Monday, July 17, 2017

Books read July 17

Calm Before The Storm
Book starts out with Travis and he's on his way to the family cabin with his wood projects. He hopes to stay there so he won't have to celebrate the Christmas Holiday. Several years ago at this time his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk driver.
Emily is an abused mother of twins and Sarah has lent her the cabin til her court date in Jan.
They all get along with her tending to the kids during the day and cooking and cleaning and he stays out of their way by working in the shed.
Love the adventures the kids go on with them both, so much fun in the snow!
Before the holiday he takes her back to the house he bought in hopes of fixing it up and flipping it. There's lots of work to do and it keeps Emily busy but he also sets her up with a job interview to keep her in town.
He's got it all worked out for the kids going to school even. Plans don't go his way and she leaves to go back to her town and get on with her life.
Later in time he is buying a house to be closer to his sister who's having a baby and he plans to permanently live close by to her when he runs into Emily.  Tragedies strike again and you wonder how they can survive.
Great story that didn't take that long to read. Hated hearing of the abuse and nightmares but there are good moments also.

White as snow: a Christmas story 
Charlie has been living with his grandparents on their farm since he was 3. His grandmother died and things changed, it was only the two of them then.
His grandfather just keeps sleeping-has been asleep two weeks now with a fever and shallow breathing.Charlie fixed the fence so the cows wouldn't get out. They had sold some cows to the soldiers but hadn't spent the money for the winter supplies yet.
The wind is howling and he knows winter is coming. He hurts himself while doing the chores in the frozen land and tends to himself as best he can. He's only 10.
Something magical happens tthen-Jess appears and helps him do everything, teaches him to read the Bible, does chores, helps with winter food and even a Christmas tree. The real miracle happens when his grandfather starts to wake up.
Like who Jess represents in this book and how the Bible holds all the answers.

Snow Jerk by Oliver Del Sigmore
This short story is about Carla and she lives in the mountains with her teenage son about 15 miles from any neighbors. She refers to those with noisy snowmobiles as jerks.
She's on her way skiing to the neighbors house one day when she's run over by one. She assumes it's a man til she finds the girl injured by the accident and helps her. Love the
things you can learn by just listening to the sounds. They get to talk and she learns about Angela and why she escapes to the mountain after losing her mother and having to work at her dad's store.
Love the relationship they have while walking the rest of the way and what they discover at the end. Cute story.

Slow Cooker Recipes: 53 Extremely Delicious & Healthy Crockpot Recipes That Everyone Will Love
Starts out with link to sign up with the author to get a free copy of her latest slow cooker recipes.
Each recipes includes a very small color photo of the finished meal.
Ingredient list and how to prepare. There is nutritional information but it's pasted into a picture file that is very hard to read.
It includes serving size, servings per recipe, calories and calories from fat.
Also has total fat, sat. fat and cholesterol, sugars, sodium and total carbs, dietary fib, sugars and protein. Also has variations on what to change in the recipe.
Problem I have with the recipes is they use canned condensed soups which contain a LOT of sodium. You might be able to substitute for a healthier option.
Nothing I found that we could eat unless we swapped out for the ingredients we can eat. It'd be a whole new recipe.
Bonus of 10 free recipes is included but the format changes and there is no nutritional information at all nor pictures.
Other works by the author 

35 Slow Cooker Beef Recipes – Crock Pot Cookbook Makes Beef Stew, Roast or Ground Meals Easy
Introduction talks about how she uses her mother, relatives and friends recipes and deemed them worth of being put into this cookbook.
Other chapters include how to save time in the kitchen by using the crock pot.
Recipes include a title, ingredient list and cooking directions.
There are no pictures and there is no nutritional information. You might be able to substitute for your dietary needs for a healthier option.
There are about 3-4 tiny color photos. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Reflections by Cassandra Riley
This is a love story about Edward and Daphne who are past their 50 wedding anniversary and they are getting ready for a big change.
Follows their current conversation about their past memories and each answers in their own way. Their son Christopher is picking them up as he is relocating to a different area and they are no longer able to take care of the house.
There is a solution and you will hear about that. Love the family gatherings that make up the good memories.
Reminds me of me and my spouse as I will ask what was the best part of your day or weekend or a trip and after his reply I will tell him what mine was.

The Wishing Star by Kallysten
This is a story about Tina and she's not gone near the bookstore in over 20 years. When she does enter she knows what she wants-herbs for the magic she knows.
She wants to get her boyfriend back for Christmas. She thinks she got the spell down right but she's not really sure as nothing happens.
When Ryan shows up she knows she had it right after all. Sexual scenes. They realize it's all about magic after all.
Excerpt from I'll be Home for Christmas is included.

The Knot Fairy by Bobbie Hinman
I can't pass up a colorful children's book.  Silly children's book about a fairy that has knots in her hair.
Like how the words are separate from the pictures so they are not hard to read.
The fairy that visits the children after they are asleep does something special...There is a cute poem/song about her.
Other works by the author that highlight other fairies are included at the end.

Homemade Ice Cream Cookbook - 150 Amazing Frozen Desserts Recipes by Jennifer Evans 
Starts out with an introduction about summer and having cold treats. Each recipe includes the title, summary, prep time and servings.
List of ingredients and how to make the ice ceam in your ice cream maker. Nutritional information includes calories, fat-not broken up into good or bad, fiber, carbs and protein. There are no pictures. Not sure if you can substitute for a healthier option as you really need to use heavy cream and other canned products that are high in sugar and maybe sodium.
Snow ice cream would probably be the healthiest to eat.
Never though to use alcohol in the ice cream, hmmm. Lots of different categories to choose from: classic, chocolate, fruity, nutty, party ice cream, and vegan categories.

The Curious Cookie: Over 50 International Cookie Recipes by J.R. Stevens 
Start out with joining a mailing list to get more free ebooks. Chapters on American Cookies, European cookies, Middle Eastern, and Asian cookies
each recipe starts out with a title, prep, cook time and servings. List of ingredients and directions. There are no pictures and no nutritional information.
You might be able to substitute for a healthier option but it's going to change the texture and taste of the cookies.
Too much fat content for us to have. 

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