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FEBRUARY ROOT - Progress Thread

This is a continuation of the topic JANUARY ROOT - Progress Thread.


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Feb 1, 2:41pm Top


Velvet cake is thought to originate in the Victorian era. During that Era they served velvet cakes as a fancy dessert. The term "velvet" was a description used to let consumers know the dessert was a soft and velvety crumb cake. During that same time devil's food cake was introduced, which is how some believe that red velvet cake came about. The difference between the two cakes is that devil's food cake uses chocolate and red velvet cake uses cocoa.
When foods were rationed during World War II, bakers used boiled beet juices to enhance the color of their cakes. Beets are found in some red velvet cake recipes. Beets were and are in some recipes used as a filler or to retain moisture. Adams Extract, a Texas company, is credited with bringing the red velvet cake to kitchens across America during the Great Depression era, by being one of the first to sell red food coloring and other flavor extracts with the use of point-of-sale posters and tear-off recipe cards. The cake and its original recipe are well known in the United States from New York City's famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which has dubbed the confection Waldorf-Astoria cake. However, it is widely considered a Southern recipe. Traditionally, red velvet cake is iced with a French-style butter roux icing (also called ermine icing), which is very light and fluffy, but time-consuming to prepare. Cream cheese frosting and buttercream frosting are variations which have increased in popularity.

In recent years, red velvet cake and red velvet cupcakes have become increasingly popular in the US and many European countries. A resurgence in the popularity of this cake is attributed by some to the film Steel Magnolias (1989), which included a red velvet groom's cake made in the shape of an armadillo.

Password is ROOTS

Our love of books will keep us going through the month of February.
We started off strong and lots of stars were handed out but we can do better!
This is the current list of members that have identified a ROOT goal for 2019 and how many books they read by the end of January. The Challenge has begun and many members are reading their ROOTs at a phenomenal rate and others seem to be waiting for the weather to warm up. Which ever you are, please review the list below and make sure that I have your goal correct as well as your progress. Again this year I will be inserting stars ★★★★★ to show how far along toward your goal you are. (1 ★ = on target to reach your goal by December, ★★ = a month a ahead of schedule, etc.)

If anyone's number is incorrect, please let me know and I will make the necessary adjustments. If your name is not on the list, please check to make sure that you have joined the group and setup a ticker either on the ticker thread or you have a thread that can be identified as yours.

Ameise1 2 / 10 ★★ 20.0%
BENITA 8 / 55 ★ 14.5%
bragan 9 / 80 ★ 11.3%
brakketh 1 / 30 3.3%
brewergirl 0 / 30 0.0%
Caramellunacy 3 / 12 ★★★ 25.0%
ChelleBearss 7 / 30 ★★ 23.3%
clue 6 / 30 ★★ 20.0%
Coach_of_Alva 0 / 75 0.0%
connie53 2 / 36 5.6%
crazy4reading 1 / 38 2.6%
curioussquared 3 / 50 6.0%
CurrerBell 15 / 100 ★ 15.0%
cyderry 7 / 84 8.3%
detailmuse 8 / 44 ★★ 18.2%
DisassemblyOfReason 21 / 75 ★★★ 28.0%
Donna828 2 / 30 6.7%
Erratic_Charmer 9 / 30 ★★★ 30.0%
FAMeulstee 20 / 150 ★ 13.3%
Familyhistorian 8 / 65 ★ 12.3%
floremolla 4 / 60 6.7%
fuzzi 4 / 100 4.0%
HelenBaker 3 / 54 5.6%
Henrik_Madsen 1 / 40 2.5%
h-mb 1 / 20 5.0%
Jackie_K 4 / 48 ★ 8.3%
janoorani24 0 / 25 0.0%
kac522 5 / 40 ★ 12.5%
karenmarie 7 / 45 ★ 15.6%
Kristelh 7 / 50 ★ 14.0%
KWharton 0 / 14 0.0%
LadyBookworth 5 / 12 ★★★★★ 41.7%
LadyoftheLodge 13 / 100 ★ 13.0%
leslie.98 8 / 100 8.0%
lilisin 9 / 50 ★★ 18.0%
lindapanzo 1 / 36 2.8%
lkernagh 5 / 45 ★ 11.1%
LoraShouse 1 / 20 5.0%
Lori76 0 / 65 0.0%
madhatter22 6 / 60 ★ 10.0%
Majkia 10 / 50 ★★ 20.0%
mandymarie20 2 / 10 ★★ 20.0%
martencat 0 / 27 0.0%
midnightbex 6 / 50 ★ 12.0%
Miss_Moneypenny 1 / 50 2.0%
MissSos 2 / 25 8.0%
MissWatson 8 / 75 ★ 10.7%
nebula21 6 / 35 ★★ 17.1%
Nickelini 4 / 20 ★★ 20.0%
originalslicey 0 / 38 0.0%
quiqui 1 / 24 4.2%
rabbitprincess 5 / 60 ★ 8.3%
rainpebble 16 / 50 ★★★ 32.0%
readingtangent 2 / 48 4.2%
Rebeki 3 / 14 ★★ 21.4%
Robertgreaves 8 / 84 ★ 9.5%
rocketjk 1 / 20 5.0%
sallylou61 6 / 60 ★ 10.0%
seascape 0 / 50 0.0%
si 1 / 16 6.3%
Tanya-dogearedcopy 2 / 54 3.7%
the_traveler 1 / 12 ★ 8.3%
torontoc 5 / 30 ★★ 16.7%
vestafan 0 / 50 0.0%
vestafan 6 / 50 ★ 12.0%
zaydah09 0 / 20 0.0%

I'm not trying to be mean, but this year is shaping up to be extremely busy and if I can't find your thread or ticker, I can't count you.

So go out there and dig those ROOTs.

Edited: Feb 4, 5:38pm Top

If anyone forgot to join the group, you will not appear in the list. Once you have joined, I will add you to my database, and you should appear on the list the following month. I will not be going back to insert someone who was not a member when I gathered the numbers. Sorry, it's too complicated.

Feb 1, 2:56pm Top

>1 cyderry: This cake is so beautiful! I would say Red Velvet is my favorite cake but I have so many. I also like the ticker with the little heart as the marker, very clever and cute.

Feb 1, 4:05pm Top

Thanks Cheli! And the cake looks awesome!

Feb 1, 4:17pm Top

I love red velvet cake. In our house we (well, I say 'we' - by which I mean my husband and daughter, of course, I just eat the end result!) make it using beetroot, natural yoghurt and chocolate, and it is amazingly rich.

Feb 1, 4:17pm Top

WOW! You're quick at your baking, getting this posted in less than 24 hours!!! Thanks for all your work. ~Mike

Feb 1, 4:41pm Top

>6 CurrerBell: I knew that the February thread would take a while getting setup because of the new year/new members so I did a bit here and there when I was on the phone with Mom in January. I've even done the research for March and April's desserts!

Feb 1, 5:56pm Top

>7 cyderry: Ooh, sounds like you are ahead of the game, Cheli. Did you find yourself eating more deserts after doing the research?

Feb 1, 7:21pm Top

Sue Grafton, X

1st for February, 16/100

Feb 1, 8:11pm Top

Thank you for all your hard work in getting us set up for another year, Chèli .

Feb 2, 1:26am Top

Apologies Cheli I am late updating my January ticker. I completed one more, Early Warning by Jane Smiley taking me to 4/54, a little behind for the start of the year but another almost finished.

Edited: Feb 2, 1:38pm Top

ROOT # 3 for the year # 1 for Februari

Een fractie van het geheel door Steve Toltz

All tickers updated!

P.S. My numbers for January are correct

Feb 2, 8:20am Top

Thanks so much Chèli for your work. Unfortunately I can't see the cake.

Feb 2, 8:43am Top

Red Velvet cake is my daughter's favorite and I can't abide it at all. I love Steel Magnolias and remember the Red Velvet Armadillo Groom's Cake with fondness.

Feb 2, 10:31am Top

Thanks for all your trouble, Chèli. That cake looks delicious!

Edited: Feb 2, 7:05pm Top

>11 HelenBaker:. Oh apologies again Cheli, make that 5/54 for January, (which feels much better), I was checking the books on my bedside table last night and found one I haven't recorded, After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell. That's what happens when late at night you finish one book and move straight on to the next...

Feb 2, 10:46pm Top

ACK! I forgot to join the group so I just did that. So hi again! *waves*

I am afraid that I had a bad experience with an overly colored red velvet cake and I can't look at one without tasting food coloring. Everyone says I should try it again. No can do. We're still eating king cake around here (and will be until the first week in March).

Feb 3, 3:27am Top

Really enjoying this years theme. First ROOT for February complete, personal ticker updated.

Feb 3, 10:47am Top

Wow, we're doing well. Maybe I should say "you're doing well" as I've been slow starting, though I picked up a print book this am.

Feb 3, 12:23pm Top

Finished my first ROOT for Febraury. I only have updated my own ticker.

Feb 3, 4:43pm Top

Sue Grafton, Kinsey and Me

2nd for February, 17/100

Feb 3, 6:58pm Top

I posted my first ROOT for February and I am now at 9/65 working towards my second star.

Feb 4, 10:39am Top

>1 cyderry: Terrific history, Cheli! Devil's food is my favorite cake so this makes me interested in giving red velvet a real try, especially with the beet aspect.

Feb 4, 11:52am Top

I've added my first ROOT for February (#5 for the year) to my own and the group tickers.

Feb 5, 9:07am Top

Lovely theme :) I’m trying to select books that are (at least vaguely) in keeping with each month’s dessert, so this month I’m picking out red books or books with ‘red’ in the title! The list:

The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble – already abandoned unfortunately; wasn’t loving the prose style
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min – this is what I wanted The Red Queen to be! Really enjoying it so far.
Re-Writing the Rules by Meg Barker – non-fiction, nice practical reassuring book about sex and relationships

On the shortlist for the rest of Feb:

The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
Godblind by Anna Stephens

Feb 5, 5:59pm Top

I read Red Queen by Margaret Drabble and liked it. It was quite the story and based on historical fact. It does move slow at first, but it was really good by the time I got to the end.

Feb 5, 11:40pm Top

>25 Erratic_Charmer: wait until next month! ***wicked laughter***

Feb 6, 10:34am Top

Just joined this year's group and added my ticker to the ticker thread. My goal is 25 ROOTS and I'm at 2 so far. I tend to not post and interact much, but this group has always been such a good motivator to me!

Feb 7, 7:41am Top

Sue Grafton, Y Is for Yesterday (completing the series, A-Y plus Kinsey and Me)

3rd for February, 18/100

Feb 7, 10:31am Top

The theme for this year is definitely my favorite! I don't think I've ever tasted red velvet cake though. Mr. M is a terrific baker, maybe I can bribe him to whip us up one this weekend.

ROOTs for February as of today
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: 2/50 and 4 stars
2. The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy: 3/50 and 3 stars

Feb 7, 6:44pm Top

My personal ticker is up to date with my first ROOT of February: a re-read of McNally's Caper, by Lawrence Sanders.

Feb 7, 11:31pm Top

I'm happy that so many like the theme this year. Don't forget to let me know if you havea particular favorite dessert!

Feb 8, 4:44am Top

I’ve heard such positive things about it and it had such good reviews! I was looking forward to it and a bit disappointed that it didn’t grab me. It may have caught me at a funny time – got a lot going on in life at the moment and need something simple and escapist for fiction reading. The metanarrative + the non-linear style was distracting and tiring. I might give it another try in a couple of weeks when I’ve got quieter headspace.

Can’t wait! For the record my personal favourite fancy dessert is Îles flottantes :)

Feb 8, 2:26pm Top

Checking in with another ROOT complete.

ROOTs for February as of today
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: 2/50 and 4 stars
2. The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy: 3/50 and 3 stars
3. Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux: 4/50 and 5 stars

All tickers are updated!

Feb 8, 6:02pm Top

Added another ROOT to my personal ticker: A Pint of Murder, by Alisa Craig.

Feb 8, 8:06pm Top

Added two more to my personal ticker: Wicked Wildlife a Cozy Corgi Mystery (Cozy Corgi is the name of a bookstore in the story, as well as referring to a dog) and a re-read of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which is a fave kids book and describes how some days just end up, one of which I had yesterday.

Edited: Feb 8, 10:42pm Top

I finished listening to Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean tonight. The print copy of this book is one of the first books I entered into Librarything - back in the day. It was a pleasant book to listen to but it didn’t engage me as much as I had hoped.

Feb 9, 8:26am Top

I've just finished Second Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, it was excellent. I've added it to all tickers - it's my 2nd for February (6th for the year) so far.

Feb 9, 9:25am Top

>32 cyderry: let me know if you have a particular favorite dessert
mmmmm all things lemon!

Edited: Feb 9, 8:22pm Top

Hi all, I can report 2 more roots for February, The Story of a New Zealand River by Jane Mander and While I was Gone by Sue Miller. I will now reward myself with a library read.

Feb 10, 3:20am Top

Mary Renault, The Charioteer

4th for February, 19/100

Feb 10, 5:12pm Top

Added my third ROOT of February to my personal ticker: Cold Midnight in Vieux Québec, by Eric Wilson.

Edited: Feb 10, 7:18pm Top

Another ROOT done. I finished At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracey Chevalier this morning. I enjoyed this novel as I seem to inadvertently have been doing plenty of reading about trees and plant collectors in the last year. I have found Chevalier's books somewhat uneven in content and plot in the last few years, but this novel was really good historical fiction.

Feb 10, 8:21pm Top

>43 benitastrnad:. Hi Benita, I have that one waiting on my TBR shelves so might prioritize it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Feb 11, 1:18pm Top

ROOT # 4 for the year # 2 for Februari

De vrouw in het raam by A.J. Finn

All tickers updated!

Feb 12, 9:41am Top

ROOT #6 for the year and first for Feb- The Golden House Review is on my thread and no tickers updated.

Feb 12, 1:00pm Top

I requested another of the titles in the National Geographic Directions series from our Inter-Library Loan department and it came in yesterday, so I started reading it last night. Island Martinique by John Edgar Wideman is very different than the other titles in the series, and the book came all the way from Iowa State University Libraries. I hope to finish reading my way through this series this year.

Feb 14, 8:59pm Top

I've read two roots so far; There There by Tommy Orange and A Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis.

Edited: Feb 14, 9:45pm Top

Another ROOT out of my title list. Merchants of Doubt: How A Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues From Tobacco Smoke to GLobal Warming by Naomi Oreskes. I read this one for the Librarything Non-Fiction Challenge for February. The topic this month was science. For a book published in 2010 this one was still remarkable. It is not narrative non-fiction, because the author cites and footnotes everything, but still it is easy to understand. You wouldn’t believe the shannanigans scientists get up to when arguing amongst themselves in an effort to sway public opinion for political reasons. Read this book and find out.

Feb 15, 12:33pm Top

I'm currently reading ROOT #5 for February...

Feb 15, 5:45pm Top

I'm not getting a lot of reading done (hoping to get that changed next week on my mini trip) but I did clear 26 books off my shelves to be donated to a book sale to benefit an educational scholarship for young women. I knew I had little chance of ever getting these books read, so at least they are going to serve a good purpose and are off my shelves!

Feb 15, 9:07pm Top

Feb 15, 10:21pm Top

A Most Elegant Equation: Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics by David Stipp. I finished it, and now it's going in with my books to be disposed of. It was wa-a-a-ay too "cutesy" (think of the for Dummies series). Practical applications of Euler's Formula (beyond alternating electrical currents) would have been appreciated.

5th for February, 20/100

Feb 16, 9:50am Top

Added two more ROOTs to my personal ticker:

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare
First Term at Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton

This brings me up to 10 ROOTs for the year so far.

Edited: Feb 16, 11:19am Top

I've finished A Mind To Murder. I only have updated my personal ticker.

Feb 16, 11:34am Top

Just finished my 8th book of the year (at about a book per week pace right now) and 12th ROOT.

Tarjei Vesaas : The Ice Palace

Will have to sleep on my thoughts with this little one.

Feb 16, 1:14pm Top

I've added my 3rd book for February (7th for the year to date) to all tickers.

Feb 17, 11:28am Top

I have finished 2 ROOTs in February but have a few on the go.

Feb 17, 1:21pm Top

Six ROOTs so far this month, my own ticker is up to date.

Feb 17, 1:23pm Top

I have been cleaning out unread ROOTs in my library this weekend, and now am up to 10 ROOTs this month.

Edited: Feb 17, 1:28pm Top

ROOT # 5 for the year # 3 for February

De acht bergen by Paolo Cognetti

All tickers updated!

Feb 18, 10:00am Top

ROOT #7 for the year and #2 for Feb.- review is on my thread and no tickers updated!

Yesterday, 1:20am Top

Stevie Smith, Novel on Yellow Paper

6th for February, 21/100

Yesterday, 2:01am Top

My #3 root for the month, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Another great book from this writer.

Yesterday, 3:07am Top

I've finished Nerve and have only updated my personal ticker.

Yesterday, 3:08am Top

>64 HelenBaker: I've read this one seven years ago and liked it very much.

Yesterday, 12:06pm Top

I've added another ROOT (4th for February, 8th for the year) to my own and group tickers.

Yesterday, 1:44pm Top

ROOT # 6 for the year # 4 for February

IJsval by Kitty Sewell

All tickers updated!

Edited: Today, 12:28am Top

Enjoyed Root #7: So Big by Edna Ferber, which I purchased last year.

Edited: Today, 1:49am Top

Emma Donoghue, Kissing the Witch (2½**). I really like Donoghue's Room, but KtW (although it's got a couple or three good stories, including the title story) doesn't hit the mark. It's a retelling of classic fairy tales with lesbian and feminist twists, but too often Donoghue's stories don't adhere closely enough to the original to give the "twist" very much of a bite.

7th for February, 22/100


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