Archives for the month of: October, 2017

marshmallow

If you want a really good scare this Halloween, take a look at all of the artificial and chemical ingredients included in packaged candy products. Why not take a tip from Tricia Arce, the author of the recently published “Marshmallow Heaven” (www.skyhorsepublishing.com), and learn how to create your own unique homemade treats for the upcoming holiday season!

Arce, owner of The Toasted Mallow treats shop in Gilbert, AZ, takes the reader step by step through the basic 1-2-3 process of making marshmallows in your home kitchen, followed by more than two dozen recipes for more exotic marshmallow varieties guaranteed to please palates of all ages, including Cotton Candy, Birthday Cake, Pumpkin Spice, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Rocky Road and Salted Caramel. Once you get hooked on making your own tasty mallows, you’ll never consume one more marshmallow out of a plastic bag!

“Marshmallow Heaven” by Tricia M. Arce – Gotta Love It!

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killerplants

The recently released guidebook by Stacy Tornio, “Plants That Can Kill” (www.skyhorsepublishing.com) focuses on “101 toxic species to Make You think Twice” about planting certain pretty flowers in your garden!

This book is both entertaining while being educational and is especially valuable for those with curious children and pets, who should never be in close proximity to such plants as Azalea, Poinsettias, Bird of Paradise and Day Lilies, many of which can cause illness or even fatalities if consumed.  Beautiful photography accompanies each of the species Tornio examines, making it a safe and toxin-free tour through an array of beautiful but potentially deadly flowering plants and bushes. Just another reminder about the power of Mother Nature, and prooving the old adage right about looks being deceiving.

Plants That Can Kill by Stacy Tornio – Gotta Love It!

abandoned

“Abandoned” by Seph Lawless (www.skyhorsepublishing.com) provides the reader with an amazing look at deserted and forgotten theme parks located throughout the United States.

“Hauntingly Beautiful” is how the author describes his four-color photography focusing on  numerous deserted theme parks no longer in operation, such as Bushkill Amusement Park in Pennsylvania and Dogpatch USA in Arkansas. These photos are undoubtedly sad and forlorn, but also very compelling, showcasing what remains of what used to be places of fun, excitement, energy and adventure. Whether or not any of the discarded theme parks featured is haunted remains to be seen, but “Abandoned” is certainly an appropriate Halloween week read that captures on film what remains of a range of amusement parks no longer attracting an audience.

“Abandoned” by Seph Lawless – Gotta Love It!

wizard

Searching for inspiration for what to serve at Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations? Look no further than “The Wizard’s Cookbook” by Aurelia Beaupommier (www.skyhorsepublishing.com), a compilation of truly magical recipes inspired by a host of the most beloved characters found in literature’s most magical realms, including Harry Potter, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, the Lion King, the Legend of Narnia, and The Wizard of Oz.

The author not only presents a selection of recipes for “Magical Foods for Everyday”, there are also “Feasts for Special Days”, a collection of “Marvelous Snacks and Sweets”,  and “Bewitching Potions”, accompanied by beautiful color photography that transports you to another world.  Your meals and party buffets will take on a special flair when you are serving such dishes and drinks as Red Dragon Inn Fiery Broth and Scarecrow Bread or Toast for Diobedient Children and Werewolf Biscuits with The Witch Queen’s Beauty Potion. This cookbook makes an amazing gift choice for anyone who adores magical lore and literature!

The Wizard’s Cookbook by Aurelia Beaupommer – Gotta Love It!

freezer

Noted cookbook author Jane Butel first premiered her amazing Freezer Cookbook back in 1977 and recently released an updated version this month (www.TurnerPublishing.com).

Butel provides a detailed guidebook for learning how to “use your freezer for all it’s worth”, including tips on selecting the right freezer for your needs, how to buy foodstuffs for freezing, preparation and wrapping tips, and accompanying recipes in more than a dozen categories, including meat and poultry, desserts, eggs and other dairy products, wild game, fish and shellfish, fruits, vegetables and breads. “Jane Butel’s Freezer Cookbook” is a worthy addition to any culinary library, helping you to purchase foodstuffs in bulk or at the lowest seasonal price, then using your freezer to make it possible for you and your family to enjoy them months later. This book makes a great stocking stuffer for the foodie on your gift list.

Jane Butel’s Freezer Cookbook” – Gotta Love It!

tamburlaine

If you are searching for a good mystery novel that provides an entertaining break from recent headlines, check out Tamburlaine A Broadway Revival by Gregory A. Kompes (www.Kompes.com).

The action revolves around no less than five murder attempts on the life of aging drag queen Chris Marlowe, who operates a likewise aging show bar in New York City called Tamburlaine. But when a young, unemployed actor enters Marlowe’s life on the heels of his reconnecting with a former love interest and now successful Broadway producer, Marlowe’s fortunes change quickly, but will he survive long enough to enjoy his entertainment renaissance? Tamburlaine offers some a nice escape into the flashy world of entertainment.

Tamburlaine A Broadway Revival by Gregory A. Kompes – Gotta Love It!

legends

Howard Keel’s widow Judy joined forces in 2010 with Linda F. Radke to produce “Legends In The Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes for a Cause” (www.fivestarpublications.com) as a fund raiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund (www.mptf.com).

If you haven’t already added this wonderful recipe book to your collection, it’s a worthy addition filled with easy to make, affordable dishes contributed by such Hollywood notables as Larry Hagman, Betty White, Stefanie Powers, Gloria Loring and Beau Bridges. “Legends In The Kitchen” makes a great stocking stuffer for the foodie on your gift list and is a book that, like its notable contributors, never goes out of style.

“Legends In The Kitchen: Celebrity Recipes For a Cause” – Gotta Love It!

ZOBO products_2017

ZOBO Hibiscus Drinks, marketed by Hemisphere Beverages (http://www.hemispherebeverages.com/) not only taste delicious, they provide you with all of the health benefits of their key ingredient, the ruby red calyces of the tropical hibiscus plant. Hibiscus beverages have long been a staple in other parts of the world, including Africa and the Caribbean Islands. 

ZOBO’s easy to blend drink powders provide a 100% source of Vitamin C, along with potent antioxidants that protect cells from the harm caused by free radicals.  Other nutrients in ZOBO Hibiscus Drinks, offered in tea bags and powdered mixes by the stick, include iron, niacin, calcium and carotene. Not only is the color of these beverages beautiful, the taste is slightly tart and sweet, making it a refreshing beverage choice for any time of the day.  Add ZOBO Hibiscus all natural drinks to your party menus this holiday season, and keep packets or teabags handy to blend with water for an anytime pick-me-up. 

ZOBO Hibiscus Drink from Hemisphere Beverages – Gotta Love It!

fierce

As everyone seems to be talking about sexual harassment in the workplace, with new disturbing revelations coming out daily, “Be Fierce”, the recently released book by Gretchen Carlson (www.centerstreet.com) is a rallying cry for taking action and finding solutions.

This is not a tell-all book about Carlson’s time at Fox News under Roger Ailes but rather a frank and often infuriating  examination of the career sabotage that women like Carlson, most of whom are not well-off and famous, have encountered in the past half century/. Carlson speakss with compassion and candor about her own experiences even before her days at Fox News and relates numerous tales of what other women have experienced. But the story doesn’t end there, but rather opens a dialogue for frank discussion and suggestions for the  numerous routes that can be followed to  a more permanent solution. “Be Fierce” offers a guiding light to numerous resources that both sexes can take advantage of when they encounter harassment, sexual or otherwise, in their jobs. 

“Be Fierce” by Gretchen Carlson – Gotta Love It!

cinnamon

If you have only thought of cinnamon as a spice to add to your morning toast or coffee, think again!  Coral LLC (www.coralcalcium.com) offers a beneficial dietary supplement that’s great for supporting healthy blood sugar levels and maintaining healthy weight — Coral Cinnamon6.

This daily dietary supplement, in easy to swallow vegetable capsule form, is a blend of cinnamon bark powder and extract, combined with such potent natural ingredients as American Ginseng, Nopal Cactus, Bitter Melon and Fenugreek. Cinnamon has been used medicinally for more than 4,000 years and ranks highest among the medicinal herbs for its strong antioxidant capability, keeping cells healthy and free from oxidative free radical damage. Coral Cinnamon6 can help keep your body in tip-top shape and ready for the busy holiday season ahead!

Coral LLC Coral Cinnamon6 – Gotta Love It!