It’s NOT Just A Dog! Book Review & Giveaway

It’s NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres – Blog Tour

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School’s out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison’s foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.

It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres - Blog Tour

When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison’s determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she’ll have to sneak around some shady characters. It’ll be tricky since her dad isn’t happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won’t be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.

It's NOT Just A Dog!

In the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!

We recently got a chance to read this book and loved every part of it. This book is easy to read with great plot, characters and a strong message. We recommend this book as a must read for all middle graders and dog lovers.

Pam Torres

About the Author: Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and did most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early, and had five energetic and creative children, and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories are doing writers’ workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after-school art club.

Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full-time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well-paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him.

The Project Madison Series is her debut middle-grade series. She organized Project Madison around its release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.

It’s NOT Just A Dog! is perfect for ages 9 to 12, with 184 pages, costs $10.47 and it’s available from April 2014.

You can find It’s NOT Just A Dog! at the online stores like Amazon, Barnes And Noble and IndieBound.

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win one of the Prize Packages!

Grand Prize – Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize – 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages – One 5×7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.

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Facebook Page Contests – During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.

Attention Teachers and Parents:

Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween holding my book, a student or relative will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.

In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.) One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.

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Delicious Diabetes Cooking Cookbook Review

Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People

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Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People – Delicious diabetes-suitable meals, whether you’re dining alone or with a companion.

Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People

There’s no reason to settle for leftovers or a hastily thrown together meal when you could be cooking with these sumptuous recipes specifically designed for one or two people. (They can also be easily scaled up if you’re entertaining.)

All these wonderful recipes will be enjoyed by anyone, diabetic or not, and many are even suitable, with a minimum of adjustment, for those managing other dietary restrictions such as gluten or dairy allergies. None of the recipes is long or complicated, and they all feature easily accessible ingredients to encourage you to cook on your own. They make cooking for diabetes management an exciting experience rather than a dreary chore.

In addition to the diabetes-suitable recipes there’s also a wealth of diabetes-related information, everything from symptoms, diagnosis and blood sugar control to alternative sweetener information and nutritional therapy.

All of the recipes feature complete nutritional analyses, making it easy to follow diabetes guidelines and recommendations at every meal of the day and every occasion.

Whatever other measures you may take to manage your diabetes, the bedrock of your treatment is to manage your diet. These delicious, easy-to- prepare recipes will provide you with a healthy and economical way to start you on your path.

When I got a chance to review this cookbook I jumped to it, because at the time I was 32 weeks pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This diagnoses got me by surprise because I was eating pretty healthy throughout this pregnancy and I started it with a healthy weight, exercising on regular basis and not to mention no history of diabetes or gestational diabetes in the family. So when opportunity came I was super interested in this cookbook just because I wanted to cook healthy, yummy meals for the baby and myself and not eat the wrong things that could harm either one of us.

In this cookbook I soon found easy to make, delicious recipes that are perfect not only when you have diabetes, but for everyone. My family enjoyed them even though they didn’t have to go trough any dietary restrictions. We found yummy recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner and some super yummy desserts everyone enjoyed.

I also enjoyed reading all of the useful information about diabetes and I love that each recipe comes with the nutrients per serving report and the very important food choices per serving. And I’m sure if you have any type of diabetes you know how important tracking the food choices is and how easy it is to go over and not know what is the right amount to eat. With these recipes you have it at the side of each recipe and it makes the cooking/eating that much easier and more enjoyable.

So far we tried:

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Carrot and Red Lentil Soup
  • Ajwar
  • Hard-Cooked Eggs with Spinach
  • Chicken and Apple Salad
  • Pasta and Broccoli au Gratin
  • Stir-Fried Shrimp with Ginger
  • Herb Frittata
  • Old-Fashioned Ginger and Honey Cookies
  • Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

We continue to try new recipes daily and enjoy them a lot. Now that I’m not pregnant anymore and my gestational diabetes is completely gone I still find the recipes in this cookbook easy, yummy and delicious for my whole family.

I know that you will enjoy these recipes as well whether you are diabetic or not!

About the Author: Michelle Berriedale-Johnson has been involved with food sensitivity for nearly 30 years, ever since her baby son and his father were both diagnosed with milk intolerance. Since then she has manufactured ‘freefrom’ food, run a magazine about food sensitivity for both health professionals and patients, and written a number of books on food allergy and intolerance. Apart from writing recipes, Michelle edits the FoodsMatter family of websites and writes the FoodsMatter blog (complete with garden and cats!) She lives in the United Kingdom.

This cookbook has 168 pages $19.95 US available from April 2014.

To find out more about the Delicious Diabetes Cooking for One or Two People cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend Review

Delicious & Mellow Cup of Coffee

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Starbucks coffee is known for being bold. But what if you want a cup that’s just as great-tasting, but not as dark roasted? Enter Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees. It’s the coffee Starbucks has been missing — made for the people they’ve been missing.

Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee Veranda Blend

Just like the Starbucks coffees you already know, they’re crafted using only the finest beans and are full of flavor. But unlike their renowned dark roasts, Starbucks Blonde Roast coffees are decidedly mellow. One sip and you’ll fall in love. We’re talking perfectly balanced, beautiful, light-bodied coffees.

But don’t just take our word for it – sample Starbucks Veranda Blend, Aria Blend and NEW Bright Sky Blend for yourself.

Recently we got a chance to try the Starbucks Blonde Roast Veranda Blend and found it to be a nice change from the usual medium/dark coffee roasts that we enjoy daily. This Veranda Blend is mellow, flavorful, a bit nutty and it has just the right hint of the cocoa. Definitely a perfect blend to relax and unwind with.

Of course you can grab a cup of Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee from your favorite barista, but did you know all three blends are available in grocery stores, too? Look for bags starting around $8.99 and boxes of K-Cup packs for $9.99 to $12.99, depending on the count.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook Review

The Most Complete Book on Stir-Fries

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Stir-fries are an ideal way to prepare delicious, nutritious and internationally inspired meals quickly and easily. Novices and experienced cooks can create fantastic meals with just one wok, skillet or frying pan.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

In 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes, Nancie McDermott creates outstanding stir-fries based on her extensive food and travel experiences.

Here’s just a sampling of recipes:

  • Chicken with honey-ginger sauce
  • Spicy beef in lettuce cups, Szechuan-style
  • Pork with fresh ginger and mushrooms
  • Ham with eggs, onions and peas
  • Shrimp with pineapple and peas
  • Catfish with turmeric and fresh dill
  • Shiitake mushrooms with Napa cabbage and peas
  • Sugar snap peas with garlic
  • Everyday fried rice, Thai-style
  • Egg noodles with barbecued pork and bokchoy
  • Lemongrass beef, Vietnamese-style
  • Sweet Chinese sausage with eggs, onions and peas.

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

We love stir-fry recipes and when we got a chance to review this cookbook everyone in our house got super excited. We love the large variety of recipes and how easy they are to make. There really is something for everyone, whether you like meat based stir-fry or the veggie ones.

So far we tried:

  • Chicken with Sweet and Hot Peppers
  • Pork Slices with Bursting Peas
  • Shrimp with Tomatoes, Lemon and Parsley
  • Candied Walnuts

300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes Cookbook

In addition to thorough information on stir-frying traditions and techniques, there are recommendations for the best equipment. A comprehensive easy-to-follow pantry list and glossary enhance this quintessential stir-fry cookbook.

About the Author: Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher, specializing in the traditional cooking and culinary traditions of Asia and of the American South. Her Southern studies began at birth in Piedmont North Carolina, and her Asian culinary research commenced when she was sent to notherneastern Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to writing for magazines and newspapers and teaching cooking classes, she is the author of ten cookbooks, including 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This cookbook has 352 pages $27.95 CA / $24.94 US available from March 2014.

To find out more about the 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Review

Taste the Crunchy Side of Oatmeal

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Just like you, NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola proves that nothing is impossible. Your family squeezes soccer practice, homework and piano recitals into one day, while Quaker has added the crunch of granola to the wholesomeness of oatmeal for a bold new breakfast to help fuel your family.

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola

The hearty goodness of whole grain Quaker oats are specially baked into delicious clusters of multigrain granola that stay crunchy even after being heated with milk. The only question is which flavor to start with:

  • Apple Cinnamon is made with real pieces of apple and the ideal touch of cinnamon
  • Cranberry Almond has the perfectly sweet taste of cranberries and the nutty flavor of almonds
  • Honey Almond sets up your day with the sweet and nutty flavors of honey with almonds mixed in

Make it with Milk – It’s always smart to have a gallon of the good stuff in the fridge. While NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola gets its satisfying crunch from clusters of multigrain granola, you need to heat it up with milk to fully enjoy the creamy side of the equation. It only takes 25 seconds to make, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy the crunch.

All the Benefits you Love – It turns out this bold new texture still has the wholesome goodness you expect out of your favorite hot cereal. Each bowl of NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola has at least as many whole grains (32g) and fiber (4g) as a bowl of Original Quaker Instant Oatmeal (27g whole grains, 3g fiber).

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond

We recently got a chance to try the NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond and we loved every spoonful.

Our family loves Quaker products and the NEW Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola doesn’t disappoint. We love how easy it is to make. How perfectly crunchy and yummy it is and how we can enjoy this any time of the day, especially doing the busy mornings. This granola is perfect warm with milk, or when added to your morning yogurt on the side. It adds just the right amount of yummy crunch! We tried the Cranberry Almond and can’t wait to try the rest of the flavors!

Find out where you can shop for your favorite Quaker Oats foods and snacks using the Product Locator Tool on their website!

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Delicious Easy-to-Prepare Vegan Recipes

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The vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more popular. There are many different reasons for not eating meat, milk, or eggs. Yet all vegans desire tantalizing dishes and meal ideas.

125 Best Vegan Recipes

125 Best Vegan Recipes offers appealing recipes for everything from soups, salads and wraps, to pasta and grains, and desserts and baked goods. Many families have at least one adolescent vegan and need kid-friendly recipes the whole family will enjoy. Far from the mundane, these creative recipes have an international flair, are easy to execute, and guarantee delicious results every time.

Here’s just a sampling:

  • Spicy Black Bean Dip
  • Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
  • Corn Meal Waffles with Wild Blueberry Compote
  • Penne with Sautéd Mushroom Marsala and Caramelized Onion
  • Spaghetti and Soy Meatballs
  • Pistachio Biscotti
  • Cranberry Orange Scones

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Cheeseless Pizza

We recently got a chance to review this cookbook and try some of the delicious recipes inside. We love how easy the recipes are and how well they work for our family, even though we still enjoy eating meat from time to time. The fact that there are kid friendly recipes was important to us and that these recipes are also amazing for entertaining.

So far we tried:

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Berry Smoothie
  • Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
  • Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Sticky Pecan Squares

Besides the outstanding recipes, there is also nutritional information helpful to the vegan lifestyle. To aid in meal planning and preparation, there is a useful vegan pantry list with freezer recommendations. For vegans or even those considering the vegan lifestyle, this cookbook is vital.

About the Authors: Maxine Effenson Chuck is a writer and editor with a special interest in cooking and Beth Gurney is a professional chef, pastry chef and cooking instructor.

This cookbook has 216 pages $19.95 CA / $19.95 US / £12.95 UK available from February 2014.

To find out more about the 125 Best Vegan Recipes cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

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