Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard (review)

cookingwithscraps_hard_workmanBanana peels, apple cores, and fatty bacon ends are just a few of the items that will no longer be wasted with this new cookbook/guide from Food52 writer Lindsay-Jean Hard.

In the introduction, and in the lead-ups to the various recipes, the author writes about taking lessons from other cookbooks and tweaking recipes, and making them your own.  And this applies, she is the first to tell the reader, to her own. Continue reading

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First Line Friday: A Southern Season

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a finished copy I voluntarily received for review.  

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For the second Friday in a row, I am featuring a book that I received for an Instagram tour in collaboration with Just Read Tours.  A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Linda W. Yezak, Claire Fullerton, Ane Mulligan is a group of four contemporary Southern stories.  The tour, complete with a tour-wide giveaway, begins Monday so be sure to check out @justreadtours on Instagram and the other stops.

Here is the first line from the first story, Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak:

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Cozy, Snowy Cuddles Touch and Feel (board book review)

cozysnowycuddlesIn the board book Cozy, Snowy Cuddles, a baby polar bear visits a child and parent pair (narwhals, huskies, seals, moose) on each two page spread, and returns to its parents, accompanied by a text that emphasizes different expressions of love and comfort.  Each pair includes a differently textured insert, mainly furs, for a tactile interaction with the story that begins with the snow’s applied texture on the cover.  The final text includes thanking God for cozy kisses Continue reading

First Line Friday: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.

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With a theme of “favorite genre” this week, I had to make a choice between Historical Fiction and Science Fiction, and there were too many books I wanted to share!  So, I decided to feature Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd (The Victorian Ladies Series, book 1). Out October 9th from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., I received a NetGalley digital galley to feature on Instagram as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.

Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter on October 9, 2018.

Here is the first line (and the rather lovely cover):

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First Line Friday: The Love Letter

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book is a review copy I received for free from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild.
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I don’t usually open a book expecting not to like it but this is a dual timeline connected by a letter and I just wasn’t feeling it, despite the Revolutionary War setting of the early timeline.  Then I read the first lines of the prologue and it was such an exciting start that I did not want to stop.  But, when I read the first lines of the first chapter, I was surprised by a completely different reaction – I burst out laughing!

So I hope you understand why I needed to share more than just a single line today.  Here they are, the first lines from chapter one of The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck:

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