Monday, December 19, 2011

Yummy Book Buzz!

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December 19, 2011
December Book Buzz Recipe!
If a big hungry moose comes to visit, you might give him a muffin to make him feel at home. If you give him a muffin, he'll want some jam to go with it. When he's eaten all your muffins, he'll want to go to the store to get some more muffin mix.

In this hilarious sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the young host is again run ragged by a surprise guest. Young readers will delight in the comic complications that follow when a little boy entertains a gregarious moose.
Here's a recipe using our BAKING MIX that is perfect for any moose you entertain over the holidays: 

1½ cups BAKING MIX (see recipe below)
¼   cup sugar
1    teaspoon cinnamon
¼   cup chopped nuts (optional)
½   cups chopped apples or other fruit
½   cup plus 1 Tb. milk
1    egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine first five ingredients, then combine milk and egg and add to dry mixture until just blended. Grease muffin pan. Fill large muffin pans 2/3 full. For mini muffins fill until level with pan. For six large muffins bake 20-25 minutes. For 16 mini muffins bake 15-20 minutes.

Fruit suggestions:

Chopped apples, peaches, strawberries
Whole blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed)
Mashed bananas

Note: If using a mashed fruit, add to wet ingredients instead of dry ingredients.

Adjust milk as necessary to create a thick batter.


1        five pound bag (or seventeen cups) of unbleached flour
9        tablespoons (a little over ½ cup) of baking powder
2        tablespoons of salt
3        one cup containers of Crisco shortening (one pound)

Put all ingredients except for shortening into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Cut the shortening into small pieces and then add to the dry mixture. Use two large knives to cut the shortening into the mixture. You may use a pasty blender, but it will get messy. Put the contents into an airtight container. This recipe makes about 21 cups of mix. A plastic, one gallon ice cream container (cleaned and dried and minus the ice cream) will hold about 18 cups of the mix. Store in a cool, dry place and use within 2-3 months.

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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets
as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences. Please
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 Carolee Dean
Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

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Caroline Starr Rose
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Saturday, Jan 14
Launch Party for May B.
Caroline Starr Rose's Debut Novel
Alamosa Books
8810 Holly, Suite D
Albuquerque, NM  87122

Sunday, April 29th, 2012
9-5 Preconference Session
Author's Panel at the
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"Rekindling the Reading and Writing Fire"
Join us for this all day session
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all 3 Spellbinders
Carolee Dean
Kimberley Griffiths Little
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3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
International Reading Association Conference
Chicago, Illinois
"The Secret Language of Stories: Beyond Story Grammar"
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