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The Bird Sisters Review

Twiss and Milly live in Spring Green, Wisconsin in the same house that they grew up in and have become the “old ladies that tend to injured birds”.  However, they are so much more than that.  Rasmussen brings us these elderly sisters story of love, sacrifice, loss and commitment using memories.  It is very authentic in depicting how fast life changes because of one moment or accident. birdsisters

This novel was pretty good and entertaining.  There were many things that I liked about it.  Rasmussen has a gift for description of setting and details that at times feel as if you are reading poetry.  “So with each snarl of thunder and each flash of lightning, each realization that her father wasn’t coming back for her, she stuck to the safety of hating her mother…” (Rasmussen).

The character development is excellent, since you reminisce on your childhood and how funny and fun things seemed at that time.  Told almost entirely using flashbacks, the use of elder characters is fresh since it deviates from the current and I believe it deals with an often forgotten community.    It has been a long time since I have read a novel where the main characters are elderly women filled with wisdom and naiveté at the same time.  Filled with drama, sentiment and relatable themes, I believe that many will enjoy this novel.

From the very beginning of The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen, I started craving biscuits with jam and, later on, cakes that are mentioned in the novel.  This novel is the perfect example for what I want The Literature Café to be: if you read this novel, why not do it while eating biscuits with jam?

Exactly, you can! So, here is my recipe for biscuits that I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Cinnamon Biscuits

CinnamonBiscuits2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of salt

3 tablespoons of chilled butter (or margarine), cut into small pieces

¾ cup of low-fat milk (or whole)

½ cup of sifted powdered sugar

2 teaspoons of low-fat milk

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

  • Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 knives) until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add ¾ cup of milk, stirring until moist.
  • Turn dough into a floured surface and knead 4 to 5 times.  Roll dough to ½ inch thickness and cut with 2 ½ inch biscuit cutter.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.
  • While biscuits bake, combine powdered sugar with rest of milk; stir well with whisk.  Remove biscuits from oven and drizzle glaze over hot biscuits.
  • Enjoy alone or slice them in half and spread the jam of your choice!  I like Smuckers Strawberry jam!


Let me know how these turned out for you!

P.S. Besides the biscuits recipe given here, there is another recipe for this book to come.

Have you read anything where the main character is a senior citizen? Did you enjoy the biscuits? Let me know.

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