Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Books read Oct 21

Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies by Nancy Naigle
This book starts out following Kasey and her son at a parade before Jake heads off to kindergarten in the next few days.
Her sister Riley is visiting and will return to celebrate Kasey's birthday. Kasey's husband Nick died in the war. She has started to see the sheriff Scott but there's no sparks, they remain friends and she hopes he sees it as such. Jake was kidnapped once and Kasey's not gotten over it yet.
Story also follows Cody, a country western singer on the road and he plans to catch up with Kasey as they've remained friends.
He sometimes tires of being on the road... the band buses land at Kasey's due to the hurricane coming up the coast so they have time to spend with her. She's a photographer and heading up to Arty's party.
Lots of twists and turns in this book but easy to follow.
The buses head back home as the commercial in TX has been cancelled. Kasey works on a spreadsheet timeline of events that happened and Cody is to fill in his section for the lawyer, her bffs husband, Von.
Kasey spends a few days at his house near Nashville and the thing I like most is Cody is down to earth with his possessions. A lap pool in his house, zipline from the top of the hill to the outside pool. His expansive ranch. Always wanted to go zip lining and it's on my to do list, someday.
He doesn't flaunt his things in front of others.  Love how her photography and that of friends help solve the case.
Understand the meaning of the title now, you won't find out til the end...
I received this book from a contest I won.

Superfoods Desserts: 40 Quick & Easy Cooking, Gluten-Free Cooking, Wheat Free Diet, Whole Foods Diet, Dessert & Sweets Cooking, Weight Loss Maintenance, ... Cooking (Superfoods Today Book 18)
Colorful pictures with each recipe, no nutritional information but healthy otherwise. Easy instructions to follow and cook time.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end. Lots of really good recipes from basic fruits that we have on hand.

52 Date Ideas Under $20: (Date Ideas, Cheap Date Ideas, Inexpensive Date Ideas)
Great idea book, starts out with categories of the types of dates you want. inside, food, outside, etc
We will often have a mystery date night where one or the other plans the meal, place, etc.
We have done many of these already, got a few new ones to try out. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Healthy Weight Loss - Here's the Deal (Here's the Deal - Healthy Weight Loss and Fat Burning Over 40 Book 1
Author opens up with a correlation between stuff and your weight. Organize your space and it will help with your weight as well.
DEAL is described in detail for the plan of action to work.  Many components make this plan work.
Recipes included and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Life Without the BS: Rants, Raves and Other Crazy Stuff
Comical stories of different subjects: dating, marijuana usage, guns, tv watching.
 fast food and big gulp ban, marriage rituals in other countries, religion and an honest politician.
Snips about upcoming elections and the candidates, money and having kids, retirement and death.
Each chapter comes with a quote from usually someone famous.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Kids Halloween Stories + Halloween Jokes: Spooky Halloween Ghost Stories and Short Stories for Kids (Halloween Short Stories for Kids)
Three free ebooks at the start of this book. 5 different short stories about Halloween and also pages of fun silly jokes.
Also coloring pages are available along with list of other works by the author.
Stories aren't terribly scary.

Zoo Day
Brilliantly colorful children's book about their day at the zoo. They see some common animals and some not so common. My favorite was the flamingo as it took up many pages of information.
All the animals had their own pages where it states what they do and sometimes with a strange part of their body. Very good learning tool.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Freezer: Freezer Cooking Cookbook. Healthy Freezer Meals For Every Kitchen!: (freezer cookbook, freezer meals cookbook, freezer recipes, freezer meals ... freezer meals quick and easy Book 1
Great ideas of making food in abundance then freezing and labeling and taking out what you need for a meal at a later point in time.
No pictures, no nutritional information and all ingredients are listed in grams. Some English items I don't think my store even carries.

 Seafood Recipes: Top 50 Most Delicious & Highly Popular Seafood Recipes
Offer of other books available from the author. Great pictures accompany each recipe, along with list of ingredients, how long it will take and serving size. No nutritional information and some of the
recipes contain quite a bit of fat, more than in our new lifestyle.  Most recipes you should be able to substitute for a healthier choice.
Seafood dinner would be our selection.

Essential Home Remedies: Staying Healthy With Simple, Natural Home Remedies From The Pantry And The Garden
Found this book interesting to read but leery of trying any of the recipes myself. Lots of information about different herbs and spices and other plants and what they will help with what ails you.
Right combination in some can lead to more problems.

Rocks and Minerals for Kids - Fun Facts & Pictures About Crystals and Gemstones, Geology & Much More (geology book)
Very interesting facts about rocks and minerals around the world. Fun facts about them along with photos of places that have them.
Especially liked seeing US monuments.

Incredibly Delicious Casserole Recipes from the Mediterranean Region (Healthy Cookbook Series 2)
Cookbook using lean cuts of meat with Mediterranean style recipes. No pictures and no nutritional information.
Does state how many the dish will serve. Chicken and rice casserole would be our choice to make.

Crockpot Recipes: 50 Quick & Easy Crock Pot Recipes (Crock-Pot Meals, Crock Pot Cookbook, Slow Cooker, Slow Cooker Recipes, Slow Cooking, Slow Cooker Meals, Crock-Pot Meal)
Free clickable other works by the author.  Each recipe comes with a photo and prep time, servings. Has list of ingredients and detailed instructions and variations you can use.
No nutritional information. Favorite would be salsa chicken.

Baking Recipes for Kids: Quick and easy Cakes, Desserts, Slices and Snacks that Kids love to eat and help to make
Cookbook that would appeal to kids, it has recipes for them to make. No photos, no nutritional information.
Has list of ingredients, detailed instructions how to make and bake, no serving amounts.
Appears to be an English cookbook so some ingredients might be hard to locate in the US.
Carrot cake would be our favorite to try.

Dump Dinners: 101 Easy, Delicious And Healthy Meals Put Together In 30 Minutes or Less! (dump dinners, dump dinner recipes, crockpot recipes, dump dinners ... recipes, healthy recipes, healthy cooking)
Good ideas for meals, no photos, no nutritional information, no servings per recipe.
Has detailed list of ingredients and how to make and bake. Most of the meals are made with condensed soup which has lots of sodium in them, which is not healthy for our lifestyle.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

 Living Off The Grid And Loving It: 40 Creative Ways To Living A Stress Free And Self-Sustaining Lifestyle (Simple Living Book 14)
  Plan ahead and decide how much off the grid you want to live. Many methods and plans are discussed.
Like compost ones and other recycling ideas as you can do them now. Wind and solar power you might have to save up to do.
Not sure I'd be ever able to live off the grid as I rely on my pc for reading and contacting publishers for more books.
We already grow some of our own vegetables and preserve them for the winter months.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

DIY Gifts In Jars: 30 Simple, Delicious, Inexpensive Gifts in Jars Recipes
Very detailed instructions on how to make up the jars and with the ingredients so the recipient can make a treat.
The cookie section tells you how to layer the ingredients in the jar so it's appealing and attaching a note of what they need to add to it.
No nutritional information and no photos.  Pumpkin bread and carrot cake sounds the most healthiest.
Lots of good ideas for the holiday. Other works by the author are highlighted.

Let's Go Find The White Squirrel! (Squirrels - Rare Animal Series Book 2)
Children's colorful book about a rare animal, the white squirrel. Each section has a different suggestion once you see one.
Lots of ideas on how to find the squirrel, gives you hints of where to look.
Silliest of all is giving them a bubble bath, in your tub! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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