Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook – book review

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The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.  This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.

As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger.  One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest.  Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.

Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive.  The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book.  At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household.  In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.

What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities.  While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used.  You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.

This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.

~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system.  So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos!  Bonus.  🙂

Please take a moment to go visit Robbie at Robbie Cheadle

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books that you can view here

living our best lives – pets

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France

 

I am a firm believer that my furry friends, both past and present, have enriched my life in numerous ways.  Some of my very best memories include time I have spent with my pet buddies.

I was raised with animals.  My family had pets in the house as long as I can remember;  cats, dogs, a rescued racoon, duck hatchlings, a rabbit, a snake, fish, gerbils, and guinea pigs.  As I grew older and began raising a family of my own, I have also chosen to share my home with rescued dogs and cats.  As many people who rescue animals know, it is really you who is being rescued.

Being chronically ill, pets have a very special place in my life.  Spending much more time at home and in bed then the average person, I have had the blessing of spending a lot of time with my pets.   Virtually every time I have felt too bad to get out of bed, my doggie curls up and lays right next to me.  There is something especially relaxing, calming and comforting having a living soul breathing next to you.

The question this week is,  Do you have pets, if so what type and how do they enhance your life?

Wishing you a day of peace.

God speaks

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Through the sounds of the seasons

Allowing us to hear His mighty roar through a storm

His gentle touch from the falling rain

His whispers through the wind

His guidance through the moon

His infinity through the heavens

See His beauty in the autumn landscape

His attention to detail within a butterfly

His peace through the face of a sleeping child

 

And His genius in creating the fascinating, stunning, genuinely original, and lovable YOU ~

 

sounds of the season

 

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the rustling of leaves holding tightly to their branches

the crunching sounds of fallen leaves under your feet

the whirling of the leaves dancing in the wind

and geese honking their good-byes overhead

the lonely cry of an owl

the cool rains that fall down from heaven

 

the music of this magical season…………..

 

~ wendi, under a pen name, is the author of 2 books, which can be viewed here.

the storm

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i stand outside as the storm begins to rage

the thunder rolls in sending animals scattering,

yet i don’t move,

lightening strikes,

shaking the earth under my feet,

my body quakes with fear as the world around me appears to shatter into pieces,

strikes hits too close leaving me cowering in a heap,

 

can i within stand the storm,

can i endure the constant barrage of raging winds and ravishing rains that beat at my body……..

no place to run,

no place to hide,

not only from the storm but from myself.

i am soaked to the bone,

cold to the touch,

immense fear engulfs my mind

is shelter worth searching for,

my soul cries out for comfort,

yet, do i need saving?

 

 

~ wendi is the author of two books, you can view them here.

Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. 

 

 

 

 

some of my favorite live webcams

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Stuck in bed and sick of Netflix and/or Amazon Prime, need a mental break from your work screen, some inspiration for a blog post or you just want to watch something cool and relaxing?  Check out 10 of my favorite live webcams!

May it bring a smile or two to your face!

 

batworld cam – multiple choice of views on this page

Bison Cam and prairie dog cam

Charlotte’s Pasture

HenCam – yep, I do have chickens in my backyard, but I love chickens so much I also enjoy watching others.

Honey Bee Landing Zone

jelly cam – there is something relaxing and mesmorizing about watching these beautiful creatures.

Northern Lights cam

Old Friends Senior Dogs

Sauces Bald Eagle Cam

Turkey Barn Cam