Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review of Cassie's Cowboy Crave



I'm happy to share a book with you today that I just finished reading. 
Cassie's Cowboy Crave: Witness Protection - Rancher Style: Shane's Story (#3) (Sweet Montana Bride Series)
 This book falls outside of my normal reading list because I tend to shy away from straight romances mostly because I don't like the content. So when I met Kimberly and she told me about her books, I really wanted to give it a try. I'm very pleased with this story! It's romance with a bit of mystery, danger, and lots of fun. There were quite a few quotable lines in this novel as well.
Krey did an excellent job creating the setting--makes me want to go live on a ranch in Montana. The line-up of characters were fun and interaction added to the depth of the story.
The romance is sweet with some great kissing and scenes with plenty of fireworks going on while keeping it clean.
I give this novel four stars because Kimberly got me to read a romance novel with a cowboy on the front!

 I love the tagline that Kimberly uses to describe her novels: Writing Romance That's Clean Without Losing the Steam!

Book blurb:
Cassie's words dangled in the air like an invitation, warm and welcome. He couldn't likely bring her home without a simple kiss, now, could he? When their eyes met, Shane tilted his head, asking for permission with the lift of his brow. She nodded slightly - a silent response - yet the best thing he'd heard in weeks - Yes.

Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who'll be posing as her newlywed groom.

Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he's agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family's way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham?

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.

In return, Cassie steals his heart.

Yet before they confess their undying love,

a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart.


*Though this novel is considered clean romance, it contains passionate kissing & a few mild curse words.
Here's how Kimberly describes herself:
I'm a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry.
I'm not patient enough to enjoy yoga, or tall enough to be great at basketball, but I do love to run - anywhere but on a treadmill. I love the sound of a rainstorm when I have no place to go, the feel of Soft Lips chap Stick on my lips, and the first peek of blue water as we round the mountains toward our favorite getaway in Bear Lake.

To Contact me visit my website @ http://kimberlykrey.wix.com/kimberlykrey & click on the 'contact' tab.
OR Follow my author page on FB @: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimberly-Krey-Author-Page/106826456029568?ref=hl  I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast: Recipes for Whole Grain Health, Book Review


It's a beautiful Fall day and I'm thinking of what I'd like to bake next. For me, if I want a baked good it has to be made with natural yeast or it's a No-no. I have gluten sensitivity so I've been learning and caring for my natural yeast start for over a year now. I got started with Melissa's first book, The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast. I baked all of the bread for my family for a year using my natural yeast start and it was wonderful!

I gave a start to my mom and she gave one back to me when mine went kaput while I was pregnant. We were thrilled about Melissa Richardson's new book Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast. I couldn't wait to try her new recipes. I love the pictures, tips, detailed instructions and the freedom to adjust the recipes to my personal tastes.
I also absolutely love the low-sugar recipes and that Melissa recommends using things like coconut oil and applesauce instead of vegetable oil and white sugar.

The starter summary on p.3-7 was an excellent reminder with a lot of extra tips on getting your starter in a healthy, bubbly state.

I made a double-batch of the Dad's Sourdough Pancakes (p. 62) and they were an absolute hit! I cooked them all up and froze the rest for a super quick breakfast. I worried my kids might find the flavor too strong, but my start was healthy and fresh-smelling and worked perfect in this recipe. I thought they tasted mild compared to some sourdough pancakes I've tried.
I made the Quick and Easy Waffles on p.57 and the Carrot Cake Waffles on p.60. My kids liked them and I even garnished the waffles with grated carrot and they ate it up!
The Orange Blueberry Pancakes on p.64 were also delicious and easy to make up because I remembered to create the sponge mixture the night before.
I made the Lemon Poppyseed Muffins on p.70 and was so excited that I could eat a muffin! On this recipe, I actually cut the sugar in half and used 1/2 whole wheat in the recipe 1/2 white flour. I filled my cups all the way full because the first batch were wimpy when I filled them only 3/4 of the way as the recipe directed. They turned out great and I skipped the optional glaze because I didn't want the extra sugar. My kids loved them and over the next couple days ate them for breakfast, lunch, and an after-school snack.

I know that I'll probably end up baking every recipe in this book. I am a natural yeast fan and if you want a healthy, whole-grain option for your family, learn this lost art and get baking!

Here's a little more about the book: With allergies to commercial yeast on the rise, natural yeast is the easy and healthy solution to baking all the foods you love. Brush up on your techniques with Melissa Richardson's newest book, Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast, with mouthwatering recipes like Soft Pretzel Rolls, Honey Whole Wheat Bread, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. Say goodbye to commercial yeast, and hello to a healthier body!
I received a copy of this book for review and have offered my honest opinion. All of my reviews are my own.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Focused by Noelle Pikus Pace, Book Review

This book was an incredible read! I just finished reading it and I loved the format that Noelle wrote in. She includes personal stories, experiences, motivational poems, scriptures, and anecdotes about life and how we can stay the course and achieve our goals.

Focused: Keeping your life on track, one choice at a time is a book that I will pass on to other family members and my children. Noelle is a courageous example of a person who exemplifies faith, courage, and perseverance--those are all qualities I strive for and that I want my children to reach for as well.

More about this book by Noelle Pikus Pace
In her first book, Olympic silver medalist Noelle Pikus Pace
shares ten vital lessons that have been instrumental to her
success—in sports and in life. From overcoming devastating
injuries to pursuing her dreams despite feelings of inadequacy
and loneliness to maintaining her values in the face of extreme
pressure, Noelle tells of heartbreak and triumph in a warm,
conversational style as she shares insights to help others focus
on the right priorities and find the faith to stay strong. With
dozens of full-color photographs, motivating observations, and
soul-searching reflections, chapters such as “You Always Have
a Choice,” “Dare to Stand Alone,” and “The World Is Watching”
offer a unique perspective for readers of all ages as they strive
to stay on track through the challenges and opportunities of
everyday life.

Noelle Pikus Pace competed in soccer, basketball, softball,
track and field, bobsled, and skeleton as a high school
student. She became a first team All-American in track and
field at Utah Valley University, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree in community health and later received a master’s
degree in business administration. In 2005, Noelle became
the first American woman to win the Overall World Cup
Title in skeleton. Favored to win gold in the 2006 Winter
Olympics, she suffered a devastating injury and was unable
to compete. The following year, she came back to win the
World Championship by the largest margin in the sport’s
history and ultimately won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter
Olympics.
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinions are always my own.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feeding Baby Review & Giveaway



My sweet new baby is almost three months old already and so I've been reading and studying lots on nutrition for me (the breast-feeding mama) and for this 5th baby. I've learned a lot and this book is one I wish I could have read before I had my first child. Clancy Cash Harrison is extremely knowledgeable and Feeding Baby is so much more than a cookbook.
Filled with tips and instruction as well as detailed information about your growing baby and how to introduce foods, this book is a gem. I love Clancy's approach and the permission she extends to parents to have stress-free meals with your children and still introduce lots of new and healthy foods.

The charts that she includes in the book for introducing foods, different ways to prepare vegetables, and more are really invaluable. That's why I think it's so fantastic that I get to offer you one of her favorite charts from the book for FREE using this link:  http://www.fieldsofflavor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/page8-91.pdf

Every parent should read this book, even if your kids are older than toddlers! Every grandparent should have a chance to study this book as well so they can support their grandchildren in healthy eating and food introduction without pressure.
Do you have a picky eater? This book teaches that some behaviors we label as picky aren't necessarily so. It also gives ideas and info to get through those so-called "picky" phases which I think are wonderful!

I'm impressed with this book and so glad that I can refer to it with my new baby.
There is a huge giveaway in conjunction with the book release. Find out more here http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/2014/09/feeding-baby-release-party-giveaway.html I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher. My opinions are my own and I always share honest reviews.

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