Idea Exchange: October 1st – October 5th

Monday, October 1st:

Discussion centered on the Brewers, the weather, how both John and I love the month of October best, fire prevention and my daughter’s “ladder” story, tips on fireproofing your home, winter squash and which kinds you can substitute and why you should “sniff” your coffee. Recipes we shared: Speedy Sweet Potatoes, On-A-Roll, Autumn Garden Soup, Hot Ginger Tea, and Zippy Curry Dip.

TODAY IS: World Vegetarian, Fire Pup, Farm Animals, Walt Disney World opens, Custodial Workers


Tuesday, October 2nd:


It’s time to talk books—and the conversation starts here.
Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.
The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir—their works made fresh through the author’s animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night LightsA Visit from the Goon Squad and The Pillow Book of Sei ShōnagonThe Day of the Jackal and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The result is a treasury of essential reading for expansive tastes. An insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading, 1,000 Books

to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.

Today we talked about the Brewers-the weather and how John and I agree that October is the best month of year! I shared the story of my daughter and her request for a ladder for her bedroom (when she was 8) because she wanted to have a way to escape her second story bedroom in case of a fire. I also shared tips on how to fireproof your home (October is Fire Prevention Month) and we talked about winter squash. Recipes today: Speedy Sweet Potatoes, On-A-Roll, and Autumn Garden Soup.

TODAY IS: French Fried Scallops, Charlie Brown and Snoopy



Wednesday, October 3rd:


From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be.
When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

Today we talked about October Weather Folkore: much rain in October means much wind in December and the recipes we shared: Homemade Caramels, Warm Kale Salad with Bacon Dressing

TODAY IS: Caramel Custard, Techies, Child Health, Butterflies and Hummingbirds




Thursday, October 4th:


For the Love of Beer
In this tour de force of 100 top tips and tricks, Beer Hacks presents the very best and most creative ways to serve, share, store, and savor your favorite brews. There’s PROBLEM SOLVING: Warm beer? Chill a bottle in about a minute with a can of compressed air. DIY PROJECTS: Turn empty bottles into guitar slides. PARTY TRICKS: The one foolproof technique for shotgunning a beer. FLAVOR BOMBS: a French press is all you need to infuse an ale with fresh berries.

Whether you’re hosting a tasting, replenishing after a workout (that’s right—beer has more electrolytes than water), or relishing the singular tranquility of a shower beer, this book is your guide to making beer drinking better, easier, more interesting, delicious, and—especially—fun. Includes an emergency bottle opener on the front cover!


Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey is a fun, funny and fanciful joke book that showcases the principle: Laugh to Learn. First of all, giraffes are, by nature, funny creatures and so the jokes play off of the height of giraffes and their long long necks and their smiles and horns and friendly appearance. The book also showcases the myriad of ways artists have created giraffe sculptures, with wonderful photographs from the authors’ giraffe collection. There are giraffes made of wood, leather, beads, glass, plastic, ceramics and bottle caps, among other medium. While it is surprising to many people, giraffes face extinction; there are only 100,000 giraffes at present in the wild, and their population has been declining in recent years. Surely we can agree that saving giraffes is important and a portion of the net profits from this book go to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which co-sponsored this book, to help them in their efforts to save giraffes. Enjoy! Laugh! Learn!


John shared some giraffe jokes, we talked about cloud formations, foods that help relieve migraines/headache pain and easy ways to decorate for Halloween. Recipes: Maple Pecan Fudge Sauce, Mini Dessert Tacos, Seven Layer Taco Dip

TODAY IS: Taco, 10/4, Golf Lovers, Toot your own Flute, Balloons Around the World


Friday, October 5th:

We talked about doing something nice, what a smile can do for you and how to roast pumpkin seeds. Recipes shared: Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds, Maryland Pumpkin Seeds, Healing Pumpkin Seeds, Honey Pumpkin Seeds, Apple Enchilada Dessert and Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

TODAY IS: Apple Betty, Smile, World Teachers, Do something Nice