Eats and Reads

Deborah Moore in West Valley, Utah is doing a yearlong project called Eats and Reads. She explains, "Every day I pick a different childrens book and make a snack that goes along with it."...

Why did you decide to do this project?  I've already been doing Eats and Reads, but I wanted to do something more consistent.  I love to cook, make healthy snacks and getting kids excited about current books.  

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? I started doing sporadic Eats and Reads over a year ago as a way to have something to blog about.  It's helped me learn what picture books are out there.  As an aspiring author this is important, but by making treats to go along with the books it's more entertaining for me. I've recorded some of my creations, but I've never been 100% certain how the snack would turn out.  Creating and rushing toward possible failure has given me a chance to get over some of my hang ups and try a few unusual things.  For example, I made a Chihuahua out of peanut butter, graham crackers, and banana's.  It turned out cute, but I had no idea if it'd even work when I was doing it. Other times I'm made a cute looking snack which my kids absolutely hated.  One highlight was when I let S.A. Boden, author of "The Compound" know that I made a snack for her book.  She thought it was a fun idea. 

I wrote my first rough novel (in submission, but it hasn't been picked up by any agents yet) by forcing myself to write a little every day.  This helped me work past the creative blocks and discouragement.  I love the fact that your book provides little prompts and has realistic support for creative and artist types.

See all of Deborah's Eats and Reads HERE.

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