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 … [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:  … [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 … [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 … [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...]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Local Foods

I have been trying hard to eat local foods as much as I can. I have come to realize that it isn't as easy as I thought it was!  Diane Welland has put together a very useful resource for anyone trying to eat a little bit closer to home.  The Complete Idiot's Guide To Eating Local is chock full of so much information your head will be swimming by the time you finish reading it! I highly recommend this book and you should also check out my post on how to support local farmers to encourage them to keep growing food close to home.  If you enjoy … [Read more...]

Making Wild Wines and Meads

Making Wild Wines and Meads is more than just a cookbook.  This book teaches you about how to ferment just about everything.   It also has a very unique collection of wines and meads that can be made from ingredients you can find in your garden or local farmer's market.   Keep reading for my full review or check out my post on the carbon footprint of wine or how to choose green beer.   Title:  Making Wild Wines and Meads Subtitle: 125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & More Author: Pattie Vargas, Rich Gulling ISBN:  … [Read more...]

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves. Keep bees, raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. If you are interested in learning how to homestead, this is a great beginner resource for you.  This book seems to have enough information in it that you can use it to begin your journey to self sufficiency.  If you are interested in homesteading, check out some of my posts like the one on uses for wood ash and my soap making book review. Book Title: The Backyard Homestead Subtitle: Produce … [Read more...]

The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home

Preserving food at home doesn't have to be hard. You don't need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden fresh fruits and vegetables. This book has simple step-by-step instructions five you the confidence and know how to freeze, dry, can, root cellar, and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden. Check out my post on how to freeze zucchini and if you really want to start preserving your harvest, keep reading to learn more about this book! The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home Book Title: The … [Read more...]

Children’s Earth Day Book: Be Cool, Follow Earth’s Rule

Looking for a children's Earth Day Book? Just in time for Earth Day, Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak is a wonderful book to teach young children the importance of caring for our planet. Check out this list of other Earth Day Books for Kids and teach your children how to be kind to the earth. Children's Earth Day Book Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule by Penelope Ann Kysiak Book Title: Be Cool, Follow Earth's Rule Author: Penelope Ann Kysiak Genre: Children's ISBN: 978-1-4349-0250-4 Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co., … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook

Grandma's Back to Basics All Natural More Than Just a Cookbook (published by Dorrance Publishing) by Teresa Thompson is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning how get back to a more simple style of cooking. This cookbook is a paperback and has 281 pages of recipes, including chapters on Appetizers, Beverages, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Soups/Sandwiches, Sauces/Dressing, Vegetables, and Main Dishes. Every recipe uses simple and easy to find ingredients such as whole wheat flour, real butter, eggs, and fresh fruits and … [Read more...]