a book review’ the cottage kitchen’

9780451495761.jpeg‘The Cottage Kitchen’ by Marte Marie Forsberg is a charming cookbook. I love the whole English countryside idea and the food and the adorable cottages.

There are lots of good pictures of the recipes and good stories too.

I also like the recipes divided into seasons. I loved this cookbook and look forward to making many of the recipes.

This would make a lovely gift for any level of chef or home cook.

This book was given to me by bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review.

Friday Things

It is another beautiful fall day here in Northern California. There is nowhere else I’d like to live except the coast. But not really, I need mountains and such.  Next week brings rain so it’ll change as it should. Nothing stays the same.

Today, I’ve been puttering around. I made a vegan banana bread. It’s from the blogger Sadia at ‘Pick up Limes’.  It is one of the best banana breads I’ve ever made. She has very beautiful food photos and her recipes are really quite delicious. All vegan.

Then I tidied around the house, and I’m finishing 2 loads of laundry as I had enough to do a small load of white.  As a minimalist, I find it much simpler to do one load a day and a few times a week a second. Fly lady is where I originally got the idea but it’s around a lot of other blogs.

I dusted around the house and watered my plant friends.  Not much decluttering although I did put a few pairs of earrings in a bag for Goodwill.  I’m up to 700 items in October. As I said lots of small things, but they do add up.

At the recommendation of a fellow blogger, I read’ My year of no clutter’. It’s an interesting book which focuses on her hoarding tendencies and anxieties. But I gleaned a lot from the book and would recommend it.

Right now I’m reading from the library, ‘unstuffed’.  I was going to buy this off amazon but it seemed to indicate some Christian things in it so I didn’t. So far I haven’t seen much in that way except a bible verse.  If a book starts including the Christian stuff especially related to minimalism, I quickly close the book.  It may all be fine and good for them to think Jesus was a minimalist, and yes I’m  pretty sure in 20BC there weren’t any Walmarts around so, yeah, not owning much there.  Not to be judgmental, but it is all relative and one does need to think about these things. Anyhoo, so far I live her ideas and it’s a good read.

 

UPDATE:  The book becomes a little more and more evangelical as it nears the end.  by the last chapter she’s really trying to tell us that only by turning to God can we find Grace. Because He is perfect.  And we are not. So that will help your decluttering journey.

Well, as an atheist, and someone who was a Quaker and a Buddhist previously, I can say with some certainty for me ,There is NO God.   Is he up on a cloud somewhere?  Is he in another dimension? For me, living a life of balance and simplicity is about being here in this life and living it fully and wholly.

Well, my sister will arrive in Sacramento tomorrow and we’ll see her Sunday. Should be a nice day although not as warm as today.

Friday things

I went and helped set up books for the bake and book sale tomorrow.  Then I left to take my son to pick up his Subaru that had some sort of oil leak but it was covered by the warranty we got when we paid for the engine to be rebuilt.

Then I went to the store and picked up cream, cat food, wine and a few other essentials for the weekend.

Tomorrow I am going over to the book sale early to help out and then leaving around 10 or so since we’re driving up to Chico so B can pick up his motorcycle. It’ll be a long day but I’ll get thru it. He’s been set on a Triumph which is what he had in college. Then reconsidered and found a brand new Honda Rebel. It’s a smaller motorcycle and that may be a good thing.  It won’t hold resale the same as a Triumph, but that’s not why he’s buying it.  This money comes from the many bonuses he has had over the years that usually has gone to bills. So it’s his turn.

 

Speaking of budgets, things are okay. The bills are getting paid but we’re still not putting away money above and beyond the 401 k that is taken out automatically.  In the next 2 months we have property tax and house insurance so 2 really big annual bills. Sigh… I really hope we get a handle on this as retirement looms out there.  But I am optimistic we will have it sorted as we go into those years.  We have to get rid of the car payment and that will free up some money.  But he gets a reimbursement for the car so it’s a double edge sword.  Still, I hope by mid-year next year the Santa Fe is paid and then we can look at the last car loan for him in these last 3 years.

I am trying very hard to be as frugal as I can and only buying essentials.  Even so, things do come up.

Dinner is Friday night pizza.

 

‘The Four Tendencies’ by Gretchen Ruben

I just went thru this book and I have to say it is just not my thing. It’s kinda pseudo-psychology from a lay- person perspective with all kinds of labels and personality descriptions.

I’m sorry, but this book just isn’t interesting at all.

I’m sure she means well in describing these personality types but personally, it just feels like labels and categorizing personality traits.

I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to label yourself and somehow that would help you understand yourself. I have read her other books and did enjoy them especially ‘The Happiness Project’.

Martha Stewart’s SLOW COOKER

SLow Cooker is 110 recipes from the Martha Stewart test kitchens.

There are some classic recipes like beef stew Sicilian style, plus meatloaf, which I’d like to try.

I make many dishes in my crockpot especially all of my beans, black, pinto, lentils etc. But I like the many variations that this cookbook offers.  There are many vegetarian recipes too. Overall, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a Martha Stewart cookbook.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest opinion.

‘the life-changing manga of tidying up’

-This is a very clever book about the ideas in marie kondo’s ‘the life-changing magic of tidying up’.

It’s a graphic novel which depicts the story of a young professional woman who is very untidy. It’s a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed how it went thru the same things in the original book but as a storyline.

I’d give this book a 5-star rating! Lots of fun to read and the illustrations are great.

I received this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review.