October 1, 2017

cool stuff i like

Happy October, my spookies! First, an announcement. It came to my attention last week, that in the past 6.5 years of blogging, somehow enough spam bots, mistaken hits, random passersby, and a lovely handful of friends have passed through this blog to the tune of OVER A MILLION PAGE VIEWS in the all time history on Julia's Bookbag! What? How amazing! (now, to put that number into perspective, Very Big Blogs and websites hit that number every day or every month. however, it was still noteworthy and cool for me!) So for those of you who actually COME HERE ON PURPOSE - thank you so much for hanging out with me and listening to me ramble and looking at my photos and books!

Moving on to some programing updates: Firstly, it's Monday, not Friday, as you might have noticed. Cool Stuff KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES. Also, don't freak, but I have such a backlog of cute books I've been meaning to get on here for....the past 6 months or so, that I think I'm going to plunge ahead with them and gasp! - not do my month of All Halloween All The Time, like I usually do. (With each run-on sentence, I do my former English literature professors so incredibly proud.) So it'll be fall-timey, and hygge-ish...but I'm not going to stress myself with producing all Halloween material.

Cool Stuff this week:

So much Kawaii cute here.

'The School Year Survival Cookbook'.

Great, now I think I 'need' an electric tea kettle.

Just heard about this alternative to plastic wrap.

I discovered this website. T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

The molasses cookies you see above are truly divine and come from this cookbook, which I've only mentioned a few hundred times before. Have you gone and purchased it yet?

A Craftsman cottage in England.

My Halloween Pinterest board.

Cool Book of the Week: 'The House of Four Seasons' is one of those keep-forever type of books. Written and illustrated by one of the true geniuses of children's literature, the great Roger Duvoisin, this achingly lovely picture book details the way a house finds its colors. A family, having purchased a great old home in the country, are at a loss of how to freshen up the paint job - and are especially stymied when the local hardware store only has primary colors in stock. Thus some exploration begins as to what kinds of colors can occur when mixed together. (The color the family finally arrives at will surprise you, I won't give it away!)

Duvoisin's art is always refreshingly vibrant and modern in its aesthetic, even though his books are vintage classics. I'm adding this one to my permanent collection.

Have a cozy start to your week! Did you have a good weekend? I'm watching Season 1 of 'Outlander' FINALLY, and Julia and I have been reading this book for awhile now, and I made some amazing zucchini muffins from this cookbook.



  1. FINE! Make me buy another cookbook! TWIST MY ARM!

    1. ha ha ha! I threw 3 in this post! That wasn't very nice.

  2. I love my electric kettle. I bought it half price, just to have a way to heat water at that Alice tea party at the park, and my husband and I agree, it was the best unplanned purchase we ever made. We use it for tea, cocoa, cups of soup, anything we need. I can't go back.

    I haven't blogged in forever. My computer died, so I have to use my phone or oldest daughter's laptop. I just looked at my stats for the first time in a month! I need to start Halloween posts, but dang, the real life horror shows...

    1. aaah that's good to know! we're such tea freaks in this house, it might be a good idea - my husband wants one that tells you different temperatures, so he can get his perfect temp for his green teas ha ha. I miss reading your stuff! I've been mostly using my phone - it's just faster and easier.

  3. What are the cookies posted above? And I'd love to have the recipe! They look delicious!!

  4. They are MOLASSES and they are GREAT! The recipe is found in one of my great favorite cookbooks - 'Country Desserts' by Lee Bailey. Available used on Amazon! I love that cookbook with all of my heart.

  5. Hey, congratulations on hitting a million views! That is pretty awesome!! Also, my parents bought an electric tea kettle last year and it has revolutionized their lives. (They drink an absurd amount of tea.)