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French Cooking for Beginners

Warm Goat cheese salad

Recipe from the book

  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 teasp sea salt
  • 1/4 teasp black pepper
  • 1 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 oz of baby greens

4 cups olive oil, vinger,shallots,salt and pepper mixed together for vinaigrette.

Cut goat cheese, into 8 rounds , cover with bread crumbs and brown lightly. About 3 minutes.

Toss Salad with shallot vinaigrette and place on a plate with 2 goat cheese disc.

A great beginner book for classic French cooking. Starting with explanation of French cooking,pantry ingredients ,shopping like a Parisienne and basic recipes to try.

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5 minute stress relief

75 exercise to quiet your mind and calm your body.

Book reviews:

I got this book from the publisher.  I was interested in what 5 minutes could do to relieve stress. Some examples in the book under the Home section was : Hug your pet, spend time playing, light candle and even regular household chores can relieve stress. This is a fun book something we all can do for 5 minutes and be less stressful in life. Lisa

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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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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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What They Want Us to Know

GENRE: Non-fiction Inspirational

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BLURB:

What They Want Us To Know: Messages of Hope, Meaning and Unity From the Animal Kingdom.

Have you ever wondered what animals would tell us if they could? This book will give you that chance to find out! By being able to receive downloaded messages from wild and domestic animals, Shawndra translates their messages for us. These animals have shared powerful messages of unity, connection and purpose, and steps that each of us are able to take to deepen the connection, find more meaning in our lives, and become the humans that the animals know we can be. You’ll hear messages from 12 different animals on what they want us to know in order to live a more profoundly amazing life. You’ll be given the opportunity to learn ways to be more compassionate, tolerant and heart-centered, to the animals and to each other.

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INTERVIEW 3

Excerpt

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? If I did, I don’t remember them. I remember talking to my dolls and any animal, but not an imaginary friend.

Do you have any phobias? It’s weird – shellfish, for eating. I can’t stand to look at them in the store, or touch the packaging, and the thought of eating a geoduck or a soft shell crab makes me want to gag.

Do you listen to music when you’re writing? Not normally, but for inspiration I’ll listen to binaural beats occasionally. 

Do you ever read your stories out loud? I do. It does make a difference, and I’ve made changes to the manuscript after reading it out loud.

Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her. I guess that would be Joey, the dog who started me on this path. He pushed me so far out of my comfort zone and what I thought I knew about the world. He really caused me to alter my path and question everything.

Chapter Seven Hippopotamus 

HIPPO WAS THE FIRST TO open the door to what I could be, something that has made me more connected to my higher self than I ever thought possible. After Dr. Jeri Ryan had helped me communicate with my dog Joey, I took her animal communication class and Hippo was the first one that I connected with telepathically. I can still vividly remember how I felt when I tuned in to Hippo. It felt completely different from speaking to a human or even daydreaming. I was connected to something outside myself that I didn’t even know was there but that felt instantly familiar. It felt more real and genuine than most of the conversations I’ve had with humans. It felt clear, honest, kind, and deeper than what I was used to with most humans. And it happened in a matter of minutes, not months or years of building trust. While Joey was the catalyst to bring me to this moment, Hippo was the one who I listened to for the first time and who opened my heart to more awareness of this new path.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Shawndra McWhorter has been an animal communicator since 2000, and is also an Usui and KarunaⓇ Reiki Master, working with humans and animals. Shawndra has helped more than 500 animals and their humans with her communication and healing skills. Shawndra is a past president of Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART), and also serves on the Board of Directors with Kindred Souls Foundation, both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to helping animals. Shawndra began her disaster animal rescue work in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, where she deployed outside of New Orleans, LA to help rescue and care for the animals left behind. She has deployed to Chile, Peru, and to several states in the US volunteering helping animals recover from disasters. Shawndra also volunteered with Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA for nearly eight years, and is still active in supporting their mission. She is the owner of Sanskrit Healing, using her skills to help humans, animals and the environment find balance. Shawndra has spent most of her life helping others and won an Emmy for a documentary that she directed and edited on illegal aliens in Southern California. Her approach is to educate and help others make mindful, ethical choices based on facts and data. Shawndra currently lives in Washington State with her dog Norman, who survived the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, OK in 2013.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shawndra-Mcwhorter-Author-106688011143920

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawndramcwhorter/ 

Shawndra Mcwhorter – https://shawndramcwhorter.com/ 

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Thanks My Mama Never Told Me


A Funny and Sometimes Serious Guide for Teen Girls and the People Who Love Them

Nonfiction; Self-Help for Teens; Parents of Teens; Teen & YA Social Issues.

Date Published: May 13, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing



An insightful glimpse into what it is to be a teenager today . . . making mistakes, surviving them, and rocking your beautiful, powerful self.

In Things My Mama Never Told Me, Nancy “Pants” Johnson, mentor, leader, educator, and teen advocate shares the stories of brave, resilient, powerful young women who, despite their sometimes overwhelming and scary circumstances, overcome their fears and hold onto their dreams with unwavering strength.

Here are some of the questions she asked herself and her teen authors:

· Do you have questions, concerns, fears about being a teenager?

· Do you sometimes feel like your stress is going to burst out of your eyeballs?

· Do you sometimes get fed up with friends, family, or social media?

· Have you ever ignored your intuition and ended up in an unsafe situation?

Learn how to embrace your beautiful body, your abilities, and your worth; to monitor your own use of social media, cell phones, and computers, becoming aware of how they make you feel; to recognize your power as a woman in all aspects of your life, no matter your sexual orientation; to own your choices about what you want to do with your life and with whom you want to spend it; to deal with your stress in more positive and creative ways; to listen to your intuition and form personal safety boundaries; to love yourself first when making decisions about relationships, intimacy, your body, sex, and birth control; to be alert to red flag warnings and signs of abuse; to recognize the signs of alcoholism and addiction in yourself and others; to bring your secrets into the light; to forgive yourself; to prioritize your own health and well-being.

Being a teenager is hard and sometimes totally frustrating. You will survive. I’ve got you. You are just the person for the job.


About the Author


Nancy Pants Johnson is an author, mentor, educator, and advocate with more than 20 years experience listening, learning, and guiding teens through their life stories. After surviving her own tumultuous high school life and teen marriage, Johnson entered college at age 32 and dedicated the rest of her adult life to being a teen advocate.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a B.S. in English Literature and an MA in Secondary Education. She taught English within a Visual & Performing Arts Academy until her retirement in 2014. Today, she advocates for teens in her role as Director of Teen Programming for the San Diego Writers Festival. She mentors teens in local high schools as they write their stories for KidsWrite San Diego, and shares weekly with Al-Ateens in recovery.

Pants lives in La Mesa, California, and finds joy in her husband, children, grandchildren, her garden, and her dog, Phoebe. Visit Nancy at nancypantsjohnson.com to read her blog, follow her school visits with teens, and be an advocate yourself by donating one book to one teen in the inner city. You can also find her on Facebook @ nancyjohnson3766 or Instagram @ #nancypantsjohnson.


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The Journey of Bell:

The Journey of Bell:
A True Depiction of Obedience to Christ
by Merideth Deeds
Genre: Nonfiction, Pet Memoir
For thirteen years, my beloved Bell loved me unconditionally. Through the many challenges of life that I faced, she was always there by my side with unwavering loyalty and dedication. Her obedience to me is a beautiful depiction of how we, as Christians, should strive to please the Lord who is our master in Heaven. God’s Word ensures us that all good things come from above, and I think that includes our four-legged angels on Earth who love and honor their masters so fiercely and bring us so much joy.
**Only .99 cents **
I am a native of Texas, born and raised in a small town. I graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree and from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a Master’s in English and Curriculum. I currently am a full time teacher, mother, and wife.
God has put writing on my heart in order to inspire and encourage others that are currently or have experienced similar tribulations in life. My hope is that my stories will give others hope and comfort through the trials they face throughout their lives.
My first story, Lonely Road of Faith, is inspired by real-life events and me and my husband’s broken paths that eventually led back to each other and to God.
$20 Amazon
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Living Among the Dead



Biography/Memoir/History/Nonfiction/Jewish Studies/WWII
Date Published: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Amsterdam Publishers

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This is the story of one remarkable woman’s unimaginably horrific journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the war, and the aftermath. Her story is narrated by her granddaughter and the book is interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection by the survivor, Mania, as she used writing as a medium to deal with the effects of the war. Most Jews did not die in concentration camps. Instead, they were murdered in their lifelong communities, slaughtered by mass killing units, and then buried in pits. Mania lived in labor camps and witnessed these inconceivable sightings while doing everything within her power to subsist. Although she was the sole survivor of her family, Mania went on to rebuild a new life in a new country, with a new language and new customs, always carrying with her the losses of her family and memories of the brutality she witnessed and lived through. Nearly eighty years post liberation of the Holocaust, we are still witnessing acts of cruelty born out of hatred and discrimination. Living among the Dead reminds us of the beautiful communities that existed before WWII, the lives lost and those that lived on, and the importance to never forget these stories so that history does not repeat itself.


About the Author


Adena Astrowsky has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable of our society. She did this by prosecuting child sexual abuse cases and domestic violence cases within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She became the local expert concerning the prosecution of domestic violence related strangulation cases and taught extensively on that subject. Currently, she handles post-conviction cases on appeal and foreign extradition cases. Adena taught Sunday School at her temple for eight years, and in her last two years she co-taught “Character Development Through the Studies of the Holocaust.” Adena contributes articles to MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) Magazine, often writing about children’s safety, drugs, law and order, etc. Once a month Adena volunteers at a local Scottsdale library with her therapy dog, Charlie, as part of the Tail Waggin’ Tales Program. Adena has also chaired events to raise money for the Emily Center of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Adena’s greatest role, however, is as the mother of three very active children. She, and her husband, Brad, are kept very busy with their respective dance, theater, music, and athletic activities.

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One * Your Wellness Guide



Non-Fiction / Wellness Guide
Date Published: March 3, 2020

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We are all looking for balance and happiness in life. Today’s society certainly isn’t making it any easier to achieve that elusive blend of health, success and well-being.

ONE is the ultimate wellness guide on balance between Body and Mind, a winning combo of 22 therapists, handpicked by Mirav Tarkka, on the subject of improving your well-being. Accessible, easy to read and full of practical tips this is book is a must have, a perfect mix of storytelling and hands-on advice on getting to live the life you deserve.

The book talks about different areas of life; nutrition, creativity, sexuality, stress, communication, power finding and creating and lots more are covered to give you a comprehensive insight on the connection between body and mind.

Excerpt

Foreword
When I was asked to edit ONE, I immediately accepted not really knowing what I was letting myself in for. I have edited many wellness articles and books so naturally I expected something similar. It turned out I was very wrong. Editing this book has been an extraordinary journey, it was in fact emotional and at times extremely confronting. Each author has an incredibly strong story, they have written from the heart and have shared their most difficult moments with you, the reader. It takes courage to stand up and admit to the world that your life is, or in this instance was, far from perfect and yet all of them have grown from their experiences. 

I am no stranger to challenges, parenting a child that has a lot of trauma, balancing work with being a mom and wife, it takes its toll. We all get lost in our day to day lives until we realise that there is more to life. But often we are unsure where to start, there are so many books, blogs, podcasts and therapies out there. It is a sure sign that there is a need for the information. ONE has managed to capture 22 different ways of bringing more balance to your life. 

Every chapter gave me practical tools to improve my way of living, easy and accessible. After each chapter, I felt inspired, encouraged that yes, I too can get more out of life but even more importantly, I felt I deserved it. 

I am convinced this book can change people, change their way of living but most of all it can teach people to love themselves. I am very grateful I was asked to work on this project, I have edited the book in such a way that each author kept their voice and their message and the result is as extraordinary as it gets.

I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed editing it. 

Read it, pass it on to your friends and family or give it as a gift because truly, there is no better gift than the book that keeps on giving. 

ONE is unique in every single way!

With love and gratitude
Heidi



About the Author
Mirav Tarkka is the bestselling author of Undefeatable, founder of Pepper Coaching and host of ONE – the online wellness tv show. She is the brainchild behind ONE the ultimate wellness book written by 20 different experts. A book on the balance between Body and Mind explained from different angles. From how to live life orgamiscally, to releasing your chakras, Chinese medicine, nutrition and the power of words are just some of the subjects covered in the book.

Through her life, Mirav has had her fair share of breakdown moments. She had to rebuild her life from scratch many times while dealing with a roller coaster of emotions, wars, challenges and pain, but she kept going – no matter what.
Through her own profound personal journey, she discovered the power of the mind to be not less important than that of the body. Mirav then created a method which combines strengthening the body while sharpening the mind, in order to help people around the world use their true, raw, authentic power, unleash their inner strength while working on their mind muscles so that they can enjoy every aspect of life to their fullest potential.


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email mirav@peppercoaching.online


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