Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Books read Sept 30

Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love the authors work and treasure recipes throughout each book.
This one starts out with Hannah and Ross-her new husband and after having a meal at the Inn he asks her about last Christmas event where the caramel candy didn't quite work out well.
She then explains to him over the course of the rest of the night what happened. Started out with Lisa and Hannah and Lisa has agreed they will need to make more as the candy company is out of business.
As Lisa informs Hannah of her spouses late night work she worries his new assistant who he had dated in high school was going to be Mrs. Santa Claus this year as Herb was Santa himself. They catch a rehearsal as they are in the neighborhood and just as she feared Gloria is up to her old tricks.
They buckle down and discuss it while they experiment and make treats only to find out later that Phyllis is now dead...
The characters in the book that are always in the books are present here: Norman, Mike, Herb, Lisa and her sisters and mother. Even a guest appearance from her father as a ghost of Christmas helps solve this one.
Recipes are to die for!
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

My Playful Kitchen: Activity Cookbook for Kids and Parents with Healthy Recipes: Cook, Connect, Learn
Have read some of the author's other works and enjoy how she is able to get kids involved.
Especially like the cooking parts as it doesn't matter if the child is female or male.
This one starts out a free activity kit that you can download and also a note from the author as to what skills they will obtain.
Book would not read properly on my pc nor my tablet. I had to keep increasing the size to be able to read it, then enlarge  it to turn the page.
Kind of cumbersome.  Great section for just the adult.  Beautiful pictures of what you will need along with what they are.
Also shows diagrams of how to chop certain foods or remove seeds. Recipes are shown with picture ingredients along with the name of the item, then how to chop and prepare the food to make the dish using pictures so the child can see what to do also.
Cooking tips and cool facts along the way along with parent tips!  Very nutritious dishes ( ( can tell from the ingredients)  but no nutritional information.  My favorite to make would be cornbread.  Lot of work went into this cookbook for children-reminds me of the one I helped create for our local Head Start program one year with contributions from the parents-most things had pictures so the children could help even though they couldn't read the words.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and can see the benefits for children to get in the kitchen and start helping.
Recipes from dips to desserts and everything in between. Great selections!

Whiteout, lost in Aspen  by Ted Conover
Love learning about new places that we've yet to visit. The author does a great job of describing the area in detail.
Starts out with a guy who drives for the Mellow Yellow taxi company-his friend owns the place. Aspen is a ski area and celebrities flock to the area to spend lots of money.
Like the regular talk he gives them especially about the bars and how much further the drinks effect you due to the high elevation of the town vs. others in CO.
He was there to write a story so he experiences the local businesses for himself.
Uses his resources to house sit and save money. He gets a job writing stories for the local paper.
Loved hearing about the mines, history of them and how they were acquired.
Enjoyed hearing how search and rescue works when one goes down via an avalanche.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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