Friday, January 30, 2015

Supermarket Healthy: cookbook review

Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian. Melissa d'Arabian was a corporate finance executive before becoming the host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and Cooking Channel's Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.


 
I love cookbooks. I guess you could say I am a collector of them. But I actually do use them! I love to cook and bake and try new recipes so, whenever I had the chance to review Supermarket Healthy, I jumped at the chance!

What I was hoping for was a book full of delicious, healthy recipes, easily made and with no complicated ingredients. For the most part, it fits the bill. I am a simple meal kinda gal. Some of my favorite recipes are Creamy Cauliflower Baked Potato Soup, Cheesy Eggplant Parmesan, and Lemon Coconut Haystacks. One that I was not so sure of was the Stracciatella Meringues. (Don't even ask me how to pronounce it!)
One of my favorite features in the book is pictured above. It's called a "blueprint". It lists, step by step, the various ways that you can create different things. Like meatballs, vegetables, trail mix, and more. It makes it so you can have something different everytime. You can read the first chapter HERE.

Overall, It's a good cookbook and has some healthier versions of traditional foods.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, December 29, 2014

The New American Herbal: book review

The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr
I have been longing for a book just like this! It is a comprehensive list of everything herbal! It is so jammed packed full of information and amazing pictures so you can clearly see what the herb looks like. I love how he breaks everything down in an easy to read manner. He lists it's origin, other names, how to grow it, the season it grows best in as well as safety and tons of info on each plant!


Beyond that, he even lists recipes throughout the book to show you how you can utilize some of the herbs. Overall, I loved the book and all the info that it gave. It is great for beginners and people who already know about herbs.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nescafe Coffeemate: review

I was given the chance to review this little bit of deliciousness. It is Nescafe coffee and Coffeemate creamer all in one! Take a look at the description below first:

Some things are even better together. There are certain pairs, dynamic duos, titanic twosomes, if you will, that are just magical when they come together. They bring out the best in each other to create something original and amazing. Now, NESCAFÉ has found its perfect mate: Introducing NESCAFÉ® with Coffee-mate®, the combination of richly roasted coffee and downright creamy deliciousness. Now Nestlé needs your help to get the word out about this tasty new product – rich NESCAFÉ® and deliciously creamy Coffee-mate® together in one! With NESCAFÉ® with Coffee-mate®, one plus one equals more than you can imagine.

And it is good! I am not a huge coffee drinker but this was good to me. I tried the French Vanilla. There is no more of making your coffee and adding creamer. It's altogether and so simple to use. And it is easy to customize to your liking. Don't like it too strong? Add a little. Like it so strong it wakes you up quick? Add a lot. It was pretty smooth and creamy. I was worried being a powder that it might be clumpy or have a funky taste, but I found that it was quite good. Overall, it had a good balanced taste and I will keep using it from time to time.


 I received this product for free through Smiley360. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers: book review

Have you ever been wounded by someone you love? I am not sure that there is anyone since the creation of time and people that has not been hurt by someone you love, me included. While the premise of this book is all about just what the title says, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers, it is full of wisdom for anyone who has been hurt deeply by someone they love(d) and trust(ed). No one has perfect parents and at some point in time, it's safe to say, that your parents have wounded you. This book, written by Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard, really digs deep into the issues and how you can forgive the deep hurts and hopefully lead to a reconciliation.

I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ask It: Book Review

Ask It: The Question that will Revolutionize how you Make Decisions by Andy Stanley is a fantastic book that I wish I had read years ago! I just think of all the heartache and regret I could've avoided! Here's a little snippet:


**If Only…
I see that big question mark in your eyes.

Well, not really. I can’t actually observe it from this far away—but I bet it’s there. Most of us, most of the time, are weighing some big question or two or three concerning our lives, and we keep encountering new ones all the time:

   Do I stay or go?
   Is he (or she) the right one for me?
   Should I buy this? Sell that? Start this? Stop that? Invest here? Commit there?

I know a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all these others.

It’s the question that answers just about everything for everybody, for the rest of our lives, and at every stage of our lives. It brings clarity and fresh insight for each decision we have to make. It pierces the fog of our self-deception and erases all those shades of gray that cloud our reasoning. It takes us beyond simple right and wrong, beyond what’s merely legal, beyond the lowest common denominator.

And if we’re honest with ourselves, God will use this question in the deepest parts of our lives to help take us to the place of our fullest potential.

Not only that, but it’s a fairly easy question to answer. In most cases, you’ll know the answer immediately.**

And it is true. Such and easy question to answer. What is the wise thing to do? I love how he expounds on this question and goes into depth and detail about what this looks like. It is so easy to say, "Well, what I'm doing isn't wrong." (How many times have we all said that?!?) And the one thing we may be doing isn't wrong but time after time one thing leads to another and pretty soon you've gone down a path that you never thought you'd be on.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Forever Mom: book review

James 1:27New Living Translation (NLT)27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 
I have always had a heart for orphans. I have wanted to adopt for 10 years now. It is one of the reasons this book called my name when I saw it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I love this book! Here is a little bit about the book:
[quote]
Writer, blogger, and adoption expert Mary Ostyn shares her experiences of adopting six children, inspiring those who have been called to adopt and providing practical advice on how to make it work.
In Forever Mom Mary Ostyn, a long-time and beloved adoption writer and blogger, shares the practical tools and resources she uses to thrive as an adoptive mom. She takes readers through her own ups and downs as she learned to nurture a growing family through living well on less, eating healthy foods, homeschooling, and mothering children with a variety of adjustment issues. She'll walk readers through how to build heart connections, help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in, effectively implement attachment parenting, and allow for personal time too.
Whether readers are the parent of an adopted child or interested in pursuing adoption, Mary's warm advice and fresh perspective will inspire, inform, and affirm them. They'll walk away knowing they're the perfect mom for whatever child God brings into their lives.
About the Author
Mary Ostyn encourages moms through her books, speaking engagements, and her blog at www.owlhaven.net. She lives with her high school sweetheart in Nampa, Idaho, where she homeschools the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea. [/quote]

I feel like Mary Ostyn was very forthright in the challenges and blessings in adopting. I know a couple of people who have adopted and one it was smooth sailing, and bonding was formed easily, while the other couple really struggled as their child had attachment issues.  Mary had the same issue. I love how she offers practical advice but also lets you know that every child is different, and every family is different. You need to find what works for you and your family. she offers suggestions such as dropping everything outside for the first year. Simply concentrate on building the family relationship. I think this is fantastic advice!  I appreciate her openness in sharing her feelings, struggles, and joys. It was a good read, and a valuable resource for anyone looking into adoption. I hope someday God will bless my desire to adopt. In the mean time, if you are planning to adopt, this is a fantastic read for you!

I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Storm: book review

Storm by Jim Cymbala is about the American church and how the church is in the middle of a big storm. This book is all about how we are not doing a good job being salt and light in this dark stormy world. It talks about how there is a lack of prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit and we have watered down the gospel. We have stopped proclaiming the power of the gospel and of the Holy Spirit in people's lives.

The challenge is to stop conforming and using the current church growth strategies today and getting back to what the apostles modeled to us in the Bible. Preaching the Word boldly, being a people of prayer, and being filled and led by the Spirit.
 I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”