Sunday, September 30, 2018

Young Scientists Club–Eggs kit




Today I am presenting you the second review of The Young Scientists Club I was assigned earlier this summer.  The Eggs kit is part of the Set #10 – WH-925-1110 from the Young Scientists Series.

Each set in the Young Scientists Series contain three complete science kits (3 manuals/3 supply bags). You can decide to complete the sets in order to experience the ultimate in science adventure. However, the sets can also be done individually. The Young Scientists Club recommended to start with sets 1, 2 or 3 for kids ages 5 to 8 years old and for children ages 9 to 12 it is recommended to start with set 4 and up.

Each set comes in a specially identified envelope which contains all you need.

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For the eggs set, here’s what was included in the envelope.  You will find some brine shrimp cysts, yeast, tubing, a magnifying glass, an eye dropper, some pH paper and a pH chart as well as rock salt.  All these will be needed for the experiments contained in the kit.

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The instruction guide for parent or teacher will explain all the activities that can be done with eggs.  You will find five experiments included in the document.   The first experiment will require you to put a raw unbroken eff in a small bowl with hot tap water.  You will be able to explain why there are bubbles coming out of the egg.  Experiment two will allow you to see the effect of salt in water when you put two raw unbroken eggs in two separate jars – one containing salt water and the other containing regular water.  The third experiment will require the parent to make a hard-boiled egg.  The student will be asked to spins the hard-boiled egg then a raw egg to see what is the difference between the two.  The fourth experiment will show you how a hard-boiled egg that is peeled can be sucked into a bottle which contains a burning piece of paper.   The fifth experiment will demonstrate how the shell of an egg can disappear when you let it sit for a few days.     The last experiment will allow you to hatch the brine shrimp in order to do some other experiments with them.  In the process you will also learn more about brine shrimps.

We have done some of these activities in the past but I think my favorite is always the disappearing shell on an egg.  I just find it fascinating that we can do this and seeing an egg without it’s protection but still being able to hold it is always fantastic in my eyes.

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I find these activities to be fabulous for younger children (kindergarten to grade 2) as it will allow them to discover fun experiments with mom or dad while learning some cool things too.  It is a fun kit to have at hand when you desire to keep the kids busy when the weather is not too good outdoors.   Learning some science while having fun is always great!

The Young Scientists Club kits are available on their http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/retailstore/retail-youngscientist.html or on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I received this kit for review purposes from KidStuff PR and Young Scientists Club. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Friday, September 21, 2018

God’s Not Dead–A Light in Darkness

Recently my family and I had the privilege to review the latest God’s Not Dead movie on DVD.  God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness is a story of destruction, forgiveness and trust that will unfold through your GodNotDeadLightinDarknesstelevision as you watch it.

If you are a Christian you know about the God’s Not Dead movies and this one is bringing up questions like “Is God really good all the time?”, “Where is God when bad things happen?” and “Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?”

If you are not a Christian but interested in spiritual aspects of forgiveness then I think this movie is worth watching.  And do not worry about not having seen the other two movies of God’s Not Dead because even though you have some recurring characters from the previous movies the story line is pretty much a stand alone one.

In a nutshell, the story revolve around the fact that the church located on the grounds of a state university is becoming less and less welcome.  Though students are attending this church many thinks that the ground on which the church stand should be use for the university purposes.   Suddenly tragedy struck the church and its congregation as a fire erupt.   The church is destroyed and a battle of rights starts.    Which side will win?  The university?  The Pastor?   Amidst all this you discover that sometimes trusting God is difficult as well as hearing from God is not always easy.   Still we have to continue to trust that He has a plan and that ultimately He will win the battle over darkness by shining His light.

I won’t go into the details of what happens in the movie.  But all six of us in the family enjoyed watching it and came out encourage in our faith to persevere when things do not go our way.

I find it is a great movie to watch with family, friends, in a church setting or with new believers.  

God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness is available for purchase at your favorite store, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

Disclaimer: Film has been provided courtesy of Pure Flix and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Disney Princess classic films on major TV networks

This Fall (since September 7 until October 11) all of your favourite Disney Princess classic films (like Tangled, Frozen, Cinderella, Pocahontas, etc.) will be airing on all of the major TV networks – including YTV, The W Network and SRC (French CBC).    So do not miss your favorite Disney Princess film and check out one of these TV Networks.

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To celebrate all these delightful movies that will be on the TV networks, why not presenting you with some of the Disney Princesses products that Hasbro has to offer for your child.


Disney Princess Pop-Up Palace

Kids will love recreating magical moments from their favorite fairy tales in the Pop-Up Palace! This beautifully detailed castle triples as charming playset, useful storage, and carrying case. Open it up to extend the royal castle into various room settings, then lift the handle on the top to reveal the second floor! The castle features 4 different themed areas and includes playful Disney Princess movie-inspired accessories like a shell-shaped bathtub, a rose-detailed table and chair, a royal lounge seat, kitchen stove, and more! With a nod to several Disney Princess characters throughout, this magical castle is an amazing place for little ones to play out all their favorite Disney stories! When they're ready, little dreamers can pack all the accessories into the castle, close it up, and take their play on the go!

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And to go with this magnificent castle why not include a few Disney Princess dolls that Hasbro also offers on the market?

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Belle is ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Royal Shimmer Belle dazzles in a dress featuring signature colors and images from her story and a special watercolor design! Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as imagining her own fairy tale with Belle.

Rapunzel is ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Royal Shimmer Rapunzel dazzles in a dress featuring signature colors and images from her story and a special watercolor design! Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney's Tangled, as well as imagining her own fairy tale with Rapunzel.

Ariel is ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Royal Shimmer Ariel dazzles in a dress featuring signature colors and images from her story and a special watercolor design! Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney's The Little Mermaid, as well as imagining her own under-the-sea fairy tale with Ariel.

Cinderella is ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Royal Shimmer Cinderella dazzles in a dress featuring signature colors and images from her story and a special watercolor design! Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney's Cinderella, as well as imagining her own fairy tale with this beloved Princess.

Each doll comes with an outfit and a pair of shoes.   The dolls wear a shimmering gown in their own signature color.  The gowns display a beautiful watercolor design which I absolutely adore and find original.  In all there are 11 dolls that can be collected (each sold separately).

I think this marvelous palace and the dolls are absolutely adorable and would make a great joy for a child in your life.  The dolls’ arms can move up and down.  You can sit the dolls in the chair provided in the palace.   The Palace and the dolls would make a great gift for a child in your life. 

The Palace and the dolls are available at your favorite toy store, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

 


 

 

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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How to Instant Pot

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Written by Daniel Shumski
Published at Workman

About the book

Master the revolutionary appliance that is changing the way we cook!

The only Instant Pot cookbook that is organized by function, How to Instant Pot is both a guide to understanding the Instant Pot basics and a foodie’s creative collection of over 100 recipes specially crafted to take advantage of the Instant Pot’s many virtues, from cooking perfect risotto in six minutes, no stirring required, to five kinds of yogurt, to creating one-hour killer chili and soups from scratch, using dried beans.

Here’s how to make incredible hands-off meals like Ziti and Italian Sausage, Maple-Mustard Pork Shoulder, and Korean-Style Short Ribs, plus plenty of sides, breakfasts, and desserts. In addition to a set of recipes for each function and master recipes with three variations each, there are surprising shortcuts—basics like quick pickles, perfect hard-boiled eggs, and a 30-minute “baked” potato. It’s the essential purchase for every instant pot owner.

My Thoughts

The world has been wild about the new kitchen appliance known as the Instant Pot – websites, reviews, social media and much more are talking constantly about this “must have” item in a kitchen.  It is particularly popular during the Christmas season when sales pops out everywhere for the various models offered on the market.  

But when you open the box and take your Instant Pot out the first thing that comes to your mind is often “how the heck am I suppose to use this now?”.   So you google and read about using the Instant Pot.  You try your first meal and it is a disaster (let’s face it dear reader getting use to the Instant Pot is a learning curve!).   Do not worry anymore because the book How to Instant Pot will provide all the help you need to successfully make dinner to your family.

The book contains six chapters that will guide you in using the Instant Pot to almost its full capacity.

Chapter 1 will cover all the basics about using the Instant Pot.  It will allow you to discover the equipment and how to set it up, explains the functionality of the buttons, decorticate the LCD readout so you can understand it, explain to you how to convert your favorite recipes into an Instant Pot recipe, as well as show you how to clean your machine.

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The following chapters will present you with tips and tricks as well as recipes for the following functionality of the Instant Pot: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker and steamer.  

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What I particularly like about this recipe book is that a huge majority of the recipes are accompanied by a stunning photograph of what the meal look like.   I really like seeing the end result before making a recipe.   What can I say I am a visual person!  The recipes will give you the total time to make it, the active time of the Instant Pot, the yield of the recipe as well as ingredients and directions.  You will also see icons near the title of the recipes.  These icons indicated if the meal is vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, if the recipe can be doubled, as well as if the recipe can be done in 30 minutes or 60 minutes (or less).   You can also find some quick fix recipes as well as  1,2,3 recipes which allow you to swap some ingredients.   As you can see there is a lot of potential for this recipe book and the kitchen appliance known as the Instant Pot.

If you plan to purchase an Instant Pot in a near future, consider getting this cookbook to guide you in the usage of your new kitchen appliance.

How to Instant Pot is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience

Hasbro has a new product on the market that will probably catch the attention of children, teens and adults.   The Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience  will allow the user to battle like Iron Man using the Hero20798F34FB3541B2B7CF13E4FE69BA5A Vision Iron Man mask.    This movie-inspired, 1:1 scale mask features a brand-new experience from Hasbro that combines traditional role play with Augmented Reality (AR) technology.   All you have to do is download the HERO VISION app, place a compatible device (iOS 10, 11: iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone7, iPhone8, iPhoneX, Android 7: Google Pixel 1, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 edge.) inside the AR goggles, place AR markers around the play area, put on the AR mask, and then get ready to see digital images from the hero’s world in front of kids’ eyes. Collect Infinity Stones sold separately to unlock power-ups in the App.

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So one rainy day while my daughter was at summer camp, one of my boys asked if he could try it out.   He placed the AR markers somewhere in the living room and proceeded to try the Hero Vision.

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He really enjoys it and continue to use it to advance in the game.

Here’s some images from Hasbro to give you an idea of what you can see in the mask using the app.

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My seventeen years old son tried it as well but he find it annoying to hear the app giving him instructions all the time.  I told him it was like when Tony ask his computer questions and it answers back to him.  In the latest movies, it is more interactive and will comment on what is going on around him.

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Then my girl came back from camp and wanted to try it out.   She reacted to the voice as well but not as much and enjoyed playing with the AR.  I suspect she will ask again to use it this week.

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So far the experience with the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience has been a good one.  I still have one child who has not tried it yet but he is serving at summer camp all the month of July before we go on vacation.  

This toy is definitively something out-of-the-ordinary.   The kids have been using my iPhone to try it out and I found that the battery drain rapidly.  So I personally limit the usage to 30 minutes.   I find it is just perfect for them and for me.

Note the mask is not intended to provide protection for your smartphone.

I have great news for my readers – Hasbro Canada has offered one Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience as a giveaway!  Follow the instructions below to win it.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email before I move to the next person. I want to give the mailing address of the winner to my contact at Hasbro before I leave on vacation. 

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The Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience is available for purchase at your favorite toy store, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Young Scientist Club Owl Kit

Ever since my daughter has read the book series “Guardians of Gahoole” she has been fascinated with owls.   She was delighted to learn that during my unit on zoology for homeschool coop the older kids will be dissecting an owl pellet.  However, the place where I ordered them would not send real ones for the kids to dissect.  Instead we ended up dissecting some that looked like the real owl pellets.  It was a disappointment but the kids were able to experience the dissection and learned quite a bit about owls.

So when I got the opportunity to review some products from The Young Scientists Club I was delighted to be assigned the Owl Kit which is part of the Set #10 – WH-925-1110 from the Young Scientists Series.

Each set in the Young Scientists Series contain three complete science kits (3 manuals/3 supply bags). You can decide to complete the sets in order to experience the ultimate in science adventure. However, the sets can also be done individually. The Young Scientists Club recommended to start with sets 1, 2 or 3 for kids ages 5 to 8 years old and for children ages 9 to 12 it is recommended to start with set 4 and up.

Each set comes in a specially identified envelope which contains all you need.

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For the owl set, here’s what was included in the envelope.

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Four experiments are included in the kit.  The first one was about dividing the animals from one of the pages by groups – herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores.  The second experiment will guide you to make a simple food chain.  Experiment three will guide you to build up a food web using all the animals except the ones used during the second experiment.  Finally, the last experiment was the one my daughter was looking forward to – the owl pellet dissection.

My daughter was excited to start.  But this excitement turn quickly to a comment about the smell and how it was gross to touch it.   I told her to get a mask to isolate the smell from her nose which she promptly went to get.  And then I encouraged her to pursue the dissection as planned.

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Tweezers are included which could help you to open the pellet and start “digging” for the bones.  At some point she asked if I could help her doing it.   I jumped at the opportunity because I had never done this before.  It take patience and gentleness to find all the pieces and avoid breaking them.

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As we continue digging in the owl pellet, we came to the conclusion that there was more than one animal in there.   Owls would eat rodents, shrews, moles, and birds.   The more we looked for remains, the more we realized that this particular owl had a special taste for rodents.   We found a few skulls belonging the the rodents categories.   My daughter also proceeded to try to build the skeleton of one rodent.

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In the end this was a great experience and I am very pleased with the fact that they have sent a real owl pellet.  We could feel the fur and the bones as we searched the owl pellet.  If you desire you can also bleach the bones but we decide not to do this.  The instruction book also contains some information on owls that the child can read.

It was a fun kit to do on a very humid day.   We had a great time finding the bones and trying to identify them.   It is a great way to get your kids to do something out of the ordinary and learn some fascinating things about owls and the kind of animals they eat.

The Young Scientists Club kits are available on their http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/retailstore/retail-youngscientist.htmlor on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

Disclaimer: I received this kit for review purposes from KidStuff PR and Young Scientists Club. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lost Kitties!

We recently got a special package to unveal from Hasbro.

What are the Lost Kitties?  Check the videos below…

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Lost Kitties can be found at your favorite store!


Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keeping a Nature Journal

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Written by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth
Published at Storey Publishing

About the book

Experience the splendor of nature with fresh eyes! Featuring an inspiring portfolio from Clare Walker Leslie’s nature journals, this guide offers easy-to-learn techniques for capturing the world around you in pictures and words. Encouraging you to make journaling a part of your daily routine, Keeping a Nature Journal is full of engaging exercises and stimulating prompts that will help you hone your powers of observation and appreciate new aspects of nature’s endlessly varied beauty.

My Thoughts

I have been doing bible art journaling for a few years now and as time goes by I am always eager to learn new techniques on drawing.   I have been seeing this particular book numerous time through the years but never ended up getting it.   I got the opportunity to review it and I have learned quite a bit while reading and trying the techniques presented in the book.    This is the 2nd edition of the book and in includes 32 pages of color portfolio from Clare’s latest journals.   Most of the rest of the book is black and white drawings. 

This book will open up a whole new way to look what is going on around you.  Personally, I find it peaceful and relaxing to sit down with a sketch book and draw.   The book is divided into four parts.  Part One will guide you on how to get started.  And please do not give me the excuse that you are not skilled whatsoever in drawing.  I, myself, is the perfect example in how someone can develop the skills and draw better.  I remember when I was in high school and I disliked my art classes.   It was always difficult for me that year to get better….  But unbeknown  to be the genes in my body would blossoms when I would be in my…. wait for it….. FORTIES!   Yes you have read this right.  I have learned to enjoy drawing and painting in my forties and as I am at the edge of turning fifty next year, I am looking forward to see how this journey will develop itself in the years to come.

Part Two will provide plenty of tips and tricks to draw through the seasons – whether you decide to do an ongoing journal or specific season journals.  Part Three presents the new selection of pages from Clare’s journals this time in color.   Finally Part Four is giving you a lesson on how to enjoy and develop the skill of nature journaling.  You cannot miss the examples and techniques presented.  One thing I will tell you is that practice makes you better as time goes by.  So do not hesitate a minute and grab this book, a sketch book and pencils to practice drawing.

I was inspired by one of the examples found in the book.  The tree presented looked as though it was a spring or summer image.  However, I decided to change it a bit and create a more late fall/winter image.   I am quite pleased with the result.

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Another thing that I think is great for this book is that at the end of the book you can have a suggested scale for teachers to assess nature journaling skills.   As a homeschooler I think it is fabulous to have guidance of this sort because it can be difficult to grade assignments.  

This book is definitively a great resource to have if you desire to develop a new skills, if you desire to be better at drawing, if you homeschool, or if you do bible art journaling (because like it or not nature is perfect to illustrate verses!).  

The book Keeping a Nature Journal is available to purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

The Beginner’s Guide to Dehydrating Food

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Written by Teresa Marrone
Published at Storey Publishing

About the book

This essential companion for putting your food dehydrator to work features instructions and techniques for drying all the most popular fruits and vegetables, along with meat and herbs. You’ll learn to dry fruits and vegetables at their peak, giving you an easy and economical way to stock your pantry with apple rings, mango slices, banana chips, dried soup beans, tomatoes, and much more for year-round enjoyment. In addition, drying guidelines for specialty items like meat jerky, fruit leather, dried herb and spice mixtures, backpacking meals, and even baby food round out this friendly handbook.

My Thoughts

We have purchased a stackable-tray dehydrator a few years ago.  Our goal was to be more versatile in storing food and explore the possibility of dehydrating food.   We didn’t know how to do it properly and got discouraged…  We kept the dehydrator and used it sporadically when drying nuts which make them crunchier.  But when I stumbled on this book my interest in using the dehydrator more often and for a variety of food got sparked again.   I was delighted to receive this book to review and was not disappointed with what it had to offer.

The book is divided into three parts.  Part One will introduce you to the techniques for drying food at home and the different methods and equipment that can be used. Part Two will show you how to dehydrate the fruits and vegetables, the herbs and spices as well as meat and poultry.   This section will go through detailed explanation for each food included like mangoes, or watermelon, asparagus or peas and so on.   For each food item presented in this book, you will learn how to prepare it, how to verify if the dehydration is done, how much it will yield, how to use it.  You will also discover which drying methods are the best for the food in question.

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The third section of the book will encourage you to make the most of your dehydrator.  You will learn how to make leather or candied fruits.  You will also have a whole chapters with recipes using the food you have dehydrated.

You do not need a dehydrator to make this book a great reference in your kitchen.  Why?  Because the author also gives instruction on hos to dehydrate using your beloved oven or in the case of herbs, how to dry them in the air.

I wanted to try something new – no nuts this time…   A friend had given us some rhubarb and there was quite a bit of it.  I quickly checked in the book and rhubarb did have some instructions.  So I followed the instruction on how to cut my rhubarb stalks.  And programmed the dehydrator to dry it.

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It took between 6-10 hours to dry the pieces of rhubarb.

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Once dried, you can store it in jar for future use.  You can rehydrate them for sauces, pies, or other cooked dishes by simply pouring boiling water using the ratio suggested in the book.  

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What I particularly like about this book is that for each food item presented in it, you can visualize the before and after because a picture is include for each.    That way you know exactly what to expect when drying your food.   It is a great book to own if you like doing these kind of things.   I think it has tremendous potential for any household.   I am looking forward to use this book more often during the fall season.   It can be very useful as well if you decide to purchase riper than usual fruits and vegetables from the market at a reduce price.   We often take advantage of this for peppers or avocados.   Having this book opens up new possibilities for us.

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.