Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dec 31 last books read for this year

Crochet Dynamite: Gifts For Your Besties  by Jaime Eads Maraia
Love exploring new things to make for the charities I knit and crochet for.
For the new crocheter there are many links to click on to get to the resources online for help.
Easy bags to make and they even show you with pictures how to sew the seams together and put zippers in, etc.
Pictures for all the items but they are not very bright. Also hats in various sizes.

Christmas Dessert Recipes: Simple Delicious Recipe Cook Book With 3 Main Ingredients Chocolate Cakes Cookies Pops and More.... (Cooking With Jane)
Recipes from down under. quite unique. Not sure why they say there are 3 main ingredients because I can count up to 20 on some recipes.
Very fancy looking cake pops and fruit cups.
Eclairs look good, most of the food is very fancy looking for a dinner party to impress others. Very colorful pictures but no nutritional information.
Specialty ingredients you can buy from Amazon links that are provided. Also a basic dough recipe which you can use in many of the recipes is included at the end.

Christmas Cookies: Old Fashion, Home Made Christmas Cookie Recipes (Simply Delicious Cookbooks)
Very happy that this book as the nutritional information for one cookie of the recipe you want to make.
Good old fashioned down home cooking from scratch. I also start early in the year so by the first week of December my cookies are in the mail.
No pictures.
Other recipe books by the author are highlighed at the end.

Christmas on the Farm: A Rhyming Picture Book About Christmas  by Beau Blackwell
Illustrated very colorful children's book showing what goes on at the farm at Christmas.
What I really liked is not only the rhyming sentences but the variety of animals and how they share.
Highlighted at the end are other works by the author.

I am good at lots of things by Jessica Arnold
Illustrated colorful children's book about Alex and she can't seem to win anything.
All of her friends and sister win a contest but not her. Her mom takes her shopping and the lady says she's lucky to have curly hair to wear the new bows in.
Alex never thought of that! She notices others who are in a wheelchair and that really gets her to thinking just what she is good at.
The author's other works are highlighted at the end of the book.

100 Scrumptious Christmas Desserts (Scrumptious Cookies, Cupcakes, Pies and Brownies) by Sara Winlet
Love the sound of this book-always look for new recipes to try out.
Recipes from scratch that sound easy and quick to make. No nutritional information nor pictures of the finished products.
Blueberry lemon sounds like a good one to try-different flavors combined.
Chicken vegetable pie also sounds like a keeper.

Christmas Recipes from My Table To Yours
Love cover of this book as I do give more gifts for the holiday that are from my table. Love experimenting also.
Although there is no nutritional information just the list of ingredients of some foods you can tell they would fit well into your meal plan.
I found the recipes to be easy and quick to make and can't wait to try a few of these. My favorites=too many to list here.
Loved that EVERY recipe has a picture.

Christmas Dogs - A Christmas Picture Book For Kids
Very colorful picture book showing dogs with various festive holiday and Christmas decorations.
The pictures with the dogs in them are very festive and adorable. Frames outlining each page appear to be scrapbooking and I know how tedious and patient one has to be to achieve the layout.

Christmas Cats - A Christmas Picture Book For Kids
Very colorful picture book showing cats in various positions with and around holiday decorations.
The pictures with the cats in them are very festive and adorable.
There are 57 pages worth.

Cornish Hedge Patchwork Quilt Design: Use Up your Fabric Scraps! 
Another hobby of mine is quilting so always glancing through magazines and books to find just another project to start.
Very detailed and some drawings of her quilt about 'til the cows come home' which gives you an idea of what she is accomplishing.
Misty morning is another example with no instructions but there is an offer of a free book at the end.
Colors are a bit bland for me but I like how it's pieced together and explanation of how to construct it.

The Southern Pie Book by Martha Stone
Always enjoy looking through cookbooks to get more ideas if not new recipes.
Some of the pies you use a prepared crust-from the store so the pies are very quick and easy to make-getting the ingredients assembled.
I noticed the book does not have a picture for the pies nor does it list nutritional information. The pies are Southern style and very rich (as in butter and flavor).
Loved hearing of the combinations of the flavors to try. Particularly like the chocolate ones but I'd be the only one eating the whole thing.
Free bonus cookbooks are also available.

Tongue Twisters for Kids by Riley Weber
Always on the lookout for fun things to teach kids.
Book starts out with many different pages of just 3 words. If you were to say them fast it might not sound right.
Then it moves onto more words together. Each page also has numbers and basic drawings/colorings.
25 is my favorite, about Sally at the seashore. Never knew there was a second verse.
Jokes at the end are hilarious, so cute. Enjoyed reading through this, brought many smiles and laughs to me.
Other books by the author are shown at the back of the book.

Cookbook: 101 Gluten Free Vegan Italian Recipes ( Pizzas, Pastas, Bread & Desserts) (Quick & Easy Vegan Recipes) by Daniel Nadav
Wanted to check out this book to find out what it's all about.
Illustrated very colorful cookbook. There is also a gift from the author for just getting this book.
As long as you do have the ingredients the directions look very straight forward and easy, quick and very nutritious.
Even desserts, lasagnas, pizza and other dishes are included. Although we are not on a gluten free diet this book gives me ideas of what foods to combine to get a different flavor.
The free gift is desserts and with ingredients I do have on my shelf. can't wait to get started on a recipe-or two!

The Murky Shadow and the Special Gift
Few colorful illustrations, children's book about a boy who is no longer afraid of the shadow and monsters that hide under his bed.
The author has also made a gift available to you in helping your child not be afraid also. Explains why the child was scared.
Interesting to learn what Tommy had done to get rid of the murky shadow.
Love what the parents guide Tommy to do on his own to get over his fears. Excerpts from the other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
Love gift IN the book that you can also get.

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