1 10, 2017


By | 2017-10-01T11:43:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|brownies, cookies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is a cookie for the indecisive sugar fiend. When you visit the recipe site, you will find a more beautiful sample of the finished product. I used a rather large cookie scoop, and cookies that big take 17 minutes to bake! As for the review of the extra-large book that I know you're all waiting on, I can report that I passed [...]

13 11, 2016

British Brides Invade US

By | 2016-11-13T20:52:49+00:00 November 13th, 2016|cookies, good nonfiction|0 Comments

I think I can blame all the unfolded towels and unsorted mail at my house on Duncan Barrett’s and Nuala Calvi’s tidy little history, GI Brides. You all know that we fought a war in Europe in the 1940s, right? Our soldier boys went over to England and, when they weren’t cleaning their guns or repairing their jeeps, they dropped by the dance at the [...]

16 10, 2016

If You’d Like a Better Explanation —

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:12+00:00 October 16th, 2016|cookies, good nonfiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unless you’ve been living some kind of Outlander existence for the last 50 years, you might have caught on that Mormons are big on families. Traditional ones. One mom. One dad. Some children. Some people — inside the church, actually — wish we’d shut up about it. We won’t. We don’t think we can afford to. While speaking up may be our strength, I don’t [...]

24 07, 2016

Can You Outwit Your Favorite Mystery Author?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 July 24th, 2016|cookies, good fiction, main dishes, salads|0 Comments

I’m not sure how Katherine Hayton’s The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton ended up on my Kindle. But I gave it a whirl. It’s a workable murder mystery in which we have two detectives, Ngaire and Deb, possibly meant to be the Cagney & Lacey of Christchurch, New Zealand. A man walks in off the street and confesses to a forty-years-past murder. He’s got nothing to [...]

26 06, 2016

Why Can’t It Be Simple?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:14+00:00 June 26th, 2016|cookies, good nonfiction|0 Comments

Let me tell you about a difficult parenting moment: I subscribe to Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought. I enjoy its frank discussions about Mormon history, it’s ponderings on what is doctrine and what is culture, its book reviews, its short stories. Heck, I’ve published stories in Dialogue. It’s my duty to support this little journal. One day back when we had teenagers, I picked [...]

22 05, 2016

Name One Thing We Don’t Know About You

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:15+00:00 May 22nd, 2016|brownies, cookies, good nonfiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Well, we all know that you’re a mom of three enviable children. Or a nurse. Or a grad student with a super-interesting major. But maybe you’re tired of everybody thinking that’s all you’re about. You wish we'd sit beside you a little longer and ask more questions. Then you could admit that you played accordion in a family band. (Or maybe you don’t want us to know about [...]

20 03, 2016

So, You Think You Know Your Mom?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:16+00:00 March 20th, 2016|cookies, desserts, good nonfiction|0 Comments

How well do you know your mother at age 25? At age 16? How about age 12? I already knew about my mother’s other boyfriend, the one whose attentions ran a close race with my dad.. The surprises were the trips and camps she did during her college summers. Imagine the surprise of author Jazmin Darznik when a picture of her mother fell into her [...]

6 03, 2016

Kristen’s Top Ten Fiction List

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:16+00:00 March 6th, 2016|cookies, desserts, good fiction, main dishes, salads, side dishes|0 Comments

At the request of a faithful reader, today I unveil my top-10 fiction list. And what does it take to make the list? A) The book has to be memorable. I read enough books that they almost whiz by like highway signs. Not all of them stick with me. Ah, but the ones that do, they’re like great road trips that I wish I could [...]

7 02, 2016

You Want More Hours in Your Day, Right?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:17+00:00 February 7th, 2016|cookies, good nonfiction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This was the black sheep of my family. Take a guess at her most heinous crime: 1) eloped to Reno 2) smoked unfiltered cigarettes 3) stayed up long after the TV stations signed off for the night. The correct answer is: 3. Sister Black-Sheep was actually a pretty good girl. No elopements. No cigarettes. But her sleep habits? Yeah, a real stain on her character. [...]

14 12, 2015

Would You Want to Survive the War?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:18+00:00 December 14th, 2015|cookies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tea Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife is an almost idyllic story in spite of the fact that the characters have just survived the war in a no-name country that sounds like Yugoslavia. In this post-war world, Natalia, a female doctor, adjusts to the new normal — orphans, tuberculosis, shortages just starting to let up, cities that used to belong to “us” and now they belong to [...]