Monday, November 10, 2008

The Appealing Cookies went Postal

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I did, but unfortunately it was too full for me to get any stamping in. I did finish up some tags for a swap I'm in, though the stamping was done previously so it was mainly assembly that was left. I'm not going to post that project just yet because I don't want to spoil it for anyone in the group (assuming any of them read my blog -lol!).

I also spent part of my weekend baking some more cookies for our troops -- this time for a very young soldier named Brandon and his troop. (I have a son his age!)
This was my second time being on Donna's team for Operation Baking Gals. Their logo just cracks me up! They are growing by leaps and bounds, but OBG is always looking for a few good {wo}men (sorry, couldn't resist ;)) to bake a batch of homemade treats for our troops. The more bakers they have, the more troops they can reach with our homebaked hugs from home. If you're interested, just click on the OBG link and you can check it out. It's really easy to get signed up, will help our soldiers feel loved and appreciated, and who doesn't like to bake cookies? Mm-mmm, good! My family has been benefitting because I've been making double batches and there's always a little bit left for us. Of course if I can't get a better handle on my self-control, I'm gonna need to start making something that I don't like to eat (or buy bigger clothes!). This time I made Snickerdoodles. Don't they look good? (They are!) ;D
In the photo directly above, you can see the packages just before I put the finishing touches on them. I think there's about four or five layers of cookies in each container. The photo directly below is just before I sealed up the box. And in case you're wondering what the little moist spots are under the top layer of paper towel, they're little pieces of apple peel to help the cookies make the long trip without going stale before they arrive (one of the tips OBG provides).
I hope they like 'em.

So...with the tags and the cookies off my plate (literally speaking with regard to the cookies -lol), I had some time for reading. Just kidding! If I'd had free time I'd have been stamping!! ;) However, I do read in the morning while I'm doing my workout on the stair climber (keeps my mind off what I'm doing! lol). Other than reading the Bible with my daily cup of hot tea, I find it's the only time I have during my day to read. I have a fairly big stack of Charles Martin books waiting for me, so I'm trying to burn through my current read: John Grisham's The Appeal. Since my background is in the legal field, I suppose it's natural that I'm a big Grisham fan, and with the exception of Skipping Christmas (and I really liked the movie), I've read all his books. Which brings me to why I even mentioned this in the first place....

My friend Jeanne tagged me with "A Different Kind of Tag" the other day. It goes like this:

1. Get the book on your nightstand (or whatever book you are currently reading).
2. Open it to page 56 and find the 5th sentence.
3. Post the next couple of sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
4. Do not go and find your favorite book, it has to be the one you are reading now!
5. Tag 5 other people to do the same.

So, here's what I can tease you with from The Appeal:

"But he was a professional. He served his client as well as his client would allow, and he never failed to do what Kurtin instructed him to do. And he would gladly do it all over again because Krane Chemical had paid his little firm over a million dollars to date.

He and Kurtin shook hands at the front door. Both knew they would speak by phone before the day was over. Both were quietly thrilled by the departure. Two leased vans hauled Kurtin and ten others to the airport, where a handsome little jet was waiting for the seventy-minute flight, though they were in no hurry. They missed their homes and families, but what could be more humiliating than limping back from Podunk with their tails between their legs?"

It's an interesting read (for me anyway) with a plot that is probably a lot more fact than fiction. If you haven't read it already and you're looking for something new, give it a try. I think you'll like it. ;)

Here's a shot of the cover:
Since Jeanne's already been tagged and has tagged some of my other favorite "victims," I'm going to choose:

Mary Ellen
Tanis (Does this count as a payback? ;P)

So...what are YOU reading? ;) If you feel like sharing, please leave it in a comment here.

I'm about to be late for my son's orthodontic appointment, so I gotta git!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. I'll have a card or two to share with you next time. Until then, many blessings to you!


Tanis said...

Ha ha!! I think you owe me two now...this involves getting off my lazy behind and going to FIND the book first!
Kidding Christi...thanks for thinking of me :)
I'll post that later tonight.
Unless I fall asleep first.

Stacy said...

Hey, girl! Y'know, you're just such a nice person, doing those cookies and all ... I think you deserve another award. Mwuhahahahaha! Run on over to my blog and grab it (don't forget to check out the instructions). I guarantee you don't already have this one! Love you!
The "other" Stacy

Jeanette - said...

Yummy snickerdoodles. They're one of my favorites and I always have to take them to family gatherings cause everyone likes them but no one else will make them! I'm going to check out the link to bake for the troops, thanks for sharing this!!