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My Favorite Books of 2020

Although 2020 may not go down as anyone's favorite year, I think most of us had a good reading year, at least. I started the year with "As Bright as Heaven," which is set during the Flu Epidemic of 1918. I love a good sad story, and this one touched me deeply. Imagine my surprise when we faced our own worldwide pandemic just a few weeks later! Seriously, no one would have predicted such a crisis. But having read this book kept my perspective in check as the sorrow and difficulties we've faced have paled in comparison to the devastation of 1918. Here are my 5-star reads of 2020, sorted by genre. All summaries and links are from GoodReads, so...

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Halloween Book Breakfast

First of all, you should know that I am no Halloween expert. I've never been particularly into "spooky season." The sight of bones, skulls, zombies, and gore make me slightly uncomfortable. In fact, when my oldest child was five, my husband gave me a nudge to buy a few Halloween decorations for the house. I let him know that fall decor was my jam and I didn't really want to display witches and bats. Still, he encouraged me to do it for the kids. So I did. I now own handful of cheery Halloween-specific items. That's it. That said, I have learned over the last ten years that kids do love Halloween, so I try to make it festive. This year,...

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Lola Dutch French Brunch

As book-themed parties go, this one was as fancy, fun, and feminine as you can imagine. We were thrilled to create a beautiful French brunch party centered around the Lola Dutch book character. And we put together the ideas, recipes, and resources you need to create your own party! MENU Quiche Lorraine Crepes au Citron Sucre Fleurs des Concombres Fromage de Brie Brochette des Fruits Yaourt à la Framboise Macarons Gateau d'Anniversaire   RECIPES Quiche Lorraine (Ham & Cheese Quiche) 8 oz. ham, cut in small cubes 4 oz. Swiss cheese, grated 3 green onions, sliced (optional - I usually leave them out if serving children) 4 eggs 2 c. milk 1 c. Bisquick 1/2 t. salt 1/8 t. pepper   Grease muffin...

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Birthday Books

Most families have a treasured collection of Christmas books. But do you have a shelf of books to celebrate the special birthdays in your family? Pull out some of these books in anticipation of your child's birthday and your child will be thrilled!   The Perfect Birthday Recipe This brand new book is the perfect addition to your birthday shelf. When you order this month's Read & Play box, you'll receive the hardback book and two fabulous birthday cake-themed activities! In this excellent book, Beaver has designed the perfect cake for his upcoming birthday. When his friends offer to help, they just ruin everything. So Beaver stays up all night to start from scratch. His cake turns out perfectly -...

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