FMS Photo a day!

Fat MUM Slim is doing it again with a photo a day! For more info check it here! Today’s photo: SKY! Happy New Year to all! 2015!!!!! Be Kind Be Generous Be Wonderful!

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I know this is a bit grainy, but working on “up”ing my photo skills with iphone.

Today was a momentus day as we finally took the girls to the snow!!!! They had a blast and it was only about an hour and half away!

Some highlights of the day:

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Book Review: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, 40th Anniversary Edition

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This cookbook was an ultimate pleasure to read through and use. Now mind you it does not have any pictures. Sometimes that can throw people off, but I like the fact that I have no visual expectation to live up to! It’s all about the process and then the feast!

This is all vegetarian, but I can see adding meat to various recipes where I need to as well.

Here are the table of contents: Intro, Pantry Notes, Some Useful Tools, table of Conversions, Soups, Salads, Sauces and Dips, A Few Baked Things and Sandwiches, Entrees, Desserts, Index.

There is a wide variety of recipes and tastes throughout! From a dish called Satyamma’s Famous Cauliflower Curry to HErbed Carrot Soup, Pepper and Oninon Shortcake, Lentil-Walnut Burgers and Cardamom Coffee Cake!

I made the simple Guacamole recipe, using the recommended augmentations to make is a bit more flavorful……It was gone just like that!!!!

If you already don’t know, Moosewood is a well known restaurant in Ithica, New York. From the website:  “The Moosewood Collective is a group of nineteen people who own and operate Moosewood Restaurant and write cookbooks. “Collective” is our group’s philosophical identity, not a legal term. Most of us have worked together for more than twenty years and some of us have worked together since Moosewood opened in 1973. Our membership has changed over the years, but basically we are a stable group. When all is said and done, Moosewood is a hard place to leave.”

One day I hope to travel and visit Moosewood for reals, but until then, I can enjoy their recipes right here in my own home with this staple cookbook! Hope you can find the time to try some of these out yourself! Cheers!

FTC disclaimer -I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More about the author Mollie Katzen here!

More about the book here!

Book Review: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home by From the creators of A Beautiful Mess, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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Having once met Elsie at a Los Angeles scrapbook convention, I have always admired her work. So when I found out she wrote a book with Emma Chapman, I had to check it out! Both Emma and Elsie have the blog A Beautiful Mess, that if you get a chance to look at, you will be filled with amazing creative spirit!

The book, A Beautiful Mess, Happy Handmade Home, Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful More Inspiring Space, delivers their unique style for you to pour over! It’s divided by titles of spaces in a home….living room, play spaces, outdoor spaces, etc. You will find something to create for each part of you home.

But what inspired me most about this book were the quick easy sections on hosting themes parties…I love this! For example, the chapter titled, Celebrate, Birthday Cocktail Party. This included a yummy drink recipe and then several ideas with pictures for inspiration.

I was surprised by how thick and sturdy the book was too…the pictures are all in color and the pages are thick quality, making it easy to turn to the next bit of genius!

This will be a goto book for me when getting inspiration for our house, future parties and simply creating! You will be thrilled too!

For more information on the book, check it here

To read more about the authors click here

Now get out there and create! I hope to post some finished projects here from this book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Happy Birthday to my Dad!!!!!!

Dear Dad,

Even though you are half way around the world, I am always reminded of your wise words….Be HAPPY! You have always told this to Raj and I since we were little kids…simple words, but so much meaning and so true. Thanks Dad.

I hope your day is filled with memories, time at the club and with family…and when you visit next year, we;ll have to celebrate with a couple of Margaritas…or how you call it…Maggies!!!!!! Lova!

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Book Review: Tacolicious by Sara Deseran, with Joe Hargrave, Antemelo Faria, and Mike Barrow

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In the mood for something inspiring and wonderful! Since I couldn’t make it out to San Francisco to the Tacolicious restaurant, I brought the book* home to me!

There is a wonderful mix on traditional and non-traditional mexican dishes and recipes that will have your taste buds roaring for more. Ask anyone I know, and they will tell you that I’d tell you I’m not a cook. They are true. But this book makes it look easy, and taste delicious.  By the way the recipes are well organized with gorgeous pictures and the book itself is hearty and thick!

There are various tips and anecdotes scattered throughout that will make you smarter…ok…well not smarter, but definitely keep help you impress your family and friends. I’ve already decided to go create a menu from this book for next year’s Bunco group! But I had to try a few of the recipes and went with a few of the drinks first. You could add alcohol too, but I went the route of family dinner with the girls….and since we rarely have soda in the house, this was even more of a special treat! It’s called Silas…named after the author’s oldest son. Mint leaves, lime juice, agave syrup and soda water…girls loved it. For dinner I went with their old-school taco. I know…tacos are easy…but what I enjoyed about having the recipe is home made hot sauce and spices I get to use!

If you enjoy Mexican Cuisine and want to go one step above what you may be used to, you will enjoy this book! For more info on the book click here.

Thanks for reading and Salut!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.