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Just Duct It!

Just Duct It!

Duct tape was originally invented by Johnson & Johnson to provide a waterproof seal for munitions boxes during World War II. Whether you want to make prom dresses, wallets, handbags, ties, or use it for its more traditional purposes, duct tape is one of the most beloved and versatile products ever invented.

Fabulous Farmers' Markets

Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!

My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!

Dinosaurs Next Door

Apatosaurus (Book Cover Image)

Archaeology and paleontology have never held my attention, but my visit to the newly-completed Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming sparked an interest. Their exhibits, so wonderfully designed by ECOS Communications, are completely engaging.

At a dinner on that same visit to Worland, I was unexpectedly seated near the curator of the museum and he shared even more about the archaeological and paleontological wonders of the Big Horn Basin.

A few of the many major discoveries of the Big Horn Basin include:

Ice Cream in the Summertime

Spice Dreams Cover

In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.

You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you:

Basil Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

1 cup sugar, divided

1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves

2 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. salt

4 large egg yolks

2 cups whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

A Blender, A Vegetable and an Ice Cube Tray

blender baby food

It really is that easy to make your own baby food! I love the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food my daughter is eating and I’ve found that making our own baby food takes just a small amount of time and effort.

We’re still on simple fruits and vegetables, but in one afternoon I made enough food to last for several weeks. After the food is steamed and/or pureed I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These “ice cubes” make the perfect serving size for my hungry six month old!

Chew and Review Poll: Eat Me

Eat Me book cover

Update: The people have spoken and the winner of the poll is: Mac n Cheese Pancakes! Look for the next installment of Chew and Review to see how the recipe turns out.

Looking for new and interesting ways to cook for your family, friends or just yourself? Look no further than your local public library. Our collection of food related materials is huge:

Move for a Healthier Life

Move a Little, Lose a Lot

Discover how to live a longer and healthier life!

As a 40-something librarian who had a great-grandmother live to be 106 years old, I have wondered if there were steps I could take to make all my years healthy ones. I have read several books that explained how important it is to move. The authors take a sensible approach. We will not live forever, but by moving and taking other simple steps, we can live healthier, longer lives. Join me in moving! If you have any concerns about starting an exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider first.

Happy Birthday President Obama!

President Obama celebrates his 49th birthday August 3. Did you know that he has won Grammys for both his audio books? Did you sign his birthday card?

There have been many books written about the President, documenting his first term in office and his life before.

Penned by the President

About the Obamas

Dining, Mad Men Style

Mad Men is one of the best shows on TV, and my friends and I have begun a little tradition surrounding the Sunday night episodes at 8 pm on AMC.

Each week, we not only get together to watch the latest antics of Don, Peggy, Roger, and Betty, but we also eat and drink like it's 1964. A recent menu involved a champagne jello salad, meatloaf, and Grasshopper Pie, complete with hors d'oeuvres of a cheeseball with Ritz crackers, celery sticks with cream cheese, and green olives with pimientos. The following titles contain some vintage recipes to help you get dining and entertaining a la Mad Men:

Award Winning Romance

The Rita Awards are given by the Romance Writers of America for the best published novels and novellas that promote excellence in the romance genre. The award is named for the group's first president and has been given since 1983. The 2010 winners were recently announced!

Winner for Best Young Adult Romance

Winner for Best Inspirational Romance

Winner for Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

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