Spring break was a blur of bookmarks, cookies, and books - not a bad combo:) A little sun, a few walks. I even spent a day editing/writing on the deck and am sunkissed, to boot. It was good being home with the boys. They kept me busy baking and bringing home surprises from the mailbox. Here are a few at left. You'll probably be seeing them in your mailbox this summer, right before release day. I love the vivid blue background on the bookcards. The bookmarks are more muted but look very pretty in person. And they serve a very practical purpose;) One can never have too many bookmarks, right?
Over break I received this treasure from Amazon. Wyatt is reading it for history class and it's quite a wild ride! I snagged my own copy for researching the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia for the series I'm working on. Young Adult books are one of my passions ~ my personal favorite, Ann Rinaldi, is taking over my office! This book isn't a comfortable read but is full of wonderful detail from that very terrible time.
Love those God-instances of being blessed with just the right book, a friend, or another fulfilled need. Speaking of books, I have exciting news to tell you about the new historical series I'm writing but will save it till next time as this post is sprawling...
Pioneer Woman and my friend Patti in Kentucky, I discovered this cookie recipe. Beware, malted milk lovers ~ these cookies are nearly as good as a chocolate malt! If you add ice cream and sprinkles, you can have it all;)
Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup white sugar
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
1 12 oz. bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup malted milk powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, both sugars, till fluffy. Add eggs and beat slightly, then add vanilla and beat till combined. Add malted milk powder and beat till combined. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture, beating gently until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir gently. Drop by teaspoonfuls and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then use two cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. Add sprinkles to the sides of the ice cream, then wrap individually in plastic wrap.
I guess my week can be summed up in 3 words ~ bookmarks, cookies, and books. If you could sum up yours, what would they be? At least one of you dear readers could say, "boxes, boxes, boxes" as it's moving day! I'd love to know what you've been up to;)