Book Review * Make in a Day – Wedding Crafts

Are you a DIY person ? Look for a way to save money for your big day ? Read on as this author gives you tips to make your day special and takes only a Day to make :

It’s one of the most important days of your life. Or it’s the wedding of your dear friend or a beloved family member — what can you do to help make it as memorable and personal as possible? Add a graceful and unique touch to the celebration with handcrafted decorations and keepsakes! This practical guide will show you how to quickly and easily create a terrific variety of ornaments: a centerpiece, guest gift, tablescape, and more. You don’t need any crafting experience for these easy projects, and best of all, they can be completed in less than a single day.
Each book in Dover’s Make in a Day series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something simple but special. Supplies are easy to find and are readily available at major craft stores. Other titles in the series include Make in a Day: Modern Wreaths, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts,Make in a Day: Paper Flowers, Make in a Day: Garlands, and Make in a Day: Centerpieces.

Net Galley Book Review :

Released 16th Jan 2019 by Dover publications, it’s 66 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book is perfect for all of us DIY ers and crafters with great pictures and tutorials to inspire us to get started. This book highlights wedding but with a few changes can be used for any type of celebration you need help decorating on a budget. With all the materials easily sourced at local craft stores this book is a big winner to me. So if you are planning a party -read this book…. Lisa

Wedding Cakes * Croquembouche

Happy Friday !

This month we are celebrating all things Summer  & June Wedding. Today National Eclair Day . Just might just be one of my favorite days . And you might ask what does that have to do with weddings . It all about the cake -The same dough you make eclair from makes Cream Puffs used in these french wedding cakes that keep popping up.  Lisa

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History of the Croquembouche
Croquembouche is a French dessert made by stacking cream puffs in a conical shape and cementing them together with a toffee. The dessert is typically ornamented with sugared almonds, or other ingredients, and it is designed to be displayed as the centerpiece of a table. This dessert has been used at French weddings, christening and celebrations for centuries, and it is served outside of France to add a French flair to an evening’s events.

So I want bore you with the recipe because its out there on the web but If you are planning an event this is a striking choice.  But I will leave you with a cookbook from the  The Great British Baking series – Viva La France !!!   Lisa 

 

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Over 30 baking and cake decorating projects for the latest hot trend in baking, straight from the patisseries of Paris – Eclairs!

Choux pastry is often thought of as difficult to make and perfect, but in fact it’s the easiest pastry you’ll ever make! It’s extremely rewarding watching the magic puff that happens inside the oven and it’s really easy if you follow the basic rules. Choux pastry is so versatile it can play host to a million different fillings, toppings, shapes and decorations and is equally delicious munched straight off the cooling rack!

This beginner-friendly book contains all the choux pastry and eclair recipes you need to get started, along with tasty filling combinations and colourful cake decorating ideas.

Bestselling author and former Great British Bake Off finalist Ruth Clemens will show you that you don’t have to be a classically trained French pastry chef to make delicious cream cakes for any occasion, including celebration bakes to share. These cake designs look great but are easy to follow and quick to make, with step-by-step advice on piping choux pastry and making sugar flowers and other embellishments to decorate your bakes. Discover how easy it is to make fresh eclairs at home, with simple recipes and techniques that you can recreate with ease. Then take your skills to the next level and create all sorts of other choux pastry shapes, including buns, hearts, towers and rings so you can make delicious desserts such as profiteroles, allumettes, choux cheesecake and more.So whether you fancy rustling up a batch of classic chocolate eclairs or attempting the construction a Croquembouche the size of the Eiffel Tower you’ll find all the tips tricks and recipes you’ll need right here.

Not Always a Bridesmaid Collection

Happy Friday -we are half way through June !

Today is all about : Weddings to start off this weekend a great book.

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The Professional Bridesmaid
To help three co-workers coordinate their weddings, Skye Wilson must act as a bridesmaid for them. Skye dreams of becoming a wedding planner and needs to start somewhere and reluctantly agrees. Just when the wedding arrangements and her plans started going wrong, she meets Chasen Dantrell, a handsome limousine driver.
Chasen has a growing limo business. He loves his job but the long hours of waiting by himself wear on him. That is until a cute, blue-eyed bridesmaid named Skye stumbles his way.
As their two worlds become more and more entwined with each wedding they work, Skye wonders if she’ll ever be a bride and would it be Chasen at the end of the aisle with a ring?

The Undecided Bride
When Steven, the man of Bridgette North dreams, proposes she automatically says yes until her fiancé’s constant pressure for a speedy wedding has her questioning his motives and love. Now she is undecided whether she wants to marry him.
Mason is hired to trick Bridgette into marrying Steven quickly to ensure a promotion but ends up falling head-over-heels in love instead.
Can Mason explain his deceit and still win her heart?
And will Bridgette be willing to risk her heart one more time?

Red, White, and Bridesmaid
Jess Caldwell is the third in line to wear the mistletoe headband until she’s kissed. But it’s her best friend Kara’s wedding, Jess needs to keep her mind on designing the flowers and not on the fact that Kara’s older brother, Darrin, who she’s had a crush on for years will be there.
Darrin’s happy to be moving home, and what is even more of a pleasant surprise is seeing her again. Jess isn’t the geeky girl he remembered when he left. But after all the mean things he said in the past, will she give him another chance?
When things at the wedding go wrong, more than fireworks fly for this 4th of July wedding.
Will love be in the air?

The Reluctant Bride
Penelope Moore’s last boyfriend had no qualms about cheating even after he professed his undying love. As a wedding event planner Penelope has seen plenty of happily-ever-after. But with her terrible luck in the relationship department, she is reluctant to believe it will ever happen to her.
Ferguson enjoyed the freedom of bachelorhood until he met his last girlfriend. He considered her the love of his life until she betrayed him. Without his consent, she used his professional experience and knowledge as a private investigator to write and publish a best-selling novel. Ferguson couldn’t forgive her underhanded deceit and ended their relationship.
When Ferguson meets Penelope he is once again willing to risk his heart, but Penelope isn’t as trusting. Just when he is beginning to win the beautiful event planner’s heart, his ex-girlfriend arrives in town and causes heartache all over again.
Can Penelope and Ferguson trust each other and their hearts enough to get their happily-ever-after?

 

Biography :  Sharon Kleve

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband and two cats. When not writing, and working full-time, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cats and a good book or in the kitchen making cheese or baking sourdough bread or bagels.

Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance with over twenty stories published in eBook, paperback, on audio and translated into six different foreign languages. She has written New Adult and Romantic Suspense, but what brings her the most joy is writing Romantic Comedies.

She loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few laughs and maybe a few bumps and bruises along the way.

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My ARC Review : I don’t know about you but we have all been bridesmaids. The terrible dress ,bridezillias and wedding problems was very real to me. I felt each of these women joys and problems as they plan and enjoy there weddings day.

Skye in book 1 just wants to make friends and maybe find a new career path. But being a bridesmaid leads to so much more. As in  each book a wedding is the catalyst each women needs to find love with the one she is meant for. A truly wonderful read with great characters perfect for wedding season that is happening this June. Lisa