book of his hits it out of the ball park, but most of them do.
The Gate Thief is the second in his MitherMages series, and I'm about halfway through and loving it! It's not as wholesome as Brandon Mull, there's definitely some mild language and raunchy teenage humor. But the plot is so original and I just can't read his books fast enough! You can bet I'm racing through this post so I can get back to reading The Gate Thief!
Lucy Cousins has always been a huge favorite amongst the kids, especially her Maisy books. I love this one because the flaps are super-durable - we bought it used and it's still going strong with only one flap taped!
Maisy's Big Flap Book doesn't seem to be sold new anymore, but it's definitely worth a try for babies and toddlers alike - they're not the flaps like you see in the Spot books, it's a completely separate overlay with the flaps cut out, which is a lot sturdier than the glued on flaps in some books.
Veering away from what we're reading, I've been using one kitchen tool a TON lately, for homemade applesauce, tomato sauce (I like mine totally pureed), and pureeing lots of tasty fall soups in the pot:
My Cuisinart Immersion Blender is AMAZING and I wish I had a reason to buy it in one of the beautiful beautiful colors it comes in! Ours is just the original stainless steel, since we got it as a wedding present way back when. But it's one of the most useful kitchen gadgets we have, since I can puree to my heart's content without getting the blender or food processor dirty when I already have a pot dirty! Seriously, if you don't have one of these and you love to cook, add it to your Christmas list! It's usually around $30 or $35 so it definitely won't break the bank.
Mary Claire is just hilarious lately - I keep trying to get her to say hello or hi and all she'll do is say, "Buh bah!" and wave her hands and then laaaaaugh uproariously!
Yup, you wish you had one of her!
Doubling my link-up pleasure this week with thrifter extraordinaire Jenny at Mama Needs Coffee (guest-hosting for Hallie) and Jessica at Housewifespice - check out what everyone else is reading and loving!