Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Simply Grilling by Jennifer Chandler

Simply Grilling

Jennifer Chandler

Thomas Nelson

105 Grilling Recipes are condensed into this book by Jennifer Chandler. This grilling cookbook presents not only recipes for grilling without a lot of guesswork.....

Chandler begins with simple explanations of the two main types of grills – wood and gas. She presents the idea of grilling indoors, but focuses mainly on the two popular styles. She covers heating, grilling methods, doneness, dressing up the dishes, and gear prior to hear recipe section for us newbies at grilling, but I think anyone can learn from this short section. There are separate sections for starters, poultry, meat, seafood, etc....each presented with a colorful photograph and section comments. Each finished dish is beautifully photographed on the left page and the recipe is spelled out on the left. Each recipe was presented in an easy to follow follow format, and she also added various tips and variations you can try.

I really like this book, although I would love it more in a spiral bound edition that would lay flat for more practical use. I also liked that she had a variety of recipes from appetizers to deserts and everything in between. She touches on a wide variety of tastes. Some recipes I would probably never try because I don’t have access to the ingredients, but a large majority of them have ingredients that are easily accessible for most people. I like that she did provide a substitute for the rum in the Grilled Pineapple with rum caramel sauce. That is one recipe I look forward to trying out. Overall, this cookbook would be a great addition to any library, although I think it won't gather dust on the shelf....

This book was received from Thomas' Nelson's bloggers program. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Dress
Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson

One dress...Four Women...One hundred years. Put those elements together and you have the basis for an engaging romantic read. Charlotte, the owner of a boutique wedding dress shop, finds herself bidding on an old weathered trunk at a charity auction. In that old trunk, and in the midst of relationship turmoil...., Charlotte finds a wedding dress... beautiful and unique....
Charlotte's story is counterpointed by Emily's story from 1912. Emily, who against her mother's wishes. engages a woman to make her dream dress... drawn by unknown forces... drawn by an independent spirit....
As Charlotte, discovers the three other women who wore this dress... she comes to turns with her own story. Ms. Hauck weaves a story that is enjoyable and a good afternoon's read. I like the two stories that the book revolved around... and the two mini stories of two of the dress's owners. They are engaging and keep you wondering.
I also liked how the author wrote a few sections from the groom's/man's viewpoint. All too often I think the male perspective is underdeveloped in many books of this genre, and they would be great to filling out a lot of stories.
I think the only thing in the story that I didn't care for was the underdeveloped character, the man in purple. I understood what or who Ms. Hauck was creating him to be, but I thought it needed to be developed more.
In regards to Ms. Hauck's notes at the end that the gospel is like a wedding dress that fits each who accepts it. I don't think it is an appropriate analogy. We are conforming to His image (sanctification)....the gospel isn't like a wedding dress that fits to each one who accepts it. It is given to each who accepts it, but we conform to it, not it to us.
Overall, I think every fan of this genre will love this book. I love the idea behind it, and enjoyed her engaging writing.

I received this book through Thomas' Nelson's bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions in this review are my own.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Scarf 3-5-12

I started this simple project a a few weeks ago, but because for a variety of reasons, I just finished it last night.... so here are a few photos I would like to share.  The weft yarn was a fuzzy looking acrylic, but as I wove it, it didn't show it's fuzziness too well, so I used a hook to create the loops randomly throughout to give it additional  texture. The warp was bamboo.  I love the bamboo as a warp on the loom.  I will be giving this to my mom, and letting Nathan have a turn on the loom....