Just in time for the holidays! Joan Reeves, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance, shares 52 Cake Recipes and more than a dozen basic and specialty Frosting Recipes collected from 3 generations of home bakers.
In a world where you can get cake at a fast food restaurant for a relatively cheap price, why bake one? There are many reasons beginning with the incredible taste of a home-baked cake and ending with the Zen of cake baking.
There is something immensely satisfying about coming home after a really bad day at work and making a cake. The cake preparation process of combining ingredients, creaming, blending, and mixing is very Zen-like. In about an hour you can go from no cake to cake on the table, and your mood can go from frazzled to satisfied.
The 52 cake recipes in this book are family recipes collected through the years by Joan. The recipes are from her grandmother, her mother, friends, and other family members. Some recipes are complex and time-intensive. Other recipes use the convenience of cake mixes, and others are dump cakes that offer time-saving convenience and good taste. Try a different cake every week so you can also claim that Friday Is Cake Day!
Calmness is within your reach.
With a little bit of help, the methods of truly relaxing your mind and body, and letting go of stresses and strains, can be learned, practised and perfected.
Bursting with tips, centring statements and soothing activities, Find Calm will help you to feel more at ease in the world and better equipped to deal with the things that really matter.
If you go into the woods, you're in for a dark surprise.
Thirty years ago, three girls followed a stranger into the woods. Only two returned. The surviving pair have never been able to remember what happened or what the fate of the third girl was. Local rumours talk of hippies and drugs and mystic rituals, but no one has learned the truth.
This story is just what Rowan Blake needs. He's in debt, his journalistic career is in tatters – as well as his damaged body – and he's retreated to the Lake District to write. Yet even Rowan isn't prepared for the evil he is about to unearth, for the secrets that have been buried in that wood for far too long...
Praise for David Mark:
'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL
'Breathtaking' PETER MAY
'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' PETER JAMES
'Brilliantly written – a cracking story' RICHARD MADELEY, Richard and Judy Book Club
'To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail' KIRKUS REVIEWS
'Exceptional ... Mark is writing at the top of his game' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review
'A master of the dark psychological thriller' KIRKUS
A COLLECTION OF EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINING CRAFTS THAT ARE SURE TO GET KIDS AND PARENTS TO UNPLUG AND INTERACTDoes your child spend too much time in front of a screen? Help them discover the excitement of hands-on learning with Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love. Packed with DIY projects like a personalized race track chore tracker, a high-flying homemade 3D kite and handmade musical instruments, the activities in this book will encourage your child to explore the world beyond the screen.Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love features step-by-step instructions and color photosfor over 60 entertaining and educational projects that are guaranteed to:• Promote lifelong learning• Stimulate creativity• Improve problem solving• Spur imaginative thinking• Encourage independent playtimeAnd the fun doesn’t end when the crafting is over. Youngsters will love making and playing with their new handmade creations on game night, at parties, during holidays and more.
With a lack of sentimentality unusual for the genre, Venice Observed explores the history, art, architecture, religion, and cultural peculiarities of the City of Canals. Mordantly witty and legendarily wry, Mary McCarthy catalogs the impressions of such visitors to the city as Montaigne, Stendhal, Spencer, and Henry James, but paints her own wholly original depictions of the city. Her adoration of the immortal city enlivens her interest in everything from the Venetian preference for cats over dogs to Tintoretto's paintings in the Scuola di San Rocco. Concerning Venice's ubiquitous tourists, McCarthy notes, "The complaint against foreigners, voiced by a foreigner, chimes querulously through the ages, in unison with the medieval monk who found St Mark's Square filled with 'Turks, Libyans, Parthians, and other monsters of the sea.' Today it is the Germans we complain of, and no doubt they complain of the Americans, in the same words." Conversational yet deeply informed, Venice Observed is a classic travel narrative for the ages.
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