Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Love This Cookbook!

The Girl Who Ate Everything
Easy Family Recipes From a Girl Who Has Tried Them All
Christy Denney
Can I say how excited I was to review this cookbook?! VERY!!! I don't know Christy, but we have a lot in common! First, she is from Arizona, I have a son serving a mission there. Second, she is a graduate of Brigham Young University...my old alma mater.  She took contemporary dance and ballet--my major at BYU! Her husband plays football for the Miami Dolphins; being a Florida girl, I have watched many a Dolphin Game (and cheered for them!). Then, of course, we share the love of good food.

The first thing I noticed about this book were all the wonderful pictures. I love cookbooks and one complaint I have with most is that there are not enough pictures showing the finished product; not with Christy's book! Every recipe shows a beautiful large picture of what it is suppose to look like. Thank you, Christy.

Egg Sonora (page 65) and Spinach Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing (page 141) were the first things I tried, and everything was gobbled up. NO leftovers; they were that good! For Sunday dinner last week, I made Apple Broccoli Salad (page 135) to go with the fish my husband caught the other day. Then for dessert, we had German Chocolate Brownies (page 198). Those were sinful. I'll have to admit, I goofed on that recipe. There was a lot going on, and I was just not paying attention. I wound up putting all the cake mix in the bottom of the pan instead of separating it. It still turned out yummy.

Christy starts out introducing herself and then gives a couple of tips and tricks. Then she dives right into the yummy recipes. She gives a little background or story before each recipe. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow.

I would recommend this book for anyone. It would make a great gift, maybe even for that new bride.

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Hope you enjoy...
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My sister, Tammy Powley's Crafty Princess Diaries blog...

Some of my sister's books...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Your Family In Pictures

The Parents' Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life
Me Ra Koh
As an amateur photographer, who loves to take pictures of her family, I found this book easy to read and understand. I wish I had had this book earlier in my career as a mother (our children are now 26, 24, 21, and 20).

I love how Me Ra helps you be successful at photographing your family. She uses a whole chapter to help you understand how to develop a photographer's eye. She also takes you through five chapters, giving you tips in photographing your family during the holidays, vacations. everyday life, family portraits and the tween/teen years. Me Ra also shares DSLR settings and hints on how you can take fantastic pictures with point and shoot and your smartphone camera.

Me Ra shares additional information through websites from the show she hosted for two years--Capture Your Story With Me Ra Koh--which aired on Disney Junior TV.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to have fun with the camera and wants to be successful in photographing family.

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I love coming to Florida and visiting with my family and old friends. The other day, I had the opportunity to visit with someone I had not seen in about 27 years (give or take). Really? That sounds so long ago, but when I think back, it does not seem like that long ago.
My friend and I use to hang out at the beach a lot. When I think back on my growing up years, I will have to admit...I was very fortunate. Fortunate to live in a time when things were easier. Fortunate to live during a time of great excitement, and a place where wonderful things were happening. Growing up in Central Florida in the 60's and 70's, I really did not give it much thought, but thinking back, it was a great time and a great place.

We moved to Florida in 1967. The space program brought our family to the Sunshine State from Huntsville, Alabama. My dad was a NASA Engineer and worked on the Apollo program. I can remember many launches. We would watch it on TV and when countdown was at about 10, 9, 8,....it was time to go out in our yard and look up in the air. Pretty soon, we could see a bright light moving through the skies. Then poof! Stage one, POOF, stage two. Then the rumbling sound shook the earth. 

In 1969 when Apollo 11 headed for the moon to land the first man that would walk on its surface, I was there. Yes, I saw the actually lift off. It was a very warm, bright, sunny July day; and boy did I ever get sunburned! 
Going to the beach as a teen was a very fun thing. To this day, it is one of my favorite places to be. I love everything about it...the sun, the warmth, the sound of the waves and the birds, even the sand between my toes. Since I left for college, I have not been back for any length of time, and it saddens me. My husband and I have tried to move back, but I guess we will just have to wait until we retire, then head down like everyone else; but I will be coming back home.

Having lunch with my friend brought back a lot of fun memories. Twenty-seven years seems like a long time when you say the number, but to my friend and I, it really was not that long. You see, we just picked right back up where we had left off so many years ago. Here is hoping it won't be another 27 years before we meet up again...