Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Friday, August 22, 2014


I sure miss my washer and dryer. It is at home taking a rest for awhile while we await the sell of our house. I decided to spend some time with my husband in Louisiana, while friends and neighbors (and realtor) look after the house.

Doing laundry has been one of the worst hassles. We were doing it at the laundry mat, but since my son and his wife have access to a washer and dryer at their apartment, I come over during the day while everyone is at work and use them. I miss being able to do a load here and a load there. Nowadays, I wait and wind up doing six or more loads at a time. It takes ALL. DAY. LONG!!!!!

Some Awesomely Good Southern Cooking

I can't wait to try some of these recipes! Down South by Donald Link is full of yummy Southern recipes and lots of fun stories from growing up and living in the South. As a Southern girl myself, I can relate to a lot of the food and experiences he shares.

I love a cookbook with pictures, and Down South has a lot of nice photos of the food and places he talks about. Most of the recipes and stories come from the Gulf States, but Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, etc. are also represented.

Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp and Second Helpings of Everything by Donald Link and Paula Disbrowe, is a great cookbook for anyone who loves Southern food, or who wants to learn more about it.

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Time Smartphone

So, yesterday marked the end of an era, yes I caved in. I got a smartphone, yep, one of the last to do so. My daughter actually will be getting her new smartphone in a few days. She has also been fighting the smartphone craze.

Do you know how hard it is to buy what I call a "dumb phone?" Almost impossible. All my boys have a smartphone, and my husband has one for his job. Everyone has been telling me I need to get one, that I would "Love it!" Well, I am sure they are right, the point is, I don't want to be dependent on one...I have done just fine going many years without one.

I have found people automatically assume you have a smartphone, and send mass text messages or pictures asking my opinion on things. Heck, even teaching Seminary, they expect you to have all this technology at the tip of your hands...no more printed books, everything right on your smartphone or pad. What do you think would happened if there was no electricity for weeks? People would go CRAZY.

I'm not saying I don't like it....far from that. It's just I feel that our society has gotten way too dependent on it. No one can function, heck, people can't even carry on a conversation anymore.

I do like my new smartphone, but I do plan to not get too dependent on it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Fifty-eight years ago today, my parents were married. Here they are, probably their first Christmas. Boy they were young!
I was the first of three girls, and I am so happy that I was blessed to be a part of this family. For the most part, we were all very happy and had the things we needed. My parents did a great job with raising us girls.
Boy, I'm glad most 1970's styles are gone...how funny is this!?
Anyway, happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!!!


Friday, August 8, 2014

The Natural Pregnancy Book

I was so excited to get this book because I am going to be a GRANDMA!!! Yes, my daughter is going to have our first grandchild in December. As a yoga and dance instructor and vegan, our daughter is very health conscious. Since she is vegan, she has had some questions on whether or not she needs to continue this through her pregnancy. I think this book, along with her doctor's advice will be just what she needs to make some good healthy decisions.

The Natural Pregnancy Book, (third edition), Your Complete Guide to a Safe, Organic Pregnancy and Childbirth with Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm is full of good advice from nutrition to choosing what type of health care is best for you. Jill starts out with The Basics, then helps you to learn how to be more aware of your body. She also discusses prenatal care, what to eat, and common concerns. This book is full of information that any pregnant woman would need. As a first time grandma, I find it interesting, and hope I can support my daughter in her pregnancy decisions. After I get done with it, this book is headed to my daughter's house.

The Natural Pregnancy Book went on sale August 5, 2014 and retails for $17.99.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spicy Vegan!

Afro-Vegan Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed
By Bryant Terry

This book came in the mail, and when I first opened the package my first thought was, "What a beautiful book!" As I flipped though the pages, I noticed that the vegan recipes Mr. Terry shares look amazingly delicious. He likes to use lots of spices and other seasonings, which are right up my alley!
Bryant thinks that "people of African decent should honor, cultivate and consume food from the African Diaspora." He also mentions how many people of African decent have strayed away from their traditional foods and have adopted a Western diet, leading to many health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, etc, all of which are preventable by eating healthier. This cookbook would be a wonderful addition for anyone trying to eat healthier.
I can't wait to try some of his recipes such as Grilled Corn on the Cob and Smashed Potatoes, Peas and Corn with Chile-Garlic Oil. Doesn't that sound yummy?! Mr. Terry not only shares many exciting recipes, but he also talks a little about the different cultures that inspired many of these dishes, which makes this book not just a good cookbook, but a good read.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Needing Some Confidence In the Kitchen?

Kitchen Confidence
Essential Recipes and Tips That Will Help
You Cook Anything
Kelsey Nixon
published by Clarkson Potter
$19.99 U.S. $22.95 Canada

Can I just say how excited I was to get this book....for soooo many reasons! First off Kelsey graduated from the same university I went to. I do not know her or her family personally, but yesterday I had company over for dinner and I had this book laying out. Our company got so excited, picked the book up and said, "I know her!" She told me she use to babysit for a member of her family...small world. By the way, she also told me that Kelsey came from an "awesome family."

Anyway, about the book. Wow! I love it. Having young adult children (three boys and a girl), who are beginning their lives on their own, I see this book as a great asset to people like them. In her introduction she tells how she grew up cooking alongside her mom and gaining that confidence in the kitchen (Hence the name of the book). When she left for college Kelsey felt very comfortable in the kitchen. Long story short, she was a broadcast major who really did not want to go into the news area, so she wound up on TV as the cooking host for Cooking Channel's Kelsey's Kitchen! It's really a pretty cool story. 

Kelsey tells you all the "essentials" one must have in their kitchens. Essential equipment, essential techniques and essentials needed in your pantry. After these great tips, Kelsey then dives into the recipes, and there are quite a few......100 recipes with 60 pictures. I love pictures in cookbooks, and as I sat down and thumbed through her book for the first time, I found myself wanting to make A LOT of her stuff, most of which had a picture to show the finished product. 

Throughout the book, there are more tips, for example, how to shop for a great knife and cutting board. Because of these tips, and the delicious and easy to follow recipes, I would recommend this book to anyone......AND, I think this would make a great gift for the newlyweds, or a student heading out to school for the first time, or anyone who likes quick, easy and yummy recipes.

Ok, so now I'm going to go in my kitchen and make her recipe on page 20 for breakfast...Baked Eggs With Smoked Bacon, Spinach, and Gaot Cheese. mmmmmmmm!

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."