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Garden of Stars

Garden of Stars

Garden of Stars Garden of Stars: “This novel by Rose Alexander is a stunning debut novel, rich in detail and brimming with emotion.”   –   Books of all Kinds. Garden of Stars: First of all, ...

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society:  First of all  this novel from the author of Friendship Bread, follows a group of fascinating women who form deep friendships through their love...

Vegan sweet potato and tomato soup

Vegan sweet potato and tomato soup

Vegan sweet potato and tomato soup Ingredients:  Vegan sweet potato and tomato soup: 1 small white onion, chopped. 1 orange pepper, diced. 2 large carrots, diced. 1 x 16 oz. .can of chickpeas. One x...

Dracula orchids

Dracula orchids

Dracula orchids Dracula orchids: Dracula orchids are closely related to Masdevallias. The care is similar. The labellum are usually larger, often resembling a mushroom to attract flies. The flower stems grow horizontally or downward....

Change Your Brain Change Your Body

Change Your Brain Change Your Body

Change Your Brain Change Your Body Change Your Brain Change Your Body: The key to a better body, in shape, energized, and youthful, is a healthy brain. Use your brain to get and keep...

Plant a fever tree in your garden

Plant a fever tree in your garden

Plant a fever tree in your garden Plant a fever tree in your garden.  First of all,  most fever trees can be found growing in groups. But you can also plant just a single...

Quiche with bacon and vegetables

Quiche with bacon and vegetables

Quiche with bacon and vegetables Ingredients: One unbaked pastry shell of 9 inches 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms One cup chopped fresh broccoli 3/4 cup chopped sweet onion 2-1/2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups...

After the Fire

After the Fire

After the Fire After the Fire:  From a New York Times best selling author: First of all, when her seemingly perfect marriage falls apart,Hyacinth is ripped from her children.  She is  forced to contend...

Pay It Down!

Pay It Down!

Pay It Down! Pay It Down: Author Jean Chatzky has been working with viewers of NBC’s Today show for a series on how to get out of debt once and for all. She has...

African bush daisies

African bush daisies

African bush daisies African bush daisies: This large perennial bush grows well in warm climates. The plant will bloom all season long with yellow daisy-like flowers, until the cold season falls. The deeply cut,...

Chicken breasts with asparagus and peas

Chicken breasts with asparagus and peas

Chicken breasts with asparagus and peas Ingredients: 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil One small red onion 1 clove garlic 1/2 c. dry white wine One cup...

The Goodbye Storm

The Goodbye Storm

The Goodbye Storm The Goodbye Storm:   Autumn Chase is painfully aware grief is a beast that will not be chased off before it is ready to leave.  When an icy road and a dark...

Beef curry with rice

Beef curry with rice

Beef curry with rice Ingredients: 4 cups rice 25g/1oz of butter 750g/1lb of chuck or steak cut into small cubes 2 medium onions sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon...

The Flame and the Flower

The Flame and the Flower

The Flame and the Flower The Flame and the Flower: The Flower Doomed to a life of unending toil, Heather Simmons fears for her innocence. Until a shocking, desperate act forces her to flee...

Silver Queen plants look good in containers

Silver Queen plants look good in containers

Silver Queen plants look good in containers: Silver queen plants look good in containers:  These beautiful looking plants have lance-shaped leaves, which are dark green with silver variegation and appear on multiple stalks. Commonly...

Chocolate cherry buns

Chocolate cherry buns

Chocolate cherry buns Ingredients for the dough: 250ml/9fl oz of milk 1 teaspoons mixed spice optional) 75g butter plus extra for greasing 500g/1lb 2oz white bread flour 7g of instant yeast 75g/2½oz soft and...

Rich and Pretty

Rich and Pretty

Rich and Pretty After growing up together, best friends Sarah and Lauren struggle to maintain their bond while crafting separate adult lives in New York City. “A must-read” – J. Courtney Sullivan. “Smart, sharp,...

Cape honeysuckle for your patio

Cape honeysuckle for your patio

Cape honeysuckle for your patio Cape honeysuckle for your patio: Also known as Tecomaria capensis, this plant is an attractive ornamental garden plant commonly used for screening and decorative purposes. It can also be...

Staright A's Never Made Anybody Rich

Straight A’s Never Made Anybody Rich

Straight A’s Never Made Anybody Rich: Publisher description: Straight A’s Never Made Anybody Rich: How should we measure success? What is your definition of success? In this warm and wise book, Wess Roberts, bestselling...

Goat's horn cacti are easy to grow

Goat’s horn cacti are easy to grow

Goat’s horn cacti are easy to grow Goat’s horn cacti are easy to grow: First of all, the Goat’s horn cactus is one of the most popular cacti from the Astrophytum genus (Astrophytum Capricorne)....

Apple caramel pudding

Apple caramel pudding

Apple caramel pudding Ingredients: For the apple mix: 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup (125ml) golden syrup Half a cup (125 ml) sour cream or buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) caramel or butterscotch essence 2 tablespoons...

Flipping the Switch

Flipping the Switch

Flipping the Switch Flipping the Switch: First of all,  in his best selling book QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, John G. Miller reveals how personal accountability helps to create opportunity. In addition,  it...

Red eye verbena are versatile plants

Red eye verbena are versatile plants

Red eye verbena are versatile plants Red eye verbena are versatile plants: First of all, verbena flowers are bright and showy. In addition, they perform well, excelling in the heat and dryness of many...

Spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara Ingredients: 8 ounces spaghetti 2 large eggs 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan 4 slices bacon, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley...

Clean Gut

Clean Gut

Clean Gut Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health In Clean Gut, Alejandro Junger, M.D, New York Times best selling author of Clean and creator...

Add a wild pomegranate tree to your garden

Add a wild pomegranate tree to your garden

Add a wild pomegranate tree to your garden Add a wild pomegranate tree to your garden:  This tree is an attractive ornamental tree, which is also used to attract nectar-feeding birds. Its bright red...

Italian biscotti

Italian biscotti

Italian biscotti Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 3 tablespoons brandy 2 teaspoons pure almond extract 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup whole almonds with skin, lightly toasted and cooled. ...

Sweet potato cheesecake

Sweet potato cheesecake

Sweet potato cheesecake Ingredients: For the crust: 2 cups cracker crumbs finely crushed 1/2 cup butter melted 1/4 cup pecans finely chopped For the filling: 3 – 8-ounce packages softened cream cheese 1 cup...