Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review: 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes by Marilyn Haugen & Doug Cook, RD, MHSc

175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes
By Marilyn Haugen & Doug Cook, RD, MHSc


We were sent a review copy of 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes so that we could try it out and see what we thought about the book.

If you have just gotten your Nutribullet and are looking for great things to try out, this book is for you. There are smoothie recipes galore. This book has a little bit of everything. There are kid-friendly recipes, smoothies, soups, dips, and more.

We really love our NutriBullet and 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes makes a great companion to it. We plan on trying most of these recipes.

We give 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes five stars on our scale of zero to five stars. We think you will enjoy it, too!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review: Wade of Aquitaine by Ben Parris

Wade of Aquitaine

By Ben Parris




We were given a copy of Wade of Aquitaine so that we could review it. 

Wade of Aquitaine is not the type of book we normally read.  This book is one that really makes one think and contemplate.  It is one of those types of books that requires one to really think outside the box. If you have every contemplated the classic paradox of time, you will enjoy this book.

Wade of Aquitaine is very well written and extremely well thought out.  Often when we read fiction, we find ourselves reading about something that we just can’t see happening.  This book could have gone that way except Ben Parris, the author, explains the underlying premise as to why it could happen.

The book is one you don’t want to put down.  It is a long read, but a very interesting one.  It is very entertaining and appears to be well researched. 

The Reviews by David and Suzanne scale rates books from zero to five, with zero being terrible and five being great.  Wade of Aquitaine rates all five stars.





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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review: Crazy-Stressed by Dr. Michael J. Bradley

Crazy-Stressed 
By Dr. Michael J. Bradley



We were sent an advance review copy of Crazy-Stressed so that we could make a review.

First, we need to explain our review policy.  All of our blogs are Christian-based.  This means that anything we review we read from a fundamental Christian perspective.

Therefore, when we read a book that uses our Heavenly Father’s name in vain, we immediately knock the rating down to zero.  This means that a book has to work harder to get any stars.

Our rating scale is from zero to five stars.

That being said, the advanced copy, which might differ slightly from the final book, has The Lord’s name in vain four times.  Once on page 63 and three times on page 67.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Bradley spells this out completely (all in one lowercase word) as he does for the name of a female cat.  However, for all other foul words he blanks out part of the word.  He uses dashes in place of a few letters.  Somehow, he sees this as not quite so bad.

Now that we have explained our ranking system, let’s get to the review.  This book is well written.  Dr. Bradley does not burden his readers with a lot of medical jargon.  He explains things in simple, easy to understand English.  He might even be able to speak a little redneck.

He has some funny stories and uses humor throughout the book. Crazy-Stressed is a fun read, other than the bad language. It is also an important read for any parent of a present or future teen.

We wish this book had been available when we were raising our four living children.  Perhaps we could have used some of the tactics described in the book.

One of the great things about Crazy-Stressed is that Dr. Bradley tells parents that it is okay to be stressed by your teen.  He lets his readers know that this is only natural and to be expected.

We give Crazy-Stressed a total of three stars.  We would have been able to give it five stars, but the language used in some parts was not appropriate for Christian readers.  Dr. Bradley actually should know better than this.  It is possible to speak today’s language without using inappropriate words.  This is exactly what parents should do for their children.

Dr. Bradley tells his readers about how teens model their parents.  From our own experience, we find that it is easy to fall into using certain words when you hear them often.  If we want teens to show proper respect and use proper language to show that respect, we must use proper language ourselves.

We recommend Crazy-Stressed by Dr. Michael Bradley with a language warning.  Very often just reading poor language allows it to sneak into our conversations.





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Friday, April 21, 2017

Book Review: Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden

Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating

By Carey Madden




We were given this book in consideration of a review. We will always give our honest opinion of the books that we review and this one is great!

The author, Carey Madden, had me hooked from her introduction. She sees cake decorating as a creative expression along with other things that maybe folks don’t usually see as creative, such as working on cars. She is very encouraging and implies that we are all creative in some way. She wants us to just do it and enjoy it, whatever the “it” is in our lives. We are encouraged to silence that inner critic and explore our creativity. This is a great attitude!

The first three chapters cover the basics: tools, recipes, and how to get started, all things that we need to know in order to have a successful cake baking and decorating adventure.

Pages 59 through 252 are devoted to various ways to ice the cake and lots of cool ideas and techniques for further decorating your cakes with buttercream embellishments. Carey Madden even shares some of her mistakes along the way with pointers for how we can go about avoiding them ourselves.

Along the way there are tips to either simply parts of the project or turn it into a more advanced project for that WOW factor. There are explanations of terms as well as answers to questions frequently asked about cake decorating.

There is even a section on color theory to help you get the colors mixed just right for the buttercream art you are wishing to create.

There are great pictures throughout the book. If you’re not battling a sweet tooth going into this, you will certainly be doing so by the end of this book!

One of the prettiest cakes in the book is decorated with buttercream cherry blossoms (“sakura” in Japanese). Compared to some of the other designs in the book, this one is minimalistic and just absolutely beautiful. It is one of the first that I would like to try. It is found on page 193. Maybe you will try it to and we can compare notes.

If, like me, you think you can’t possibly ever have too many cake-related books, then you will definitely want to get a copy of Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating!








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Book Review: World Class Smiles, Made in Detroit by Jamie Reynolds

 

World Class Smiles, Made in Detroit

By Jamie Reynolds



World Class Smiles, Made in Detroit is the kind of book you would expect to be given on your first visit to an orthodontist.  It is well written and informative.

If someone is having questions regarding their need for orthodontic work or is wondering what might take place during orthodontic work, World Class Smiles will answer that for you,

This book is written by an orthodontist.  It explains in great detail all the information that a person seeking orthodontic treatment should have.


We give World Class Smiles, Made in Detroit a five on our scale of zero to five stars.  You probably won’t see this on any Best Seller list anytime soon, but if you are seeking information on orthodontic work, you could not find a better book.






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Book Review: The People's President by John C. Bednar

 

 

The People's President

by John C. Bednar



Our blogs are all Christian-based and any reviews we post reflect our strong Christian beliefs.  That being said, we have zero tolerance for anyone using our Lord’s name in vain.  Our policy is that when this takes place, whatever book we are rating drops immediately to our zero-star rating.

The People’s President by John C. Bednar uses the Lord’s name in vain at least three times.  That drops the book down to zero stars right off the bat.

We would love to give this book a five-star rating based solely on the fact that it is written by a Clemson University professor.  We both grew up in the shadow of Clemson and we have our tiger pride.

However, this book, even without using God’s name in vain, just isn’t that great of a book.  The People's President is more a forum for the author to state his liberal views on gun control, the military, taxes, the environment and other political issues.

The book is well written and is entertaining, but it really is more a political statement than a novel.

The storyline is about a Princeton professor who runs for president without spending any of his own money or accepting any campaign contributions.  It would be great if real life worked that way.

Other than the use of God’s name in vain, the People’s President fits very well within Christian values.  There are no sex scenes, no extramarital affairs, and very little other curse words.

If one could get past the liberal agenda, The People’s President is mildly entertaining. We do not suggest the book and we give it zero stars on our scale and one star on the Amazon scale.






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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review: It's Hard to Swim by K. J. Hales


It’s Hard to Swim Ellie the Wienerdog series

By K. J. Hales



It’s Hard to Swim is a cute little children’s book with wonderfully cute illustrations.  It is the story of Ellie the Wienerdog, who starts out talking about how she can’t swim because she has fur and does not have flippers and fins, etc. 

Someone puts a life jacket on her and puts her into the water.  Here is where we have a problem.  Ellie goes through a series of thoughts about not being able to be found, spooky creatures, and more.

We feel that, unless your child is already a swimmer and very familiar with the water and swimming, this might not be the book for your child.

The story turns out all right.  Ellie is thinking about possibly teaching fish to sit.  This is good, but we are concerned with the apprehension that might be stirred up in a child because of Ellie’s fears.

The story is cute and the illustrations are great.  We give It's Hard to Swim three stars.  We caution parents to be careful with children who might be sensitive to Ellie’s fears and might not be able to see that the outcome of the book is positive.
 





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