Thursday, November 09, 2017

Color Index XL By by Jim Krause Review

Color Index XL: More than 1,100 New Palettes with CMYK and RGB Formulas for Designers and Artists
by Jim Krause

This updated, expanded, and oversized inspirational resource presents 1,100 color palettes, with light, bright, dark, and muted varieties for each one, making it the most expansive palette selection tool available.

Color Index XL provides aspiring designers, artists, and creative individuals working with color with an indispensable, one-stop method for reviewing and selecting current, up-to-date color palettes for their creative projects. Designer and lecturer Jim Krause's classic resource is back with a new approach that presents each group of palettes in an oversized form for easy visual review, and bleeding to the edge of the page (edge indexing) for quick access. By providing variations for each palette, Krause ensures that creatives can find the best color selection for each project's needs. This book serves as the perfect resource for teachers, students, and professionals of all kinds in the art and design space who want to stay up-to-date on the ever-evolving trends in color.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- While this would be hard for some people to understand because it does not really have a  lot of instruction.  The color palettes are beautiful and I think this is made especially for certain people who really need to know the color schemes.

Cheese Folios Review

 Lotito Foods, the family owned, fourth generation cheese and specialty food company, is putting a bow on your festive meals, with the most delicious, wholesome and holiday-ready product for the 2017 season: Cheese Folios™.  The delicious Cheese Folios line is revolutionary: lightly baked pliable sheets of cheese that are made from Parmesan, Cheddar or Jarlsberg® cheese.

Perfect for parties, get-togethers or anytime during the busy holiday season, these quick and easy baked recipes have only 1 gram of carbs and provide 12 grams of protein per serving.  They are made from cows milk not treated with growth hormone rBST*. Folios is first ever gluten-free, low carb wrap made of 100% cheese that can be filled with veggies, your favorite deli meat, or anything you desire.

Cheese Folios are available for consumers in a 4 count pack at a SRP of $6.99 and are shipped to supermarkets in the deli section in cases of 12.  For foodservice operators they are available in 10 packs and come in cases of 12.

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I recevied complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- A really cool new way to wrap your foods, with a twist.  I think that the wraps hold up and taste really good.

2018 Coloring calendars Review

Floribunda 2018 Coloring calendar
By Leila Duly
Floribunda 2018 Coloring calendar
Color your way through the year with this gorgeous calendar based on Leila Duly's bestselling Floribunda: A Flower Coloring Book. Each month features an intricate flower illustration to color and display on your wall.

About the Author
Leila Duly is a textile print designer based in East London. Inspired by old Victorian etchings, unique vintage finds and the English countryside, her work combines floral, natural and wildlife scenes with bright, vivid colours.

Birdtopia 2018 Coloring Calendar
Birdtopia 2018 Coloring Calendar
By Daisy Fletcher

Explore the beautiful land of Birdtopia throughout the year in the 2018 calendar. Featuring birds from across the world and a new illustration to color every month. Illustrations from the Birdtopia Coloring Book by Daisy Fletcher, Laurence King Publishing, 2016.

About the Author
Daisy Fletcher is an illustrator of the surreal and sensual, taking inspiration from the natural world. She worked as a freelance illustrator for 10 years after studying at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Arts. She now runs her own successful business, Daisy Fletcher Designs.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review -This is perfect for adults or kids that can color smaller spaces like stress relieving coloring books.   They would make an excellent gift for the new year.

Sticky History of the World By Caroline Selmes Review

Sticky History of the World
Sticky History of the World
By Caroline Selmes

Learn about the history of the world, stickering this inventive new format as you learn! Sticky History of the World includes a large-format, eight-page sticker booklet and an intricately illustrated, eight-panel foldout card carousel. Each of the panels of the carousel is based upon an era of the history of the world, from the Big Bang and the age of the dinosaurs, via the Romans and the Egyptians, right up to the modern age, and even into the future. Use the stickers to decorate the panels and to create your own incredible picture of the world!

About the Author

Caroline Selmes is an illustrator and former advertising art director. She has worked in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and London, and produced work for clients including Vodafone, Reebok, London Zoo and Gestalten.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A very cute sticker book that teaches as well as entertains you little readers.  They pages are made thicker and more durable and each sticker is really appealing. 

The Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney Tickle Review

The Nutcracker Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky's Music
The Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Press the Note to Hear Tchaikovsky's Music

Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this retelling of the classic ballet story. Watch the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and journey to the Land of Sweets, where wonder and excitement await...

Including music from: 'The Dance of the Reed Flutes', 'The Waltz of Flowers' and 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy'.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- The music and beautifully created illustrations bring this book to life and takes the reader into the Nutcracker fun.  I really enjoy this book and can not wait to read it again to my kids for a little Christmas magic. 

New Titles for the Holidays from Skyhorse Publishing

Fix-It and Forget-It Holiday Favorites

150 Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes
By Hope Comerford, Photographs by Bonnie Matthews

What if you could prepare holiday feasts for friends and family without spending hours in the kitchen? Now you can. Take your slow cooker out of the pantry and put away the stress of holiday cooking and baking this year. Here are 150 slow cooker recipes that will wow your guests and free you up to spend quality time with loved ones.

From Sweet Potato Stuffing to Raspberry Glazed Ham, Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing to Pear Butter, there are recipes here to indulge every palate and gorgeous full-color photographs to inspire any menu planner. Phyllis Good is beloved for providing recipes that are simple and made with ingredients you can find easily—if you don't already have them in your cupboard. Who has time to search for obscure, gourmet ingredients around the holidays? Holiday cooking has never been easier—or more delicious. Learn what size slow cooker to purchase, discover tips for easy prep and cleanup, and find scrumptious recipes such as:

Dried Cranberry Pudding
Holiday Wild Rice
Christmas Apple Date Pudding
Pork Roast with Applesauce
Cheesy Sausage Dip
Gingerbread Pudding Cake
And many more!

Cassandra's Review- A great book that is jam packed with flavors that are just waiting to be created.  The instructions are simple and the photos look delicious.

Welcome Home Cookbook

450 Comfort Food Recipes for the Slow Cooker, Stovetop, and Oven
By Hope Comerford, By (photographer) Clare Barboza
You want to put a delicious meal on the table for your family but you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen—or in the grocery store searching for exotic ingredients. Welcome Home Cookbook is filled with recipes that you can pull together in a hurry when unexpected company arrives, when you’re going to a potluck, or anytime you’re busy (which is pretty much every day, am I right?).

In these pages you’ll find recipes that—
are delicious and a snap to prepare
use ingredients that you probably already have on hand
offer step-by-step instructions that virtually anyone can follow Each recipe includes prep time and cooking time, so you know exactly what to expect. Collected from home cooks across the country and carefully selected and tested, these recipes are sure to take some pressure off of you and give joy to everyone in your home. With full-color photos throughout and a ring binding that allows the book to lay flat on your kitchen counter, this is the everyday cookbook you will return to again and again.

Cassandra's Review- Perfect for a slow cooker, I do wish these were also labeled to that you know which are for the slow cooker and which are for other ways of cooking, because it is a bit confusing. I also think the idea to have this in a binder instead of binded, was a bit of a miss because it is so big, the pages will easily get damaged or rip right out. 
 The American Table

Classic Comfort Food from Across the Country
By Larry Edwards

All your favorite blue plate specials in one cookbook! Like its people, American food is a melting pot of tastes and textures. Now flavors from every corner of the country are brought together in one soul-satisfying cookbook. Worthy of any diner’s daily special board, these recipes are the real deal: wholesome, filling favorites that will bring the entire family to the table. You’ll be transported back to your grandmother’s kitchen as you dig into classics like:

Chicken Pot Pie
Fried Catfish
Sloppy Joes
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Chicken Fried Steak
Roast Beef Hash
Sausage Gravy
Firestarter Chili
Split Pea and Sausage Soup
Corn Pudding
Potato Onion Gratin
Spiced Squash
All-American Apple Pie
Depression Cake
Pecan Pie
And many more favorites!

True American food is the result of hearty people, bountiful farms, and innovative spirit. Author Larry Edwards honors that tradition in The American Table as he invites you to pull up a chair and share a story or two. Plan your next family gathering with this collection of quintessential recipes from around the country.

Cassandra's Review- Thick, beautiful and full of flavor and that is just the book. The ideas are wonderful and the simple to use instructions will have you creating meals in a short time. 
 A Dog for Christmas

One Christmas morning, while young Amish twins Henry and Harvey are sledding, they find a big black dog wandering in a field. They adopt the Newfoundland and name him Lucky, and he soon becomes their best friend and playmate. When tragedy strikes and Harvey drowns in a spring creek, Henry’s only source of comfort is his furry companion.

 To make matters worse, the Depression is especially hard on Henry’s parents who have more children than they can care for. He is sent to live with another family, where he becomes enchanted with Katie Stoltzfus. Eventually, Lucky passes away, leaving a hole in Henry’s heart, and he wonders if he will ever find another friend as faithful and loving. As Henry grows up, he has other dogs, but none are as special as the Newfoundland he and his brother once cherished. When Katie marries another man, it seems Henry will never be happy again. Every passing Christmas reminds him of the people and animal friends now missing from his life. Though, no holiday story is complete without a miracle.

In A Dog for Christmas, bestselling author Linda Byler delivers a beautiful Christmas story of quiet triumph in the face of lifelong adversity. After years of loneliness and longing, Henry is finally rewarded with a hard-won love, a family to call his own, and a new best friend. Could there possibly be a better gift than that?

Cassandra's Review- This is what I would consider a box of tissues book because it is filled with love, grief and heart which require the need for some crying in between. 
 Homer for the Holidays

The Further Adventures of Wilson the Pug
By Nancy Levine, By Wilson the Pug

Wilson the Pug has taught his many admirers—canine and otherwise—some important life lessons. And he practices what he preaches. One crisp winter day while out searching for a good deed to do for the holidays, Wilson comes across a baby pug, lost and alone. Determined to do “the right thing,” as it is written in the Tao-te Ching, Wilson sets out to help his new buddy Homer, and together they embark on a quest to find the puppy a home.

Their adventure takes them along comical and surprising paths, where they encounter many new friends as well as some unsavory characters who cause big trouble for the duo. Things start to look bleak for Homer until Santa Claus himself steps in to lend a hand. Homer just might get his wish after all . . . Captured in the same style of charming photography and endearing humor that so enchanted fans of The Tao of Pug, and Letters to a Young Pug, Homer for the Holidays is a heartwarming pug buddy story destined to become a holiday favorite of dog lovers of all ages for years to come.

Cassandra's Review- An adventure that any dog lover would enjoy, especially if you are fond of pugs.  It is well written and easy to get into.
101 Things to do with your Christmas Elf

Christmas is a magical time of the year. How often have you lain in bed, visions of sugar plums dancing through your head? Maybe you’ve began to gently drift into a dream when, suddenly, you realize . . . you didn’t move the elf!

That darn elf. Making you get out of bed when you’re all snuggled up after a long day of gift-wrapping. But you know that if you don’t move it, the kids will begin to unravel the Christmas secrets you’ve worked so hard to preserve over the years! Before you know it, they’ll think Santa isn’t real and they’ll be all grown up. Fine, you say to yourself, I’ll get up and move the freakin’ elf. However, as time goes on, your kids start to notice the elf’s moving to the same spots over and over, doing the same old things. It starts to become less believable.

For when you’re stuck in this predicament, author Jason Deas has developed 101 different ideas of what to do with your Christmas elf. Get St. Nick’s assistants off the shelf and into a variety of creative situations that will amaze and amuse your children:

Make your elf some skis for water skiing and snow skiing
Set up your elf like he’s been working out all night long
Put your elf in a boat in the bathtub
Create a drum set with a few cans, pots, plastic containers, and other odds and ends
Have your elf become a mechanic and fix a toy car

Filled with Christmas spirit and humor, 101 Things To Do With Your Christmas Elf is your handbook to surviving December and making sure you keep your little holiday helper on the move.

Cassandra's Review-  Well if you do not own an elf on a shelf or have no idea what this tradition is all about, the book is going to seem weird.  You can always learn and buy an elf or even share the tradition.  It is very out of the box and fun.

I received complimentary copies.

Watch Ya' Mouth Game Review and 15% off Coupon Code

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition - and laughter - to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN

I received complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Get ready for family fun and if you can't keep up with the rules, you can modify them to fit your families special needs.   There is noise, action and laughter present during the gameplay.   You do need to have some serious coordination and a sense of humor, but with four or more players this is going to be a really fun time.