My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft
Orange Cookies, for the letter O. These Orange Cookies were perfect for a sunny Southern California Day. They are full of orange flavoring and taste great plain and even better frosted. The recipe makes 72 cookies which was too many for our cookie baking house, so I cut the ingredients in half. I also used pre-made frosting adding orange zest for more flavor. Unlike my Nutella cookies from yesterday, these cookies are easy to bake and I will be making them again.
Fun Facts – Oranges have been cultivated all over the world for many years. The seeds of the plant were often carried to different regions by exploring or visiting individuals. In 1493, Columbus purchased the seeds of oranges in the Canary Islands. He eventually started a colony in Haiti where he planted orange orchards.
Sweet oranges: navel, blood oranges, and Valencia, are great for eating and making orange juice. Blood oranges have a pigment in the skin that give them a dark red hue. Loose skinned oranges are part of the Mandarin orange family and are sweet or tart. They are usually cooked with sugar to make marmalade, essential oils, and candied peels. Brazil is the leading country for orange production, with the state of Florida second. California, Texas and Arizona are the only other orange-producing states in the United States.
Book Buddy – On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
The first section of On Writing is an Autobiography mainly about King’s early exposure to writing, and his childhood attempts at writing. King talks about his early attempts to get published, and his first novel Carrie. King also talks about his fame as a writer, and what it took to get there.
The second section is practical advice on writing, including tips on grammar and ideas about developing plot and character. King himself describes it as a guide for how "a competent writer can become a good one."
The third section is also autobiographical, in which King discusses the 1999 automobile accident in which he was struck by a vehicle while walking down an isolated country road.
As a writer, I had to put in at least one book on craft. Are you a writer, too? Have you read this book? Have you read any Stephen King books? Are you a Stephen King fan?