Thursday, September 20, 2012

Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes

Here's another plug for a book I recently downloaded.   Susanne, over at Hillbilly Housewife, is working on a series of cookbooks exclusively for Amazon Kindle.  The great thing about it is you don't even have to have a Kindle to download them!  Amazon downloaded my purchase right to the Kindle app on my iPod touch and I was ready to go.  For only $2.99, (or borrow for free on a real Kindle), Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes includes 35 recipes to make delicious homemade jellies and jams from scratch.

If you know the Hillbilly Housewife, you know that she is all about cooking from scratch and saving money without sacrificing flavor.  This is not just a recipe book.  There is a lot of education as well as some entertaining anecdotes here.  Recipes include canned and frozen jams and even some quirky refrigerator jams like Bacon Refrigerator Jam.  Go figure.  Could be good with pancakes.  I enjoyed Homemade Jelly and Jam Recipes and can't wait to give her Spiced Tomato Jam and Grape Jam recipes a try.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Homecoming: Memoirs of a Deployed Marine

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I have been trying to come up with some brilliant, clever blog topics these last few weeks, but life has been so chaotic on the Homestead that I am finding it difficult to focus on writing.  So while I continue trying to catch up with myself and write something relatively coherent, I will be making some plugs for some other folks.

Today I have a plug for my future son-in-law's friend: "Homecoming"  is a book about U.S. Marines on deployment in Iraq, written by a Marine.  My daughter's fiance and the author, Russel Vineyard, served together in Iraq.  Vineyard's presentation is rough and raw, but true to life, and full of action and adventure.  I do not recommend it for anyone under the age of 16, but for mature adults, it is an eye opener to what "our boys" go through "over there".

I am proud of this young man for making such a courageous start as a writer, and hope he will continue to hone his skills and bring us more stories from his experience and imagination.

In support of all our Marines who have returned from active duty and are trying to get on with "normal" lives, and in support of all of us "starving" writers, I encourage you to check out this book;)