A Crafter Needs to Eat, The Library Stack

The Library Stack

Continuing my ongoing series, The Library Stack, sharing my latest stack of borrowed books from my beloved local public library.

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This current stack is laden with cookbooks as that was the kind of mood I was in during my recent library browsing. I realize this should have been a “Winter” thing, but I am in the mood to use my slow cooker more and wanted some new recipe ideas.

I am curious about Air Frying and might buy an Air Fryer someday so I borrowed a book with recipes for an Air Fryer.

I did just purchase an Instant Pot and I have reserved a huge list of books with Instant Pot recipes. So the next library stack is likely to be filled with Instant Pot cookbooks!

Also I was lured into the New Nonfiction Releases section (okay I am am always lured into that section when I visit the downtown library) and several new crafting and home decorating books just had to come home with me!

Here are some comments and thoughts on the books I’ve dived into so far in my latest library stack:

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

“Lykke” according to the author is the Danish word for “happiness” and is pronounced “loo-ka”. Meik Wiking is also the author of the book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living which I discussed in my 04/15/17 post The Library Stack and Hygge.

I read the first couple of chapters and then remembered how much I enjoyed listening to the audiobook The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living after I read the book and the author’s delightful Danish accent; and I decided to reserve The Little Book of Lykke on audiobook as it looks like it will be another delightful listen during my daily walks.

Denmark is one of the coolest places I have ever visited and definitely had a happy vibe!

The Joy of Hygge: How to Bring Everyday Pleasure and Danish Coziness into Your Life by Jonny Jackson & Elias Larsen

There appeared to be a “Danish Hygge theme” going on in the New Nonfiction Releases section of my library so I added this one to my stack also. This book is more of a lifestyle book with images of decor, activities and crafts to bring “hygge” into your life.

I came across a quote in the book that gave me a huge smile as this is exactly how I want to live my life:

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. – Scandinavian proverb

Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life by Diane Raab

This is an amazing book! I am tempted to purchase it as there is so much in the book I do not think I can digest it all during my library loan period. I am going to share verbatim the overview on the back cover of the book to give you a tiny feel of all the good stuff in this book:

Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and the novice writer, it will lead you to 

– tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry,

– examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing,

– pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and,

– understand how published writers have been transformed by writing.

The is amazing guidance on meditating and become centered so you can reflect and writing, and many other tips. The book is like a course and there are assignments. I think I am going to go ahead and buy the book so I can write notes and work through it at a pace that works for me.

The Dutch Oven Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pot in Your Kitchen by Sharon Kramis & Julie Kramis Hearne

This book inspired me to drag out my Dutch Oven:

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Today I am going to make Lentil Sausage Soup on page 11 of this wonderful cookbook.

Hopefully the rest of the books will be as wonderful as the first four I am working through. While taking photos of my latest library stack, Mike the Miniature Schnauzer wondered what I was up to and ended up “photo-bombing” one of my shots:

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He likely felt that I should return to my chair in the front window and continue cuddling with him instead of whatever strange thing I was doing posing books and taking images with my smartphone!


Postscript

The reason why I stopped at the library for a browse and ended up with this stack was I received an e-mail notification from my library that a whole bunch of movies I put on hold were available.

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It always seems to be “feast or famine” when it comes to library movies that I put on hold being available. No movies for a couple of weeks and then BAM – 6 movies available at once! You only have a short window to pick the movies up before they put them back into circulation for the next library patron on the hold list and since I did not want to wait a long time to get these movies again, I checked them all out.

The loan period for DVDs is 7 days so Terry the Quilting Husband (TTQH) and I are having an ongoing movie marathon – 1 – 2 films each day.  So far we’ve watched Molly’s Game, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and The Greatest Showman. We enjoyed all three films.

The Greatest Showman was spectacularly entertaining and TTQH were glued to the screen the whole time. I will close this post with a quote from this movie, that really resonated with me. It was one of those life lessons that I have worked on learning for many years (but finally I think I am getting it):

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24 thoughts on “The Library Stack”

  1. I love how you, as a busy person, can find time to not only read these books, but put lots of the ideas and recipes into your life! There are so many delightful projects for you here….after you finish the stack of movies, of course. ☺️

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  2. I love a good cookbook. It’s great to be able to pick them up at the library for a little inspiration – we all get a bit bored with our usual cooking. Hope you love ALL your books!

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  3. I always enjoy looking at the book titles you choose. Some of them are ones that I’ve checked out of our library! Now, about air frying, we have one! It makes really good, crispy french fries. We tried the ones in the air fryer cookbook, but we prefer cooking the ones that come in a bag from the frozen food section. It’s nice because if we just want a few fries, we don’t have to heat up the whole oven for 1/2 hour or more. The person working behind the counter of the seafood section of our grocery store said that she makes all her salmon in the air fryer and it is delicious! #4 in your movie stack is a great movie!

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    1. Thank you, first I need to learn to use my Instant Pot and then it is time to buy the Air Fryer (I am trying not to overwhelm myself with too many new kitchen products at one time – ha!) 🙂

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  4. I’m always interested to see the variety of titles you choose to borrow from your library. Your interests run the gamut. ♥️ Kudos to Mike for bringing your attention back to him. He accomplished what he set out to do. 😊

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  5. Thanks for the tour through your library mind! I’m intrigued by the writing book you mention. Neither of my local libraries (YES!! I get two!!) have it, but I’ll keep an eye out for it.

    Right now I have 6 or 7 books out. Even though that’s a lot for me, I can’t compete with you! 🙂

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    1. I could see you enjoying the Writing for Bliss book as you seem per your blog to enjoy deep writing and self exploration. My stack is only big as I randomly pulled a bunch of cookbooks 🙂

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  6. Your post reminds me of why I love the library so much. I’m definitely putting the Raab book on hold – I would very much like to know how to cultivate a blissful writing practice. 🙂 And I’ve heard very good things about slow cookers and Dutch ovens (esp. the latter for bread-making, and the former for stews and chilis!). I’ll have to consider investing in one of these, soon. Thank you, as always, for the great library recommends. I hope you guys enjoyed, or are enjoying, your movie marathon! 🙂

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    1. I think you would enjoy that book Writing Bliss! I finished looking through the slow cooker cookbooks and found a couple recipes to try. I just got a stack of Instant Pot Cookbooks so that is my next project (I have to learn how to use my new Instant Pot). We did enjoy our movie marathon, thanks 🙂

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  7. Please let me know what you think of the Instant Pot. I have a slow cooker and am on the fence about whether to replace it with an Instant Pot. It would be a replacement, not an addition, since I CANNOT fit one more thing into my kitchen 😉

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    1. I will! I will even do a blog post on it. So far I am working through the instructions that came with it and plan to do a test run. Then I can dive into the cookbooks I just got from the library (I got a fresh library stack!) 🙂

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