Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The New American Heart Association Cookbook

Book Description:  Here is the ultimate resource for anyone looking to improve cardiac health and lose weight, offering 800 recipes--100 all new, 150 refreshed--that cut saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association's cornerstone cookbook has sold more than three million copies and it's now fully updated and expanded to reflect the association's latest guidelines as well as current tastes, with a fresh focus on quick and easy. This invaluable, one-stop-shopping resource -- including updated heart-health information, strategies and tips for meal planning, shopping, and cooking healthfully -- by the most recognized and respected name in heart health is certain to become a staple in American kitchens.

My Thoughts:  I'm always on the lookout for great cookbooks and now that my husband and I are trying to eat more healthy I thought this cookbook might help us add healthy food to our diet intake.
There are ALOT of recipes...more than 100!  So the possibilities for good food are endless.
The slow cooker recipes look great.  I tried Italian Wedding Soup on page 109.  It was delicious.  A nice Italian flair to our menu.
What I love about this cookbook is that the ingredients are food stuffs that one probably has in one's kitchen cabinet.  All the recipes are fairly simple and easy.
What I didn't like about this cookbook is that there are no pictures of the food.  I like pictures especially after a dish is prepared.  But I can see how adding pictures to this cookbook would make it bigger than the average dictionary.😋
This is a wonderful tool for any kitchen and for those of us who are trying to be heart healthy there are tons of choices so that we need feel deprived.

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

  • Series: American Heart Association
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 9 Rev Upd edition (June 20, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553447181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553447187

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found this great and quick recipe on Pinterest 
for those times I NEED a quick cookie fix:


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam Hillman

Book Description:  Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

My Thoughts: This is quite a story set in the south during the  1700's after the American Revolution.  
This is a story of unlikely suitors.  
Connor O'Shea in desperation becomes an indentured carpenter to set sail out of Ireland.  As luck would have it, he is sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill.
Isabella is running Breeze Hill almost in desperation much like Connor she fears the worse but tries to make the best out of her dire circumstances.
Isabella with Connor's help is trying to save her family's plantation but her very wealthy neighbor has influence and he wants to marry Isabella.  
Isabella likes Connor.  He is quite handsome.  
This is the story of not just survival but of love and how one can overcome.  
This interesting story takes us to a place and time that few think about now.  But, yet, it is a vital piece of our history.  
The author did a great job in writing this historical novel.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

Meet the Author
CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of.

  • Series: A Natchez Trace Novel
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 8, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496415922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496415929

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love

Book Description:  Meet nine women who each believe their chance for lifelong love has passed them by. From the girls who lost their beaus to war, to the wallflowers overshadowed by others, and the widows deeply hurt by their loss, the desire to love and be loved spans American history from 1777 to 1944. Experience the sweet pull of romance on each life and the blossom of faith that leads them to brighter futures.

AUTHORS:  Lauralee Bliss, Angela Breidenbach, Ramona K. Cecil, Pamela Griffin, Grace Hitchcock, Pam Hillman,Laura V. Hilton, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Liz Tolsma

Paperback, 448 pages 
Expected publication August 1st 2017 
ISBN1683222466 (ISBN13: 981683222460)
Series: Barbour Bride Collections

Friday, July 21, 2017

Amish Cooking Class - The Blessing by Wanda E. Brustetter

Book Description:  Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.
During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

My Thoughts:  Wanda Brustetter is one of my favorite authors.  And the Amish Cooking Class books are so much fun to read.
This book, The Blessing, is the second book in the Amish Cooking Class.  The Seekers is the first book but I don't think you need to read one to understand the other.
As it turns out Lyle and Heidi once again decide to have cooking classes in their home.  Cooking classes seem to quite popular with the Englischers, do we English not cook?  Anyway, six people sign up:  a teen who wants to help her divorced dad, a caterer, a food critic, a hunter, a wife who didn't want this cooking class as a gift, and a mailman.
The funniest one of the group to me is the mailman.  He signed up for the class simply because of the aromas coming from Heidi's kitchen.  😊
Heidi teaches the classes but as she teaches she also incorporated words of wisdom.  These words of widest help nourish hungry souls and hearts just as her food helps nourish the body.
And the blessing!  O the blessing!  I won't tell you, you must read it for yourself.
I loved this book!  And I, too, wanted to be apart of Heidi's cooking class!

*This book was provided for review by Barbour*

  • Series: Amish Cooking Class (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624167454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624167454

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found this wonderful recipe on Pinterest.
Easy cinnamon waffles made with 
Pillsbury cinnabon rolls.


can Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing
cup powdered sugar
tablespoons milk
teaspoon vanilla

    • Directions: 

    • Heat waffle maker; spray with cooking spray. Remove cinnamon rolls from can; set icing aside.
      • For each waffle, place 1 cinnamon roll in center of waffle maker; close. Bake 3 to 4 minutes or until waffle is thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
    • Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together reserved icing, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until glaze is smooth.
    • Serve glaze over hot waffles.  
    These are also delicious served with real maple syrup instead of the cream cheese glaze. Add some toasted pecans for extra crunch.

  • ***Be sure to spray the waffle iron in between each waffle. The sugar from the cinnamon roll can make the waffles stick.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Gladden the Heart (Amish Turns of Time, Book 5) by Olivia Newport

Book Description:  When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?

The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna's intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.

Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith..  Now they must grapple with whether love is possible...even if they come to different conclusions.

My Thoughts:  Olivia Newport is a brand new author for me.  So I was quite interested in reading this novel.  What I didn't realize ohs that this is the fifth book in Amish Turns of Time.  Each book is a sand alone even though it's about a community of Amish believers.
First of all this story is about the Amish and the second interesting part of the story is about the camp meetings that were popping up around the country in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  
I never thought about the Amish being interested in camp meetings because they have their own faith and meet for church at each other's houses.
This story also begs the question "What is really the spirit of God?"
Is this revivalism with the Holy Ghost a true work? Or is it a man made gimmick.
Such an interesting read!  
Olivia Newport truly hit on a subject that could cause controversy in any religious group but the Amish!  
The story of Susanna, Noah and Adam is all about a controversy that can break up couples and families.  
So what does God require and is He in the works of man?

*This book was provided for review by Barbour Publishing*

More in the Amish Turns of Time Series:
Wonderful Lonesome
Meek and Mild
Brightest and Best
Hope in the Land

  • Series: Amish Turns of Time (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; Gld edition (July 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683221109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683221104