Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Feb 11 books read

At The River's Edge by Mariah Stewart
This book starts out with Sophie and she's just dumped her cheating boyfriend who also works in the law firm as she does in Ohio. She calls her brother Jesse who lives off the coast of MD and heads home for a week.
She has many plans as she makes her way around town. Jesse is to be married to Brooke who has a son from her previous marriage to a man who died in the war. Logan likes to play sports and Brooke's brother Jason is around to help out.
He's a landscape artist and has done many gardens in the area and is contracted to do her grandfather's place.  She's always had a dream to run a diner and there is a building in town that fits the description. She could also join the family law firm there in town and have plenty of work.
Ah the possibilities of starting over again...everything seems to just fall into place and you know there will be upheavals and difficult times....and then medical problems...
Although there are a handful of people it's very easy to keep them straight. Recipes at the end and excerpt from the next book in the series is included at the end.
I received this book from Library Thing  in exchange for my honest review.

Cooking With Hot Flashes: And Other Ways to Make Middle Age Profitable
Without even looking at what this book was about I assumed it was really a cookbook. It's not that at all but something better.
For the aging group of us as we get older there are things that all we can do is laugh about and that's what this book is about.
The things we have no control over but we used to be able to control them then we got older...
So many funny stories in this book, poems, movies you should see now that you're older, new song titles etc. What a laugh this book is!
True comedy!

 Muffins (Sweet and Savory Muffin Recipes, Butter Spreads)
Very pretty pictures of muffins of all types. It states this is not a low sodium, low calorie or low fat cookbook from the start. I learned also that chocolate chips can be coated in flour so they don't sink to the bottom-I knew that with blueberries, just never thought of it with chips.
Great combinations of  different flavors that sound very appealing.
Easy to cook and these are a favorite of ours when traveling by plane as there are no crumbs - they are not messy.
Blueberry/Lemon would be my favorite.  Liked looking through the butter spreads but I'd never make any of them myself.

 Delicious Smoothie & Healthy Snack Recipes
Many health benefits are discussed at the beginning of the book as to why we should be drinking smoothies with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Choices as to what blender and what each offers in the way of features is talked about.  There are also troubleshooting things if your drink isn't just quite right.
Many pictures and nutritional information for the recipes.  Love the section for energy bars that you make yourself.
Spreads and other helpful recipes included.
 25 Delicious Cupcake Recipes - Delicious and Easy Cupcake Recipes for Every Occasion
Cupcake recipes with pictures, no nutritional information provided.
Starts out with classic and moves along to unique combinations. Cornmeal cupcakes sound like something we'd eat.
Other recipe books are highlighted at the end.

Bear Learns to Share (Fun Rhyming Children's Books) by Lily Lexington
Good rhyming book for children. Illustrated colorful and easy to follow along.
Like all the animals in this book and how they interact with one another.  He never shares his honey with others.
He learns over time that others won't share what they have....
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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