5 Great Books for Baking

In the market for a good cookbook? The following are tried-and-true books that I go to often, particularly for baking. Obviously, I like specialty books. I’ve found that if I want to prepare a certain type of food, a book dedicated to that genre is the best way to learn how to do it well. […]

Read a Good Book

Here’s what’s on my “to read” pile. Some are rereads like The Bible and The Well-Trained Mind, others are new finds that I’m eager to dig into. The Bible – GodFood and Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best – Elizabeth SomerThe Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook – Beth Hensperger and Julie […]

Three Great Read Aloud Handbooks

Are you looking for some good books to read with your children? Are you getting a little worn out from reading Good Night Moon twelve times a day? Eager to expand their literary horizons as well as yours? It is easy to fall into the same old, same old reading habits with young children. My […]

YOU are the Queen of Your Castle

Updated: This contest is now closed. 2/11/09 No matter where you spend your days, you are the queen of your castle. And as such, it behooves you to know what you can do to make your home a happy, healthy, welcoming place to be. One way is to have a good attitude. And this book, […]

TGIF: Read Alouds for Preschoolers

One of the beauties of having SIX KIDS is that I have always had little ones. Yes, it’s full of challenges, but the preschool years are such a precious time in a child’s life. Currently, I have two preschoolers: a rough and tumble, four year old boy and a nurturing, knows-how-to-change-GI-Joe’s-diaper, two year old girl. […]

Book It! 5 Great Foodie Gifts

As you know, I am a. a mom b. a food snob c. a glutton So, it should come as no surprise that I love food-cookbook-gadget themed gifts. Cookbooks are generally not too expensive and when paired with fancy ingredients, gadgets, or pretty serving ware, you can pull off a really nice gift for under […]

Book It! The Dangerous Book for Boys

Last winter our boys received this wonderful book as a Christmas gift. It is full of stories and projects, and well, dangerous things for boys to do. Timers and tripwires to construct, knots to tie, potato cannons to build, you name it, the directions are there. This book is the all-around BOY handbook. And since […]

Book It! The Wonder of Christmas

This week the kids and I started working through this book, The Wonder of Christmas: A Family Advent Journey. It’s a daily devotional, working through the month of December, addressing concepts of Christmas, the Incarnation, and salvation – all from a child’s point of view. We also have the companion activity guide which features crafts […]