There’s nothing like a book to help you escape your mundane life. Since the virus has taken over our life, we’ve all had to find new activies and books to keep our minds occupied. Here are my latest reads:
CBD Cocktails: Over 100 Recipes to Take the Edge Off
Take the edge off with over 100 recipes that feature one of the hottest trends in craft cocktails: CBD, the non-psychoactive extract from marijuana that aids anxiety, pain relief, and insomnia.
Whether this is an ingredient completely new to you or one that you want to know how best to use, let Sailene Ossman, a fixture in the Los Angeles cannabis scene since the mid-90s who has gone from underground hero to celebrated expert explain CBD in all its forms and how best to use it to address individuals’ needs. Whether you want to add depth to a traditional mixed drink or are in need of stress-relieving juice, CBD Cocktails is an essential resource for using this dynamic ingredient.
Whether you’re decorating your first house, looking for an affordable refresh for one room, or planning an entirely new concept as part of a renovation, one question provides the adequate jump start for any project. Where do I begin? It can be a challenge to know where to start in each scenario to make the various rooms in a home truly work—and work together—to fulfill one’s needs. Thankfully, popular blogger and designer Rachel Van Kluyve gets to the heart of how to create intention in any room in She Made Herself a Home: A Practical Guide to Design, Organize, and Give Purpose to Your Space (March 2020, Thomas Nelson).
One may ask why the word “intention” matters. According to Rachel, that comforting feeling of home doesn’t happen by accident – in fact, intention can be the difference between a house being a structure made of four walls, and a home, which provides a sense of refuge, security and love. “Home” is created when space has a specific purpose for how someone wants to live.
Readers of She Made Herself a Home will discover how to create a home that’s inviting, beautiful, functional, and uniquely personal–all while staying on a budget. This home décor planner, with beautiful photography from more than 40 real homes and contributions from other successful home décor bloggers, will makes home designing an exciting, unintimidating prospect.
From Carolyn Turgeon, editor in chief of Enchanted Living and author of The Faerie Handbook and The Mermaid Handbook, comes this exquisitely illustrated and beautifully designed lifestyle compendium, a complete guide to the world of unicorns covering fashion and beauty; arts and culture; and home, food, and entertaining with step-by-step crafts and recipes.
Strong, regal, and dazzling, there is no more romantic a creature in both folklore and pop culture than the majestic unicorn. Known for its preference for solitary living in the depths of enchanted and perfumed forests, the unicorn will only occasionally reveal itself to virginal ladies and/or save the day with its magical horn, which is said to neutralize poison when dipped into food or drink.
In medieval times, unicorns were a symbol of chivalry and aristocracy, so it’s no surprise that they became the ideal companion for gallant knights, and eventually, the symbol of Jesus in many illuminated bestiaries. They also came to represent unknown danger in the ancient city of Persepolis in 515 BCE, a belief immortalized on the British coat of arms with the unicorn shown as the mighty lion’s fiercest opponent. This feud also appears in a traditional English nursery that was the origin of the quarrel between The Lion and the Unicorn in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.
It wasn’t long before a piece of the unicorn’s mane, blood, and horn became hot commodity in man’s pursuit for immortality. Today, unicorns can be found in modern tales like Harry Potter, television shows like My Little Pony, colorful Lisa Frank-inspired fashion and makeup trends, and must-have food crazes like the Unicorn Frappuccino and bagels.
Divided into four sections: flora and fauna; fashion and beauty; arts and culture; home, food, and entertaining—The Unicorn Handbook is the ultimate compilation and guidebook filled with step-by-step projects and recipes throughout. Learn how to make your very own unicorn tail loop braid or unicorn dust for that extra sparkle in your life. There are recipes to make a plum cake straight from the world of Alice in Wonderland and tips on how to throw the most unique garden party ever (complete with instructions on how to make unicorn horn table favors and utensils). And there’s also an exclusive interview with Peter S. Beagle, the author of the classic tale The Last Unicorn.
Growing Your Own Cocktails, Mocktails, Teas & Infusions: Gardening Tips and How-To Techniques for Making Artisanal Beverages at Home
This new book shows what leaves, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and roots to grow so you can enjoy them in a refreshing, brand new way.
Learn how to plant, maintain, and harvest each ingredient to enjoy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all year-round!
Author, Jodi Helmer is an experienced journalist who writes about food, gardening, farming, the environment and sustainable living. Jodi’s work has appeared in Entrepreneur, Hemispheres, Civil Eats, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Farm Life, WebMD, Health, CNNMoney and Guardian Sustainable Business. She is the author of five books, including The Green Year and Farm Fresh Georgia. When she’s not writing, she grows vegetables and raises bees.
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