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In Italics~Food, Bridges & Quiet

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOur afternoons have been very slow around here. Lots of reading and napping, and I don’t just mean the littles. Our mint is growing like a weed, and I’ve been making mint tea just like Matt’s grandmother Kitty used to make. I have a thousand memories of Kitty, but her mint tea and broccoli cheese casserole are certainly at the top. Oh, and her potato chip cookies that she made at Christmas. She was a real gem. To make mint tea, just brew your tea like normal in a large pitcher. While the tea is brewing, add in a few sprigs of mint depending on how strong you want the flavor. It’s a refreshing drink on hot days, and the mint lets you use less or no sugar.

A few favorites from my reading pile the last few weeks…

Delicious by Ruth Reichl- This one is a new favorite. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love it. It has a little history, a little biography, a little suspense and a little fiction all in one yummy story.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers- This is Rivers’ latest novel, and it’s a great one. True to her other books, this one features lovable, imperfect characters and the encouraging beauty of redemption. It’s an easy read and a great one for the beach or pool.

Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline- If you’re into mystery and suspense–think Law & Order or 24–you’ll like this one. It’s a hard one to put down because you’re continually trying to figure out the twist.

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds- The girls and I found this book at the library, and I’m adding it to my list of books to buy. I loved the message of this book, and the illustrations are fun too. We’ve also been reading a lot of American Girl books and Olivia books. Olivia’s slightly sarcastic writing keeps us laughing, and I’ll confess the American Girl books are still a favorite for me.

Hope your summer has been swell and filled with fun and some cold watermelon!

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