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:: Book Swap Party ::

I LOVE this idea for a book swap or book club. Everyone picks a few books, and writes 3-4 simple descriptors on a plain cover. Then, everyone picks a new book based on those descriptors alone. What a lovely way to get some new books and just in time for the onset of cooler weather! Plus, it's a wonderful excuse to have a get-together with friends and family and neighbors alike! Where to begin? At the beginning of course!

1. Decide who you will be inviting. Then, send out electronic invitations... it's much easier to keep track of who RSVP'S.

2. Decide how many books each person can bring... limit ~or~ no limit?  Will you allow magazines as well?

3. What kind of food? Themed,  perhaps from a favorite book, or several books, or any book! 

4. We did 3 different book crafts, and made “book bags” for toting books home. 

5. Hand out one Library check out cards for each book a person brings. Bring one, take one.

6. Place a few quotes, especially food quotes, by famous authors—such as “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” by Virginia Woolf—in picture frames on the buffet table.

7. Donate any leftover books and magazines that no one wants to a local library or charity.

8. Ask guests to go to and create a unique ID number for their books before they bring them, 
which allows them to track each book’s travels and connect with the people who have read it.

Craft Ideas:

With Christmas right around the corner, this is an excellent craft give new life to some very old books. 
Make your own Christmas book tree centerpiece! This one was found Here
Very easy to make, simply buy cake pedestals {found at the dollar store and painted}, 
add any color, or size book, and hot glue together with any odd and end things you would like. 
You could use ornaments, or any theme you'd like. Cute as heck!

This adorable pumpkin is made from one whole paperback book, the full tutorial can be found Here.

And, an adorable Christmas tree made from one paperback book, the full tutorial can be found Here.

For when old books are completely beyond repair, use the spine as a lovely old bookmark!

Easy tutorial on making a lovely book bag for guests to take their books home in! Tutorial Here

Green Beans and Bacon


2 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
Kosher salt
1/2 pound bacon, roughly chopped
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Freshly ground pepper

Toss the green beans into a large pot of boiling salted water 

and cook until bright green in color and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. 
Drain the beans and shock in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. 
Drain the beans again and pat dry.

Cook the bacon in a large, heavy saute pan until crisp, about 5 minutes. 
Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. 
Spoon off the excess bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan. 
Add the onion to the pan and saute until soft and very tender, 4 to 5 minutes. 
Sprinkle in the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute until just fragrant, 
about 1 more minute. Add the reserved green beans and the pecans and cook 
until heated through, 5 to 6 minutes more. Return the bacon to the pan, 
pour in the lemon juice and toss. Season with salt and pepper.

For the swap...

Just have fun with this folks!

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