Monday, October 31, 2016

Homemade Pantry By Alana Chernila

Homemade Pantry
101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making
By Alana Chernila

The title of this book intrigued me. I personally love making items from scratch and I know I'm not alone on that. Obviously, or there wouldn't be a book about it! But really I'm speaking about you, dear reader. So I  read and wrote this review with you in mind.

First of all, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. That doesn't mean it's bad. It's just not what I was expecting. I was thinking the recipes would be more in line with scratch cooking like Ma Ingalls would have done but in reality it's modern food scratch cooking. There's recipes for chicken nuggets, fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, and marshmallows just to give you an idea of what I mean. If you eat convience foods it is well worth your time to cook those items from scratch. They would no longer be convient foods as genuine cooking takes time but the gain of health benefits and the lack of erasing something well known and loved from your diet is worth the sacrifice of time.

Finish reading the rest of my review over at my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf.

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack

The Art and Science of Grazing
How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems
By Sarah Flack

The Art and Science of Grazing is an amazing resource for information on grazing your livestock. Sarah has shared knowledge on sustainably grazing sheep, cows, and goats. When you read the book you began to realize just how much work a farmer has. Even if you only have two dairy aninals you'll soon learn that the amount of work put into sustainable agriculture is not on the little side. The benefits of such hard work pays off in the end. Your pasture will flourish, your livestock will be healthier making you healthier, the ecosystem will praise you, and your pocket will thank you. Good grazing cuts down on the cost of feed meaning your livestock will be able to forage for more of their food. Whereas in a system that doesn't encourage good grazing practices your livestock won't be able to forage as much which in turn will cost you more money in purchasing  supplemental feed. Sarah devotes a page to discussing supplemental feed in Part Three Chapter Seven of her book. She also provides a worksheet in  Appendix A to furthur aid the reader in this area.

Click on over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading my review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who Pooped in Central Park? Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson

Who Pooped in Central Park
Scat and Tracks for Kids
By Gary Robson

Learning to identify an animal by their scat and tracks helps one connect with nature. Reading through Who Pooped in Central Park you realize that even in the busy city of New York  there's lots of wildlife to be found. In this adventure, Emma, Jackson, Lily, and Tony take a stroll through the park meeting different folks, each who passes a bit of  knowledge on to them. The first person they meet is Lawton. Lawton teaches the kids about rats. Off to the side, in The Straight Poop box (a box that shares random information pertaining to the story) Gary encourages the reader to clean up after themself by throwing trash away and reminds young readers to never approach a rat despite how friendly it may appear. Back to Lawton, so Lawton teaches the kids to identify rats and then a muskrat is spotted. Lawton enlightens us that a muskrat isn't a rat despite the word rat being used in it's name. The kiddos wander away from Lawton and head on their way. They discover many other interesting animals along the way, of course,  identifying them by their scat and tracks.

Click on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading my review.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Born Wild In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park by Henry Holdsworth

Born Wild in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
By Henry Holdsworth

If you are a national park animal lover than this book is for you!!!!   The photography is absolutely beautiful! Henry has captured some of God's most beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Not only does he capture the animal but he also highlights what is going on around the animal at the time which makes you feel as if you are there. With his skills he captures the reflection of the evening light on the water as the trumpeter swan family swims, the speed of two elk calves as they get out of dodge fast, the steam rising from the Yellowstone River as mama and baby bison cross (don't put a bison in your car y'all!),and in my favorite picture Henry takes a beautiful shot of a moose calf in a November blizzard. Now this picture is my favorite because Henry actually catches ths blur of the blizzard!!! Last year, when my family and I relocated to MT, was the first year for me to experience an actual winter. In TX, we'd get maybe a month of winter, a mild one at that, and if we got lucky we'd get an inch of snow that would cause schools to shut down and everybody to wreck in the ditch. Totally different world up here! Last year, TX got maybe three days of winter. Seriously, my friend gardened pretty much year round!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Acres & A Dream The Book by Leigh Tate

5 Acres & A Dream The Book
The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead
By Leigh Tate
(Doesn't that cover just make your heart stop!!! Loads of eye goodies!)

Have you ever read a book that encouraged and inspired you so much that it was pretty much impossible to put it down? Well Leigh's book, 5 Acres & A Dream, was that kind of book for me. I read it in one weekend. Seriously! I'm the kind of the gal who takes the opportunity to read whenever it is presented no matter how small.
It's time to brown meat, let me read this while staring my meat.
Car ride?! Hold on let me grab my book! I call shotgun!!! But mom you always get shotgun!!!!
Kids staring at the wall? Time for chapter 3!!! OK, I'm not really  that bad all the time. 
But seriously, y'all, I devoured the book!!!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Home Economics: You CAN Sew! By Modesty Matters

Home Economics: You CAN Sew!!!

Modesty Matters has put out an excellent sewing curriculum! They also have a quilting one! How exciting is that!

Their curriculum is designed to teach you sewing fron start to finish. If you are brand new to sewing or a struggling seamstress than this is the thing for you! Regardless of whether you are a visual learner or not you'll benefit! The curriculum comesin a spiral bound book with the lessons and excersices wrote out in text. At the back is your DVD set and your project CD. I encourage you to both read the text and watch the video to not only reinforce what you read but also because some things are only mentioned in one or the other (not major things).

 You are taught the basics such as sewing machine parts, threading your sewing machine, and operating it. Alongside these lessons is homework that is aimed to help you remember what you have learned. From here you go on ti learn the difference in fabrics, the difference in threads, coordinating colors, the importance of ironing, how to pin and cut a pattern, and finally sewing that pattern. Now of course I did NOT list everything you'll learn. By the time you complete all the lessons you'll have sewn three projects alongside your virtual teacher.  I can guarantee with this course you'll be confident behind your machine and will be wearing your own handmade dress before you know it!

Sewing is a lost skill that  can not afford to be forgotten. Modest clothing is getting harder and harder to find. While handmade items are not necessarily cheaper they are, depending on the seamstress, more modest, more feminine, and more unique than what the world has to offer.

If you are a homemaker or have a little homemaker in the making, that desires to learn the art of sewing, I could not recommend a better teacher than Modest Matters.

I recieved a course in exchange for an HONEST review.

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kid
His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and thought Experiments 
By Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein is an interesting fellow. He had a decent childhood being raised by both his mother and father. Einstein's thought experiments were influenced by a book that a friend of the family, Talmud, had given him. Talmud would bring books to Albert on a weekly basis. Albert would devour these books and discuss them with Talmud. Eventually his mathematical genius was to high for the medical student, Talmud, to keep up with. This was the oush that got Einstein started on his adventure so to speak.

Click on over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading the rest of my review.