Thursday, November 27, 2014

In Her Kitchen - Book Review

When this book was delivered I felt like a kid at Christmas just waiting to see what was inside. I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed going through this book. It is a combination of a cookbook, photo book, & storybook. There is a photo of each of the 60 grandmothers in their kitchens, along with their recipe, and a photo of the food they made.

I loved reading the little stories about each of the different grandmothers. So much love for their families and the joy that cooking brings for them. No matter how big or small of a space they had they make cooking for their families one of their top priorities.

There are of course a few recipes in the book that the ingredients would be almost impossible to find here but then I'm sure my family would not be thrilled with iguana or caterpillars. There are several recipes though that I do actually plan to make. Generally most of the ingredients can be found online or at local ethnic markets.

I really just enjoyed this whole book and think it'd be a great coffee table book to keep out for company to look through. It's so interesting and the photos are very well done.

I'd definitely recommend this book if you are interested in a bit of a cultural adventure.

If you'd like to find out more about this book you can go here.

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tazo Chai Review

Well, winter has finally arrived in full force. We got a little over 10 inches of snow this past Monday. Now we are in the deep freeze and it sounds like it won't end any time soon. After doing a little shoveling I thought I'd treat myself to a nice warm mug of Tazo Chai Chocolate Latte.

As a member of Smiley360 I  received some Tazo samples and a free coupon to choose a Tazo that I'd like to try. I had a hard time deciding while at the store because there was such a good variety and many sounded good. This chocolate latte caught my eye and sounded like it would hit the spot. It sure did! It's the perfect combo of sweet and spicy. I mixed equal parts of the concentrate and 2% milk and heated it up on the stove. It was so yummy!

You can find out more about Tazo on their page here.  And if you'd like to learn more about becoming a member of Smiley360 and also get products to try out you can visit their page here.

*I received this free product from Smiley360. Opinions are my own.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence - Book Review

My latest book review is by Joy Wilson and it's called Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence. I choose this book based on it's front cover. The cake on the cover is just beautiful. I had never heard of Joy before or her blog which is apparently very popular. I have since checked it out after going through this book. Lots of great recipes on there too.

This cookbook is full of beautiful photos and a variety of delicious sounding recipes. There are a lot of very creative recipes in the book. Most of them seem very doable for the regular baker. Most require the basic ingredients we all have on hand. At first I was a bit intimidated because some of the recipes have a long list of ingredients but after looking through the recipe instructions it's really not that bad.

I love the ice cream section! I can't wait to make several of them. My other favorite section is the cookies, brownies, and bars. Yum!  I look forward to making the Strawberry Shortcake Cookies, Chocolate-dipped Cookie-Dough Balls, and the Chocolate-Coconut-Almond Bites!  And so many more I'm sure you will find that are delicious.

This is a beautiful book. Easy to read, amazing photographs, and easy to follow directions. Overall a super cookbook!

If you'd like to know more about Joy the Baker and this book, you can go here. 

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. Opinions are my own.