Summer Reading Memory & Oreo Bread Pudding

      So the house continues to come together for upcoming company coming. The lasted project, getting the bookshelves put together and getting boxes of books out and into their proper order and cubby hole. Both good reading books as well as my cookbooks. As I was putting these up I got to thinking about summers past and some of my reading projects throughout the summers. While I was in elementary and middle school (in those days called Jr High) my mother would work with me to keep me on a reading and spelling regiment. I wish she would have kept it up when I got to high school but she said I was old enough to take some responsibility. Too bad I didn't and my spelling and reading suffered for it. Anyway I remember Mom would make me pick out a few books to read during the summer and after we would get home from the beach and either in between shower and dinner or right after dinner would be reading time. I was never a big reader, My mind was always wondering and a book of any length could not keep my attention. Poetry I loved, cause I they were almost short stories within themselves and I could read a bunch and not feel like I needed a road map to keep track of what I was reading. My Dad loved Robert Service and his poems about his time in the Yukon, so I red pretty much all of this stuff that Dad had. The other thing I loved was Medieval stories. I discovered C.S Lewis The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe series, and then discovered he also wrote a couple of sci-fi series. Most of these books were not heavy thinking or hard to follow and since I enjoyed this style of writing I could get through a book or two during the month. Yes I was a slow reader as well. One of the other things I enjoyed reading was magazines and would always make sure that I had at least 6 to 12 different ones that I would read from front to back. They weren't books but it was reading material that continued to push my thinking and develop my thinking skills. Part of the reason I bring these up is for you parents, who don't know what to do for the month of August while on vacation or staying on the Cape or anywhere. You are fit to be tied trying to get your kids interested in reading. Let me say be patient, encourage, don't force and find out what they enjoy reading, even if it's magazines, find a theme they are interested in, Nature, Photography, Science, Cars, Boats, Airplanes, House designs, it does matter, if you can plug into what interest them and run with it they will then want to read and they will continue to read. Push something that is of no interest to them and you will lose them to reading faster that a wounded gray seal to a hungry shark. Anyway, My Mother got me into cooking and thus is one of the reasons I now have a really decent size collection of cookbooks. Did you know you can learn history through cooking, different cultures, through cookbooks, religions through cooking, and health related topics through cookbooks. And remember cooking is not limited to the ladies and girls out there. Some of our best chefs have been men, and the main reason that i am so comfortable in the kitchen is because my Dad was not afraid to be in the kitchen either to cook or to help clean up, and not just at home but on vacation as well. And no not just on the grill, although my Dad could put out a mean serving of grilled swordfish tails with lemon butter and herbs. Oh yum.
      If you're following me here, summer is time for fun, time for relaxation but it can be a time of expanding ones horizons with books. As an adult I found that even if I did not read a lot the rest of the year the short time we were here on the Cape I would find at least one book to read for the week we were here and read through it. No picture books don't count. I found authors that I had found earlier in life and found they written a lot more. I found other similar authors and started to expand my library. Now don't get me wrong, No I am not one of these folks now that read a book a week or even a month. It is still very difficult for me to sit down and read through a book and I much prefer a magazine article or good newspaper, (even if now only available online) to read. And my cookbook collection continues to grow and with it my skills and my knowledge, both old and new. But encourage your kids to read, and don't be afraid to read with them, it will help sharpen your skills as well. And if you Dad's out there can sit and read with your kids this will go even further than if just Mom is doing the work. I used to love to sit and listen to my Dad read, is would put the voice fluctuations into his readings and make the stores or poems seem to come to life. I miss those days, sitting on the pouch of the cottage and listening to him read. Wow that was a flash back moment for me.,,,
      Ok you get the point, and my memory, a strong one, give it some thought, it will go a long way in you life as well as your kids or even with your spouse's life. Time to move on, still have more books to put away, look through and maybe pull one out and read again. But for this hour, I'll go up and check and be sure the lens is cleaned and spotless, and trim the wick to the beacon light, I'll make sure the well is filled with oil so that the light will not go out, and even give ye old fog horn a test. Don't want anyone getting lost coming our direction or even worse. Have a great day and a great stay here on Cape Cod, and if you live here, live every moment in the moment for the moment, for the memories to make and sure. Till we meet or meet again be safe and have a great and wonderful, especially if you can do it here on ole Cape Cod.
      Well what can I say, I got so caught in the moment last week that I total turned things around with the recipes. This is week 5 of July and I should be doing what I did last week this week and what I will do this week last week. Seriously, I think I will be so happy when this house is finally put all together. Last week I go stuck putting the Day bed together with the trundle so I could get rid of the wall to wall beds in my spare bedroom. I'm telling you, it looked like a dag gone communal hostel. Then at the last minute we remembered it was Wednesday night and well. After midnight went by, I was not thinking straight and just happy I got posted in time. So tonight I play catch up, and you get your dessert tonight. I know most of you don't care, and it doesn't make a darn bit of difference in the scheme of live or even in the world of blogging. But for a few of us OCD-ADD, you understand. Well with all that said, found this recipe in a regional corporate thank you cook booklet, and the recipe comes from a Denise G from somewhere in Ohio. I love Oreos, and I pretty much am into the bread pudding thing. Now combining the two, hum,, but give it a chance, all I can say is Oh Yummmm. Now on with the show.

      This week's recipe: Oreo Bread Pudding

      4      cups      day old french bread (cut into 1 in sq)
    16      each      Oreo cookies, quartered
      2      cups      milk
  1/4      cup        butter, melted
      2      each      eggs
  1/2      cup        sugar
      1      tsp.        vanilla (remember the real stuff)

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss bread cubes with cookie pieces. Beat remaining ingredients with whisk until well blended. Pour over bread mixture. Toss until evenly coated. Pour into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until center is set. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

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