Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A toast to National Eggnog Day!

December 24, 2013 is                 

National Eggnog Day

Today is National Eggnog Day! Eggnog is one of the most popular beverages served during the holidays, so it is very appropriate that this occasion is celebrated on Christmas Eve!
The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices.

There are a few theories about how eggnog actually got its name. One story claims that eggnog was first called "egg n' grog," which was eventually shortened to "eggnog." According to other sources, the name comes from the Old English word for strong ale, "nog." This theory suggests that the combination of the words "egg" and "nog" refers to any drink that contains both eggs and strong alcohol.

Regardless of how eggnog got its name, it has been a favorite holiday beverage for centuries! Make some today to toast the holidays and celebrate National Eggnog Day!

Happy Holidays....

Happy Holidays

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Today is National Cashew Day!  Cashews are delicious...Not only that, they are like little, personal crescent moons..

Get nutty today and grab a handful of cashews to celebrate National Cashew Day!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

November is....

Do you love pomegranates OR peanut butter?  Well then this is  your month!  It is National Pomegranate and Peanut Butter Lovers month!  Celebrate with flavor......

If you love pets and are thinking of adopting one, well then it is also National Pet Adoption Month.  So go ahead and reach out to our four-legged friends who are looking for a loving home to go to!  You might want to consider adopting a rescue pet OR visiting a local animal shelter!  Even if you aren't considering adopting, consider donating something to a local animal shelter: time, or pet food...

Anyway, celebrate this month with a jar of peanut butter, pomegranates and a shout out to those who work tirelessly to give rescue animals a good home.




Thursday, October 24, 2013

We're going to the movies: or rather the books are!


I just now found an article on cnn that's all about books in to movies.  Apparently, some of the books to movies didn't fare so well but the actual books are really popular.  Perhaps that speaks to what movies do to books when they're being acted out.  Some books to movie come to life on the big screen.  They capture our hearts and our imaginations.  Some....well...I like my imagination Thank you very much!

Here's the article from cnn that I discovered.  I think in the wake of all these books to movies coming at us over the next couple of years, you might find it very enlightening!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars...redux

Ok, my bad.  I'm a terrible librarian and I know nothing about books.  Apparently, The Fault in Our Stars is not a Nutmeg.  Nor is it available at this time.  So, I'll put a hold on it, there are already two people ahead of me.  When will I ever learn?

So, here's a video about the movie.  Don't be turned off by the guy who's narrating, he's the author.  He's got some super high energy but you can just see how excited he is about the movie, the story and everything else, except the poison ivy.

The Fault in Our Stars...

Ok, so have you read the book The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green?  If not, you may be interested in this article from NPR.  The book will be coming out next summer as a movie.  I plan on reading the book myself, ahem, I mean to say reread it.....Heh..heh...heh...Ok.  No I haven't read it yet but after reading more about it and watching a short video on it done by John Green, I am going to walk myself over to the Nutmeg shelves where I know I'm going to find an available copy!  Right? 

Click the link below for the NPR article:


Okay For Now

Okay For Now

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Hi everyone,

I bet you didn't know your librarians were a bunch of hip people.  While this video is not created by those said hip librarians, my fellow cool people brought the video to my attention.

This video raises a major question, perhaps one you have asked yourself: What does the fox say?  Listen and learn!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

An attempt at coolness...

Hey! Welcome to the newly revamped "Totally Teen Books Blog". I'm making an attempt at cool, to bring you information the way you like it. So check it out. I'm totally teched, geeked, whatever, out...videos, polls and more are on their way here. You can comment all you want but I get the final say in what gets posted, so if you have something to say: keep it clean, keep it polite or you don't get heard. I know you all have tons to say, particularly on your Facebook or other social networking site but here we're good to each other. We enjoy each others company and what we each have to say. We're also respectful of each other. Without all of that, we don't have a blog. Seen a good movie, or read a good book? Let me know about it. Post a comment and let others know about what you're reading or watching in the theaters. Got a recommendation for a movie or soundtrack for me to purchase for our av collection? Then let me know about that too. I'm not completely hip on what's new in the world so help me out! I look forward to hearing from you...Also, don't forget to check out "Nutmeg and Cookies". You'll vote for your favorite cookie and Nutmeg book in April. The cookies are really tasty! Kate

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weclome back to Nutmeg and Cookies.  Today Mel takes a space ride with Mike Stellar Moon Pies!

11/4 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1tsp baking soda
1/4 salt
1 cup sugar
6 top cooking oil
1/2 pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 '
Line 2 cookie sheets. 
Sift dry ingredients together.In a separate bowl, whisk sugar with oil. Add vanilla and sour cream whisk until it is very smooth.
Fold in dry ingredients to mixture until just mixed.
Drop dough on to cookie sheets by teleological 2 inches apart.Lightly spread each cookie into a circle using a spoon.Bake for11 minutes and cookies are firm to touch. Cool completely.
Spread favorite filling  on flat side of cookie. Top with another flat side of cookie to create moon pie.


Welcome to our first in the series "Nutmeg and Cookies" book discussion. In April we ask that you vote for your favorite book AND cookie!  Recipes will be posted for you to try at home.  I have tried all of the cookies so far and they are delicious! 

The first recipe is:  The Candymakers Cookies

Makes 16 Cookies


1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon kosher salt

1 extra large egg at room temperature

¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup each of your favorite candies


1.      In a small bowl, sift flour with baking soda. Set aside.

2.      In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth and soft, about 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt, then beat at medium-high speed, scraping down the side of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed, until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3.      Add the egg and vanilla; beat until just combined about 1 minute. Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined, about 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl.

4.      Add your favorite candies. Stir until just blended.

5.      Chill cookie dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

6.      Preheat oven to 350°.

7.      Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or baking liners. Scoop cookie dough to make 2 inch balls. Place slightly flatten balls on cookies sheet about2 inches apart.

8.      Bake cookies for about 12 minutes or until cookie are light golden brown in color.  Cool slightly before eating.