Nourishing Traditions – by Sally Fallon and Mary G Enig

Nourishing TraditionsI was first introduced to this book by an article online. I was researching the health benefits of the traditional Russian beverage beet root Kvass.

Low and behold, Beth Stedman’s site inspired me to try the recipe and purchase the book. Her journey in finding health cures and remedies for ailments is similar to mine.

Her husband is fighting stage four of melanoma. I have no doubt that Beth’s steadfast and tenacity of finding a cure will be very successful.

One thing for sure, Beth’s honesty is heartfelt. I love her quote “I am a believer, who often calls for grace.” And like Beth, I find Nourishing Traditions a great inspiration whether you are a novice or expert on nutrition.

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An Aspirational Moss Book

What a lovely book!

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Magical World of Moss Gardening COVER

This is another book I have reviewed lately. It’s author, Annie Martin, is otherwise known as “Mossin’ Annie.” She lives in North Carolina but that shouldn’t stop anyone (except maybe those in drought prone parts of the country who can’t even think about these verdant landscapes right now) from acquiring this book.

One of the best parts of this book is that Ms. Martin points out that moss is the ultimate in sustainable gardening (provided, of course that you are not wild collecting it!) It is very drought tolerant–as my own yard will attest. It needs no “inputs” as we have begun fashionably calling them: extra water, fertilizer or pesticides of any kind.

Nothing eats it. And best of all, it provides a home to endangered creatures like frogs and salamanders. What’s not to like about this?

Of course it does take certain conditions to grow moss and those are…

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Cookbook Review: Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease and a Cookie Recipe!

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It's Got Vegan In It

Vegan-Ease by Laura Theodore

I’m so thrilled and honored that I was asked to review Laura Theodore’s latest cookbook, “Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet.” I’ve been a fan of Laura Theodore, a.k.a. The Jazzy Vegetarian, for a long time! I’ve listened to her radio show and watched her cooking show and checked out her other cookbooks — you name it. As someone that has been involved in some capacity with the arts since childhood, I’ve always appreciated she incorporates her own passion for jazz music into her calling to share delicious, healthy vegan food with the masses.

After going through this cookbook page by page, I literally got out pen and paper and made a list of all the great features of Vegan-Ease so that I didn’t forget to talk about all the things I like about it (and you will, too!).

First off, I love the clever title, teehee…

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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ ~ ~ by Valerie Ann Worwood – review

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 2My Review

Easy to Use & Informative!

A fabulous book for both the novice and the advanced! Worwood delivers a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend approach to applying essential oils and aromatherapy for everyday use. The well experienced author reveals 600+ unique recipes that are very simple. Unlike many aromatherapy recipes that use 20+ ingredients, Worwood utilizes only a few essential oils that are the most effective. In fact, many of the recipes have no more than 10 essential oils, most have 5 ingredients.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy also contains helpful information about all essential oils used in the recipes and their medicinal values. What is more, it is the ideal for the novice who knows absolutely nothing about essential oils. As well, the recipes include home use, travel, work and emergency first aid. Continue reading

Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton – review

organic gardeningMy Review

Informative, Helpful & a Favorite

I have been an organic gardener for about 40 years. I must say that this is one of the best organic gardening books on the market. It is perfect for both the novice and master gardener.

Out of all the reference books I own, this one remains my favorite, especially when I need information on a plant I am unfamiliar with.

This is an all-inclusive reference book that gives you  tips on growing a wide variety of plants, saving seed and the use of natural pesticides for pests and diseases.

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The Dinner That Cooked Itself by J.C. Hysu and Kenard Pak

What a lovely book!

The Picture Book Review

Everything about The Dinner That Cooked Itself  is delicious!  The story, the spellbinding illustrations, and its sweetly surprising ending are elegant and magical.

The Dinner That Cooked Itself whisks you off to Ancient China and introduces you to concepts such as the five elements, Chinese animal archetypes, and identifying written Chinese characters.  Illustrated in predominantly browns, greens, and black tones with blue hues reserved for a magnificently magical character — this is the story of Tuan’s search for a wife.

Raised by his neighbors, Tuan is a good and hard-working man of a modest income and lifestyle.  As he now lives on his own, he is lonely and would like a wife.  The matchmaker is unsuccessful in finding a woman who is of the same element or animal archetype or possessing approving parents.  Tuan continues to work and goes about his life.  Yet, one night as he is heading home, he comes upon a…

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