Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Recipes!!

South African Gourmet Food & Wine by Myrna Rosen & Lesley Loon. Traditional South African food & more...

This cookbook published by Dorrance Publishing is such a treat! Work and life always get in the way of cooking, but I can't wait to try one of these recipes. As I have never been to South Africa, I know nothing of their food or culture. The entire cookbook is not comprised of all foreign recipes – only pages 11 to 72 are dedicated to traditional South African recipes. The last 230 pages are dedicated to appetizers, soups, seafood, poultry, red meats, salads, desserts, cakes & tarts, and cookies. In the center of the book there are approximately 16 beautiful picture pages of various recipes. I will enjoy using this cookbook and exploring the different recipes in the many years to come!!

“This is a book of not only traditional South African foods, but also international cuisine prepared with South African flair and presented in the style and manner that you would experience in South African homes of every description. From traditional family favorites to modern easy techniques to sophisticated entertaining, you will find a range of foods to suit every occasion and also experience something new and different.”

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Searching the web at work? Not me!

The hard part of googling at work is seeing all the cool things I could be at home making instead of sitting here just looking at the directions for how to make them!!

These websites have some cool projects that are manageable and inventive:

I am working on a few potholders at home, along with a lap quilt for my dad and a wedding quilt for a friend. Now all I have to do is finish one of the projects I have started!!!

I want to start the tree skirt "pattern" next...I call it a "pattern" because it's a picture of one that I am going to try to replicate without a pattern! May be tricky and actually require some math!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More free books! I love Booksneeze!

Holy Bible, originally by God, now an Internal Children's Bible published by Tommy Nelson

I was given this Bible to read and review from Thomas Nelson through an amazing bookreview program called Booksneeze. Check it out!

The International Children's Bible is a beautiful, fun Bible for children. I have a 10 year old nephew who would love the pictures in this Bible and proficiently read and understand it.

In addition to containing the Old and New Testament, there are many 3D pictures portraying Biblical scenes. These detailed pictures are very helpful for picturing what exactly happened, but they are not physically located next to the story they are depicting. For instance, the picture for creation is located in Joshua, not Genesis. Jonah and the Big Fish are shown in Jeremiah and the Conversion of Saul is found in John, not acts.

At the end of the Bible is a dictionary, a section titled “Where do I find it?” to help children find popular stories, a section titled “What God promises about”, and Memory verses for my life. There are also a few maps showing Abraham's Journey, The Desert Wanderings, Jesus' Last Week in Jerusalem, and Palestine in Jesus' Life. I am not a Biblical expert and these maps would really help even me to visualize the ancients' journeys.

I am not a fan of soft cover Bibles because they get beat up so easily, which is my only complaint about this book. It is beautiful, easy to read, has great pictures, and many helpful appendices. Thanks Thomas Nelson!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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.”