May Foodie Pen Pals

Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean organizes Foodie Penpals every month.

Participants are assigned a pen pal and send a fun, food package by the 15th of the month, with contents that add up to no more than $15.  There’s a link to details at the end of the post…if you’re interested, get in touch with Lindsay by June 4th.

This was my fifth month participating…and it’s always so fun to see what arrives in the mail!  You can see my past write-ups here.

I was paired up with Mattie-you can see the goodies I sent her by checking out her blog Comfy & Confident.

On to the exciting package that showed up at my doorstep!

Farrah from Fairy Healthy Life sent me a box full of goodies!  I was so excited when I opened the box.  My mom will be the first to tell you that I am not an expert wrapper/packager when it comes to gifts…I appreciated Farrah’s nice job of wrapping everything up for me!

Farrah was nice enough to send me a homemade goodie – lemon poppyseed bread…

Three new-to-me items—quinoa pasta!  GREAT!  This picnic box is traveling with me today for some airplane-approved snacks.
The tortillas were great for sandwich wraps:
This infuser came just in time for Summer.  I basically only drink coffee, tea, water, and sparkling water.  This will jazz up my tap water!

So…a big thank you to Farrah for a thoughtful and creative package of goodies and a big thank you to Lindsay for organizing Foodie Penpals!  It was really fun to participate…I got to “know” (virtually) new bloggers and try new treats–a Win, Win!  I’m excited to participate again in June!

If you’re interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, check out the site and sign up by June 4th.

13 Down: 37 to Go – Alice Behind Wonderland

On a recent flight I happened to be seated next to a best-selling author.  Intriguing to me since I’m an avid reader and Simon Winchester just happened to be an interesting an engaging person.  He’s the author of The Professor and the Madman, which you may have seen on bookshelves and best-seller lists.

I decided to start with Alice Behind Wonderland.  Last year I read a really interesting novel called Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin.  The novel was the story of girl, Alice Liddell, who was the inspiration for Alice of Alice in Wonderland.  That work of historical fiction was a good primer for Winchester’s book.

His research takes the reader on an interesting ‘little’ (this is a quick read) journey behind the camera lens of Charles Dodgson who you may know as Lewis Carroll–author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

Winchester’s work explores the story behind this photo of Alice Liddell:

Alice Liddell was the daughter of the dean of Christ Church College inOxford. Her parents and siblings were friends of Dodgson’s and he photographed all the Liddell children and others.  Alice is the only one to appear in such a pose – this photo is called ‘Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid’.  She is the child to whom Dodgson first narrated the story of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and it was at her request that he turned this tale into a book.

This photograph, and Dodgson’s fascination with children has been reviewed by many but Winchester offers more of an explanation of Victorian photography.  As I read this book, I thought of the intricacies of photography I often see on blogs – I just have a point and shoot digital camera and am not a photographer by any means!  Those who have fancy cameras and are passionate about photography would enjoy this look at the history of the development of the camera.

With that I’m going back to my bookshelves to pick my Summer reads.  I need to work on writing up posts for #s 14, 15, 16…I’m still on track for my 50 Books in 2012!  I need at least a week on a beach to catch up on my reads.

What are some of your Summer reads?