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review 2017-05-23 13:02
The Fast Dessert
24 Dump Cake Recipes: Simple and Easy to Make - Marylyn Smith

Dump Cakes are fun! They are lots of fun! You can mix and match with cake mixes and just dump things together. No mixing! You make the Dump Cake and heat it up and then serve it with a little ice cream (usually vanilla is what we use) and you have a great dessert for most anyone! 


My girls and I found a dump cake one time that we couldn't find a pie filling for and we improvised and it was so good, that when we found the filling it called for, we tried it that way, too. 


Dump Cakes are also great for beginners. 

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review 2016-10-29 16:06
Dan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams
Dan the Biggest Dump Truck - Chris Adams

Dan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams is a cleverly written story for children ages three to seven. I gave it five stars because my favorite little boy wanted me to read it again and again.


This huge dump truck looks everywhere for a job and is told he is too big to help build big houses or bridges. After searching everywhere he finally finds the perfect job.


I received a complimentary copy from Rowman & Littlefield, Muddy Boots and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Dump-Truck-Chris-Adams/dp/1630760560


This book is in pre-order status until February 1, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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text 2016-04-23 19:10
Getting to Know Me
  1. 1. I have a bad Southern accent.
  2. 2. I attended college for 2.5 semesters. Majored in Art Education, minored in English. Made Dean's list both completed semester.

3. I got married when I was 19, and I am still married to him 12 years later. Ha, haters!

4. I have done everything from waiting tables to bookkeeping to cutting keys and mixing paint to door-to-door sales.

5. My parents divorced when I was 7.

6. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder coupled with depression, trauma-induced anxiety (which is like a drawn-out version of PTSD) and "Adult Child of an Alcoholic" syndrome.

7. I have a small zoo. 3 adult cockatiels and 4 babies, a pineapple green cheek conure, 4 cats, one dog, a corn snake and a betta fish.

8. I have huge crushes on: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, LL Cool J, Christian Kane, Karl Urban, Chrissie Teigan, Bernice from South Beach Tow, Candice DeLong, and Joe Manganiello.

9. I am Libertarian. I believe in Live and Let Live. I am pro-gun, pro-choice, pro-LGBTQPA, and I think all religions are valid to those who value them.

10. I am the daughter of a master gunsmith. I am armed. If you try to assault or rob me, you will regret it.

11. I am addicted to online shopping and hoarding ebooks.

12. My favorite shows are: The Golden Girls, anything on Investigation Discovery, SWAT Kats, Lip Sync Battle, Impractical Jokers, Bar Rescue, anything with Gordon Ramsay, Power Rangers, The Grinder and Grandfathered

13. My favorite movies are: Much Ado About Nothing (both the 90s version and the Joss Whedon one), The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog, Pacific Rim, Speed Racer, The Expendables, Battleship, Red and TMNT

14. Favorite bands: Breaking Benjamin, Imagine Dragons and the Beach Boys

15. Favorite foreign singer: Ayumi Hamasaki

16. First car: a 1990 Toyota Camry with a massive oil leak and 250,000 miles on it

17. My father has an entire room in his basement called the library, and it is true to its name.....if libraries only carry nonfiction war stories, Gun Digest, The Shooter's Bible, Guns & Ammo, and every version of Theodore Roosevelt's biography.

18. I collect stuffed animals, Windstone Editions figures, records, ceramic bunnies and yarn

19. My car is called the Red Ranger.

20. I talk too much.


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text 2016-03-20 01:10
Out of the Dump: Writings and Photographs by Children from Guatemala - Kristine L. Franklin,Nancy McGirr

Franklin, K. and McGirr, N. (1996). Out of the dump: Writings and photographs by children from Guatemala. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers.


In 1991, photographer Nancy McGirr decided to start a project in which the youngsters would photograph their own world with the profits used to allow the children to attend school. This book includes essays and poems written by the children. 


KRISTINE L. FRANKLIN is the author of several novels for young readers, including Eclipse. Nerd No More, Dove Song, and the best-selling Lone Wolf, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.


3nd-5th grade

Collection of essays and poems



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text 2016-02-08 13:47
The Gargoyle in the Dump
The Gargoyle in the Dump (Kindle Single) - John Bellairs

by John Bellaris

Short story.

Age range: middle grade


I wasn't familiar with Mr. Bellaris's work, and I enjoyed this short story very much. It tells the story of three brothers, Michael, David and Fonsy, who one summer find an old gargoyle in a nearby dump. The gargoyle happens to be magic, and starts talking to them. The kids decide to bring it home, where a few adventures take place. The most interesting part is when the gargoyle dreams about the things it has seen, and the kids are able to see the images of when the gargoyle was ripped out from the St. Denis Basilica in Paris during the French Revolution, at the same time that the bodies of many monarchs were removed from the crypt too.

Only a few pages but totally enjoyable.



I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.




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Basilica of Saint Denis gargoyles. Images source.



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