Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cookie Love: 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Mindy Segal with Kate Leahy

Book Description:  A new, edgier take on baking cookies, from a James Beard Award-winning chef and the owner of the popular Chicago restaurant, HotChocolate.
Mindy Segal is serious about cookies. And Cookie Love is your new go-to, never-fail reference for turn-out-perfectly-every-time cookie recipes. Mindy, award-winning pastry chef and self-professed “cookie nerd,” shares all of her secrets for turning classic recipes into more elevated, fun interpretations of everyone’s favorite sweet treat. From Peanut Butter Peanut Brittle Cookies and Fleur de Sel Shortbread with Vanilla Halvah, to Malted Milk Spritz and Peaches and Cream Thumbprints, Segal’s recipes are inspired and far from expected. Inside you’ll find more than sixty perfected recipes for every kind of cookie including drop cookies, bars, sandwich cookies, shortbread, thumbprints, and more, as well as the best tricks and tools of the trade and everything you need to know to build the ideal cookie pantry. A must-have for anyone looking to up their cookie-baking game, Cookie Love is a celebration of the most humble, delicious, and wonderful of baked treats.

My Thoughts:  We LOVE cookies!  And I've been baking more cookies for gatherings, too. Why?  Because I've found out that people like a dessert or a snack that they eat with their fingers and to be honest cake or pie is sometimes such a heavy dessert.
Cookie Love is such a fun, sweet book (pun intended).  There are some absolutely mouthwatering varieties and this recipes are twist to the original recipes . . . Smoky Bacon Candy Bar Cookies are one of the cookies that is a definite twist from the candy bar cookie.  
There are sixty wonderful cookie recipes for the baker to try. 
My favorite is the Oatmeal Scotchie.  But there are great cookies to try.  These are ingenious recipes and the photos showcase the cookies to a T. Baked treats at their best!
A lovely book to keep but would make a grand gift for the baker in your life!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746812

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Heart's Danger (A Journey of the Heart, Book 3) by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand’s new fiancĂ©e wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.
Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

My Thoughts:  I love this "series."  I know that these books are taken from a bigger book and made into a "series."  But there is just something about reading a short "mini" story that fits into my schedule.
A Heart's Danger is book 3, in the Journey of the Heart series.  
If you've read the last two books then you know that Sarah is at Fort Laramie trying to expose the wrong against the man she cares for.  However, the Sioux Indians are angry at the white man for lack of keeping their pacts (can't say I blame 'em.)  With the Sioux Indians on the warpath it makes everyone on edge at the Fort
Unbeknowst, to Rand or Sarah a trap has been set for Rand.  His"new" fiancee wants him to forget Sarah and stay with her but Rand longs to be with Sarah .... ah! true love!
This is quite an interesting "little" story in its own stand alone way.  However, you'll want to read the whole set to get the "gist" of what is going on and, I dare say, that I think you'll find the stories quite good!
Good clean romance and adventure at its best!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: A Journey of the Heart (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718031660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718031664

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

This is a GREAT way to make pretty flowers for cup cakes.
  I'm thinking of May 1...cupcakes for Mayday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

Book Description:  Marlena needed time to let things sink in. It was beyond her how all this could possibly work out--adding the care of an infant to her daily routine. Fortunately, it would just be until Luella returned home from the hospital and was stronger.

No more than a couple weeks, surely.

Marlena Wenger's life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister's baby. Spending the summer in Brownstown, Pennsylvania, to assist her Mennonite grandmother, and miles from Marlena's Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element in nearly every respect. Yet Marlena determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as those hopes become drastically altered.

My Thoughts: When I was young and first began reading Christian fiction, Beverly Lewis was  I love the way she tells a story!
The Love Letters is quite an interesting read.  And in my opinion Beverly Lewis has added some unique twists in this read that I haven't seen in her other books.
Marlena Wenger is Amish and has been reared in an Old Order Amish community so when she gets the message that her estranged sister needs her help she goes to her.  It's only to be for a couple of weeks.
But when she arrives at her Mennonite grandmother's house, where she'll be staying to help her grandmother after the passing of her grandfather, she finds out that she'll be needed for a much longer amount of time . . . for she has learned that she will be caring of her sister's baby.  
Marlena loves the baby!  But she feels like an outsider in her grandmother's Mennonite community.  
I don't want to write too much in fear of giving away too many "secrets."  
This is one great read!  Beverly Lewis wrote with emotion and joy which made me, the reader, feel a little teary at times.  This story is so good!

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212468

Monday, April 13, 2015

COTT {Clash of the Titles} February Releases Clash

We all need a pick-me-up, and often, 
a good book does just the trick!
Clash of the Titles is pleased to present these brand new novels.

Which one is calling you? Take a moment to browse, then choose which you're most likely to read first. 

Convicted thief and con-woman Teagan Copperfield is willing to do anything to avoid prison--even become an honest woman. She has one chance to redeem her future...if she can escape her past.


If Isaac Daniels can catch the pranksters before they ruin Tillgiven Bible School's traditional Christmas Smorgasbord, he can make up for playing hooky in October. It's a great plan--until the pranks take a deadly turn.


Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women, but widow Eden Snow has always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar for her church. But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t--hope--and Knox finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue. 


When the Broussard family secrets are revealed, can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept the blessing of a second chance for relationships with her family, old friends, and with the God she never really knew?



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood & Beth Yearwood Bernard, Garth Brooks

Book Description:  Country music superstar, Food Network standout, and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood shows how delicious foods and wholesome dishes are part of the same balanced lifestyle.  

Trisha Yearwood is as much a force in the kitchen as she is on stage. But after years of enjoying decadent Southern comfort food, her culinary philosophy is evolving. As Trisha says, “I have adopted an 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the time I make good choices; 20 percent of the time I let myself splurge a little.” 

Whether surprisingly virtuous or just a little bit sinful, the recipes in Trisha’s Table all bring that unmistakable authenticity you’ve come to love from Trisha. You’ll find brand-new dishes emblematic of the variety and balance Trisha champions. They skimp on anything but flavor, including dairy-free Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, low-calorie Billie’s Houdini Chicken Salad, vegetarian Smashed Sweet Pea Burgers, and tasty, high-protein Edamame Parmesan, alongside too-good-to-give-up family favorites, such as Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled-Pork Barbecue, Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Snappy Pear-Cranberry Crumble, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. 

Trisha wants to feed her loved ones—and yours, too—food that tastes good and food that’s good for you. So pull up a seat at Trisha’s Table and dig in!

My Thoughts: I'm not a country music fan.  But I do like a good cookbook.  And trisha's table, featuring Trisha Yearwood who also happens to be married to Garth Brooks, is a wonderful mouth watering cookbook.
Southern comfort food at its best.  Now I'm from the South and a southern cook is always looking for a great dish to serve her family and friends.
But what I like most about this cookbook are the low calorie, on the mayo recipes.  And the beautiful photos!
I made Billie's Houdini Chicken Salad not just because it's low calorie but because we love chicken salad.  We eat chicken salad by itself, we eat on bread-to make a sandwich, we eat on a hoagie roll, we eat on Hawaiian bread....well, you get the idea we eat chicken salad!
This weekend I'm going to make the Chicken Tortilla Casserole.  And I'd may add the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, too.  And I made the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies...Oh!My!Word!!! they are SO Good!
There are sooooo many wonderful recipes to try.
As we all try to eat healthier and a little lighter I think this recipe book will help with those goals.
This hardback book also makes a GREAT gift!  

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (March 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804186154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804186155
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches