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Randi Brill has compiled an assortment of great advice for business and personal success in “99 Creative Wows Words of Wisdom for Business” (RandiLand Press).

Open this book to any page before starting your day or even opening your e-mail and be treated to a thought that will inspire, challenge, encourage or possibly even make you feel defensive.  Each of the  thoughts presented in “99 Creative Wows” are deceptively simple, but also amazingly complex. They can serve as your touchstone for the day as you navigate your way through today’s increasingly rude and wild business environment.

“99 Creative Wows Words of Wisdom for Business” by Randi Brill – Gotta Love It!

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Author Melissa Taylor infuses her love of animals and farm life into “A Runtamuffin Tale” (www.runtavision.com), beautifully illustrated by Marc Beauregard.

This charming story introduces the reader to a group of chicks, the tiniest of whom is named Runtamuffin,  as they  encounter a variety of other animals in and around the barn, including dogs and horses. This is the type of story that parents and children can enjoy reading together!

A Runtamuffin Tale by Melissa Taylor — Gotta Love It!

 

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Meat eaters traditionally pass on most vegan dishes because, well, they would miss the meat. But cookbook author Candice Hutchings has cleverly substituted an array of vegan food products, combined with spices, flavorings and other vegan ingredients so that even carnivores can get their kicks from the 138 recipes offered in “The Edgy Veg” (www.robertrose.ca) from Robert Rose Publishing.

How about chowing down on a burger made from Portobello mushroom caps, or Buffalo Wings created from cauliflower florettes, and bacon created from coconut, mushroom or rice paper, with not a pig in sight?  “The Edgy Veg” presents 138 fun and creative ways to feed your face and cut down on your meat and dairy consumption by using the right combination of ingredients to mimic the familiar tastes and flavors you love as a carnivore, but without an ounce of harm coming to farm animals!  Bravo!

“The Edgy Veg” by Candice Hutchings – Gotta Love It!

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Richard Fairgray and Alexander Burke have collaborated to produce the newly released children’s book, “Sweet Penny and the Lion” (www.skyponypress.com), a cautionary tale that encourages young girls to replace too much sugar in their compliant personalities with a healthy dose of spicy self-confidence and the courage to break the rules now and again.

This charming tale, told in rhyme, is beautifully illustrated and has an important message to girls taught to always be people pleasers and rule followers.  Only good things can happen, and bad things can be prevented, once a growing girl understands the importance of learning how to never tolerate abuse and start making decisions that benefit her mental and physical well-being first rather than to please everyone else around her!

Sweet Penny and the Lion by Richard Fairgray and Alexander Burke – Gotta Love It!

 

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Whether you’re cooking for yourself or an extended family, Karrie Truman’s “Seriously Good Freezer Meals” (www.robertrose.ca) can have you enjoying fresh and delicious homecooked meals every night rather than tasteless microwave dishes and unhealthy fast foods.

Truman offers an array of internationally-inspired recipes that can be prepared ahead of time in batches ranging from 6 to 30 servings, then frozen to enjoy in the weeks and months ahead. The 150 recipes include Rosemary Brown Sugar Pork Chops, Peanut Perfection Pad Thai, Chicken Pesto Parmesan Shells, White Bean Chicken Chili, along with an array of desserts, side dishes and breakfast offerings. The intial chapter provides a valuable ABC of freezer knowledge, including the right packaging techniques and suggestions for making a smart freezer purchase.Why not stock your freezer with nutritious meals you made yourself rather than expensive packaged foods lacking in either taste or nutrition?

“Seriously Good Freezer Meals” by Karrie Truman – Gotta Love It!

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Chopped Teen Grand Champion Kid Chef Eliana does an excellent job of getting other kids excited about cooking in her “Cool Kids Cook Louisiana” (www.pelicanpub.com).

If you’re looking for an activity that your children can enjoy indoors together that will give them a skill that will last a lifetime, this book provides it.  There are a wide array of user-friendly recipes from Eliana’s Cajun Louisiana heritage, including Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Skillet Cornbread and Sweet Potato Casserole. Cool Kids Cook is the perfect way to get kids away from their electronic devices while teaching them to use their creativity and imagination to prepare nutritious and delicious meals.

Cool Kids Cook Louisiana by Kid Chef Eliana, with Dianne de Las Casas, Illustrated by Soleil Lisette – Gotta Love it!

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“Army Camels Texas Ships of the Desert” by Doris Fisher, illustrated by Julie Dupre Buckner (www.pelicanpub.com) offers younger readers an exciting look at how camels imported from Africa in the mid 19th century became an integral part of U.S. Army operations in Texas.

This beautifully illustrated story keeps readers engaged from beginning to end and makes history come alive. It’s a well-told tale that shows how creativity, ingenuity and cooperation between man and the animal kingdom can work wonders.

“Army Camels Texas Ships of the Desert” by Doris Fisher – Gotta Love It!

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Tammy Wynette was a Country Music legend who left us all too soon, but this paperback edition of her popular 1990 cookbook reminds us  that her talents stretched far beyond the entertainment world.

The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook (www.pelicanpub.com)  is a wonderful collection of 279 recipes for her favorite comfort foods, ranging from Spinach Pie , Sweet Potato Casserole and Salmon Patties to Sour Cream Pound Cake and Banana Pudding. Many of the notations accompany each recipe recall which family member shared it with her, along with remembrances of kitchen-days and family celebrations past. If you love good and hearty comfort food dishes, this is a cookbook to help you savor life’s simpler pleasures of good food and good company.

The Tammy Wynette Southern Cookbook – Gotta Love It!

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Nobody who enjoys home cooking wants to waste valuable time or money having cakes flop, broiled fish come out dry or experience any of the other hundreds of cooking problems that can land supper in the trash bin rather than your plate.

The Cook’s Problem Solver by Helen Kowtaluk (www.pelicanpub.com) offers the home chef at any level of expertise a wide-ranging reference book that quickly answers 500 of the most common cooking questions and provides quick and easy solutions. Whether your pears won’t ripen, your haddock is overcooked, or your egg white merinque doesn’t peak,  this guide offers an explanation as to what’s happening and how to prevent it. The Cook’s Problem Solver  is a worthy addition to any home culinary library and provides an easy way to search for a multitude of solutions to kitchen disappointments so they don’t enjoy a repeat performance.

The Cook’s Problem Solver by Helen Kowtaluk – Gotta Love It!

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Even if you don’t have a Valentine today, it’s still a great day to celebrate love, friendship and having a happy heart!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade (www.sparklingice.com) is the perfect sugar-free, caffeine-free all natural sparkling water to use today as an ingredient in creating both alcoholic and virgin cocktails that are in the pink for V-day!  It has a sweet-tart flavor that is a lot like the highs and lows of every true romance and tastes great right from the bottle after chilling, served on the rocks, or combined with gin or vodka and garnished with a lemon wheel for the perfect Happy Hearts Cocktail.  It’s also a great beverage choice for children’s parties since they won’t get a sugar high from drinking it and they love its beautiful color!

Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade – Gotta Love It!