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Calzones or Ravioli?

Ricotta cheese is supposed to be incredibly simple to make. I'm going to find out this weekend. If this microwave recipe works, I suspect I will never buy ricotta again. And I do hope it works because, with this colder weather, I feel like making some serious comfort food. I'm torn between the calzones from Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen and the Mashed Potato Ravioli from Italian Family Dining by Edward Giobbi. Either way, it's going to be a great dinner.

Crazy Quilt

Recently my sister gave me a section of crazy quilt that our great-grandmother had made. This inspired me to find out about how it was made. I found a book… The Magic of Crazy Quilting by Marsha Michler. It turn out to be a great resource. It covered the construction of the quilt as well as some history.

If you are interested in quilting join the Quilting Group on October 6 in the Community Room at the Library.

Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood

Hattitude : knits for every mood by Cathy Carron

Want to make a hat? Got little to no knitting experience, or maybe just some easy patterns that you can whip through? This book has got you covered with forty different designs using a wide variety of yarns. From a cloche to a stocking cap to a fedora, if you can name a hat, it's probably in here. My favorite is the Aloof (which is also available free online). What's yours?

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Simple Sewing

Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!

Well, LB is at it again. This past weekend he went to a wedding with Miss Ruth in New York. On the way home they stopped at Niagara Falls. This means that LB has been to Niagara TWICE and New York TWICE this year! Wow! What a lucky bear! But since there are always new things to try, he had some new adventures. Miss Ruth introduced LB to Yogen Fruz, which is really yummy frozen yogurt. It's hard to explain really, so he took lots of pictures. Basically you get to pick the flavors of your frozen yogurt from the fresh fruit provided, and then they blend it all up! The result is cold, fruity, pink wonderfulness! Sadly, there isn't any Yogen Fruz in Michigan, so I doubt I will get any soon. But it is located in other cool places! Maybe someone will take LB to California or Iowa or Minnesota or Hawaii or Bulgaria so he can get some more. Wow! Yogen Fruz is in a lot of places!

I can't wait to see where LB ends up next! Until then...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Grape Expectations

Please join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 7:00-8:00PM at Vintner's Winery for Grape Expectations, a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes. In this story, a couple of outsiders have bought an old farm in Mennonite Pennsylvania. They say they want to grow fruit, but their real plan is to start a vineyard and open a winery which will clash with the teetotalling Mennonites. When the vineyard manager is murdered, everyone is a suspect! Please register online for this program and ask a librarian for a copy of the book.

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet

100 afghans to knit & crochet by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss

100 afghans is a lot of blankets! But you'll be glad for the selection when you look through this book, because you can choose just the right design to suit your taste. There are more crochet patterns than knit, but the variety is still quite impressive. You can also find one of each available free online: Americana (crochet) and Rainbow Rib (knit).

The Doctors Are In!

Get your weekly dose of The Doctors. The Emmy Award-winning team from daytime TV will appear every Sunday in the USA Weekend. Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork each have their own HealthSmart columns that shares helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out their newest book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

The road from Coorain [kit] by Jill Ker Conway — Inspiring work about Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America where she pursues an academic career and eventually becomes the first women president of Smith College.

The Sewing Answer Book

The sewing answer book by Barbara Weiland Talbert
This handy little book has answers to hundreds of the most common questions home sewers find themselves asking. If you've got a problem working with plaids, need help adjusting a pattern to fit your personal size, or wonder what maintenance your machine might need, this book has the answer.

Lunch & a Book — First Quarter 2011 Titles

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — January 13 On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

Made in Michigan

Last night's premiere of the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 was just the latest sign of the success of the burgeoning film industry in the state of Michigan. Although parts of the pilot episode were filmed in Atlanta, future episodes will be shot entirely on location in the Detroit area. The gritty police drama — which stars Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel — joins the HBO comedy-drama Hung — which although not filmed entirely in the area, is set here — in using the Detroit metropolitan area as a backdrop for interesting storytelling. These two programs join a growing list of films that were shot in Michigan over the last couple of years — several of which have already been released.

Choosing the Perfect Pet

Choosing the Perfect Pet can be a daunting task. You're inviting a new member of the family into your home. Let veterinarians Mark Alsager and Judi Fleischaker steer you in the right direction. Should it be cat or dog, big or little, young or old? What would fit your family's lifestyle best and be best for the pet? The doctors from Alsager's Animal Clinic in Canton will guide you on the path to a long, happy relationship with your pet on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00PM in the library Community Room.

Button It Up

Button it up: 80 amazing vintage button projects for necklaces, bracelets, embellishments, housewares, & more by Susan Beal
Buttons are ubiquitous, but how many of us think to use them for more than just functional purposes? This book outlines dozens of colorful projects for all kinds of buttons. You can also check out the Button It Up! blog, which has further instructions and ideas.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.

Detroit Author Michael Zadoorian Visits September 22

Meet Michael Zadoorian, Detroit native and author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Leisure Seeker. Ella, in the late stages of cancer, and John, suffering from Alzheimer's, take their last road trip from the Detroit suburbs to Disneyland via Route 66, against the advice of doctors and their children. Zadoorian is also the author of The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit and Second Hand. Zadoorian visits the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00PM.

Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo Baggins

Wednesday, September 22nd is the birthday of Frodo Baggins and his uncle Bilbo Baggins, but in different years. Frodo's quest chronicled in The Lord of the Rings also begins on this date, when Bilbo leaves him a mysterious ring. Many of us are familiar with the three movie epic that was released a few years back, but fewer are familiar with the cartoon version completed by Rankin Bass back in 1980. This version is much less scary and much shorter too! With singing orcs (I kid you not!), this is a great introduction for younger kids to Tolkien's tales. Why not celebrate Hobbit Day with a Hobbit party?

Art Cloth

Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.