Monday, February 20, 2017

Books read Feb 20

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Rushing waters by Steel_ Danielle
This story starts out with Ellen, interior designer living with her husband George in England, and she's visiting her mother, Grace an architect at the age of 74 in NY.
They had hoped to have kids by now but after IVF and other treatment it had not happened for them...
Story also follows Juliette who's an emergency room doctor.  Story also follows Bob who lives in Grace's building.
Hurricane Ophetlia is about to hit.  She refuses to leave. Others also refuse to leave... Story also follows Charles and he's terrified of flying. He's divorced with 2 girls but storm is acting up as they fly into the city.
Many different locations and many different walks of life are put together and how they survive the devastating hurricane.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Near Home: Fantastic photographs sprinkled with Inspirational quotes (Soul Photography Book 2) by Tomer Peled
Good perspective on what one sees viewing pictures. Lots of beautiful pictures along with phrases from famous people.
Connecting, for me where just so tranquil. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Instant Pot Cookbook: A Complete Instant Pot... by Sarah Stewart
Starts out with introduction to the instant pot and how to use it and how to convert your favorite recipes to the pressure cooker.
Each recipe comes with a color photo, ingredient list, and how to make the dish. There is no nutritional information but you might be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Starts out with breakfast dishes, lunches to go and dinners along with desserts.

Delicious Desserts: Amazing Low-Cal Favorites (Guilt-Free Gourmet) by Lisa Patricia James
Each recipe comes with a summary of the dish, servings and time in prep and cook, total time to make. Ingredient list and directions.
Notes about what to top the dish with. There are no pictures.
Nutritional information includes calories, fat, broken up into good and bad, cholesterol, sodium, etc
There are so many in the range that we can actually eat but my favorite is the light and easy carrot cake, love the suggestion of making cupcakes as we use mini pans for that.

Are we there yet by Santat, Dan
Cute audio story of a boy in a car with his parents and they are heading to the grandmother's house.
It is over 1000 miles away and the boy doesn't have much patience, gets bored and his butt hurts. As an adult we've taken rides that are over 1100 miles long so I can fully understand where this story is going.
Love the trip and you should treasure it.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

AARP Magazine and Bulletin January  2017
Good practical information on many subjects for the sernior citizen and their families.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Organic Gardening Tips You Need To Know- Essentials For Beginners! by Hadley Howard
Starts out with an intro to organic gardening. Explains how to plan for any type of garden for what you want to grow.
Chapters on the soil, what to plant and when for your zone and tools and putting it all together. Even section on getting rid of pests.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Vegetable Gardening: An Easy Guide To Growing Your Own Vegetables by Agatha Higgins
Starts out with what a vegetable garden is, tips on getting started-what you will need. Choices to make in what you want to grow and space and if it's inside or outside and so many other options.
We use the raised bed method and cut down trees to actually have two of them now 8x 8's because we also freeze what we produce if there is enough.

Visual Fractions by Pi Squared
Enjoyed this beginner fraction book because of the visual effects and how easy it is to see the size of the parts.
Clever ideas. Uses many different shapes and there are answers in another location.

February 2017 Book Fun Magazine
Enjoy this magazine every month before the book fun chats where they give away books to read as long as you post your reviews.
It's a cool system where you connect with the authors themselves. This magazine highlights the authors and their works and even special things like
recipes and photos of things that are important to them. My problem is I always find another new author I want to read but I enjoy the stories they all bring to the table.
Hope recipes become a monthly feature, I love to bake. What I like about this magazine is that it also features books for childrens and teens and adults alike.
Easy to sign up yourself, join in the fun at

DELICIOUS NUTRITIOUS RECIPES: Lose weight, save money and get your five-a-day with these healthy and easy recipes by Lisa Lazuli
Starts off with eating less fat and less sugar and eat less period. Portion control really helped us a LOT.
Foods made at home are more nutritious.  Recipes start out with servings and ingredient list along with how to make the dish.
There are no pictures and no nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs as most of the ingredients are healthy.
Love the section about making your own spice mixes.

Healthy Husband Cookbook:Quick and Easy Recipes to Feed The Man You Love  by Helen Cassidy Page
Starts out with why the author wrote the book after having her own heart attack. 5 things that make up a healthy lifestyle: no smoking, daily exercise, healthy weight, control stress and eat healthy diet.
We thought we were eating a healthy diet til my husband's heart attack. With a bit of portion control and more exercise 684 miles a year was not enough we even got bikes now and walk or bike daily (in the house even).
Listings of superfoods and choices of cooking oils. Recipes include a few color photos and long list of ingredient, mostly healthy but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs: chicken stock can be low sodium or home made stock.
Also has servings but no nutritional information.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Most Popular Caribbean Recipes – Quick & Easy: Essential West Indian Food Recipes From The Caribbean Islands by Grace Barrington-Shaw
Never had Caribbean food so thought I'd like to understand it. Author does a good job of getting you in the mood and why he's a good teacher of the food he's grown up on.
Each recipe gives you a summary of the dish, then the list of ingredients. Love that there are NO exact measurements for the spices. There are no pictures and no nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
There are also suggestions with what else you can serve with the dish.
Love different methods of making dumplings as we no longer fry foods.
Festival bun sounds good and using things we love. Enjoy learning about the tools and utensils used. Charts for conversions and measures are included.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Trusted Breakfast Recipes for Electric Pressure Cooker: 31 Plain Recipes With Available Ingredients by Elisabeth Thor
First starts out with how to buy an electric pressure cooker because they are so different than the ones in the 50's and then warnings follow that.
Cooking tips and safety tips follow. Advantages of using a pressure cooker and how much healthier it is and how to clean and maintain the device.
Recipes start with a color photo and what the dish is, servings. Ingredient list and shopping list and how to make. No nutritional information.
Some recipes have a summary of the dish and what it is. Applesauce would be our favorite-something we can have and not change any of the ingredients.
Bonus recipes are included.

Slow Cooker: Weight Loss: 148 Weight Loss, Healthy, Delicious, Easy Recipes by Arianna Brooks
Intro from the author and how calories will help you lose weight. That's not the only thing that will do that in my opinion.
Each recipe has servings, calories per serving, list of ingredients, and how to make the dish. There are no pictures and there are NO nutritional information.
You might be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Categories include soups, stews and chowders, meals and deserts among many more.
Bonus books available when you sign up to get the authors weekly newsletters.

Kids Want To Know About UFO's: A Childrens Mystery Ages 9-12 (Kids Want To Know About Series)
Book starts out with who invented the phrase UFO, what it means and the history of sightings. Color photos are also included.
Longer stories are included about specific areas of sightings. Astronauts also describe the things they've seen in space.
Stories of presidents who also saw UFO's.
Sample chapters of the authors other works about mysterious places are included.

Mediterranean Diet: Over 100 Delicious Slow Cooker Mediterranean Diet Recipes by Alberto Benetti
Starts out with what the Mediterranean Diet is and other works in the same field are offered by the author.
Has tips on what to use for a slow cooker and why and other tips.
Conversion tables included as you will them to figure out what a serving size is.
Each reicpe starts with title, prep time, cook time, servings size in grams and calories.
Fat content broken up into good and bad fats, protein, carbs, dietary fibers, sugars, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, via a, c Calcium, and iron
List of ingredients but I think you can substitute for your dietary needs as we rarely use things from a can.
Directions for the slow cooker and preparing the dish are included. No pictures.
One thing I am confused about is the total fat is say 12.2 grams. sat. fat is 4.2 g, transfat is 0, so what other fats and what are their levels?
Why mention transfat if it's always 0? So I guess the other missing fat is really mono and poly fats?
 Wish all the recipes had the same measurements used throughout rather than mixing them up.

Easy Bread Recipes: Easy And Delicious Bread And Muffin Recipes For Beginners by Connor Henderson
This book has no pictures and no nutritional information.
Most of the recipes use shortening when is like eating lard, hydrogenated oils which is the worse kind for you.
I was able to find 1-2 recipes that could be healthy-the zucchini bread using olive or canola oil instead and the cinnamon raisin bread.
There are also a few recipes that use a bread machine.

AMERICAN COOKBOOK: Enjoy Taste of Scrumptious American Recipes  by Susan Wilson
Each recipe includes list of ingredients and instructions on how to make. There are no pictures and no nutritional information but you should be able to substitute for your dietary needs.
Chicken recipes then breakfast recipes follow. Dessert, appetizers,
Cabbage salad is something we'd be able to have.

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