Friday, May 30, 2014

Books read May 30

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe
Wanted to read this book because of the cover, then I read the summary and knew I really wanted to read it.
Karen has died from cancer and her fight. Left behind are Michael-her husband who tries to hold it all together for the kids. Shaynee is now 16 and just gotten her first part time job and Lennox is just 11.
Karen has left them each a birthday gift and some don't want to open theirs. Michael opens his at the familys dinner the kids prepared and it's a picture album of their life.
They are all musically inclined, as was Karen. The book is told from Shaynee's view point and details not only her healing process but her father and brothers'.
Such heartache reading this as I've just lost my mother and just a few days ago my mother in law. Love the gift Shaynee is given and can totally relate to it. I searched through the cookbook I helped my MIL make with her recipes the day my husband took a day off to regroup and we worked together to create one of her recipes.
Meant so much to both of us. The gift she is given in the book is priceless and tells her how to heal and to help the others in the family. Such sound advice that I will use myself within the next month before we have the MIL celebration of life day.
Author also emailled me the songs that go along with the story-very inspiring as I also learning how to play the guitar.
I received this book from Early Reviewers Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

 Mediterranean cookbook:The Right Stuff(ing): Quick Slow Cooking-The Full Guide for Delicious Stuffed Dishes (Special cookbook,Unique recipes
Offers of another cookbook as a gift for reading this one is in the book.
This topic always fascinates me as we are basically on a Med meal plan. Always looking for new ideas.
Stuffed beets would be my choice of a really good dish to make. Lots of fresh ingredients and very healthy.
Really good photos of the different steps of preparation. Very detailed steps on how to prepare the dishes. No nutritional information but there doesn't appear to be butter or sugars, but healthy substitutes.
For meats i would use the 93% lean meats/poultry with only 7% fat.
Besides chapters on meat/poultry, there is one called vegetarian/vegan, cheese, another called sweet.

The Taste of Northern India - Where Spirit and Flavors Combine- a culinary journey through recipes and landscapes By Shira Barak
This book by the same author as the Med. cookbook, the right stuffing, concentrates on Indian spices and combinations. Each recipe tells you serving size and preparation time.
Very fresh ingredients, herbs and spices.  Also very colorful photos of the prepared foods. Especially want to try the spinach dish.

Scientists That Changed the World: The Story of Wireless, An Educational Comic Book for Kids (A Historical Science Comic Book for Kids) 
This is book 2 of the series, this one is about wireless communication. It's told in a comic strip type along with the story as well. Colorful older children's book about how wireless came about.
Marconi and his explorations. Back in the day it was called radar and tells how that was used.
Many other books, for children and for adults by the author are highlighted at the end of the book.

French Cuisine Cookbook: 50 Easy and Delicious French Recipes (French Cooking, French Recipes, French Food, Quick & Easy)
Each recipe comes with preparation time, ingredients and calories per serving. No  pictures and no nutritional information.
Recipes sound very easy to make but not quite so healthy although you should be able to substitute a whole egg with egg beaters, etc.
There are also quite a few VERY healthy dishes so there is something for everybody.
Has categories for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and treats and other dishes. Lots of fresh spices, herbs and vegetables.
Love chicken cordon blue-gonna have to try that one!
French fries their way, even sound healthy. Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Summer Activities For Kids: Fun Ways To Keep Kids Active - And You Sane: activities for kids 4-8 years old
This book is directed towards parents and how to keep sane during the LONG summer months. Besides safety they suggest following a routine schedule of things to do daily.
Use of a big calendar with blocks to write things to do is a big help.
Lists of places to go that are also educational but fun. Wicked cool!
Such a fun book, can't wait to experience the fun with our grandson this summer.

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