Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fine Cooking in Season: Your Guide to Choosing and Preparing the Season's Best

Today’s home cooks want to embrace the bounty of every season and cook with unusual ingredients — or use their tried-and-true options in creative ways. Featuring 100 ingredients and 300 recipes arranged by season, Cooking in Season, readers will enjoy both the thrill of discovering new flavors as well as learning different methods of preparing common fresh produce. Each ingredient is accompanied by a beautiful photograph and in-depth details on how to choose it at its peak and keep it fresh, as well as preserving ideas and surprisingly delicious pairings. Plus, each ingredient features multiple recipes from the editors and contributors of Fine Cooking and tested by the Fine Cooking test kitchen staff so home cooks will get sure-to-work, delicious results from their fresh bounty, whether grown at home or purchased at the farmer’s market or grocery.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Taunton Press (February 22, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 160085303X

ISBN-13: 978-1600853036

A beautiful cooking book with lots of gorgeous pictures of fruits and veggies! Great for the dieter, the vegetarian, or overall lover of fine foods!

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Lipman Pike~by R. Michelson

Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King

In the mid 1800s the sport of baseball was working its way across the United States. Amateur teams were springing up and in 1858 the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed. Young men were eager to show their prowess on the field and in the batter’s box.

Lipman Pike’s father, a Dutch immigrant, runs a small haberdashery in Brooklyn, New York, though Lip is more interested in watching the ball players than working behind the counter. His mother doesn’t approve—Jewish boys should be paying attention to more sensible matters. But when Lip is barely a teenager, he’s invited to join the Nationals Junior Club and play first base. When he hits his first pitch over the right fielder’s head, Lip knows baseball is the sport for him.

Award-winning author Richard Michelson chronicles the meteoric rise of one of baseball’s earliest (and unsung) champions.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Library Binding: 32 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (February 1, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1585364657

ISBN-13: 978-1585364657

The Lone Star Skate, by Glenn Hart & Rusty Burson

Hockey fans, living in Texas???
Improbable but true stories of Texas's Hockey Heroes~

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Hardcover: 180 pages

Publisher: Bridgeway Books (March 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1934454389

ISBN-13: 978-1934454381

Tugg and Teeny, by J. Patrick Lewis

Tugg and Teeny , Book 1

My kids (ages 8 and 9) were laughing through this whole kids book~grades 2-3. Fun fun.
Highly recomend!

Meet Tugg and Teeny. Best friends since…well, forever!

Tugg (a gorilla) and Teeny (a monkey) live together in their jungle neighborhood, Sidekick Thicket. As opposite as night and day, the two friends work and play together, each helping the other face life’s challenges.
Lively, impulsive Teeny always wants to try new things. Sure and steady Tugg is always there to lend a hand or give a word of encouragement.
In this beginning chapter book series, Book One’s trio of stories has Teeny learning to become a musician, developing her talents as an artist, and fine-tuning her skills as a poet. Book Two has her pondering strange and quirky situations in the jungle. All with the help of her best friend Tugg.

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 2, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1585366854

ISBN-13: 978-1585366859

Little Baseball, by Brad Herzog


This is a sweet book for maybe a 4-6 year old?
It's a rhyming book that asks questions, then you flip the page and get the answer. Makes the little ones think! ~very cute book

level: Baby-Preschool

Board book: 20 pages

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition (April 10, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1585365475

ISBN-13: 978-1585365470

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, Edie Eckman

(BEYOND THE SQUARE) CROCHET MOTIFS BY ECKMAN, EDIE[AUTHOR]Paperback{Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs: 144 Circles, Hexagons, Triangles, Squares, and Other Unexpected Shapes} on 2008 [Paperback]

Publisher: Storey Publishing (July 30, 2008)

ASIN: B0041JMT82

a great quick reference.
working with triangles, hexagons, rectangles, and much more~getting started techniques and tricks to make this fun trade so easy to learn!

The Promises she Keeps, Erin Healy

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Loved Healy's writing style.  Quirky, funny, romatic at times.
Loved this mid size young adult fiction.

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (February 8, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1595547517

ISBN-13: 978-1595547514

I'm Outnumbered, L.L. Groves

I'm Outnumbered!: One Mom's Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys [Paperback]

I could definitely relate to this book~having 3 boys of my own.
helping boys keep organized, stay off drugs, stay away from sexual activity~lots of great ideas to help out your boys in this little book.
Product Description

I'm Outnumbered! offers sound advice and encouragement for every mom who has more than one son, even if there's a girl in the mix. Laura Lee Grove's combination of personal anecdotes, authoritative research, and humorous stories will give every outnumbered mom much-needed encouragement, inspiration, and information.

About the Author

Laura Lee Groves is a high school English and drama teacher who has written for Moody Magazine, Focus on the Family's Focus on Your Child, Indianapolis Star, and Coral Ridge Ministries. She also has contributed to the upcoming Book Lover's Devotional and The mother of four sons, Laura and her husband, John, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit
Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0825427398

ISBN-13: 978-0825427398

SEWING SCHOOL~A. Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make [Spiral-bound]

Gr 2-8-These projects were tested by kids between the ages of 5 and 13, and there is no denying their appeal or their ability to instruct and inspire. After learning the basics (threading a needle, knots, simple stitches), beginners can easily dive into the initial projects-a needle holder and pincushion. A ratings system guides intermediate sewers to items that require more skill, like doll clothing and skirts, with plenty of tasks in between that build confidence and experience. Almost everything is hand sewn, with any machine use acknowledged in the "Note for Grown-Ups" sections that identify the steps requiring adult help. The authors have a fun and encouraging writing style, offering tips to personalize projects and breezily stressing that results do not have to be perfect. Also helpful are the practical techniques like repairing rips and holes or replacing buttons. Bright photos add to the enjoyment and provide guidance for the step-by-step instructions. A "Sewing School Dictionary" and "Resource Guide" are included. However, librarians may find that the ebook binding and the attached envelope of patterns will make it difficult to keep everything complete and intact. These features make the book better suited as an excellent gift idea for creative kids or for adults conducting youth-centered group activities.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Sew What! BAGS, by Lexie Barnes

Oh my~bags galore~even if you are a beginning sewer you will love this bitty reference book. Great pictures and colorful guides will help you to make the perfect bag!

Storey Publishing, LLC (2009)

ASIN: B00336KU3A

Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs [Hardcover]

It's Not Your Fault, by E. Barling

this book is a great reference if you are struggling with weight issues.

review from amazon:  The plight of overweight and obese Americans has fostered a national debate that has poured over into television talk shows such as Oprah and the Nightly News. Oprah Winfrey devoted an entire show to the N.Y. Times Bestseller, Women, Food and God, asking viewers to email their comments to her web page. Our reactions to the limited theories advanced on that show are contained in the book. American obesity rates are the highest in the world. Sixty-eight percent of adults are categorized as overweight. One-third of them are diagnosed as clinically obese. There are nearly 7 million overweight and obese children in the U.S. today. Childhood obesity statistics show that obese children have a 70% chance of becoming obese adults. The percentage increases to 80% if either one or both parents is obese as well. Americans did not get fat overnight nor did some mosquito spread a deadly virus that causes obesity. Eating until becoming obese is now the leader in American addictions surpassing cigarettes and alcohol. There are tangible reasons why Americans are gaining weight, becoming obese or cannot lose it. The so-called "healthy foods" you're eating are making you fat and ill. The research cited in the Reference section proves that weight gain and obesity are the result of an addiction to many chemical food ingredients, the dangers of genetically modified fruits and vegetables and the damage to the human body caused by foods containing synthetic growth hormones, carcinogens and antibiotics found in factory farmed meats and dairy. We ask and answer the questions: Are you eating a lot of salads but still gaining weight? Juicing and still gaining weight? Drinking so-called health food shakes to lose weight without success? Changing your diet so often you feel like a yo-yo? Can't stop eating? Finding working out impossible because you are getting too overweight to walk, jog or exercise for very long? Are you considering a drastic means to lose weight such as liposuction, gastric bypass or lap-band surgeries? PLEASE STOP NOW. It's Not Your Fault! The information in this book led to one author losing more than 80 pounds and the other losing 20. And they are still losing weight. This is a new approach to losing weight. The authors show you how to change your diet and lose weight without giving up your favorite type of foods. The only sacrifice is switching brands containing dangerous chemical additives for a healthier version. We teach you how to do it. It's easier than you think. The book describes the causes of food cravings, overeating, addiction and discuss food allergies, delayed food intolerance and the dangerous addictive chemicals used by food manufacturers that cause the compulsive/obsessive eating that leads to obesity. We offer a 90-day challenge and easy 12-step dieting rules that can start readers on their way to losing weight. Diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses are complications caused by weight gain. This book enlightens and empowers people to lose weight and improve their health. We also discuss how certain chemical food addictions in children originate with the eating habits of pregnant mothers that start in vitro. We offer important information to help expectant mothers stop the cycle of addiction. "I'm having great fun already with the book. Fascinating read. And extremely informative. I'm appalled at the extent of my ignorance!" Barbara Paskin, BBC

One Yard Wonders, R. Yaker and P. Hoskins

Loved THIS book!

For both novice and accomplished sewers, this spiral-bound guide offers directions that are precisely, clearly, and buoyantly written as the authors share 101 sewing projects requiring only a yard of fabric, including apparel, toys, accessories (human and pet), dresser organizers, and stuffed animals. For each “recipe,” the authors, in well-ordered fashion, list necessary materials and then take the reader-crafter through clearly numbered, carefully explained directions to create a successful final product. For each project, too, a pattern schematic is matched on the opposite page with a full-color photograph of the finished project. This is a fundamental crafts book appropriate for most crafts collections.

Hardcover-spiral: 304 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (October 28, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1603424490

ISBN-13: 978-1603424493

Around the Corner ~Crochet Borders, Edie Eckman

Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time

When it comes time to put the finishing touches on the edges of a fiber project, a crochet border is the perfect solution. Edgings are essential adornments to the most popular knit and crochet pieces blankets, scarves, and afghans. But borders can do so much more; they give handmade goods a delightful finishing touch, serve as focal points, tidy uneven edges, and add handcrafted flair to store-bought apparel.

Borders often require turning a corner shaping the edgings around a 90-degree angle without breaking the pattern. This is rarely simple; add too few stitches at a corner and the work rounds inward; too many stitches, and the piece begins to ruffle awkwardly. Unfortunately, most published edging patterns fail to include specific instructions for turning the corner, leaving crafters to fend for themselves.

Edie Eckman comes to the rescue in Around-the-Corner Crochet Borders, a collection of 150 colorful crochet frames, each with detailed instructions for working around a corner. Instructions are offered both as text and as charts for working in-the-round; back-and-forth charts are also included for when that method is more appropriate. Photographs of finished borders, each turning a 90-degree corner, allow readers to see the details up close. Borders range from the delicate to the flamboyant and are sure to appeal to a new generation of trend-setting crafters.

Offering practical solutions to one of needlecrafts most vexing challenges, Around-the-Corner Crochet Borders is an essential addition to every crocheters reference library. With this book, marvelous crochet borders are just around the corner.

love this book~a great quick reference for the busy crocheter!

Paperback: 316 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 13, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1603425381

ISBN-13: 978-1603425384

Girl You Are Worth a Million Dollars, by Alayjiah Bargnare

Girl You Are Worth a Million Dollars: The True Story of a Young Independent Poor Black Mother of 3 Who Struggles to Become Successful Despite Her Circumstances

Alayjiah Bargnare

An emotionally and sexually abused young woman survives being molested as a child and raped several times. She searches for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. She never gives up on overcoming her dark abusive past to become successful.

Asia is disgusted and embarrassed by her abusive past and blames herself for all the crimes committed against her. She longed for love and protection from "Mr. Right" and a fresh start. Determined to escape her wild sexual past she ends up in the most dangerous relationship yet. This new relationship makes her feel even more worthless and hopeless. Asia makes the choice to stop at nothing to become successful and not be a victim to her tragedies.

A tough read~but worth it. Content is sad and depressing. But a good writer she is...

Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432756079
ISBN-13: 978-1432756079

Spiritual Vitamins, by Sister Janet Lovell

Spiritual Vitamins

Thoughts and words have power. In Spiritual Vitamins, author Sister Janet Lovell discusses how you can bring healing power into your body and mind through your thoughts and words. This handbook presents a message of hope and positive thinking and affirms what God has been teaching mankind from the beginning. Spiritual Vitamins helps you learn the importance of: • Guarding your thoughts and disciplining your mind to control your thoughts • Thinking before acting • Removing the spirit of unforgiveness and replacing it with the love of Christ • The power of prayer • Preparing yourself for a special encounter with the three divine powers • Secrecy and thinking before speaking • The knowledge of visualization to become healthy and prosperous Using personal examples and biblical citations, Lovell shows you how to live by the word of God and not your own motives and to follow the Bible as a guide to prosperous living. Spiritual Vitamins demonstrates how thoughts and words can move various mountains in our lives. Change your thoughts, and change your life.

Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (May 11, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1450208983
ISBN-13: 978-1450208987

We live in such a negative world~this book is a refreshing view on life, love, having spiritual happiness. *Would highly recommend this book*