Saturday, March 23, 2019

Book Review: Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano




Return of the Runaway Bride by Donna Fasano
Story starts with Savanna and she can't go through with the wedding. Her whole life has been planned out for her and she rebels...
Story also follows Daniel who was left at the altar. Six years later she comes back to town and is hoping to redo the house and sell it.
She purchased it from her parents when they moved to the city. There is so much she has no idea about in her absence.
Others also have not heard about her and what she's done over the years. She felt like she had to prove herself.
Love the idea of her career and how it can help the hospital raise money. Daniel is now the laywer in town and heads up many committees.
They are forced to work together on the fund raiser with others and spend a lot of time together where they open up to one another about the past.
Like how the whole community is there for everybody else, similar to the town we live in.
Good story but a bit predictable. About the author is included at the end.
Free from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Books read Mar 22





Before the Storm (Home to Clare Harbor Book 1)by Jacie Middlemann
Like this story because of the characters and what is going on. Sara is leaving her job to hightail it to her grandparents who live in a mobile home and the tornadoes are coming their way.
They told her they were packing up and getting ready to leave. She k
new better and finds them still at home as she was one of the last cars to make it over the bridge.
The other vehicle was a news reporter van with equipment and lots of staples to survive the storms. They just follow her to where the grandparents live to find a lot of others who don't want to leave.
She gathers them all up with food and supplies and shuttles them inland where she knows of a place that might be more stable than a mobile home...
She gets a lot of help from the news crew and is so thankful. Love how they gather the seniors and bring them to safety.
Love how Sara has so many connections and love how the men find other useful things. With the storm things heat up and there are so many more mysteries that are touched on-but not solved.
Next book excerpt is included. Like this series a lot because of all the variety of people, ages, mysteries.
Would love to read more from this author!







Christmas on the island by Jenny Colgan
Sounded like a good title and wanted to read this book as I've lived on an island during the holiday.
Narrater is from Scotland and has the accent to speak this book. Quite unique as I mostly listen to just English with no accents.
Story is set up about the location of the Scotland island and how life is during the cold dark winter days.
We find Flora has to tell her boss some serious news...There is a lot of talk about others as any island it's what keeps them going.
Highly sexually graphic. Enjoyed learning about others and their lives, the sex not so much.
Lots of twists and turns.
Recipes included.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).




Snow Flake by Princess F. L. Gooden
Book about how an angel is summoned to earth Christmas Eve to reunite a family and to make sure they spend the day together.
She has a lot of obstacles so she does what she knows best-make it snow, trapping them all inside.
Like interaction she has with Gabriel.




Dash Diet: The Essential Dash Diet Cookbook for Beginners. Everyday Dash Diet Recipes to Maximize Your Health and Lower Blood Pressure  by Adele Baker
Free gift available, TOC where chapters are broken up into daily meal plans, then meal categories.
Intro talks about eating a rainbow every day and I can relate to this on a plate. So appetizing and appealing to see the bright colors.
Talks about habits that are not so good for anybody, along with some food choices.
Has lists of foods to avoid and those you should be eating.  These are recipes for those trying to get rid of salt from how you cook to processed foods.
Each daily meal plan is a picture of the menu along with nutritonal information. Hard to see.
Each recipe has a title, Lcolor photo, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritional information, per one serving,  is sodium, potassium, calories and total fat-NOT broken up into good or bad.
List of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given how to make.
Love the combination fo apples with beets-two of my favorite foods.
cann't wait to try the fruit and nut bars. Love that they have recipes for your dressings for salads!
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Converstion tables are available at the end.
A KEEPER!



Instant Pot Gluten Free: Healthy, Quick & Easy Gluten-Free Recipes by Robert Carter
Starts with TOC where recipes are broken up into meals.
Many introduction chapters about gluten diets and charts showing alternative from regular food, what an instant pot is, how it works, and benefits of using it.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, small color photo, cuisine, duration, diet, prep and cook time and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for you healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given and there is some nutritional informaion: calories, total carbs, fiber, sat fat, trans fat, protein and sodium per servings.
Squashy potato breakfast would by my choice to try.
Like that they use dried beans rather than canned products with all the salt.
Lots of variety in this book!



Ramen Noodle Recipes (Cooking with Kids Series Book 4) by Debbie Madson
Short into about author's website and then table of contents where recipes are broken up into meals.
Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products.
Directions on how to make ar eincluded.
Not every recipe has a picture. There is NO nutritonal information.
Like combination of fresh items. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.


Meals in Jars Cookbook: Healthy, Quick and Easy Mason Jar Recipes by Louise Davidson
TOC where recipes are broken up into meals categories.
Bonus ebook offer and intro about the book and poocesses.
Tips and what kind of jars to use.
Recipe starts with a title and servings. List of ingredinets and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products, fresh vs. canned products.
How to make is also included.
Some nutritonal inform as per grams per single servings: calories, fats-NOT broken up into good or bad,  carbs, protein and sodium.
There are NO pictures. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Cooking converstion charts, measurement, oven temperature are listed.


Bulletproof Diet Cookbook For Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes and Smoothies to Lose Fat and Increase Energy (Lose Up To A Pound A Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, End Food Cravings)  by Tony Robson
Starts with TOC where recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Introduction talks about how healthy the bullet system is.
Guidelines for the diet are included and foods to avoid and those you can eat.
Recipes start with a title, servings and list of ingredients along with how to make the dish.
Therea re no pictures, there is no nutritional infomration.
Each recipe does NOT start at the top of a page.
You should be able to substitute some ingredients for your dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products.
End of the book stalks about differences between bullet and other diets.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Not a lot of recipes in tis book.




Smoking Meat Recipes: 26 Smoking Meat Recipes Essential To Your Smoker Meat Arsenal (Rory's Meat Kitchen) by Rory Botcher
Starts with offer of a free ebook. Introduction talks about smoking meat and the recipes.
TOC lists recipes and not in any specific order.
Section on smoking the meat and what you need to know and the modern way and what things you will need. Recipes include a title, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given. There is NO nutritonal information. There are NO pictures or servings.
Like the idea of smoking corn on the cob.
Like that it also tells you what kind of wood to use in the smoker-to get just the right taste.



Camping Cookbook: 26 Camping Recipes That Make Cooking Outdoors So Easy... Anyone Can Do It (Rory's Meat Kitchen) by Rory Botcher
Starts with offer of free ebooks, table of cntents where recipes are not in any specific order.
Introduction talks aobut how to make a hearthy and healthy meal.
History of camping out, modern methods equipment you will need and how to prepare and care for your equipment.
Each recipe starts with a title and list of ingredients and how to make it.
There are NO pictures, there is NO nutritional information.
Some of the recipes call for a few items but I'd pre measure them at home and not have to waste time-put name of recipe on bag.



Mediterranean Diet: The 30 Day Guide to Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Improve Your Overall Health by Following the Mediterranean Diet by Sarah Stewart
Book starts with TOC where it has important sections in their own chapter.
Important aspects of the diet are discussed and discusses recipes during the discussions.
There are NO pictures and NO nutritonal information.
Each meal is disucced and you should be able to make some nice meals with the suggestions they give you.
Uncommon layout of recipes during the discussions-kind of get lost.
Have seen better books on this subject.


TAMALES MADE SIMPLE: step by step way to make tamales by Britney Oliver 
Book starts with pictures of equipment for the kitchen.
Supplies and ingredient list, never heard of atamale steamer.
Shows pictures of all the ingrediees and how you start by combining the ingredients two days beofre you want to eat the dish.
Shows step by step via page of what to do next.
Don't really care for this type of recipe-too much looking at words and very drawn out. Might be good for one not familiar with their kitchen.



Smoked Brisket Recipes: 26 Of The Greatest Brisket Recipes I've Ever Shared With The Public (Rory's Meat Kitchen) by Rory Botche
Starts with free ebook offer.  Introduction is about smoking brisket recipes and versatile they are. Most of the ingredients should be able to be found in your kitchen.
TOC has recipes that are not in any specific order.
Intro talks about the advantages, planning and prepping brikets.
Lots of tips and tricks are also disucssed.
Each recipe includes a title, list of ingredients and you should be able to substittue for your healthier diettary needs: low sugar, low fat, and low sodium and fresh vs. canned.
For one recipe there are over 32 ingredients so be sure to have them all before you start.
Directions in how to make are also included.  There is NO nutritional information.
There are NO pictures. There are no servings.
There are a lot of choices and variety for the spices available in the recipes.





Let's Grill Tennessee's Best BBQ Recipes: World Famous Memphis BBQ by David Martin
Starts with TOC where recipes are broken up into food categories.
Other free ebooks are offered. Intro talks about TN bbq history and how it's evolved over the years.
Gives list of things you will need and about rubs and mops.
Love that the rub recipe the author notes low sodium and to elimiate the salt all together due to your diet.
Each recipe includes a title, summary of the dish, medium to large size color photo, servings and list of ingredients.
There are a lot of fresh items and lots of spices and herbs. How to make is included.
Not every recipe has a color photo.  So many varieties of food to choose from.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Grilling times has its own table at the end.




27 Easy and Delicious Party Dip Recipes: Simple Appetizers That Anyone Can Make! by Michael Thomas
Starts with TOC where recipes are not in any specific order.
Introduction and then recipes.
Each recipe has a title, short summary of the dip, prep and cook time and list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar, low fat, fresh vs canned products.
How to make and even has serving tips.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
Dessert items sound like something I'd like to try.
Author thanks others, other wroks by teh author are also listed at the end.






The Ultimate Christmas Recipe Collection: 125+ Delicious Holiday Recipes Your Family and Friends Will Love (2016 Edition) by Hannie P. Scott
Book starts with a free ebook offer. TOC where recipes are broken up into meal categories. Abbreviation and converstion lists are included.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar and fresh vs canned.
How to prepare is included along with servings suggestions.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
What I do like about this book is that it includes all the recipes for all meals surrounding the Christmas holidays so you can spend time with family rather than in the ktichen.
Has a lot of our own family recipes, those especially for candy and cookies. Great book for keeping them all together.



Homemade Vitamin Water: 50 Delicious and Refreshing Recipes: How to Make Your Own Healthy and Revitalizing Fruit Infused Waters by Lisa Daniels
Starts with TOC where recipes are broken up by citrus, berry, tropical fruit  melon and other chapters.
Introduction talks about healthy side of drinking water.
Chapter on sugar and the limits you should have per day by child, woman, and man.
Chapter on benefits.
Each chapter starts by talking about the ingredients specifically for that chapter.
Each recipe starts with a title, servings, shelf life and list of ingredinets.
How to make is included and added health beneifts are explained.
There are NO pictures. There is NO nutritional information.
Like combinations of ingredients.  There are color photos scattered about the book.



The Ultimate Guide: Recipes of California by Encore Books
Free ebook offer and TOC where recipes are broken up by food categories.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep and cook time ready in, and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products, fresh vs canned.
Directions are given. There are NO pictures and there is NO nutritona information.
Very short book, a few recipes per category..



Savory Fat Bombs: Healthy, Low Carb and High-Fat Keto Fat Bomb Recipes to Try Tonight. Keto-Friendly Appetizers Anyone Can Cook by Adele Baker
Starts with offer of a free ebook. TOC where recipes are not broken up into any specific order.
Intro about what fat bombs are and keto dieting. Has listings of what to eat and those foods to avoid. I'd check with a doctor first.
Colorful pictures throughout.
Each recipe starts with a title, medium size color photo, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritional info per serving: total carbs, net carbs, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, protein and calories.
List of ingredients and you might be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low sugar and low fat products, fresh vs canned.
Direction on how to make are included. Conversion tables are listed at the end.
Just got some smoked salmon and found a lot of recipes here to use and can't wait to try them.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Book Review: Brittle Diamonds by Hilary Walker




Brittle Diamonds by Hilary Walker
Starts with why author wrote this book. Such a subject that is still news today.
Priest in the seminary and the young boys that are abused.
Like English as they stick with one another and gossip about the neighbors. So much so that the priest knows what vehicles the others drive.
He had met a man on the train that opened up to him and they meet again after Matt had almost hit the horse and his tenant. He's lost his job and needs to confront his wife about it.
The priest won't be leading church after Sunday's mass because of the 30 year old abuse charges. The church will investigate.
There are quite a few characters but they all come together when least expected with their problems.
Love that it's Easter time and spring flowers are coming up. Love how they look forward to confessing to the priest.
Like all the secrets others are hiding but will come out soon, over time...
Especially love the different ages and how everything that is going on effects them all.
About the author is included at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mar 20 Book Review: Night Beach by Joanne DeMaio







Night Beach

(The Seaside Saga #8)

by 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Castaway Cottagecomes a novel as captivating as the moonlit sea.

Everything was in place for the perfect beachside gathering. Lace-wrapped jars hung from white chairs on the sand. Paper lanterns and tiki torches glimmered in the twilight evening. A rowboat draped with roses and vines waited in the wings. Love floated on the salt air.

Until the arrival of a mysterious guest named Shane Bradford, a lobsterman with a tangled past in this little New England beach town.

Like a sudden sea breeze, the special evening quickly turns. And the residents of Stony Point must tread the darker water Shane brings to their Night Beach .

AUTHOR BIO:


Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Night Beach is her newest novel. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

To learn more about the author, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.


MY REVIEW:

Night Beach by Joanne DeMaio
Love how this one the chapters is time stamped as events go on for just a few days.
Was so concerned about how the last book left off-fearful that a breakup was is in the works for many.
There's heartbreak, love, passion and so many more emotions arise in this book.
Starts where the last book left off and Mitch and Carole are talking to Kyle to get him to sober up then he decides to head to the cabin in the woods-which was to be their second honeymoon trip.
The whole ceremony is called off and Jason tries to pick up the pieces and get everyone back on the same wave length.
Love hearing more about the driftline-precisous information.
Love how the book also picks up where the other characters in the story are doing during the time frame.
Especially love the backstory that i've yet to hear about-new details as the pieces fall into place...
Others talk to Shane and find out he's a different man and he has no hard feelings against Kyle. Lauren is the one who had invited him to the ceremony.
Love hearing of all the crafty decorations and feel such a connection with this group of friends after all these years. Can't wait for the next one-they are all so special.
Twined wishes could be just what they need. Lots of twists and turns, unpredictable things, secrets come out and some are still kept deep within.  Book title of next book in the series is shown at the end.
About the author is also included. Can be read as a standalone as the author brings you up to date with brief glimpse of the past.
I received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.






Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Book Review: Several books by Hallee Bridgeman




A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman
Have enjoyed other works from this author and looking forward to this one.
Without giving too much away we learn of how James lost his wife and a bit about his company and what he does for his job.
Story also follows Melody and how she didn't show up for her wedding after finding her ex with another. They meet on their return from London and share coffee.
He is able to rescue her from her ex at the airport but he didn't stay with her...She gets beaten badly as she finally comes to consiousness...
Over the years she finally is able to meet him again by chance and they become friends again.
Somebody is after his company and what they do and somebody is also stalking her and she's been to the police.
Lots of characters and easy to get lost with them but your senses go on full alert, scary at times, romantic at others and so much more.
Love how religion plays a part in this book! Story has me wondering if the culprit is one in the same for both of them going through the agongy of knowing someone is after them.
There is a leak among those they trust because some things nobody but a handful would even know about.
Just when you think the book is over they uncover more about the past that pertain to the future.
Discussion questions at the end along with other works by the author and an excerpt.
About the author and more recipes are included.
Received this review copy from the author when you sign up for her newsletter and this is my honest opinion.





On the Ropes by Hallee Bridgeman
Book goes from present to the past and you learn just who the characters are. She is now in witsec and must testify to put some away in jail forever.
Her sister has died already because of what she saw and she was relocated to keep her safe. She listens to her ex fiancee while he is also in court to testify and she learns so many new things about him and his life.
His family is the Russian mob although he was not but he's also there to turn states evidence and he hopes they can get away from it all at the end, living together....
Lots of action, travel and information about their jobs, he a fighter and her a doctor. Really enjoyed this book as I have the others from the author that I've read. Hope to read more.
Just when you think they are free and clear ... Discussion questions are listed at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. About the author is also included.
Recipes included also!  Love the parts religion plays in this book!
Received this review copy from the author when you sign up for her newsletter and this is my honest opinion.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Books read Mar 15






The White Christmas Inn by -Wright_ Colleen
This book follows the people who show up for the wedding, one who is there to write a children's story as she's alone she wants peace and quiet and many others who live in the area and some who are stranded due to the snow storm.
Each person has their own problems and what I love about this book are the ages of the people and their particular problems.
The big snow storm hits in VT and all along the NE of the US. Wedding party shows up all but the groom. Others show up when the roads are closed.
There is no food at the inn as the caterer can't make it there with the food truck. Love how they are given what they need to survive from neighbors. Love also how they get the supplies.
Other intense problems are dealt with and each finds their own solution. Would love to read the next book, although this is not a series, it'd be cool to have them all show up a few years down the road to catch up.
Christmas and the decorations and smells of good food only enhance this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



Beauchamp Hall by Steel_ Danielle
Winnie lives in her deceased mothers house and has Rob as a boyfriend for over 11 years.
Her sister has a husband and two boys and her life is busy. Winnie works at the local printing shop and tolerates her boss.
She gets a copy of the English show and can't get away from it and orders the rest of the series. She's no longer appreciating his sexual moves and she wants love and it's not him...
Love how she is able to follow her dreams after so much turmoil. Like how she has to go back home and realizes the direction her life is going in...
Not really into the England movement but this book makes me think twice about it all. So caring. Love how it ends up.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



The Noel sranger by Richard Paul Evans
Maggie's diary starts us off and she wonders how her life got to be what it is...
Clyde is up and coming in the political field and she gets a phone call from the paper.
Her husband was arrested, for bigamy-he has more than one wife?
During November the snow storm and she met her girl friend at the coffee shop...
We learn how she left her hometown after high school and ended up in the catering business and how that went...
She really likes the man at the tree farm and he helps her with decorating and they go to dinner or lunch. On the spree of the moment
she goes with him out of the country...she knows her ex wants her to stand by him but there's no way she can...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).





The Glass Affair by Wayne Epperson
Starts out with Bernie owning his own investigation company and he employs Frank.
Then he also has Randi apply as she has some training and Bernie hopes Frank can teach her more.
They have a client and they start calling their associates for more information about the people involved. They are warned to stay away from the family.
Reminds me kind of like another TV show, very precise details but laid back in a way.
The woman ends up dead and now it's really up to Frank to find out why because he knows she took on too much. maybe even too much for him?
He looks into her past and follows that lead to talk to her old boss in TN which leads to other clues and he follows those also.
Back in town and Bernie has a lead on the bombing of their building. it's a wonder how this is all connected.
Lots of people involved, easy to lose track of it all...
About the author is included at the end.


Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets  by Stacy C. Bauer
Colorful children's story, sometimes hard to read the dark letters on a dark background. Lettering is also very small.
Parents have to talk to Cami because she is sneaking treats and they try to explain to her why she shouldn't be doing that....
She tries different things to make her think of other things. Love the gift the dentist gives her...
About the authors is included at the end.


Anti Inflammatory Diet: 4-Week Meal Plan for Beginners with Easy Recipes to Fight Inflammation and Restore Your Healthy Weight by Emma Green
TOC where recipes are broken up into meals.
Intro talks about what infmatory disease is and how to avoid it by what you eat.
Basic guidelines along with what to avoid and what you should be eating is included.
Meal plan for 4 weeks is included.
Recipes start with a title, medium size color photo, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritional information: carbs, fat-NOT broekn up into good or bad, protein, and calories.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs canned.
Directions are also given. Sweet potato chips would be our choice to try as it's baked! Love the idea of chocolate cherry clusters for a snack after our hikes.
Bonus section of smoothies  and drinks . Conversion tables are listed at the end.
Other works by the author are highlighted at th eend.


Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook: 100 Delicious And Easy Recipes To Heal Chronic Pain And Inflammation by Donna McBride
TOC where recipes are broekn up by food category and meals.
Each recipe starts with a title, prep ad cook time, servings and size. List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given.
There are NO pictures, There is NO nutritonal information.
Interesting combinations of foods in a recipe.
Some recipes don't have the same consistency with formatting-they are all in upper case.
Like no bake pumpkin energy bites-great for after our hikes.




Instant Pot Mini: 100 Healthy & Easy Recipes for 3-Quart Models by Robert Carter
TOC where recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro about the mini pressure cooker-3 quarts. I think you should be able to double the recipe to use your regular size PC.
Also about features of the mini pot.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, small color photo, time, diet it's good for, prep and cook times and servings.
List of ingredients and you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietay needs: low fat, low sodium, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Directions are given and some nutritional information per servings: calories, total carbs, fiber, sat fat, trans fat, protein, sodium
Love the idea of mini dessert dishes in the instant pot. haven't tried it yet.
 


Authentic recipes from Morocco by Joan Adamson
Starts right in with recipe that have a title and a bit about the dish, list o fingredients where the items are some times in Metric and sometimes in Amercian during the same recipe.
There are a ton of ingredients in some and there is a section for how to prepare the dish. Time to make, difficulty level and calories. Servings are listed.
Tips are listed at the end. You should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low fat, low sugar, low sodium products and fresh vs. canned.
There are NO pictures nor Nutritional information.
You also might find it hard to locate some Morrican ingredients at your local store.
Just tried lamb last month so want to give it another try with other ingredients because it was so good.



DASH Diet: 50 Top DASH Diet Recipes - 30 MINUTE DASH Diet Recipes to Help You Lose Weight Fast & Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes (Low Sodium, Low Fat, Low Cholesterol) by Gina Crawford
Book starts out with free ebook gift. table of contents where chapters are broken up itno meal categories.
Intro talks aboutwhat DASH is and the benefits and what foods you should be eating.
Each chapter starts with a color photo and a bit about a fact.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, servings and list of ingredinets and most are listed as healthy. You should have no problem substituting for your healthier deitary needs: low sugar, low sodium and low fat products and fresh vs. canned.
Driections are given also and nutritional info per servings: size, total carbs, dietary fiber sodium, sat. fat, total fat, trans fat, cholesterol, protein, mono fat and calories, sugars.
Wow super list of the important facts!
Can't wait to try the muffins, chicken pineapple dish!,
Especially like sauce/dressings section! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
About the author is included at the end.
A KEEPER!



30 breakfast ideas for diabetics : Low-sugar and low-carb recipes. For one by Julie McMair
We are not diabetic but our son in law is and we will when visiting make meals for everyone so thought it'd be a great idea to find out just what he should be eating.
Table of contents where meals are no in any specific order.
Short intro then the recipes.
Each recipe has a title, large size color photo, servings.
List of ingredients and how to make. Lots of tips and suggestions along the way.
Love the pancakes with carrots or zuchhini.
There is no nutritional information so you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products and fresh vs. canned.
Light omelet will be choice to try making so all of us can have some.
Egg muffin with zuchinni also looks good! Other foods are also included.
A KEEPER!




Kale Recipes: Over 65 Low Carb Kale Recipes full of Dump Dinners Recipes and Antioxidants and Phytochemicals by Don Orwell 
Free gift and TOC where the recipes are broken up into meal categories.
Intro talks about the author and his bog and superfoods. Allergy labels are explained.
Each recipe includes a title, allergy labels and servings: list of ingredients and how to make.
Some recipes include a small color photo.
No nutritional information so you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat and low sugar, fresh vs canned products.
We grow our own kale and I freeze what we can't consume right away so always have kale in the freezer. It's great in soups and muffins.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.



Dump Cake Recipes: 50 Simple Dessert Recipes (Bakery Cooking Series Book 4) by Debbie Madson
Short intro about the recipes in the book.
TOC where cakes are not broken up into any specific category.
Each recipe includes a title, servings, list of ingredients which you should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs by making your own cake mix, using low sodium, low sugar and low fat products and fresh vs canned.
I realize dump means a quick fast dessert but you can also make it healtheir if you have the time.
Directions are also given. There are NO pictures.
There is NO nutritional information.
My choice would be the angel food dump cake and using real cut up cherries.


PLANT BASED DIET: The revolutionary diet book with easy and tasty recipes for healthy and smart people! (Smart Diet Revolution 1) by Richard McWhites
Starts with a table of contents about the diet itself and all aspects of it.
Medium sized color photos can be found throughout the book.
Intro and chapters about the diet, what it will do for you and the misconceptions of the plan.
Each recipe includes a title, small color photo and a few paragraphs about the dish.
Total time, servings and list of ingredients, mostly healthy ones. Should be able to substitute for your healthier dietary needs: low sodium, low fat, low sugar products along with fresh vs canned items.
Instructions are given and there is NO nutritional information available.
Some ingredients like Ackee may be hard to find at the store.
Love that some you can use the pressure cooker for as there are directions for that and the stove top method.
Recipes do NOT always start at the top fo the page.
Some recipes besides the american measuremnts also include British measurements.
Especially like the berry muffin and bites recipes for a quick treat.




Keto Diet Instant Pot Cookbook: 1000 Day Keto Diet for Beginners: Instant Pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb Keto Cookbook: Easy Keto Diet Recipes: ... Prep Recipes:Ketogenic Diet Recipe Book by Katie Banks
Book starts with table of contents-lots of intro chapter and recipes are broeken up into food categories.
Into talks about how to use the cookbook, the information in it  and what keto diet is.
Talks about also all the bad side effects you may experience. be sure to talk to your doctor before starting this regiman.
Each recipe starts with a title, summary of the dish, prep and cook time and servings.
Nutritonal values-not sure if it's by serving: high fat version calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bed, protein and carbs. Low fat version per serving: calories, fat-NOT broken up into good or bad, protein and carbs.
List of ingredinets and you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
there are also low fat and high fat versions of ingredinets.
how to make the dish and a full page color photo of the dish.
There is also at the end of the food category chapter a chart showing dish, low and high fat , calories, servings, and other nutritional info in chart form.
Chart makes it easy to find a meal for right amount of people and other attributes.
There are also charts color coded at the end.
Index of recipes charted by calories is included-6 week schedule
Instant pot for beginners is also included at the end...





Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Review: Holiday Hearts A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle by Josie Riviera





Holiday Hearts A Sweet and Wholesome Romance Bundle by Josie Riviera
A Snowy White Christmas by Josie Riviera
Starts out with Margaret and she's back in town where she grew up hoping to buy the mobile home she was raised in. She gets a part time job being an elf at Christmas at the store with others in hopes to save the money for the sale.
Story also follows Fernando, her love from high school. She had left shortly after school ended to the west coast to model but she has other secrets she keeps from him.
He is into real estate and he has secrets he hides from her. Some things just don't make it into their conversations.
They do get together for meals and visits with his family but she has her own life. Part of his secret comes out at the sale. She is devastated.
Felt story was a bit rushed at the end when secrets are revealed as to who Emmy's father is.
Like this book because of how hard each of them is struggling-her with taking care of her daughter who has disabilities. He has given his brother (who has disabilities) a kidney and they are recovering still.
Glad she realizes over time what's really important as things are revealed.
Love hearing of the holiday festivities, how children handle being disabled and fit into society, charity and caring for others in this story set in Upstate New York.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera
Noelle is traveling to Snowy Rock and going to tend to her aunt's candle store.
After the crash she gets help from Gabe, a local and she's terriried of the icy roads.
She had also met a little girl and her mother-who had gotten injured....
What I like from the start are the music she plays-sounds so comforting and soothing as do the candle scents.
Like hearing all the tips on the candle making process and why it burns when wax gets too low.
Like Gabe's career and learning about it. She is able to find another piano to play because she's aunts is broken.
She opens up about her past and marriage...
There are other conflicts as he's taken Lucille out for Thanksgiving dinner and she's the owner of the other candle shop in town. Love hearing of the scenes and activities they do, so precious.
Love that Holly has come to set the record straight about Gabe...and that she had gotten through the performance with her ex.
Author bio and excerpt from A Snowy White Christmas is included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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A Portuguese Christmas by Josie Riveira
Wanted to read this book because I am also Portuguese.
Starts out with Krystal and she lives in Newport, RI (on the same island as where I live) and she's in a surfing competition in Portugal and her cousin and her family are there with her.
The surfer cutting into her space causes her to go under the wave and get banged in the head from the surfboard-her angel. No more surfing til her concussion reside and she will be in Portugal for Christmas.
Love hearing of the traditional food as it was also served at our house in RI. My father and his family were Portuguese and lived within a hands throw from one another-like our own community, living on ancestiral lands.
Story also follows Adolfo who attended the surf competition and found himself tending to Krystal. He was just a farmer growing olive trees and her cousin had told him he needed a break from his work.
She also designs swimsuits and hopes that some day it will earn her money.
Love hearing of the sightseeing around the town, designs of the structures, food and decorations of the holiday season. Bull fight really intrigued me as I've yet to see one in person.
While she is stuck there she calls her brother Julio and hopes he will not put their father in a nursing facility til she gets back, she thinks he'd like to live with her, taking care of him. She just needs to win this competition.
She is still grieving the loss of her husband, a surfer himself. Adolfo is very senstiive to others needs and he is passionate.
Just recall an 80 foot wave that a man had surfed, off the coast of Portugal just a few weeks ago-the largest ever anyone had surfed.
Francisco is out of jail now and he will be hired on to help at the olive vineyard. He is very amorous and he takes it upon himself to bring her to practice surfing at the ocean.
She knows it will go against what Adolfo has to say about it as he knows she is not recovered from the injury. Same work ethics we were raised with.
Love hearing of the salted cod fish as I have one wooden container that the cover slides off. Misunderstandings and you wonder how things will turn out.
Concussions recently in the news also is brought up. Love the snowmen out of sand with the twins Descriptions are so very detailed you feel as if you are there.
Note from the author, a recipe! acknowledgements, about the author, and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.