Monday, July 21, 2008

"Literary" Roundup

So a little while ago I mentioned wanting to read Stumbling on Happiness once I finished the plants and cupcakes books. Sadly, I was not kidding about my summer reading list.

Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Desserts was kind of a letdown. The book was full of great images and "recipes" where the author found new ways to decorate existing cakes in order to declare them "semi-homemade." Cool concept...but lacking in the delivery. However even my cold heart melted at this tropical cake. I can't decide what is calling to me more - those delicious tangy runts or that flirtingly whipped icing. Either way I want to take its picture then eat it.

Check out these yummy eyeballs. I didn't copy the recipe but you figure what to do from the ingredients list:

  • Entenmann's doughnut holes
  • Vanilla Icing
  • Red food coloring
  • Life saver gummies
  • M&Ms

Beautiful Tabletop Gardens was a worthwhile read. It had great, clearly diagramed ideas for setting up indoor gardens. Unfortunately I am barely keeping alive single plants in pots so I doubt I'd do much better trying to balance an ecosystem in a jar. That doesn't stop me from covetting all the terraniums in the book. They'd probably be ridiculously simple to assemble at the Rag Shop using the book's diagrams and instructions. Unfortunately faux foliage leads to real dust. Maybe I'm better off getting a terrarium screensaver.

I'm roughly six pages into Pursuit of Happiness (I've been ridiculously busy recently) and already had to stop and take notes.
We treat our future selves as though they were our children, spending most of the hours of most of our days constructing tomorrows that we hope will make them happy.
This does not bode well if the article which convinced me to get the book says children are not the way to happiness.