Photo from The Farm Chicks, Serena's Web Journal
A busy mother of four sons, Serena is the co-founder of the Farm Chicks Antique Show held near Spokane, Washington. Oh, and she's written a couple of cookbooks, too. Now, I don't know anything about the antiques scene but I'm trying my hardest to keep my finger on the pulse of the cookbook scene. I'm a big fan of The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen, co-written with Teri Edwards, and The Farm Chicks Christmas. These books just make me feel good whenever I read them.
|The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen|
Last October, I wrote a review of the Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. Click here to read that review. But, I think every time I read through this book, I find new things that attract me. Lately, I've started thinking that my writing could eventually lead to a career. So, I'm interested in learning everything that I can about running a business centered around something that I love to do. From this aspect, Serena has become one of my role models. I've read about her business endeavors in The Mom's Guide to Running a Business and Where Women Cook: Celebrate! Both of these are great books and definite sources of inspiration!
In Farm Chicks in the Kitchen, I get the best of both worlds - reading about Serena's start and reading through page after page of delicious recipes! The cookbook is divided into traditional categories: breakfast, appetizers, lunch, and dessert. Some of the recipes that have attracted me are Apple Puff Pancake, Sweet Onion Tartlets, Crunchy Fiesta Salad, and Dark Chocolate Butter Cake. Interlaced throughout the recipes are quick and easy craft projects and personal stories to warm your heart and home.
|The Farm Chicks Christmas|
Around the holidays last year, I bought this little beauty, The Farm Chicks Christmas. It really helped to put me in the Christmas spirit and has done so again this year as I've already turned to it to get me motivated for holiday planning. This book is for the Pacific Northwest what Southern Living is for the Southeastern region of the country: a source of decorating inspiration scattered with recipes for beverages, candies, and cookies.
The Farm Chicks Christmas is warm and welcoming, inviting us inside the homes of Serena and her closest friends. You will feel like a child as you visit a Christmas tree farm and choose the perfect tree. Then, you return to Serena's home and surround yourself with vintage Santas, ornaments, and dish after dish of ribbon candy, peppermint, gumdrops, and candy canes while sipping on foamy mugs of steamy hot chocolate.
Every time I read through the book, I see a detail that I missed before. This book makes me slow down and look at every little detail on every page. And, isn't that what life should be about? Seeing the beauty in the small things and relishing it.
Disclaimer: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen and The Farm Chicks Christmas is published by Sterling Publishing Company. The publisher provided me with these review copies but all opinions expressed here are my own.
So, if you think you would like to get to know Serena Thompson and the Farm Chicks a little better, you're in luck because I'm giving away one set of the books to one lucky winner. Yes, one of you will win both books! And, I can go ahead and tell you that you will enjoy them. I have no doubt. To enter the giveaway, it's simple. Just leave a comment below telling me you're interested in winning the books. I would also like to know if you're a Serena fan already! Finally, leave an e-mail address where you can be reached if you're the big winner.
Deadline: November 1, 2011