Inspired Reading


January 20th~  Food for Thought is returning~ kicking off with The Night Circus. . .


“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.


Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.”



I’m thrilled at the return of Food for Thought! Jain’s wonderful reading journey and fun idea to mix the pages with the camera & kitchen~ prompted me to get off the fence and start blogging two years ago so I could play among the pages!


This year, 22 books have preselected and you are invited to join in the fun! Just like The Night Circus, Food for Thought becomes a feast for the senses where you can lose yourself among the pages and read with a playful purpose.  If your New Year’s resolution has you cutting calories~ skip the food and share a scene, activity, location~ whatever comes across the pages to you & furthers your reading enjoyment!



Previously for Food for Thought, I have relocated a 1920′s cabin 245 miles and had a celebratory party with Caramel Apples & S’mores. . .



Enjoyed Finger Sand-Witches & a bubbling Cauldron of Soup after the Salem Witch Trials. . .



Travelled to Italy, India & Indonesia & indulged in Chocolate Pizza. . .



 Watched dolphins in Sweetwater Creek while raising Boykin Spaniel Cheese Straws. . .


Food for Thought led me to chase the moon and fireflies~as well as props & dishes to provide visual book reviews & find tablescape inspiration. . .





And led to my discovery of the magic of bottle trees, fairies & sugar and well as new authors, books & recipes. . .

You can see my year in review for Food for Thought here.



Our next selection after The Night Circus is Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could ~ a book chocoholics can sink their teeth into & perfect with Valentine’s Day on the horizon!


 Join us Friday, February 3rd to satisfy your sweet tooth & your reading enjoyment!


For Food for Thought inspiration & a fun format to follow for your  review, you can find a few of my favorites of Jain’s reviews:

Rosewater and Soda Bread, Tomato Rhapsody, The Illustrated Olive Farm, The Lost Cyclist, & A Year on Ladybug Farm

For the year’s complete reading list you can email me or Jain.



I hope you’ll experience the magic of Food for Thought this year :)

Thank you for your visit, I’m  joining:

Mosaic Monday~


  Seasonal Sundays~

  34 comments for “Inspired Reading

  1. January 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    brava, BRAVA! so nice to see the good ole days live and in color! girl you always go whole hog, hmm are we doing a bbq book this year?! i love seeing your creativity, every post is a charmer from you, unlike me, quick and split! i am off to the land of no net for 10 days, hold down the tents while i am gone girl, i will catch up with while i am gone, reading up a storm in a storm and getting some behind the scenes shots for you… ok, me too!

  2. January 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    A wonderful stroll down memory lane.. All of your posts captivate and the ones for Food for Thought promise delicious strolls for all the senses!

  3. January 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I have always enjoyed your Food for Thought posts, and I would love to have a list of the upcoming books. I don’t think I’ll be able to join the January party, but I just ordered Chocolate Chocolate from Amazon!

  4. January 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Oh I so look forward to seeing your awesome posts!! YOur imagination is off the charts! I hope I can join in a few times, I will e-mail you and ask for the reading list. XO, Pinky

  5. January 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve so enjoyed these posts from you. Love your pics and your imagination is fun. Look forward to more fun. Thanks for a great time when I visit!

    The French Hutch

  6. January 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I loved The Night Circus! It made my Best Books of 2012 list :D

  7. Pat
    January 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your “Food For Thought” posts, Mary, and found so many enjoyable books through them. I’d love to have a copy of the new reading list so I can try to join in whenever possible. Thanks!

  8. January 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Your creativity is outstanding.

  9. January 15, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Looking forward to the new “season” of FFT. I have the list and will start reading, though I’ll have to wait for Night Circus. I’m eager to see what you and Jain and the others will have to enchant us. You know I’m a fan! ~ Sarah

  10. January 15, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I do believe I would like to spend just one day in your kitchen! It must be heaven!!! You are always coming up with some fabulous foods!!! By the way, the girlz just love those “cookies” that you sent…the Apple Pie ones! I checked the website and it looks like they are only sold at holiday time. I better buy another box so they will last me awhile!! Hugs to your girls Mary!!

  11. January 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

    What an enticing trip down memory lane! I enjoyed seeing these posts again & reliving what a great time we had with Food For Thought the first time around.
    I’ll try to join in, if I can, but I have to say, it is a daunting task to know that both you & Jain will be doing posts on the same book as me!!!! Yikes! I already feel woefully inadequate & it hasn’t even started yet.


  12. January 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

    So enjoyed looking at your mosaics of previous fft posts, I plan on joining in as often as I can this year, still waiting for The Night Circus to arrive from Amazon fingers crossed it will be here tomorrow!

  13. January 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    What a great post, with so many delicious looking foods. I will have to check out the book “The Night Circus”. Have a great week!

  14. January 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    A very fun post….and a great one for me to make a book list! I so love to read and be transported to other lands far far away! Enjoy your week! ♥

  15. Vee
    January 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    People are so talented and creative…now those witch fingers took my eye immediately.

  16. January 16, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Since I discovered Food for Thought late in the game, I am thrilled that it is back. I thoroughly enjoyed your recaps of the books that you read last year. What fun it will be to be able to join in this year.

  17. A Garden of Threads
    January 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Fabulous post, I have not done any Food for Thought post, but would interested. Stunning photography.

  18. January 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Ok, where do I start?
    Let me tell you after I raid my kitchen!!
    It’s like they tell you , never go to the grocery store when you are hungry.
    Fabulous post!!!!

  19. January 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I can’t wait to see the posts. What a great thing to look forward to!

  20. January 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Fabulous post. I love Food For Thought and look forward to what you and Jain come up with. I am always in the middle of two books at once and love to hear about new books…and always love your presentations!

  21. January 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This looks an incredible creative intertwining of books and food.

  22. January 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I’m brand new to your blog and your Food for Thought posts, but completely inspired and in awe! What a gift you have for pairing tablescape with literature! Love it! I’ve just begun to follow along and look forward to more inspiration!

  23. January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I’m looking forward to The Night Circus post. I loved that book and it is rich in unique descriptions and wonderment. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  24. January 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Ok, it sounds like just too much fun! I am ordering the next book from Amazon and would LOVE to have the book list emailed to me!



  25. January 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Gorgeous celebration of food. Perhaps if I looked at it this way more often I would not be needing to regulate my calories.

  26. January 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    An interesting concept and you have displayed it beautifully.
    Visiting from MM + AT.

  27. January 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    This would be so much fun if I had time to actually read. I don’t think I can find time to both read and blog. :-( At least I get to enjoy your wonderful posts on the books.

  28. January 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    It sounds like lots of fun!

  29. JDaniel4's Mom
    January 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    We are going out to meet the circus train when it arrives here next week.

  30. January 19, 2012 at 3:00 am

    that looks so fun!!

  31. January 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Wow. That’s what I first thought seeing how you brought the books alive with your still life scenes and that delicious food. Wow. It’s so much more than wow though. It’s just perfect. I read quite a few of the mentioned books — and every photo dedicated to them is perfect. Work of art. And eatable, too! Perfect.


  32. January 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Nobody does it better than you!


  33. January 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I can’t say it any better than Sue. I so agree.

    You are amazing at this. I absolutely adore how you bring a book alive through your words, tablescapes and refreshments.

    This sounds like a totally interesting read!

    Thanks for sharing it.


  34. jennybwilde
    May 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Simply “magical”….thank you!

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