Fruits Basket: Intro to Manga

The best way to describe manga is the Japanese version of comic books. They come from all different genres. It can be dark or playful. I was first introduced to this style of story telling in middle school with the series, Fruits Basket.  (I think everyone remembers their first fondly.) I reminisced on this series when I saw a news article talking about an animation company trying to reboot the series into a modern version. It brought back memories of the story that I followed for so long. 

Whole Grain Has Never Tasted So Sweet!: King Arthur’s Recipes for Whole Grain

A goal of the new year is to be healthier. One way that I hope to achieve it is by making healthier choices when it comes to my sweet treats. One way of doing that is to include some whole grains in your recipes vs. only using all-purpose flour. I turned to the flour company that I trust for my baking needs, King Arthur’s Flour Company.  I love the gingerbread cookie recipe I found on their site.
The company has an entire cookbook dedicated to the use of whole grain in recipes. It is called King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I have a sweet tooth so I decided to focus on sweet treats that I can make and hopefully change out for my regular baking treats.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Wholehearted Life

A goal of the new year for me has been to work on being happier and healthier. One of the ways I hope to accomplish that goal is by learning how to erase the negative voice in my head. But it is easier said than done when it comes to erasing self doubt. 

Then I was gifted with the book, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. She has been featured on Oprah and TED Talks. She is a writer and research. She breaks down the shame and fear we face in life such as the fear of standing out or being enough. She explains the psychological why along with how we can reverse the process. In the end, readers and practicers of these steps will move toward what she calls “wholehearted living” or simply embracing who you are. 

The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service

Love can come when you least expect.

It may make you cry or laugh.

Love can open doors.

It can help you move on.

Love is powerful, and maybe that is why romance books are so popular. If you love romance books, might I suggest The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick. 

Brief : Say More with Less

As a blogger, writer, and marketer, my goal is to always make an impact. But how can one make an impact with the less words? Joseph McCormack decided to address this in his book, Brief. He wanted to explore making a bigger impact in our over sensitized world. We are constant assaulted by numerous distractions from our phones to life events. He says the key is to say less.

Learning Pastry from Le Cordon Bleu’s 100 Step by Step Recipes

When I came across Le Cordon Bleu’s Pastry School cookbook, I was excited to advance my baking knowledge. I thought it may even a cool gift for fellow cooks and bakers. It was full of colorful photographs of the creations along with photos depicting each step of the process. Each recipe was labeled with a taste description along with a difficulty level. So with my baking level only at the beginner’s stage, I started with something easy. Or was it…?

Freakonomics: The Curious Connections in the World

When you study economy or have an inkling of human psychology, you understand humans and money have a weird yet powerful connection. It is so engrained in our society that some people have decided to study the economy and write a book about their discoveries. Need a clue? It is Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt. 

World Literature: Discovering The World of Books

Literature is  the stories created or told by authors. The authors bring the readers into their world and ask us questions about our existence that we would otherwise would not ask. They create beloved characters that became icons. So it comes as no surprise to me that for my philosophy credit at The University of Texas at Dallas, I was able to take Introduction to World Literature. 

God Needs No Passport: Religion and Globalization

Spirituality is consider a corner stone of humanity. How we express that spirituality may fall under the organized categories of religion. As the borders between each country and culture blur, how the world thinks of religion has changed with it. The world has become fractured along the lines of our difference but we come together over our similarities. Peggy Levitt explores this in her book, “God Needs No Passport”. 

The Kite Runner: Perspective of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a place many of us talk about in relation to the world news, but not many know the sight and sounds of the land. I have never seen Afghanistan outside the images plastered on the TV. I can’t help but wonder how the land is like for the people you live or have lived. Someone recommended reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I remember this book being on the must read list several years ago but just now have finished reading it. And let me tell you…. IT WAS FANTASTIC!