Dollar Tree and Summer Reading
Summer has been moving along and next week will be the 4th of July. I found this cute tea towel on my latest visit to Dollar Tree. I like to have some seasonal towels to hang on my dishwasher and this gnome one fit the bill.
They add a nice little touch to the season.
I also like to stock up on other towels...especially these lemon/citrus themed towels.
These are more of a terry-like feel - they used to have linen towels with lemons all over and I bought bunches of them, but have used them all. Will have to keep my eye out for them as I use them for gifts.
I make a Lemon Poppyseed Bread that I often give as a gift - it is SUCH an easy thing to make. I often make several batches ( some big loaves, some small) and freeze them to have on hand.
Here is the recipe...years ago my dear friend and I were teaching together in the same building. She was the Home Economics ( now called FCS...Family and Consumer Science) teacher and I was the librarian. We often joked that she loved to read, I loved to cook, and we should switch places one day. She often made this bread - really more of a cake - with her classes and the students would share it with the faculty. I have been making it for many years!
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
1 pkg. lemon cake mis
1 pkg. lemon instant pudding ( I use sugar free)
1 cup water
1/2 cup veg. oil ( I use Smart Balance)
4 eggs ( I try to use Eggland's Best)
2 1/2 oz. of poppy seeds
Mix dry ingredients, add water, oil, and eggs. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in poppy seeds. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and back at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
I sprinkle some demera sugar on top before baking. Cool, wrap in foil and then you can freeze to have on hand. Truth be told, they rarely make it into the freezer...my husband LOVES this treat!
This morning I delivered one to a friend - I wrap the tea towel around the loaf and it just makes it special!
Some other items followed me home from Dollar Tree....I always pick up some batteries. These D batteries are for a candle that I use on our patio and the price is right.
These sparkling waters were mentioned by Kathryn at
Do It On A Dime I never would have thought to look at the bottom shelves for these if she had not mentioned them. I tried the Lime flavor and loved it - 6 cans of 11.5 oz for 1.25, and bought the Cucumber Mint to try. I figure that will be a "spa like" refresher.
Keeping up the lemon theme - though not from Dollar Tree - I found this great top at the Talbots Outlet near my home. I love when Talbots sends those $20 dollar certificates and always manage to find something. The day I went everything in the outlet was 60% off, so this was a bargain. Later that week I was browsing through a local department store and found this lemon yellow bag...pretty, roomy, and only 20 bucks, too!
Summer Reading !
I love Summer Reading programs...always had fun with the children when I worked in a public library, and as I moved to school libraries I always encouraged my students to participate in the public library programs. So grateful my public library has a program for adults...here's what I have been reading so far this summer....
This biography of the beloved Cokie Roberts was so inspiring...I loved her reporting and this book written by her husband reinforced what I always felt - that she was a wonderful woman.
I loved this book...delves into the idea of parallel lives, or is it just that you are have "false memories".
OK, I will admit, I will read anything with PARIS in the title. This was an OK read, a mystery and it was entertaining and of course, PARIS!
Just finished this one this morning....I enjoy the way Elizabeth Strout writes and her look at life. Was able to hear her speak at an author luncheon a few years ago so I always pick up her newest title. Lucy Barton - from her other books - is the narrator in this one.
That's it for now...starting another book, hopefully at the pool this afternoon. Summer Reading - I love it.
What have you been up to ? Are you reading any great books? Participating in a Summer Reading Program? Or did you find anything great at Dollar Tree? Please leave a comment below - I love hearing from you ! Have a great day!