5 Things

Hope you are having a great summer!  Our vacation is finally beginning to wind down.  My family has had such a fun time together this summer, and I’m going to be sad when it ends!  Here are 5 Things I simply had to share with you this week:

1.  I read a great book in just two days, and now I’m reading another great book! 

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison, who leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai’s seedy underworld–and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.  It was a compelling read, and I read this one in just two days!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (non-fiction) Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her cervix for research.  The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. These cells have aided in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to cancer to AIDS treatments, yet Lacks herself remains virtually unknown.  Skloot uncovers the story of Henrietta Lacks.  This book was recommended to me via Twitter, I downloaded a sample to my Kindle, and I’m finding it to be an extremely interesting book.

2.  Be sure to check out this interview that Deborah from the Taste and Tell blog did with my son:  Blogger Spotlight- RecipeBoy It’s his first interview ever!

3.  Cookbook lovers, food magazine clippers and food blog enthusiasts:  have you seen this website before- Eat Your Books It’s this great website that has the ability to allow you to save all of your recipes from those sources in one spot- online!  Eat Your Books has everything indexed online (like a library). If you are trying to remember a recipe you made somewhere- from a cookbook, magazine or blog- but you totally can’t remember where you got it from, you can do a search on Eat Your Books and it will bring up the source for you!  Another great feature is that you can set up your own bookshelf of cookbooks that you own and blogs that you follow.  Then you’ll have a catalog of your own cookbook library, with recipes listed and easily searchable.

4.  I really want these Lemonade Brownies from the Cookies and Cups blog.

…but I should probably have dinner first.  So I’ll go with trying these Sweet Corn Salad Wraps from Cookies and Kate.  They look like the perfect summertime dinner!

Cookies and CupsCookies and Kate… it kinda sounds like all I read is cookie blogs, doesn’t it?  Not really. But those two are great blogs to read.

5.  Two posts to check out this week from other blogs:

*Heidi from FoodieCrush wrote a great post for folks who love Pinterest (which is pretty much everyone, right?):  Top 10 Pinterest Tips

*And if you’re a runner… and you’re going on VACATION… don’t take a break from running while you’re there!  I wrote a post on the Red Faced Runner’s blog on how to keep up your running routine while you’re on vacation.  Check it out here: Running on Vacation

Have a GREAT week!

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9 Responses to “5 Things”

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    Tara @ The Butter Dish — July 22, 2012 @ 4:12 PM

    I love Deborahs blog and so excited for RecipeBoy to have been interviewed by her. Can’t wait to read her post.

    So glad you had a wonderful time on vacation Lori, and for the smorgasbord post here.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 22, 2012 @ 4:24 PM

    Thanks for the shout out, friend! Loved Henrietta Lacks…
    Read Gone Girl next…totally good.
    Popping over to read the Pinterest tips now! xoxo

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    Fadderly — July 22, 2012 @ 4:51 PM

    The Immortal Life of… has been on my short list for a long time now. I keep hearing it’s really good book. I heard an interview with the author when the book was released on NPR. Been trying to work it in since. :)

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    Cookie and Kate — July 22, 2012 @ 8:38 PM

    I’ve been looking for some captivating reads, thank you for the book recs! Thank you for sharing my sweet corn wraps, too. The lemonade brownies look fantastic, too!

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    Jacqueline — July 23, 2012 @ 1:47 AM

    What a great post!

    I an teaching my wee boy to bake, but as he is only two it will be some years before I can pass the food blogging bug onto him.

    I also think eat your books is fab. So useful if you have something you need to use up in the fridge and you need some ideas. Saves so much time too. They kindly added Tinned Tomatoes as one of their blogs and it is so lovely when someone adds you to their bookcase.

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    Erin — July 23, 2012 @ 8:38 AM

    I love the Henrietta Lacks book. Especially since I am a science nerd working on my PhD

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    Olga @ MangoTomato — July 23, 2012 @ 12:48 PM

    LOVED Henrietta Lacks book, especially the family photos. Just wish it was a bit shorter.

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    Deborah — July 23, 2012 @ 2:01 PM

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been on my “to read” list for awhile – I need to move it up!

    And I’m so glad that Brooks participated in the Blogger Spotlight. I seriously have loved reading the comments – I think he is going to be inspiring kids everywhere with food!!

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    June g. — July 23, 2012 @ 8:11 PM

    I read Henrietta Lacks a couple of years ago. I thought it was fantastic, so interesting! Even though it was non fiction, it read like novel. I recommend it all of the time:)