Once Upon a Marigold [Book]

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ed, a forest troll, happens upon a lost little boy in the woods. He ends up raising the boy, Christian, in his forest cave.

As Christian grows he watches the royal family across the river and becomes curious about the youngest princess, Marigold. They become pen-pals, exchanging “p-mails” (letters delivered by pigeon.) Christian learns that not only is Marigold smart and interesting, she’s also very much in danger of being forced to marry against her will, and that is just the beginning.

This was a very sweet and endearing book. The voice is cute and silly and the world mixes modern ideas into an old world. It’s not a fast paced, high thrills kind of book that I think most kids prefer, but I hope there is still room for books like these, sweet and simple, but quirky and fun, and very innocent. Some of the humor might go over a kid’s head, but I think it would still be a fun read for 8-12 and also a fun read-aloud for classrooms and families.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


This soup is so easy and delicious, not your everyday taco soup, and of course it makes great left overs.

4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded

½ tsp. minced garlic

2 cans chicken broth

2 cans stewed tomatoes

1 C. salsa

2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 T. cumin

1-2 cans black beans, undrained

Tortillas cut into strips

Grated cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Combine all soup ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low 8-10 hours, or high 4-six hours.

Place tortilla strips in bottom of bowl, pour soup over and top with cheese and sour cream.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our family’s favorite cookies. I often half this recipe. The whole thing makes about five or six dozen.

3 C. Canned pumpkin

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1 C. vegetable oil

2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. baking powder

3 C. sugar

1 tsp. salt

5 C. flour

1 1/2 C. milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except flour and mix well. Add flour and mix to combine. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Happy Halloween!


4 comments

    • ali

    • October 28, 2010

    • 6:21 pm

    You always have the best recipes! Yum!

    And that book sounds like a really enjoyable read. I’ll add it to my list–one of my boys in particular would probably like it.

    Thanks Liesl!

  1. ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD sounds adorable. I’ll have to check it out.

    We love pumpkin chocolate chips cookies, too. I was trying to find my mother’s recipe just the other day for a ward party, but I ended up making boring brownies with Reese’s Pieces. Too bad I didn’t have this last week!

  2. I will definitely check out Once Upon a Marigold!

    Also, I gave you an award on my blog 🙂

    • Chad

    • November 8, 2010

    • 7:18 pm

    I’m trying this recipe today! It smells delicious already 🙂

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