Thursday, October 21, 2021

Review ~ Amish Friends Baking Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Barbour Books, August 31st 2021
224 Pages

Delightful Baked Goods from Dozens of Amish Kitchens 
Fresh-baked buns or cookies waiting for a child’s after-school snack is a delight many of us remember from our own mothers’ and grandmothers’ kitchens. You can now share the joy of baking for and with your own family through dozens of recipes provided by Amish bakers. Ideas for breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, and more will keep you busy taste testing and sharing all the goodies. Also included are step-by-step instructions, baking tips, and anecdotes from Amish bakers. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home bakers of all ages will be delighted to add this cookbook to their collections.
This is a must-have cookbook for anyone with a soft spot for baked goods, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter.


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My Review 5 STARS

If you’ve never bought one of Brunstetter’s Amish cookbooks, you are missing out on some delicious recipes!! Grab a good sturdy wooden spoon and get ready to make some of the tastiest baked goods you can imagine.

One of my favorite recipes is Baked Oatmeal. It can be as simple as the printed recipe in the book or you can jazz it up with fresh fruit. Our favorite way to enjoy it is with fresh Blueberries either placed into the bottom of the pan before pouring the oatmeal mixture over top, or tossing a few plump ones on top of the finished product! MmmMmm!!!

I plan on trying my hand at several more recipes, especially the White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake since that is my all-time favorite flavor of Cheesecake! It actually looks fairly easy to make. I was surprised that the baker recommends using a handheld mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth but hey, I’m all for electricity! LOL

I received a copy of this beautifully presented cookbook from the publisher with no expectation of a review.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rebecca Reviews ~ A View Most Glorious (American Wonders, #3) by Regina Scott

Paperback368 pages
Published October 5th 2021 by Revell

Headstrong Coraline Baxter has worked all her life to be more than the spoiled socialite others expect. When her fellow suffragettes in Tacoma, Washington, suggest that she should climb to the top of Mount Rainier to prove that a woman can do anything, she instantly resolves to do it. And if she can climb Mount Rainier, her mother promises to stop pressuring her to get married to the wealthy Cash Kincaid. All Cora needs is a guide to get her to the top of the mountain.

Nathan Hardee may look like a mountain man, but he once ruled the halls of high society. He left all that behind after his father broke under financial pressure from Kincaid. To best Kincaid now, Nathan agrees to guide Cora up the mountain.

Climbing Rainier will require all of Cora's strength and will lead her and Nathan to rediscover their faith in God and humanity. These two loners make unlikely partners in righting a wrong and may just discover that only together is the view most glorious.


Rebecca's Review 3.5 STARS 

"You'll find that I have plenty of stamina and determination .. . . But I can assure you that I have never been good at obeying. You'll simply have to accustom yourself to the fact."

Determination rolled off the lovely Coraline Baxter like waves upon a seashore, or perhaps a better comparison would be . . . . like a waterfall down a canyon. She had certainly made up her mind to represent womanhood in general by climbing Mount Rainier (or Tacoma as some would call it), reaching its summit, and thereby declaring a victory for the women's suffrage movement. But there was another less public reason, escaping matrimony. How in the world had Nathan Hardee gotten himself mixed up in a situation like this?

Such an easy and enjoyable story to read; even if, and especially when, the characters' exploits hit rocky, icy, stumbling blocks, for the readers' steady pace isn't deterred in the least. Watching Cora and Nathan re-calibrate their life callings was most certainly a "view most glorious".

"Cora Baxter isn't a mineral claim . .. . . She has a future and plans of her own." "And that's good, . . . She'll encourage you to have plans too, push you forward, so you can become the man you were meant to be."

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.