Smoothie Girl

Smoothie Girl

The Blender Girl


100 gluten-free, vegan & paleo-friendly recipes

Tess Masters

Tess Masters is the Blender Girl.  In her book, she takes you through how to create different healthy smoothies.  She first take you through strategies for success.The order to put your ingredients into the blender to using protein powders. Then she gives you the six steps to creating spectacular smoothies. Next is build your own smoothie.  This is an ingredients list like the types of liquid, bases, creams, greens, boosters and magic. Chapter two “find your perfect blend”, all recipes make two servings of about 16 ounces.  All recipes are vegan and gluten-free, but  Tess states that they have been tested using daily milk and unsweetened plain or vanilla Greek-style yogurt.  She use icons tags to help you with choosing a recipe.   If you want to detox you might choose Crazy for Cantaloupe smoothie or Mystical Mango. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous Strawberry Heat for weight loss or maybe the Can’t Beet Red Velvet Cake to energize you.

This book gives you a smoothie in any color you like. The recipes are simple and each one comes with two boosters like minced ginger or wheatgrass powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds or cashews.

My favorite recipe in the book is on page 114-115.  Pear and Arugula Salad, it is suppose to energize, detox, weight loss and it is unsweetened.  The ingredients are 1 cup of unfiltered apple juice, 3 ripe pears with skin on cored and diced, 1/2 cup of firmly packed arugula, 1 cup of ice cubes. I didn’t use the optional boost of 1 small rib celery diced, 2 tablespoons raw walnuts soaked, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil. This smoothie 58 cal with no fat.  The other smoothie I like is so simple, it is called Pink Cooler.  The ingredients consist of 3 1/2 cups f chopped seedless watermelon and 2 cups of strawberries that it.  Optional booster, 1 teaspoon of minced ginger, 2 tablespons chopped mint and 1 tablespoon pomegranate powder.  I didn’t try the boosters in this one either. This smoothie has 135 cal no fat and four grams of fiber. It is suppose to help inflammation, detox, weight loss, alkaline, unsweetened.

I really like this book.  I looking forward to trying different smoothies. Check out the App store for the the blender girl smoothie app to “find your perfect blend.”

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Cookbooks, Healing, Healthy


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CENTRALIA-Things are not what they seem

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Centralia is about Peter Ryan the perfect soldier.  Peter awakes up on a typical morning only to find out that he is alone.  He calls is neighbor only to find out that his wife and child was killed in a car wreck.  He is devastated and he can’t memory the funeral that he had for wife and child. When he finds a note from his daughter telling him that they were in Centralia.  He said second guessing everything.  Then armed men show up and he doesn’t know where he got the skills to handle himself like a soldier.  Peter now find himself on the run.  His memory is going in and out. He’ don’t know whom to trust.  This book has a lot of twist and turns.  If you like Christian fiction you will enjoy Mike Dellosso.  This book will have you sitting on the edge of your sit.

Here is a link to the Youtube video by JohnnyIshootstuff  on the near ghost town of Centralia located in Pennysyvannia. There are a total of 8 people living in Centralia. The town was abandoned in 1962, when an underground mine fire started burning. The file is still burning today.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Tyndale review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.



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Creating a Better Life for Yourself


The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.Thrive

Arianna Huffington

When I came across this book I couldn’t wait to read it.  Arianna Huffington talks about the day she had a wake up call and knew she needed to change her life.  Her wake up call came with broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye cause by a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.

Money and Power has been the traditional success metric. Huffington compares this to a 3-legged stool where money and power are two legs and cannot stand with out the third.  Third leg of this metric is well-being, wisdom and wonder.  Huffington spells out how we can redefine our lives by creating a life of wisdom and wonder.  Most of this we all have read in other books, but it is good to hear it again as a reminder that we need to treat ourselves as number one.

We are so plugged in to electronic these days that we sometimes forget to be in the moment, take care of ourselves, be grateful, exercise, listen to the tiny voice within and giving. When our love ones
are talking to us, oftentimes we are there physically but not mentally.  We spend a lot of time on our cell phones, keeping up with our friends on Facebook or working 60 hours a week. We don’t always have time for the important things.

Life is short and we should enjoy every moment of the journey. Chasing money and power shouldn’t be the only things in life you are chasing.  A balance needs to be in place so we can enjoy the important things in life.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.





Encouragement for Difficult Days

Warren W. Wiersbe

Warren W. Wiersbe bio states he is a Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and has pastored churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois. He is the author of more that 150 books.

This book has 30 chapter you can use as a devotional.  The book is about those difficult days.  We all go through problems and difficult times.  What do we do when we have bumps on the path of life? The book offers comfort for the times you go through depression, frustration, and hard times.It is uplifting and encouraging. Wiersbe uses the Bible to extract wisdom it guides you to respond with faith.

The Bumps Are What You Climb on will help you find joy, contentment, teach you how to trust in God and how to reap the benefits of forgiveness. This book is a book that I will read more than once or twice.  It is truly a gem.


A Bragg Thriller by Jack Lynch

A Bragg Thriller by Jack Lynch


A Bragg Thriller

By Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch bio states that he model many aspects of Peter Bragg after himself.  He graduated with a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and reported for several Seattle-area newspaper, and later in others in Iowa and Kansas. He left the newspaper after many years to write the eight Bragg Novels earning one Edgar and two Shamus nominations.  He died in 2008 at seventy-eight.

Last of the eight Bragg novels by Jack Lynch.  Peter Bragg is former journalist turned Private Detective. He received a call from a women from his journalist days that he talk down from committing suicide.  She is a consider a psychic and wants to hire him to help her.  She has been having visions of lots of dead bodies buried and needs Bragg help in approaching the police. In her vision she see herself as a victim of this serial killer. Bragg does not have a problem bringing this to the attention of the local police and  puts himself in the middle of the investigation. As the investigation unfolds the bodies are turn up all over Jack London State Park.  The victims comes in all ages, backgrounds, races with their identification, cash and credit cards buried with them.  This investigation will be a challenge, first they have to identify all these corpses and find a connection between them.  Bragg is racing against time to stop the serial killer from claiming his client. What is the connection between all these dead bodies?

The Bragg Thriller, Die for Me was interesting and kept me wanting more.  I would like to go back and read the other seven books.This book was provided to me free from the Brash Books publisher through the Netgalley review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Fiction, Serial killers, Suspense


A.D. The Bible Continues: The Book of Acts

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By Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah, is the founder and host of Turning Point Radio, sought-after speaker  and  New York Times Bestselling Author. He has won numerous awards.  He is a true man of God.

The Book of Acts is part of the A.D. The Bible Continues NBC miniseries that airs on Sunday. The book is about the first followers of Jesus.  It is a very easy to read with the New Living Translation.

The Introduction and the Prologue gives you the last days of Christ. The Gospel of Luke the story of crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The Book of Acts has twenty eight chapters in the bible.  Dr Jeremiah, The Book of Acts goes through each of the 28 chapter in a way that is easy to read.  The followers of Christ went though ups and down while delivering the Good News. The Holy Spirit was always there to give them the courage to keep pushing the message of Christ. The Book of Acts gives you a biography of 20 key players.  It gives you their Strengths and Accomplishments, Lessons from their Life, Vital Statistics and Weaknesses and Mistakes. The book also has color photos that are from the television miniseries.

I enjoyed this book.  Dr David Jeremiah really made the Book of Acts easy to understand.  The biographies of each player was my favorite.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the  Tyndale review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Christian, God, Hope, Inspiration


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Putting Love back in Soul Food

Soul Food Love:  Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family

By Alice Randall & Carolina Randall Williams

Alice Randall  bio states she is a New York Times bestselling author, she is the only person to ever study with Julie Child for credit at Harvard. She is country music writer, she has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is the Nashville Ambassador of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Soul Food LoveCarolina Randall Williams bio states she award-winning published poet, Harvard graduate, co-author, and a teacher.  She owns over 1,000 cookbooks.

Soul Food Love takes of through five generations of kitchens where the recipes were handed down generation after generation.  Three generation of women weighting more than 200 pounds.  The fourth generation refusing to never weigh two hundred pounds. Alice and Carolina takes us though each kitchen and the delightful stories and traditions in the first 77-pages will give you joy and insight into this black families love for food.

The next part of the book are recipes from Carolina  “Baby Girl’s Kitchen”.  The book holds on to the traditional soul foods, like sweet potatoes, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. Only the way they are prepared is changed. The recipes are meant to give a redo to the old soul foods by reinventing a more updated versions with ingredients that are heart healthy.  The Deford’s Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate (pg 160)  this recipes is featured on the cover of the book.  The recipe gives you everything, it gives sweet from the sweet potatoes and pomegranate, and spicy from the hot red chile peppers.  All wholesome ingredients. Another recipe I thought was something that I would try was the substitute for oatmeal called Chia Pudding (pg 214).  This recipe you can cook the night before and you wake up to a ready-made breakfast straight from the refrigerator.  The book is filled with recipes with vegetables and herbs.  Like the Links Salad (pg 163), it has green beans, green peas, cucumbers, basil and lemons and peppers. The recipe is simple to make and good for you.

Eating healthy means making life changes. This book takes the food we love and give them a make over to make them healthier.  This book is a good step for someone who does not know how to start eating better. The pictures are beautifully done, the recipes ingredients list are not very long. Carolina even states that you “can cook ever recipes from a Wal-Mart shelf.”

I would recommend  this cookbook to anyone who is looking for new take on soul food recipes. Soul Food Love is filled with 80 recipes that you and your family will love.  It will also bring love to your heart.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Healing, Healthy, Inspiration, Motivational


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