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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Baking Basics

Becoming a better baker is always possible. Learning and experimenting are half the fun & frustration when it comes to creating your own desserts. However, there are a few “what the heck” factors and silent moments of confused staring that may take you by surprise when your recipes don’t come out perfect. So, whether it be cookies, cakes, pies, or pop tarts…. these baking basics will help you along the way to Baking Success. (Woo! Throw confetti). Read your Recipe First In my classroom, I used to teach my middle schoolers the technique of finding…

Lemon Cooler Cookies

Dear Bookie who loves some summer sunshine, Enter Lemon Land with this recipe I followed from Stephanie Lynn at her quaint and cute baking site Under the Table and Dreaming. My favorite part about this recipe is it takes only a few minutes to shake up, so you’re ready for a quick Book Club dessert. Combine them with zesty summer reads and you’re all set for the beach, park, patio, pool, La La Land, or wherever your little bookie heart desires! Perfectly paired with: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by: Paige McKenzie The Carrie Diaries Series by…

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ** Mature content An original recipe created by Jay Asher leaving me sandwiched between emotions! You may want to skip the cookies for this one and go straight for the whole tub of ice cream….. Depressing at times, relatable at others, and utterly shocked by the climactic, final recording, Hannah narrates her experiences in a series of sequential events involving her peers, parties, and high school dilemmas of 13 people who affected her decision to commit suicide. Why You Will Like It Told from the unique perspective of numerous cassette tape recordings, Hannah Baker’s…

Cloaked

Cloaked by Alex Flinn Don’t let the fairy-tale theme distract you from the essence of this comical story. Cloaked is not just a cheesy book for girly girls. What it’s About: Told from 17-year-old Johnny’s perspective on South Beach, where he owns his family shoe shop; he is offered a large amount of money from a famously, hot princess, who needs his help to break a curse. Johnny embarks on a quest to solve this frog-napping, save his family business, and get the girl in the end. He leads this magic rescue mission…

Dreamland

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen **I recommend Dreamland if you are someone who can handle mature content among teen relationships. Sixteen-year-old Caitlin narrates this story about the uncontrollable dating world she gets sucked into by a seductive boy, Rogerson. What it’s About: The plot starts out with an intense family issue that takes place right from the get-go, which Caitlin has to cope with. Caitlin is close to her family and is that simple character you will like because she is not annoying. She’s in that middle crowd many teens can relate to; not stuck…

Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige In Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm comes to the rescue in this quirky take on the classic version Wizard of Oz. The creepy twist comes mid-plot when Amy is chosen to represent a rebellion against the ruler of Oz, who is actually Dorothy, not the Wicked Witch of the West! The struggle is real for Amy in her day to day high school life and she never dreamed she would be teaming with a band of flying monkies and prepping for battle….. #sobrave! Dorothy’s vicious entourage of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and…

The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Warning: Blast from the YA Lit of Amazing-Past This book is a book that will stay with you the rest of your life. I read it in 8th grade and have never forgotten its impact on me. Then, I watched the movie and besides falling in love with Matt Dillon at a young age, became enthralled with such a simple, yet, real life plot that signifies the coming of age in tough times. Why you will like it: Ponyboy (main character name = Pony + boy : #random, #classic, #brilliant) is one of the most famous…