New Book: The Cook’s Herb Garden

Just picked up The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox & Marie-Pierre Moine at Barnes & Noble this weekend. I’m always looking for ways to make the most of my garden and my plan is to grow a lot of herbs this year. Great information and great pictures. I love the oil & herb recipes and the ice cube herb recipes. Definitely a new favorite!

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Mr. Peaches is not impressed by my new book.



New Book: Modern Calligraphy

Modern Calligraphy. “Everything you need to know to get started in script calligraphy plus 20 DIY projects for weddings, parties, blogs and more.” By Molly Suber Thorpe. I have only found one calligraphy book that was written about the modern style of calligraphy that I prefer. This is a beautiful book with lots of beautiful images, inspiration and it’s full of things to practice!

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New Book: The Plant Recipe Book

I just LOVE this series of books by Artisan. The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman does not disappoint! BEAUTIFUL photography, arrangements and recipes. Other books in this series include The Wreath Recipe Book and The Flower Recipe Book. You can also purchase a The Flower Recipe 2015 Calendar.

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Recent Reads – January

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Quick Read. I enjoyed the movie. Not sure yet if I will dive into book #2 The Scorch Trials.

An excerpt from

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Good read. Couldn’t put it down. Not sure if I will read another by Liane Moriarty but I did enjoy this one.

An excerpt from

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died. . . 

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.


Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse. I picked up this book because it was supposed to be the next “Gone Girl.” I had trouble putting this book down and I was sucked into the story immediately.

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Hannah has always been wary of commitment, but when she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, one hot New York summer, her ideas change. Within months, they are married, and she has moved back to London to be with him, leaving her life in New York behind.

But when Mark fails to return from a business trip, her certainty about their marriage starts to crack. Why don’t his colleagues know about the trip? Who is the woman who keeps calling his office? And why has Hannah’s bank account been emptied?

Hannah’s questions will uncover secrets that throw into doubt everything she has believed about her husband, secrets that lead her to a place of violence and fear.

Can you ever really know what happened before you met?


Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I LOVED this book (and movie). It really reminded me of Eat Pray Love (which I also loved). I really enjoy books written by female authors that really dive deep into the female brain and how it works.

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At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


New Book: Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

I picked up Kitchen Gardening for Beginners by Simon Akeroyd because I am always looking for more ways to make the most out of my garden. I always have trouble coming up with ways to use everything. It’s a fun little book with great diagrams, images, instructions and illustrations and you can tell each page was treated individually from a design standpoint. Love it!

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