I’m going to be sending out my Fabulous Friday Five post a bit early because I JUST found out about this awesome gardening e-book bundle and it’s only available (at this price) until Monday, April 29th!  I thought it was perfect for my readers, so I had to share!  Here’s the details: Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, this week’s collection includes a variety of gardening tips for everyone! Learn how to garden without a big budget or a lot of space, discover tips for organic gardening and preserving your harvest, and get organized with custom printables. But don’t wait because this bundle is on sale for 75% off this week only! Frugal Gardening 101 by Phoebe Hendricks In Frugal Gardening 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Vegetable Gardening Without [... To read more, click here ...]

 April 25, 2013  Posted by Heartland Renaissance e-books, Fabulous Friday Comments Off
 

It had been a long, busy weekend. Saturday morning we had two soccer games, one soccer practice, and all that that gives way to (finding soccer socks, shin guards, mouth guards and filling up water bottles while trying to get breakfast on the table and finding the requisite shirts folded in the laundry basket) followed by a birthday party in the afternoon where we entertained 11 children 6 and under (two hours is PLENTY long for a party, if anyone is asking) and then Sunday morning we headed out for the 40 minute drive to church at 9:15, celebrated Divine Liturgy at 10, followed by Coffee Hour and then our catechism class, which ended early (!) at 3:00.  We stopped off for an early dinner on the way home and [... To read more, click here ...]

 April 15, 2013  Posted by Heartland Renaissance Faith, Other 1 Response »
 

There is a single word in Greek, kefi, that explains a philosophy of life. Kefi is the culmination of a celebration when music, dance, food, liquor, and the company you share intersect. The effect is so ethereal and the feeling so euphoric that you realize this is what life is about. It isn’t material possessions – the size of your house or the kind of car you drive – that are important. It’s the joy you derive from celebrating life with the people you love.

Michael Psilakis

This cookbook is a love story. About a man and his family. His family and food. And food as love.

Michael Psilakis has written a cookbook that you just want to sit down and read with a glass of wine in the evening. He’s crafted a story about his family, including his personal story about his relationship with his late father, that can make you misty-eyed at times. Love, faith, teenage angst and family dinners all coincide and then you look up, and remember it’s a cookbook. . .

 April 12, 2012  Posted by Heartland Renaissance Beef and Game, Book Reviews, Cookbooks Comments Off
 

Love at First Sight I picked up Salad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season on a whim at the library recently.  It looked like my kind of book.  Along with Dorie Greenspan and Georgeanne Brennan, Patricia Wells is one of my favorite modern  French cookbook authors. I either own, or habitually borrow from the library my favorite books of theirs over and over and re-read them like I re-read my favorite novels; every few years or so I have to revisit them for renewed inspiration. So I brought it home and began to browse through it after the kids were in bed.  Within a few minutes I had to set the book down and rummage through the junk drawer. I was in search of my stash of [... To read more, click here ...]

 

It my pleasure to share with you my review for  Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking from Donald Link’s Louisiana by Donald Link. “The pleasure,” you ask?  Seriously?  Yes.  Because if you could be just a little bit smitten with a cookbook, I confess that I am with this one. Maybe it’s the way Link describes how he grew up, where “every occasion of [his] life revolved around food,” much like mine has, or how his food memories are rich with the aroma of past meals, lingering “in the thick Louisiana air,” he paints a picture as eloquently with words as with ingredients. Link explains, “Real Cajun food translates to the best ingredients of the area, simply prepared.  The flavors are focused and the food is highly seasoned . . . [... To read more, click here ...]

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