I spent a lot of time reading as a kid. It was one of my favorite pastimes. My mom would take me to the library once a week in the summertime and I remember walking out with my arms full of books every single time. It was also my favorite day of the week at school, going to the library. I read just about anything that I could get my hands on. Didn’t matter if the books were fiction or not, whether they had photos, illustrations or if there was just text. I wasn’t picky as long as I could either read or look up the words!
I did have favorites, though. I liked mysteries – I really enjoyed figuring out the puzzles before the solution was revealed in the book. And my all-time favorite mysteries were none other than the Nancy Drew, Girl Detective series of books. You probably know who Nancy Drew is, she’s a pretty well-known character.
The books have been around since the 1930s or something. There are a bunch of different variations and titles. I guess it got updated from time to time. However, the Girl Detective books were the ones I enjoyed most. I liked these because she is a little different in them. She isn’t obsessed with solving mysteries like she is in some of the other versions of the series. She also has friends that appear more three-dimensional, who have interests and backgrounds and families as well. When I read them, they felt like people I knew and would want to be friends with.
Some of the older Nancy Drew books felt like she was a little too good and a bit too perfect for me. Like she wouldn’t have wanted to be my friend anyway because I often made mistakes and didn’t always do the right thing. I read them more for the mysteries than for the characters and being able to relate to them in any way. I guess it helped that the other books were more contemporary but even so, the characters were way more relatable.
I really liked the double books Lights, Camera… and …Action! One of my other favorites was The Orchid Thief. I remember reading it in the library and then begging my mom to take me to the bookstore. I bought a copy for my very own using some birthday and allowance money. I thought I was so great!
As a big Nancy Drew fan, I really enjoyed the 2007 movie. I thought they did a good job casting Emma Roberts. She was a very believable Nancy. I also liked all the references to the books as well. At the beginning, you see a bookcase and they’re all Nancy Drew books. Another nice touch is the titles of the DehliaDraycott movies were actually Nancy Drew book titles. The end credits in the film had drawings that looked a lot like the early illustrations as well.Those were all nice touches. I was so glad that the books and movie went so well together, sometimes they really screw things up, don’t you think?
So those were my favorite childhood books. Did you read them too?
If you don’t already know, a macaron is a sweet cookie type of dessert. It originated in France. It’s made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, ground or powdered almonds, meringue, and sometimes flavors or food coloring. The food coloring allows these sandwich style cookies to appear in a rainbow of colors without changing the taste. I think it makes them look gorgeous – almost too good to eat! Notice how I said almost! I never pass up a macaron.
Fortunately, there’s more to good macarons than just beautiful colors. You can also find these beautiful treats in a variety of flavors!That is part of what I like so much about them (the other part is that they taste soo good, of course). I can always find something I am in the mood for or a new flavor to try. There are traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. There’s also fancy flavors like champagne or maple bacon! My favorite traditional flavor is vanilla but I do love to try just about any other type offered.
Macarons belong at just about every type of celebration or get together. They are just the right combination of flavor and sophistication. They look irresistible in a display case at a bakery, of course. But they look just as amazing as a dessert treat at a birthday party, or stacked in neat tiers instead of a cake at a wedding. They are the perfect treat, as simple or sophisticated as you want them to be.
Making them, unfortunately, isn’t always easy. As with almost anything French, there’s a lot of hard work and technique involved to achieve that airy texture. Home cooks might even have to heat theirs for 2 hours just to get that same consistent, light texture that a professional kitchen can accomplish much more easily. I’ve tried making my own a few times but with no real results. I am hoping one day to be able to take a cooking class that will teach me the best way to do it. For now, though, I have a great bakery nearby which has no problem providing me with a good supply of macarons!
I even loved them as a kid, mostly thanks to my mom, who was also a fan. I thought they looked like little cookie hamburgers (I still do, actually). My birthday is in March, and so is World Macaron Day! On March 20th, bakeries often give out macaron samples. So if you’ve never tried one and are interested, that is the day to do it. Traditionally they also offer sales on this day or raise money for charity. Delicious treats at a discount and helping a charity? What’s not to like about that?
I have always wanted to go to Hawaii. I don’t know why. I’ve just been in love with the beautiful scenery, the friendly people, and the volcanos. Definitely the volcanos. It is hard to wrap my brain around the fact that there is this fiery black rock and all these lush tropical plants in the same place.
I haven’t gone yet, for a few reasons. The first is that it takes a long time, which is a bummer. So it isn’t somewhere that I could go for a weekend or something. Not that I would want to go there for only a couple days anyway! The second reason is that I am still saving up money to afford the trip. You know sometimes how you want to go somewhere but you want to do it right? That’s how I feel. I don’t want to stay in a hostel or in a tent on the beach or something. I want to stay at a nice place and be able to afford to do all the fun stuff I want to! I know that Hawaii is expensive so I want to be prepared. Lastly, I would like to have someone to share it with. I don’t necessarily mean that I need to have a significant other to take me but even a friend who wants to make the trip would be great. But my friends have the same issues I have: being able to take a good chunk of time off of work and also having the funds to do it right.
I want that whole experience. Getting off the plane and having somebody in a grass skirt or a Hawaiian shirt giving me a lei to wear. I want to hike to the top of a volcano. I think that would be great! I want to take pictures near the top, and watch the steam come out. I’m normally not a hiker but I think I could do it with such a great reward at the end. I also want to fly in a helicopter between islands. This would give me another great view of Hawaii and the pictures would be awesome! It is probably a good thing that I am not afraid of heights with these being the top two things on my list, huh?
I also want to see a traditional luau. I am sure that these are really done up for the tourists but I just feel like if I am there, it is something I should see, you know? Maybe I could learn a little hula dancing or fire breathing or something, too. Not enough that I would be brave enough to really perform in front of anybody, just to have the knowledge that I could do maybe one cool trick or something.That would be fun!
Another thing I want to do is try a little surfing. I probably should practice that one before I go, so that I can really spend time out on the water instead of taking lessons or just face planting all the time.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Want to come with? Maybe we can all get a group rate!