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The Coconut Flour Recipes for Optimal Health and Quick Weight Loss: Gluten Free Recipes for Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivities & Paleo Diets (FREE BONUS): low carb, celiac disease, weight loss

Coconut flour is gluten-free. You could probably find most of these recipes on line, but sometimes it’s handy to have them in your handheld device all in one convenient spot, too, without the searching. Probably not so useful for those who avoid eggs.

69 pages, 13 readers have written reviews so far, none below a four star.

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Low Carb Slow Cooker: 25 Essential Low Carb Crockpot Recipes

About a dozen reviews, none below a four star.

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The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated: In Nine Discourses Delivered to the Catholics of Dublin

Classic educational philosophy.

Random excerpt:

I have said that all branches of knowledge are connected together, because the subject-matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself, as being the acts and the work of the Creator. Hence it is that the Sciences, into which our knowledge may be said to be cast, have multiplied bearings one on another, and an internal sympathy, and admit, or rather demand, comparison and adjustment. They complete, correct, balance each other. This consideration, if well-founded, must be taken into account, not only as regards the attainment of truth, which is their common end, but as regards the influence which they exercise upon those whose education consists in the study of them. I have said already, that to give undue prominence to one is to be unjust to another; to neglect or supersede these is to divert those from their proper object. It is to unsettle the boundary lines between science and science, to disturb their action, to destroy the harmony which binds them together. Such a proceeding will have a corresponding effect when introduced into a place of education. There is no science but tells a different tale, when viewed as a portion of a whole, from what it is likely to suggest when taken by itself, without the safeguard, as I may call it, of others.

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Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Household Management

This is a teacher’s guide for teaching a home-ec class in 1916. It includes two sets of lessons for each topic covered- one for younger girls and one for older. It includes lessons on hygiene, caring for the sick, pasteurizing milk for babies, buying and cooking meat (and other foods), cleaning house, and more.

I thought it was fun and interesting to skim through.  I think it would take a bit of work and research to adapt some of the lessons to home-teaching- some of the advice is out of date.  But other advice is absolutely on target and you won’t find it in many home-ec resources today (how to use leftovers, how to make cake from scratch, how tell if your eggs are fresh or stale)

Here’s the cake-making recipe (what interested me about this is this is essentially how my 9th grade home-ec teacher taught us about making quick-breads):

CAKE MAKING

LESSONS II AND III

1. Classes of cake:

(1) Cakes without butter.—These mixtures contain no heavy ingredients and have little weight depending on the framework. They are lightened by air and steam only. Examples: sponge cake, angel cake.

(2) Cakes with butter.—These are mixtures having ingredients of greater weight; and the three lightening agents—air, steam, and carbonic acid gas are used to raise them. Examples: pound cake, chocolate cake, nut cake, etc.

Note.—Practice should be given in making at least one of each kind of cake, to demonstrate the method of mixing employed.

2. General directions for making cake:

(1) Attend to the fire, so as to have the oven at a proper heat.

(2) Grease the pans thoroughly; greased paper may be used to line the bottom of the tin, but, in the case of fruit cake, the whole tin should be lined.

(3) Have everything ready, so that the mixing may be quickly done.

(4) Use pastry flour.

(5) Use fine granulated sugar to ensure its being dissolved.

(6) Blend the ingredients thoroughly, and at the same time incorporate as large an amount of air as possible.[172]

(7) Fill the pan about two-thirds full, pushing the mixture well to the corners and sides, so as to leave a depression in the centre.

(8) Attend carefully to the baking.

3. General rules for mixing cake:

(1) Cake without butter—

(a) Separate the yolks and whites of the eggs.

(b) Beat the yolks until thick and lemon-coloured.

(c) Add sugar to the yolks gradually and continue beating; add the flavouring.

(d) Beat the whites until stiff and dry, then fold them into the first mixture.

(e) Gradually sift and fold in the flour until well mixed.

(2) Cake with butter—

(a) Cream the butter by working it with a wooden spoon.

(b) Add the sugar gradually by stirring it in.

(c) Beat the eggs until light, and add to the first mixture. (The eggs may be separated and the whites added later.)

(d) Add the liquid and beat until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.

(e) Mix the flour and baking-powder in a sifter and gradually sift and beat it into the mixture until it is thoroughly blended.

(Liquid and flour may be added alternately.)

(f) Fold in the stiffly beaten whites, if the eggs have been separated.[173]

(g) If fruit, peel, nuts, etc., are used, they should be floured out of the quantity allowed for the cake and added last.

4. General directions for baking cake:

(1) Small, thin cakes should be baked in a hot oven.

Examples: cookies, layer cake.

(2) All loaf cakes require a moderate oven.

(3) In baking cakes, divide the time stated in the recipe into quarters as follows:

First quarter—mixture should begin to rise.

Second quarter—mixture should continue rising.

Third quarter—mixture should begin to brown and to stiffen into shape.

Fourth quarter—mixture should finish browning and stiffening and shrink slightly from the sides of the pan.

(4) Mixture is cooked when a slight pressure leaves no dent, or when a small skewer or fine knitting-needle put into the centre comes out clean and dry.

To the inexperienced minds of the girls in the Fourth Form, to whom the study of flour mixtures is new, the number and variety of these seems very large. All cook books give an almost endless collection of recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, etc., and to the pupils each of these seems an entirely new mixture. In reality, many of them are but slight variations of the same type. A certain mixture of materials is used for a foundation, and numerous varieties are made from this by addition, subtraction, or substitution of ingredients. The original mixture is called[174]a basic recipe. Instead of teaching isolated mixtures, it will be found an excellent idea to give the class the basic ingredients for a recipe and encourage them to suggest variations, either original or from memory.

Typical basic recipes for cake and biscuits are given below:

BASIC RECIPE FOR CAKE

1/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs 2 tsp. baking-powder
1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

VARIATIONS OF BASIC RECIPE FOR CAKE

1. Spice cake:

To the basic recipe add 1 tbsp. of spice. Sift in the spice with the flour.

2. Nut cake:

Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. Increase the baking-powder by one third. Put a little of the flour on the nuts and beat them in at the last.

3. Fruit cake:

Add 3/4 cup of currants, raisins, figs, or dates, or a mixture of all. Increase the baking-powder by one third. Flour the fruit and add it last.

4. Chocolate cake:

Add 1/2 cup grated chocolate. Increase the milk by 2 tbsp. Heat the chocolate in the milk just enough to dissolve it. Cool the mixture and use in place of milk.

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Similar to above, but with more emphasis on food: Foods and Household Management A Textbook of the Household Arts

From the Introduction:
“This volume, like its companion, Shelter and Clothing, is intended for use in the course in household arts in the high school and normal school, whether the work be vocational or general in its aim. It is hoped that both volumes will prove useful in the home as well, including as they do a treatment of the homecrafts, and the related topics now so significant to the home maker,—the cost and purchasing of foods and clothing, the cost of operating, the management of the home, and questions of state and city sanitation vital to the health of the individual family.

The volume treats specifically of foods, their production, sanitation, cost, nutritive value, preparation, and serving, these topics being closely interwoven with the practical aspects of household management, and they are followed by a study of the household budget and accounts, methods of buying, housewifery, and laundering. It includes about 160 carefully selected and tested recipes, together with a large number of cooking exercises of a more experimental nature designed to develop initiative and resourcefulness. Shelter and Clothing deals with the organization and ideals of the home, house sanitation, decoration, and furnishing; and treats in full, textiles, sewing, costume design, and dressmaking.

Some of the recipes here given are adapted from those of such authorities as Mrs. Lincoln, Miss Farmer, and Miss Barrows, and others are original and from private sources.”

On the cost and use of eggs:
The cost of eggs and how to buy.—The demand for fresh eggs is great, and so many eggs are exported, that the price is high, even in the summer. Twenty-five cents a dozen is a reasonable price, but this is below the average at the present date. The thirty-five or forty-cent daily allowance for food will permit the moderate use of eggs at thirty-five cents a dozen, but not a liberal use in cakes and desserts. They should be used at such a price and with that allowance as the main dish for breakfast or luncheon at times, and not in sweet dishes calling for three or four eggs. If a recipe for soft custard calls for three eggs to a pint of milk, leave out one egg or even two, and use one or two tablespoonfuls of cornstarch instead. Select eggs with a hard shell, and yolk of rich yellow. If the shell is soft and the yolk pale, these deficiencies should be reported, as they can be corrected by the poultryman. The difference in color of the shells, whether white or brown, is not of great consequence. If you can buy eggs by the crate direct from the poultryman, this is a saving, provided the eggs can be used before they deteriorate. A small crate holds fifteen dozen; the usual size thirty dozen. Some express companies have a special rate for eggs, and parcel post should aid in this method of buying.

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Teaching Mitzvot: Reciting the “Shema”

only 12 pages.

A description of the mitzvah of reciting the shma, it’s meaning, laws and symbolism. Lists of activites to help students connect to the mitzvah are suggested for students at each age level (primary, intermediate, secondary) as well as for group teaching of mixed ages. Additional resources for more in depth study are included for both teachers and students.

Features include
Activities
Teacher Resources
Student Resources

Similar: Teaching Torah: Beresheet

Also just about a dozen pages.
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51 Ways to Love Your Enemies: How to love others when they are hurting you (Spiritual Self Help)

We don’t have to like them but we do have to love our enemies. How do you love someone you don’t even like? It’s not easy. And at first glance it may seem impossible. Let “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” be your guide. “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” offers an easy to follow list of practical ways to express love and kindness toward enemies. The list is not only comprised of scriptural principles like forgiveness and compassion, but also practical everyday ideas like buying a cup of coffee and greeting with a smile. “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” is an enlightening little book with a big message of love.

Forty or so highly positive reviews. The two most negative reviews were from somebody who agreed with the book but just didn’t really like her enemies, and somebody who thought the book was too basic and didn’t address dealing with extremely serious issues such as severe bullying.

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Twenty-Four Mary Cassatt’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids
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Winds of Change (Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book 1, 10th Anniversary Edition) (The Keeper Martin’s Tales)

Blurb: The 10th anniversary edition of the reader favorite. Nearly a million people have read the Ruin Mist books — available via Amazon, Audible, Playaway, OverDrive, and more than a dozen other retail and library partners.

Discover a magical world and be swept away in the adventure of a life time!

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the five kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 hundred years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man or device, shall be cleansed to dust. From their thrones, the kings watched as creatures born of magic were hunted to extinction by heroes chosen to honor their clans in the blood games. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond. The one hope of the peoples of Ruin Mist was Queen Mother, the elf queen of old. She saw a way out of everlasting darkness, a path that required the union of the divided peoples.

“Dramatic illustrations draw the reader into the Tolkienesque world of Ruin Mist, plunged into darkness after a Great War five hundred years past. Blaming magic for their demise, the Kings of Men have decreed that all things magical be destroyed. Yet despite their efforts, the magical Dark Lord is slowly returning to power. Another bloody battle is foreshadowed for Ruin Mist when Adrina, the spoiled and lonely princess of Imtal, is visited by a mysterious woman who predicts Adrina’s ghastly future. Meanwhile in the kingdom of Elves, Seth, devoted First of the Red Order of the Queen Mother Elf, is sent on a journey across the Great Sea to prevent war. Stuck somewhere in the middle is Vilmos, a young magical boy-who-would-be-mage, abducted for his own safety by a Yoda-like guide named Xith. All three journey to an unknown fate against treacherous and sometimes supernatural foes. Stanek augments the beginning of this complex tale with illustrations that are sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike-the only weakness in the illustrations is their scarcity. Stanek will likely draw a cult following, but his work is not for the novice fantasy reader. A complicated glossary at the end includes twenty-two pages of “People, Places, and Things in Ruin Mist,” complete with geographical references, family lineages, and extraordinary sketches. Despite the sophisticated plot, however, this cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek’s next installment.” — YA Librarian Staff at VOYA, February 1, 2007
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The Olive Fairy Book

Table of contents:

Madschun
The Blue Parrot
Geirlaug the King’s Daughter
The Story of Little King Loc
‘A Long-bow Story’
Jackal or Tiger?
The Comb and the Collar
The Thanksgiving of the Wazir
Samba the Coward
Kupti and Imani
The Strange Adventures of Little Maia
Diamond cut Diamond
The Green Knight
The Five Wise Words of the Guru
The Golden-headed Fish
Dorani
The Satin Surgeon
The Billy Goat and the King
The Story of Zoulvisia
Grasp all, Lose all
The Fate of the Turtle
[Pg xii]The Snake Prince
The Prince and Princess in the Forest
The Clever Weaver
The Boy who found Fear at last
He Wins who Waits
The Steel Cane
The Punishment of the Fairy Gangana
The Silent Princess

Also at Gutenberg, with illustrations.
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An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde, funny, sharp, witty, social satire, a fun play.

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The Canterville Ghost

Also by Oscar Wilde. At 69 pages it’s either longer short story or a novella.

The ghost is an established haunt, the remains of a once terribly wicked man. He has met his match, however, in the form of Canterbury’s new tenants, the very practical, stolid American ministry and his equally susceptible family. They like having a ghost around, find it quaint, and all that. They just don’t want him disrupting their lives unduly.

I read this one several times as a child and it always stayed with me. I daresay most of philosophy and moralizing went right over my head, I just enjoyed the story very, very much, particularly the bit about the recurring blood stain and the diminishing amount of Vermillion in poor Virginia’s paintbox.

Excerpt:
e next morning, when the Otis family met at breakfast, they discussed the ghost at some length. The United States Minister was naturally a little annoyed to find that his present had not been accepted. “I have no wish,” he said, “to do the ghost any personal injury, and I must say that, considering the length of time he has been in the house, I don’t think it is at all polite to throw pillows at him,”—a very just remark, at which, I am sorry to say, the twins burst into shouts of laughter. “Upon the other hand,” he continued, “if he really declines to use the Rising Sun Lubricator, we shall have to take his chains from him. It would be quite impossible to sleep, with such a noise going on outside the bedrooms.”

For the rest of the week, however, they were undisturbed, the only thing that excited any attention being the continual renewal of the blood-stain on the library floor. This certainly was very strange, as the door was always locked at night by Mr. Otis, and the windows kept closely barred. The chameleon-like colour, also, of the stain excited a good deal of comment. Some mornings it was a dull (almost Indian) red, then it would be vermilion, then a rich purple, and once when they came down for family prayers, according to the simple rites of the Free American Reformed Episcopalian Church, they found it a bright emerald-green. These kaleidoscopic changes naturally amused the party very much, and bets on the subject were freely made every evening. The only person who did not enter into the joke was little Virginia, who, for some unexplained reason, was always a good deal distressed at the sight of the blood-stain, and very nearly cried the morning it was emerald-green.

The second appearance of the ghost was on Sunday night. Shortly after they had gone to bed they were suddenly alarmed by a fearful crash in the hall. Rushing down-stairs, they found that a large suit of old armour had become detached from its stand, and had fallen on the stone floor, while seated in a high-backed chair was the Canterville ghost, rubbing his knees with an expression of acute agony on his face. The twins, having brought their pea-shooters with them, at once discharged two pellets on him, with that accuracy of aim which can only be attained by long and careful practice on a writing-master, while the United States Minister covered him with his revolver, and called upon him, in accordance with Californian etiquette, to hold up his hands! The ghost started up with a wild shriek of rage, and swept through them like a mist, extinguishing Washington Otis’s candle as he passed, and so leaving them all in total darkness. On reaching the top of the staircase he recovered himself, and determined to give his celebrated peal of demoniac laughter. This he had on more than one occasion found extremely useful. It was said to have turned Lord Raker’s wig grey in a single night, and had certainly made three of Lady Canterville’s French governesses give warning before their month was up. He accordingly laughed his most horrible laugh, till the old vaulted roof rang and rang again, but hardly had the fearful echo died away when a door opened, and Mrs. Otis came out in a light blue dressing-gown. “I am afraid you are far from well,” she said, “and have brought you a bottle of Doctor Dobell’s tincture. If it is indigestion, you will find it a most excellent remedy.”

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Don Quixote

Needs no introduction, surely.

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How to Speak and Write Correctly

1910

Reader reviews are largely positive. This is from a 2 star review:

“Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great.”

PROs:

* Lots of good information without wasted words

* Contains more than just grammar, such as the history of the English language

* Huge list of the best authors, poets, and books

CONs:

* Some outdated usage of words, such as “thou” and “thee” (was written in 1917)

* Entire sections are now almost irrelevant, such as the letter writing section

* Not enough examples to solidify definitions and usage

* Becomes tedious and hard to concentrate on towards the middle of the book

* Much of the advice is common sense, such as “read the masters”

“In employing the long sentence the inexperienced writer should not strain after the heavy, ponderous type. Johnson and Carlyle used such a type, but remember, an ordinary mortal cannot wield the sledge hammer of a giant. Johnson and Carlyle were intellectual giants and few can hope to stand on the same literary pedestal.”

The book starts out as a nice refresher on the parts of speech, something almost all of us learn but few remember. The usage of these words, such as adverbs and prepositions, came back to me with relative ease after reading the short definitions provided. The problems arose when the book got into more technical detail, such as instead of simply “verbs”, there are “transitive/intransitive verbs” + the tenses, etc. One example to describe what a noun is is fine, but only one example for the more tedious parts of speech simply isn’t enough. It got to the point where I was lost because he was using terms that he didn’t solidify into the reader’s mind, making me skim large portions of the book.

The first half of the book is pretty much grammar review, then it goes into letter writing, which is almost completely useless today. The most interesting part of the book was actually the end where it went over the history of the English language and how it developed. There is also a very large section where he goes through the works of literary giants such as Shakespeare and Milton and shows that they are surprisingly filled with mistakes that the average person wouldn’t notice. This part, although slightly interesting, was much too pedantic for me.

My favorite part of the book was actually the short list of greatest authors, poets, and books. The problem is, he merely listed names instead of explaining why they were included. It would have been nice to hear his reasoning on why he chose who he chose, such as what makes each writer uniquely great, or what makes certain books stand above the rest.

Overall, I would not recommend this book unless you absolutely don’t want to spend any money. There are probably far better and more updated books for less than $3. The book does a lot of things, but none of them particularly well, and too much of it is useless for the modern reader.

“In the works of Shakespeare, the most wonderful genius the world has ever known, there is the enormous number of 15,000 different words, but almost 10,000 of them are obsolete or meaningless today.”

Exerpt: The three essentials of the English language are: Purity, Perspicuity and Precision.

By Purity is signified the use of good English. It precludes the use of all slang words, vulgar phrases, obsolete terms, foreign idioms, ambiguous expressions or any ungrammatical language whatsoever. Neither does it sanction the use of any newly coined word until such word is adopted by the best writers and speakers.

Perspicuity demands the clearest expression of thought conveyed in unequivocal language, so that there may be no misunderstanding whatever of the thought or idea the speaker or writer wishes to convey. All ambiguous words, words of double meaning and words that might possibly be construed in a sense different from that intended, are strictly forbidden. Perspicuity requires a style at once clear and comprehensive and entirely free from pomp and pedantry and affectation or any straining after effect.

Precision requires concise and exact expression, free from redundancy and tautology, a style terse and clear and simple enough to enable the hearer or reader to comprehend immediately the meaning of the speaker or writer. It forbids, on the one hand, all long and involved sentences, and, on the other, those that are too short and abrupt. Its object is to strike the golden mean in such a way as to rivet the attention of the hearer or reader on the words uttered or written.

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Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology: Book 1 (Realm of Ashenclaw, Beginnings)

Reader Review: I really enjoyed this collection of short stories from Ashenclaw. The characters were well detailed for such short tales, but it really didn’t feel as though much was left out. Instead, by the end of the book you’ve got a pretty good handle on the back stories of all the important characters- enough to look into the rest of the Ashenclaw series and move forward. This was definitely a great read. If you enjoy Mercedes Lackey, you’ll enjoy this! 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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Housekeeping:

Sometimes when you click on a link, for some reason it won’t finish loading. Just hit refresh and it should work.

Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free.  Deals were reduced prices at time of listing, but these prices generally don’t last more than the day they were listed.

Same for reduced price titles.

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles.  That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning.  I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.  The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens.  It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.  Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.

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