Little Free Library Delivery: Fiction

Little Free Library Delivery: Fiction

This afternoon on my bicycle ride to work I’ll be dropping off this collection of books at the Little Free Library in front of Arsaga’s at the Depot. If you happen to want any of these three books, just follow me on twitter and look for a tweet that says, “The drop has been made.” Then you can roll on over to the little library and pick them up!

This collection includes:


  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and illustrated by Edward Gorey. This classic is a staple in my family because my maternal grandmother adored it so much. I have a hard cover copy that she gave me, and there are several other copies in the attic where I got all of these books. The book has poems describing various cats and their personalities and is filled with excellent illustrations of the humanized cats. Great for all ages, especially those in the business of naming their own cats and in need of inspiration.


  • Stranger In a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlen tells the story of a human raised by martians who comes to Earth from his home planet of Mars. 1960’s science fiction at it’s finest.


  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is the story of the Compson family, and is written in a stream of consciousness style. Good luck.


  • The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Francis Burton is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales that were compiled in Arabic during the 8th-13th centuries. This edition is illustrated throughout.

In case you’re just stumbling upon this and you’re wondering why I’ve got a little stack of books on my blog, check out my intro to this series. And remember, if you want any of these books, all you have to do is stop by the Little Free Library at Arsaga’s at the Depot and pick them up!

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Little Free Library Delivery: Religion


Since I ride my bicycle by the Little Free Library in front of Arsaga’s at the Depot several times a week on my way to and from work, it’s easy for me to keep up with the little library’s stock. It’s clear plexiglass front door means I don’t even have to stop to check out whether there’s room to drop off some books or not. This collection doesn’t need much space though, as it’s just three books. If you happen to want any of these three books, just follow me on twitter and look for a tweet that says, “The drop has been made.” Then you can roll on over to the little library and pick them up!

This trio includes:


  • The World’s Great Religions: This is another book which has it’s inside front cover graced by my grandmother’s name. The book must have been around when my mom was young because her name adorns a back page in purple crayon. Aside from some school library markings from the Anaheim School District and a big scrawl of “I Love You All” in orange pastel on the inside of the front cover, the book is in pristine condition. The whole thing is full of pictures, and covers the basics of many of the world’s religions. An excellent book for young people interested in exploring the world’s great religions!


  • The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries: If, like me, you’re into pagan lady power – then this is the book for you.


  • A Treasury of Kahlil Gibran: Apparently this book is no oddity to own. According to an article in the New Yorker, Kahlil Gibran is the third bestselling poet of all time. And, it’s no surprise this collection was in my parent’s attic because it’s hippy lit. So, if you’re into some super classic literature by a guy who was told he was a mystical prophet and started to believe it himself, this is the one for you!

In case you’re just stumbling upon this and you’re wondering why I’ve got a little stack of books on my blog, check out my intro to this series.

P.S. My mom had the excellent idea that I stick a card in the books I leave so that those who find the books naturally can trace them back to this whole project. So, I’ve done it! Check for these in the books left by me from now on:


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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 7

The September 29th NWARK Local Harvest CSA included:

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Turnips (Radishes??? – more on this crisis below)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Zucchini

My boyfriend made the little video to send me while I was out of town for the night when this came, so in lieu of my usual plain old picture, we’re all media-ed up! I kind of like it, maybe I’ll start taking more video! Ok, on to what happened to all of this goodness:

Jar SaladI’ve been carefully jarring up all of our lettuce into salads so that none of it goes bad. I’ve stayed pretty consistent at a week behind on eating it, so when each delivery comes I’m working on last week’s stockpile. But, at that rate none goes bad because it comes to me so fresh, so it’s all ok.

Last week my boyfriend took me to the meat market (my new favorite place to buy meat) and we got a whole chicken. With all of the little leftover bits, I made salads with chicken in them. Much more substantial.

Ok. So the turnips… some of them were not turnips. Instead, some of them were bitter aka: radishes! Which was fine, because I like radishes sliced thinly with a mandolin atop my salads. However, we went to mash our turnips again, because they are so good like that, and lo and behold our mashed turnips had a bit of ever so bitter radish in them. Not terrible, but definitely a surprise. After a bit of googling we learned that the size of the root indicates which you’re looking at. A thin root (I know the whole thing is a root, but I mean the stringy bit at the base) is a turnip and a thick root is a radish. Generally speaking.

Green beans have been pretty easy to work through. I usually just make them as a side dish. One night, I just ate leftover mashed turnip/radish and green beans, because, well I don’t know. What’s crazy cool about the CSA green beans is that they’re all beautiful (no bruises or slime) and they last for ages because they are so fresh. I like to imagine the farmers carrying my brown paper CSA bag around the farm and taking things right off the plant just before they drive it over to me. I guess that’s basically what happens, though the bagging happens slightly differently, anyway.., it’s amazing.

The sweet pepper hauls have been dwindling in size lately, which is okay – but I’ll be sad when they’re totally gone because the weather just gets too cold. I chop those guys up and stick them in salad jars. That uses most of them. Tonight I’ll make a pizza with some on it.

Still just sautéing and grilling the zucchini. I have to say, it’s the one thing I’m kind of sick of. Maybe I just need to get more creative with my zucchini cooking techniques. Suggestions?

That’s all for week 7. Stay tuned for more weekly-ish updates on what comes in my CSA and what I do with it all! And let me know in the comments, do you or would you sign up for a CSA membership? Why or why not?

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 6

NWARK Local Harvest CSA - Week 6

September 22nd’s CSA delivery included:

  • 1/2 pound Lettuce Mix
  • 1/2 pound 4-Kale Mix (Red, Siberian, Dwarf Blue and Primer)
  • 1 Bunch Japanese Turnips
  • 2 pounds Red Delicious Apples
  • 1.5  pounds Green and Gold Zucchini
  • 2 pounds Sweet Potatoes

This was a tricky week because I was out of town for the majority of the week celebrating my mom’s birthday, and my boyfriend had clients in town so the fact that this picture got taken is amazing. So, here’s what happened to it all:

The lettuce was used in salads. I’ve been pretty diligent about making 4-6 salads in mason jars each week for my boyfriend and I to take to lunch. For some reason I’m incapable of making a salad for lunch, but I’ll totally grab a pre-made one out of the fridge.

This was our first encounter with kale and it didn’t go well. The whole bag ended up in the compost because we were afraid of it. But don’t worry, we’ve since figured out a way to eat all of our kale and even get sad when we run out. Stay tuned for that excitement!

We actually mashed the turnips with some potatoes and had them as a side. They were delicious.

Ate the apples all on their lonesome, though it must be a bit early in the season because they were a little mealy.

The gold zucchini is so good! It has a much milder/sweeter flavor than the green kind. We’ve been slicing and sautéing most of the zucchini. It is good on pizza and pasta.

Sweet Potato BreadWe held on to the sweet potatoes for a couple of weeks and ended up making sweet potato bread out of them. It’s super easy to make, you just bake the potatoes until they’re soft and mash them into a simple sweet bread recipe. I added some nuts and chocolate chips. My boyfriend and I had a party a week or so ago and served the bread at it, it was a hit.

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Little Free Library Delivery: Journaling


This afternoon on my way home from my Monday yoga class (a great free class at the Fayetteville Public Library, you should check it out if you’re into moving your body) I’ll be dropping off this awesome collection of books at the Little Free Library that lives at the trail-side entrance of Arsaga’s at the Depot, just off Dickson St. If you see something you must have – follow me on twitter (where I’ll announce that the drop’s been made), and head over to pick it up!

This collection includes:


  • How To Keep a Sketchbook Journal: A really inspirationally beautiful guide to keeping a sketchbook journal.

spilling open

  • Spilling Open: Even inspirationaler beauty. Sabrina Ward Harrison’s stunning personal journal has been published for your lucky eyes to see.

journal of life

  • How To Make A Journal of Your Life: Another guide that is also inspiration because it’s so gosh darn cute. For writers, artists, journal keepers, those who aspire to be journal keepers, this is your book.


  • Writing Essays about Literature: This one’s for a much more academic approach to writing, but as a certified English teacher I’m obligated to tell you that you must know how to write well for all types of occasions and audiences.

living colors

  • Living Colors: This super rad collection of color palates takes you through the ages with color. A great inspiration for breaking out of your usual color scheme.


  • Urgent: Second Class: This is a guide to collage. It’s such a neat example of some really rad ways to put nifty paper together with other nifty paper things. If you’re into artsy stuff, you need this book.

What in the world is all of this book related stuff about? Well, you must have missed my earlier post explaining why I’m giving a bunch of books away!

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Little Free Library Delivery: Quotes and Ideas

Quotes and Ideas

Tomorrow on my commute to/from work I’ll be dropping off this collection of books at the Little Free Library in front of the trailside entrance to Arsaga’s at the Depot. The library is new-ish, and I have noticed it’s stock dwindling, so I thought I’d help to beef it up a bit. If you see something you must have – follow me on twitter (where I’ll announce that the drop’s been made), and head over to pick it up!

This collection includes:

idea dictionary

  • The QPB Dictionary of Ideas: a comprehensive guide to the concepts and beliefs that have shaped our world in a dictionary format.

The World's Great Thinkers

  • The World’s Great Thinkers: That’s the super cool cloth bound one. It’s a collection of writing from well, the world’s great thinkers.

Quotable Woman

  • The Quotable Woman: All of the quotes by all of the women. Well, not all, but still – a lot. Missing the cover because my grandmother whose name adorns the front frequented the book so much.

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: Quotations by people of all genders in a super handy dictionary-like arrangement.

What in the world is all of this book related stuff about? Well, you must have missed my earlier post explaining why I’m giving a bunch of books away!

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#NWARKcares about Little Free Libraries

Yesterday, I helped my mom go through all of her books that have been stored away in her attic for several years. I had to be there to help because I knew I would want many of the books that she was ready to get rid of. We each kept a big stack, but decided that the majority could go. We stored childhood treasures, and carried our stacks of keepers to our respective bookcases in our homes. We’ve moved into the digital age, and when we want paper we use our libraries for everything from novels to coffee table books these days.

Books to Give Away

Although I do work at the Fayetteville Public Library which accepts donations of books, I decided I wanted the books to go somewhere more accessible to people who might not have the means to access the library’s collection. So, with a few teeteringly tall stacks of books to give away, I decided to stock my local Little Free Library. I ride by the new installment, sponsored by Adventure Subaru, outside of the trailside entrance to Arsaga’s at the Depot on my bike when I’m commuting downtown each day, and have noticed it’s collection dwindling. I think that Little Free Library and my stack of super cool books are going to be a perfect match.


So, I’m here to bring you a new and exciting series here on the blog! Each week, I’ll take a small stack of books to the Little Free Library, but before I do, I’ll share a bit about the books and what makes them so cool. If you see something you want, you’ll know where to find it – but you’ll have to get there first!

Some links:

The Ozark Literacy Council’s Little Free Library info.

The Little Free Library website.

A fellow NWArk Blogger’s post about her Little Free Library.

What’s this all about?

The Northwest Arkansas Bloggers have launched #NWArkCares to share social issues and raise awareness for local causes. Each month we are focusing on a different issue/cause. To play along, follow the hashtag #NWArkCares on twitter, instagram, and facebook or check us out on Facebook.

September’s cause was literacy. Through my blogger friends’ posts and conversations this month, I learned a lot about the importance of Little Free Libraries and how access to reading material is a key factor in improving literacy.

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week Five

CSA Week Five

Last week’s CSA included:

  • 1/2 pound Salad Mix
  • 1 pound Sweet Peppers
  • 1 pound Ancho Peppers
  • 1/4 pound Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 pound Cucumbers
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/4 pound Cilantro

Here’s what happened to it all:

Ate ALL of that salad mix. But, a funny thing happened. I traveled to Eureka Springs for several days to visit my parents for my mom’s birthday. Since I knew that my boyfriend would be too busy during the week to cook at home and eat any of it, I brought it with me! We had lots of salads at home, and I made some salads in mason jars to leave with my mom. So, a bit of sharing happened. The cucumbers went atop all of those salads.

There are still a lot of sweet peppers and ancho peppers in the fridge. I cooked some into my spaghetti sauce last night, but plenty remain. I think that if I were to chop them up when they come on Tuesday night, I would be more apt to throw them into something I’m eating. Planning for prep work next week!

jalapeno poppersWe used all of the jalapeños last Saturday to make jalapeño poppers. My boyfriend brought me to the meat market to get bacon which was pretty much the best thing ever. He showed me how to mix up some cheeses, scoop them in, wrap in bacon, and bake. Oh, and eat!

roasted potatoesThere are some potatoes remaining, but the majority got roasted for breakfast one day. If you microwave them in a saran wrap covered bowl with some oil, salt, and pepper for 5+ minutes before putting them in the pan they cook a lot faster.

Put a bit of the cilantro on chicken tacos. But, there’s a lot left.

Stay tuned for next week’s update! Thanks for all of your comments with recipe suggestions and support in my endeavor to consume all of these veggies!

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week Four

NWARK Local Harvest CSA Week Four

Last week our CSA included:

  • 1/2 pound Salad Mix
  • 1/2 pound Arugula
  • 2 pounds slicer Celebrity Tomatoes
  • 1.5 pounds Pears
  • 1 pound Ancho Peppers (medium heat)
  • 1.5 pounds Sweet Peppers

This week puts us a month in to our CSA and I have to admit that it’s stressed me out a little bit. I’m someone who really hates to see food go to waste, so I’ve challenged myself to use everything and not let anything go bad. The plethora of produce is probably just a tad too much for two people. Though my boyfriend and I both really like cooking, and have relished in the opportunity to be challenged by our mystery bag of produce each week, it’s not always easy to figure everything out.

I do want to add here that I have zero CSA regrets. Having more produce in the house means I’m eating more produce – and it’s not just produce, it’s locally grown all natural stuff! Additionally, not having to buy or browse the produce section while grocery shopping makes trips to the store shorter, easier, and way more focused. So, here’s what happened with it all this week:

Salad in a JarThe salad mix and many of the sweet peppers went into pre-made salads. When the lettuce wasn’t getting eaten, I made six salads that could be taken to work or eaten at home. I figure, if they’re already made – I’m way more likely to choose to have a salad. I’ve been making salads in jars for a long time. If you’re into it, I highly recommend the BNTO, a little cup that sits in the top of your wide mouth mason jar to hold things like salad dressing. I’ve got two and I wish I had more.

quicheThe arugula that didn’t make it’s way into salads went into a quiche.

My boyfriend made salsa with the slicer tomatoes and ancho peppers. He makes it look so easy. I’ll have to pay more attention to the process and document it for you all next time he makes salsa.

dutchapplepieI made a dutch apple pie and threw the pears in. It was super good, and a kind of pie I’d never made before. It’s different than a regular apple pie because it has a streusel topping rather than another pie crust on top. I’m going to go have some right now!

But first, it’s confession time. One of the tomatoes didn’t get made into salsa and I ended up throwing a sad mushy tomato away. The pears sat on the counter for a full week and I had to cut a lot of sad mush from them before they went into the pie. And – there are still so many things in the fridge: a handful of okra, a bag full of sweet peppers, half a bag of arugula (help! I really don’t know what to do with this and it’s so good!), a couple of cucumbers, and a lot of jalapeños. But stay tuned, I’m determined to use it all and another bag came this week with all new fun things in it!

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week Three

Week three of my Northwest Arkansas Local Harvest CSA included:


  • (more) cucumbers
  • sweet peppers
  • jalapenos
  • okra
  • summer squash and zucchini squash
  • garlic
  • onions
  • (another) butternut squash

What I did with it all:

This time, already having a plethora of refrigerator pickles in my fridge, I used the cucumbers in salads.

Most of the sweet peppers also ended up chopped raw and in salads. I had accumulated four medium sized green bell peppers, which I prefer cooked. Those got stuffed with rice, some chopped zucchini, marinara, and cheese and baked for an hour at 375°.

I handed the jalapeños off to my boyfriend who is more capable with things of that spiciness level. He plans to stuff and grill them.

gumboNot having grown up in the south, I was thoroughly stumped by the okra. I gave a handful to my mom since she happened to be at my house on Tuesday evening last week. Another third of it went into a gumbo that my boyfriend made. And the remaining third’s fate remains to be seen. Any suggestions?

This summer squash and zucchini got pan roasted to top some spaghetti.

The garlic and onions are in the pantry amongst many others, luckily these keep for several weeks. I eat onions often, but garlic is something I only turn to when a recipe tells me to. What should I be garlic-ing that I’m not?

And finally, that butternut squash. There was another one in the first week’s bag, but since they keep so long and it was still a little hot and humid out for a winter squash dish I held on to that one. When a second one came though, I decided it was time for some action on the winter squash front and made a squash soup not unlike this one. It made a ton and there’s still squash soup in my fridge, but it’s definitely delicious and an easy use of all that squash.


Phew. We’re finally all caught up on the first three weeks of my new CSA membership. Another bag comes tonight, so stay tuned for more!


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