Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Homemade Life - Pass the Book

I have thoroughly enjoyed Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. Each chapter is a short essay about Molly's life, a memory centered around a particular food,and is followed by a detailed recipe. When I first received the book from Sian as part of her Pass the Book, I was sure it would be the recipes that I enjoyed the most since I really like to cook.

However, it was the stories that drew me in and inspired me in a different way. I began to think about the foods in my life and how certain memories were linked with a particular food. These are the types of memories I want to preserve in my scrapbooks, and I immediately began a list of ideas for layouts. (I actually created a layout about my Grandma and pecan pie several months ago - you can see it here.) For now, I have the list in my idea notebook and plan to take time to journal the stories and memories before deciding on a layout design. These layouts will probably be incorporated into my LOM category albums or they just might possibly merit a book of their own.

Here's a sneak peek at my list of memories/stories:
1. Mama's Biscuits - my comfort food
2. Fried Fish - I catch, I clean, I cook
3. Daddy's Telephone Van Cake
4. Our Cooking Disasters (2001-2011)
5. The Necessity of a Clip-On Timer

Now it's time to pass the book. You can read all about Pass the Book here and Sian's thoughts on this book here. If you'd like a chance to be the next recipient of A Homemade Life, please leave a comment below. I'll pick a name on Monday, April 18, so be sure to check back to see if you have been chosen to receive this wonderful book.

14 comments:

Ginger said...

Pick me! Me and only ME!

Cheryl said...

Oo sounds fab x

Brenda Kay said...

Wow stories AND recipes. Sounds like my kind of book. And I am just at the end of my current book. This would be a great next read.

Margie S said...

What a fun idea - pass the book! I wish I was eligible, but alas, postage here to Beijing is expensive and unreliable and takes FOREVER!! I'll have to check that one out next time I'm in the States. I love reading about your memories. Being a huge user of timers, I think I can imagine what all the reasons are for a clip on timer. I've actually never had one but think I need to get one. : )

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

Sian said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it Melissa (I knid of thought you would!) and I love how it has inspired you - I think I'll make a list of my own now. I can mull it over in my head while I do laundry. Thankyou.

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like a fascinating book.

S said...

Just love the concept of Pass The Book; this one sounds interesting too.

Beverly said...

Oh, this is my knid of recipe book! LOVE the idea of a clipon timer, hasn't never crossed my mind, genius ;)

furrypig said...

Sounds really interesting and thinking about it I agree that there are loads of memories connected to foods. I would love the chance to win this book thank you xxx

cate said...

sounds like a great book, especially to have inspired so many interesting-sounding stories!

Rachel B said...

Oh wow! Now that sounds fab :)

Stephanie Joanna said...

Wow, I love that you posted this because I was just checking out this book at the bookstore the other day and thought it looked like a good read! Based on your review, it looks like I'll need to add it to my "must read" list.

humel said...

That sounds great, love to read how it inspired you :-) I've had a lovely catch up over here - got quite a thrill to see my blog hop badge here! - but I'm leaving my catch up comment on this post because I'd love to be in the draw to read this book, thank you xx