"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

White Noise

 Last night at book club we discussed White Noise by Don DeLillo. Such a strange, darkly funny read! Interesting too to discuss themes of "consumerism as life" in modern America on Cyber Monday.  I recommend, four out of five stars.

So exciting to have my friends over to discuss our book and everything else on a Monday evening.  I went in for some calorie-dense snacks:
I bought some chocolate almond truffle things, threw out some olives and apricots and whipped up this really yummy vegan walnut pate in the food processor:
Raw Food Walnut and Herb Pate Recipe
I varied mine slightly, using fresh basil instead of rosemary, and omitting the Nama Shoyu (which I would typically substitute soy sauce for... but I tried that the last time I made this and even I found it too salty).

I can't say I did any Cyber Monday shopping, well not online at any rate.  I did buy some perfume for my daughters for Christmas, only because I was at the drug store buying shampoo anyway.  I do try to get my Christmas presents all purchased and wrapped before December 1st though, and I'm nearly there.  Once I get that out of the way I can concentrate on more urgent tasks, like baking Piggy Cookies!

Today it's meant to be in the 50's here and sunny! I can't believe it, such warm weather for this time of year.  I'll be going for a long walk with Scout after I attend yoga class with two of my friends.  I wonder if I'll fall down while trying to maintain Warrior Pose... it's highly possible.

Have a lovely day and try to stay upright,
xoxDani

20 comments:

  1. I passed on Cyber Monday as well, Dani. Most of my shopping is done, a lot of it ordered on black Friday. We're having unseasonably warm temps too. It's a bit disconcerting. I wore my new Everlane cashmere sweater yesterday even though it was in the 90s. Lucky for me, my office is a constant 67 degrees. Definitely cashmere weather indoors! I must try my hand at piggy cookies this year. Perhaps you'll repost the recipe?

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    1. SunnyDay yes I'll repost the recipe! Such a good one. Me too I ordered most of the presents last week. I noticed retailers were all trying to get their hands on our wallets a few days ahead of Friday, so many deals. Smart of them really.
      How do you like the Everlane cashmere? I've read good things but haven't tried it yet. My gosh they have your office freezing! xx

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    2. I find the Everlane cashmere very nice, Dani. Some of their sweaters are a bit boxy. The v-neck cashmere is a good shape. The quality is very good, especially for the price. I do like the company's focus on transparency too.

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    3. SunnyDay thanks for that review I might have to try one of those v-necks! I could use one for sure. They do seem to favour the boxy fit, I've ordered shirts from them that I had to return because they were so boxy. I also like the transparency and the retail model they're using, so interesting. Thanks Doll xx

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  2. It's good they read the book for book club. I can't imagine they do that around here... I'm done shopping. Like you, I like December to be about movies, music, books, baking, and looking at the lights. Yes please to the piggy cookie recipe. xx

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    1. Jen this book club is quite serious and attendance is discouraged if the book hasn't been finished! My other book club is a bit more relaxed about that, we do discuss but mostly that's the "chatting" book club. I like both!
      Very smart to have your shopping done. Yes I'll repost! Hopefully I'll get my first batch on the go next week, I'll take some fresh pictures of the process. xx

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  3. I miss my old book club...Did you activate your walnuts?

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    1. Naomi wish you were here to attend, you'd love the Guelph book clubs! Hmm do you mean did I soak them? I did that, and then rinsed them, makes such a big difference, really softens the taste and texture. xx

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  4. Hello Dani,

    I had no idea you now have two blogs going so was surprised to see this post.

    I'm certainly going to give your walnut pate a try, and I've never heard of Nama Shoyu so thanks for the education.

    Your book club gathering is a very civilized way of spending a Monday evening.

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    1. CD you were probably a bit confused as I thought I had shuttered this blog but I just missed it too much. When I started it in 2009 it was more of a daily journal and somewhere along the way I lost the joy of that. I've struggled with it for various reasons but I'm happy to have it back again and to have any readers who might stop by.
      I'm not feeling the love for my Stone House blog, writer's block? But I'll see how that goes. I also can't quite get the design where I want it on that one. This one has been honed exactly to my liking over many years!
      It's so civilized and I really appreciate being in book clubs. Such a lovely time and it's always good to read books I may not otherwise.
      Try the pate, it's lovely with some Carr's crackers and drinks with friends! xx

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  5. How have I missed these? I thought this blog was over but what fun - it is not! A block party - alas, I am not there but I know it will be fantastic! I have started a little decorating as well, lots of branches and evergreen. Share your recipes! xoAnna26

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    1. Anna I missed this blog so much and I tried to remember how it started, it was more of a diary, a daily thing, so here I am. You're invited to the block party as a former neighbour! I'll share any good recipes, I just posted one for today that is one of my favourites lately, so quick and easy too. xx

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  6. I miss having book club... I was in one for years. But then it just got too hard- everyone had little children and we'd meet to find I was the only one that had read (someone else's) book choice, and would instead talk about other stuff... and I'd usually have had to hire a babysitter as my husband would be away... and I started to think sitting with people I didn't know so well doing small talk on a weeknight having rushed to organise 3 children for a babysitter and only getting to read books other people picked wasn't working for me.
    That dip looks fantastic and I'll give it a try!
    I went into the city on Monday to try to clear Christmas shopping, my children finish school next week for summer holidays so I need to get organised!
    Unseasonably warm here too- 38C today which is too hot for Spring!! Glad to see you're well Dani- the house looks so lovely in the glimpses we can see xx

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    1. Heidi it was difficult for me to get to my book clubs even recently, the last couple of years I haven't been very good with attendance, especially 2015-2016 when my daughter wasn't well, there was no way I was going anywhere in the evenings (and my husband if not teaching at the uni is usually quite late getting home from the office so I can so relate!) But this year (we start in September) I've been a model of attendance because I can leave my daughter to her homework and just go. Maybe when your kids get a big bigger?
      Oh gosh you'll have to get that shopping organized because it will be very difficult to get that done once they're out of school? Can't believe it's so hot there and it's only spring! My gosh what does this mean for your summer? Thanks Heidi xx

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  7. I love my book club and can not imagine life without it. I've read books that I never would have thought to try - some were not so good but many were fantastic. And, of course, I enjoy the social aspects of getting together. I want to try your dip but is the nutritional yeast something that you can only get at a health food store?

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    1. SLF I do get my nutritional yeast (the brand is Bragg) at the health food store, do you have one near you? It seems to be pretty standard for vegan diets. It looks very weird, almost like goldfish food (shudder) but the taste is fine and it really is so nutritious!
      I'm in two book clubs, one is more serious than the other but they are both highlights of my social life. I have read many books I would never have tried because I tend to stick to my own particular preferences and I don't veer from them, so it's been good thing for me too. xx

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    2. Thank you for the info on the nutritional yeast. I am going to look for it as I would like to try this dip.

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    3. SLF you're welcome let me know if you try it! xx

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  8. PIGGY COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH, I CANNOT WAIT!I remember them from last year!
    MY husband has done mOST of the shopping for THE SONS.......I need wrapping paper ASAP!!!!!!!
    RATHER LARGE BOXES!
    I have given SANTA a few HINTS..............lets see if HE PICKS UP ON THEM!
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
    DO try and squeeze me in tomorrow as I have a VERY SPECIAL person being FEATURED ON AGELESS STYLE on my BLOG POST Tomorrow!
    XX

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    1. Oh I will for sure, love you Contessa!
      Your Italian Husband, what a good one he is. Piggy Cookies, just the idea makes me so happy. See you over on your blog xx

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