Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Summer Reading - 4 and Apple Pear Coffee Cake

Another busy week - and only two books this time!

K is for Killer by Sue Grafton...
      I LOVE the light mysteries by this author.  The protagonist, intrepid young woman Kinsey Milhone, is a private investigator who consistently finds herself in the midst of murders.  The books are always filled with fun characters and side twists to keep things interesting.


Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? a 3-Step Program to: Beat Hormone Havoc, Restore Thyroid, Adrenal and Reproductive Balance, and Feel Better Fast   by Richard and Karilee Shames
      This was a truly informative book.  I like being a pro-active patient... and I like a more natural approach.  This book addresses why you might just feel bad.... even though your doctor has told you that your bloodwork is all normal!  Using diet and certain supplements, that energy might come back sooner than you think.  DEFINITELY food for thought for ME :-)

I am still... albeit SLOWLY... working my way through Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertsberg and Zoe Francois.  Slowed down by family requests for my now famous strombolis.... or Almond Brioche.   Since I seem to have a bumper crop of apples and pears on the way, this week I tackled the Apple and Pear Coffee Cake using a Pear-Apple pie filling I canned with my last harvest.

They are two layers of a sweet dough with a quart of filling and a struesel topping in between.  Kind of apple pie lasagna :-)  Pronounced "quite good" by my husband (effusive praise, indeed, if you know him!)

I keep telling myself to finish this before I start the author's second book -  Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day ..... BUT I am at the end with the specialty breads - and need more basic fare!  Even though I made this with white whole wheat flour - and the struesel topping has oatmeal and walnuts, I am not sure our two waistlines need two whole coffee cakes - AND there is another loaf's worth of dough that I need to use up! 

I really MUST find a home for the second coffee cake....

I might just have to start the new book while I finish up the last one!  I still have to say - I am NOT a cook!  These authors have given me the power to succeed in some ways in the kitchen - and I LOVE it!


 I read before I go to sleep at night - EVERY NIGHT! - and often first thing when I wake up in the morning (with that first cup of coffee) ...  And, I've been known to sneak out to the porch rockers in the afternoon IF I am home.   My husband usually reads after dinner.. while I am doing handwork of some kind in front of the television... or late at night after I fall asleep.

When is YOUR favorite time to read?


  1. I read whenever I can keep my eyes open long enough, I used to read while I walked on the tread, trying to multitask, I read a lot more then, come to think of it-I exercised a lot more then... Thanks for reminding me of this...Need to get BACK TO THAT!!!!!