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{Review}: Home Cooked by Anya Fernald

Quick Review: A thoughtful, approachable, visually appealing cookbook that makes even The Most exotic recipe seem  within reach. (This post contains affiliate links. That means when you click on a link, I get a small commission.) Isn’t this book pretty? I’m definitely guilty of judging a book by it’s cover. The photographs and layout inside …

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{Review}: Writing My Wrongs

We love redemption stories. We love the triumph of the will. We watch the fall from grace salaciously, with judgement but we cheer when grace is restored. Why? Because all of us have redemption stories. Some of them are big, like rags to riches or a life of crime to a life of honesty, but …

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{Review}: The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian is full of powerful and graphic imagery but nothing gory, nothing overly disturbing as alluded to in the many rave reviews of this book. I wondered if something was lost in translation.The words that come to mind when I think of this book, post-read, are minimalist and sparse. Yet the imagery is vivid, …

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{Review} Better Than Before.

If my twenties were all about figuring out who I am, trying on different personas to see which one would stick, my thirties have been about coming to terms with the person that I’ve become, both the good and the bad. More importantly, I’ve had these a-ha moments where I recognize emerging patterns in my …

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Adventures in Gardening

When we moved to Redding, the property we rented included a vegetable garden that was already fenced in. That first summer, since we moved in July, we didn’t do anything with the garden. The following summer, we planted directly in the ground with poor results. Last summer, we put in raised beds and did a …

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