2015/04/16

Finding Me - Book Review

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What would you do if you learned your life was a lie?

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire--a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father's death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Could you imagine for a moment growing up your whole life thinking, believing that you had lost most of your family?  What a hole that would leave in your heart?  But then after losing what is left of your family, you find out there's more than meets the eye...

The author does a spectacular job of taking us through the emotions of the main character Kelli after she goes through all of that.  She loses her dad then, heap on top of that, finding out he'd been deceiving her her whole life.  I believe I would probably just completely fall apart.  Kelli's character is a strong one.  She has great friends to help see her through.

I'm a big fan of these type of stories.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale of heart-break, adventure, acceptance, love, and self-realization.  Kelli is a wonderful character and her story is full of ups and downs.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.



2015/04/03

Mimi's Adventures in Baking - Book Review

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Mimi's Adventures in Baking COVERDiscover a whole new way of learning how to bake!

Embark on a baking adventure with Mimi where she will measure, mix and bake her way to the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies!

This fun storybook cookbook enables adults and children alike to not only learn the fundamentals of baking, but to have fun at the same time. If Mimi can do it, so can you!



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Review:
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Enjoying the fruits of our labors, or rather the cookies of our labors. 


My boys and I had so much fun making cookies together.  The story is very cute and sweet.  I can remember making cookies and things with my grandmother as I was growing up.  Those are great memories.  

The main character, Mimi, wants to make cookies with her grandmother.  So Nonni helps Mimi get all the ingredients out and they make them together.  They have great fun together.  And that's what stuck out most to me.  The fun they have.  

The story is short and easy to follow with your own little baker.  They will enjoy listening to the story and the illustrations are just right.  And the most fun part, the author adds in the recipe at the end of the book!  We followed the recipe, mostly.  I had milk chocolate chips on hand.  I told them we could add nuts or crazins.  They decided our cookies would be extra chocolately.  So along with the chips we smashed some semi-sweet baking chocolate and white baking chocolate.  With that much chocolate, we didn't use as much sugar.

The cookies turned out really well.  They were quite yummy and all of us loved them!  If you're looking for a way to get your kid(s) involved in the kitchen, this book is a great way to start.  Have fun and get baking!




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Mimi's Adventures in Baking has received the Mom's Choice Award in the Picture Book category!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alyssa Gangeri is a Pastry Chef in New York City. She’s loved baking even from a young age. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America she traveled north and south working for companies such as The Ritz Carlton to gain knowledge and experience of the ever-growing hospitality industry. She has also competed on The Food Network’s Sweet Genius.

She developed Mimi’s Adventures in Baking as a new way of learning for the younger generation of bakers. Her love for baking shines through in this storybook cookbook. In her eyes baking should be a fun experience adults and children can share together. What better way to do that then with an interactive story that makes learning your way around the kitchen exciting and easy!

When she is not making specialty cakes and pastries for her business AllyCakesNYC, you can find her in Central Park with her lively Jack Russell Terrier, Rudy and the love of her life, Jonathan.
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Reviewed by www.mikishope.com This is a perfect 1st cookbook for children to start learning the art of baking. There is only one recipe but it comes with a storyline. Mimi wants to bake cookies and Grandma is going to teach her the correct way!! What fun--you have to be real careful with the measurements and ingredients and you also have to know when to let a grown up take over! This little book has it all covered. Actually I might even be able to bake cookies after having read this!! This is only one in a series of books with recipes-one to a book that this chef author has written. I suggest you read about the author below-it is intriguing. Then go and pre order this book for your little chef/baker!

Reviewed by Kirstin Pulioff at www.kirstinpulioff.com My Review - 5 Stars Since my daughter wants to be a chef when she grows up, I have read several cooking books and cookbooks with her, but nothing comparable to Mimi's Adventure in Baking Chocolate Cookies. What a fabulous book! Not only does this book describe the technique and recipe for baking cookies, but it also focuses on a story. There are many ways to read this story. You can simple read it as a wonderful book. You can focus on the bright illustrations. The ingredients and steps make for the perfect math focus... and it also reads as an activity book that you can read while you bake. In every way, this book earns my 5 star review... And now, I'm going to bake some cookies.

2015/03/31

Hometown Girls Book Blast and Giveaway

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hometown girlLife for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life.
Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it.

Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date. Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected.

With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late?


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About the author:

tressa-2Tressa Messenger grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina called Reelsboro in a coastal county called Pamlico. Being as it was such a small area Tressa developed an immense imagination at a young age. That is where she harnessed her love for writing.  To date Tressa lives in New Orleans Louisiana with her husband, daughter and an assortment of critters.

As a young writer Tressa has overcome adversity of Dyslexia and continues to exceed expectations.

 

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