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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Great Books, Grilled Cheese, & A Good Buddy

Hello, dear friends.  Last week, I spent a lovely day with my buddy, Annie.  We attended a "Meet the Authors" breakfast in the picture-perfect waterside town of Cohasset.

It was held at the Lightkeeper's Residence, which opened to the most gorgeous view.  I don't think I will ever tire of living near the water.

This is Kathy who is the owner of Buttonwood Books and Toys in Cohasset, which sponsored the event.  If you ever find yourself on the South Shore, please stop by this darling store.  Kathy has a stellar staff and a great selection of books.  My favorite part of Buttonwood Books is the table showcasing staff picks.  Each chosen book has an attached note that details why it was selected.

The authors that we met that day were all interesting speakers.  I must apologize to them about their photos.  I don't know what happened.  I think I've got to go back to photo school. 

Louise Miller is presently working as the pastry chef at the Union Club in Boston.  She candidly shared how this book came into existence.  It all began when her beloved dog contracted terminal cancer and she decided to quit her second job and spend his last days with him.  The poor dog was not expected to live long, but with Louise's kindness and TLC, he survived for another year and a half.  During her walks and time spent with him, the book came to life in her mind.  After her beloved pooch passed away, she decided to sit down and write this book, which is a combination of mouth-watering food descriptions and a splash of romance.  Sounds like the perfect combo to me.  

I've got two Foodies in my life and they are both getting a copy for Christmas.


I was enthralled with Katherine right from the start.  Her entire book club came to give her support.  I love that.
Katherine spoke about her early career as an entrepreneur and creating a successful company.  She then tried her hand at writing.  Fill the Sky centers around three lifelong friends who take a trip to Ecuador and are searching for answers to life's problems. 

The book sounds like a beautiful testament to friendship.

I thought Ann Hood was captivating.  She told us a funny story about when she was a child and writing her first stories about her grumpy grandmother. Ann also shared a heartbreaking time in her life when she lost her five-year-old daughter to an infection.  She has since adopted a beautiful daughter who accompanied her to the reading.  

I love the premise of this book.  The main character is a middle-aged divorced woman with grown children.  She finds herself in a rut and joins a book club.  Each member's assignment is to find the book that has meant the most to them.  Friendships are developed, tears are shed, love is found, and more books are discovered.

This sounds like the perfect book club read.  
I bet I'm not the first one to come up with that idea.

Annie & the Authors

It was a delightful morning and I look forward to reading all three of the books.

The next stop was lunch so we headed for downtown.  The movies Witches of Eastwick and Housesitter were filmed in Cohasset.  You can see why - it looks like a movie set.

Can you tell that Annie is a dog lover?

  I guess Annie likes to match her outfit to her restaurant of choice.
 South 5 Main is one of my favorite sandwich places on the South Shore.

Although South 5 Main has an abundance of yummy dishes, my heart and hips belong to the grilled cheese, tomato, and bacon on whole wheat.  I order it every time and even admit to having dreamt about it once or twice.

After building our strength, we hopped in the car and were off to indulge in some serious cardio shopping.

There was a great sale going on at my favorite outlet on cashmere sweaters that day.

No shopping day is complete without hitting the nearest Marshalls.

Books, authors, grilled cheese, bargains, and a good buddy - 
now that's what I call a fun day!

Have a great weekend!

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I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. What a wonderful event! All the books seem compelling & have piqued my interest. The town looks lovely; I watch many movies just for the real estate & Housesitter & The Witches of Eastwick are among my best-loved ;). {As well as It's Complicated.) My favorite thing to do is go for a drive to quaint little towns & explore (DH & DD tolerate my roadtrips). Lovely post... thanks for sharing! PS Tell Sista her kitchen renovation is perfection! She was able to modernize it yet keep the historical integrity of the home...she rocks! Have a fabulous weekend my friend...xoxo, Dawn

    1. I love exploring little towns too, Dawn. I will pass on your compliments to Sista. Have a great weekend, dear Dawn.

  2. This sounds like a fabulous day! Love books and love grilled cheese, add a great friend and you have the perfect day.

  3. Thank you for taking us along. I had to smile that you have dreamt about a sandwich. -Jenn

  4. I enjoyed The City Bakers Guide a lot and The Book That Matters Most sounds like one I would like as well. What a pretty setting!

  5. Have added each of these to my list. I can hardly keep up with you. You must read nonstop! The grilled cheese sounds delish and the shopping sounds great! I need a day just like this!

  6. The City Baker's Guide is a sweet book. There's no other way to describe it. I loved reading about the events at the B and B. There is not a lot of riveting action, but sometimes one just needs a sweet story. Don't miss this one.

    1. It sounds like one of the Jan Karon books, which I adored. I know I will like this one. Have a great weekend, Bobbie!

  7. What a fun fun day!!I love days like this, and you recapped it so well. Each and every one of these books sounds like one I would love to read, can always count on you for great recommendations.
    And that little cafe is darling...thanks for taking us along. Hope you enjoy a great fall weekend!

  8. What a beautiful town and such a fun day! I will have to put these books on my list. You always give great recommendations! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Ahhh all your fun posts have be seething with some envy! That book reading sounds phenomenal! Thank you for sharing those pieces! What a beautiful town...my craving to visit MA is growing by the minute. Marshalls, you just took me by my heart and now I am officially smitten with you! Happy weekend.

  10. Thanks for sharing The Book That Matters Most...sounds right up my alley!! And like you once I find something I love at a particular restaurant, I order it every time!! Glad to know I am not alone.

  11. What a wonderful day! Those books look fabulous and I can't wait to put them on my list! Love following along on your adventures! Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Ann Hood has a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key on the SW coast of Florida (Sarasota County), where I am the president of the board. She is coming on Tuesday to speak to our local book club too! I can't wait!

  13. These all sound like wonderful books -- but you had me at grilled cheese!

  14. What a wonderful day, Katie. I am so glad you had the chance to go and hear THREE speakers at one place. How great is that. I really need to get back into a book club. I haven't been in one for several years now.

    That sandwich sounds decadent...like MY kind of food! xo Diana

  15. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day!! Hope your weekend is just as fun!! xoxo

  16. Oh I reallllllly must tell you about the book club I quit. Now there's a story. And grilled cheese? Yummy. Sis, you had me at Talbots. Of course.

  17. I miss living near the ocean....there is just something about it that brings back so many wonderful memories and relaxes me enough to take any troubles away!! Haven't been to Cohasset in years - but it certainly looks like is has preserved itself! Blogger took away my "blog list" and it took me many days to remember everyone's blog names and recreate it - still not completed, but at least now and I can just "click", rather than "think"!!

  18. Grilled cheese is the most perfect sandwich in the world. The gooier, the better!


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