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The written word has always been a joy for me.  I can not remember a time in my life when I did not have books. Before I was able to read them, my mother read books to me. As soon as I could read independently I was never without a book in my hands or very nearby.  As years passed, writing developed into a passion for me as well. I tried novel writing while home with my two children during their early years and was challenged to focus on the craft.  I never gave up the love even when I had to give up the pursuit.  Now, with grown children and the fact I am sitting on the other side of fifty I can pursue my dream of writing.  I have continued the reading quest but now the writing is attainable as well.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety

Milton Berle, the well-known comedian once said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.” Going into the holiday season and all the “busy-ness” that is involved within the holidays, a laughter vacation will most certainly be appreciated. My suggestion is to obtain a copy of How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety, which I feel is one of the most humorous books that I have read in a very long time. How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety, by the American Association of Patriots, is a satire based on many self-help books. Not only does the book include helpful advice about why an owner should speak to their beloved pet about the hazards of guns and never knowing if one is loaded because there is truth behind the old adage, “curiosity killed the cat.” Also, the book tackles the touchy subjects of abstinence, drugs, Satanism, and other dangers to our feline friends. Many times during my reading, I laughed out loud at the commentary presented in a question, answer based format. Holiday stress can overcome even the calmest individual as parties, family, baking, gift buying and giving and all the other myriad of activities ensue. Give yourself an early Christmas gift and get the book, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety; you won’t regret educating your cat as well as tickling your funny bone!
FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Classic German Baking

     I must be honest, when I first saw Luisa Weiss's book, Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites from Pfeffernusse to Streuselkuchen,  on the Blogging for Books website I emitted a small exclamation of joy.  Scared my husband, and the dog, but I knew they would forgive me once they tasted all the wonderful creations I would be able to concoct from this beautiful book.
     With a maiden name of Havenstein, German heritage and traditions have always been an interest. Add to this my sister marrying a man who is full blood Austrian,  and subsequently growing up knowing her Austrian mother-in-law, and you get a passion for all things involved in German cuisine.  However, even with the background I have, I have not had the opportunity to explore traditional German baking.
     Thanks to Weiss's incredible book, Classic German Baking, I now have the resource to create many traditional favorites, and I might add that I can't wait to do so.  The book itself is an inspiring piece of art.  The page layouts are appealing and offer easy to read instructions with stunning photos of the various foods.  My first attempt was the time-honored Apple Strudel.  I will admit, I felt a bit of apprehension when I looked at the recipe, three pages of instructions were given, yet as I delved into the process, with the company of my daughter and her dear friend, I found the procedure quite straight forward and easy to understand. The proof was in the strudel, the pastry turned out wonderful: flakey, buttery, sweet, and definitely a new family favorite.
      With Christmas quickly approaching, I hope to try many of the recipes.  Thank you Luisa Weiss for creating a stunning book to create all the German baking of my dreams! I would highly recommend anyone interested in authentic German baking to treat themselves to this gem!

FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.