Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkins, Picoult, & Plaid

 Lily is a sleepy puppy :)
Sorry for disappearing for 5 days..... :(

Buuuttt.. here's some autumn inspiration...

#1  Drinking coffee with a cool fall breeze is one of my favorite things about fall. Here are two delicious pumpkin coffee recipes:

16 ounce mug
Double Espresso
2 pumps Monin Pumpkin Syrup
Fill with steam milk
Top with whipped cream
Dust with cinnamon/nutmeg

12 ounce mug
Single Espresso
2 pumps White Monin Chocolate
2 pumps Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Whipped cream
Fill with steamed milk
Top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce
Dust with cinnamon/nutmeg


#2  Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is contemporary and easy to read, but filled with deep insight and research. I love that Jodi truly researches each book she writes in depth. I saw her live for an author event, and for her book Plain Truth about an Amish girl, she spent 3 nights with an Amish family.

Nearly all of her books make it on the New York Times Bestseller List and are always widely recognized. Her novels deal with intense issues, but she writes them with heartfelt compassion. How can you recognize a Jodi Picoult book? The ending. Every book has a dramatic plot twist at the end of the novel that affects everything and everyone.

Here are my favorites of Picoult's...

Plain Truth - an Amish teenage girl gives birth to a baby in secret and denies knowing its existence when the baby's body is found, so defense attorney Ellie Hathaway defends her in court
Second Glance - Ross, a suicidal widower, is a ghost hunter whose never seen a ghost until he meets the mysterious Lia who gives him a reason to live
Vanishing Acts - Delia has a young daughter, a fiance, and a bloodhoud used to search for missing people, and her whole world is turned upside down when she has flashbacks of a life she doesn't remember
My Sister's Keeper (my all-time favorite!) - Anna was conceived by her parents in a preimplantation genetic diagnosis for the purpose of helping her sister survive leukemia, until Anna wonders who she is and does the unthinkable, tearing her family apart
Nineteen Minutes (check out the book trailer) - Peter has gone through years of physical and verbal abuse, until one day he can't take it anymore and his one act of violence turns the town upside down in a trial involving his best friend from middle school

Jodi has written 18 novels in total and they are all amazing (those are just my favorites). But you should also check out Songs of a Humpback Whale, Harvesting the Heart, Picture Perfect, Mercy, The Pact, Keeping Faith, Salem Falls, Perfect Match, The Tenth Circle, Change of HeartHandle With Care, House Rules, and Sing You Home.


1 comment:

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