Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Recipes By Jill O’Connor Review

CAKE, I LOVE YOU: Decadent, Delectable, and Doable Recipes
By Jill O’Connor
Chronicle Books/May 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1452153803

What better way to celebrate life's big and small achievements than with cake? This love letter to a classic indulgence offers 60 divinely decadent recipes home bakers will want to make right away. Organized by flavor profile (banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit) and level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook from baking master Jill O'Connor presents a wide range of sweet choices, from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers layered with frosting and ganache.

 With photos that will make readers want to reach out and swipe their fingers through the frosting, Cake: I Love You offers foolproof cake-making advice for beginning bakers and master mixers alike.

Jill O’Connor is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in London and studied at the International Pastry Arts Center in New York.  She writes a food column for the San Diego Union-Tribune, is the author of six cookbooks, and has developed recipes for Food & Wine, Southern Living, Bon App├ętit, and Fine Cooking magazines.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- Facts, photos, ingredients and tips flow in this beautifully put together book.   Very enjoyable to read and even more fun to create these recipes.  While I did not have most of the ingredients on hand, you could easily find them in most grocery stores.

Computers for Seniors Book Review

Computers for Seniors is a step-by-step guide that will take you all the way from pressing the “On” button on your new computer to being a confident user who can send email to family and friends, shop online safely, read the latest news, watch funny YouTube videos, share cute pictures of your grandkids, check the weather forecast, and much more.

You’ll learn to:

Plug in, set up, and turn on your computer

Print and share photos of your grandkids, vacations, pets, friends, and special life events

Install helpful tools like a calendar, money manager, and weather tracker

Search the internet for news, recipes, gardening tips, sports updates, and anything else that interests you

Watch entertaining YouTube videos or educational lectures and make video calls to anywhere in the world

Find and listen to new music (or your favorite classics) and read electronic books
Email your friends and family

Stay safe online and keep your private information secure

Computers for Seniors will show you how to get what you really want from your PC, with the help of full-color illustrations, friendly instructions, and a touch of humor. Each lesson has small exercises to test your skills and help you practice, to make sure you feel comfortable with what you’ve learned before you move on.

It’s never too late to have fun and get more out of your PC—Computers for Seniors will ease you into the computer generation by guiding you every step of the way.

Covers Windows 10

Author Bio 

Chris, Carrie, and Cheryl Ewin design and teach award-winning computer classes for seniors. Carrie holds degrees in education and psychology, Chris is a PhD student who also runs a computer business, and Cheryl is an experienced teacher.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- If you are a senior or really anyone with the updated windows 10, this is going to be a great learning tool. I know most elderly people do not have the lastest updates or new computers.  I thought that this would be great for anyone who struggles to learn the basics.    Also if you have a senior who calls constantly to ask how to turn on a PC, this can help. 

ESV Illuminated Bible Review #ESVIlluminatedBible #FlyBy


The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.

9-point, Lexicon

Black letter text

2-color printing

64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations

50 full-page verse illustrations

250+ hand-lettered margin verses

100+ other illustrations throughout

Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target

Thick, cream-colored paper

Wide margins

Single-column, paragraph format

Smyth-sewn binding

Packaging: Permanent Slipcase

Dana Tanamachi is an American lettering artist, graphic designer, and illustrator whose exquisite typographic murals ignited the worldwide chalk-lettering trend. She has been commissioned by clients such as Instagram, Target, Google, Time Magazine, Nike, and West Elm. Learn more at
I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  Visually very spectacular with ornate designs.  The font is easy to read.  The binding is strong and looks really neat.  It is an ordinary Bible, but wonderful for my collection of faith.  It would take years to fully finish and understand it all, but you can use it for reference and to teach.   I think it would make a really nice gift this holiday.  I would recommend this Bible to anyone that loves learning and God but younger children might need help reading it.  

Laugh It Up By Candace Payne Review

Laugh It Up: Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy

The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter.

But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth.

Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and will help you discover and experience the same.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- My first thought was, wow now she has a book out (eye roll) .  I could not believe that after being a failed blogger, this woman could put on a mask and basically laugh at America and make big bucks doing it.  I do not feel it is genuine or well deserved but who am I to really judge.

 Good for her because while all of the other bloggers struggle to make it and work hard to get even a bit of the spotlight, this woman could literally put on a mask and start laughing while making a lot of money in the process.  It could have even been a staged attempt, we will never know....   Now I get to promote the book for free and further give her more exposure.