Thursday, April 7, 2016

the forest feast For Kids by Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson gives us another winner with her new book made
for kids but done in a similar style to her first book. A companion
book if you will. Watercolor pictures are beautiful, the recipes are 
simple and healthy. A vegetarian delight. There's even a chapter 
for kids' parties. Instructions and techniques are easy to follow.

View Erin's blog at
A must have book.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

The latest book in the Mitford series, this  doesn't disappoint.
Jan Karon provides entertainment through reading at its best.
The engaging tale of the Mitford town and its wonderful cast
of characters shines on every page. With laughter, sorrow, the 
story is about life. Simple. I lose myself in the town of Mitford.
A plus, you don't have to read the series to enjoy this story.
Highly recommend this book, this series. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Magical Journey by Katrina Kenison

MAGICAL JOURNEY by Katrina Kenison came my 
way after reading a few of her letters on the blog
connected to this author and loved her style of
writing. An honest thought-provoking book that
tells her story, her journey, her path if you will
of a very trying time in her life. Her son leaves
home before she had come to terms with that
happening, (are we ever ready for the empty
nest?) and this starts a series of changes in her
life. Her bittersweet truths set her on a spiritual
journey to find answers to: who am I, where am I
going, I'm getting old, a friend has died.. questioning
everything and wondering how do you get from
here to there. To me it's like you're outside yourself
and watching the losses grow. Where is the purpose.
Sounds heavy and negative doesn't it? Well it's not.
Really. You realize that you share these "things"
with other women. Shifting tides. I do a lot of
reflection lately and I think it's my age (63), the
lose of my Dad after being a caregiver, and watching
my daughter grow into herself and change. I look
back a lot when I think of her. I'm learning a lot more
now especially after reading this book, and maybe
realizing a little more of what life's all about. This story
about a woman who accepts, who allows grace to enter,
who's at peace right now, this very moment. That's
all we can ask for…right?                                                                                        

Thank You Katrina.                                                                                      

*A great book club selection                                                                           

The Gardeners' Book by Diana Craig

A sweet little book I found at Anthropologie. A lot of
information and tips, advice and techniques put
together with quotes, delightful photos and sown
together with some garden history. You can be a
brand new gardener  or an experienced one and
you would still love this book. Topics abound,
including, Going To Seed, The Home Herbalist,
Watch The Birdie, Grow your Own, and Cutting
Edge. So, if you want to bone up on garden terms, 
make a bird house, rejuvenate your existing garden
or plan a new one, this gem of a book will delight
without being over-wordy. Fun book, A+.

the forest feast by Erin Gleeson

I was drawn to this book by the cover. Such vibrant colors. I  
could almost pick up a tasty looking morsel. When I saw the 
water color palette, the book was sold. It does not disappoint. 
Author Erin Gleeson states on the cover of her cookbook, it
contains, 'simple vegetarian recipes from her cabin in the 
woods.' With a hundred recipes, each are displayed over two 
pages. There are five sections: appetizers, cocktails, salads, 
vegetables, and sweets. Simple ingredients, illustrations are 
beautifully laid out. The recipes could not be easier to follow,
fun to read, and are healthy. She uses local produce and shares 
pictures of her home, husband, and woodland surroundings, 
plus she tells her story of how it all began. A highlight…..
discovering she has a blog,
Take a look. A wonderful book, I loved it.

coming home With Gooseberry Patch

I often go back and revisit favorite books. Coming Home With 
Gooseberry Patch by Vicki Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin (2007) 
has been a go to book for me for many years. I'm sure many of 
you are familiar with the Gooseberry line of cookbooks/recipes,
homestyle products, and craft ideas. They have a blog now and
you can enjoy them on Pinterest and Facebook. With seasonal
ideas and recipes, this delightful book has many photos that will
inspire you to celebrate food with family and friends. Its cozy 
and comfortable, and this puts me in the mood to start my fall
decorating and menu planning. Don't you just love the cover of 
this book? Recommendation? YES.

Country Living happy halloween

Isn't this a great book cover? And the inside does not disappoint. 
From Country Living, Happy Halloween is a delight. This is 
another one of my go to books that I've had for years.  You'll
find it all in this paperback book. Four chapters of recipes, party
ideas, decoration how-to, adorable costumes, and of course there
has to be pumpkins.  Colorful pictures and easy to understand 
ways to carve that special jack-o'-lantern. There's also templates
provided and the cover just happens to be a stencil. A fun must
have book, a tingling guide to Halloween. Definite A++.