Wallflowers Unite!

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I made this mixed media collage a while back, but I still really like it. Who doesn’t love yummy hot pancakes, and I thought the honeycomb was a nice touch that mixes in nicely with the maple syrup on the pancakes. But my favorite aspects of it are the tiny spider detail and the “wallflower” label. I consider myself quite the wallflower, especially at parties and such (which I normally find a way to avoid anyhow). So, on this lazy Sunday, let us wallflowers unite! And bring us pancakes!

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Review of middle grade novel “Riley and the Kitchen Katastrophe”

When I heard that a 12-year-old girl named Halima Sahar Muhammad was releasing her first middle grade novel, “Riley and the Kitchen Katastrophe”, I was eager to get the chance to read and review it. Partly, because I love to encourage young writers and partly because I was also 12-years-old when I wrote my first full-length chapter book (although I never did get it published).

Anyhow, “Riley and the Kitchen Katastrophe” was a fun read. It’s not a particularly long read, at only 94 pages, so it won’t intimidate reluctant or struggling readers. Kids are sure to enjoy the humor in the story (especially the constant sibling banter between the main character, Riley, and her big brother, Atticus). Although it took awhile for the book to actually introduce the “kitchen katastrophe” part of the story, the plot is steady and comes to an expected, but satisfactory conclusion.

One of the things I liked best about this book is the author’s keen eye for detail. She obviously has a gift for description. In fact, many of her food scenes made me quite hungry! If Halima doesn’t grow up to be an author, I have the feeling she may grow up to be a chef, because she obviously knows ALOT about food and cooking for a girl her age!

Overall, my impression of this book is that it was a good first release, one that would be enjoyed by both girls and boys age 7-12 or so. I’m sure this young author has a very successful future ahead of her, regardless of what she chooses to do.

For more information on Halima Sahar Muhammad or “Riley and the Kitchen Katastrophe” (including ordering information), please visit the author’s website, http://www.halimasworld.blogspot.com/.

What’s going on right now…

Watching right now:  “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”

Eating right now:  Honey Nut Cheerios and apple juice.

Collecting right now:  Strawberry Shortcake toys from McDonald’s.

Thinking right now:  I hope I’m not boring you to death.

Listening to right now:  Our kitten Po Poe Mao whining because he got locked up for bad behavior.

Wish I had right now:  Some blueberry pie and vanilla ice cream.

Should be doing right now:  Exercising or editing.  Maybe writing my new picture book.

Cereal!!!! Yay!!!

Ok, I admit it, I’m a little obsessed with cereal.  I have probably tried every kind known to man (including some international kinds that I had to specially order).  At any time, we have probably 8-10 different kinds of cereal open in our house, plus another 10-15 unopened boxes of cereal on top of our fridge.  I have even taken to trying generic cereals just to get a different taste, and that is why I am writing today.

Kroger has a new generic cereal out called “Aliens”.  “Aliens”, like its name implies, is a cereal made from multi-colored UFO, meteoroid and extraterrestrial pieces, plus star-shaped marshamallows.  This new cereal is not a knock-off of a cereal brand that is currently on the market, but it tastes a lot like an old, discontinued cereal called “Kaboom” that was put out by General Mills for many years. 

So why am I so excited by this?  I LOVE “Kaboom” and have been in a sort of withdrawal since General Mills stopped manufacturing it several years ago.  “Kaboom” hasn’t actually been sold in this part of Ohio for many years, even before it was officially discontinued.  In fact, I used to drive to either WV or IN to buy it.  My husband even bought me three boxes of “Kaboom” as one of my Christmas gifts years ago!

Does anyone else out there remember “Kaboom” or have a special place in their heart for another discontinued cereal?  Just curious to see if I am fighting an obsessive complex here or if I’m perfectly normal.