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    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone | Book Review

    The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone Genres: Food, Memoir, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 2007 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Goodreads, Amazon Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great-grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria―the family’s homeland―with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. The Lost Ravioli…

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    The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory | Book Review

    The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory Genres: Animals, Non-Fiction Original Publication Date: 1988 Source: I purchased this book Goodreads Find the Author: Website, Goodreads, Amazon ‘Twas the night before Christmas when a bedraggled white feline entered the heart — and home — of Cleveland Amory. To say it is a friendly takeover is an understatement. For the cat who came for Christmas is clearly of the Independent Type, and Cleveland Amory, cranky or not, is a pushover where animals are concerned. Cleveland Amory’s The Cat Who Came For Christmas is the delightful holiday tale of Amory and his beloved feline, Polar Bear. It was Christmas Eve 1977…

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    Leap Day 2020!

    Today is February 29, 2020, and it is Leap Day 2020! Leap Days Only Occur Once Every Four Years There are many ways to do this. You could do work on some important project of your own, decide to sit on your couch and binge-watch Netflix, or use the day to completely rest and recharge. Why do leap years exist? According to The Lighthouse: Leap years happen every four years, except if the year is a multiple of 100. But then years that are a multiple of 400 are also leap years. This complex arrangement has a 2000-year history. The reason for an extra day in a leap year is…

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    Verona Park | Verona, New Jersey

    Verona Park In New Jersey The park is 54.32 acres with a 13-acre lake. It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, who also designed the magnificent Central Park in New York, and Branch Brook Park in New Jersey (see my April 29th post). The park has paddle boats (including swans!), a boathouse, a lake stocked with trout, bocce courts, tennis courts, a gazebo, playgrounds, softball fields, and many other attractions. You can read about the park HERE and HERE. Please check out Leap Day 2020! Thank you for reading The Literary Lioness!

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    Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park!

    The Cherry Blossoms Are Back In Bloom Branch Brook Park is a beautiful 360-acre county park that is located in both Newark and Belleville, New Jersey. Branch Brook Park has the LARGEST collection of cherry trees in the United States. That’s right, larger than Washington, DC.!  There are over 5000 trees in the park. The park was designed by the Olmsted brothers, as was New York’s Central Park. Check out Verona Park! If you love nature, please check out my post on Environmental Mindfulness! Thank you for reading The Literary Lioness!