Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Borrowed/Won

Weekend Cooking: The Best Homemade Kid’s Snacks on the Planet

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I’ve decided to make the Weekend Cooking meme, hosted by Beth Fish Reads a semi-regular post at Book’d Out.

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Title: The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet: More than 200 Healthy Homemade Snacks You and Your Kids Will Love

Author: Laura Fuentes

Published: Fair Winds Press: Murdoch Books June 2015

Status: Read on June 13, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet contains more than 200 recipes designed to tempt toddlers, children and perhaps even teenagers to snack on wholesome homemade treats.

baked-items-best-snacksMy copy of The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet is a large format softcover. The recipes are generally presented two to a page. Though there are full page colour photographs every few pages, not all recipe results are pictured. Both metric and imperial measurements are provided, as are yield amounts.

In the first chapter you will find time-saving tips, storage solutions, information about allergies, ingredient substitutions, and Laura Fuentes ‘Snacking Rules’.

The Recipes are sorted into seven chapters titled Fruit and Veggie Snacks, No-Bake Bites and Dips, Baked Bites, Reimagined Classics, Mini Meals, Super Smoothies and Drinks and lastly, Frozen Delights and Special Treats.

Simple to prepare and serve, using largely fresh and easy to source ingredients, recipes include Crunchy Berry Salad; Chocolate Avocado Pudding; Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites; Cheese Crackers; Ninja Turtle Nuggets and Elvis Shakes.

I’ve bookmarked several snacks to try, and plan to my involve my children in making them, starting with this simple

Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pudding

1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup plain yoghurt

Combine the peanut butter and yoghurt in a blender til smooth. Add the banana slices and blend just until smooth. Refrigerate or serve immediately. Serves 4

The final pages of the cookbook includes a Feedback Chart, allowing you or your child/ren to rate and make notes for each recipe.mini-meals-best-snacks

The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet offers a practical collection of snack recipes with plenty of appeal for a child’s fussy palette. While this would be the perfect gift for any busy mother, the recipes could also appeal to adults who enjoy healthy snacks and treats.

Visit the author’s website for additional recipes, instructional videos and more.

Available to purchase from

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and all good bookstores.

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

 

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sunday: Motherhood in Fiction

 

A list of ten recently published fiction titles featuring the diverse experience of motherhood

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The day Mum didn’t get dressed and went on strike, Dad called her ‘a Wild Thing’ and Mum said ‘Cook your own dinner’ and stomped off upstairs to have a bath . . …In this hilarious, touching homage to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, a worn-out mum finds herself floating across time and space to the place where the Wild Mums are. Dazzled by her party tricks, they crown her Queen of the Wild Mums and try to entice her to join their conga . . . But Mum has just remembered who she loves best of all …

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 Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband Bruno and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters into with an ease that surprises even her. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there’s no going back.

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You make deals with God. You make deals with the Devil. You’re not fussy. But as a wise man once said: It’s the saying you don’t care what you get what gets you jiggered.” So you say it, and you’re jiggered, but what you give birth to is a hedgehog. It’s prickly and its cry is a noise so terrible that you wish someone would scrape fingernails on a blackboard to give you some relief.
In a fairytale, the only good mother is six feet under. All the others are bad news. A fairytale mother will exchange her first-born child for a handful of leafy greens. And if times get tough, she’ll walk her babes into the woods and leave them there. But mothers of today do no such things? Do they? In this collection of heart-breakingly honest stories, the mothers of the Brothers Grimm are brought – with wit, subversiveness and lyrical prose – into the here and now. Danielle Wood turns four fairytales on their heads and makes them exquisitely her own.

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Sometimes I’m with the baby and I think: you’re my heart and my soul, and I would die for you. Other times I think: tiny moron, leave me the fuck alone
A year has passed since Ari gave birth and still she can’t locate herself in her altered universe. Sleep-deprived, lonely and unprepared, she struggles through the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights. Her own mother long dead and her girlhood friendships faded, she is a woman in need. When Mina – older, alone, pregnant – moves to town, Ari sees hope of a comrade-in-arms. Perhaps the hostile terrain could be more easily navigable together. With purifying anger and outrageous humour, Elisa Albert unleashes on a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. And as she defines the raw experience of motherhood, Albert offers a hilarious and devastatingly honest examination of how we become the women we are.

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Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the centre: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally Sweetness, Bride’s mother herself, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that ‘what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.’

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Successful hubbie? Tick. Facebook-worthy baby? Tick. Bikini-body six weeks after giving birth? Um . . . not so much. Fashion PR exec Ally Bloom got her happy ending. Okay, her marriage might be showing the odd crack, her battleaxe mother-in-law might have come to stay, and she might not be the yummy mummy she’d imagined, but it’s nothing a decent night’s sleep and a firm commitment to a no-carb diet won’t fix. But when Ally returns to work and finds she’ll be reporting to a 22-year-old airhead, she decides to turn her back on life as a professional fashionista and embrace her inner earth mama instead. So it’s out with the Louboutins and champagne and in with the sensible flats and coffee mornings with the Mummy Mafia. From attending her first grown-up dinner party only to discover that placenta is top of the menu to controlling her monster crush on local playgroup hottie Cameron, Ally must find her feet in the brave new world of the stay-at-home mum.

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Four mothers. Four teenage daughters. An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception. What could possibly go wrong? There’s tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns – and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to… How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other?

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Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity; the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.
Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

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What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime? When Dawn introduces her family to her new boyfriend, Rud, they hide their unsettled feelings because they’re glad that Dawn, always an awkward child, seems to have finally blossomed. Then Dawn’s parents are savagely beaten in their own bed, and though Hanna survives, Rud stands trial for Joe’s murder. Claiming her boyfriend’s innocence, Dawn initially estranges herself from everyone she knows, but when Rud wins an appeal, Dawn returns home saying she wants to support her mother. Hannah knows that if she could only remember the details of that traumatic night, she could ensure her husband’s murderer remains in jail. But Hanna hadn’t realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter..

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Georgie Henderson doesn’t want to have kids, but her best friend, Nina Doherty, has wanted to have a baby for as long as she can remember. Sadly, Nina’s uterus refuses to cooperate. One drunken evening, Nina asks Georgie for the ultimate favour: would she carry a baby for her? Georgie says yes – and spends the next nine months wondering why! With intense bacon-and-egg roll cravings and distant memories of what her feet look like, Georgie tries to keep it all together in her dream job as the editor of Jolie magazine. Her love life’s a mess – and sauvignon blanc’s off the menu – leaving Georgie to deal with twists in her life she never expected.

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Stuff On Sunday: Celebrating Penguin Books 80th Birthday!

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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Penguin Books, Penguin will be publishing 80 Little Black Classics, putting the spotlight on publishing’s most famous series, Penguin Classics. At 64 pages and $1.99 each, the Little Black Classics are beautifully designed, complete mini-books to be collected, shared and enjoyed.

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Showcasing the enormous range and diversity of the world-renowned Penguin Classics list, these are texts that reach out across continents, eras and genres, ranging from the streets of Victorian London in Henry Mayhew’s Of Street Piemen, to 13th-century Japanese blossom gardens in Kenko’s A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees. Here are unfamiliar works from very familiar authors such as The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens’s The Great Winglebury Duel, alongside texts from more surprising writers such as My Dearest Father by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
By publishing the greatest works in Persian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Arabic and more, the series celebrates the generations of translators whose works allow the reader to visit everywhere from Tang Dynasty China to Renaissance Florence, and enjoy authors as peculiar and charming as Shen Fu, Nashe, Hebel or Leskov.

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With a chic, iconic design that plays on Penguin’s heritage, the Little Black Classics celebrate some of the best world literature and the rich, varied authors published by Penguin Classics. So slip on a Little Black Classic and enjoy the celebrations – for only $1.99 a book!

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

For Review (electronic)

 

 

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff On Sundays: A Day In the Life…

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Trish from Love, Laughter and a touch of Insanity is hosting the ‘a Day in the Life’ blogger event. Peek into the lives of your fellow book bloggers and share yours!

My weekdays are fairly repetitive, and Thursday’s routine is pretty typical. Most days I do a little housework, work on the blog, cook dinner, run the kids around (we only have one afternoon/evening free from multiple after school activities), watch TV and read, of course. Some days I have to run errands, every other Tuesday I volunteer at my children’s school, usually working in the library, and occasionally I’ll meet up with friends for coffee. I’m rarely in bed before 3am.

Thursday – March 26th

8.00am I Alarm goes off, stumble out of bed, surprised to find S1 & S2 are already awake, dressed for school and playing Minecraft in the lounge room on the Ps4. Wake D1 and D2, who are still sleeping.

vegemite toast8.10am I Head into the kitchen and start making breakfast for the kids (I make a dozen slices toast, and serve them family style so that everyone helps themselves). Check lunchboxes are packed, notes are signed, homework is in bags etc etc. On the iPad, check for comments on the blog and scroll through Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads feeds.

8.40am I Drop the the three youngest at their respective schools (S1 and S2 are 9 and 10 – both in primary school; D2 is 12 and in high school)

9.10am I Back home, tidy kitchen, have a quick shower, strip kids beds and put a load of washing on.

9.45am I Drop D1 at work

10.00am I Back home – boot up the computer, check email ( a total of 133) and respond as appropriate.

10.20am I  Put the washing in the dryer.

10.30am I Write up a guest post requested by another blogger

11.00am I Start working on a review for Turtle Reef

12.30pm I Make four slices of multigrain toast with vegemite for lunch, start reading The All Together Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman in between texting with a friend to arrange our mutual friends birthday lunch on Monday.

1.00pm I Take the sheets out of the dryer and remake the beds

1.30pm I Check email/Facebook/Twitter

1.40pm I Keep working on the review

2.30pm I Review is finally done, post it on the blog. Copy and paste it to various sites, send a notification email to the publicist.

3.00 pm I Head out to pick up D1 from work and D2 from school, drop both at home

3.30pm I Meet S1 and S2 at school for basketball training – I coach two teams and grand finals are this weekend!

4.40pm I Back home – order boys to have a quick shower, supervise their homework while I put their dinner in the oven (chicken nuggets and potato gems)

5.10pm I Drop D1 at gymnastics

5.25pm I Serve boys dinner

5.45pm I Take S1 and S2 to Scouts

6.10pm I  Reheat leftover meatloaf and baby potatoes for dinner for D2 and me

wolfblood6.30pm I  Watch 2 & 1/2 episodes of Wolfblood on Netflix with D2 while I figure out next week’s menu, write a grocery list and consult with D2 as to what food she needs for her weekend camping trip with Scouts. (Friday is shopping day)

7.20pm I Head out to pick D1 from gym and S1 and S2 from cubs

7.45pm I Back home, serve D1 dinner

8.30pm I Send S1 and S2 to bed,  watch another episode of Wolfblood with D2 while I scroll through my RSS feed

9.00pm I Husband comes home  – Thursday nights he goes to the archery range after work (otherwise he is usually home at 6pm). Serve him the last of the leftover meatloaf and potatoes, tidy kitchen, pack lunchboxes with snacks for the next day (I make the week’s sandwiches on Sunday so just have to take them out of the freezer to defrost)

9.30pm I Send D2 to bed, check with D1 what hours she is working the next day. Curl up on the lounge. Husband watches Tattoo Nightmares while I am reading.

10.30pm I Husband goes to bed. I put on One Tree Hill via Netflix (I’m up to the last season), and finish reading The All Together Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman.

3.10am I Bedtime

What’s your day like?

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

 

For Review (electronic)

 

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

 

 

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sundays: Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2

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I’m excited that more than 50 readers have signed up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge so far this year, and several already have already gotten started and shared reviews.  The challenge asks participants to read 12 books over the year, each from a variety of different categories. These are:

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I encourage participants who aren’t sure what to select for each category to look for recommendations from other book bloggers who they read and follow, or browse lists such as Goodreads Listopia , Library Booklists, or whatever source is favoured, however I thought I might offer a few gleaned from my own browsing.

In Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2 I offered selections for the categories of Retellings; A book set in a country starting with the letter S; and PI Crime.

I’m going to cover the next three categories today, and continue over the next month or so.

Click the cover for more information about each title.

 A novel published before you were born {books below published between 1920 & 1980}

Contemporary romance

Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)

  You can join the challenge at any time up until December 1st 2015. For more details CLICK HERE.

 

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