Terrible Teapot Tuesday: Mardi Gra Edition

ttt6This week’s special teapot is honor of Mardi Gra and Fat Tuesday.  I found it through the Cedar Creek Gallery and it is created by Sharon Woodward.  I, personally, don’t find this one as terrible as some of the others I’ve shared (and certainly not as bad as some of the ones I plan on sharing!).  I just can’t imagine myself being like, “Yes!  I want to drink something that looks like it’s coming out of her nose!”  That being said, I guess the nose is the natural spout if you’re making a teapot that looks like a face.  I give big props to Ms. Woodward for the smart styling of the pony-tail as handle.  I dig it.

Anyway, eat a donut, have fun today, but remember to stay safe!

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February 2013: Warm Bodies

warm2February 2013’s choice is Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies.  The image is from the audio edition, but I think it is such a cool representation of the book.  The book is described on amazon.com as:

“R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.”warm bodies

I’m so excited that we’re finally reading Warm Bodies for February.  Also, the Steepers and I are having our first “out of library” experience, by taking a field trip to the movies.  We plan on seeing Warm Bodies the week before our meeting so we can discuss this great debut novel and the film that is based on it.  Can’t wait!  Now that I’ve finished the novel, I feel I can share some of the great tagline posters that those witty Hollywood people came up with to promote the movie.  Looks good!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone treats

This month our treat was a delicious angel food cake (there are angels in the novel … it was the best I could come up with!).  It was SO GOOD that I never even took a picture of it and despite having fewer members at the meeting, there were no leftovers!  It was served with a choice of Cool Whip Free (just as good if not better than the full fat stuff), cherry pie filling (definitely NOT fat free), and a homemade last minute Maple glaze (also not fat free, but still super easy to make).

I’m including a link to (as Steeper Angela calls him) Mr. Brown’s angel food cake.  I prefer to use almond extract (or make it out of a box), but this is a nice easy recipe.

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Night Circus Special Event

It was an especially special evening at Read It & Steep in September.  As a nod to the book (performers dress only in black and white while devoted followers or “rêveurs” dress in black and white with just a pop of red) we decided to make this event costumed! Participants were invited to come in black and white with just a pop of red.

Everyone embraced the invitation to do so beautifully, coming with red shoes or red nails, or scarves, or jewelry.  The best moment came when a treat that had nothing to do with sugar … a real honest to goodness magician showed up!

The ladies (all of whom range in age from early twenties to mid sixties, but not all pictured above) were enthralled by Ari’s (dressed in black and white, of course) up close magic.  He opened the set by showing us how to change five one dollar bills into five twenty dollar bills and had us laughing and cheering over and over!  If you ever have need for a magician in the Philadelphia region, look no further.  Ari really put an exclamation point on our discussion of The Night Circus!
Read more about Ari Felber and his fantastic magic shows at: http://felbermagic.com/