- Atlanta, Georgia, USA
- December 31
- I cook, I write, I carpool. You may also find my words at A Cook and Her Books. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for visiting!
MY RECENT POSTS
- My favorite song
March 31, 2012 11:30PM
- Celebrating my independents
December 05, 2011 11:21PM
- Honoring a fallen hero
October 21, 2011 09:42AM
- Denouement for a bookseller
September 08, 2011 10:44PM
- A bread and butter note for
April 18, 2011 09:25PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think these look
fantastic, Lisa! Gonna stay in
and give this
October 13, 2013 08:13AM
- “What a thrill to read
your prose again, Lisa!
September 14, 2013 07:24PM
- “So sad that your store
is closing. Now, who will be
June 02, 2013 09:47PM
- “Gluing my finger to the
rating button here. Bell, it's
to you back and in
March 05, 2013 09:05AM
- “So glad I'm reading this
while sitting by the fire.
(love the red barn,
February 03, 2013 10:19PM
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What better way to spend a Saturday night than to share favorite songs with my Open Salon friends? It has taken a completely frivolous open call like this to get me to actually post. Here, on the eve of April Fool's Day, it's about time I posted in… Read full post »
Box of books by Lucy Mercer.
I’ve loved bookstores since I was a little girl, so it's no wonder I would grow up to work in both independent and chain bookstores. The small town in upstate South Carolina where I grew up had a Carnegie library, but not… Read full post »
Photo by Lucy Mercer
This weekend, I’ll pull my last shift as a bookseller, and if God is with me, my last retail shift ever. My Borders store hasn’t flatlined yet, but it’s just a matter of days, and I’ve decided to hang up my… Read full post »
Open Salon is a valuable forum for writers, but you reach a point where you need to find audiences beyond the hallowed OS doors. This is where StumbleUpon may be useful. See the little icons above each of your posts on your blog page? The squiggly SU… Read full post »
Apple Cheddar Pie by Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books
Today, March 14, is Pi Day, a day to celebrate the mathematical constant, the one snippet of higher math that geeks and non-geeks can talk about together. Pi is 3.14, and today is 3/14, March… Read full post »
Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books
When I last wrote, I was in the first day of what became known as either Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon, catchy words the Atlanta weather gurus came up with to describe the week. The snow fell for just a day, but the subsequent low… Read full post »
The weatherman was right: the predicted snowy apocalypse arrived
overnight and I woke up in a winter wonderland. Our little corner
of the woods is pristine when covered in snow.
I've lived in the South all my life and have never seen as much snow as in…
Visit my mom’s house on New Year’s Day and you will be treated to simple, humble fare – a black-as-midnight cast iron skillet sizzling with buttermilk cornbread, a pot of black-eyed peas and a bowl of greens, usually collards. The peas and greens are usually cooked with pork… Read full post »
For my Open Salon friends, a plate of cookies, and a partial re-post of a story that includes my favorite Christmas carol.
I truly love Christmas and Christmas songs, both sacred and secular. Some of my dearest childhood memories are of turning out the lamps in the… Read full post »
Way back when, in 2000, life was giddy and good and I decided to write my first Christmas newsletter. Except, I didn't want it to be like every other Christmas newsletter out there. You know the ones I mean. The travelogues: "In March, we had an audience with… Read full post »
I ran into a friend this week, another mommy getting ready for Christmas, and I asked her how her week was going. "Oh, it's going great. I guess I'm all ready for Christmas!" she replied.
Knowing that Friday was the last day of school before the holidays, I asked/…
Christmas music is the mood-setter as we gear up for the holidays. I look forward each year to the familiar and funny, as well as the sacred and serious songs of the season. Before I tell you about my favorite song, I will tell you what I… Read full post »
“Oh Buddy, I think it’s fruitcake weather,” goes the opening line to one of the best short stories ever written (and certainly a sentimental Southern favorite), “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. Capote based the story on his own memor… Read full post »
Last week, I wrote about Bake It Forward, a program of the Imperial Sugar Company (makers of Dixie Crystals sugar) to encourage home bakers to share treats with friends. I sent a tin of ginger cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies to Lisa Kuebler and she's now sending pound/… Read full post »
I’ve never set a place at the Thanksgiving table for my father-in-law. He died a few years before I met my husband., so I know him only through pictures like these here, and the stories he told his children, tale… Read full post »
Christmas and cookies are synonymous in my house. I bake throughout the year, but when the frost is on the pumpkin, the unsalted butter and eggs go on the counter for a day (and ok, maybe a week) of cookie baking. Each holiday season, I make my mom's buttery, crisp… Read full post »
Once the calendar flips over to November, we seem to be in a Thanksgiving tizzy. I love the holidays, but in recent years have taken a relaxed approach. It helps when the feast is located at a house other than mine. We’re… Read full post »
The frost on the pumpkin is a phrase that weathermen and old timers toss about this time of year, but I've never been too sure what it means or the origin of the phrase until recently. If I'd been raised in the Midwest, I may have known it… Read full post »
Atlanta's "Phantom of the Fox Theatre," Joe Patten, will be able to stay in his Fabulous Fox Theatre apartment until a new lease is negotiated, according to a Fulton County Court.
On Wednesday, Judge Jerry Baxter granted an injunction preventing Patten's eviction from his home o… Read full post »
Last week, I whined about an overabundance of vegetables in my refrigerator, hoping for a Salon Kitchen Challenge on the subject of arugula, or turnips or cauliflower. That was not to be, we were given the subject of Halloween candy, which turned out pretty/… Read full post »