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Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology By Murray Lee An Anthology of short stories composed with heartfelt emotion, Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology is a simple collection of life lessons, fit for the reader who loves to reflect. It’s impossible to read this book and not instantly feel nostalgic towards the times of your youth. Through 6 various stories, we coast up and down a wave of perspective in numerous settings, with each character sharing a piece of themselves and how surfing has been a part of their lives. We journey with individuals who are…

Basket of Books

Hi Bookies, Hop Hop Hop little Bunnies! While most of the country is still bundled in blankets and cat stretching after long naps, us west coast dreamers are prancing in poppy-filled hills and using our books as shields from the sun. New Releases and Book Festivals are upon us, which means……time to fill our Easter Baskets with fresh reads! (For the YA or Adult-Fiction fans in our lives). Here are new treasured releases to keep your heart glowing all spring long! Young Adult Strange the Dreamer (March 28) Alex, Approximately (April 2) The Sacrifice of…

Lara Jean’s Snickerdoodles

Autumn fills my heart with anticipation and warmth every year. It’s the start of tooooooooooo many of my favorite things! Such as: baking season, football games, leaf colors of the softest hues, new book clubs, a penciled in calendar which overflows with pre- planning holiday activities galore, an official one-month countdown to my Birthday (October 3rd, wee!) and…. the pumpkin spice flavored…..everything. So, of course, when I bake coziness into my schedule this fall, I think of the perfect light-hearted books to become secretly obsessed with and the best cookies to pair with…

Top 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Just Because” you don’t EVER need a reason to bake America’s favorite cookie! I find hope of all seasons (and stressful situations) in the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Maybe you’re alone and want some comfort……… just look to the CC cookie. Maybe you just had your heart broken…..or had it put together again and feel like doing pirouettes in place………look to the cookie! Bake sale? Sleepover with besties, movie night, one hour alone with your new BOOK!? Look to the Cookie! I love CC…

The Book Cookie

Royal Icing in 5 Steps

Royal Icing 101 Nutmeg, Pumpkin spice, homemade pie, and fluttering leaves, are just a few of my favorite things about autumn. So what about decorating cookies? Royal Icing resembles a shiny, hard, texture, for beautiful cut out cookies, which are PERFECT for holiday decorating. First time making homemade icing? Follow my guide below.     5 Step Guide Awesome Recipe Perfect Consistency Mixing Colors Bottles or Bags Practice 1. Awesome Recipe Need a simple, buttery, vanilla, yum in your tum sugar cookie recipe? Right here.             Royal Icing Recipe   Ingredients: 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners&#8217…

The Cutesy Sugar Cookie

Dear Bookie who loves a cutesy sugar cookie, This recipe, be it last minute or prepping ahead can do so much for your “cutesy” reputation. I’ve baked multiple types of Sugar Cookies, in a million varieties. Similar to the Chocolate Chip Cookie, there are endless homemade sugar cookie recipes people swear by. As for mine, I can’t ever reveal it. However, below is one I have used when I need to whip up some quick dough. It’s vanilla-buttery, effortless, and original. It’s not too soft but has the perfect…

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…