Katie's Musings

A blog about cooking, knitting, books, and parenting

Summer Reading

Early this summer, I finished reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. I absolutely love those books!! I started reading the first one a year ago, while I was waiting for my son Emmett to be born, and I’ve consistently read about 1 or 2 books in the series every month since then. I was really sad to finish the series; I felt like I have shared such exciting adventures with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin! I felt ambivalent about jumping in and reading any other books after these; I felt like I had to have a little time to just finish absorbing the wonderfulness of Patrick O’Brian’s excellent adventures!

So, for most of the summer so far, I haven’t been reading novels– I’ve been mostly just browsing recipe books, knitting or craft books, and parenting books. My local public library has an excellent stock of such books, and they are constantly buying new books, which is exciting! And, just this past week, I decided I was finally in the mood for reading novels again. I wanted something light, easy, and readable– just a good summer reading book. In the past, before my O’Brian craze, I’d favored heavy literary books, but now I feel like I just need something fun and easy to read. I discovered the books by Kathy Reichs, and I’m having fun reading those books now. I love the show Bones (which are based loosely on the ideas/characters in her books), and I’m thoroughly enjoying these books. I’m not reading them in order, just getting whichever ones are available when I’m at the library. Last week I read Cross Bones, and it was great! It was an archaelogical mystery involving ancient bones from Israel. This week I’m reading Death Du Jour, and I’m finding it a lot harder to read in some ways– it involves darker themes, and some really gruesome, disturbing images. But, I really like her writing style, and I’m caught up in the story– I want to find out what happens in the end!

I currently also have a few other books checked out:

  • Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day has some delicious-looking bread recipes. I feel like I don’t have much time to bake these days (I usually just use my bread machine), but I may have to try some of these recipes.
  • Eco-Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a very clever book of crafts made with repurposed household items/trash such as plastic grocery bags, wine bottles, baby food jars, plastic take-out containers, and plastic milk cartons. There are several really clever, creative items in this book, and I definitely want to try making some of them!
  • Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver is a fabulous cookbook!! I think I may have to eventually buy this book, after I return it to the library. There are so many incredible recipes that I want to try from this book: Baked Camembert Pasta, lots of amazing curries, Ground Beef Wellington, Lasagne, wonderful soups and stews, and beautiful roasts…. yum!!

As you can see in the picture above, we have a sweet little cat! His name is Shadow, and he follows me everywhere! In fact, it’s often hard to type on the computer because he thinks I’m trying to play with him. His favorite spot is sitting right behind my computer!


July 13, 2010 Posted by | books | , , , , | Leave a comment

First Post

Well, consider this a New Year’s resolution kept! I’ve started a blog. I’m Katie, and I live with my husband Scott and our baby Emmett in Northern California. I live a kind of eclectic (and thoroughly wonderful) life right now: I’m a full-time mom, library student, and musician. I enjoy reading blogs (mostly food blogs), and finally decided to start my own. I’ve actually had a blog in the past (writing about vegan food), but this is a fresh start for me (I’m also currently not vegan). On this blog, I plan to write about my main interests: food, knitting, books, and parenthood!

I’m enjoying a wonderful break from school right now; the spring semester starts up in about a week and a half. I’ve been enjoying the break, because it gives me time to focus just on being a mommy. I love spending all my time with this cute little guy! This is Emmett, and he’s 8 months old today! I feel wonderfully blessed to be a mom; it is really a wonderful privilege.


I’ve done some knitting over the break: this is the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller (pattern by Jennifer L. Jones).


I’m also trying to cram as much reading (for fun) as possible into my vacation, since I won’t have much time once classes start. It never really works to read several books simultaneously, but I’m trying! I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (a wonderful book which I’ve been meaning to read for a long time now), Angels & Insects by A.S. Byatt (two novellas), and The Hundred Days by Patrick O’Brian. I adore the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey-Maturin series! This is book number 19 out of 21, so I’m almost finished! I started reading the series when I reached my due date while I was pregnant. Emmett was two weeks late, and by then I needed a good distraction to keep me from getting stressed, and this was definitely a good one! I’ve somehow managed to read the first 18 books in the series while taking care of a baby and doing school full-time– all I can say is, these are such good reads! I think I’ve actually been procrastinating on finishing the series, because I’ll be sad when I reach the end of the series.


As far as food, I am really lucky to live in an area where there is a lot of agriculture. Right after Emmett was born, we discovered a weekly produce delivery service run by a local organic farm, right near where we live. It’s all organic, local produce, and it is simply amazing. We love it! It saves us time each week, because now we can just stock up on staples and etc. at the store, after I’ve planned our weekly meals around the veggies we’ll be getting in our box each week. I’ve been enjoying the delicious winter veggies: dino kale, butternut squash, leeks, lettuce, baby bok choy, carrots, apples, etc. This week we also got some avocados!

Well, that’s all for now! I’ll post some recipes soon!

January 15, 2010 Posted by | books | , , , , | Leave a comment