Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Cheesecake Bible By George Geary Review

The Cheesecake Bible: 300 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Cakes and More by George Geary

The highly-anticipated upgraded edition of the definitive book on luscious, decadent cheesecake by a master chef and baker.

Beloved for over a decade, this comprehensive cheesecake resource allows its many readers to indulge in recipes that range from traditional and chocolate to fruity and savory. Now, The Cheesecake Bible is back and better than ever with 90 new recipes to satisfy people who eat a gluten-free diet and to answer the recent cultural appetite for more savory cheesecakes.

Iconic recipes include Deep Dark Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake and White Chocolate Velvet Cheesecake with Port Wine Berry Compote. Then there are the more savory options, such as Black Olive and Herb Cheesecake and Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Pecans. Other offerings include nut, citrus, no-bake, vegan, fruit, chocolate, cheese and holiday cheesecakes, as well as cheesecake bars, small cheesecakes, toppings and sauces. With more than 300 recipes, there's a cheesecake for everyone.

The book features extensive how-to instructions, along with sections on equipment, basic tips and techniques for perfect cheesecakes, a list of common ingredients and frequently asked questions from the author's baking classes. It is the ideal guide for beginners and seasoned bakers alike, ensuring that they make the very best cheesecakes.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Cheesecake?  Yes please. I am a dessert lover and super interested in cheesecake everything including recipes. The book is packed with great ideas that I hope to be trying near the holidays.  I was shocked to find out about taco cheesecake and others I have never heard of because they look and sound so good.  The book is going to make any cheesecake lover very happy and especially if they want to make it.  There are not too many photos but the few that are featured look spectacular. 

Crohn's and Colitis by Dr. Hillary Steinhart Review

A newly updated edition from one of the most respected and authoritative experts on Crohn’s and colitis.

For anyone who suffers from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, an understanding of inflammatory bowel disease is the key to developing effective management strategies. Crohn’s & Colitis aims to help patients deepen their knowledge about their disease, and it has been recognized by practitioners and patients alike for its invaluable information and its supportive and easy-to-follow approach. It has long been a market leader, with over 30,000 copies sold.

This new edition is poised to continue the trend. It features updated content based on the most current research and standards for diagnosis and treatment, along with information on genetics based drugs and naturopathic treatments. It is a valuable tool for improving quality of life for anyone diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease.

Crohn’s & Colitis also includes information on underlying causes, clinical features and effective treatments. With informative charts, case studies, “Did You Know?” boxes and answers to frequently asked questions, this book truly aims to help patients improve their health and well-being in a way that is friendly and accessible.

DR. A. HILLARY STEINHART, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), is Head of the Combined Division of Gastroenterology for Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Informational and very helpful should you be a caretaker or suffer with this yourself.  The book covers a lot and really gets down into the heart of what you need to know in a way that is easy to understand and follow.   

Great Kids Books for Back to School Structure and Fun

My Friend Sleep
My Friend Sleep

Journey with a little girl through her dreams, alongside her friend Sleep. Meet friendly aliens, ride on a dragon's back and meet a scary monster... who turns out to be not-so scary after all. With Sleep by your side, nothing is as terrifying as it seems. This magical picture book delights in the joy of dreams, opens a door to children’s imaginations and helps to contain their fears around sleep and night terrors. Featuring stunning, atmospheric illustrations,  this beautiful story is the perfect book for getting little ones off to sleep at bedtime.

Cassandra's Review-  I made the joke that my friend sleep left me for insomnia (not even related to the book review) , but this book is great for little readers that might be scared or unsure of bedtime and can help them to visit dreamland in a more peaceful way. 
ABC for Me: ABC Mindful Me
ABC for Me: ABC Mindful Me
ABCs for a happy, healthy mind & body

Pairing simplified mindfulness principles with each letter of the alphabet, ABC Mindful Me features colorful illustrations of children and animals, as well as playful rhymes to explain each concept to toddlers (and their parents!).

A fun read for the entire family, ABC Mindful Me is not only perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs, but also for introducing them to key mindfulness tenants which promote physical and mental wellness, proper breathing, compassion, gratitude, and kindness.

These key concepts will help to grow young readers' concentration, listening skills, and ability to manage emotions, stress, and anxiety.

Plus, a handy index provides at-a-glance reference for 26 different mindfulness pillars for children to explore.

Cassandra's Review- Mindfulness is something I am still learning to acheive more of in my older years, so it is really good to get your kids on the right path and help them. 
The Giggly Guide of How to Behave

The Giggly Guide of How to Behave

Mind your manners! There's more to good manners than just saying "please" and "thank you"! With 44 simple rules on how to behave, and how not to behave, this giggly guidebook shows you exactly what it means to have good manners, and what happens when you don't follow the rules of good behavior... Kids and their parents will giggle their way through this clever and colorful guide on polite behavior, and are sure to want the companion book on how to behave at school, too!

Cassandra's Review - Funny illustrations is what makes this book stand out and my children giggle.  Even I found them to be funny but the rules are easy to follow and read outloud. 

The Book of No Worries
The Book of No Worries

This essential guide covers a multitude of worries and anxieties that a young person may face while growing up – from peer pressure to puberty and all the worries in between. This friendly and funny book aims to reassure tweens that their worries and fears are normal and offers practical tips for managing anxiety and stress, such as practicing mindfulness and meditation.

Children over 10 often have to deal with a bigger, scarier school, and increased pressure to study and get good grades while making and maintaining friendships. Add to that the non-stop nature of social media and the added pressure that it brings, and it’s no surprise anxiety and depression is on the increase. From problems at school to relationship woes, body image issues to troubles at home, all worries are recognised and case studies and questions from 'real-life' anonymous readers offer positive tips and advice to help young people survive angst and stress that can bring them down.

Among the other topics covered:

Drugs and alcohol
Separation and divorce
Sex and sexuality
Unrequited love and being dumped
Focusing on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of tweens, this survival guide to help young people cope with the worries and anxieties of growing up is full of thoughtful and humorous illustrations and provides sensitive treatment of difficult issues.

Cassandra's Review- The book is for older kids and does cover some deep issues in a lighter way, it could be a helpful icebreaker in a discussion. 
How to Think Like an Absolute Genius
How to Think Like an Absolute Genius

Be curious! Be imaginative! Be determined! Develop your talents by drawing inspiration from the greatest of geniuses. In a world that changes quickly, the future belongs to those who have an open, flexible mind: like John Lennon, they will imagine the impossible; like Walt Disney, they will work as a team; and like Copernicus, they will be able to think backwards! If you’re worried you might not be up to the job, have no fear! This fascinating book will show you the way. Meet 27 geniuses from different eras and disciplines –  artists, scientists, thinkers or writers – and learn from their "creative methods". Packed with facts, games and activity ideas to boost your intelligence, creative, inventive, and critical thinking skills, this book will show you that you can become absolutely awesome at whatever you put your mind to!

Cassandra's Review- Quotes, queries and lots of fun thinking is included in this book. 

One Day, So Many Ways
One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what daily life is like for kids all around the world! Meet children from over 40 countries and explore the differences and similarities between their daily routines. Over 24 hours, follow a wide variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, talk, learn and go about their everyday routine in this stunning retro-style illustrated picture book that celebrates different cultures.

Cassandra's Review- I remember way back in my time when I went to school we had days where we had to bring an food or items from our selected countries and it would be really fun.  The book helps to give children a small look at how other countries children go through the day. 

Going to School
Going to School

Spend the day at school and join the little girl in everything she does in a day—from breakfast to bedtime. Meet her classmates and try to spot what each friend is up to in every lesson throughout the book. Can you guess what they want to be when they grow up? This reassuring introduction to the school day for little ones has bright, friendly artwork and is perfect for children about to go off to school for the first time.

Cassandra's Review -  A good book to alleviate kids fears and help to get them ready for back to school.

I received complimentary copies.

WARE Pet Coop Control and Sideways Sipper Cooler for Chickens

Coop Control
Coop Control
Ware Coop Control is a 97% bio based, organic carbon that reduces 'fowl' odors in your chicken coop. Sprinkle evenly across the coop to a depth no greater than 1/8". Use is dependent on number of chickens and amount of waste. Replace whenever odors return.

Coop Control is safe for chickens to ingest and offers the additional benefit of soil improvement. Cutting down the smell in your coop will reduce the number of flies pestering your flock. Too many flies can cause stress on chickens, which can result in lower egg production. Coop Control is also good for your soil. It has a low density and benefits areas with dense soil by increasing drainage and aeration.

Sideways Sipper Insulated

Sideways Sipper Insulated
Cooler keeps water cool and features 3 foldable legs as well as a hanging handle. UV stabilized plastic construction holds up in all weather conditions.

I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- I would have loved to be able to review a few actual chicken coops by this brand because they look fantastic and my orpingtons would love them.   The cooler is compact and convenient which is a huge plus for me to be able to lift and the cover fits nicely.    The coop control was easy to spread but I would recommend gloves and to open it outdoors as it can get black mess about and helps the chickens by giving them a more pleasant fresh day. 

Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From .@zulily

Halloween is only one week away…but have no fear because last-minute costume ideas are here.

Online retailer zulily has compiled some fun and quick women’s DIY costume ideas, sure to bring uniqueness to any ghoulish or ghostly bash!

Sarah Ward, zulily’s Lead Editorial Stylist, has compiled some of her favorite costume ideas, utilizing items straight from you or your friend’s closets, to save both time and money during this busy time of year.


A faux fur vest with a neutral colored outfit make the best staples. To complete the look, add an antler headband created from foliage in your backyard or with artificial flowers.

Rosie the Riveter

A chambray shirt and jeans are all you need! To finish the look, just add a red bandana in your hair and top it off with some powerful red lips.


An all-white outfit is the foundation for your “rice.” Tie a pink/orange ‘sashimi’ pillow with a simple black scarf around your waist. Add some green and pink flowers to your hair as “ginger” and “wasabi” and voila!