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The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook

Title: The Complete Convection Oven Cookbook
Author: Robin Donovan
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-93975-474-5

“These dishes utilize convection cooking to its full advantage to produce not just fast meals, not just healthy meals, but mouth-wateringly delicious meals your friends and family will love,” Robin Donovan writes in the introduction of her book, The Complete Convection Oven Cookbooks: Essential Recipes and Easy Cooking Techniques for Any Convection Oven.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets those who are interested in cooking with a convectional, not conventional, oven. After an introduction, the book is divided into ten sections that contain over seventy-five recipes, followed by listings of pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, and recipe and topical indexes.

The first chapter explains what a convection oven is, the different types, and how to use and cook with it successfully, and the next chapter has four pages of cooking charts plus how to adapt regular recipes to convection heating. The remaining eight sections have recipes that are divided into appetizers and snacks, vegetables, fish and seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, and pork, breads, and cakes, cookies, and desserts.

Each recipe includes the type of convection to use, oven temperature, and setting under its title, followed by a short descriptive paragraph. The ingredients are on the outside of the page in using order, followed by the serving size, preparation time, cooking time, and if it is can be made in under thirty minutes or is vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Numbered instructions are on the inside of the page. Several have added tips.

~ Why ~
When we remodeled our kitchen, the only available downdraft oven we could use included convection, which I never used until my daughter-in-law insisted we cook a holiday turkey in it. From that day forward, I have become a convection cooking addict. I like that there are varied recipes in this book, ranging from simple to complex.

Some of the notable recipes are Baby Dutch Babies with Fruit & Whip Cream, Bakes Eggs in Creamy Tomato Sauce, Crispy Barbeque Roasted Chickpeas, Oven-Fried Garlic Fries, Maple-Glazed Brussel Sprouts, Corn & Chard Gratin, Roasted Cod with Olives & Lemon, Salmon Potpie with Phyllo Crust, Crunchy Baked Dijon Chicken, Stacked Chicken & Green Chile Enchiladas, Juicy Oven-Grilled Bacon Cheeseburgers, Rosemary-Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin, Easy No-Knead Bread, Focaccia with Olives & Oregano, Very Berry Pie, and S’Mores Brownie Bars.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a convection oven may not want this book, but the recipes could be altered to conventional cooking. Others may have issues with the many ingredients and more complicated instructions of some meals. Some may prefer recipes with caloric content due to dietary restrictions.

~ Wish ~
Knowing that all ovens are different, I have been testing mine when baking, unsure if I am under or over cooking meals. It would be helpful if this book included more charts comparing the times and temperatures of both types of cooking. Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you have a convection oven and are skittish about using it, take the plunge like I did as you love using this book’s ideas and recipes while your oven preheats and cooks fast, browns evenly, retains the food’s moisture, and produces tasty dishes.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#convectionovencooking #onlyconvection #convectionoven

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Little Fingers Ballet

Title: Little Fingers Ballet
Author: Ashley Marie Mireles
Illustrator: Olga Skomorokhova
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-155-6

“The other swans on the lake make way for the lead swan’s magical fouettes!” ends Ashley Marie Mireles’s children’s book, Little Fingers Ballet.

~ What ~
This ten-page board book targets children five to six years old who love ballet, ballerinas, and having a visual way to express dancing by using their fingers. With a clear plastic clamshell, the right side of the book has a reusable holder for two pair of mini-pointe shoes for young ones to wear on their fingers.

Focusing on famous ballets, this beautifully illustrated short book has two holes cut through the entire board so that a young child can put the blue or pink dancing tights on their first and middle fingers, stick them through the holes, and become part of the two dancers’ legs on each of the story’s pages.

~ Why ~
This is a fun way for an avid little ballerina to learn about famous plays or stories that contain dancing while using the puppet finger pointe shoes. I like that there is one page each dedicated to Coppelia, Cinderella, La Bayadere, The Snow Queen, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake. The holes for the leggy fingers are perfectly placed on the pages so a child can move them around. The illustrations are vivid, detailed, and expressive.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like ballets, dancing, or using their fingers as puppet legs may not like this book that does not list the stories by name. It contains many foreign and multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words about the ballet. Some children’s fingers may be too small or large to fit through the holes appropriately.

~ Wish ~
Children may not understand some of the ballet terms that are bolded such as releves, grand battlements, grand jete, arabesque, chasse steps, and fouettes so adding an explanation and the name of the ballets at the back of the book or on its jacket would be helpful. I wish it concentrated on only one ballet, not several, so the reader could understand and act out the scenes.

~ Want ~
If your child is fascinated with being a ballerina, this lovely illustrated book that comes with two pair of mini-tights for the fingers will charm and delight your up-and-coming dancer.

Thanks to Familius and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2Z8Xvhq

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The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners

Title: The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
Author: Amy Ramos
Publisher: Rockridge Press
ISBN: 978-1-62315-808-8

“When you eat a ketogenic diet, your body becomes efficient at burning fat for fuel,” Amy Ramos writes in the first chapter of her book, The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-fifty-eight-page paperback targets those who are interested in or want to learn about the popular keto diet. After a foreword by Amanda C. Hughes and introduction, the book is divided into three sections, followed by advice on eating out, pesticides on food, measurement conversion tables, resources, references, and recipe and topical indexes.

The first part explains the what and why of the low-carb, high-fat diet and how to switch to it in five steps by cleaning out your pantry, going shopping, setting up the kitchen, meal planning, and exercising. The second section covers a two-week meal plan plus shopping lists, and the third includes six chapters of over seventy recipes involving breakfast, snacks, fish/poultry, meats, veggies and sides, desserts, and staples.

~ Why ~
With the keto diet focusing on high fat and low carbohydrates, it tries to consciously delete most foods containing sugar. This book not only diagrams a two-thousand calorie daily diet into three-quarters percent in fat, twenty percent in protein, and five percent in carbs, but also its recipes list serving size, preparation and cook times, tips, and caloric content.

Some of the interesting recipes that caught my eye are Spinach-Blueberry Smoothie, Mushroom Frittata, Bacon-Pepper Fat Bombs, Crab-Salad–Stuffed Avocado, Shrimp and Sausage “Bake,” Turkey Rissoles, Nut-Stuffed Pork Chops, Garlic-Braised Short Ribs, Portobello Mushroom Pizza, Pesto Zucchini Noodles, Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs, Vanilla-Almond Ice Pops, Strawberry Butter, and Herbed Chicken Stock.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not think a high-fat diet will help them lose weight or do not want to have their body experience ketosis, which could be dangerous for some people, may avoid this book. Others who are sensitive to iodine levels, may not want to consume more salt to avoid the “keto flu.”

~ Wish ~
Since I tend to eat a varied diet that does add meat but is limited in carbs and salt intake, I did not learn anything new about the keto diet, yet I appreciated the many recipes. Being a visual person, I wish there were colored photographs of all completed dishes.

~ Want ~
If you want to check out the keto diet and are unsure what it involves, this is a good elementary source of information on how to start it and what to eat.

Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#ketogenicnewbie #ketogenicdietforbeginners

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Bible Gems to Remember Devotions for Kids

Title: Bible Gems to Remember Devotions for Kids
Author: Robin Schmitt
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74625-6

“This book offers a year’s worth of inspiring, encouraging Gems–one per week–paired with insightful devotions to help readers understand the Gem and relate to it,” the note to parents states in Robin Schmitt’s children’s book, Bible Gems to Remember Devotions for Kids: 52 Devotions with Easy Bible Memory in 5 Words or Less.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page paperback targets young children from eight to twelve years old who like applicable devotions gleaned from the Holy Bible. By using less than five-word “Gems,” the topics are easy to remember and memorize. The New International Version of the Bible is referenced, and colored photographs with highlighted areas that include pictures of gemstones are added.

After an ownership page, table of contents, and introduction, the book contains fifty-two devotions to be read one a week. Covering two to four pages, each chapter begins with a short title that can be memorized, followed by a written out Bible verse or two. Several paragraphs relate to the topic, whether about the Old or New Testament, a Biblical character, or current day event or object. The subject correlates how the reader can be closer to God or learn more about Him. Two to three Gems are at the end with corresponding verses to look up or research.

Some of the chapters are titled: Christ has set us free, The last will be first, Come near to God, Fight the good fight, Guard your heart, Set an example, Rejoice in the Lord always, and One person sharpens another.

~ Why ~
Teaching vulnerable young adults about God can be challenging, especially when they want to take a step further and do devotional reading. I like that this one is easy to read and relate to by its age group while using the concept of memorizing short “gems” from the Bible. It is thoughtful that the author has written an illustrated Bible in the same manner for younger kids, while this one is geared toward those older.

An example of one chapter I enjoyed is “There is Only One God” with Romans 3:30 written out. The contents explain how Elijah from the Old Testament was in a contest with the prophets of Baal to start a fire, and he won when he called upon God. The section challenges the reader to be convinced of God’s existence and power. The two ending Gems are “You alone, Lord, are God” from 2 Kings 19:19 and “There is none like you” from Psalm 86:8.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a tween or pre-teen about God and the Bible will pass on this book. It appears the book is mainly for those who already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It may be too advanced for younger readers.

~ Wish ~
I could not find the eternal plan of salvation at the beginning of the book and wish Jesus dying on the cross for our sins was mentioned before the 48th chapter. I prefer all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want
If you are looking for a book for older kids of devotions from the Bible that can be read one a week throughout a year and contains memory words related to them, this would be a good choice for a young Christian who wants to get closer to God.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible

Title: Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible
Author: Robin Schmitt
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-74688-1

“Children will learn 52 wonderful, pocket-sized truths from God’s Word, truths they can carry with them forever,” the note to parents states in Robin Schmitt’s children’s book, Bible Gems to Remember Illustrated Bible: 52 Stories with Easy Bible Memory in 5 Words or Less.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-page hardbound book targets young children from four to eight years old who like fifty-two retold stories from the Holy Bible. Due to its complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to non- or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level. The New International Version of the Bible is referenced.

After an ownership page, table of contents, and introduction, the book contains twenty-six stories from the Old Testament and twenty-six from the New Testament, with each being six pages long. Vivid, colorful illustrations are on every page with black font writing on solid background areas. Highlighted inserts with no more than five-word memorizations related to the topic but from other portions of Scripture are included in every story.

~ Why ~
For some reason, I love children’s illustrated Bibles, and this one covers the gambit of the most iconic stories from God’s Word. I like that each story is mostly accurate and that the illustrations are engaging. I appreciate that the simplistic plan of eternal salvation of Jesus dying on the cross for our sin and rising from the dead is promoted.

I enjoyed the chapter titled The Lord will guide you about Isaac’s servant trusting God when he searched for a wife for his lord and finding Rebekah.

The three highlighted gems are:
Ask God for help from I Timothy 5:5
The Lord is my helper from Hebrews 13:6
Show me the way from Psalm 143.8

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want to promote teaching a child about Bible stories will pass on this book. It may be too advanced for beginner readers due to the two- and three-syllable words. Some may not realize this is not a fully-illustrated Bible but many stories are missing. A few young children may be frightened of the depiction of God giving Moses the Ten Commandments on a flaming Mount Sinai, Samson killing a lion and attacking people, Christ carrying a cross (the crucifixion is a silhouette), and Paul being shipwrecked.

~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. I found some of the stories did not include all of the outcomes such as God destroying the Baal worshippers, Daniel’s accusers being put in the lions’ den, King Herod killing the babies, and Peter denying Jesus three times.

~ Want
If you are looking for a book of simplified stories from the Bible that can be read one a week throughout a year and contain memory words related to them, this would be an excellent choice for a young one who wants to learn more about God and His Word.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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The One & Only Wolfgang

Title: The One & Only Wolfgang: From Pet Rescue to One Big Happy Family
Authors: Steve Greig & Mary Rand Hess
Illustrator: Nadja Sarell
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76823-4

“It makes no difference that Waylon can’t hear, or that Stuart is a rabbit, or that Bikini is a pig, or that Betty is a chicken, because … Family is Acceptance,” Steve Greig and Mary Rand Hess write near the end of their book, The One & Only Wolfgang: From Pet Rescue to One Big Happy Family.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page over-sized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who like stories about pets, especially those that have been rescued.  With no scary scenes, it is about a group of older or handicapped animals that may seem like misfits but are perfect as a family.

In this short tale, a dozen animals with different personalities and characteristics live in a large house. Whether they have disabilities such as no teeth or being hard of hearing, are small or huge, or like to eat cheese or watch movies, they enjoy each other and are thankful for family and friendships.

~ Why ~
This is an adorable book about a bunch of mangy critters from tiny 18-year old Eeyore the Chihuahua and tea-cup size Englebert to the gargantuan horse-sized Enoch and fashionista Edna, along with more dogs, a pig, chicken, and rabbit. I like how the illustrator combined photographs of the rescued animals with hand-drawn backgrounds.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the idea of rescuing abandoned, unadoptable pets, but these have a special charm of their own as they live happily with each other. Beginner readers may have trouble with the more complicated three- or four-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I think the concept of this book is important and needed in a society that discards or cannot take care of pets for different reasons. I did not like the use of the word “ain’t” in one of Bikini’s quotes as it is not helpful as a new reader may consider it acceptable to use.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about how rescued animals become one big, well-loved family, this is a good read that would be appreciated by the Humane Society and other animal shelters.

Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2ZagOH0

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melysUS Women’s V-Neck Sleeping Bra

COMFY SPORT / YOGA BRA

~ What ~
Made of 90% Polyester and 10% Spandex, this sleeping bra has no adjustable straps, snaps, hooks, or underwires. Coming in 5 sizes from Medium to 3XL, they arrive in 2 color options of Black and Nude. With no breast pads but duel 1-inch shoulder straps, and 1.75-inch bands around their bottoms, they are recommended to wash by hand.

~ Why ~
I cannot stand underwire, push-up bras and like as I want to be comfortable when I am hanging around the house, napping, or sleeping. This bra is ideal by offering ample support of the breasts due to the soft, stretchy, breathable fabric and wide straps. I found the Large fit nicely on my Size 8 36C frame. The double stitching has no loose threads.

~ Why Not
Some women may not like having to put a bra on over the head since there are no hooks or latches. Others may wish they were razorback designs, but I find those hard to get in and out of. Some may wish insert breast pads were included so their nipples to not show through the fabric.

~ Wish ~
Since the bras come only in the two solid colors, it would be nice if floral, polka dot, or stripes could be included. I wish it stated the same materials of polyester/spandex that are on the label were on their Amazon site which says elastane/nylon.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a stretchy bra that makes you feel secure, this soft one may work. Be sure to check the sizing as I ordered one size up, and it fits perfectly.

Thanks to melysUS for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Done #melysUS #SleepingBra #YogaBra #SportsBra

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Dangerous Relations

Title: Dangerous Relations
Author: Carol J. Post
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 978-1-335-23232-8

“She’d neglected her niece, ignored her sister and fought him for Chloe. But there was no way he’d leave her at the mercy of a ruthless killer,” Ryan determined in Carol J. Post’s novel, Dangerous Relations.

~ What ~
Part of the Love Inspired Suspense series, this The Baby Protectors novel is two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page pocket-sized paperback targets those who enjoy inspirational suspense while dealing with dysfunctional families, caring loved ones, and dying. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book promotes that God is always there for us. An author’s note and insert of other Love Inspired series books are at the end.

In this current-day story based in the state of Washington, Shelby Adair is once again picking up the pieces from her dysfunctional family, but this time it is because her sister has been murdered and she is left taking care of a fifteen-month-old child. When Ryan McConnel demands custody of the little girl because he is her uncle, Shelby relies on Addy, the nanny who has been taking care of the girl since birth.

After several attempts on her life, Shelby has to learn to trust Ryan, even though his father is a powerful man with a shady past who always gets what he wants. The two protagonists try to find out why the baby’s mother was killed as they get caught up in a cat and mouse game, trying to stay alive.

~ Why ~
This fast-paced drama focuses on protecting an innocent child while searching for a killer. I appreciate how the relationship between Shelby and Ryan advanced from one where both were on guard to becoming friends and then falling in love. The detailed locations and scenery were entertaining, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not know Jesus Christ personally may not appreciate the concept of being a relationship with Him, who is always there by our side. Some may not care for the topic of a child left parentless with relatives fighting over her guardianship.

~ Wish ~
Having guessed the killer in the first chapter, I wish it was less obvious. While I like the smallness of the book, I found the tiny print hard to read.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a suspenseful fiction that shows how love conquers bad family connections, trying emotional setbacks, and the search for a murderer, this will keep your attention for a few hours.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2KixAj8

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XX Excavation Dig Kit for Kids

DIG FOR A TOY BLOCK

~ What ~
This set includes 1 of 4 small toys that are inside a 1.4 by 2.2 by 3.1 inch earthen block that can be chipped away to uncover the object. With choices of penguins, dinosaurs, bones, pirate skulls, and a fake Egyptian artifact, one can use the digging tool and dusting too to unearth the hidden toy. Instructions are included on the box, and the small parts could be a choking hazard around young ones.

~ Why ~
Having a 6-year-old granddaughter who comes to visit every few months, I love showing her new things. This is a fun and easy project for a young one to dig on the small block and be surprised when there is a toy inside. I like that it comes with all tools needed. I will be giving it to her in a couple weeks.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think the block is small so the toy is miniature. Others may be concerned with the “dirt” mess it can make, but it cannot be that bad since the brick is so small.

~ Wish ~
I wish the block and toy were a little larger. It would be helpful if the block and toy’s measurements were listed in the information on Amazon.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun and educational project for inquisitive children, this may keep them occupied for a while.

Thanks to XX for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by XU JIA ZHI #XXEvacuationToyKit

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Deadly Intentions

Title: Deadly Intentions
Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8—7-2192-3

“But I believe that all three were working on the same project in the same lab. I believe their deaths are connected,” Caitlyn explains to Josh in Lisa Harris’s novel, Deadly Intentions.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-page paperback targets those who enjoy crime suspense with Christian undertones and light romance. Containing no profanity, the topics of alcohol, physical abuse, and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book ends with the first chapter of the writer’s next novel, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and advertisements for other Revell books.

Set in Houston, Texas, Caitlyn Lindsey has been a research scientist for two years at her job and wonders if there is a connection between three people who have recently died. With the help of Josh Solomon, the husband of one of the deceased employees and a police officer, they try to uncover what was the link that caused all of them to die. As they learn about a potentially dangerous threat to the city, they begin to develop feelings for each other.

~ Why ~
This is a fast read that packs plenty of action and twists and turns as Caitlyn and Josh try to stay one step ahead of a cat-and-mouse game, trying to figure out who is after them and why people are being murdered. I liked learning the scientific background of the research lab and how a police department tries to follow protocol to protect their citizens.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the inserted prayers to God or calling on His name for protection. Others may not like a story of a woman who is being tracked down and a cop being set up.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the tale’s fast pace and protectiveness of the protagonists, I felt some of the scenarios were minorly far-fetched in how the two were continually being monitored.

~ Want ~
If you are into cop stories with suspense and a touch of romance, this may be a good weekend read that occupies your mind.

Thanks to Revell Reads for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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