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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"think of me when you drink tea"

an exceptional movie set in london during the war 
starring a very young harrison ford and lesley ann down. everything about this movie is perfect. 
although mostly a bittersweet love story, 
the entire movie is a delightful surprise full of wartime suspense and the sacrifices made in the name of friendship.
you will love the ending, 
even though it will be hard to see through the tears.
this movie was made before harrison ford became a star. 
what a treasure!
i picked this movie because it was a ww2 romance 
and another one of my favs:)
it was made in 1979 when i was a teenager
and i thought harrison ford was

lesley ann down

harrison ford

christopher plummer

some of my favorite quotes from the movie:

trying desparatley hard not to fall in love with margaret, david says to her 
"i just wish your eyes weren't that color" 

david halloran:I love you enough to let you go, which is more than I've ever felt about anyone in my life. 

"You've got to go to him, and I've got to turn and walk away."

"think of me when you drink tea"

i loved it! 


our new wednesday word,
and the last for this book

have fun...

more later...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

"her name is hope"

"you give out hope like it was candy in your pocket"

the postman

post-apocalyptic america. 
a drifter who finds a bag of mail...

what begins as a con game becomes one man's quest to rebuild civilization by resuming postal service and unwittingly restoring hope to a country that is nearly completely
without it...

kevin costner plays a drifter who stumbles across and old abandoned u.s. mail truck and crawls inside to keep warm...
while he is in there, along with the long dead corpse of a postman, he finds a bag of letters that were never delivered and reads them by the the light of a cigarette lighter...
he then takes the bag of letters and the uniform of the postman, which
 he takes solely for warmth,
and poses as a 
letter carrier and with empty promises of aid from the "restored united states of america," gives hope to a community threatened by local warlords...
this is one of my all-time favorite movies and i picked it for a couple of reasons...
first of all:
of course it goes along with great our letter theme...
it also has a great reluctant hero
and kevin costner, in my opinion, 
is fantastic in this movie... 

it is incredibly patriotic  
i always love to watch it this time of year...

i think the quality of of movie that has a villain in it
is almost completly defined by the 
quality of that villain...
will patton is general bethlehem
and is so charming and creepy...
he is incredible...

and last but not least...
it has tom petty as the bridge city mayor...
my favorite quote from this movie is when kevin costner's character says to him "i know you, you're...famous."
and tom petty replies 
"yea, i was once, sorta".

some other lines i loved:

general bethlehem: you see the reason you don't want to die for anything is because you have nothing to die for. that's the difference between you and me. you don't believe in anything. 
the postman: i believe in the united states
the postman: wouldn't it be great if wars could be fought just by the assholes who started them? 

(at the end of the movie, abby introduces the postman to her baby)
abby: this is your daughter...
her name is hope.

this movie is great for the patrotic season...
i loved it...

more later... 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

blueberries and tea

this is another awesome
sent to me by dallys...

"made from scratch"
blueberry cake...

she made it and it turned out so good...
we thought it went great with bbq:)

try it and tell us what you think...


earl grey creme black tea

my mom has been staying with me a little
the past few weeks and on the mornings that i have
off, i made some earl grey creme black tea for her
from teavana


High tea is further elevated with tart bergamot orange tastefully tempered by creamy Madagascar vanilla then blended with the classic pomp of an Earl Grey black tea. A majestically smooth confection that is now available any time the senses desire. Sprinkled with sunny blue cornflowers, this full leaf wonder is divinely delicious with a silky sweet finish. Dairy Free.

Smooth infusion with bergamot overtones

i had it again after she left and realized that it now reminds me of her....
i created a memory...
how about that?
mums tea:)


here is a look at our new wednesday word

our book is set on the island of guernsey and so much of what is explained in the letters talks about the sea...
so anything that the word inspires...
have fun...

more later...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

dallys's grape salad

 best salad ever for a bbq
dallys made this once for a family bbq...
it was so good, so i made it once for a bbq with matt's family...

i am now required to make it every time...
it is so good and super easy...

dallys' grape salad

1 large bunch grapes
(about the size you get a costco)
i prefer red because they are sweeter
but green works great
wash and remove from the vine

8 oz. cool whip
8 oz. good sour cream
(i prefer daisy because it is creamier and makes the salad prettier:))
combine the cool whip and sour cream
fold with grapes

sugar nuts
(this is mom's recipe and is in our cookbooks)

4 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
(i prefer pecans for this salad)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

mix ingredients in a heavy skillet
cook until water disappears
and nuts have a sugary appearance.
remove from heat and pour nuts onto a baking sheet.
separate quickly with 2 forks.

this salad takes about one to two cups of nuts
depending on how many you want
just save the rest in a plastic bag for the next time
you make this salad.
because once you make it,
you will want to make it again.
so good...

i hope you will try this salad...
it is really easy and it is always a hit...
thanks dallys...

tonight i am relaxing and watching "the postman"
with kevin costner
one of my favs:)
(i know i say that about almost every
movie and book, but what can i say?
i love them)

ps...our wednesday word challenge has been so fun...
i love seeing what everyone is doing and what they come up with...
thanks for being such good sports:)

more later...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


we are exhausted....
we are crazy tired...
we moved mom out of the condo this weekend...
it was hard...
for too many reasons:(

we chilled out by watching this awesome movie...

starring gwyneth paltrow and arron eckart

they play a pair of literary sleuths who discover some long hidden letters that suggest a secret love affair between two Victorian era poets only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell as they uncover the truth.

the victorian scenes are especially beautiful and the seamless cutting between past and present was very smooth and i loved that.

the poets are played by jeremy northam as randolph henry ash
jennifer ehle as christabel lamott

except for the fact that he steals a letter from a book--in this case roland's
boldness and his guile are a good thing...
he is american 
and maude is at first annoyed by that 
then amused 
and then beguiled..

Sure, they have scenes of Roland reading a book of Ash poetry and a brief flash of Roland writing poetry in a notebook. But the latter scene seemed to exist only for Gwyneth Paltrow's character (Maud Bailey) to have another opportunity to make fun of Roland, and not to help reveal any sort of depth to his character. 
Roland Michell is an American scholar trying to make it in the difficult world of British Academia. 
He has yet to break out from under his mentor's shadow until he finds a pair of love letters that once belonged to one of his idols, a famous Victorian poet. 
Michell, after some sleuthing, narrows down the suspects to a woman not his wife, another well known Victorian poet. 
Roland enlists the aid of a Dr. Maud Bailey, 
an expert on the life of the woman in question. 
Together they piece together the story of a forbidden love affair, and discover one of their own. 
They also find themselves in a battle to hold on to their discovery before it falls into the hands of their rival, Fergus Wolfe.

if you want to learn more about this movie
check it here

the letters are beautiful and the love affair forbidden...
it was fantastic 
(and available on netflix)

mom and i give this movie 5 stars:)
here is a preview of our new wednesday word...

this one will be fun and it can be anything this word inspires...
be sure to use the #potatopeelpiesocietyjune on the comment section on instagram (with no spaces)

we sure got some great pics with "bookshop"

this book is so good!

more later...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


"i wonder how the book got to guernsey?
perhaps there is
some secret sort of
homing instinct in
books that brings
them to their

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

because this book is all letters, our theme
is letter writing or correspondence.

on instagram, i have posted a word on a postcard.
it will show up today on "the daily tea"
on the right hand side of this blog.
(and at the bottom of this post)
take a picture with your instagram or camera and email it to me and i will make a collage of everyone pic's and put it on the blog.
i will post a new word every wednesday for the month of june.
take as many pics as you want that the word inspires.
it can be anything:)
use the hashtag #potatopeelpiesocietyjune if you use instagram.

if you have any questions, call me or comment.

hope you all have a great june.
i am looking forward to bbq season and since our food theme is bbq
i will be posting some fun bbq related stuff...
hope you will do the same...

love you all...
more later...


here is the first wednesday word

and my first picture

Saturday, June 2, 2012

i am haunted by humans

not in looks.
not in what they say.
just in what they are.

 "the only thing worse than a boy that hates you?
a boy that loves you."
mark zusak
                       the book thief

 "i have hated words and i have loved them
and i hope that i have made them right."
liesel meminger
the book thief

what can i say about the book thief? 
i am not entirely sure...
people say that this book is life changing and brilliant.

all i can say is that i will
never forget it...


more later...

Friday, June 1, 2012

a book review from matt and more bean soup

i've seen so many young men
over the years who think they're
running at other young men.
they are not.
they're running at me.


The Book Thief Review
by matt

 I thought since Staci is consumed with the various Shades of Grey books and has neglected her own reading assignment, that I would help her do her job.  She claims Shades of Grey isn’t as pornographic as all the news and TV reports portray it, yet I can hardly pry the book from her hands (shes on the second book now).
Well, here goes the review of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  I need to point out that initially I wasn’t really interested in reading/listening to this book, but I’m glad I took the time.
 The book is set in Germany during WWII..  The story is narrated by the Grim Reaper, the personification of death.  He tells the story of a young girl named Liesel Meminger,  a foster child.  Books help her cope with many of the events that happen throughout the book, even though at the beginning of the book she doesn’t know how to read.  Obviously she learns how to.
Liesel’s foster family takes in a Jew and hides him in their basement.  The book describes the fear the family has and also that of the Jewish man.  It helps you feel what it would like to live in Nazi Germany, the fear of government, hunger, crime and of war.
The family endures the foster fathers business dying because he isn’t a member of the Nazi party, money and food are in short supply.  The mother cleans clothes to help pay the bills, but as the war weakens the economy her side business ends.  The family ends up eating pea soup for every meal.
            I really enjoyed this story.  Although Liesels life seems like a nightmare, the author shows how little things can make life enjoyable.  She finds joy in the friendship of her Jewish houseguest, playing soccer, stealing books, and reading them, even though it seems everything and everyone around her are falling apart.
I recommend The Book Thief and if you listen to it you will really enjoy the narration.  I give the book 4 ½ of 5 stars only because I don’t really believe in giving anything 5 stars.

i am haunted by humans.
thanks matt:)

i appriciate you picking up the slack while i have been otherwise occupied;)
but what can i say...
i will cover shades of grey later...
p.s.: i gave the book thief 5 there

lindsay and the cutest little red haired girl in the world, ireland,
tried their hand at our bean soup recipe (here)
and lindsay said that kevin was dying at how good it was...
they also made grandma j's rolls and i gotta tell you guys...
you have got to make this soup...
it is delicious and beyond easy
i miss this little beauty<3 
if you make it, let me know what you think...

on to june...
more later...