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Cookbooks, a Few Free ebooks, and Some Random Thoughts

It is no secret that I love cookbooks and that I have quite a few. I was searching Amazon last night for a few things and found some great cookbook bargains that I thought I would share with you. I even found some free ebooks and to keep it interesting I am including a few random thoughts at the end.

I discovered that Deen Bros Cookbooks at the library and really enjoyed them. Right now Amazon has their The Deen Bros. Cookbook for only $9.98. If you are thinking ahead for gifts, this is a good deal for someone that loves to cook.

Betty Crocker’s Slow Cooker Cookbook is also a great price right now at only $5.84. If you are looking for some new Slow Cooker recipes or ideas that is a great price.

I have never seen the The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook, but since we love pizza this looks like an interesting cookbook for under $9.

I have mentioned the The Cook’s Country Cookbook: Regional and Heirloom Favorites cookbook before, but this cookbook is a great deal. I have this cookbook and love it. And a 600 page cookbook for $13.98 is a great deal.

If you are looking for a kids cookbook this Pillsbury Kids Cookbook: Food Fun for Boys and Girls looks like a fun one for a good price.

Now for some free ebooks.

If you love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks they are offering their Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Burger Recipes in the Kindle edition for free.

This quinoa ecookbook looks interesting and it is also free. The Quinoa Cookbook: Nutrition Facts, Cooking Tips, and 116 Superfood Recipes for a Healthy Diet

And if you are looking for some back to school ideas SMART SCHOOL TIME RECIPES: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults is free right now.

And a few random things and thoughts. 

Yes, this is a food website and that is a picture of a shoe, which is why this would be called random thoughts. 🙂

I bought myself some Toms shoes when I was on vacation in Oregon earlier this month and I love them. I know many of you probably already wear and love Toms shoes and that I am a little late in trying them, but I am so glad I finally gave in and tried a pair.

I love these the most for just wearing around the house. Due to some knee and foot issues, that are nothing major but still something I need to be aware of, I know I need to wear shoes most of the time. And I really need to wear them at home where we have a lot of hard floor surfaces.

The problem is that I don’t like to wear shoes when I am at home. I just don’t find them comfortable. I usually kick them off when I sit down and then forget to put them back on. That is until I tried Toms Shoes.

These don’t feel like normal shoes. They are so lightweight and so comfortable that it is more like wearing a slipper than a shoe, but they do not look like a slipper because they are a shoe. These are the first shoe I have consistently worn around the house without taking them off. I have worn these all day without feeling like I had shoes on. I love these shoes.

Who else has tried Toms Shoes and loved them?

Now remember those hot sticks for your hair that were so popular during the 1980’s…….And yes this is a food site and we are talking hair. I said they were random thoughts……

Well I never thought I would be buying another set of those, but today I did. In fact I bought two sets. Don’t worry though you will not find me using these. I used them enough in the the 80’s to last me a lifetime. 🙂

I bought these for my 12 year old daughter who has stick straight long hair, but thinks she should have been born with 1980’s big hair. And not only does she have stick straight hair, it is the kind of hair that just does not hold curl well. However through a friend we discovered her hair curls well with hot sticks.

So here I am feeling like I am back in the 80’s buying Conair Hot Sticks………Did you know you could even still buy these?! Does anyone else feel old with the 80’s coming back in style?

And in 20 years when my daughter looks back at pictures and asks me why in the world she had curly hair when she was 12, I will be reminding her that she was the one that wanted to wear curly hair.  At least the curl from hot sticks only last a day, unlike the perm I had in the 8th grade that lasted close to a year and was the perm that seemed like it would never go away.

And on another note, have you ever noticed that we are never happy with our hair? She has straight hair and wants it curly. I now have very wavy/semi curly hair and I usually straighten it because I like it better straight. I guess we are never happy.

I hope you did not mind my cookbook/totally random thoughts post. Tomorrow we will be back to regular scheduled food topics.

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  1. Just popping in to tell you I enjoy your blog. I love cookbooks and have quite a few. The Cook’s Country one looks tempting! I enjoyed looking at the cookbooks you found! Thanks!

  2. I used Hot Sticks, too! I did not know you could still get them. Maybe you should just use them once for old time’s sake. I would! : )

  3. Christie P says:

    I feel I should tell you that I still OWN my Hot Sticks from the 80’s! Thanks also for reminding me about getting cookbooks from the library before I buy them. Love your site!

    • I am guessing that my mom or one of my sisters still has our set also. Maybe I should find out who kept them. 🙂 And yes I love library cookbooks. It is a fun way to find cookbooks without spending money on them.

  4. Mama Owl says:

    I wish you could still buy hotsticks!!! I still use them… own 2 sets to be exact. I use to have 4 or 5, but gave them away. My daughter has naturally wavy hair, but it is so thick and long that the only thing that will hold without frizz is hot sticks… and it takes at least 4 sets to curl it all. I love them because they are quick and easy! I pick them up used whenever I see them. I just haven’t seen any to replace the ones I have given away!
    I hate shoes too! We are remodeling our house and the flooring is tore up, so shoes are required at all times. I usually wear flip flops year round at home… yes, with socks in the winter!
    I love pulling out cookbooks that I haven’t used in awhile and trying new recipes from them. Love your site! We have added quite a few new items to our menu list! Thanks for all you do.

    • I found them at Wal-mart next to the hot rollers, so I am thinking they are coming back. You might want to keep an eye out for them. I am hoping that 2 sets will do for my daughter, but I might end up needing a third set. 🙂

  5. Yes, I see the 70s and now 80s styles coming back and I look at them and think not so much that I am old, but, “what are they doing wearing such dated stuff?”

    • And really I think some things should have stayed in the 70’s and 80’s. Some things just should not come around a second time. 🙂 And just think if we had saved all our old clothes we would be in style again. 🙂

  6. I had to laugh – I have those exact same hot sticks in my bathroom. They haven’t been used in years! They make my hair frizz up and I look like a poodle 🙂

    Thanks for all the free cookbook links. I am heading over to grab the quinoa one now.

  7. I love your random thoughts 🙂 thanks for the tip on the shoes….I’ll have to look into those. We’re having 110 degree heat here in Arkansas today…well, Lately. I haven’t done anything in the kitchen since before June and am SO looking forward to fall and getting back to cooking. Love your blog!

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