Plate to Pixel: Foodie Gift Idea

plate to pixel

So you have that friend or family member who loves to cook, and is always saying how they want to start a blog , write a cookbook, start selling their pretty baked goods or begin a catering career.  The thing is, to be successful in any of these areas, having attractive photos of their culinary […]

Curious Critters: A Gorgeous Children’s Picture Book

curious critters picture book

My daughter and I received a copy of Curious Critters recently, and I must say the photos in it are amazing.  The vivid images of animals are accompanied by information about each creature.  This is one of my daughter’s favorite books to browse through on her own.  If you are stumped on what to get […]

Everyday Exotic: The Cookbook – Review

everyday exotic cookbook

If you want to experiment in the kitchen a bit, but have trouble integrating exotic ingredients into your menu, or just want to zing up traditional fare, this is a great cookbook for you.  It would also make a lovely gift for the foodie in your life, especially if they are a fan of the […]

150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, 2nd Ed. ~ Cookbook Review

slow cooker recipe book

The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes (Second Edition), from Judith Finlayson, seemed just the cookbook for me, since my poor crock pot sits on a shelf …neglected.  I usually concoct my own recipes, but since I don’t use this appliance often, a bit of guidance would be helpful. This slow cooker cookbook is packed with recipes, […]

Eli, No! ~ Children’s Picture Book Review

Eli No!

Eli, No! is both written and illustrated by Katie Kirk.  It is filled with wonderful graphic illustrations, that have a retro feel to them, and punchy colors.  These go well with the tale of all the bad things Eli does.  Eli, while a cute dog, just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The repetitive […]

The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur

the ugly duckling dinosaur book

The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur (A Prehistoric Tale) , by Cheryl Bardoe and illustrated by Doug Kennedy, presents a quirky twist on the Ugly Duckling story and is perfect for kids who love dinosaurs, like my daughter. Mama Duck awaits the hatching of her eggs anxiously, only to be surprised by not just ducklings but a […]

Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 Edition: Book Review

cutting edge therapies for autism book review

Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism is a new series of books started last year by two fathers of autistic children.  Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012 is the second and newest edition, and hopefully a new edition will be coming out, if not yearly, at least biennially.  It is a wonderful overview of autism therapies available, treatments […]

The Crows of Pearblossom: Children’s Picture Book Review

The Crows of Pearblossom review

The Crows of Pearblossom is a children’s story by Aldous Huxley (best known for Brave New World).  This story was written as a gift for his niece, in 1944.  The original manuscript was lost in a fire, but one of Huxley’s neighbors had preserved a copy, and gave it to the niece, after her uncles […]