Book Review: Brunch – the Perfect Weekend Treat by Jennifer Donovan

Brunch: The Perfect Weekend Treat, by Jennifer Donovan, is simply the best! The book breaks away from the normal menu and offers 40 creative, delicious and unique weekend selections that would make your mother proud. Donovan takes brunch to a whole new delicious and wonderful level and flawlessly proves it to be truly indulging inspiration to the weekend tradition that never goes out of style.

Brunch introduces Donavan’s “favorite meal of the week” in four scrumptious chapters that represents her love and passion for the mid-morning cuisine. My favorite chapter is “Sweet Moments,” which takes you back to the sweet moment in time during the weekend of unbridled bliss of sleeping in and indulging in nothingness. This chapter is devoted to nothing but sweets, sweets, and more sweets. The Apple Pancakes with maple syrup butter is a sweet delight that wakes up the old breakfast tradition and the Waffles with Caramelized Bananas recipe would definitely put you on the top of the list with your brunch buddies.

I especially enjoyed the Dried Cherry Cheesecake and Doughnut Muffin recipes. The Dried Cherry Cheesecake recipe combined my love for cherries and cheesecake in a breakfast cuisine. The Doughnut Muffin recipe has a fluffy, rich and sweet taste that creates a delight that you can truly enjoy. I’m truly impressed with the simplicity of the ingredients that make these recipes easy and mouth-watering, and I found that the difference is in the superfine sugar that gave the muffins a richer taste.

The “Get Cracking – The Perfect Egg” and “Toasts and Tarts” chapters provide very distinct and tasty brunch items sure to get you ohhs and ahhs. The Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and the Cheese & Herb Soufflés with Sautéed Mushroom recipes make the top of the list in these chapters. Donovan also has a simple Eggs Benedict with Quick Hollandaise Sauce recipe that make this traditional brunch dish seem less daunting.

The chapter that really makes this cookbook unique is the “Cheese and Greens” chapter. It shows off Donovan’s distinctive culinary skills by introducing the out-of-box brunch recipes that don’t fit into the normal brunch hour. But the recipes are one of the kind and I can’t wait to experience them all. My favorite recipe is the Mini Bacon & Egg Pastries with Cheddar. It was very simple to make and very tasty.

Brunch: The Perfect Weekend Treat is a perfect tribute to brunch and brings back the joy of lazy weekends.

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A self-made man by Norah Vincent

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Self-made man: My year disguised as a man is a book written by journalist Norah Vincent. Before discussing the book further, it must be said that this is a kind of experimentation which women have thought of doing to invade into traditional male spaces and know more about what happens there. Vincent recounts something similar in her book. She states that: 

  • Infiltrating male-dominated spaces: She did an 18-month-old experiment where she discussed herself as a man who she named “Ned” and integrated herself into traditional male-centric places or venues. This includes places like the bowling league as well as a monastery. In the book, she talks about what she and experienced in other men only places like strip clubs and such. She also details her experiences in men’s s support groups and on dates as well. 
  • Not a transgender but a lesbian: While some may construe this activity as her coming out or becoming a transgender but she stated it clearly in the book that she isn’t a transgender but only a lesbian. 

How did she do it?

Vincent got a buzz cut to pose as a man and even used a sports bra to flatten her chest. She got makeup artists so that she could have a fake beard shadow. That’s not all, she also trained her voice for months so that it sounded deeper and bulked up to gain more upper body muscle. 

What did she found out?

She said in an interview that: 

“Men are suffering. They have different problems than women have but they don’t have it better. They need our sympathy, they need our love, and they need each other more than anything else. They need to be together.” 

Apart from this she also states that many thought that her butch qualities (in female spaces) were considered to be effeminate in men’s circles. 

In the book, she expands more on how men suffer under older men and there is a very toxic cycle that continues. This results in the misogyny of course but it also results in depression and other issues in men who can’t even articulate it properly due to traditional unspoken male laws. …

How Massage Chairs Help While Relaxing And Reading?

Massage chairs must seem like a gift from heaven after a long day at work. It helps one relax and some time in it seems to get rid of all kinds of body issues. While you were relaxing in that chair, you must have often wondered how did it manage to do it. So let’s talk about it along with all the benefits of it: 

It helps one heal quickly

Relieving tension from the body is very important if you want to function fully on an everyday basis. But this tension should be relieved in a harmless manner so that it doesn’t accidentally add on to your pain and worries. Massage chairs are able to do just that with the different kinds of settings that it has. You can gauge your own stress and tension levels and then proceed to set the level of massage which makes you the most comfortable and relaxed. This is certainly more effective than going to a masseuse who you won’t be able to dictate to about the speed and strength to be used. 

It costs less

Buying just one massage chair will be enough to last you for years. You can use it according to your wants and then get it tuned up when needed. This will certainly cost less than going to a masseuse and that too periodically. Moreover, a massage chair will relax your whole body but a masseuse might not be able to do so. 

Doesn’t disturb

You can easily take a book and then settle down in your massage chair. The vibrations or movements of the chair aren’t so powerful that it will disturb your reading rhythm. In reality, you will be fell relaxed, be able to read a book and then probably be able to go to sleep there as well if the chair setting is on low. Using a massage chair is a really great way to unwind after a long day. 

Get ahead and foot massage

One of the best parts of all massage chairs is that you will be able to get ahead and foot massage at least. Of course, there are massage chairs that allow you to get shoulder and back massage as well but a head and foot massage are common in all. This is possible due to airbags in the massage chair which moves in several different directions so that it gives your head and feet a full massage. These airbags commonly move in the S and L track as well so that you can get a variety of head and foot massages. After all, it’s your head and feet which bears the brunt of the day’s labour mentally and physically. 

Basically, in a massage chair, you will have a remote controller with you that will allow you to get the massage intensity you want. It will also allow you to set the timer so that you get to be in the mood and intensity you want. 

The whole massage session is always a deeply comforting and pleasing experience. In this, massage chairs will satisfyingly improve your mental well-being. The massage sessions will certainly help uplift your mood, help in ensuring you have better blood circulation and help you relax as well. …

Involving Family and Friends when Homeschooling

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A homeschooling parent should take inventory of the talents in other family members around him or her. For example, I have a friend whose Grandfather was a journalist. This Grandfather drove thirty miles each way once per week to give his homeschooled grandchildren a lesson in writing. This gave the mother a break for two hours each week.

The children also benefit from shared family talent. If mom is not a good writer, but Granddad is, then the kids benefit by learning from someone who can give them real writing expertise. Chances are, their writing ability will be higher than it would have been before Granddad started helping out.

How to take a family inventory:

Write a list of all of your family and friends. Next to each name, write their strengths. To list their strengths think about what degree(s) they hold, or what they studied in college. List their natural talents as well, such as art or music.

Contact each family member and ask them if they would like to participate in your homeschooling endeavor. They don’t have to commit to giving lessons every day or even once per week. They could simply come the first Monday of every month or the last Tuesday of the month, whatever works with their schedules. Once per week may be ideal for the main subjects, but it is not necessary if you want them to come to do a craft with your child.

My father has published numerous science fair project books so whenever my daughter has a science fair project to do, I take her to his house. The difficulties I would have had in teaching that particular project, he made easy. My daughter was able to understand the concepts and she had a lot of fun working with her Grandfather. This may only happen once or twice per month, but it is still a big help.

Include anyone in the family, if they are willing to help. You can always put them in charge of taking the kids on a nature walk or practicing soccer moves in the back yard.…