Books have always been a huge part of my life – my parents encouraging my reading with trips to the library and bookstore on a weekly basis. I’ll never forget the time my mom got an angry call from my fourth grade teacher complaining about my refusal to participate in recess activities in order to sit under a tree with my new copy of I, Trissy by Norma Fox Mazer. My mother didn’t even respond. She just hung up the phone, came right up to the school (only four blocks away), sat down under the tree with me with her own book, glared up at the teacher and then proceeded to read right along with me. I thought my teacher was going to spit nails, but she just crossed her arms and stomped off. A great memory for sure, and yet another reason books have always been one of my favorite gifts to receive. Cheese books have become a particular passion now that I’m older and can appreciate them, and this year’s batch of fromage reads is pretty snazzy. I will admit to only owning one on my list of book gifts so should anyone wish to play secret cheesy Santa.
Okay, here we go for Cheesy Gift Guide Part 2 – Books:
A quick note: all titles are available on both amazon.com and bn.com, however I encourage everyone to seek out local bookstores or click on the links to the websites and purchase directly from the author or the link. Shop local and support the community. If you want to buy big box and use a discount, head out to your local Barnes & Noble brick and mortar and save a job like mine. Alright, preaching done. Here we go!
Me with a busted arm when I was 10, but you get the point.
This has probably been the hardest post I have ever written since I began writing The House Mouse back in 2009. All the starts and stops, the interruptions and scrapped drafts, the frustrations and not knowing what to say have nearly driven me mad. I mean, I started this post back in May! I finally decided to just stop dancing around and come clean about why I’ve been so silent. This is really hard to say…
I, The House Mouse, am having a hard time eating cheese. Just writing the words makes me so sad and sick to my stomach both literally and figuratively! I have rebelled against my body for so long and it finally caught up with me in pretty dramatic form. Continue reading
The “year(s) of sacrifice” is over for The Fabulous Beekman Boys! On the season finale of last night’s The Amazing Race, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and partner (now fiancé) Dr. Brent Ridge ran to the winner’s circle, much to the astonishment of pretty much everyone on set and at home watching. These two country gentlemen competed with grace and kindness even when faced with some pretty harsh treatment from other players. In the end, nice finished first with a kiss and hug, tons of applause, and a million dollar check, which is the exact amount needed to end years of living apart. Continue reading
The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green
It’s been a long, long, LONG seven months while we Beek-Heads waited for Season 2 of The Fabulous Beekman Boys to begin on Planet Green. Well, the wait is over and Brent, Josh, Farmer John, and that diva Polka Spot are hitting the airways tonight with even more goaty goodness.What started out as a simple show about sustainable living has morphed into a fruitful frenzy of fanatical fans following the boys via television, books (The Bucolic Plague), website, and even a goat-cam.
Last night was the season finale of The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green. For those who have not discovered this wonderful gem, the show follows a dapper NYC couple, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, as they make a “Year of Sacrifice” to transform their dairy farm into a viable business.While sensitive, easy going Josh splits his time between his marketing job in the city and weekend chores at The Beekman, Brent focuses on growing the business and rattling Farmer John’s patience with his A-type personality.
Located in Sharon Springs, NY, The Beekman Farm is home to a herd of goats (Nubian, Alpine, and Saanan), cats, and a diva llama named Polka Spot. Originally purchased as a weekend getaway, Beekman Farm is now a thriving business, producing organic soaps. textiles, and Beekman 1802 Blaak cheese. Continue reading