From Blog to Book

Baked cookies with Holly There are several food bloggers that have leaped into the world of publishing. Ree Drummond,The Pioneer Women, has recently published The Pioneer Women Cooks: recipes from an accidental country girl. She has stated on her blog that it took a year and a half to create this cookbook and describes it as a reflection of her blog. Two additional food bloggers, Stephanie O'Dea and Molly Wizenberg, have also authored recipe books.

Birth Order

The Birth Order BookHave you ever read Dr. Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book? It came out originally in 1985, but a new updated version is out this year. Leman’s history counseling families for more than 30 years gives him a unique perspective into seeing how birth order affects everyday life. He looks at birth order in relation to other variables in the family, such as why a second child might end up acting like a firstborn. Interesting stuff.



On the Shelf: Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Family Favorites

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and I, for one, could use a few more hours in my day. I’ve never been especially good at multi-tasking – I make fewer mistakes focusing on one “to-be-done” at a time. But with the help of my trusty slow cooker and Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Family Favorites by Beth Hensperger, I’ve found that I can go to work, shop for gifts and/or visit with friends and still have a good, healthy meal ready to serve.

Nonfiction at the Movies

Many movies begin on the bookshelf.  Take a look at this short list of nonfiction titles that began as a book and later made the jump to the big screen. 

Your Precious Pets: Health Selections

When I got up yesterday, my husband and I discovered our cat Miko was feeling poorly. She had a few accidents outside her box and was meowing in pain. A trip to the vet revealed she had a urinary tract infection. Miko-kitty is not happy about having to take pills, but she's feeling better today. She is getting older, so I realize I'm going to have to watch her health a little more closely. Nothing can replace a trip to the vet, but a good guide to your pet's health will have helpful advice on keeping your friends healthy and what to watch for in a sick pet.

Pick up one of these pet health selections from the library:

Italian Charm

Book Cover Art of The Lady in the PalazzoLast spring, I visited Italy for a few weeks. Since my trip I have become fascinated with the Italian culture. I am always searching for books to read that can transport me back to that beautiful country so far away. Recently, I discovered Marlena De Blasi’s series based on true life events: A thousand days in Venice : an unexpected romance , The lady in the palazzo : at home in Umbria, and That summer in Sicily : a love story.

Taking Cuba In

Cuba: What Everyone Needs to KnowFor someone like me who was born “somewhat recently”, I’ve only known one kind of Cuba: Castro’s Cuba. I hazily remember history lessons on JFK and the Bay of Pigs, but I’d like to get a better handle on the subject. So, I’m reading Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig. Her writing style is keeping me interested, and her firsthand, recent experience of living in Cuba is giving me a view I didn’t see before.

Bugs Of Texas

 Have some creepy-crawlies in your backyard?  An unknown infestation in your garden?  Find out what you're facing by picking up some Texas insect field guides from the library.  These books give you the skinny on each insect.  Find out what each bug looks like, where they live, what they eat and if they're good or bad for you or your yard. 

On the Shelf: Guardians of Being

Sometimes we all need a little "nice" in our lives. We need to be inspired. We need to be heartened. Right here, right now, we need to stop, look, listen and reconnect with all that is good, kind, generous and supportive in the world.

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