Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Baking and Books

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As I have mentioned in other posts, I belong to the local library book club.  Our club meets each month and discuss a book that was pre-selected by one of the book club members.  Each of us are in charge of choosing a book and supplying the group with a tasty treat one month of the year.  This month was my turn.  

I had chose a historical non-fiction book entitled "Buddha in the Attic" written by Julie Otsuka.  It is a very easy read, historically accurate and an interesting read.
 
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Deciding on treats was the next challenge.  There happens to be between 12 and 14 members within the group at any given meeting. 
 
All of the members so far have brought store bought treats and seeing that I am a person who would rather do some home baking ( this way knowing the ingredients that are being added ) decided that I would get busy.  I think that bringing homemade goodies are becoming a lost art but are still so very much appreciated. 
 
                  
 
 
Still having quite a bit of pumpkin in the freezer, I whipped up a batch of pumpkin bars ..... I used this recipe and topped them with cream cheese frosting. 
 
 
Then I popped some drop sugar cookies in the oven.  Having a container of Betty Crocker peppermint frosting left over from Christmas shopping, I thought it would be a nice touch to the cookies. 
 
 
Then noticing some stray candy canes left over as well, I tossed them into the Ninja and crushed them to a coarse powder. 
 
 
Once the cookies were cooled and iced, I sprinkled the crushed candy canes on the icing ..... THAT sure got rave reviews!!! 

 
Not wanting only sweets on the table ( in case someone was unable to eat them ) I added a combination cheese and cracker tray.
 
We had a wonderful evening talking about the story, munching on goodies and planning for the next book over the course of a couple of hours. 
 
I look forward to these evenings and spending some time discussing one of my favorite pastimes ..... reading!  Do you belong to a book club?  What is it like?  I would love to hear about it .... and maybe pick up some ideas!
 
Happy reading and remember to give your loved ones a hug! 



10 comments:

  1. I do not belong to a book club but would love to join yours ... especially when it was your turn to bring the goodies. Thanks for the book recommendation. Always looking for a good read.

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    1. Thanks and your welcome! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. :0)

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  2. Oh Debbie, look at all that tasty, sweet goodness! I will be stopping by your home today for some pumpkin bars....I LOVE pumpkin :) I think I might have to make these.

    Have a blessed day!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! Have a wonderful day. :0)

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  3. I do not belong to a book club, but one of my friends suggested I join hers that meets with her church. I just haven't done it. I really enjoy reading, but do it in spurts. LOL Like read several books in a short period of time and then take a break. I worry I would get behind...lol

    The treats look yummy!

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    1. That happens to me sometimes too! I try and keep up. ;)

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  4. I don't belong to a book club, so I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions. However, your treats look so yummy!

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  5. Sounds like fun!
    I don't belong to a book club but I
    I do enjoy reading.

    Your treats looked so yummy.

    M :)

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  6. The book club sounds like a wonderful way of reading &vreflectingbover the books! I love the treats you've prepared ~ you're so creative with he cookies - yum!

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  7. I'm going to try that pumpkin bar recipe, and I like how your fancied-up the sugar cookies with crushed candy canes. You're very creative, indeed!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your day with your reading club.


    Blessings! :)

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I love reading all of them. Have a wonderful day.

Debbie

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