Things We Love – Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

There are certain foods we just crave. For me, it generally has something to do with chocolate. For others, it’s something salty. Usually, these types of things come in a slick, brightly colored bag with lots of ingredients we can’t pronounce.

The folks at Sasquatch Books recently sent me this delightful new book that can help us “take back our snacks,” in the words of the author. Real Snacks, by Lara Ferroni brings you recipes for your favorite childhood treats without all the junk.

The “Real Sweet” section includes recipes for snack cakes, cookies, frozen treats and confections. While the “Real Salty” section includes chips, dips, crackers and snacks like Corn Nuts and Hot Pockets. There’s even an appendix with 22 simple recipes for pantry items you can make in your own kitchen, such as evaporated milk and chocolate syrup. (Enter to win a copy of Real Snacks here.)

Here’s more information on Lara’s new book, as well as some other titles and resources to help you serve healthier snacks for your family.

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Imagine Twinkies, Doritos, and Cheez-Its without the artificial colors and preservatives, full of wonderful flavors and nutrients from whole grains and natural sugars, and easily made in your own kitchen. Lara Ferroni shows you how with this collection of 50 nostalgic childhood treats that satisfy your junk food cravings, but without all the junk. Gluten free and vegan options are included for every recipe.

Combine this with Lara’s first book, also available online from amazon.com:

Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
A chocolate-glazed doughnut and cup of coffee is a match made in heaven for many North Americans, but wait! Something new is happening in the doughnut world: boutique bakeries are popping up everywhere, and “designer doughnuts” are all the rage. The best news of all is that they’re actually easy to make at home. And really, is there anything more scrumptious than a fresh doughnut? In Doughnuts, prepare to be tempted by more than fifty recipes, including Chai, Huckleberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet. Of course, the cookbook is also full of traditional recipes for favorites like Old-Fashioned Sour Cream and Chocolate Raised doughnuts, as well as vegan and gluten-free recipes. The mouthwatering photography and tasty recipes will leave readers and home cooks drooling and dreaming about doughnuts.

And then there’s Unreal Candy – healthier versions of such popular candies as M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. These, you can buy in one of those slick, brightly colored bags. But you’ll be able to pronounce the ingredients. There’s no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no preservatives, and no GMOs.

Each of the Unreal Candy varieties below is available online from Quill.com (Get the latest Quill online coupons here, before you buy.)

Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts
Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts

Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy
Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy

Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy
Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy

Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate
Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate

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Book Review: Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby

New Book Review: Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby

In Love, Mommy: Writing Love Letters to Your Baby, Judy Siblin-Librach leads us on a journey that helps us capture the major milestones (the birth story, the first day at school) as well as those that may not immediately come to mind (the first time your child caught a baseball, the way her hugs felt, the first time she went through a car wash).

Siblin-Librach’s writing style is elegant, perfectly capturing the depth of emotion that all of us mothers feel at one point or another. We are in good hands with a natural-born poet and mother who will lead us into creating and recording the lyrics of our own lives…
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/love-letters.htm

New Book Review: Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

Denise Roy, author of My Monastery is a Minivan has published a new “spiritual handbook” for busy moms. It’s titled Momfulness: Mothering Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace.
I’ve just published our review here:
http://www.momscape.com/product-reviews/momfulness.htm

Book Review: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Product Name: Teach Your Child to Read In 100 Easy Lessons
Submitted by: Faith Martin; Howard, PA
Rating: 10
Where to buy: www.amazon.com (Amazon.com coupons are here; A direct link to this book is here.)

Description: This is an excellent resource for teaching your child to read. This can be used for a child as young as 3 years old. It can also be used for an older child who is falling behind other children in his/her reading skills. It teaches reading based on a phonetic approach.

Review: I used this book with both of my children, and they were both reading fluently on their own by age 5. They are both testing about 2 grade levels above their current grade each year as well. This book is special to me, because it gave me the opportunity to teach my own children to read. It was one of the first products I purchased on my homeschooling journey, and it was worth every penny. I began to use this book with my older child when my second child was born. It was a special time that helped to keep our bond strong with the birth of his baby sister. Buy this book – you will never regret it!

Criticism: I found some minor typographical errors throughout the book, but they did not affect the over all use of the book. This is an excellent product and well worth the investment in your child’s future.