The Quick Six Fix Cook Book

I love cookbooks that make life simpler. A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be good and Stuart O’Keeffe does a great job illustrating that in his book The Quick Six Fix.

Stuart O’Keeffe grew up in Ireland cooking alongside his mother and learning how to make fresh home-cooked meals made with more love than labor. By working efficiently, keeping the kitchen space clean and cooking with minimal yet flavorful ingredients, Stuart believes that anyone can make great meals fast—with just six key ingredients. A professional and celebrity chef, Stuart brings his philosophy to everyone’s kitchen in his first cookbook and includes helpful tips and reminders along the way. In THE QUICK SIX FIX, Stuart begins with the pantry essentials and tools readers will need to whip up a range of tasty dishes at a moment’s notice. Teaching readers how to make smart shortcuts, like pairing key store-bought items with homemade ingredients, Stuart demonstrates how to cut kitchen time, save money, and get out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less.


Stuart believes that fewer ingredients afford higher quality. With an inventive menu and meal-planning sections filled with wholesome shareable dishes—plenty of vegetarian options too—plus more than seventy-five full color photos,  THE QUICK SIX FIX is the must-have tool for creating easy-to-make, great-tasting dishes that are sure to wow the ones we love.

Preparing a meal doesn’t need to be difficult or require a lot of time, celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe insists. If you work efficiently while keeping your space clean and cook with minimal yet flavorful ingredients, you can get a great meal from stove to table fast. In The Quick Six Fix, he offers dozens of delicious recipes for breakfast, salads, soups, pasta, fish, chicken, pork, beef, sides, and desserts that will get you in and out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less. Each requires no more than 6 key ingredients, 6 minutes of prep work, and 6 minutes of clean up.

Chef Stuart begins with the pantry essentials and tools you’ll need to whip up a diverse range of amazing dishes at a moment’s notice, such as his tasty culinary school favorites, Moules Frites and Pistachio Basil Buttered Crispy Salmon. Indulge in delights that pay homage to his native Ireland, including Bangers with a Melted Leek Mash and Cranberry Compote, Sweet Berries “Yorkshire Pudding,” and an Easter dinner favorite, Mustard Crusted Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw. And savor delights like Mexican Street Corn and the “LA” Cheeseburger influenced by his adopted California home.

Cook Book: Lose Weight By Eating By Audrey Johns Get Two Thumbs Up


I’ve been working on my eating because I needed to lose weight badly. I still have at least 10 pounds to go and if I’m really good 20 more pounds would put me at my favorite size. I’ve already lose 15 pounds and it wasn’t by exercising and fasting it was by changing the way I eat. That’s it! I’m sure that if I started exercising in addition to eating right I would lose more, but I’m ok taking it off slowly.

Audrey Johns lost 150 pounds in 11 months by changing the way she ate. At 275 pounds, Audrey Johns was unhealthy and unhappy—until the day she vowed to give up the “fake food”—frozen “diet” meals, low-cal sodas, quick-to-make boxed foods—and taught herself to cook her favorites from scratch. In less than a year, Audrey mastered the kitchen and lost more than 150 pounds (more than half her body weight), going from a size 24 to a size 4—all while pinching pennies. Now Audrey shares her story, insights, and clean-eating recipes to help you slim down. Lose Weight by Eating includes more than 130 mouth-watering recipes for family favorites, including pasta, scones, nachos, meat loaf, and cookies—all bursting with flavor but with fewer than 500 calories per meal. Most recipes use simple and inexpensive Smart Swaps and are full of hidden vegetables that keep you feeling fuller longer, and all are picky-kid-friendly and spouse-approved.

Imagine losing 8 to 16 pounds the first week and 15 to 25 pounds a month eating skinny pizzas with only 125 calories per slice or 150-calorie cheesecake! Enjoy these delights and more:

• “Jelly Doughnut” French Toast • California Club Pizza • Veggie-Packed Lasagna

• Cheddar-Stuffed Turkey Burgers • Steak Fajitas • Skinny Watermelon Margaritas

• Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip with Fruit • Skinny Cheesecake with Raspberry Drizzle

Nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring, expensive, and difficult to make. Lose Weight by Eating is easy to follow because there are no rules, only goals you set for yourself. Complete with a handy six-week meal plan to keep you motivated, Lose Weight by Eating gives you the support and kitchen confidence you need to change your life, your body, and your health.

We’ve tried some of the recipes already and they were amazing. I can’t wait to try even more of them.

Meal Planning is a Snap With Meals in a Jar


Samples provided for review

Real talk: living with a chronic illness, most of the time I am too exhausted to eat healthy. However, dinner consisting of a spoonful of peanut butter and a bag of microwave popcorn – while convenient – do not leave one feeling great, either physically or emotionally.

Enter 150 Meals in a Jar. These recipes are aesthetically pleasing – like looking into a swirling kaleidoscope of color and texture – as well as easy to make, eat, and clean. It’s much easier to prep a suite of food for the week, if you have meals that are easy to multiply and interesting enough to be eaten several days in a row.

Below is a sample recipe for 3 Tomato Pasta Salad with Pesto. It’s easy enough to make when you have no energy, but tasty enough to be something you’ll want to eat again tomorrow. Buy 150 Meals in a Jar online, through the Robert Rose catalog!

Three Tomato Pasta Salad


4 cups salted water 1 L
1⁄2 cup dried penne pasta 125 mL
2 tbsp pesto 30 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced red cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced orange cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced yellow cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup microgreens (see Tips) 125 mL
1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 60 mL


Prep 1-quart (1 L) jar
In a medium pot, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and boil, stirring occasionally, for 9 minutes or until firm to the bite. Drain, transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
Add pesto to the cooled pasta and toss to coat.
Layer pasta mixture, red tomatoes, orange tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, microgreens and Parmesan in jar. Seal jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, turn jar upside down in a bowl. Makes 1 serving.

All in With Alliums With Cookbooks From Ryland Peters & Small

Garlic and tea

Samples provided for review

Any time I had a hint of the sniffles growing up, my mother made me eat a clove of raw garlic. It was a test of endurance at the time, but now I find myself reaching for sweet, sweet alliums whenever I start to feel under the weather – or whenever I want to perk up a meal. Dips, meats, mains: my heart is wide open to the possibilities of garlic, onions, chives, and leeks.

When I came across these beautiful cookbooks from Ryland Peters & Small, I was enchanted: a beautiful book of afternoon tea snacks, and a cookbook devoted to my favorite spice? Sign me up!

Afternoon Tea at Home is stunningly colorful, and covers tea staples and modern twists. Full of beautiful photographs, it will have you craving cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon, and jewel-bright macarons in minutes. Its forte is baked goods: entrancingly tiny, perfectly decorated cakes and sweets. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

However, my heart belongs to Garlic. Full of facts, nutritional information, and details about garlic’s use through time and cultures, this book will have you making a shopping list and creating a garlic-focused meal plan. Below’s the result of an hour reading Garlic: an all-garlic dinner of garlic roast potatoes, garlic and red pepper greens, and garlic-marinated steak.

Garlic dinner

As you can see, the potatoes had whole, unpeeled garlic cloves – not something I would have thought to do, but roasting the potatoes at a lower heat with whole garlic made the garlic mellower. Thanks, Garlic!

Garlic potatoes

Both cookbooks can be ordered online through the Ryland Peters & Small catalogue. I recommend you check them out!

Dinner’s a Snap with Sheet Pan Paleo

Sheet Pan Paleo

Sample provided for review

 As someone grappling with an autoimmune disease, figuring out what to eat can be a source of considerable stress. What can I eat? Where can I find the ingredients? How long will it take to prepare?

Some people with autoimmune conditions have seen good results by switching to a Paleo diet, which focuses on fruits, vegetables, and meat – no grains or legumes. For people who are looking to eat Paleo – or try it out – a very easy stepping stone is the Sheet Pan Paleo cook book.

Now, I love a fancy supper. Inviting over tons of friends, cooking for hours, bringing out unusual servingware: all of these delight me. However, when I’m just cooking for myself, I’m looking for something that takes as little effort as possible. Sheet Pan Paleo has you covered, while being delicious and nutritionally conscious.

Each of these recipes have ingredients that are easily accessible, are easy to prepare, and require little more than some chopping, maybe some pan frying, but otherwise most of the work is done by your oven and clever flavor combinations. Easy to make, easy to clean, and delicious to eat!

These recipes are not low fat – in fat, they strive to contain as many healthy fats as possible! By eating less, but more nutritionally dense food, the Sheet Pan Paleo cookbook reimagines healthy dinners. It’s an interesting read for people looking to change their eating habits. I recommend giving it a try!

Wylde Scott’s Seaside Children’s Book

I accepted this book so that my son can read it. I’m always looking for adventures for him to read that have boys as the main character. Plus they have to be a bit different because at the moment he will only read Minecraft books. He kind of snubbed his nose up at this book but then I read the back cover to him and he seemed to be a little more interested, but still being the boy he isn’t letting on to me. Seaside is a Gold Award winner of the Mom’s Choice Awards.


Every boy in Seaside wants to be one of Blackbeard’s Boys. From the time ten year-old Robert Grace O’Malley could hold his very first fishing pole, it was all he thought about. Every captain of every ship for generations had been one, and he would do anything to prove he belonged. Bobby sets off to complete a set of challenges put forth by Mario, the cruel leader of Blackbeard’s boys, who seems intent on keeping him out.

Bobby dreams of being just like his idol, Antonio Bonicelli, the most feared and respected captain in the village. Boncelli has faced the worst of the sea and captured just about every beast imaginable, except for one, the giant octopus.

Things in Seaside take on a dramatic turn when Bonicelli finally captures the giant octopus he has spent a lifetime searching for. Unknown to the great fisherman, the octopus he has captured is female, and the mother of a curious young octopus named Walter.   When Walter goes in search of his mother he meets Bobby, and their two paths are forever crossed. Bobby must choose between helping his new friend and the life he had already planned out before him. 

In Seaside, Wylde Scott takes you on an exciting voyage through a fairy-tale fishing village and a pivotal moment in the life of two unexpected friends. An adventurous story perfect for young readers graduating into their first novels or parents reading their little ones to sleep, it’s a book that’s bound to be a staple in every family’s library for years to come.


Wylde Scott is a Traveler, Storyteller, and Champion of children’s imagination whose goal is to entertain and inspire children to follow their dreams and explore their imaginations. He is the author of the picture book The Possible Police and Seaside.

Don’t Tell Her to Relax: 22 Ways to Support Your Infertile Loved One Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond.

Samples received.


Over 14 million American women are either unable to bear children, or are using some type of fertility treatment to assist in their efforts to have children. While these statistics illustrate the pervasive issue of infertility in the United States, they do not begin to illustrate the emotional toll that infertility produces: feelings of social isolation, depression, and frustration. Worse yet, family members and friends of those struggling with infertility oftentimes don’t know how to help, or what they can say to try and comfort and support their loved one.  

To try and help those struggling with infertility and the people who love and support them, former lawyer Zahie El Kouri wrote the new book, Don’t Tell Her to Relax: 22 Ways to Support Your Infertile Loved One Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond. Based on her own painful experiences, El Kouri teaches readers how to be supportive with women dealing with fertility issues without being intrusive or offensive.  Written in a compassionate and friendly tone, this new book is the ultimate guide for family members and friends who wish to help and emotionally support a loved one cope with the stress and frustration of infertility.

Designed as a tool to open the conversation between the person who is going through infertility and the person who wants to help, Don’t Tell Her to Relax also touches on:

·      Common Causes and Diagnosis: Common causes of infertility and different types of diagnostic procedures

·      Treatments and Costs: Various fertility treatments such as IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization) as well as the financial costs associated with each

·      Hormones: The volatility of emotions that fertility hormones can produce in your loved one and how to handle them

·      Emotional Support Simple tips to help your loved one minimize stress and focus on the future

·      Building a Family: All of the ways possible to build your own family including: surrogacy, gestational carriers, embryo adoption, and traditional adoption

·      And much more!

“There was a long period in my life during which I was simultaneously trying to get pregnant, exploring adoption, and trying to imagine a life without children. During those years, there was a part of me that wanted to retreat, because it was so hard to explain how I was feeling to people who weren’t struggling with the same issues,” says El Kouri. “At that time, I remember wishing that there was a manual I could hand to them, with step-by-step guidelines for what to say and what not to say to help me through a difficult time. When I finally did have a child, I didn’t forget that need. I wrote this book to bridge the gap between those going through infertility and their loved ones.”

Read Up On Your Health With Books From Robert Rose Publishing

Health Books

Samples provided for review. This post is not intended as medical advice; always consult with your doctor.

Managing health problems can be completely overwhelming – not only is it costly, but trying to find a doctor who meets your needs and communicates what you need to know to manage your conditions can be absolutely exhausting.

Fortunately, Robert Rose publishers has new tools for your toolkit. Though their books span a variety of topics in health and cooking, their strong suit is cookbooks and health guides designed for conditions that have few resources available to a layman, like thyroid diseases and leaky gut syndrome.




Reading through the books, I found that they offered good introductions for people newly diagnosed, along with practical advice, meal plans, and recipes specifically for your health needs. The thyroid book offered recipes rich in B vitamins, selenium, and probiotics, while minimizing gluten – all vital nutritional shifts for people with hypothyroidism.

Here’s a lovely example recipe that is healthy and gluten free:

Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Courtesy of The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Makes 6 main-course servings

1 whole chicken (about 3 lbs/1.5 kg), cut into pieces 1
1 onion, coarsely chopped 1
2 carrots, peeled and diced 2
2 stalks celery, diced 2
4 sprigs parsley 4
1 clove garlic 1
1 bay leaf 1
1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
1⁄2 tsp cracked black peppercorns 2 mL
12 cups water 3 L
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
2 large leeks, white part only, cleaned and sliced 2
2 cloves garlic, minced 2
2 tbsp minced gingerroot 30 mL
1 cup brown and wild rice mixture, rinsed and drained 250 mL


1. In a stockpot, combine chicken, onion, carrots, celery, parsley, whole garlic, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Using a slotted spoon, skim off foam. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until chicken is falling off the bone, about 11⁄2 hours. Drain, reserving chicken and liquid separately. Let cool. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, discarding skin and bones. Skim off fat from the stock (see Tip, left).
2. Measure 2 cups (500 mL) of chicken and set aside in the refrigerator. (Refrigerate remainder for other uses, see Tip, left.) In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add rice and toss to coat. Add reserved stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until rice is quite tender, about 1 hour. Add reserved chicken. Cover and simmer until chicken is heated through, about 15 minutes.

While I wouldn’t recommend using these books as your sole point of reference – the thyroid book recommended soy in a few recipes, for example, which some think interferes with thyroid function – I think they’re straightforward starting points for what can be a lengthy, difficult, and confusing process. Your health is always worth it. Here’s to investing in yourself!

Learn more:

Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook: 281 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes
by Camilla Saulsbury

The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide: Improve Everything from Autoimmune Conditions to Eczema by Healing Your Gut by Dr Makoto Trotter & Doug Cook

The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide: Understanding and Managing Thyroid Disease by Dr Nikolas Hedberg & Danielle Cook

The Essential Guide to Women’s Herbal Medicine by Dr Cyndi Gilbert

Cover Your Children In the Entertainment Industry

Yes I’m letting my kids enter the entertainment industry and have learned a lot. I continue to learn new things and continue to seek out more information. I was offered “Cover Your Children In The Entertainment Industry” to review and I said yes because I wanted to read another mother’s opinion. Jackie Elam has a Christian perspective on keeping her children safe which I really enjoyed.


Cover Your Child in the Entertainment Industry is a revealing, informative, enlightening and instructive book from the first-person experiences of author, Jackie Elam whose two sons have been in motion pictures, television, modeling and commercials since infancy. Her new book addresses the questions from parents who already have children in entertainment world or parents who are seeking information about getting their child into showbiz. Jackie s new book shares with you her experience and knowledge of how to keep your child safe and happy while forging a career in film industry. Whether your child is already in modeling, motion pictures, television, beauty contest or hopes to be, this book will help guide your steps and lead you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the Industry.

The only thing I didn’t really agree with is her perspective on using social media, I do believe in keeping your kids safe on-line but so many people are using social media. Other than that it’s full of really great information on how to keep your child safe. The number one rule is to get educated and never leave your child unattended.

I’m always on set with my kids, in some cases I’m in the background and have become an “extra”. I’ve heard and now read some really crazy stories, things to happen and you being there and knowing what you ARE allowed to do will help keep them safe and sane. I used to be worried about being a “crazy set mom” but now I know what I am allowed to do.

The Zodiac Legacy #ZodiacLegacy

Zoe is reading THE ZODIAC LEGACY: CONVERGENCEa new Disney middle-grade illustrated novel from Stan Lee, the legend behind the Marvel comics universe.

And she Loves it. Book 2 is available for pre-order.



Twelve magical superpowers, One sinister conspiracy, One unlikely hero.

Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure!

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.


Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is also the Chairman & Chief Creative officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA.

Stuart Moore has been a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor. His recent writing includes Civil War, the first in a new line of prose novels from Marvel Comics, The Art of Iron Man 3 (Marvel, with Marie Javins); and THE 99, a multicultural super hero comic from Teshkeel.

Andie Tong has worked on titles for various franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children’s picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and daughter.


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