Hi. I Have Some Links. Please Do Enjoy.

Today I’m trying (once again) to get caught up on various deadlines and obligations and whathaveyou, but I wanted to pass along some links because, well, I’m dependent on lists right now. But when I finish all this stuff I’m working on, I am going to WEAR Y’ALL OUT with the paragraphs and, lo, EVEN SOME POINTS.

Seriously. It’s gonna be a banner day. It may even call for cake.

– One day last week my husband mentioned that peach cobbler sounded good to him. So, selfless soul that I am (make no mistake: I have never met a cobbler that I did not like), I decided to try a new cobbler recipe. I guess I was feeling kicky.

Anyway, I tried this recipe of Paula Deen’s, and y’all, it is delicious. It’s more of a cobbler cake than a it is a biscuit-y cobbler, so the texture has been a nice change-o-pace. I’ve made it with peaches and blueberries, and both have been big hits in our house.

– Three bloggers have teamed up today to give away nine copies of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet. You can enter the giveaway through any of their blogs, so here are the links:

Blue-Eyed Bride
Mix and Match Family
Pinterest Told Me To

– Yesterday the little guy had a golf lesson that started at exactly the same time as the Bulldogs’ Super Regional baseball game. You can appreciate my dilemma. I ended up listening to the game in the car during A.’s lesson, and then we heard the last inning as we were driving home.

Should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, please know that I do not recommend driving during the 9th inning of a Super Regional. It’s terrible for the nerves. However, we are SO TICKLED that the Dogs won and are going to Omaha for the College World Series. Their first game is Saturday at 2, so I think it goes without saying that I will be (very discreetly) listening to the game on my phone during my book signing at 3. I can’t imagine that you’re surprised.

– Speaking of book signings (I know. I’m so sorry. I feel so awkward. There is just no good way to mention this stuff.), there are two more on the horizon (after the one in Birmingham this Saturday). I’ll be at Reed’s in Tupelo, MS on Monday, June 17th from 3:30-5:00, and there’s another one at Book Mart in Starkville, MS (somebody ring a cowbell one time) on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00-12:00. There’s a possibility that State’s second CWS game may coincide with the Tupelo signing, so I very well may pass out from happiness. Or stress. Depending on how the game goes.

– If you are a loyal Mad Men viewer, you don’t want to miss this analysis of the most recent episode. So good.

– There’s a mighty good discussion about summer reading going on over at Melanie’s blog. The comments are a wealth of book-related info.

– I’ve made my peace with the fact that the search for a great mascara is going to be an ongoing quest in my life. A few months ago I broke down and bought a more expensive department store brand, and even though it was great at lengthening my pitiful little eyelashes, it took forever to dry – which means that I inevitably had smudges within five minutes of putting it on. Sort of inconvenient.

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Week before last I picked up a tube of Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion in the drugstore, and I really, really like it. It adds volume and it lengthens, and my nine eyelashes are very appreciative.

– One of my favorite singer / songwriters is Daniel Renstrom. I’ve mentioned his music before (because I love it), and he has a new album that might be just the ticket for mamas of young kids here at the beginning of summer. It’s called Jesus Wants My Heart, and it’s full of songs for family worship time or for car time. The songs are simple enough that your kids (or grandkids / nieces / nephews / godchildren) can sing along, but they’re so meaningful and rich that you’ll love them, too.

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Yay for kids’ music that doesn’t make the grown-ups want to throw things!

All righty. I’m gonna get back to All The Writing. Hope y’all are having a great Tuesday!

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  1. I’ll have to try that mascara! I’ve been loving the Maybelline Falsies mascara lately. It gives great results and, like the Cover Girl, has a great price tag.

    We’re huge Gamecocks fans in our house, and blessedly we’re still in it. I keep trying to urge my husband to head to Omaha, but he keeps reminding me that we have to beat the Tarheels. Back in 2010 when the Gamecocks were already in Omaha, we were driving back from a wedding in Charleston and were listening to the game on the radio. In the 9th inning. It was just way too much for us to handle on the interstate in the dark. My husband definitely chewed off every last one of his fingernails.

  2. I would be a delight to come to the signing in Tupelo and see you with an ear bud stuck in your ear listening to the game! Go Dawgs!

  3. My husband and I love that cobbler recipe. You’re right it is more cake like, but whatever it is it it delicious! And very, very easy to make (and as I am missing a baking gene it works for me)!

  4. Christi says:

    You should try the Clinique Eyelash primer. I’m convinced it changed my life (or at least how long my mascara lasts!) It adds length and body toy eyelashes that I’ve never been able to achieve!

  5. Book tour suggestion: Richmond, VA! I can even provide you with dates that would be inconvenient for me, so you can work around them :) I would hate to miss it!

  6. have you ever tried an eyelash serum? i found that even though it’s expensive, it was cheaper in the long run because i stopped buying 10,000 kinds of mascara… i use rapidlash and love it!!

    ALSO i read your book (in two days) and LOVE LOVE LOVED it.

  7. Judy n MI says:

    There is an awesome Barnes and Noble not too far from my house that would make an excellent signing opportunity should you find yourself in SE Michigan. Ok, it’s not THAT close,, but there is a Panera’s, Nordstom Rack, and Village Mall (sorry, no Steinmart…we can’t have everything) to break up the trip if necessary. I even have a great guest room suite where I am happy to put up new authors. In addition, I have a 14 yo boy who acts 12 so you know, bring junior. They would have a blast.

  8. I am so in love with your new book! I am thrilled to be able to give copies away! Have a wonderful day!!

  9. Go Dogs! When are you going to be in the Jackson area?

  10. SO excited about the giveaway! Everybody and their dog wants to get their hands on you book. Yipeeeee! :)

  11. Well, if you ever make it to Phoenix, we do have Steinmart! And, I share the mascara quest, so we could compare notes and whatnot. ;) Great book Sofie, I LOVED it!

  12. Clinique also has an amazing mascara that even does my puny lashes justice – the brush looks like a slighty breeze will carry it away, but it’s got heft – It’s Clinique Lash Power.

    And, if you EVER consider steppin’ out to someplace where the humidity doesn’t make your hair go through olympic training to make it 2 minutes out-of-doors, please head on up to New England!

  13. I started trying Benefit’s They’re Real! and I loved it, except it’s next to impossible to get off. So I moved back to whatever I was using before. I have a bad habit of never buying the same mascara twice. But I’ve recently started using my eyelash curler on a regular basis and that has been a revelation.

  14. Thanks for the suggestion on kids’ music that doesn’t make adults want to throw things! I’ll have to add it to my list. I’m probably not much help with mascara, I have used Maybelline Great Lash for as long as I can remember. Yes, the pink and green tube!

  15. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    How much do you love the heart of sticks on the “Jesus Wants My Heart”?!?!? Also, I am so happy for you about the Baseball Team!!! Go State!!!

  16. Nita in SC says:

    Do you think that your book signings will take you to, say, South Carolina? Would love to meet you! Also: AVON Supershock Max waterproof mascara. You will have some initial terror at the size of the brush, but once I got used to it, it’s the best mascara I’ve ever used. Also easy on the wallet, since it’s on sale pretty often.

  17. Jenny F says:

    My daughter recently made me a strawberry Rhubarb like cobbler.. It was so yummy! The last time I had that had been around 20 years ago when my grandma made it. It was one of those recipes that brought back beautiful grandma memories. My grandma has been gone for several years now. I have to mention to you that I just finished working out (lunch break) at my gym here at work. I brought my kindle down with me to read your book and to make me forget that I was working out on an elliptical! I got a bit teary eyed reading about Sissie and Martha’s relationship. If I had not been in my workplace it may have turned into more tears! Their relationship was so beautifully written. Thank you so much for sharing. I have to wait another 3 or so hours to continue reading on my metro bus ride home. I also need to get a copy for my mom to read. I know that she will enjoy it!

  18. My in-laws live in Tupelo so I am now in the midst of throwing together a last minute trip there so I can go to your book signing. And see them. Of course. ;)

  19. Congrats to your MS State. My NC State also is going to be in Omaha so I feel your stress/elation/glee/prayers!
    Reading the book now and so far, love it!

  20. Margaret says:

    I’ve been lovin my Mary Kay mascara. I especially like the lash lengthening one, I just wish it came in a waterproof version. I have no connection to Mary Kay except I’m a satisfied customer.