Friday, August 31, 2007

A Friday Miscellany

I have no theme for today, just a collection of random thoughts.

In all the hubbub that has been this summer, I haven't been visiting review sites or blogs, or romance message boards nearly as frequently. I have discovered that this is actually a good thing. I didn't realize how much that was adding to my stress load. Even if the bad reviews weren't for my books, I felt bad for the author. Nobody sets out to write a bad book. And yes, readers are entitled to their pet peeves, but it seems everything annoys somebody, and that gets wearing. Therefore, I've added steering clear of such sites to my Birthday Resolutions.

I was hand-hemming curtains yesterday. Every time I do hand sewing, I feel like I'm making a connection with generations of women who've gone before, although in my case, the hand sewing is an option.

Speaking of sewing, I think home-made garments will soon be a thing of the past. Every time I've visited the local fabric shops lately, the area for bolts of clothing fabric has grown smaller and smaller. Ditto trims. On the other hand, the home decor sections are growing.

There was an article in the paper today about businesses gearing up after summer holidays. Once of the recommendations was a team-building day. I would love to have one of those. It would be a team of me, and imaginary people. What? It could work.

Salem Falls, the book. I finished it in time. I confess the ending left me thinking, "That's it?" There was a sort of twist, but it really was like an expanded Superromance to me.

I'm never again making brownies with a recipe that calls for applesauce. I love brownies (the cake kind), but those did not work for me.

On the other hand, let me express my delight in whipped cream frosting. On angel food cake. Yummy!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Kimber said...

If you like the two bite brownies you buy in stores,
I've got a recipe that mimics it (well, this recipe actually redates the store version).

Frugal too.
Uses cocoa instead of any sort of chocolate.
I even bake them in the mini muffin tins (that idea I stole from the store version).

Let me know and I'll email you a copy.

Margaret Moore said...

I find those a little fudgy, but I am definitely in the minority in my house, so yes, please! I would love the recipe -- and you would have the gratitude of the family. :-)