Cookbooks!!

I have been on a cookbook kick lately and have been getting a lot from the library (Giada, food network, Barefoot Contessa and more!) so I was excited to have the chance to own and review Danielle Walker’s Celebrations cookbook! 

 The book is a gorgeous hardcover with excellent photography throughout. I love when cookbooks include photos of the recipes rather than just instructions. This one did not disappoint on that aspect. 
The beginning also included a lot of tips and suggestions. She talks about types of ingredients and brands she prefers as well as ideas for entertaining. The book includes a variety of recipes that really help highlight the unique twists on traditional recipes and help keep the fun in food during celebrations for those who may have a diet change. 
While I am personally not as strict about my diet as Walker, I have some people in my life who are and I love to try new things so this cookbook will be a way to do just that while showing love to those I know who do have dietary restrictions. 
I haven’t tried all the recipes yet but am looking forward to finding favorites for when my next celebration comes along. 
I imagine those who are familiar with Walker will gladly add this to their cookbook collection and those who are looking for unique recipes would also want to check it out. 

Cake please!
–Disclosure: I received this from Blogging for Books for free and I am so grateful for the chance to read it. All opinions are my own! 

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Word Study Bible

I’m finally checking back in here after being quiet and I have a few fun reviews. 

For maybe the last month or so, I have been reading the NKJV Word Study Bible. I love digging into words and will often be found looking up further meanings while checking the originals. I also love to see where else the specific word is used in the Bible.  So, reviewing this Bible felt like a great fit!

The Bible version I received is hardback (usually I prefer leather/imitation leather) and has held up surprisingly well so far. The cover has a simple design on the front as well. I discarded the paper jacket since it seemed to get in the way and it still looks great on the actual cover. 

Throughout the text there are extra boxes with the chosen words. If the same word is used elsewhere that is indicated as well. The boxes are more of a mix of explanation with some further historical background. They go beyond just the different meanings like what would be found looking up one in a Strong’s Concordance. 

For me, this Bible would not replace other  resources like the Strong’s but it has highlighted words I may not have looked into otherwise and has been a fun way to dig deeper into studying the Bible. I would recommend it if you are looking for a way to further your study and add some insight into specific words. Though, it is surprising how 1700 words does not feel like that many when reading! I could have had them include more but I understand they likely wanted to keep the size manageable still which they did. All in all, I’m thankful to add this one to my shelf! 

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