Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations

Let me start by saying that I don't have any issues with grains...they get along just fine with my digestion system.

HOWEVER I have a number of friends and family members who are not so friendly terms with grains and so I selected Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker to review for you all.


Like all good cookbooks there are beautiful pictures, and that is the first thing I look for.  I want to know what the author expected some of these recipes to look like (then next I scan ingredient lists to make sure there aren't too many OUT there ingredients).

Danielle's recipes are easy to follow and put together and contain items you can find in just about any grocery store.

She's got you covered for all the celebrations you could possibly want to host, or attend.

You can stylishly present gluten-free and dairy-free dishes that happen to be paleo too (it checks off so many boxes).

Your mouth will water when you see the photos but when you taste it...OH so delicious!

I do want to disclose that I was provided a copy of this book for review through Blogging for Books.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: The Full Catastrophe Travels Among the New Greek Ruins


James Angelos has crafted a witty and eye opening account of the Greek economic crisis.  He doesn't hold back with his opinions and was able to get many of the Greek citizens to share with him some of their "tricks" for not paying taxes.

It astounded me that amount of corruption and cheating that took/takes place.  The mindset of the people is that the government should give to them not them to the government...but they seem to miss the does the government get money if not from the people?

You can't afford social programs, health care, education, etc without the support of taxes from the people.

The amount of ruin that the Greeks suffered is really mind blowing.

James does a great job of explaining everything and not bogging you down in is written easily enough for anyone to read and enjoy.

Prior to this book I didn't understand at all why the Greek government was in such a terrible state and why the government was collapsing.

This isn't a book you take to the beach but it is a great book to during the cold winter while cuddled up under a blanket with some hot chocolate/tea/coffee/golden milk (whatever your preference is).

I do need to mention that I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Year to Forty

On October 3rd of this year I will be entering the last year of my 30's...I'll be

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The number doesn't scare me in the least but it did make me reflect on some things that I might like to do that would make me a healthier and more well rounded person.

I had a fleeting thought that I would like to spend the year doing 30 day 12 challenges over the course of the year.  But then I was immediately stymied by wondering what to do for each month.

I knew a few things I wanted to do such as meditate for 10 minutes everyday and run a 5k everyday for a month...but then the ideas dried up.

So I turned to the almighty Pinterest.

Most of the challenge ideas they had were exercise related...and whereas I would like to get into better shape again...I didn't want to spend the entire year working out.

I was able to find these two blog posts with 100 ideas each and from there I narrowed it down to the 12 I wanted to complete.

Post #1

Post #2

The twelve I decided on, and in order that I will be completing them are:

October 2016: Sell/donate 1 item everyday
November 2016: 100 push-ups, 100 crunches, and 100 squats
December 2016: Take a photo a day of something that makes me happy
January 2017: Send a card a day to a friend
February 2017: Play a game with the family everyday
March 2017: Do an act of kindness everyday
April 2017:Spend the month learning Italian
May 2017: Average a 5k everyday
June 2017: Go Vegan
July 2017: Meditate 10 minutes everyday
August 2017: Drink fresh juice every morning
September 2017: Make a new recipe everyday

I've also decided to start a new blog to chronicle the come join me at The Challenge to Forty.