Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain

       I recently got The Southern Foodie- 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die and the Recipes That Made Them Famous by Chris Chamberlain to review. This is not only a cookbook, full of delicious recipes from the south, but also a documentary about famous restaurants and the chefs that made these recipes famous. Included are 134 recipes from  100 top chefs in Thirteen southern states.

       Also included with each recipe is the address, website, and phone number for each restaurant, in case you can't get enough of this yummy southern food! This book is also full of tasty looking pictures of many of the things that you can cook.

Some examples of the types of recipes that are included are:
            Prejean's Sweet Louisiana Pralines from "Ralph's on the Park," in New Orleans, Louisiana.

            Buttermilk Biscuits from "Old Chickahominy House," in Williamsburg, Virginia.

            Country Ham Fritters from "Proof on Main," in Louisville, Kentucky.

      Many of the recipes in this book are pretty simple, and can easily be made with many of the ingredients that you have at home. But a few of the recipes may not be suitable for beginners. I tried making the Pralines, and as I've heard before, I realized that practice does make perfect. I noticed that you definitely should read through the recipes completely before starting, otherwise it is much easier to make a mistake. I like that some of the places that Chris Chamberlain gathered are from, not only fancy southern restaurants, but also smaller, more casual restaurants.

       I found this to be a very interesting book to just sit down and look through. It is neat to learn about how a restaurant started, or what everyone seems to like so much about it. I think that this would be a great book for someone who is interested in learning about the food and culture in the south, and how to cook food from many famous restaurants, big or small.

        BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions that I have expressed are my own. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Lilla Rose

     This giveaway is now over. If you are interested you can visit their lilla rose website Here.

     Have you heard of Lilla Rose? Lilla Rose is a company that sells hair accessories such as headbands, bobby pins, and you-pins. But their main products are flexi-clips. They are super comfortable, and they stay in very, very well. Plus, they work well in baby fine or very thick hair.

     If you are interested, HERE is a link to a giveaway for a free item of your choice, with up to a $15 value. I enjoy my flexi-clips a lot! I hope that you enjoy them too!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pattern: Mini Bag

     Yesterday I made this bag. I love the way that it turned out! It is great for holding things that you may need in an emergency, such as bandages, a comb, and scissors, because it is small enough to fit inside a purse.

     It was very easy! Even beginning seamstresses can make this! To make one, you will need: a rectangle potholder, a large Button, 10 miniature snack ziplocks, matching thread, and whatever you will want to put in the pockets. Suggestions are: Bandages, ponytail holders, a needle and thread, scissors, a small pencil, and individual drink pack mixes. Here are a few pictures:

     You will start making the bag by laying one ziplock on the inside of the potholder, with the bottom slightly past the middle. Do not worry if the top sticks off a little. You will fix that later.

     Next, lay another ziplock on, overlapping the first one. Continue this step until you have used all ten ziplocks.

     After that, you may want to pin the ziplocks in place, so that they don't slide around. Then what you are going to do it sew a medium sized zigzag stitch across the middle, where the bags are overlapped. Tip: make sure that your bobbin thread on your sewing machine matches your potholder, because that is what will be showing on the outside. 

     This is what the stitches will look like on the inside:

     This is what the stitches will look like on the outside:

The next step is too sew the button on. This is a pretty simple step. You will sew your button on where the button holes are just below the potholder's edging. Here is a picture for an example of where to put the button, and also what it will look like with the potholder loop over it:

The last step: Fill it! you don't want to put too much in each pocket, otherwise your bag will get bulky. Just one of each item is enough; you can refill a pocket if you use what is in it. Here are a couple pictures of what my pockets look like:

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and also that you will find this bag as helpful as I do!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks by K.D. McCrite


      Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks is the second book in the Confessions of April Grace series by K.D. McCrite. This book is all about April Grace Riley and how she helps put together the church play, the new clique at school "the Lotties", her Grandma's boyfriend, and doing Algebra.

      I enjoyed reading this book and the first book, too! I got the first book, "In Front of God and Everybody" at a conference, so I was excited when I found out that I could review the second one. This is a hilarious book, because of April Grace's sense of humor with her confessions! One of my favorite parts was when April Grace accidentally leaves all of her school books at her house when she leaves for school.

      This is a great book, and it is enjoyable for both young girls and adults. I definitely recommend reading it!

BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.