Book Review…Eating for Beauty


Eating for Beauty Kindle Edition by David Wolfe (Author)

Lately I was in the emergency room with my three year old, watching people come in and go out for hours. As I sat there, I started noticing which people in the waiting room probably took the time to exercise and watch what they ate. I started feeling convicted that not taking better care of ourselves during the early and mid-life…(or whatever-the-heck-you’re-fifties are)…is selfish because in twenty or so years, our kids and grandkids will then have to take care of us based on the decisions that we ourselves make now.

The book Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging appealed to me because I am finally getting a grip on my own version of a “holistic” lifestyle—a belief that each aspect of one’s life affects any other aspect.

I believe that the words  “beauty” and “health” are closely related. I often play piano at various nursing homes …and often the people who I find the most attractive are the women who took take care of themselves along their journey.

Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging is a book about the difference between acid and alkaline foods, food classes, detoxification, beautifying foods and recipes, and how all of this affects anything from our skin to our voice….that will be of interest to people seeking not only to improve his or her appearance, but also vitality and health.

The title, Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Agingis appropriate for the book because the book educates the reader about the benefits of the specific foods he eats, discusses the importance of  exercise, and encourages each of us  to live a beautiful life through both our thoughts as well as our actions.

The central theme…”what we eat affects how we look”…is carried out throughout the book through…

  • a discussion of what each food is capable of contributing to the body
  • in-depth descriptions of beneficial foods 
  • more than 30 gourmet “beauty recipes” 
  • scientific explanations of the human body’s chemical reactions to various elements of nutrition, physical activity and sleep
  • the “Beauty Diet,” a diet based on raw foods that is designed to “cleanse, nourish and beautify”

The author of the book is David Wolfe, one of America’s foremost nutrition experts, …who has also written the best-selling book The Sunfood Diet Success System. 

The main idea of Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging is…

Raw organic foods are so much better for us than foods that have been processed further and further away they are from their true raw potential. 

“Garbage In—Garbage Out”…remember that expression from back in the days when we were all carrying around floppy disks for our computers?!

The same is true about ourselves…you cannot put bad food into your body…and expect to have great skin or hair…not to mention good health.

I found this book to be incredibly enlightening and educational book, filled with nutritional nuggets and inspiration.

On the other hand, the one thing that I disliked most about the book was the level of commitment and the practicality of eating a raw food diet on a regular basis that maintaining a program like this would involve…

After all, a Mississippi girl’s gotta eat…and probably would choose fried chicken over raw potatoes any day of the year.

I would recommend this book mainly to readers who are looking for ways to improve their appearance, vitality, and health. 



    Keys to an Excellent Editorial Content…In-Depth Material

    Regardless what you may be writing or learning about-baking, lettering, underwater basket weaving-there most likely is research involved…and the amount of information on just about any topic that you could blog about can be overwhelming and confusing..The following six-step process has become my standard for learning and researching any particular topic…

    1. Begin your research by looking at Amazon and asking the following questions…

    What markets are popular within your niche?

    What are people searching for?

    What are the most popular items related to this topic?…

    What the main companies are that make these products?

    What are the best-selling books about this topic?

    Who are the most prominent authors writing about this topic?

    What can I learn from the table of contents and any other pages that I am able to “look inside”? 

    2. Next look at the list of the most prominent books and authors from Amazon.

    Who are the most featured “experts” on this topic?

    Which of these “experts” also have their own websites?

    Do any of these authors give book recommendations about your topic on their websites? 

    Can you find these books on Kobo or some similar app?

    Do any particular books about your topic honestly seem worth reading or are most of the books a total waste of time? 

    3. Now nestle with a few good magazines.

    Find the search engine for the particular magazine’s website ASAP… (ignore everything else)…

    Which magazines from a comprehensive list are most likely to have published an article about this topic lately?

    Have any of them actually written about this topic lately?

     4. Wander through a few websites…

    Who were the manufacturers of the products you initially found on Amazon?

    Which of these manufacturers have their own websites?

    Which of these manufacturer websites have articles regarding my topic worth bookmarking?…(not just the products themselves…I can analyze that better on Amazon)…

    Which of these manufacturers have blogs that might be worth following?   

    5.  Now look at trends by using trend forecasters

    Google Trends, News Me, NowRelevant, OneRiot for the Social Web, Repinly, Trending Topics on Wikipedia, Trends Buzz, Trendsmap, Trendpedia, What The Trend, and Viral Video Chart can all help you find current information on what people are searching for and popular trends.

    Keyword research tools such as Market Samurai… can help you identify whether your content idea is a good one or not, and give you ideas for more related keywords and more potential blog post ideas.

    6. Finally check out any blogs related to your topic

    Use Alltop, Best of the Web Blog Search, Blog Catalog, and Bloglovin’ to find the blogs that are most likely to have posted about your given topic…bookmark these also…

    Keys to an Excellent Editorial Calendar…Rotating Topics

    Never think of writing posts as merely scribbling down yet another article just because everyone else does and then hoping that readers other than you actually read it…as if it were another Facebook post…

    Think of your blog as a major, nationally-published magazine written by yourself for yourself…you are its most faithful reader…you are its most dependable subscriber…you are the editor-in-chief, writer, photographer, budget analyst, and whatever else you wanna call yourself.

    Think of the couch you’re most likely sitting on as a real office… 

    Think of who you are now, where you would like to be, and how you are going to get there…  

    1. Who you are now

    Pinpoint what you are offering. .Is it a particular service or product? Is it tangible or intangible?

    Identify exactly what you hope to accomplish by offering this product or service…

    As a blogger, ask yourself if your main objective is to…

    • entertain and make your readers laugh
    • inspire your readers  
    • offer advice based on your own past experience and expertise
    • teach your readers how to do something 

    2.  Where you would like to be…

    Come up with The “Big Idea,”a topic sentence or mission statement that will lay the foundation from this point forward…a statement that defines exactly where you ultimately want to position yourself in your niche and take your blog.

    Once you have “nailed” down this “Big Idea,”this mission statement, print or write it as a graphic ..and work everything else from this point forward around this mission statement.

    3.  How you are going to get there…

    Make a list of potential keywords or topics that can be used to brainstorm ideas for actual posts. 

    Think of the general topics that you will blog about every single month-those topics that you will never get tired of writing about and that you will never have trouble finding new ideas to write about..

    This will help you keep writing, even when feeling uninspired or overwhelmed. This will also attract a loyal following by setting expectations for readers who will want to return for the next post about this topic.

    Ask yourself questions like...

    • What and who inspire me the most?
    • What are your own favorite blogs? Why?
    • What topics am I truly passionate about, not merely interested in?
    • What topics am I truly gifted in and already know a lot about?

    1.  Your About Me page can be used to start writing this list of potential routine topics. Highlight the words and phrases that could help you come up with your editorial calendar and actual posts, especially look for verbs.

    Looking back over my own About Me page, some of the verbs that I see are…

    • opening a bed and breakfast
    • making my readers excited to visit Muffins and Magnolias B&B 
    • decorating
    • cooking and baking
    • blogging, writing, andplanning

    2.  The second obvious place to look for topics for blog posts are your Pinterest boards…I have the following boards…

    • Beginning with Breakfast—cooking
    • Blogging and Being Social—writing
    • Celebrating Life—planning
    • Creating a Home—cleaning, organizing, and decorating
    • Dreaming Big—wishing
    • Dropping the Kids Off—college, preschool
    • Getting Dressed—obvious
    • Getting Healthy—eating healthy, excercising
    • Heading Off to Work—learning, networking, “being productive”
    • Killing Time—reading, quilting, watching movies
    • Lasting through Lunch—more cooking
    • Making Dinner Plans—more cooking
    • Satisfying the Sweet Tooth—even more cooking
    • Starting the Day Off Right—spending time with God and friends

    Most importantly, build a blog that you yourself would follow. Never post anything that you wouldn’t want to read yourself.

      The Keys to Writing an Excellent Editorial Calendar…Timely Pieces…September

      An annual editorial calendar helps keep yourself accountable, if only to yourself, and makes posts more predictable for your audience.

      I have learned to group my posts into three different categories—timely pieces, rotated topics, and in-depth material.

      Timely Pieces….These are holidays and events that you will probably write about every single year such as…

      • January…New Year’s Day
      • February…Valentine’s Day
      • March…St. Patrick’s Day
      • April…
      • May…Mother’s Day…Memorial Day…Cinco De Mayo
      • June…Father’s Day
      • July…Independence Day.
      • August…Back to School…Labor Day
      • September…Labor Day
      • October…Halloween
        November… Thanksgiving Day…Black Friday…Veterans Day
      • December…Christmas
      • Monthly Editorial Calendar (September)...This is perhaps the most important section of your blog planner. Knowing exactly what needs to be done…and exactly when it needs to be completed is crucial to any business. In the context of blogging, having a list of blog post topics to be completed by a specific time is vital.
      • Better Breakfast Month
      • California Wine Month
      • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
      • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
      • Food Safety Education Month
      • Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
      • Hydrocephalus Awareness Month
      • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
      • Month of the Holy Cross
      • National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
      • National Bourbon Heritage Month
      • National Chicken Month
      • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
      • National Cholesterol Education Month
      • National Honey Month
      • National Mushroom Month
      • National Ovarian Cancer Month
      • National Papaya Month
      • National Potato Month
      • National Preparedness Month
      • National Prostate Health Month
      • National Rice Month
      • National Whole Grains Month
      • National Wild Rice Month
      • National Yoga Month
      • Pain Awareness Month
      • Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month
      • Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
      • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
      1. September 1. National Gyro Day
      2. September 2…International Bacon Day…National “Grits for Breakfast” Day…The best book I read this summer was…
      3. September 3 National Baby Back Ribs Day…National Welsh Rarebit Day
      4. September 4…National Macadamia Nut Day
      5. September 5…Labor DayNational Cheese Pizza Day
      6. September 6…National Coffee Ice Cream DayNational Read a Book Day
      7. September 7…National Beer Lover’s Day
      8. September 8…National Date-Nut Bread Day…Grandparents’ Day
      9. September 9…National “I Love Food” Day
      10. September 10…Carl Garnier Federal Lands Cleanup Day…National Hot Dog Day
      11. September 1…Grandparents Day…National Hot Cross Bun Day… National Suicide Prevention Week
      12. September 12 …National Chocolate Milkshake Day
      13. September 13…National Peanut Day
      14. September 1…National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
      15. September 15…National Double Cheeseburger Day…National Creme de Menthe Day…National Linguini Day…National LGBT Awareness Day
      16. September 16…Constitution Day…National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day…National Peach Pie Day…National POW/MIA Recognition Day
      17. September 17 …Clean Up the World Day…Cow Harbor Day…National Apple Dumpling Day…National Monte Cristo Day…Von Steuben Day
      18. September 18…National Play-Dough Day…National Cheeseburger Day
      19. September 19 …National Butterscotch Pudding Da…Respect for the Aged Day (Japan)
      20. September 20 …National Punch Day…Prinsjesday.Netherlands(?!)… Rum Punch Day
      21. September 21 …National Pecan Cookie Day
      22. September 22 …Business Women’s Day…National Ice Cream Cone Day
      23. September 23…First Day of Fall…National White Chocolate Day… Native American Day
      24. September 24…National Cherries Jubilee Day
      25. September 25…Gold Star Mothers Day…National Food Service Workers Day…National Good Neighbor Day
      26. September 26 …National Key Lime Pie Day
      27. September 27…National Chocolate Milk Day
      28. September 28 …National Strawberry Cream Pie Day…National Drink a Beer Day
      29. September 29…National Coffee Day…National Mocha Day
      30. September 30 …National Mulled Cider Day

      Stepping Out the Door In Well Read Shoes


      Another resolution that I have made for this New Year is to actually put some time into studying the Bible for myself.

      But not only is my Father’s house a big, big house with lots of rooms…the Bible is a big, big book with lots and lots of chapters and verses and ideas.

      Being a musician of sorts, I’ve been taught to “start at the very beginning”…when you read, you begin with ABC…when you sing, you begin with do-re-mi…when you study the Bible, why not start with Genesis…

      So now that I’ve decided to study Genesis, how?!

      Actually there are several different Bible study methods that have been used for decades, including…

      • Bible Doctrine Studies
      • Book-by-Book
      • Character
      • Life-Focused
      • Topical


      1.  Bible Doctrine Studies…These studies place a heavier emphasis on theology by studying a particular doctrine. An example of a doctrine study in Genesis is What Happened in the Garden?...a book that offers scientific, literary, business, educational, and legal perspectives on creation…and how what we observe in the legal system, literature, gender roles, education, psychology, and science today are actually connected with creation.

      2.  Book-by-Book...Book-by-Book Bible Studies move through a particular book or passage of the Bible in an attempt to understand…

      • background and history of the original message
      • events that take place
      • how the text applies to our own lives today
      • key themes,  topics, and verses
      • major principles, insights, and lessons
      • people mentioned in that passage
      • personal applications that are personal, practical, and possible

      I am a big fan of Warren Wiersbe, author of over 150 books, and his Be Series  of commentaries on every book of the Bible. The first book about Genesis is Be Basic and studies chapters one to eleven.

      3.  Character Bible Study
      …A character study is the study of a specific biblical character person and his or her heart, attitude, personality, strengths, and weaknesses… how he or she thinks, feels, and responds to circumstances….one of the character’s quality traits that you would like to work on yourself…a situation similar to the one being discussed that is happening in your own life.

      An example of this would be Noah: Man of Destiny,  a novel about the man who built a large ship and spent months caring for thousands of animal, but also stood against a sinister belief system emerging throughout the land, escaped legendary beasts, tracked kidnappers, and acquired the skills he would need when God called him to his greatest adventure.

      4.    Life-Focused Bible Studies...These studies begin with real-life issues that are relevant today and seek to apply God’s Word to our lives in intentional ways. Many of these books share stories from real-life experiences, such as struggles people have faced in their own marriages, families, and work.

      Live Relationally bKenya Heitzig is an example of a lifetime-focused Bible study on Genesis. This study studies of the women in Genesis who experience death, marriage, divorce, rape, and family tragedy…women such as the complicated Tamar and the often oversimplified Eve…women who are wives and mothers, slaves and owners, sinners and saints… 

       5.  Topical Bible studies involve choosing a specific topic, thinking of questions you’d like to have answered about that topic, and finding every single reference to that topic. An example of a topical study would be the ark…through books such as Inside Noah’s Ark: Why It Worked which show how the ship was an actual working vessel…and how a crew of just eight people could have housed, fed, and watered all of the representatives of the animal kinds.


      Encourage One Another


      In this society far too many of us spend far too much of our time criticizing and complaining….and as a result, so many people and relationships are suffering from alienation, indifference, and even hostility.

      And at the heart of this suffering is a lack of affirmation, appreciation, or even acknowledgement.

      Many of us have been taught that affirmation is a humanistic, self-esteem, ego-boosting tool for manipulating others.

      Yet appropriate affirmation motivates the other person, without fueling pride…and encourages with words that are thoughtful, intentional, and respectful.

      Appropriate affirmation recognize Christ-like characteristics in others, as well as the work that God has done and is doing in the lives of the people around us.

      We must always make sure to keep God at the center of our affirmations by following the biblical pattern of saying, “I thank God for you…” 

      Affirming the work that God has done and is doing in others honors God so that the person is encouraged and God gets the glory.  

        Scriptures that demonstrate the purpose of building each other up include…..

        1.  Hebrews 10:24…

         2.  Romans 15:2 
        3.  1 Peter 3:9

        Forty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent actually reach their goals. 
        You can spend way too much time analyzing everything, thinking about getting started online, reading every article and book in sight, and never getting anything done…but with all the available resources out there, you will probably still be trying to figure out where to start….and simply writing that New Hear’s resolution on a new list of resolutions in December…

        • “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

        Even though you don’t have the perfect plan and are not sure exactly how it’s going to work out, the best way to learn is by doing….

        Regardless of the goal that you have set, there are many who, what, when, where, how, and why questions that you might ask yourself including…

        1.  WHO…Next talk to other people about your goals. This will make you feel both more excited and more committed.

        • Who benefits the most from me achieving this goal?
        • Who can help me achieve it? Who else is or should be involved?
        • Who else believes in me and my ability to reach this goal?
        • Who will support me? Who probably won’t support me? 

        2.  WHAT…First of all, write down specific goals that you want to achieve. Keep your list of goals in front of you. Frame them if you want.

        • What is my biggest passion and dream in life? What one wildly bold goal would I like to accomplish that would truly inspire me to get up each morning?
        • What do I want to accomplish? What will success look like?
        • What is the probability of ever reaching this goal?
        • What is the biggest obstacle hindering me from achieving my goals? 
        • What skills, tools, and resources do I need to acquire or master?
        • What is my next step? 

        Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” — Malala Yousafzai

        3.  WHEN…Focus on immediate tasks…only your tasks for today and the week ahead of you…so that you do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. Now, perhaps the most important task—get organized. Break larger goals into smaller tasks. Set up a plan or schedule. Break down the year into months, and then create specific action steps for each week. 

        • When can I find the time to do whatever it takes to reach this goal?
        • When would be a realistic time for me to have reached this goal?
        • When will there be enough information to know if and when I should set new goals?
        • When will I start working toward this goal?


        4.  WHERE

        • Where do I want to be this time next year?
        • Where will I acquire the necessary knowledge?
        • Where will my goal be accomplished? 
        • Where have I written my “chosen frozen” goals down so that they can become something tangible to focus on, evaluate, and refine on a regular basis?

        . “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir

        5.  HOW…Choose appropriate milestones and benchmarks for your particular goal. Reward yourself whenever you reach a milestone or benchmark.

        • How will I benefit from reaching this goal? 
        • How will I stay focused during the process? 
        • How will the business be different one year from now?
        • How will this goal be achieved?
        • How does this deadline influence your daily activities?
        • How should I best spend my time, instead wasting time on unrelated, unimportant, non-strategic activities?


         “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

        6.  WHY… Schedule a weekly check in with yourself. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Remind yourself why you set these goals in the first place. 

        • Why am I going to do this in the first place?
        • Why am I willing to invest time, energy, and money in doing this? 
        • Why is achieving this goal so important to me? 
        • Why is reaching this goal important? 


        My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”— Maya Angelou

        Celebrating Life-September…Labor Day Menu

        Being an Army wife, the Fourth of July has aways been a special holiday for our family…and, of course, being from the Deep South, our celebration centers around food.

        So today I’m sharing with you the menu that I have decided on for Labor Day this year.

        Growing up within spittng distance of Memphis, Tennessee,  I grew up eating “dry ribs” as part of each picnic or deck party.

        The most important step in making “dry ribs” is making the “dry rub,” that special mixture of herbs and spices that define the flavor of the meat.

        Just about every family in my “neck of the woods” has its own “secret family recipe” for dry rub…commonly consisting of various proportions of allspice,black pepper, brown sugar, cayenne, cumin, dry mustard, celery salt or celery seed, chili powder, dried oregano or rosemary, ginger, or white pepper.

        The following recipe is the dry rub recipe that I have been using since I crossed over the Mighty Mississippi into the Texas frontier twenty-five years ago. I like to make it in bulk to keep on hand…also great on chicken, pork chops, and anything else that doesn’t eat you first.

         Memphis-Style Dry Rub

        4Tbsp black pepper
        2C brown sugar
        3Tbsp cayenne
        2tsp celery seed
        3Tbsp cumin
        2tsp dried oregano
        1Tbsp dry mustard
        4Tbsp garlic powder
        3Tbsp salt
        1C sweet paprika



        Labor Day Ribs...Rub dry rub all over 2 St. Louis-cut or spare rib racks. Marinate in fridge overnight. 

        Start with a 200-220°F grill or smoker. Lay the ribs down so that are not directly over the heat source. Cover the grill or smoker. Let ribs cook for six hours, turning and rotating every hour.

        Hawaiian Macaroni Salad from Yellow Bliss Road
        Basic Potato Salad from The Baker Upstairs

        Overnight Slaw

        • 1 medium head cabbage, shredded
        • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
        • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
        • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
        • 1/2 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
        • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
        • 1/2 cup canola oil
        • 1/2 cup sugar
        • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
        • 1 teaspoon salt
        • 1 teaspoon celery seed
        • 1 teaspoon mustard seed

        Combine cabbage, onion, peppers and olives. In a large saucepan, mix remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute. Pour over vegetables, and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Mix well before serving. Yield: 16 servings.


        To make.…Combine 1 bottle Colavita Pinot Grigio Wine, ½ cup vodka, ¼ cup elderflower liqueur, ⅔ cup sliced strawberries, ⅔ cup blueberries, ⅓ cup raspberries, ⅓ cup blackberries. Refrigerate.

        To serve...muddle a few of the berries in each glass. Add ice, fill two-thirds full with wine mixture, and top with club soda. Serve with fresh mint sprigs.
        Paula Deen’s Classic Apple Pie 
        3/4 cup brown sugar
        1/4 cup flour
        1 tsp cinnamon
        pinch of nutmeg
        7 medium green apples, peeled and sliced
        1 tbsp lemon juice
        3 tbsp butter, cubed
        2 unbaked pie crusts
        egg wash for brushing on crust

        1.  Preheat oven to 375ºF.Mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.Place the apple slices in a large mixing bowl. Toss with the dry ingredients mixture to coat.

        2.  Press a pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish. Fill with the apple mixture.Drizzle the lemon juice over the apples. Sprinkle the cubed butter over top as well.

        3. Place the second pie crust over the filling (you can make a lattice top or simply cut slits to vent the steam). Press edges to seal.

        4.  Bake for 55-60 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

          The Breakfast Club


            Breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day. A healthy, nutritious breakfast will help you avoid overeating later in the day, have the energy to start a new day, improve performance and productivity throughout the day, lose or manage your weight, and lower your cholesterol level.

            Yet more than 31 million Americans, about 10 percent of the U.S. population, actually do not eat breakfast.  

            Most people quote lack of time as the reason they skip breakfast, but preparing on weekends and using your crockpot should keep lack of time from being a valid excuse to skip breakfast one more day.

            One of my main goals for the next few years, if not the main goal, is to open a bed and breakfast. needless to say that will involve actually getting out of bed and making breakfast). 

            So I have begun to collect recipes that I can serv guests that can be prepared in advance, involve using a crockpot, and that reflect the flavors, memories, and nostalgia of our family’s unique Mississippi heritage.

            This treasure trove of experience, history, and love all rolled into one will also be a great way to share my own personal life experience with future women following in my good, or not so good, footsteps.

            The three most important elements of any great cookbook are captivating design, superior content, and thoughtful editing. 

            1.  Captivating Design

            Layout…Double-page spreads for longer recipes keep the reader from having to turn a page with sticky fingers. Also try to have photographs facing the recipe page.

            Photography……Good photography is essential for a good cookbook, but be honest. Show the photograph exactly as made following the recipe. Do not show ingredients actually not mentioned in the recipe. 

            Typeface…Typeface must be large enough to be seen three feet away on a messy kitchen countertop. This helps us find our place quickly. Mixed-typeface designs can add interest to your page and often helps the reader glance through a recipe more quickly.
            S 2.  Superior Content...The most part important part of a cookbook is the actual content. Writing a great cookbook involves passion and a vast amount of knowledge…technical, historical, scientific, or anecdotal knowledge. 

            Being from Mississippi, I have gathered quite a bevy of good recipes over the last thirty years. My first step has been to compile my recipes together in one place, sort them into categories, and eliminate any recipes that I won’t need. 

            The typical cookbook contains 250 to 500 recipes in total.
               3.  Thoughtful Editing

            Chapters…Chapters should be somewhat balanced in terms of length, and consistent within as to recipe order. Organize your chapters in a way that makes sense to the reader.

            Recipe Titles
            …Recipe titles should be both descriptive and interesting, so that the reader understands what the dish is all about by simply glancing at the page.

            … Headnotes, the little bit of copy before the actual recipe, should reflect the unique voice and personality of the writer. Describe how you were first was captivated by this recipe, things to watch for when making the recipe, why you included this recipe in this book, why you love it so much, a bit of the recipe’s history, and/or information about a particular ingredient.

             Ingredients…All ingredients should be listed in order of use, with accurate package and pan sizes needed to make the recipe and whether the ingredients should be chopped, minced, melted, and so forth. Tell your reader how to order any ingredient that may be hard to find where to find it online or what other ingredient to substitute. 

            …American cooks do not typically use the metric system. as an American cook writing recipes for a mostly American audience, why bother?! Measurements should be as precise as possible.

            …Be descriptive in your instructions. Use the five senses as you write them out. Instructions should be very clear and make a picture to the reader. Baking times should be accurate and tell how to know that the recipe is finished. State whether to cook a recipe covered or not. Tell the reader if you can make the dish ahead of time and freeze for later. State the number of servings.

                          Saving Money in the Bathroom


                          1.  Anti-Mold Spray and Bathroom Cleaner…Fill empty spray bottle at least half full with vinegar. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, leaving about a 1″ gap at the top of the bottle. Add 1tsp tea tree essential oil for every 1C vinegar/water solution. 

                          To use, shake vigorously to combine the essential oils throughout the mixture. Generously spray on surfaces-showers, shower doors, walls, and tubs, etc-and do not wipe down. 

                          2.  Carpet Freshener…Fill a shaker about halfway with baking soda. Add ten drops essential oil. Do another layer of baking soda and essential oil. Mix well. Sprinkle over carpet and rugs, and then vacuum.

                          3.   Daily Shower Cleaner
                          …Mix together 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 tsp dish soap, and 1 Tbsp dishwasher rinse aid into a 24oz spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle the rest of the way with water. 

                           The hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol work together to help keep mildew at bay, and the soap and rinse aid fight soap scum.

                          Hydrogen peroxide will break down in sunlight (which is why it’s sold in brown bottles). You can keep this spray in a dark bottle, or just store it in a dark cupboard between uses.

                          4.  Floor Cleaner… Simply mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water. Mop.  There’s no need to rinse, and the vinegar smell dissipates once the floors have dried.

                          This floor cleaner works well on all floor types-sealed wood, tile, laminate and linoleum.

                          5.  Glass Cleaner...Funnel 1 1/4 cups distilled water, 1/2 cup 80-proof vodka, and 1/4 cup white vinegar into a glass spray bottle. Add 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Replace the nozzle. Shake well.

                          To use, spray on windows and mirrors, and then wipe with a soft microfiber cloth until dry.

                          6.  Lavender Linen Spray...Combine 2Tbsp witch hazel or vodka and 10 drops lavender essential oil in a small jar with tight-fitting lid. Place the lid on tightly. Shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the two. 

                          Open the lid to the jar. Add 6Tbsp water. Replace the lid. Shake again for 15-20 seconds to combine.

                          Place the funnel in the opening of the spray bottle. Pour the mixture from the jar into the spray bottle. Replace the spray bottle lid.

                          Spray on your pillows, sheets, and blankets. 

                          7.  Room Freshener Spray…Stir together 1Tbsp baking soda and 10 drops essential oil. Put mixture into 16oz spray bottle. Top off with 2C distilled water. Label. Shake before each use.

                          Scent Combination Ideas…

                          1. 5 drops Peppermint, 5 drops Wild Orange 
                          2. 5 drops Wild Orange, 3 drops Ginger, 3 drops Ylang Ylang 
                          3.  4 drops Bergamot, 4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Peppermint
                          4.  4 drops Lemongrass, 3 drops Wild Orange, 2 drops Peppermint

                          8.  Toilet Bombs…Stir together 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup citric acid. Add 25 drops peppermint essential oil and 10 drops tea tree/melaluca essential oil. 

                          Place vinegar in spray bottle.Spritz baking soda mixture lightly with vinegar. Spritz and stir, then repeat until mixture sticks together when squeezed.

                          Press mixture firmly into a muffin tin or silicone molds. Allow to dry a few hours. Pop from mold. Store in a quart mason jar.

                          To use,  toss one toilet bomb into the toilet bowl. Wait 15min. Swish with toilet brush. Flush.

                          9.  Wood Floor Cleaner and Polish…Combine 1 gallon of hot water, 3/4 cup of olive oil! and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Apply it to your floors with a mop that you’ve wrung out fairly well. Let it dry on its own, without rinsing.

                                17 Uses for Lemons

                                There are many uses for lemons around the house other than their simply lounging in sweet tea glasses with their best friend, ice…or squishing them in the juicer to make fresh lemonade…     Don’t know what to do with the extra lemons you have sitting on your countertop? Here are a few options…Put them down the garbage disposal to freshen things up!

                                1.  Air Freshener…Cut a few lemons into quarters. Put them in a pot of boiling water to release citrus-infused steam into the air.

                                2.  All-Purpose Cleaner…Fill a Mason jar with lemon peels and white vinegar. Shake. Put in a cool dark place for about two weeks. Drain the liquid into a spray bottle. 

                                3.  Ant Repellant…Squirt lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. 

                                4.  Clogged Tub and Shower Drains...Boil a big pot of water on the stove. Pour it down the drain. Wait for the water to drain. Slowly pour 1C baking soda down the drain, using a spoon or funnel. Add 1C lemon juice. Use your tub stopper or a rag to cover the drain. Wait 30min. Uncover the drain. Pour more boiling water down the drain. Repeat until your drain is no longer clogged. Do this once a quarter to prevent those big clogs from building up again.

                                5.  Coffee Pot…Stir together a few tablespoons of lemon juice, a tablespoon of Kosher Salt, a few ice cubes, and a tablespoon of water in the pot..Rinse with warm water once the stains are removed.

                                6.  Cutting Boards…Clean after each use by scrubbing 2tsp salt onto the board with a lemon half and rinsing.

                                7.  Faucet Polish…Rub faucets with lemon peel. Wash, dry, and buff with microfiber cloths.

                                8.  Fridge…Add the juice of a lemon to a sponge. Place it in the fridge overnight.

                                9.  Fruit and Vegetable Spray...Mix together 2Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2Tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1C water in a spray bottle. Spray on fruits and veggies and then rinse. This will keep apples, avocados, and other fruits and veggies their natural color and avoid browning.

                                10.  Garbage Disposals...Cut three or four lemons in half. Remove the pulp. Fill each empty rind with a few tablespoons of baking soda. Place the rinds in a bowl in an out-of-the way spot. Keep the lemon halves there for a few days or until you don’t notice the citrus smell anymore. Then, if you have a garbage disposal, send the rinds down it — they’ll clean and freshen your drain on the way.

                                11.  Laundry Detergent Booster.…..Add 1C lemon juice to the washing machine during the wash cycle.

                                12.  Microwave…Combine 3Tbsp lemon juice with 1 1/2C water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 5-10 minutes. Wipe away the softened food with a dishrag.

                                13.  Mosquito Repellant...Break block of 100% organic beeswax into pieces. Place in a glass bowl over a pan filled with simmering water. Melt over medium heat. Stir citronella oil into the melted wax.

                                14.  Pots and Pans…Rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them, inside and out. Buff with a soft cloth.

                                15.  Roach and Flea Repellant.…..Mop your floors with the juice and rinds of four lemons and 2 liters water.

                                16.  Stain Remover..First try to get as much of the dirt out as possible. Next cover the stain well with lemon juice, scrub it with some Kosher salt, and throw it in with the next load of laundry.

                                17.  Tarnished Silver…Dip a cloth into lemon juice. Rub the tarnish off. Rinse.