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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Book Review - Mr. Dickey's Barbeque Cookbook

Mr. Dickey's Barbeque Cookbook

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About the Book
Enjoy the flavors of Texas barbecue anytime! Mr. Dickey of Dickey's Barbecue knows how to serve up good Texas flavors, whether served in the backyard or in a stadium parking lot. This cookbook contains more than 100 recipes and tips on smoking meat, creating delicious sides, and hosting parties. Finally, everyone can serve up incredible meals that are inexpensive, easily cooked, and satisfying to the taste buds-the Dickey family way!



My Take on the Book
Dickey's barbecue has been serving food in the Dallas area for over seven decades. The original owner's son, Roland, now runs this famous restaurant. The cookbook not only has some great recipes but it is fun to read. The text is infused with humor throughout the book. Roland has included tips like "How to Host a Cook-Out" and anecdotes about the dish or its ingredients. The authors included photographs of most of the entries in the book .

I made two of the recipes.The first one was Southern Sun Tea. The proportions of water to tea were accurate and the sun here in the Midwest did a fine job brewing the tea. The second recipe I prepared was Aunt Marion's Coffee Cake. The recipe was an actual recipe of Roland's aunt . The preparation steps were easy to follow and the ingredients were common ones most would have in their home pantry.The result was delicious. The coffee cake was moist and light and the cinnamon and nutmeg were a perfect combination . I think your entire family will enjoy eating this cake.

If you are searching for a new cookbook with a wide variety of tested recipes, you may want to check our Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook.
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Book Review - Johnny Harris Restaurant Cookbook

Johnny Harris Restaurant Cookbook
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About the Book
Mouthwatering BBQ from a community treasure. Savannah natives and tourists alike have been enjoying Johnny Harris's famed barbecue since 1924. Photos, stories, and hearty recipes bring the landmark's distinctive history and flavors into the home kitchen. Recipes include entrĂ¯es such as Sweet and Spicy Short Ribs and Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken with delicious sides of Garlic Cheddar Grits and Savannah Creamed Corn to round out the menu.



My Take on the Book
The history behind the Johnny Harris restaurant is so interesting. John Harris took a chance and opened a restaurant. He was so successful even during the depression. You will enjoy seeing the old photos of the people and the restaurant. There are photos of the family/owners today.

I found the cookbook to have a nice variety of recipes.There were drinks, appetizers, (the White Bean Bruschetta made with goat cheese is worth preparing), salads, soups and stews, vegetables, desserts,and main dishes.

If you like Brussel Sprouts you will enjoy making the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts.So easy to prepare too.

The Maple Glazed Salmon was delicious. It used grapefruit juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, and garlic. The fish was very flavorful and this recipe was so easy to prepare.

Each recipe was well written. The preparation was easy to follow. Most recipes used ingredients you may already have in your pantry . The photographs by Mary Britton Senseney will encourage you to prepare as many of these delicious recipes as possible.

If you enjoy cooking and are searching for some new recipes, you may want to check out JOHNNY HARRIS RESTAURANT COOKBOOK.

Buon Appetito!
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review - Your Hand in My Hand

Your Hand in My Hand
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About the Book
"Your hand in my hand
is where it belongs.
Your hand in my hand
as we walk along."

Come on a loving journey through the year and share the wonder of the world with your loved one. YOUR HAND IN MY HAND focuses on the warm spirit of togetherness and companionship.

Mark Sperring's delightful read-aloud text is complemented by Britta Teckentrup's bold, beautiful illustrations! YOUR HAND IN MY HAND is perfect for parents to read to young children




My Take on the Book
The authors have written a very sweet and gentle story for a young child. The main characters are an adult mouse and young mouse. You will see in the illustrations as they go through the seasons with their various activities. The text is written in rhyme which is fun to read.

I believe you and your child will enjoy reading this story often. Maybe you could take the time to discover activities you enjoy hand and hand that incorporate all of the seasons.
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Book Review - How Many Legs?

How Many Legs?
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About the Book
This book has got legs--the question is, just how many are there? In this zany, laugh-out-loud counting book, little readers are challenged to figure out how many legs there would be in a room if lots of many-legged friends showed up. How many legs would there be if a dog walked in with a chimpanzee? Or a frog hopped in on a kangaroo? Or a squid rode in on a buffalo? Hilarious illustrations and fun text ratchet up the giggles as each new friend joins the party. Can you keep track of all the wacky, multiple-legged "guests" that turn up on the page? Maybe or maybe not, but you'll sure have a hoot along the way. How Many Legs? is a book that you can count on--guaranteed--from the masterful writer's mind behind Leave Me Alone.




My Take on the Book
Ken Gray and Jim Field have written and illustrated a nice counting book. Many animals with various number of legs are introduced in this story. The illustrations are humorous and you and your young child will enjoy them. 

I did not count the accumulated legs of the animals as I read the story. The authors helped with the final count on the last page.

This story was so much fun to read!
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review - Creative Card Making Pack

Creative Card Making Pack

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About the Book


Young kids don't need to be artists to make amazing, home-crafted cards that are brimming with color, flair, and style. All they need is this kit and their imagination
The Creative Card Making Pack lets them tap into their artsy side with this collection of pre-folded cards (or use a blank card of your own), templates, picture sheets, and step-by-step instructions to help them create:

  • Pop-up cards
  • Collage cards
  • Cut-outs
  • Free-standing cards
  • Birthday cards
  • Christmas cards
  • So much more

Kids will discover some simple techniques for cutting and folding, the art of surface decorating, beautiful design ideas, and more that will help them make cards that shine with creativity and fun.



My Take on the Book
The CREATIVE CARD MAKING PACK supplies your child with hours of fun and creativity. The authors have done a very good job giving the reader an introduction to the book, the equipment necessary to complete each card, creative ways to add details to the cards, step by step directions with illustrations, and even a template for creating an envelope for the finished product.

My seven year old daughter and I decided to make three cards. The flower pot card was the easiest. Once she learned how to make the pop up box for the inside of the card, then the frog prince card was easier for her to finish. Her favorite was the flapping butterfly. The only assistance needed here dealt with the accordion folds for the pop up butterfly.

The difficulty level of the card varies. Many card making techniques are introduced in this book. There are plenty of colorful preprinted pictures to use to make the cards. The child is encouraged to use their imagination once they make a few cards following the directions. 

I think you and your child will enjoy making cards using Linda and Elise's book.
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Book Review - The Complete Walt Disney World Fun Finds & Hidden Mickeys: The Definitive Disney Field Guide

The Complete Walt Disney World Fun Finds & Hidden Mickeys: The Definitive Disney Field Guide

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About the Book
Think you’ve seen everything at Walt Disney World? Think again. Add a playful sense of adventure to your Disney vacation with this unique guidebook, which uses easy-to-scan lists and eye-popping color photos to reveal thousands of fascinating Fun Finds and hundreds of Hidden Mickey three-circle shapes. Written by the award-winning authors Julie and Mike Neal of The Complete Walt Disney World, it’s perfect for families, friends, couples, and Disney fans of all ages.



My Take on the Book
Reading this book will inspire you to become for appreciative of all the large and small details you will find throughout Walt Disney World. The parks, resorts, restaurants, water parks, and shopping establishments contain special hidden Mickey's and amazing specialized elements. If you are the casual observer those details are not evident. Look closely next time you visit this magical place.

The authors have done an excellent job filling this book with colored photographs and written descriptions. Each photograph is labeled and the authors tell you specifically where to find the object described.For example , if you were going to ride the attraction known as the Haunted Mansion and had this book with you, you would be able to locate the hidden Mickeys and become aware of the humor in the grave stones and the interactive section as you wait in line.

The authors make sure the reader has the history of Walt Disney World, facts about Walt Disney and the many professionals who assisted in developing it. You will read about all four of the parks, some specific attractions, and even the water parks.

If you are a Disney fan, I encourage you to add this resource to your Disney library.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Review - Moving Target

Moving Target

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About the Book
In this exciting and action-packed adventure by an award-winning author, a young girl discovers her secret ancient bloodline. The fate of her family, and the world, may rest in her hands . . .

Cassie Arroyo, an American studying in Rome, has her world ripped apart when someone tries to kill her father, an art history professor at an Italian university. Is she their next target?

Cassie sets out to uncover what is happening, only to learn that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny--a legendary object that can alter the future. Now running from a secret organization intent on killing those from her bloodline, Cassie must--with the help of some friends--decipher the clues that will lead her to the Spear.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez has created a fast-paced thrill-ride of a book, rich with riddles and myth, that young readers will not want to put down.



My Take on the Book
This was an action-packed thrill ride and as a fan of Indiana Jones and other such series' this was a book with characters that really reminded me of the intrigue, adventure and mystery that all was intertwined together in this book. You get all of this with great characters that kids can relate to. This was such a fun read, that will get you to turn page after page after page - you will not want to stop!


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