After a two month break, Sweet Reads is back. Yes! To having baked goods hanging around the house. No! To eating them all up by myself b/c my husband has an underdeveloped sweet tooth. *what is wrong with that guy?*
All I had to do was walk up to the coffin. That was all. I just had to get there and set the gardenia on the smooth brown wood. Grandma said gardenias were a proper funeral flower. As if there were such a thing.
But my mind kept turning to daises.
So I was pretty sure I'd be reaching for the tissues w/this book. And I was right! Let me just say the ending of this book would squeeze a tear out even the most cantankerous ol' curmudgeon.
Richard Peck blurbed the book saying that Hum was 'a lyric about love and loss.' And boy was this guy ever right(not that I would imagine Richard Peck would ever get it wrong...). Tracy Holczer's writing truly is lyrical and a treat to read. And the mc, Grace, is a personable, funny girl and that I liked alot:
As Miss Turner answered another phone call, I watched through the glass of Mr. Flinch's door and tried to read lips as best as I could. Banana charger in the pig sink wind. That was the best I came up with. I smiled at my own weird thoughts.
Now while Grace is sweet and sensitive to others, she's also going through the roughness of having just lost her mother and trying to make the transition of living with the grandmother she never knew. Needless to say, she makes a few... er...compulsive decisions, one that even lands her in some rather hot water.
I was tired of watching Sheriff Bergum huff and puff and mumble to himself about my ingratitude and general twelve-year-old nincompoopery as though I wasn't right there listening.
There were also moments while reading along that would catch me out of nowhere and bring those tears to my eyes again. You know the saying it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it also takes a small town to help heal a grieving girl.
She pointed to Mama's fountain. "Your grandmother tends to that fountain and her park like they were actual blood and bone family."
"So I've heard," I said.
She looked at me, took the curve of my cheek in her hand. "We've been waiting for you."
For those of you that like birds, gardening, art, and horses, I say pick this up in a flash! And for the rest of you, still pick this up in a flash. Hum is beautifully written, with fun, tween awkwardness and the comfort of friendships old and new. You'll find yourself rooting for Grace as she struggles to find the right path to start her on her way to healing. For an entire description, visit Hum's Goodread's page.
Now... dessert dessert dessert!
Lemonade Cookie Pies
1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 jar(10 oz) lemon curd
1/2 cup sugar
1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.
2. To make egg wash, in small bowl, beat egg with splash water until well blended. Set aside.
3. Unroll pie crusts. Spread lemon curd on 1 of the crusts, leaving 1/2 border around the edge. Place second crust on top.
4. With 3-in. cookie cutter, cut out cookies by gently pressing down through both crust layers.
5. With handle of knife, press edges to seal; cut "x" in center of each cookie pie. Brush each cookie with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar. Place on cookie sheet.
6. Bake 12-15 mins or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 mins, before serving.
If you don't have a round cookie cutter, just use a jar lid(what I did). I'm kinda thinking, too, that these would translate well into s'mores pies, by spreading the crust w/marshmallow creme and squares of Hershey chocolate.
Until next time, may your desserts and your reads be sweet!