August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.
In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.
My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.
Duct tape was originally invented by Johnson & Johnson to provide a waterproof seal for munitions boxes during World War II. Whether you want to make prom dresses, wallets, handbags, ties, or use it for its more traditional purposes, duct tape is one of the most beloved and versatile products ever invented.
Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!
My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!
Archaeology and paleontology have never held my attention, but my visit to the newly-completed Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming sparked an interest. Their exhibits, so wonderfully designed by ECOS Communications, are completely engaging.
At a dinner on that same visit to Worland, I was unexpectedly seated near the curator of the museum and he shared even more about the archaeological and paleontological wonders of the Big Horn Basin.
A few of the many major discoveries of the Big Horn Basin include:
In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.
You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you:
It really is that easy to make your own baby food! I love the idea of knowing exactly what is in the food my daughter is eating and I’ve found that making our own baby food takes just a small amount of time and effort.
We’re still on simple fruits and vegetables, but in one afternoon I made enough food to last for several weeks. After the food is steamed and/or pureed I pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These “ice cubes” make the perfect serving size for my hungry six month old!
As a 40-something librarian who had a great-grandmother live to be 106 years old, I have wondered if there were steps I could take to make all my years healthy ones. I have read several books that explained how important it is to move. The authors take a sensible approach. We will not live forever, but by moving and taking other simple steps, we can live healthier, longer lives. Join me in moving! If you have any concerns about starting an exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider first.
Mad Men is one of the best shows on TV, and my friends and I have begun a little tradition surrounding the Sunday night episodes at 8 pm on AMC.
Each week, we not only get together to watch the latest antics of Don, Peggy, Roger, and Betty, but we also eat and drink like it's 1964. A recent menu involved a champagne jello salad, meatloaf, and Grasshopper Pie, complete with hors d'oeuvres of a cheeseball with Ritz crackers, celery sticks with cream cheese, and green olives with pimientos. The following titles contain some vintage recipes to help you get dining and entertaining a la Mad Men: