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Confession time…

I have a confession to make….I’m a bit of a hoarder.  Now before you go imagining piles of paper and trash up to my ceiling, it’s not like that.  I hoard books, old books, new books, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, you name it I probably have a shelf full.  Working in a library probably isn’t helping the situation either, when people donate items we get first dibs on anything that isn’t going to go into the collection, as I result last week I walked away with a bag full of books to add to MY collection.  When we get shipments of new books in the library I’m armed with my post it notes to mark which items I want to read first and I rush them through processing.

If you were to open up my library account you would see that I have 9 items checked out right now and I’ve only started 1, the others are laying on my night stand waiting for their turn.  I’m just too busy and I know that, yet I check out items with the intention of reading them, but when I don’t get to them I get frustrated so I purchase them, adding to my overly packed book shelves.  It’s a vicious cycle and if I don’t nip it in the bud I will be one of those people you see on TV, with less mice mind you, but still it’s a bit of a problem.

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Since I’m called BAKER and books, why not a best of both post.

I know it sounds super un-American but sometimes I need a non chocolate option to appease my sweet tooth and this is one of my favorites.
Almond Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Icing:
1 1/2 c. slivered almonds
1 c. unsalted, sweet cream butter
2 c. sugar
5 eggs, large, separated
2 1/4 c. ap flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/8 c. buttermilk
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
Toast almonds and let cool. Chop all but 1/2 c. (reserve for later).
Cream butter, sugar, egg yolks. Sift together dry ingred. and add alternately w/ buttermilk. Stir in almond, coconut and chopped almonds.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks – fold into batter.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 min. use reserved almonds to top the icing.
Cream Cheese Icing:
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. unsalted sweet cream butter
1 32 oz. pkg. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar until proper consistency.
Finish with the vanilla.
And on to the books…
I’m a youth services librarian in rural Eastern Oregon so really I have nothing else to do but read…and read I do, especially young adult novels.  The last book I read was…
I have to say, it was pretty GD amazing.  It’s about a girl with cancer who doesn’t really see the point in her cancer support group, she doesn’t find it reassuring or helpful and in fact spends a whole lot of time mocking it and its leader, that is until she meets Augustus, a beautiful boy whose life has also been touched by cancer.  They seem to be each others missing piece, the cheese to her macaroni if you will.  In the course of the novel they learn to live without limitations and to accept the inevitable but not to succumb to it.  I teen girl squeed in parts and full on ugly cried in others, but throughout it all it kept me engrossed and entertained and feeling like I KNEW these people.  That’s what I love in books, the ability to transport me right there along side the characters and this book for sure did that.  Long story short, if you love the YA fic like I do, you should definitely read this book, if you love books in general, you should read this book.
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