Author: Grace Godwin

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Book Review and Literary Meal

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie A precocious girl is inspired to solve a murder near her doorstep, and we were inspired to create a recipe from The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Don’t care about the book review and want to go right to the recipe for the pie? Get out. Just kidding. Click here.  Imagine writing your first novel at age 70, and receiving an award for it before you have even completed it! That’s what Alan Bradley did with his debut novel The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,...

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Salted Caramel Custard Pie Inspired by The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Delight your tastebuds with this salted caramel custard pie, and be sure to read the review of its inspiration, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley! For the crust: 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup very cold butter, sliced (I use salted because I’m lazy like that. You may prefer to use unsalted and add salt to taste, approx 1 teaspoon.) 6-8 T ice cold water For serving:  (optional) 1/4 cup toffee bits For the salted caramel: 1/4 cup water 1 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 3 T butter, cut into tablespoon-sized pieces 1...

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Trigger Warning: Why We Read Books that Make Us Uncomfortable

Trigger warning: the book you are about to read contains content about xyz… The warning is a familiar one, but why do we read on? A couple of months ago, I “discovered” a debut novel by author Teresa Driscoll, I Am Watching You. (See my review of it here.) It’s suspense– a psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down. When I saw that her second novel The Friend was in pre-release, I didn’t waste any time trying to get my hands on an advance copy. The blurb itself gave me pause before reading it. It told me that the book involves a four-year-old boy...

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Blueberry Pizza– The Book with No Pictures

The Children’s Book I Want to Hate (but I just can’t) Why would I hate an amazing book like The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak? Jealousy. Pure, unadulterated jealousy. The concept is so simple, yet brilliant. With no illustrations, this book could have just as easily been published on a home computer. Why didn’t I think of this?!? And kids absolutely adore it. My second son claimed it as his favorite when he was only 18 months old. That blew my mind. There are seriously no pictures! Why would it hold a baby’s interest? Because, as the book says, it...

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Best Parenting Books for New Moms

BEST PARENTING BOOKS FOR NEW MOMS It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. Yes, THAT 3 o’clock. The one that you had barely known existed until three weeks ago when a squirming, helpless, night-owl baby rocked your world. She was so sleepy in the hospital! Now she wants to be awake all. night. long. They really don’t prepare you for this in the birthing classes. Sure, you learned how to breathe and visualize and possibly push, but that’s just one day… What do you do with the baby once he’s home? You cry. You fret. You prop your tired eyes...

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