Fitness Confidential Book Review

Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve. I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time and exercise...sometimes. Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more. It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape. I just seem to lack the motivation. I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a good resource to help guide, motivate and amuse you along your journey to healthier living! Keep reading for my review and … [Read more...]

Raw Food For Dummies Book Review

I received a copy of Raw Food For Dummies  for review. As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts. Some people go for high protein, low carb diets. Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products. Some will only eat light and low fat foods. I recently met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating. How does one start a raw food diet? Are you left eating carrot sticks and fruit every day? Is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting? I have … [Read more...]

Gardening for Geeks is the Perfect Gardening Book for Science Lovers

There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. If you are looking for a gardening book for science lovers, this is the perfect one. Want to plant a garden this year? Check out my gardening posts for some great gardening tips to boost your success. Gardening For Geeks Title: Gardening for Geeks Subtitle: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to … [Read more...]

Meals in a Jar Book Review

Why settle for preservative-packed frozen dinners, freeze-dried backpacking food and military MREs when a healthier and tastier option can easily be stored in the pantry? Meals in a Jar provides the step-by-step, detailed instructions needed to create all-natural breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can keep on a shelf and enjoy at any time. Meals in a jar work great for picnics, too. Check out my other healthy picnic ideas and start taking your meals on the go! Meals in a Jar Book Review  Title:  Meals in a Jar Subtitle:  Quick … [Read more...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking

My son decided that he wanted to give up meat for Lent and I have been hard at work trying to create recipes that he will enjoy that also have enough protein for a growing teenager. I recently received The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Slow Cooking (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) and have found a number of great recipes in it to try. If you are interested in cooking more meatless meals or just want to learn more about vegan slow cooking I think this is a great choice of books. Vegan Slow Cooking   Title:  The … [Read more...]

Petite Treats Book Review

Petite Treats Title:    Petite Treats Subtitle:    Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies Authors:  Morgan Greenseth , Christy Beaver Publisher:  Ulysses Press (December 11, 2012) ISBN:  978-1612431116 Format/Length:   Paperback: 180 pages My Review: 5   From the Publisher: For hip bakers looking to dazzle guests, nothing beats the small treats found in this handy volume. From mini fruit scones at brunch and bite-size pies after dinner to … [Read more...]

The I Heart Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Cookbook

My husband and I spend a small fortune on locally raised, grass fed meats from a local farmer. One way we can afford to do this is by significantly cutting back on the amount of meat we eat. There are a ton of creative ways to serve meals that are loaded with protein and flavor that use no meat at all. Every household should have a vegetarian cookbook to refer to for one or two days of the week. I was recently sent The I Love Trader Joe's Vegetarian Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Healthy Recipes Using Foods from the World's Greatest Grocery Store … [Read more...]

Fresh and Healthy DASH Diet Cooking

Fresh and Healthy DASH Diet Cooking is the perfect cookbook to get you back on your path to healthy eating. With the new year just a few days away, I am going to be doing a big push for healthy eating in my house. Over the last month I have gotten lazy and relied too heavily on quick and easy meals that may not be all that healthy. Too many sweets, too many restaurant meals, and not enough fresh fruits and veggies. I know I am not the only person interested in learning more about healthy eating this month so hopefully this book review comes in … [Read more...]

Taste of Treme (Cajun, Creole, and Soul Food)

My husband went to graduate school in Houston, Texas so for 7 years we got to live right on a bayou where egrets feasted on crawdads and the mosquitoes were the size of small birds. It was a totally new experience for me, having grown up in the burbs of New England! I ate alligator and went to crawfish boils and visited Louisiana for a tour of the swamps. I learned to love Cajun food like gumbo and etouffee and then we moved to Georgia and I lost all that tasty goodness! So, I bought a cookbook and hit an international market or two and learned … [Read more...]

Poptails: A Boozy Treat For Your Party Guests!

The holidays are coming quickly and people will be celebrating by inviting family and friends over for food and drinks. I am always looking for creative ways to show off my culinary skills and I recently received the book Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick and thought this would be perfect for holiday entertaining. What are Poptails, you ask? It is a blend between a popsicle and a cocktail! A creative way to make frozen treats from alcoholic drinks! Poptails: 60 Boozy Treats Served on a Stick Title:  Poptails Subtitle:  60 … [Read more...]

The Artisan Soda Workshop

If you have a weakness for soda, The Artisan Soda Workshop is a great solution. I have tried to curb my soda habit. It's not the healthiest beverage to be drinking on a daily basis. I have switched to natural soda as much as possible but have you ever seen the price for a 6 pack of natural soda? WOW! Not cheap! So, along comes a book for making natural soda at home and I am intrigued! Read on for more information about how you can make your own natural soda and my review of The Artisan Soda Workshop. The Artisan Soda Workshop   BUY … [Read more...]

150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If you are a cookbook addict like I am, your shelves are probably overflowing with culinary inspiration. However, a good cookbook doesn't have to teach  you how to make exotic French cuisine or a fancy 12 course meal. A good cookbook can teach you how to make something ordinary into something extraordinary and that is exactly what 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches does! Who knew there were so many ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich? Read on for my review of this cookbook and your chance to win a copy of your own! Grilled Cheese … [Read more...]

America’s Favorite Food by MyRecipes.com

Do you have a favorite cookbook or online recipe site? Maybe you enjoy browsing through magazines in search of new and exciting recipes? Do you use your smartphone to find dinner ideas? I can certainly answer yes to all of those things and was thrilled when I got the chance to review another cookbook! I honestly don't think you can ever have too many! America's Favorite Food Cookbook America's Favorite Food: 200 top-rated recipes from the country's best magazines is part cookbook, part magazine and part smartphone app all rolled into one … [Read more...]

Tortillas To The Rescue

Growing up in New England I can honestly say that tortillas were not a staple part of my diet. In fact, I do not think my mother has cooked with tortillas EVER in her entire life. After graduating college and moving down to Houston for 7 years I ate tons of tortillas and loved them! Fajitas, burritos, chimichangas...my eyes were opened to the joys of eating food wrapped up in a tortilla. To this day, my son's favorite snack is a simple cheese quesadilla. Cheddar cheese melted between 2 tortillas and dipped in salsa. Easy, healthy, and he can … [Read more...]

The Pickled Pantry Book

As we head out of summer and into fall we are often left with an abundance of produce and scrambling for ideas on what to do with it all. Unfortunately, our tomatoes don't ripen one or two at a time...they tend to ripen all at once and we are left eating an awful lot of tomatoes for a week or two! I remember when I was a kid going out to the garden with my dad and filling up my little red wagon with cucumbers. I would go to friends houses to play and their moms would say "please do not send any more cucumbers!" If you are left with a huge … [Read more...]

The Natural Soap Chef

  Title:  The Natural Soap Chef Subtitle:  Making Luxurious Delights from Cucumber Melon and Almond Cookie to Chai Tea and Espresso Forte Author: Heidi Corley Barto Publisher:   Ulysses Press; Original edition (June 12, 2012) ISBN: 978-1612430621 Format/Length:  Paperback (119 pages) My Rating:  4 out of 5   From the Publisher: Soap is supposed to cleanse and soothe skin, but what’s available in stores often just dries and irritates. With The Natural Soap Chef anyone can quickly learn how to … [Read more...]

The Muffin Tin Chef Makes Mealtime Portable!

I honestly had never considered making anything in a muffin tin except for muffins! It was truly an eye-opening experience to read through some of the creative and even elegant recipes you can find in The Muffin Tin Chef. This is the perfect cookbook if you are looking for more portable meal ideas! If you need traditional muffin recipes, I have plenty of those. I am looking forward to trying my hand at these unique muffin tin recipes! Title:  Muffin Tin Chef Subtitle:  101 Savory Snacks, Adorable Appetizers, Enticing Entrees and … [Read more...]

The Organic Nanny’s Guide to Raising Healthy Kids

The Organic Nanny's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids is designed to guide people to a more natural way of eating. The Organic Nanny is a wonderful resource for anyone who is concerned about the foods they feed their family. The author teaches you how to make realistic choices for your family that will help you eat healthier without your children rebelling completely. If you are looking for more books about healthy eating, check out my review of Whole Foods to Thrive By. The Organic Nanny's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids Title:  The … [Read more...]

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading

With The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, just about  anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly. This homesteading guide will show people how to grow their own food and reduce their carbon footprint without spending a fortune. It includes how to grow organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. If you want to start homesteading, check out my article on gardening ideas for small spaces. Complete … [Read more...]