Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)

This cookbook was given to us as a gift. I am a home cook and my girls and I love science. The lay out of this book is a lot like all of the Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen books. The recipes are easy to read, they don't all have pictures which I do prefer with cook books. The pictures it does include are mostly grey scale.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Peasread: A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer

This book is only 176 pages, but it has so much to think about and chew on. A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer takes the Lord's prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13 section by section. The writer (W. Phillip Keller) breaks down the significance of each point. This is a well known prayer, many people have it memorized. This book helps you dig deeper. 
What does "father" truly mean? What or where is heaven exactly? Lead us not into temptation? Why would be lead there? This book sheds light on so much. I highly recommend it. There's no way I can only read it once, I need to read it at least one more time.

 A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer
W. Phillip Keller
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .43 (inches)
ISBN: 0802415660
ISBN-13: 9780802415660
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Friday, August 4, 2017

Freezer Tip: Spa Water Add Ins

Quick freezer tip for infused waters here today! I usually drink water all day, with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Sometimes I'll infuse my water with herbs, fruits, and/or vegetables. It's refreshing and healthy!
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Peasread: The Address

The Address
Fiona Davis
368 pages
Publisher: Dutton (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 152474199X

If you like historical fiction, suspense, and mystery. This book is a wonderful read. The story weaves together the lives of  Sara Smythe and Bailey Camden who live 100 years apart, they both reside in the historic Dakota in Manhattan. I loved reading some of the history about the building itself, so much so that the book had me doing research on my own about this famed landmark.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

New England Boiled Dinner (Corned Beef)

New England Boiled Dinner
It used to be that I was the only one around here that liked Corned beef, then my oldest liked it. Now There are three of us here who like it. My oldest, my middle, and myself. My youngest likes the veggies and will eat those very happily. I stocked up on Corned beef because it was a great price and I have never made one myself from just a beef brisket. I keep saying I'm going to and I never get around to it. Maybe next year. The best part about a New England Boiled dinner is of course leftovers! It's delicious the night of, with tender veggies nom nom. But sandwiches the next day... or everything chopped up and heated in a skillet and topped with a fried egg. That is why I like to make extra, or have extra on hand!
I discovered that cooking this in and electric pressure cooker is the way to go. It's perfect because I can cook the beef from frozen or thawed in just a little over and hour. After that the vegetables take about 7-10 minutes depending on how big you cut them. I think that's my favorite part. I used to cook everything on the crock pot/ slow cooker. The problem with that is the whole house smells like corned beef. Great for the people who like it, not so much for the people who don't. Then you had to put the vegetables in and time it. There's no need to check the beef an hour out and add vegetables with the pressure cooker.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Peasread: A Fairy King

Hello everyone! My 12/13 year old has agreed to reviews some great books for me. Here's one from C.J. Brightley called A Fairy King, it's a novella. My teen LOVES this series and is anxiously waiting for the next book. It is not a tween/teen/young adult book. It's a story that adults and teens will all enjoy.
It is summer here so less food blogging, no school lunches, but we'll try to get these book reviews up!
Here's the review:
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Christmas Cookies

I didn't share our Christmas Gingerbread cookies with you last year, so here we are Christmas in July. These are the gingerbread cookies the kids and I baked and decorated last year. It was so fun. We had some traditional winter and Christmas shapes. The most fun to decorate were the fandom, geekery cookies though.
These are gingerbread and I don't have the recipe up, but I'm sure you can google a recipe. I do have a fantastic Sugar Cookie recipe that you can find HERE. It's the best.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Coconut Pandan Waffles

You guys. These waffles are so good. I love Coconut Pandan Waffles anyway. I used to make batter and keep it in the fridge for snacks or a quick breakfast. While I don't have any gluten intolerance, or dairy intolerance I just finished a Whole30 and feel really good. I'm less bloated, sleeping better. So I try not to goo crazy with the things that do make me a little bloated, like wheat. I am finding that I sleep better if I don't have it for dinner or later in the day. I'm still narrowing it down and keeping mental notes, I should keep a food journal. But that is a whole other post. Back to these great waffles.  I'm literally not missing the wheat flour in my Coconut Pandan Waffles because of this recipe. I'm not missing the butter either. I wasn't sure how to change this recipe, originally I thought I would just try half rice flour and half tapioca, I figured it would work. Then I walked in my pantry and thought I'd try the oats because we do like oats in our pancakes and oats make cookies chewy. So I tried it, what could go wrong right? Nothing went wrong. It went right. The first time. So there was no need to try the just rice and tapioca flour.
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