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Book Review: Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

If baking from scratch intimidates you, the new cookbook, Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book (Mango Publishing, hardcover) may help you become a more confident baker! This book is authored by Kristin Hoffman, aka Baker Bettie, a trained chef and baking educator (you can visit her website at BakerBettie.com).

A good way to describe this book is that it is a “fundamentals of baking from scratch” type of cookbook. As the subtitle says, this book includes “classic baking techniques and recipes for building baking confidence.” More specifically, the book goes over:

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Book Review: Feels Like Home

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

This book had me at the title: Feels Like Home: Transforming Your Space from Uninspiring to Uniquely Yours (Worthy Publishing). A place “uniquely yours” sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?! Why would we want to live amid the blah walls of a home (or townhome or apartment) when we can transform it into a place we love to be—a place that is truly a reflection of our style and personality? Author Marian Parsons (aka Miss Mustard Seed) and DIY/Home blogger at missmustardseed.com, shares a volume of helpful and budget-friendly tips, DIY project ideas, and decorating inspiration to help you turn your home into that special place you’ve always dreamed of.

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It’s October!

“This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up,” my mom told me many years ago when she gave me a copy of Anne of Green Gables. It quickly became a favorite of mine, too. I loved reading about the imaginative Anne Shirley and her life on the farm with Marilla and Matthew. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end.

But it did have a wonderful ending with another great quote—“God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world.” I read and reread the book several times, finding out much later that there were actually sequels to the book. But I always liked the first book best, and when I saw this quote about October from the book, it made me want to read it again! 

I can just imagine what Anne would enjoy about the month of October—the beautiful colors, the cool autumn air, the gently falling leaves. There is beauty in every season, and the beauty is especially vibrant in October! Hope you find many things to enjoy about your October, too! 🙂

God has made everything beautiful for its own time. ECCLESIASTES 3:11 NLT

Sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, Wonderful Wednesday, Hearth & Soul, Inspire Me Monday.

Book Review: Chasing Wonder

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“Life is meant to be a grand adventure,” writes Ginger Stache in her new book, Chasing Wonder: Small Steps Toward a Life of Big Adventures (Worthy Books). “There is plenty of wonder to be found; the problem is our days are so full of routine, monotony, and fear, that it is easier to stay on the treadmill of boredom than it is to step off into the unknown and discover something wonderful.” Can you relate to that? I know I can!

Stache herself has an adventurous spirit—she believes in adventure, big or small. She says our adventures become the memories we cherish and the stories we share, and they inspire us, teach us, and motivate us. Our adventures lead us into living a fuller life—the abundant life that Jesus promises us in John 10:10. “When we make room in our life for adventure, we open the door to greater wonder, bigger joy, and space for God to move in ways we may have never experienced otherwise.”

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Book Review: Powerful Thinking

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

“Are you completely satisfied with every aspect of your life? Or are there areas you would like to change?…The key to changing your life is changing your thinking,” writes Joyce Meyer in the introduction of her new book, Powerful Thinking (FaithWords, hardcover). She adds, “As you develop thought patterns (mindsets) that agree with God’s Word, everything about your existence will begin to improve.” She goes on to explain that your thinking can work for you or against you as you journey through life. It can make the difference between fully experiencing God’s plan for your life and living the dream He has planted in you, or living a life filled with frustration and defeat.

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