Thursday, March 9, 2017

Books read March 9

March 2017 Book Fun Magazine
As always I enjoy this magazine because it informs me in a friendly, at ease way of upcoming books and what they are about.
It not only tells you about the books but also the background of the author and family-lots of nice pictures to also go along with it all.
Always enjoy Gregory Hines chapters as one month I did actually win the coffee he produces and always interesting to see what new adventures are happening in the ministry in Honduras
Another author that I treasure her writings are Cheri Swalwell as I can relate to her stories as they have happened in her life.
Hope I can win a few more that I'm interested in this month at Book Fun chat night. You can also join, it's all free. You sign up to win a book, you get the book, read it, post your reviews. It's that simple at, check it out for yourself.

 Party Hardy by Justin A. Bryant
Cookbook that will help you with appetizers that include salsas, dips, sliders, etc.
Each recipe comes with list of ingredients and how to make them along with servings.
There are few pictures and no nutritional information. Chili would probably be the best bet to using your own food substitutions to suit your dietary needs.
Lots of variety to select from. Desserts and drink ideas also included.

 The House on Honeysuckle Lane by Mary McDonough
Have read many other books from the author and have enjoyed them all.
This book starts out with Danny and he's been in charge of his mother prior to her dying and through her death and afterwards. His two sisters, Emma  and Andie don't live in the same town but do travel in afterwards to help with the estate.
Things get out of hand and with the pressure some things are said that shouldn't have been and puts them on edge. One sister is thinking of returning and maybe living in the house, others want to sell it and divide the proceeds.
Interesting how they all work together at times getting the job done. Others in town really confuse the reader at times as to who they are and how important to the story line.
Chapters also go back in time and that also confused me. Wish this book was broken up into 3 books-each having their say as to what was going on in their lives at the time.
Love that this occurs during the Christmas holiday season and how they all cherish the traditions. Twists and turns make this a good read.
There are divorces, children and all their problems among the catering business, the publishing business and the financial business.. Never a dull moment and you never know how it will end up.
I received this book from The Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review

 Cooking Under Pressure: Top 51 Quick & Easy, One Pot Recipes To Get A Dinner In Record Time
Starts out with introduction about what a pressure cooker can do for your food. Also has benefits listed as to why to use one.
Recipes start out with a color photo, prep and cooking time and servings. List of ingredients and then directions. Also tip on how to make it faster.
Nutritional information labels are attached that include total fat, broken up into bad fats, sodium and total carbs, dietary fiber and sugars, protein.
Doesn't list good fats. Some of these labels do not expand so you can read them.
For the most part the ingredients are very fresh
Potato beef stew was very similar to what I prepared the other day, even using same spices.
Lots of big dishes servings wise, great for a large gathering. You might find some ingredients you can substitute for your dietary needs.
Like how straight forward the instructions are, good uniform format.
Besides the big meals there are also recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. This is where things go to a different format.
Starts out with color photo and time ready in along with servings.
Nutritional information only includes carbs, fats-not broken up into good or bad, protein and calories.List of ingredients and instructions-that's all this section has.
Some duplicate recipes but they are different, just same names and all different nutritional information.
A KEEPER because I know what items I can substitute for a healthy choice.

 CROCK POT Dump and Go Recipes  by Mary E. Watson
Cookbook that includes title, servings, prep and cook time, size in quarts and calories.
Ingredient list and how to make in the slow cooker. Nutritional information has calories, fat-not broken up into good and bad, carbs, protein, cholesterol and sodium.
There are no pictures of the dishes.
Lot of the recipes have you adding condensed soup and other prebought mixes to speed up the process.
I do like how the chapters are broken up into different types of meats.

 Dump Dinners Cookbook: 30 Delicious Dump Dinners Recipes  by Daniel Cook
Starts out with introduction on how the author always had dump dinners when she returned home.
Bonus ebook links. Each recipe includes a list of ingredients and directions on how to make the dish in your crockpot.
No pictures and no nutritional information but you might be able to substitute for a healthy option.
This will be one book I won't be keeping because some recipes contain salad dressing mix, gravy mix and other very salts alternatives to ingredients.
I don't even know what some of the ingredients are: hoistin sauce, never mind where to find them.
Didn't see anything earth shattering to even want to try to make.

 Tomato Planting How to grow tasty tomato (Gardening made easy, seed plants, container herb gardening) (gardening,companions gardening,container gardening,planting guide Amanda Johnson B Book 2)
Very informative details of the different tomato varieties, their nutritional value. Sections on how to choose the spot and till the soil.
Container gardening, how to harvest, prune and fertilize. Everything you could possible need to know about growing tomatoes is in this book.
More works by the author are highlighted at the end.

This book covers everything to do with tomatores. Starts out identifying the parts of the plant and then how to grow and harvest and freeze/can the product. There is so much more to this where it also gives you ideas of what type of soil and location you need depending on the variety of plant you want to grow.
I never heard so many different varieties as what is listed in this book. Very detailed and so easy to understand. So many common pest problems and how to get rid of them, naturally.

 RECYCLE, REUSE, RENEW: Upcycle With DIY Crafts (Decorating Your Home, DIY Projects, DIY Crafts, Garage Sale, DIY Hacks) by Mary Solomon
Book about using and reuseing items that still have some life to them. Like the ideas to also involve the kids to help and how things can be turned into planters
especially with spring and summer planting just around the corner. Also many gift ideas that you can make sure you always have something ready in a hurry.
Few pictures but so many ideas that are broken up into categories.
Recycling do's and don'ts area also included.

 From Seed to Table: Growing, Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving Food by P.C. Zick
Very useful information about a couple that have been raising their own crops for many decades. They start with composting and give you a bit of information about that and what works for them.
Goes through the seasons and even how to deter animals from your garden. Winter months and planning along with recipes, pictures but no nutritional information.
I like the zucchini bread because it does not use butter and has lots of spices.
Spring is mostly about planting the seeds and watching the crops. Recipes for that month also and how to preserve and freeze extra food so you don't have to buy it at the store.
Summer follows again with its own recipes. What a treasure this book is!

Happy Animals: A First Rhyming Picture Book About Animals for Children
Very colorful children's book showing happy animals. Rhyming words and easy for a child to help an adult read along.
You can also use things in the pictures to help count-like dots on a horse, petals on flowers, ears,  I like the happy monkey best.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

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