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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr - A Random House Book Review

I have begun to really enjoy a more natural diet (with a McDonald's visit down to only twice a month), and while I still don't fully enjoy cooking, (or cleaning up), I do enjoy trying new recipes.  I also enjoy gardening and preserving, so my herb garden fulfills all my fun hobbies.  So choosing my next book to review for Blogging For Books was fairly easy...
The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is published by Random House and is a HUGH and BEAUTIFUL reference book on most every herb you can find growing in The United States.  The good, the bad, and the "ugly". lol
The first section of this book explains how to recognize, grow, harvest, and preserve different types of herbs, then the major portion of the book lists ALL the herbs in alphabetical order, so if you are wondering about what herbs to grow for your needs, you can find all the information here.
 And the photos are absolutely gorgeous!!!
This is definitely a coffee table book that will be used often in real life, not just moved around and dusted.

STEPHEN ORR is the author of Tomorrow’s Garden and the former Editorial Director for Gardening for Martha Stewart Living. Previously he was the garden editor for House & Garden magazine and has written extensively for Domino, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has been a regularly featured gardening expert on The CBS Early Show and Today, and lectures at garden clubs around the country. Orr writes about extraordinary gardens on his blog, What the Skies Were Like.

This only thing I would have loved that was missing from this book is a section of recipes.  Fresh herbs just make your food explode with flavor, but since I'm not a "chef" I am not always sure what herbs to use when I cook.  Other than that I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a tastier and healthier lifestyle.
Tell me, do you use fresh herbs? Or store bought dried herbs?
Be blessed,

 "I received this free book from Blogging for Books for this review,
 and the opinion is my own."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hannah's Homeschool Teen Christmas Party

This past Friday, our teen group got together for a Christmas Party. 
It was wonderful.
Hannah's new "do".  She wants to be a hairdresser, and will spend literally hours in the bathroom fixing her hair. lol
Here's a few pictures of the teens getting to know each other.  The wonderful man in the Santa hat was our game controller, and he did a great job. 

Next came a break for some more visiting, and eating. 

Then back to some games, very challenging.  Plus the kids were learning at the same time.  (shhh, don't tell them that) 

Next came the gift exchange.  And the silly Santa game.  No names were on the gifts, and stealing was encouraged. lol 

After all the gifts were distributed, it was time for one last game, the left/right game.  Santa read the nativity story and every time he said left or right, the gifts were passed.  So no one actually went home with the gifts they started with.  It was fast, and funny. 

Now the group shot.
A really great group of kids, no-one felt left out and everyone had a great time. 
And I want to give a special thank you to Charles and Judy Blow who handled all the food, and Michelle and Roger LaFlamme, the game masters. 
The kids (and us adults) are already looking forward to our Valentines Day party.

Be blessed,


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