A little gift tag I made several months back from some vintage paper and a Victorian button
What a Friday! I've been tagged by two creative and lovely friends, Nicolette of Simply Colette and Carolyn of Pretty Pink Rat. Here are Colette's questions:
1. What books are on your favorite shelf?
Oh, wow. That's a hard one. I teach literature and creative writing for a living, so I have a teensy obsession with books. Among my all-time favorites are Jane Eyre, The Magic Mountain, Mrs. Dalloway, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I also adore children's books like The Secret Garden and Charlotte's Web. Honestly, though, I'll read the back of a cereal box or a shampoo bottle when there's nothing else available. Anyone else out there have this same addiction to words on the page/box/bottle?
2. What DVD's are on your favorite shelf?
I love vintage classics like The Thin Man with Myrna Loy and William Powell. I also love, love, love Moonstruck. La bella luna! Food movies like Big Night are high on my list. I adore Tim Burton's films, too, oh and I almost forgot one of the best heartwarming films ever: The Secret of Roan Inish. A few more recent films I like are The Station Agent, Stranger than Fiction, and Lars and the Real Girl.
3. What are your two favorite cookbooks?
Just two? Oh, I have a wee addiction to cookbooks, too. Man, these questions are tough. Can I go with three? Two classics and a new treat: The Joy of Cooking, Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and a recent favorite is Sophie Dahl's new book called Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. I bought it in London, but it's available on Amazon now. Delicious recipes, good writing, and GORGEOUS photos of the the food and of pretty Sophie!
4. Select 1-3 recipes you would cook for guests.
It's fall, so I'll go with autumnal, homey favorites: corn spoon pudding, my roast chicken (I don't eat meat, but I make it for other people), apples and onions sauteed in butter, brown sugar, and pomegranate balsamic vinegar. For dessert, a flourless chocolate torte with creme fraiche. I hope everyone's hungry.
5. What will we be drinking?
These days I'll probably be drinking San Pellegrino, but I always have a selection of white and red wines for my friends. Malbec is always nice in the fall.
Carolyn's tag is much harder. I'm supposed to list 10 random things about myself. I hope I don't put you to sleep, my friends!
1. I love thunderstorms. When we lived in Indiana, I used to adore the almost daily boomers we'd get in spring and summer--real crashing, wrath of the gods kind of stuff.
2. If I were to choose another career, I'd be an architect or a landscape designer.
3. I'm a terrible singer, but I sing all the time anyway. I also make up my own lyrics to popular songs.
4. I actually like cleaning the bathroom. Nothing cheers me up like a sparkling bathtub.
5. Vacuuming, on the other hand, I loathe. Good thing my husband doesn't mind vacuuming or we'd be up to our eyes in dust bunnies.
6. One of my favorite treats is to take a nap. I don't do it very often, but I can think of few things more delicious.
7. I make a mean eggplant parmesan.
8. When I was little I secretly wanted to be a professional figure skater. I, like a million other girls in the seventies, had my hair cut in a "Dorothy Hamill"--not a good look for me, I'm afraid.
9. I'm addicted to the show Glee. This relates back to random fact #3. When I was in high school I wanted to be in the movie Fame (which relates back to #8: the ice-skating fantasy had morphed into the singer-dancer dream by that point). Imagine how excited I am that there's a new Fame movie.
10. One of my favorite places on the planet is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Think they'd notice if I just sort of moved in?
Rather than choose a few individuals, I'll pass this tag along to any of my blogging friends who'd like to play along. I love learning new things about the people I meet online. Thanks so much Carolyn and Nicolette for tagging me!