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The Sunday Post #15

I’m joinin’ in with Kimberly of Caffeinated Reviewer on Sundays to talk about anything new, to share what books have been read &/or have come in, and a heads up on what’s coming up next.

I’m also linking up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date later on today. Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.

The Dillio

Ah, Sunday, last day of break. We here have had about a 10-day holiday. Two Fridays ago school was cancelled because of the Camp Fire smoke which reached us even though we are over 100 mi down from Butte County; the district and the schools had notified us the afternoon before.

So how was your weekend? Have you been hitting the Black Friday deals? Got any Christmas decorations up yet?

Yes, I’ve been MIA. I seriously don’t know where November has gone. After the tennis season was over, the teenager had four appointments and her sister, three. Then there was parent-teacher conferences the week before the holiday. The freshman would get out at like 12:36 pm and the younger kids at 1:19 pm. Plus I had PT twice a week for my left shoulder and my right elbow.

I also had a knitting swap package to complete. Sometimes a chosen pattern doesn’t cut it and so I was stuck trying to figure out what to knit for one of the requirements. In addition I had to buy candy and packaging + make a card. I love participating in Knit Equals Joy’s swaps as they’re fun but I think I will take a break next year. When fall rolls around I’d like to work on home decor and Halloween ones as well.

Furthermore, I’ve been watching lots of Netflix! How good it feels to relax.

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • The Princess Switch
  • The Holiday Calendar
  • A Christmas Prince
  • a few of the Tinkerbell movies
  • Nappily Ever After

So as you know, we here in the States celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday. My fellow Americans, how was your turkey day? Do you have any traditions that are followed for this holiday?

My family celebrates up in the city. We usually eat at my parents’ but this year we went over to my paternal, mid-90’s grandmother’s.

I signed up for the spuds and dessert. My oldest loves mashed potatoes so I thought of Oprah’s Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Bacon Bits. Martha Stewart’s Icebox Pumpkin Mousse Pie is another favorite in our house. I was supposed to bring it last year and did, but screwed up because I had forgotten to put in the heavy cream. This year I did not forget and the pie was delicious. My grandmother actually complimented my dishes and she even had two small servings of my pie! She got to keep the rest of it and that made her happy.

“Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.”
― Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

Seashells, Spells & Caramels by Erin Johnson was a free download offer I had seen on either IG or FB. Many of you have reviewed this cozy mystery series. The covers catch me every time and I’m a sucker for witches.

This first installment started out a bit silly in its plot, but it got the MC to the competition and became entertaining. It kind of has the lightheartedness of The Great British Bake Off. I enjoyed the variety of characters and their magic abilities. I liked how baking was the main theme, from what ingredients were used to how magic was integrated.

I was able to figure out a few things but not who the murderer was. I was surprised. This book was a good read for me, a series I’d definitely continue. Three stars.

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews is the last installment of the Kate Daniels series. I’ve been waiting to read it before it even came out.

Blood. Guts. Sword fighting. Mythological creatures. Once I buckled in, the thrilling ride took off and didn’t stop until the last page. One thing I love about this series is Kate and Curran’s sarcasm. And oh boy is Kate a mama bear in this one; mess with her kid, watch out for his mama! I was highly entertained. Four stars.


Once upon a time I was a fifth grade teacher who had separated her class into reading groups for differentiated reading. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg was one of the books my grade level group read.

Have you read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? E.L. Konigsburg is one of my favorite authors because of the mentioned books. One of the reasons why I love this featured book is because it was the first one I had read that had different POVs and that brought together a group of kids. I love how the students are connected in some way. There are four of them and each of his/her life path has crossed another’s. There are different, life situations and cultures. The narrator of this audiobook did a solid job on the voices of characters. I enjoyed this listen very much. Four stars.

On Deck

  1. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Mass
  2. Time’s Convert (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness
  3. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

In the Dugout

  1. The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest
  2. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  3. The Year of Four (Phoebe Pope #1) by Nya Jade

Okay, I’m done. The husband put together the kids’ new bookcases so I’m off to see how the girls organized their spaces and books. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Thank you for all of your past visits. TTYS.

24 thoughts on “The Sunday Post #15”

  1. Your Thanksgiving foods sound really awesome, Stefanie! The Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes sound heavenly. I have no idea if that’s a new haircut for you, but I love your hair! And you and your girls looks so cute in that picture! 🙂 Been missing your posts!


  2. HappyThanksgiving. Im grateful for our blog friendship. We have 6 inches of snow and blizzard on the way. im hoping my volunteer job lets us know early that they are closing in the a.m.!! ugh. I dont want to go in the snow.

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  3. Your Thanksgiving food sounds yummy and how wonderful to share with your paternal grandmother. Enjoy the blood and guts of Ilona Andrews she/he is just a little too bloody for me!

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn. My grandmother was in a really good mood turkey day. No sarcastic or negative comments at all. I may reread the Kate Daniels series. She makes me laugh with that sarcasm. I don’t know if I’d read the new series, an offshoot with the character, Hugh though.

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  4. I clicked myself off before I was done! You have been busy! Out focus right now is finding our Christmas tree. It’s raining here again so today is out. Do your kids have to make up those fire days?


    1. I don’t think they’d have to make up that day. Our kids down here are in school over the six hour usual of most schools so I guess you can say we have emergency minutes built in?


      1. When we lived in Santa Clara I subbed at schools all around me. I loved how relaxed schools were as opposed to schools on the East Coast. I don’t mean academically relaxed…it was more clothes relaxed.


  5. Oh my, you got smoke from that fire! -sigh-

    Is that a new hair cut, I spy? Bangs/fringe…?

    Those cute drawings, on covers, do draw one in, don’t they??????? :-)))))))

    Nice Thanksgiving here. A wee bit of Yule Tide decorations are sneaking in, here. ,-)

    No Black Friday or wild shopping, in this house, though. 🙂



  6. Glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving! I’ve been wondering if you were okay with the fires. It sounds like the breathing conditions aren’t wonderful. I read Seashells Spells and Caramels a little while ago and had the same feelings you did. I thought it was going to be too silly but then it grew on me and I ended up really enjoying.


  7. Happy THanksgiving late my friend. Your mashed potatoes and pie look really amazing! I am glad the fires did not reach you and sorry about the smoke. let us hope for better days ahead!


  8. Hi Stefanie 🙂
    Oh the mashed potatoes sound divine!! Nice pictures! 🙂 They do the U.S. Thanksgiving sales here too even though our Thanksgiving is in October! Anything for a profit lol…I avoid it at all costs, people are crazy and nasty! Our decorations go up around the 10th of December, otherwise I get a little carried away lol…I’m all over Pinterest for cookie ideas this year!


  9. Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful and yummy too. How nice to have your Grandmother still with you. That is a memory that will stay with you and your girls forever.


  10. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving. Also you have some great reads there. I hope things are safe and you have some reading time over the upcoming week. I don’t watch tv very often I usually read. Anne – Books of My Heart


  11. Both the spuds and the pie sounds delicious! I was in charge of clean-up duty which was a-okay with me 🙂
    I hope that you are managing to fit in some downtime in between the busyness of life. Chilling out watching movies is one of our favorite family activities as well lately. Will have to check out the ones on your list. Holiday movies are in heavy rotation right now.
    Thank you for your recent visit and sorry to be so late to respond (life + work = crazy). I don’t knit my socks taat. Not sure why since it seems like it would go quicker. I actually enjoy knitting second socks.


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