The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers
by Karen Newcomb

Spring is around the corner and garden plans are being made. Seed catalogs are being mailed and stores are digging out all their gardening supplies. Every year I say this year will be the year I turn our unused green space into pretty gardens. I love veggies and eat tomatoes like most people eat apples. Last year we did a local CSA and it was great and all but at $35 a week it added up fast. Just think if I took a months worth of CSA money and spent it on making a big vegetable garden!

Each chapter explains so much and you learn so much. I really think while this book is probably made for the beginning gardener an experienced gardener would enjoy reading it also. Karen Newcomb even includes chapters on plants that get along and pest control. Thanks to her chapter on how to compost I plan on starting our composting in the spring. I’m a little nervous but she really explained all the do’s, dont’s, gave great tips and even a quick guide method.

She spends a lot of time explaining all the different types of vegetables and herbs that you can plant. Everything type listed included the everything you ever wanted or needed to know about each. You can’t go wrong and mess things up. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden will make a green thumb out any reader and make you a proud veggie garden owner!

Life Changing Magic: A Journal

spark joy every day

by Marie Kondo

Life Changing Magic A Journal

 

I’ve been looking for a new little journal, but so far no luck. However all that changed when I opened book mail and laid hands on this little gem. Life Changing Magic A Journal is a 3 year journal with labeled pages. This is perfect each page has 3 paragraph sized entries all you got to do is add the year. I love that 3 years of memories is at your fingertips and it’s all in this little, but thick compact book. Through out the book she has placed random joy quotes. I’m not sure if this is from her first book or the new book Spark Joy. I’m on hold for both at my library, so I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I can’t wait for January 1st so I can start this journal, so I’ve decided to start it on Christmas Eve. Who says you have to start a journal on the 1st day of a new year. I’m ready to preserve get joyful memories, funny quotes and stories from my girls and other day to day joy for the next 3 years. I think if I write in it each night that would be best but we will see.

summary: I’ve been looking for a new little journal, but so far no luck. However all that changed when I opened book mail and laid hands on this little gem. Life Changing Magic A Journal is a 3 year journal with labeled pages. This is perfect each page has 3 paragraph sized entries all you got to do is add the year. I love that 3 years of memories is at your fingertips and it’s all in this little, but thick compact book. Through out the book she has placed random joy quotes. I’m not sure if this is from her first book or the new book Spark Joy. I’m on hold for both at my library, so I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I can’t wait for January 1st so I can start this journal, so I’ve decided to start it on Christmas Eve. Who says you have to start a journal on the 1st day of a new year. I’m ready to preserve get joyful memories, funny quotes and stories from my girls and other day to day joy for the next 3 years. I think if I write in it each night that would be best but we will see.

thank you blogging for books and crown publishing for sending me Life Changing Magic A Journal. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Bread Revolution

World Class Baking with Sprouted & Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours and Fresh Techniques
by Peter Reinhart


















I love making bread, everything from the way it makes your whole house smell so yummy to the taste of hot resh bread dripping with butter! It just is so yummy! I also love using my kitchen aid mixer to knead the bread. What better way to multi task the mixer kneads the bread while I throw a load of laundry in. However sometimes it great to get your hands dirty and make healthy bread the old fashioned way. I’m always on the look out for healthy bread recipes and thought this book sounded interesting. I have been seeing all kinds of articles and foodie blog post about sprouting flours and breads but didn’t know where to begin. This is where Peter Reinhart’s book Bread Revolution comes in. Thanks to this book and great introduction I totally understand all about sprouting flours now. He does a great job and really explaining what all is involved in creating tasty healthy breads. The book then goes into how to make a sourdough primer. It is involved and gives you recipes, step by step instructions, and pictures to help you create your sourdough starter. After that he gets into many bread recipes. While there are many I won’t make since they would not be eaten as well as others there are many recipes we will make over and over. If you eat gluten free he even includes recipes for gluten free breads and cookies. Over all it is a nice book to have on my bookshelf. It is a pricey book coming in at 30 bucks. I’m not sure I would have bought it on my own but happy to have it for review. This book is for the die hard bread makers so if you are one of those or know one this might make a great gift. 


Book Summary: An exploration of cutting-edge developments in the bread baking world from beloved author Peter Reinhart, featuring 40 recipes and formulas that use sprouted flours, whole and ancient grains, alternative grains (such as corn and grape skin flour), nut and seed flours, and allergy-friendly approaches. Renowned baking author and instructor Peter Reinhart has always been on the forefront of the bread movement–from cold fermentation (The Bread Baker’s Apprentice) and whole grain breads (Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads) to unconventional methods for making gluten-free bread (The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking). In Bread Revolution, he explores the latest groundbreaking new flours based on grape seeds, emmer, and other ancient grains, and interviews intrepid bakers such as Craig Ponsford, Keith Giusto, and Mike Pappas, who are developing new wheat processing and baking techniques that expose tremendous flavor and health benefits. This on-trend collection of fresh bread recipes will appeal to avid bakers, health-conscious cooks, and food allergic, gluten-sensitive, and diabetic households.

thank you blogging for books and Ten Speed Press for sending me a copy of Bread Revolution for review. All opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book