Being a horse lover since the tender age of about 8 years old I loved this book and have started reading it to my granddaughter as she isn't able to read chapter books yet. The graphics are gorgeous from the sweet doe eyed faces of all the little girls that ride at Innerstar University to the beautiful horses that live there. It's a story of gaining back confidence and helping the team participate in the big show where they hope to win. Again, there are numerous ways you can help out with this show, riding being just one of them. Do you ride? Do you help in some other way? Is the horse too spirited for you? Do you do the jump all wrong at a canter, not a trot? Do you land in a heap again?
Again, I must say that the concept of this book is amazing and I have never read one like it. Having these choices in the story line makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of everything. Any young gal age 8 and up with a love for horses and riding will enjoy this book and want to read the others in the series. I can see these in Miss T's Christmas stocking this year!!
Alison Hart is an author of many books for young readers and you can contact her at www.alisonhartbooks.com. I also read her book Emma's River about a young gal and her beautiful pony, Twist, on a treacherous trip down the Mississippi River. When there is an explosion on the Sally May it seems that all aboard may be lost............You'll have to read it to find out what happens!! It's worth it!!
I know many of you have young daughters and granddaughters and these are great, wholesome, clean books that I know they would enjoy reading. Back in my day I read Hardy Boy Mysteries and Nancy Drew but if there had been a series about horses or ponies I would have been on Cloud Nine! I will be picking up all of the series books before Christmas!
Disclaimer: I did not get paid to write about these books, I did get two free copies to read which I will pass on to Miss T!!! :o)
Fall is here in Maine with the temperature being 44* this morning when we got up! Yikes! Going from 90* to 44* is a shock to the ole' system but I like it cool so I'm not complaining. It also gets me in the mood for some hot comfort food, spaghetti being one of them.
Oh, the aroma of onions and green peppers simmering in olive oil!! I simmer them until they are soft and not crunchy, about 20 minutes.
I add all of the other ingredients and simmer that for about three and a half hours on low.
In the mean time I make my meatballs by soaking crushed crackers in milk, add one egg, finely chopped onions, salt and pepper and 85% hamburger. I used to use the 90% but found it to be a bit dry, that extra little bit of fat makes for a much juicier meatball. Make into balls and bake in a 350* oven for 30 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.
Of course you need some rolls and I like to make the clover leaf rolls out of the frozen bread dough if I don't have the time to make them from scratch. It's Rhodes Rolls in the freezer section and I put three of them in each section of a popover pan as they don't fit in a muffin tin. I have made them with just two in each in a muffin tin and they are fine.
Did you notice one roll is gone already.............now I wonder who ate that???????
2 green peppers
2 onions---I like sweet or Vadalia onions
Olive oil to cover bottom of large pot---I usually add a little more if the onions and peppers are big
Cut up onions and peppers and cook until tender.
two large cans Italian tomatoes cutting them up.
2--12 ounce cans of tomato paste
2--12 ounce cans of water
handful of parsley flakes
handful of oregano
salt and pepper
Add cooked meatballs
Simmer up to four hours on low stirring occasionally to make sure it hasn't stuck to the bottom of the pan. DO NOT COVER! It's even better the next day! Now I must go weigh myself as I think I gained three pounds just typing about all of this food! Sigh.....
This is an old family recipe passed down through the generations.
I've been in my sewing room a lot lately as it is already getting dark out but 7:30. I love making table toppers for the different seasons so whipped up one for fall the other night. Well actually it took me two nights as I am a bit rusty. :o( My DIL makes them to sell and they go like hot cakes, especially the ones for the Christmas holidays.
Guess that's it for today. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and notes concerning my friend Barn Goddess. She will be missed by many of us!!!!! Please keep her family in your prayers.