Sunday, March 30, 2014

Books read March 30

Home Remedies from Weeds and Wild Flowers (Herbal Medicine from Your Garden or Windowsill)
Interesting learning about how weeds and wild flowers, etc are used and how and why. This book is full of so much useful information I found it hard to absorb it in one sitting.
Each comes with a colorful picture along with it's Latin name and how large the plant might get.  Where to grow, how and when. Uses for the plant are discussed.
Also has a very expansive index of remedies for ailments and what plants derivatives might lead to a cure.

History Lover's Cookbook
Wanted this book for not only the old time recipes but the stories that accompany them as well.
Love the history of how this book was created and the fact that some recipes don't use a measuring cup.
Cornbread variations would be my favorite. Loved the stories about the war and such things as blackberry leaf picking.
Story of the quince was appreciated as my father grew them in his orchard. Hope to see ice cutting done this upcoming winter if the temperature is right. Apple fritters would be another favorite to try.
History of cakes, pound cake and gingerbread was something that surprised me with all the details from so long ago.

How To Make Homemade Bread
I have made bread and now use the bread machine as it's so much easier and faster.
Starts out with not only useful tips but information on how to be a successful bread maker. Discusses the ingedients and utensils.
Very detailed instructions on how to make a recipe. There are no pictures and there are no nutritional information.
Some of the book is letters from others on suggestions and tips and answers.
90 minute rolls sound like one we'd try because we can use the margerine that is in our diet and half the dough could be used for cinnamon rolls.
Hawaiian sweet bread is almost the equivalent of our homemade Portuguese bread that is flavorful but quite the process to produce and this recipe is made quickly and is easy.
Wheat bread machine recipe=what a surprise! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Spontaneous Family Games: 28 Prop-Free Games to Play with Your Kids on the Spur of the Moment (for Adults Playing with Kids from 5 to 11+)
Thought this would make a good book to have read upon arriving at a family vacation where we are all unplugged from the net.
Like how this book is laid out. First it tells the name of the game, what it entails, how it came about and instructions on how to play it. Love the ABC family the best.
So many variations and nothing is needed to play these games=maybe a coin or button.
Treasure hunter would be a great one and you do need paper and a pen. Really good ideas for games and many we have played as children.
Love ending part where it gets kids to talk about themselves or their day and allows them to open up.

Room to Play: A Children's Book about Decluttering
Wanted to read this book because my grandson has a hard time getting rid of his infant toys and he's 8 years old. Since the move he has gotten better with the tactics of he can get one new toy if he gets rid of 2.
Many examples illustrated drawings of what most kids houses look like.
Starts with simple things like shoes and clothes that no longer fit-get rid of them.
Love the idea of the 3 stacks: toss, keep and donate.

Dogs And Puppies - Interactive Game Book - Activity Quiz Book for Children
Illustrated very colorful interactive children's book about dogs and puppies. It shows a picture of one and then gives you 3 options to choose the right answer. There are pages in case you guess wrong. When you do guess right it moves to the explanation of the dog and then moves onto the next picture.
Works best on the touchable screen such as a tablet-not just the computer kindle app. Lots of pictures and information about them.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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