Book Review: Made In America – A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes by Megan Garrelts and Colby Garrelts

Book Review: Made In America – A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes by Megan Garrelts and Colby Garrelts Review by Dawn Thomas Andrews McMeel Publishing Pages 168 Isn’t is funny how good comfort food can be? When I saw the cover of this book with the fried chicken on the plate I think I began to drool. The theme of the book is family and traditions. The book is divided into meal categories and ends with metric conversions and equivalents. Daybreak includes a variety of recipes for breakfast. Several use white gravy as a base. Just looking at the pictures made me hungry. If I had to pick a favorite it would be a toss-up between the blueberry oat cake and the twist on chipped beef on toast. Adding spinach sounds amazing. The chapter “From the Cupboard and Garden” includes recipes for different sauces: hot, BBQ and steak. The BBQ dry rub is similar to the one we use regularly with the exception of the added peppers. It adds a little bit more of a bite. And who doesn’t love apple butter? The one included here has bourbon added for a buttery caramel flavor. There are also recipes for jams…

Book Review: Goddesses Never Age by Christine Northrup, M.D.
Hay House , Health , Uncategorized , Women Studies / April 30, 2015

Book Review: Goddesses Never Age by Christine Northrup, M.D. Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Hay House Release date: February 24, 2015 408 pages This is an amazing book and I know I will go back and reread it many times. The author writes with her heart and soul. You can tell she really wants women to see themselves in a positive light. The book is divided into 12 chapters. Chapter 1 Goddesses are ageless breaks the myths of aging and helps you understand what it means to be ageless and a goddess. Chapter 2 Goddesses know the power of pleasure and indulgence. Chapter 3 Goddesses use the healing power within this chapter and the following chapter to address different perspectives on women’s bodies and physical health in regards to menopause. Chapter 4 Goddesses understand the causes of health concerns. Chapter 5 Goddesses grieve, rage, and move on. This chapter will help teach you to release old emotions dealing with grief, anger and shame. Chapter 6 Goddesses are sexy and sensual. This chapter will help you reclaim your sexuality. Chapter 7 Goddesses love without losing themselves. This chapter continues where chapter 6 left off. We learn how to release toxic emotions…

Book Review: Complete Back Workbook by Stella Weller

Book Review: Complete Back Workbook by Stella Weller A practical approach to healing common back ailments Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Pavilion Books Health, Mind & Body, Self-Help I was in a car accident when I was 17 and have lived most of my life with chronic back pain. I have searched for nonsurgical treatments. I was excited to find this book and jumped right into it. Chapter 1 discusses the background on the spine, the bones and supporting muscles. The author describes the curves of the spine and the vertebra. The list includes all the various bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments and each purpose. In chapter 2, we learn what can go wrong and diagnostic tests. There is a list of red flags for conditions that could be caused by serious disorders. There is also a chart with spinal components and conditions. The chapter ends with the list of diagnostic tests available to rule out and assist with diagnosis. Chapter 3 includes way to cope with pain. This chapter describes the difference types of pain and how pain develops. There are a variety of physical therapies listed depending on the type of symptoms and conditions. Some of the therapies…

Book Review: The Oracle by Michael Sedge

Book Review: The Oracle by Michael Sedge Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: The Sedge Group Independent Book Publishers Association Members’ Titles 174 Pages Literature/Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers I was intrigued by the description of the book and setting. The story begins in Cumae, Ancient Greece. Apollo selected a young girl to become a sibyl to protect the tomb of Iosis, the mortal love of Apollo. Once the tomb was raided, her body would die but her soul would live forever. When the Etruscan looters enter the tomb the sibyl wakes up and destroys them. She laughs because she knows she can now die. David is a Navy officer and meets Jenny at a dinner party. They are young, fall in love and get married. Soon David begins to travel more and Jenny is left alone. She becomes lonely and looks for companionship. Years later David leaves the Navy and becomes a bestseller novelist. Jenny continues living her life without David. One night things go too far and tragedy finds David and his teenage daughter. David’s brother Jake and his family still live in the United States. He and his wife are struggling with their daughter. There was an incident…

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas

Book Review: Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea by Diana Marcellas The Witch of Two Suns, Book 1 Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Release Date: April 1, 2014 Pages: 416 Sci-Fi & Fantasy When the book begins we meet Brierley Mefell. She is one of the last shari’a witches. She lives in fear of being discovered as a witch since in the Allemanii lands witches were perceived as evil and forbidden to live. She has lived on her own since she was twelve. She is known as a healer and midwife to the locals. She sits in the cave where other shari’a witches lived and writes in a journal to a child she does not have and wonders if she will ever have. Earl Melfallan Courtray has only been the Earl for six months after the mysterious death of his uncle Audric. The doctor said it was a problem with is digestive system but Melfallan knows better. He believes his uncle was poisoned and that he is next on the list. The list of people that want him dead is growing longer and he begins to distrust everyone close to him. One day Captain Bartol arrived telling stories…

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard Review by Dawn Thomas 5 Prince Publishing 472 Pages This book is about relationships and how couples deal with changes in their relationship. There are several scenarios happening in the book showing how the different relationships intertwine with each other. The point of view changes depending on the scenario. Portions of the book are journal entries by Jenn. The only confusing part for me was the change of the point of view. A few times I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. The book begins with Rebecca and her husband Bob having a loud argument in the front yard. He just told her he had an affair with one of her students. Rebecca is distraught but must leave for a conference. Unfortunately in her haste to load her bags in the car she leaves a box of books she needed to sell at the conference. Once she arrives and realizes her mistake she must call Bob and ask him to send them to her overnight. The books get lost which proves to be just the first of many life changing events for Rebecca. The second is meeting Vince. Rebecca’s evening with…