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Cake, I Love You Review

Cake, I Love You: Decadent, Delectable and Do-Able Recipes Review 

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As much as I love to bake, I am honestly no good at decorating. The decorating is my one weakness and the one area I am always looking to learn and educate myself.

When I saw Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor, I saw an easy way to make the cakes I make beautiful. The book includes many recipes and ideas for seasoned bakers to beginner bakers and everybody in between.

Cake, I Love You offers 60 recipes that are organized by flavor profile such as banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit, butterscotch, spices, citrus and cakes from the garden and orchard. From the level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook gives a wide range of cakes from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers that are layered with frosting and ganache. There are photos throughout so you know what your cake should look like.

Also of note, the author is a local a food columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and she lives in San Diego, California.

If you are looking for a easy to follow cake book that will have you baking by the weekend, get a copy of Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor.

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You can purchase Cake, I Love You on Amazon

Peaches & Petals Subscription Box – January 2016 Review

Peaches & Petals Subscription Box – January 2016 Review and Giveaway

Peaches and Petals January 2016 BoxThere are things that I want to purchase but for whatever reason I put the purchase off – this is not intentional, but the way life works out at times. I love to get mail, it is one of the reasons I became a review blogger, the more mail the better. One of my favorite pieces of mail to get is monthly subscription boxes. I love the element of surprise and getting a peek into the creativity of others. I love to see what is included and love to wonder what makes an item worthy of inclusion.

Peaches and Petals is taking this concept of a wonder and surprise and bringing it to each monthly box. This is a subscription box that caters to ‘fun. flirty, fashionable vintage and modern lifestyles’. What this means to you as the subscriber? Each month you will receive 3-5 items hand selected by the Peaches and Petals team and that can range from books, household items, nail polish, makeup, scarves or/and a vintage piece of jewelry. Other items can be included, depending on the box and theme for the month.

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Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic Book Review

Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of GoodBooks/Skyhorse Publishing. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic: 550 Amazing Everyday Recipes Review and Giveaway

Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker MagicBack many moons ago, during my bridal shower to my first husband I received 3 identical crock pots. We had registered for one, ended up with three. Flash forward one divorce and one marriage later I again have 3 crock pots, but this time they are not all the same make and model. Through the merging of items and a wedding, Jason and I have been able to collect three different size crock pots.

The three crock pots we have vary in size, which makes this a versatile house. The three we own are a Crock Pot 6 Quart slow cooker, a Procter Silex 3 quart and Procter Silex 1.5 quart slow cookers. Having these three crock pots/slow cookers gives us the ability to make just about anything. which lead me to discovering The Fix-It and Forget Slow Cooker Magic: 550 Amazing Everyday Recipes by Phyllis Good and published by GoodBooks and Skyhorse Publishing.

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Straight Up Tasty by Adam Richman Review

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Straight Up Tasty:

Meals, Memories, and Mouthfuls from My Travels

  Review and Giveaway

Straight Up Tasty by Adam Richman

A shift has occurred in the past couple years that is directly related to when we purchased out home. Shortly after we bought this house I began to cook, and each day that passed found myself getting more and more interested in the concept of food. In this transitional time we watched a lot more food related television. We discovered that by watching these shows it helped us learn and expand out pallets.

One day we came across a show which featured a restaurant and a challenge. This show was “Man Vs.Food” and it slowly moved its way into our line up (by now in reruns being replayed) and we enjoyed it. When I heard that the Adam Richman, the host of the show, released a cookbook sharing recipes and stories from the show I knew that i had to get it.

Straight Up Tasty: Meals, Memories, and Mouthfuls from My Travels by Adam Richman is a fun culinary journey that brings the best recipes from across the country. The book covers breakfast items, lunch items, dinners, desserts, sides, condiments and everything in between that  he has  collected through Adam’s travels for the show.

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Cookie Love Review

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Cookie Love by Mindy SegelCookie Love: More Than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary Review and Giveaway

I have been a cookie fan since I was a child, in fact I recently admitted to being a cookie monster since I was young. My favorite cookie memory involves my best friends from youth. Each weekend I would play host to slumber parties and 2:00am cookie making messes. Generally speaking we made chocolate chip, oatmeal or peanut butter but sometimes we would venture into the fancier cookie books and attempt a recipe.

Flash forward 25 years later and I still love baking cookies, as well as convincing my friends to come and help me bake them. The major difference is that my cookie making confidence is much higher than at 15 years old. I love cookbooks and recently was given the chance to review Cookie Love: More Than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Mindy Segal.

This collection is over 280 pages of recipes, cookie making basics that cover tools used and common tricks, as well as measurement conversion charts. This book includes some of the best cookie recipes I have ever heard of including snickerdoodles, smoked almond shortbread with orange blossom and raspberry framboise, cheese board biscotti and many others.

If you are a fan of quality cookie themed cookbooks and unique recipes I highly recommend this book full of “Cookie Love”.

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