this was a cute, small book. I guess it's for teenagers, or maybe younger, because it told me to get an adult to help me do a couple of the projects...this was a cute, small book. I guess it's for teenagers, or maybe younger, because it told me to get an adult to help me do a couple of the projects...um, i think i AM the adult. :)
too many projects used strange materials, like tarps, or plastic or duct tape. I liked the VERY basic instructions, but wish more of the bags and things were made of actual fabric so that I would want to make them.
I was really excited about this book, and scored big time when it became available to me on swaptree.com!
After reading through it, I'm just glad thatI was really excited about this book, and scored big time when it became available to me on swaptree.com!
After reading through it, I'm just glad that I didn't pay $18 for it in Target.
I'm not bothered by the concept of "hiding" veggies in food. I hide carrots in my spaghetti sauce, and spinach & avocado in our "refried" beans, and nobody's the wiser. The kids love "green" smoothies, and most of the time they are open to trying new foods.
Most of these recipes, however, don't look like things that we would eat. To be truthful, a few of them made my stomach turn, and if I won't eat something, I sure won't be excited to serve it to my kids.
The recipes that looked good were things that were sweet and needed fruity purees, which doesn't make sense for my family b/c we all love fruit as it is and don't need to hide it in our dishes.
Another thing that was confusing to me, was some of the recipes claimed to be "vegetarian friendly", but didn't really explain how to make it "vegetarian" and still use the purees.
For instance, the "Tortilla Cigars". The recipe calls for roasted chicken or turkey, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, squash and carrot purees, all mixed up with salt and garlic seasoning and rolled inside tortillas. "Leave out chicken or turkey for veggie meal".
Well, if you leave out the meat, you have cheese and runny purees on a tortilla, right? Seems pretty gross to me.
The book served as a friendly reminder to try new things (it's been quite a while since I used cauliflower in mashed potatoes!) and it was helpful to see some examples of veggies that I would never normally try in a meal (red pepper puree in chili). Also, the book is fun to look at, the pictures are nice and the color scheme is great.
I will try some of the sweeter ideas, like the blueberry lemon muffins with yellow squash puree, or the gingerbread spice cake with broccoli and carrot puree, but I have a feeling that I'll probably be swapping this book for something else very soon. ...more
this book is big, has huge gorgeous pictures, and a TON of information. it's probably one of the best feng shui books, especially judging from all thethis book is big, has huge gorgeous pictures, and a TON of information. it's probably one of the best feng shui books, especially judging from all the 5 star reviews.
it was just a bit much for me. when it started talking about going within and sending "pink light" to all of your loved ones...um, okay? i just wanted to know where to put a potted plant or a mini-water fountain to help me be more calm and less stressed. ;)
needless to say, i skimmed through the rest of it and turned it back in to the library. i don't know if feng shui is for me. if it IS for you, this book looks great....more
mel! thanks for sending this to me! i just got it this week (since i've been in Arkansas for the last 3 weeks) and it looks really good :)
*********** omel! thanks for sending this to me! i just got it this week (since i've been in Arkansas for the last 3 weeks) and it looks really good :)
*********** okay, more like 3 1/2 stars for me. i may just be in a reading slump, but it took me SO long to read. every time i started reading, i would fall asleep. the book was good, but it just didn't keep me super excited to find out what would happen next. or maybe i am just really tired a lot.
however, the last part of the book was so good that it pulled my rating up a bit ;) i cried and cried. ...more
this was a cute book, with great little stories before each recipe. as far as a recipe book goes, i wouldn't really use it. being a southern girl mysethis was a cute book, with great little stories before each recipe. as far as a recipe book goes, i wouldn't really use it. being a southern girl myself, the few southern recipes i would ever want to cook are recipes that i would get from my southern friends and family. know what i mean?
for instance, at Thanksgiving, my Mom makes an amazing turkey dressing. it's not too dry or crumbly, so delicious. my aunt Diane makes (to her family) an amazing turkey dressing. her family likes that it's not too runny (like my Mom's), although my family would consider it nearly burnt. both dressings must be at our holiday dinners for everybody to be happy, because those are "our" dishes.
so i certainly wouldn't use this book for a turkey dressing recipe, because it wouldn't taste like my Mom's. same with sweet tea, fried catfish, cornbread, or barbecued ANYTHING. I happen to have a barbecue king for a father, so if i want any barbecue recipe, i'm going to get it from him, because i want it to taste like his does.
the recipes are probably terrific, but I just wouldn't use them. maybe you would. either way, the book is worth the read for the great stories, side notes, and pictures. the recipes are just a bonus feature. :)...more
because i didn't have time to practice anything from the book, and because i don't know anything about decorative sewing (or regular sewing, for thatbecause i didn't have time to practice anything from the book, and because i don't know anything about decorative sewing (or regular sewing, for that matter), i don't really know if this book would be useful for somebody or not. :)
the pictures were great and very detailed, and there were a wide variety of projects in here. i'll try to check it out again in a month or so, to see if i can actually practice some of the techniques shown in the book....more