Hand To Mouth by Linda Tirado

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The Author of the popular “Poverty Thoughts” essay puts into her own words what it is like to be poor in a world that expects more from you even if you don’t have the means to grasp for more.  Author Linda Tirado shares what it is like to not have the money to get the clothes, to get the car, to get the education,to have what it takes to get the job that one needs to make a living that is actually to provide LIVING.



This is why I usually don’t chose to read and review non fiction about authors lives or memoirs unless Ihave purchased the book/audio myself.  It is so hard to review a non fiction about someone’s life without somehow it being taken as a personal jab on that person.  Basically, what I am trying to say is that it is hard to separate the book from the author when it is about the authors life.

When I accepted this audio for review I had never heard of the essay “Poverty Thoughts”.  I chose this book because I thought it would be interesting to hear from a person who struggles to make a living and make ends meet.  I totally understand that it is a hard world we live in and it is hard to get ahead – and in many aspects in this book, Author Linda Tirado has valid points on working for minimum wage, trying to cover rent costs, etc.. and get ahead of the bills – that I get.

However –

I did not enjoy hearing about her smoking habit and how she is tired of hearing people tell her how she should not smoke (waste of money) when clearly she feel she must smoke (stress).  The same goes for her reasons to drink.  AND if we are going there, and I guess we are – she also had excuses of why it is ok to have sex with random people because poor people are also lonely people.

Linda has very poor teeth and she talks a lot about this int he book and how they stop her from getting better paying jobs.  I understand that.  She says she can not go to the free clinic because of how many appointments she would need and how much time it would take off work and I understand that as well, however something as important as your appearance seems to me like it would be worth making it work out in the long run doing whatever it takes.

She complains about the low paying jobs she has had and the lack of respect that comes with them, calling out Walmart many times.  Again, I know that not all Wal-Marts are created alike – but I worked at our local store for 14 years and not only was I paid a good wage, I was treated very well.

She also talks about the expense of having a child but speaks of the child at times as a piece of property and not in very flattering ways.

Ok  – I may be way off base on this one.  I feel that Linda Tirado may have been on to a decent book here, the one that I had hoped to get when I agreed to review this.  I did not need to listen to sexual stories or why she has bad habits.  It started to seem like she was just talking about anything to make it book length.

This review is absolutely nothing against the author or her family.  This is my personal opinion on what was said in this book.  It was not a win for me.  The essay however – was interesting to read.  And in Linda’s defense, I am not in her shoes, so maybe – most likely – that opinion is all my own.



  • Listening Length: 4 hours and 24 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (October 2, 2014)


Morning Meanderings…. Having Your Cake…


Friday.  Holy wow.  What a week.

This morning at 5:00 am I was baking brownies for a funeral of a really good friends father.  I will be cutting out of the book sale for a while today to attend the visitation and I am bringing brownies for the funeral tomorrow.

It made me think of banned book week and how some feel that they can say what can and cannot be read by others… but don’t you dare judge what they read….

It’s like having your cake and eating it too….

It’s like saying I own a Honda vehicle so everyone else should too and all other cars should be obsolete.  Ford, Dodge, whatever your poison is…  you drive what you drive… it may not be for me – but it works fine for you.

Any hoo… here are today’s awesome banned book week selections.  I do apologize if I have missed anyone this week.  Banned Book Week had to hit on the busiest week I have had in a month and I am trying to write these posts whenever I have a moment (today that would be at 6 am before I go to the book sale) however it is that important to me that Banned books are discussed.

Worth Getting In Bed For discusses the banned book, Perks Of Being A Wallflower (loved this one!)

Author Nadine Feldman talks about her encounter with Author Sherman Alexie and his book, The Absolute True Diary Of A Part Time Indian.

Writers Flow offers up a smart Banned Book Cartoon.

Sue at Book by Book writes her thoughts on John Green’s banned book, Looking For Alaska

Julia from Diary Of A Book Nerd shares 5 Things You Should know about Banned Books with a giveaway!

Holly at Gun In Act Once shares a banned book by author Ted Dawe, an author who had won a New Zealand Post Childrens Book Award.  His book, Into The River currently can not be distributed or displayed anywhere in New Zealand.

Charli at Goth Girl Reads says WHO are You To Tell Me What I Can Read?

Fun fun fun posts!

Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


This mug will be shipped directly to one of our commenters on the Banned Book Post you find THIS picture on:


Thats all…. brownies are done and I have a sale to get to!  Have a super day!  :)

Banned Books…. Did You Know????


Woo… the day got away from me!  Last night I was too tired to prepare this post.  After leaving the library at 4 pm after the sale set up I thought I would grab a few quick groceries and then go home…  for the record… nothing happens “quick” in my life anymore.  Every where I go I run into people I know who want to check in with me and I wind up talking with them…. I am not complaining – I a thankful for these wonderful people in our life… they are the lifeblood of my existence right now however….

I made it home at 6 pm.

Making dinner, trying to catch up on my house, the lawn needs mowing, I had to move the tomatoes off my tables so I could use them for the book sale and well…


This morning I left the house at 5:40 am to set up the childrens sale and now I have a little break before I go back to the sale so here, with no further rambling from me are the posts for banned book week today:

Stacey at the Novel Life writes about You Can’t Read That, her personal story of growing up in a family that did not sensor her reading and the banned books she loves.  She also has a pretty sweet giveaway going on! 

Jenna at JMill Wanders has a giveaway going on for a banned book of your choice.

Sue at Book By Book shares her thoughts on Persepolis

Tracy at Uncharted Parent takes the time to talk about the book It’s Perfectly Normal and has some great insight on the book and bannings.  She also has a giveaway for a copy of the book!

Heather at Based On A True Story talks about the banned book Into The River by Ted Dawe (A new title to me!)  She also has a giveaway for this title.

Kelly The Well Read Redhead talks about Banned Picture books!  Yes its true and you will be surprised at the titles!

Julie at My Book Retreat reviews SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson – one of my favorites!


Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


This mug will be shipped directly to one of our commenters on the Banned Book Post you find THIS picture on:


**Important note**  A few of you have emailed me with your responses of where you found the above picture and something I did not anticipate is that some of the blog posts this weeks used the above logo in their posts which is not the giveaway one.  Look closely at the picture – it will be the one above which has a frame and my website on it.  Sorry about any confusion – I will be more creative next year :)


Have a great weekend of reading a banned book!  I am back to the book sale!


Morning Meanderings…. BANNED COFFEE?????

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Good morning.  I am here…. still drinking tea.  I have had no time to go out and purchase a coffee grinder for the Coffee beans that await me.  Yes… yes… I could pick up ground coffee but now it is a thing. Coffee grinder or bust.

Why does banned book week always have to be so BUSY?  We are in our final day of the fall books sale set up, this afternoon I have errands to run for a meeting tomorrow, find tables for the children’s books, mow my lawn, can tomatoes, and tomorrow starts the sale where I will be from morning until night the next three days.


So badly I want to pick up one of these books we are chatting away about but alas…. no time this week.

Anyhoo…. more posts today for you and for me!  Got to love these great banned book posts!  Here is what is out there for you to enjoy today:


Jon at the Rogue Scholar posts about Fahrenheit 451 (Ca you imagine having to hide your books? Well read Fahrenheit 451 and start the night terrors!)

Sue at Book by Book shares what she is reading this week for banned books!

Janet at Writer’s Flow has much to say about banned books including quotes and pictures!

Bex from An Armchair By The Sea writes about 4 banned picture books with a nice giveaway!

Stacie at Sincerely Stacie gives her opinion on Banned Books and on a recent attempted banning!

Wesley at Library Educated made me smile this morning with his Banned Book Week Word Search!

Nise at Under The Boardwalk shares two banned books that she is reading to her grandchild (yes… banned books for everyone!)

Becca at I’m Lost In Books gives us Lessons In Censorship with some FUN gifs included.

please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  :)


Please look at my other posts this week as each day I have links to awesome bloggers sharing banned books – reviews, information, giveaways, and fun stuff!

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


This mug will be shipped directly to one of our commenters on the Banned Book Post you find THIS picture on:


And that’s it for now.  Back to the library I go…. I have about 9 more days of fairly business and then hopefully life can go back to a low simmer for awhile.  The craziness… takes it tole on me.



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My friend Andrea – Book Journey reader and big time supporter when it comes to encouraging emails this year, has written this post regarding Movies Made From Banned Books.  Please enjoy. 


Throughout history ideas have been suppressed by all kinds of people, and groups of all persuasions. They do this because they object to the expression of ideas which conflict with their own beliefs, or to silence those they disagree with – and the practice of censorship continues even now. According to the American Library Association parents challenge materials more often than any other group. After all, if you hear someone complain, even if you haven’t read or seen the thing they are complaining about, and they say they are trying to protect the kids…it’s all about the kids.
I am just old enough to remember the waning days of labeling books, records, films and other media as “Banned in Boston” which, by then, had almost become a guarantee of sales in other parts of the U.S. The vestiges of New England’s “Blue Laws” still existed: stores weren’t allowed to be open on Sundays, except for bodegas that sold gas. This was before movies had “ratings”, and you were lucky to even find a cinema open on Sunday that your family could go to together. After all, rules were rules.
7According to the Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase (1988) the expression “Banned in Boston” dates to the 1920’s when the “long-established Watch and Ward Society of the so-called Hub of the Universe was forever getting the city censor to ban books from sale. Many publishers actively sought to have their books banned in Boston because they knew the label would increase their sales in the rest of the country…”
If you watch any older movies you’ve seen them: those movies that, in their heyday day, were fairly risqué, full of double entendre. Yes, movies and books have been “Banned in Boston” even before the 1920’s. As we view those films now, they seem pretty mild and some are even considered classics; and some of them actually began their existence as books, many of which were also banned at one time or place or another. Here are a few of them:

F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteAnimal Farm (1954)
The publication of George Orwell’s 1945 novel, Animal Farm, came at a time when Stalin was at the height of his reign in the Soviet Union. Orwell, clearly not a fan of Stalin’s leadership philosophy, had a difficult time finding a publisher for his book, because its content was satirical criticism of Stalin.
Since its publication, Animal Farm has been banned in the USSR, the United Arab Emirates, Cuba, and North Korea. Though adapted multiple times, but the one to watch (after you read the book) is the 1954 animated version by Joy Batchelor. Though it deviated from the source material, it’s an interesting and entertaining addition to the world of book-to-film adaptations.



The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Da Vinci Code, the best-selling 2003 novel by Dan Brown, introduced us to Robert Langdon and the idea that there is so much more than meets the eye in the world of Christianity. The novel struck the Catholic Church as offensive and the powers-that-be in Lebanon went so far as to ban it in that country. Its publication inspired controversy among critics, historians, and theologians. Ron Howard directed the 2006 movie adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou. Critics were as divided about the film but, ultimately, no matter where you stand on its content, at its core it’s a nail-biter of an adventure. [I liked his next book, Angels and Demons better, but I’m sure that will never be made into a movie]

F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteGone with the Wind (1939)
It didn’t take long for Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer-and National Book Award-winning novel, Gone with the Wind, to get snatched up by Hollywood. The epic tale was brought to the big screen by David O. Selznick and Victor Fleming. Its production was massive and often troubled, but following its release in 1939, the story, script, and star power (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh) earned it ten Academy Award wins. The book has been challenged on and off over the years because of its realistic depictions of slavery and race issues, the latest iteration of this concerns the film’s repeated use of about the “N word.”
Easy A (Inspired by The Scarlet Letter) (2010)
In 2010, screenwriter Bert V. Royal teamed up with director Will Gluck to bring a (very loose) adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel, The Scarlet Letter, to the big screen. Together, they created a film that would join “Clueless” and “10 Things I Hate About You” in the Best Classic to Teen Dramedy Club (and would, simultaneously, launch the career of Emma Stone). The themes in Hawthorne’s novel – illegitimacy and adultery — were quite risqué for his time and led to its being challenged many times over the years. Many times the challenge came from the more conservative protestant churches as it also depicted a corrupt minister.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quote
Harper Lee’s now-classic 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, takes place in the early 1930’s in Alabama. Atticus Finch, respected attorney and father to Scout and Jem, takes on the defense of a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom has been accused of raping a white woman — and by defending him, Atticus is opening himself up to the scorn and threats of the locals in his predominantly racist Southern hometown. In spite of many efforts across the world to ban Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, most recently in 2013 in the U.S., it has sold more than thirty million copies. The 1962 movie adaptation, starring Gregory Peck, Brock Peters, and Robert Duvall, won three Academy Awards and was nominated for an additional five.

F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
In 1962, Ken Kesey published the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set in a psychiatric hospital in Oregon. The story is told from the perspective of Chief Bromdem, a Native American man assumed to be deaf and mute. Chief’s observations of, and insights into the mental and actual worlds of his fellow patients and the hospital staff are thoughtful. They most often focus on Randle Patrick McMurphy, a man who feigned insanity in order to serve a jail sentence in the psych ward rather than prison. The book has been challenged and banned multiple times across the country, and has been called “pornographic” and “garbage.” Milos Forman brought the book to screen in 1975 with an adaptation starring Jack Nicholson, Will Sampson, and Louise Fletcher. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, and Best Lead Actor.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Spike Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, reportedly had the F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteperfect source material and the perfect screenwriter in Dave Eggers. The book, published in the early 1960’s, has been challenged over the years because of its dark subject matter – the fantasy world of wildness created by the young Max in his bedroom after he is sent there “without his dinner” – the book remains a perennial favorite of many parents.
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Almost from its publishing, this dark story by John Steinbeck has been adapted to movies, stage presentations and even as a Merrie Melodies cartoon. The best version according to critics and cineophiles alike reaches back to Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated 1939 adaptation. The book has been challenged over the years because of its”accurate” depiction of slavery in the United States.



F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quoteSophie’s Choice (1982)
William Styron’s 1979 novel, Sophie’s Choice, is the story of three people sharing living space in a Brooklyn boarding house in 1947. One of these three, Sophie, has survived the concentration camps that peppered the landscape of World War II. She carries with her the guilt from a decision she made at while interred. The novel has been challenged often due to its explicit sexual content. In 1982 director Alan J. Pakula adapted Styron’s novel for film, starring Meryl Streep, who earned her second life Oscar for her performance.

The Lord of the Rings (2001)F.-Scott-Fitzgerald-Great-Gatsby-quote
J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1954 fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, which began an epic trilogy, has been adapted in numerous iterations since its publication. When Peter Jackson decided to direct a brand-new trilogy beginning in 2001, however, all previous versions fell into the background as Jackson’s creative brilliance brought new life to the story, while respecting Tolkien’s source material. The entire trilogy has been challenged on grounds of being “irreligious.” Regardless, the first title in the series is, to date, one of the best-selling novels of all time. The real truth about Tolkien was that he was, in fact, a very religious person.
Being “Banned in Boston” in the 21st century doesn’t happen much anymore in this age of self-publishing and “Kindle singles”.


Negative publicity can reflect positively in sales. My question remains:

Why were books that make us think, and perhaps broaden our minds and cause us to think in new ways, be banned in a society that upholds free speech?

Morning Meanderings… Banned Aid

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Good morning!  Day 3 of BANNED BOOK WEEK!  I sit here this morning drinking tea as I bought this delicious coffee I can not wait to taste from Caribou Coffee and forgot that I had given away my coffee grinder because I never used it and now…


the coffee will have to wait.

I have more great links for you this morning as friends around the bookish world share their thoughts on banned books today.  I just love these posts and find them so interesting!  I learn something every year!  So here are today’s posts:

Erin at Quixotic Magpie writes about one of my favorite and ironic banned books, Fahrenheit 451 (got to love a banned book about book burning!)  Brilliant really.

Julie at My Book Retreat is talking about a book I still want to/need to read:  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi  (I am going to look for this one at our library today!)

Sheree at The Electric Reader is chatting about Childhood Favorites of the Banned Variety.  Fun post!

*please note if you were scheduled for a post but do not see yours linked here it is because when I looked this morning the post was not up.  I will check again later and add you to tomorrows if they pop up.  :)


AND do not forget to check out the posts from yesterday and Sunday.

A little later today my friend Andrea will have a guest post here about banned books.


I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post (AND comment on the post) and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


This mug will be shipped directly to one of our commenters on the Banned Book Post you find THIS picture on:


Yesterday I put the Banned Book Window up in the library.  I think it turned out fairly well since I just grabbed a bunch of books off my own book shelves and made a few signs about why they were banned.  *As a banned book lover I tend to have A LOT of banned books on my shelves.



And now I need to get ready to go back to the library and assist with set up for the sale that starts on Thursday.  SO MANY BOOKS.  Seriously…. It is a bit crazy how many books we will have at this sale.


Banned Meanderings… Yes. It Is That Time Again

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Good morning from Minnesota.  Day 2 of the Banned Book Week Already.  GAH!  How time flies… and I finished Gone With The Wind yesterday (more on that BANNED BOOK later).

We have some book lovers that want to share with you their thoughts on banned books.  Be sure to check them out as well as yesterdays entries as well.  Banned books are near and dear to my heart ad I think if you read the posts you will learn something fascinating about a book that you have quite possibly read.  Didn’t know you were a bad banned book reader did you?  Well…. you probably are.

Check out Janet at Writer’s Flow with I Read Banned Books And You Can You!

At Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine you can read an excellent review of the banned book Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.  I still need to read that one!

Debbie at The Friday Friends shares a personal banned book encounter and her enjoyment of the book The Changeling.  (You also have a chance to win a pair of banned book socks!)

At Kay’s Reading Life you will get a first hand experience of what it is like to work at a Library and handling the Banned Book questions of patrons!  She also features some pretty amazing banned books to read.

Melinda at MHDeanCollectibles tells us what the current top 10 banned books are  AND there is also a link to a Benned Book Giveaway hop!  Seriously?  How can you pass that up?

At Sally Whitney shares the right to read and why students should have the right to read The Kite Runner and The Bluest Eye. 

Lisa at Lit and Life talks about growing up with banned books


All excellent posts – I read them myself and love love love the remarkable topics being discussed this year.  Spend a little time with your COFFEE CUP and explore these posts.  Educate yourself on our right to read.

I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


This mug will be shipped directly to one of our commenters on the Banned Book Post you find THIS picture on:


So that’s it for this morning.  Set up for the Library’s fall book sale starts this morning and I am also setting the library window to banned book week as well.  SO….. off I go!

WHAT Banned book are you reading this week?

p.s.  I just realized this moment that I forgot to post It’s Monday What Are You Reading last night.  My bad.  Fell right out of my head.  Next week then…..

Morning Meanderings…. Banned Book Week Kick Off!

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Sunday.  COFFEE.  The first day of life beginning to simmer again.  With today being the first day of Banned Book Week (YAY!) and tomorrow starts the fall book sale set up leading to the book sale later in the week and then a big board meeting a week from Monday and Tuesday a meeting and Thursday of that week the Minnesota Library Association meeting and a day out-of-town….

lets just say things are about to get bookish.

And really – they have.  Welcome to Banned Book Week a week I LOVE being a part of and try to read books during that week that have been banned or challenged.

So today I am still listening to…


Not only is this our October classic read for book club… it is also a Banned Book.

The Civil War epic which is often cited as one of the most beloved novels of all time was banned by a California school district for the book’s portrayal of slaves in the antebellum South and for the immoral behavior of its heroine, Scarlett O’Hara.


Just Google “Gone With The Wind Banned” and you will find a plethora of information on potential Gone With The Wind bannings – in book form AND in movie format as well.

But what does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the “GWTW’’ intermission? ~  New York Post June 24th 2015


Yes – Gone With The Wind DOES use many words and references to African Americans that is not correct – not b a long shot.  Even I admit to cringing at parts – HOWEVER, while this is by no means acceptable now.  It was at the time.  AND like it or not… we can not change history.

So… I continue to read/listen to Gone With The Wind and I will watch the movie afterwards to get the fully rounded effect of a bucket list book – AND look forward to our book discussion.


Each year I offer other book reviewers, authors, etc to join me in reading a banned book during Banned Book Week.  I love the surprise that people have when they realize a beloved childhood read, or a favorite classic, or even a modern-day YA is on this list.  Banning is flatly – censorship.  And while I do not choose to read all banned books *cough cough 50 Shades of Gray cough cough*  I do not have any right to say that YOU can not read it.

See how that works?

So today – I have a few bloggers joining me to chat up Banned Books.  I do hope you will check out their posts as someone this week will have a picture within their post and if you find that post and email me (journeythroughbooks@gmail.com) to tell me who’s post you found it on you will go into a special drawing for…


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A second mug will be given away from all the comments on banned book post participants posts this week including mine.

SO enough said…

Here are today’s participants.   Stop by.  check them out.  LEARN about banned books and READ them.

Brooke from Brooke Blogs:  The Right To Think For Ourselves and a Giveaway!

(There are a couple more but I do not see their posts up yet so will add them if they put them up)  :)


A quote from a banned book page on Gone With The Wind:

To the book burners; to those who hide from the truth of history; to those who oppress out of ignorance and fear I can only say this: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.


Enjoy your Sunday.  I am linking this to the Sunday Post as this is what I am up to today.  Listening to Gone With The Wind, canning a little bit, and maybe mowing this afternoon.  Here is a list to other banned classic reads.  I bet you cant read just one.

Morning Meanderings… Can you?


I woke up crying this morning.  That may be a bit TMI… but I do want to keep it real here and this site is not only my bookish release – it is also my record of what life is now like in this after Justin world.

With that said – the word for the week is CANNING.

With a couple of people offering me up the tomatoes they were not going to use themselves, I have found that the process of canning keeps my mind busy, and while doing so, I am listening to Gone With The Wind for book club  – so double duty.

Today I thought I would share with you for Weekend Cooking and Saturday Snapshot, a look into my canning world – and a recipe bonus.

I inherited a lot of tomatoes.



And more than what is pictures as I went back to this one ladies house two times with 4 totes and filled them all each time.  So I have been making salsa (red and green), spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, sliced green tomatoes for friend green tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, basil tomato sauce… and enough cucumbers to make 12 jars of pickles.

One of my favorite recipes is the one for salsa.  I LOVE salsa. I love to make it fresh but I have discovered a salsa recipe that Al and I both devour with satisfaction. And that is what I will share with you today:


You will need:

14 cups of cored and peeled and then chopped up tomatoes

5 cups of dices onion

5 cups of diced green pepper

1/4 cup of fresh diced jalapeno peppers12

5 Tablespoons of cumin (I use the hotter one I find in our local grocery)

1/4 cup of Cilantro

1/4 cup of sugar

3 Tablespoons salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

1 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup lemon juice


Still all of this together and simmer in a large pot around 20 minutes.  Process into hot sanitized pint jars with a 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the bottom of each jar.  Seal and place in a large boiling hot water canner for 15 minutes.  Be sure that all lids seal before storing (I leave them on my counter for a day to check them.)  Delicious with chips or over chicken.  Also makes a lovely gift.


Today… I continue.  I have tomatoes ready to make another batch of the basil tomato sauce, and apples ready to start apple butter.  Later today I am going to try my had at home made siracha which involved my peppers witting in a vinegar bath overnight.  We will see….



On another note, Banned Book Week starts tomorrow… CRAZY how fast that came up. For those of you signed up to participate I will send out an email today, for the rest of you – its not to late to sign and be sure to participate too as there will be giveaways and a lot of fun!

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Be sure to check out Weekend Cooking and Saturday Snapshot for other things cooking and happening around the world.

Morning Meanderings… Storms, Canning, and Miss Scarlett


I am amazed how I can fill up my time.. so much that days go by and I realize I have not posted a thing.  So determined I am to keep my mind busy that I plan to post, and then before I know it, it is 5 pm and I need to plan dinner.  There is good and bad in this… the good is I am busy for sure. The bad is I know I fear a time when I am not.

For busy now – canning has preoccupied my time.  I have been busy processing tomatoes and enjoying it.  Yesterday I canned spaghetti sauce, salsa, pizza sauce, and 7 jars of pickles.


Today I plan to do the same.

It is a stormy day outside – the good old thunder and lots of rain type.  It cramps my style a bit as I like to use my deck for the cutting of the tomatoes, but I can make do.  I am listening to Gone With The Wind now, having to set the book aside as I have no time to read, so have switched to audio and find I am really enjoying it as well as accomplishing my book club read while canning at the same time.

So… a quick update on my relationship with Scarlett, and Tara, and well.. the clan.

Currently, I have made my way into part 3.  Scarlett is still fretting around in her “Scarlett Scarlett Scarlett” attitude… ooh, a more self centered woman I do not think I have met.

I am finding however, in all the petty worrying about the lack of pretty clothes, judging all other women as homely or unkempt, her (still) attempts at winning Ashley’s heart and her belief that any man that pays her a lick of attention *cough cough Rhett cough* must surely want her passionately for marriage.  AND for that, I give Rhett credit for laughing in her face every time she inquires about it.  Oh Scarlett… still trying to add notches to her marriage proposal list while she complains about the down side of war (stinky wounded, needy people, having to work in the hospital, and a child that she admits she often forgets she has). I have to give author Margaret Mitchell credit… I am finding Gone With The Wind to be brilliantly witty and a take on the war that I have never heard before and admittedly…

enjoying it.

Tonight I have a city Library Board Meeting and prior to that I will change the window at the library to Banned Book Week, because yes, Banned Book Week is almost here!  If you have not already, please check out my Annual Banned Book Week Meme – it is fun, there are giveaways, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.  Join in!

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