Cookbook Review: Trisha’s Table

Trisha’s Table
by
Trisha Yearwood

Trisha’s Table is the third cookbook released by country superstar, Trisha Yearwood. While her first two cookbooks feature down home Southern cooking recipes, this one promises to provide readers with a more balanced approach, somewhat following Trisha’s 80/20 rule on healthy eating. If you’re not familiar with the 80/20 rule, it simply means that 80% of the time you eat good, nutritious foods and the other 20% is where you splurge on stuff that might not be so healthy.  The 80/20 rule is one we aim to follow in our own home, so I was excited to see this new cookbook.

Trisha has put out a beautiful book; its pages are crisp, clear and full of beautiful pictures. What makes this cookbook stand out from others is how she puts her personal touch on it. Accompanying each recipe is a little story or anecdote about the recipe and how she came up with it, there are many stories about her friends and family. I’ve only had the book for a few days so I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes yet, but some that stand out to me are Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, Mrs. Carter’s Skillet Apple Pie and Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork. This beautiful cookbook would be a great addition to the shelf of anyone who loves southern cooking or just likes collecting cookbooks.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: On Shifting Sand

On Shifting Sand
by
Allison Pittman

     Set in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era, On Shifting Sand tells the story of Nola Merrill. After her mother died and left her with a father who withheld love, Nola searched for an escape.  She thought she’d found her escape in Russ, a local pastor, but she was wrong. As the height of the Dust Bowl hits her tiny Oklahoma town, Nola finds that she’s still not satisfied with her life. This comes to a head when Russ’ friend from the past, Jim, makes an appearance at their home. Nola begins to find everything she thought she was missing through a relationship with Jim. When she commits the ultimate betrayal of her marriage vows, she finds herself weighed down in shame.  So weighed down that she eventually winds up in the hospital, barely hanging onto her life. When at last she finally admits her betrayal, she’s life to wonder if her husband’s love will be strong enough to hold them together when everything feels hopeless.

     Though the story told is in this story is one that has been told by multiple authors, what really sets it apart is how Pittman takes to reader right into the middle of the Dust Bowl. This is the third book I’ve read by Pittman and I’m always amazed at how well she researches the time periods her stories are set in, it’s so well written that it seems to use time travel to take the reader right there into the store. I found this book to be even more interesting that some of her others because my family lived through the Dust Bowl, eventually making their way from Oklahoma to California. While I’d heard stories before Pittman took my understand to a much deeper level with her descriptions and insight. I really enjoyed reading Nola’s story, but I was a bit annoyed by the fact that the resolution happens in the last chapter.  I really wished that the story had a chance to develop even further after that point, it almost feels as if there was more story to be told but not enough pages to tell it.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: Case for Grace for Kids

Case for Grace for Kids
by
Lee Strobel

This book is adapted from Strobel’s latest book, Case for Grace. Using stories of everyday people as examples of how God extends his grace, Strobel has crafted a book that gives kids an insight into just how much our gracious God loves us. He tells the stories in a way really engages kids and reveals the truth about grace to them.

I recently read through this book with my kiddos.  We all loved it and the picture it painted about the grace our God extends to everyone, even those we might think undeserving.  It really makes you understand that if God could should grace to executioners, thieves and liars, we can be sure he extends it to us as well. I loved the easy way Strobel addressed grace and made such a complex topic something easily accessible to children.  I’m looking forward to reading some of his other books for kids with my kiddos soon.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: How to Catch a Prince

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How to Catch a Prince
by
Rachel Hauck

About the Book

In this third book of the Royal Wedding series, Rachel Hauck introduces us to Prince Stephen of Brighton and American heiress Corina Del Rey.

Corina’s life was turned upside down 5 years ago when her brother became a casualty of war. Just as she starts to get her life back on track, a secret from the past comes back to confront her.

Prince Stephen is hoping to escape his memories of war while enjoying life as a star rugby player, but he’s got a secret, too. When his brother, Nathaniel, discovers his secret, Stephen knows it’s time that he faces his past.

As Corina and Stephen work through what happened in the past, they have to decide what the future will hold for them.

My Thoughts

I’ve read all 3 books in this series and I’m pretty sure this one was my favorite. There was something super relatable about the characters and the story felt very genuine. Though my life is far different from that of an heiress, I found her character to be someone that most women could relate to. I also really enjoyed the way Rachel Hauck describes the setting, it was almost as if I could find myself in Brighton listening to the cathedral bells. I’m a big fan of her writing and I can’t wait to see what she’s got in store in the future.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: Inspiralized

Inspiralized
by
Ali Maffucci

About a year ago, I was super excited to get my hands on a spiralizer so that I could try my hand at one of the latest food crazes, vegetable noodles. My kids and I had what we referred to as the Great Zoodle Adventure. After that first experiment, the spiralizer has only made an appearance a couple of times. When I was checking out books on Blogging for Books, I was super excited to a book all about spiralizing available for review.  I think my kids were as excited for its arrival as I was. :)

Insprialized has recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert and many more in between. Some of the ones that stuck out most to me were Chicken Carrot Noodle Soup and Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Bake. There are pictures for many of the recipes, as well as step by step pictures for some tougher techniques. I think my favorite part of this book is that it actually gives you tips on how to use the spiralizer, from everything to how to pick the fruit or veggie to how to choose which blade to use. Given my life as a busy homeschooling soccer mom, I haven’t quite gotten the chance to try out any of these recipes, but the kids and I look forward to testing many of them once things calm down for a bit.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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New Book from Rachel Hauck | ‘How to Catch a Prince’ and Royal Giveaway

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck’s new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a “royal” prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel’s blog.

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Book Review: This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?

This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth?
by
Patrick Di Justo

In some ways, I’m what some might consider a “foodie” not in the sense that I just have to try the best restaurants in every city I go to, more in the sense that I love learning about food.  I love learning about what’s in our food, what that does to our bodies, etc. Needless to say, when I saw the title of this book, I just knew that I had to get my hands on a copy.

Stemming from his popular column, What’s Inside, found in WIRED magazine, Patrick Di Justo offers readers a look at exactly what’s inside the food we ingest every day. While many people think they know what they’re eating, Di Justo makes it clear that there are a lot of things we don’t know. Using a scientific approach, Di Justo gives readers insight into what makes up things like Easy Cheese, Hot Pockets and Spam. In the second part of the book titled This Is What You Don’t Put In Your Mouth, he takes a closer look at the ingredients in things such as contact solution, Fix-A-Flat and diaper cream.  All of this information is given in an informative, yet humorous manner and it really makes the reader think about just what is lurking in things we eat or use every day.

What I found most interesting about this book was the reception Di Justo was given by many companies when he reached out to them to get their input on the products their ingredients contained; many were very secretive and vague, with just a handful actually willing to talk with him. It makes you realize that there is a lot going on in the food industry that they don’t want consumers to know and it’s not just “trade secrets.” While I found the information fascinating, it was a bit much to read the whole book all at once.  This is a book that is better savored, giving the reader time to ponder what they’ve learned.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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