Happy Friday Everyone! This week has ended great! We drove to Silver Springs, NV. yeterday to see our niece graduate from high school. Such an overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement for students and their friends and families. For those of you who have loved ones graduating, congratulations!
As I mention a couple days ago, I thought it might be fun to start a Summer Book Club. We’re choosing from a variety of books from every category. Since we are finishing our last week of June I wanted to get these posted for everyone. To make it easier to find, I’ve added the books to my Amazon Store and they can be purchased from: A Busy Mom’s Kitchen ( or if you find them elsewhere, that’s fine too) Enjoy!
When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be
By Amy Wilson
What kind of mother feeds her kids dinosaur chicken nuggets . . . three times a week? What kind of mother lets hand washing slide after using the toilet, as long as it was just Number One?
When Did I Get Like This?
The Four Corners of the Sky: A Novel
By Michael Malone
Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish—one both absurd and mysterious—no is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted…
Thus begins an enchanting novel that bursts with energy from the first pages, and sweeps you off on a journey of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
By Elizabeth Gilbert
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the goodness of locally grown foods
By Michelle Stern
Note From Noel: Michelle is a wonderful person who’ve I’ve known for the past two years in the online food and family community. She shares my passion for family dinners and cooking with kids. I finally had the chance to meet her in person this past month at the Doof-A-Palooza Family Festival. She is truly a great inspiration annd I’m sure you and your kids will enjoy her cookbook.
There’s no better way to teach your children to eat fresh, healthy, organic food than with recipes you can cook and eat together! Written by the founder of San Francisco’s premier children’s cooking school and award-winning, green-parenting blogger Michelle Stern, this cookbook gives your family the resources you need to cook delicious, local food in any season, including:
Practical advice like how to pick the best of local and natural food without spending too much time or money.
Color-coded instructions that guide kids of all ages through age-appropriate steps in every recipe.
More than 75 organic, family-friendly recipes and beautiful 4-color photos that will get everyone excited about what’s for dinner!
Whether you’re cooking Summertime Kabobs on a balmy June evening or Sweet and Savory Turnovers for a toasty winter breakfast, your family will learn to love the wholesome food–and priceless memories–you can make together.