Category Archives: books

More like “Breaking Yawn”….

Casey and I went to see the final Twilight movie tonight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. I was more excited about my popcorn than the movie.  :) Sort of because I *did* love the books so much, but these movies have all been so terrible and have overwritten the story in my head. Oh well. Now just have to wait for the “Fifty Shades” movie!!


The dude loves books.

When Hutch’s birthday rolled around, we asked people to get usPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons books in lieu of presents. Boy, we had no idea at the time what that meant for us. The kid devours books like they are candy. He picks up a “new favorite” every day these days. Right now, the top would have to The Giant Jam Sandwich followed close behind by Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons and then How Do You Hug a Porcupine?. All three of these books were given to him on June 2nd, and within 2 weeks he could recite them, almost without even seeing the pages.

You can’t really hear well in the video below, but one afternoon last week, he went into his room by himself, pulled out How Do You Hug a Porcupine and started reading it to himself. Completely accurately. I’m sure there are a billion kids out there that can do this as well, so this is no big deal, but I’m proud of him and love that he loves to read and I’m just posting this so that I remember it.

Then, one night at dinner, he started just reciting the books by heart. He started out with the hardest/longest one (The Giant Jam Sandwich), so Papa had to throw in some words here and there, but then he got into the swing of it. The first one I typed in the words so you could understand the ramblings of a 2 year old. After that I got lazy and tired and stopped. Sue me.

Fifty Shades of Cupcakes

My book/wine club read the current book that’s sweeping the nation called Fifty Shades of Grey. Because my own mother reads this blog, I will not go into details, but basically it’s a novel that mirrors the story of Twilight, minus the vampires/werewolves and plus a whole lot of crazy sex.

Anyway, it was probably the most anticipated book club we’d  ever had and I decided to make some vegan, gluten-free cupcakes for dessert (we all have to bring either wine or dessert). I’ve baked vegan, which is easy, but baking gluten-free is not my bag. It usually results in a crumbly mess that tastes weird. But this recipe, which I found by typing in “easy gluten-free vegan cupcakes”, was AH-MAY-ZING! Here’s the recipe:

And here was the result! Grey cupcake frosting to go with the theme!

The ladies at book club loved them (especially the ones that can’t have gluten, because they have a hard time finding tasty chocolate baked goods that they can eat). And my grey cupcakes also complimented the wine (which was also Fifty Shades-themed) and another “dessert” that someone who’s more daring than I am thought would be fun. ;)


The whole night was full of giggles and we had a blast. I’ll spare myself the embarrassment of sharing the discussion. :)

Posted from my phone.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

So, this is the longest video ever and I won’t blame anyone for not looking at it or watching the whole thing. Basically, his biggest love recently has been Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and he will read it all day long every day. He will also recite the whole book by memory without seeing any of the pages. It’s pretty awesome to us. Also, his theatrics when reading (I think he gets these from his father) crack us up.

Harry the Dirty Dog…as read by Hutch.

This video is a reading of Harry the Dirty Dog. It’s been one of his favorite books forever, but he now can actually “read” it all the way through on his own. This video is really dark because I took it while we were in the bedroom getting ready for bed. But, I think you can still hear him and I tried to notate what the words he’s saying are at the bottom since we are probably the ones who can really interpret “Hutchese” (and that’s only about 35% of the time.) :)

I’ll try to get this again in the daylight!