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No-Waste Composting: Small-space waste recycling, indoors and out.

Plus, 10 projects to repurpose household items into compost-making machines (No-Waste Gardening)

In No-Waste Composting, you’ll discover the hows and whys of composting and find over a dozen practical step-by-step plans for building both indoor and outdoor composting systems that require a minimal amount of space. 

“I don’t have enough space to compost.” 
“I don’t know what’s safe to compost and what isn’t.” 
“I live in the city, so I don’t think I can compost.” 
“Indoor composting systems are smelly.” 
“I don’t have a garden, so I don’t need to compost.”

If any of these is your excuse for not composting, then this is the book for you! Small-space composting has never been easier, more efficient, and more eco-friendly. Composting keeps millions of tons of waste out of landfills and creates carbon-sequestering, nutrient-dense compost that can be used to help fuel plant growth (including houseplants!) and build soil health

  • Build a DIY worm-composting system for a cupboard or garage
  • Craft a layered, under-the-sink composting system from terra cotta pots
  • Construct a simple outdoor compost bin from repurposed wooden pallets 
  • Use upcycled wire fencing to build a mobile composting system on the driveway
  • Learn how to compost larger sticks and branches to build new food and flower gardens
  • Upcycle a plastic bucket to make an indoor compost fermenting system

Plus, you’ll find plans to keep cat and dog waste out of the landfill by using a groundbreaking (and safe) DIY composting system. And if you don’t garden, author and composting professional Michelle Balz offers plenty of other ways you can utilize the wonderful, crumbly compost you create

Whether you’re just starting your no-waste journey or you’re a seasoned recycling and repurposing pro, No-Waste Composting is an invaluable tool to have at your side. This book is part of the Cool Springs Press No-Waste Gardening series, which also includes No-Waste Kitchen Gardening and No-Waste Organic Gardening. 

Net Galley Book Review:

This is a gorgeous book! I have tried composting at various times over the years without much success.

The book lays out instructions for multiple methods detailing everything you need for each including “recipes ” for each kind and equipment needed. Detailed instructions for DIY composting bins and tools are illustrated with clear photos. I plan on using this book as a guide for my first Spring garden project a compost bib in my new backyard.

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Gardening to Eat: Connecting People and Plants

Embrace a plant-based lifestyle all the way from seed to plate. This inspiring and informative book takes the mystery out of gardening and reveals how to grow an array of fruits and vegetables using simple, organic techniques.

Packed with fresh ideas for turning homegrown produce into delicious, nutritious meals, you’ll find heaps of no-nonsense recipes created for real people with busy lives and healthy appetites. No fads, no fuss, no fancy ingredients, just real, honest, ethical food.

With a passion for connecting people and plants, Gardening to Eat brings the garden into the kitchen. For people who love food and love to know where it’s come from.

Net Galley Book Review:

This book is an informative, easy to read guide to growing and enjoying your own vegetables. Includes recipe suggestions to make the most of your crop once its grown. The chatty, friendly style would inspire any novice gardener to have a go at growing there own food. to eat. Lisa

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How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination

A poetry journal for those looking to improve their art

Nourish your poetic soul with this instructive and inspiring journal. Whether you’re just starting out or seeking ways to expand your skills, How to Write Poetry is a poetry journal designed to nurture creativity and deepen your understanding of this age-old literary tradition.

Discover lessons on everything from crafting evocative imagery to exploring the nuances of rhythm and meter―all while immersing yourself in related readings that reinforce your connection to the instruction. Put your knowledge into practice with dozens of original, enriching prompts meant to jump-start a ritual of poetry writing. No matter where you are on your journey, this poetry journal will help you unleash your artistic voice.

This how-to poetry journal helps teach with:

  • A poetic primer―Go from basic to more advanced techniques with descriptive instructions that provide comprehensive guidance.
  • Practice makes perfect―Hone your skills with thought-provoking prompts and blank pages that encourage you to try what you’ve learned.
  • Finishing touches―This poetry journal contains expert advice for revising your poems, as well as a list of respected publications you can submit your completed works to.

Expand your knowledge and broaden your skills with a poetry journal that teaches you how to find your voice and share your passion.

Book Review;

The book is lovely and insightful. It starts out very simply and teaches you more as you go on, first encouraging you to be a bit more imaginative with your work rather than sticking to set rules. book is separated by; theme, poetic terms, revisiting your work and publishing your work as well as places in the book to practice your poetry. Lisa

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From Garden To Grave (The Leafy Hollow Mysteries)

Murder. It’s a perennial problem.

Verity Hawkes is a shut-in. After two years bunkered in her apartment, the only thing that gets her out is the disappearance of her beloved but eccentric aunt. As she takes over her aunt’s landscaping shop, she’ll need to go from hoarder to horticulturist in a hurry…

Her new home of Leafy Hollow is quaint, except for her most obnoxious client. When a series of freak accidents kills the customer, all signs point to Verity as the killer.

The hunt for answers is on, and Verity must question a tipsy carpenter, a bacon-peddling vegan restaurateur, and her dreamy landscaping competitor to keep her new life afloat. Failure to find the truth could put her back in a confined space for much more than two years…

From Garden to Grave is the first book in a series of delightfully funny cozy mysteries. If you like lovably quirky characters, deceptively idyllic Canadian villages, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Rickie Blair’s Leafy Hollow Mysteries series.Buy From Garden To Grave to plant a new seed of mystery today!

Book Review:

 The author characters are fun and what you would expect from cozy mystery. . The plot was excellent . The whodunnit was not a person I had even considered. This book is written so that it would be OK for teens to read. I can’t wait for the next book I’m the series. Good book to take on vacation, riding the bus or subway, or just curled up in your favorite chair.

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Lisa Book Club

This Tuesday Book Club book is special. My sister and I are reading together a new book series across the web. As she’s locked down in Houston,Texas and I am in Louisiana. We both enjoy reading and sharing books -so its a book club of two.

She got the first pick in her favorite genre. The only qualification in the book club choice a library book we both could check out or kindle unlimited book. Lisa

Three sisters’ secrets collide in a shocking novel of suspense by the bestselling author of the Mercy Kilpatrick series.

Twenty years ago Emily Mills’s father was murdered, and she found his body hanging in the backyard. Her younger sister, Madison, claims she was asleep in her room. Her older sister, Tara, claims she was out with friends. The tragedy drove their mother to suicide and Tara to leave town forever. The killer was caught. The case closed.

Ever since, Emily and Madison have tried to forget what happened that night—until an eerily similar murder brings it all back. It also brings FBI special agent Zander Wells to the Oregon logging town. As eager as he is to solve the brutal double slaying, he is just as intrigued with the mystery of Emily’s and her sisters’ past.

When more blood is shed, Zander suspects there’s a secret buried in this town no one wants unearthed. Is it something Emily and Madison don’t know? Or aren’t telling? And Tara? Maybe Emily can’t bear to find her. Because when Tara disappeared, she took a secret of her own with

Book thoughts : (kindle unlimited)

Threats, death attempts, hate crimes, racism, KKK ties, violence, mystery, suspense, and a flutter of light romance are all embedded in this new page-turning series by Elliot. It is gritty, has an emotional pull, and has a constant edge-of-your-seat feel from beginning to end. The storyline is engrossing and the characters are well-developed and likable looks like this will be an exciting series….. Lisa

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The 30-Day Vegan Meal Plan for Beginners

A delicious, doable vegan meal plan with dietician-approved recipes

Make it simple to serve up flavorful foods you can feel good about. The 30-Day Vegan Meal Plan for Beginners is the ultimate starter guide, offering 100 recipes and a monthlong plan for adopting a vegan diet. Empower yourself with this vegan cookbook featuring a professionally curated menu that’s healthier for you and the world around you.

This top choice among vegan cookbooks includes:

  • Hearty, varied meals—Discover recipes packed with wholesome ingredients like vegetables, beans, tofu, nuts, and whole grains sure to leave you satisfied.
  • Vegan basics—Get a crash course in exactly what veganism means as well as how it can help you, animals, and the planet.
  • Easy shopping—Weekly grocery lists and handy tips for shopping vegan ensure you always have the right ingredients on hand.

Go beyond other vegan cookbooks with recipes and a meal plan that make it easy and delicious to eat plant-based.

Book Review (Kindle Unlimited)

This book was clearly written by someone who was trying to help me be successful not only in understanding how to adjust to making vegan dishes, but also how to plan and shop for this new journey I am on. And the recipes from a pro/celebrity chef are written with great tips and possible adjustments to fit various tastes and calorie goals. Perfect for a new cook like me. ( Copy supplied by Publisher )

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The Pescatarian Keto Cookbook:

The fresh, flavorful seafood and veggie cookbook for a fat-burning keto diet

Eating a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can boost your energy and help your body burn fat—and it doesn’t have to include tons of bacon and butter. Break free from common keto constraints with this pescatarian cookbook. The simple, accessible recipes and meal plan feature fresh vegetables and seafood that taste delicious and help shift your metabolism into fat-burning mode.

Get the basics on adapting a pescatarian diet to achieve ketosis. Discover recipes strategically planned to fit the macro ratio, so you don’t have to calculate all your nutrients. Whether you’re already pescatarian and looking to begin a keto diet, or a keto convert looking for an alternative to typical meat-heavy dishes, this pescatarian cookbook is your answer.

  • Flavorful fish & veggies—Dig in to 100 recipes for breakfasts, snacks, soups, salads, vegetarian and vegan entrees, fish and shellfish entrees, desserts, and more.
  • An easy 12-day meal plan—Kick-start your journey with a two-week, macro-balanced pescatarian meal plan, complete with shopping lists.
  • Healthy fats, keto benefits—Unlock the fat-burning benefits of a keto diet with a higher intake of healthy fats from foods like salmon, trout, nuts, avocado, and olive oil.

Take the next step in your journey to better health with the perfect pescatarian cookbook for a keto diet.

Book Review (kindle unlimited)

From Callisto Publisher’s Club :  This book is filled with vegetarian and seafood recipes that use lots of veggies and healthy fats. That is the perfect way to start your New Year healthy and easy. Lisa

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Christmas Book list :

Is you Christmas list full of books? Do you buy books for others for Christmas? If you answer Yes -Read on to my list :

My Christmas list:

For me : I am a big fan of series.

Love to Bake is The Great British Bake Off‘s best collection yet – recipes to remind us that baking is the ultimate expression of thanks, togetherness, celebration and love.

My nephews :

Harry Potter Complete Book Series Special Edition Boxed Set 

My Sports loving brother n law

I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography 

I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography 

My sister : who loves this series.

for a friend:

What on your Christmas list? Lisa

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The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm:

No-till — a method of growing crops and providing pasture without disturbing the soil — has become an important alternative to standard farming practices. In this comprehensive guide to successful no-till vegetable farming for aspiring and beginning farmers, author Daniel Mays, owner and manager of an organic no-till farm in Maine, outlines the environmental, social, and economic benefits of this system. The methods described are designed for implementation at the human scale, relying primarily on human power, with minimal use of machinery. The book presents streamlined planning and record-keeping tools as well as marketing strategies, and outlines community engagement programs like CSA, food justice initiatives, and on-farm education.

Net Galley book :

This comprehensive guide to no till organic farming was an eye opener. It’s a gem in the current crisis. A lot of the information can be adapted for use in planting a plot of your own to become self sufficient, a definite plus. for those that are interested in home gardening becoming a business. Selling at farmers market is a new trend that helps you balance the cost of farming and sharing your bounty with others…. Lisa .

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The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie, to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it’s almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you.

Net Galley Book review:

I love that this book is so readable and creative at the same time. Lots of useful explanations behind techniques, lots of tips, lots of good pictures. Which takes the mystery out of pie making. The perfect book to read and learn from as we get ready for the holiday season and pie making.. My grandmother was a great Pie lady -and my Mom not so much but after reading this I am inspired to try my hand at some classic pie making .. Lisa