Hello, friends. I hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend. Here in southwest Florida, the first hint of fall has arrived... and by that I mean it cooled down to around 70 degrees last night and the high today is expected to hit 84. It feels so much comfortable with lower humidity. I hope it lasts.
The blog name change I've been contemplating is official - Lakeside Musing is now Gulfside Musing! You'll also notice that the old wooden dock in my profile pic has been replaced by a palm tree. My twitter and instagram handles have been adjusted as well.
Finished this week//
by Colson Whitehead
narrated by JD Jackson
What an amazing book! I finished yesterday and can't stop thinking about it.... that ending! The Nickel Boys is even more powerful knowing it's based on a real reform school, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, which operated in the Florida panhandle until 2011. I plan to attend a book discussion at the library later this month and maybe even write a review. You'll surely see it on my year-end list of favorites. In the meantime, I've added Colson Whitehead's entire backlist to my tbr.
by Ruth Reichl, narrated by the author
I'm starting Nonfiction November with Ruth Reichl's foodie memoir about her time as editor of Gourmet magazine. It's just the 'something completely different' I need to follow The Nickel Boys. I started listening on my walk this morning. The ebook is also available from the library... this might turn into a read/listen combination!
On the blog//
Nonfiction November, Week #1: My Year in Nonfiction
In the kitchen//
Lots of baking! Last weekend I mentioned this Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake from pinch of yum. I made it on Sunday and it was delicious! I used two large Honeycrisp apples and real buttermilk rather than the milk/vinegar alternative. Everyone loved it! Since I had more buttermilk to use, the next day I made a second one for my FIL's freezer.
We had dinner guests again on Wednesday and there was still more buttermilk left, so the search was on for another cake recipe. I decided on a Farmhouse Buttermilk Cake, a moist cake with a super-sweet pecan topping. Our guests loved it, but the topping was a little too sweet for my husband.
P.S. The buttermilk is finally gone ;-)
The building permit for our remodel has been filed. The project will begin once it's approved... hopefully within the next week or so. Last week we selected the roof.
How was your week? What are you reading today?
The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.