Saturday, January 30, 2016

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way

The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. "Norwegian Wood "provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it's also a thoughtful attempt to understand man's age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days

The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse.
Longtime gardener Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, but due to his busy work schedule and family life, didn t have the time or interest in high-input grow lights or greenhouses. Most techniques for growing what are commonly referred to as microgreens left him feeling overwhelmed and uninterested. There had to be a simpler way to grow greens for his family indoors. After some research and diligent experimenting, Burke discovered he was right there was a way And it was even easier than he ever could have hoped, and the greens more nutrient packed. He didn t even need a south-facing window, and he already had most of the needed supplies just sitting in his pantry. The result: healthy, homegrown salad greens at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market. The secret: start them in the dark.
Growing Soil Sprouts Burke's own descriptive term for sprouted seeds grown in soil as opposed to in jars employs a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots, and provides delicious salad greens in just seven to ten days, way earlier than any other method, with much less work. Indeed, of all the ways to grow immature greens, this is the easiest and most productive technique. Forget about grow lights and heat lamps This book is a revolutionary and inviting guide for both first-time and experienced gardeners in rural or urban environments. All you need is a windowsill or two. In fact, Burke has grown up to six pounds of greens per day using just the windowsills in his kitchen Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers detailed step-by-step instructions to mastering this method (hint: it's impossible not to succeed, it's so easy ), tools and accessories to have on hand, seeds and greens varieties, soil and compost, trays and planters, shelving, harvest and storage, recipes, scaling up to serve local markets, and much more.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Your Grandparent Dies: A Child's Guide to Good Grief

Explaining what happens from a child's-eye view, the elves depict the difficult days before, after, and beyond a grandparent's death. They explore the meaning of death and heaven, as well as how to stay close in spirit with a grandparent who has died. Includes questions for discussion.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft

Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and other experts on horror fiction deem H. P. Lovecraft the master teller of weird tales. These six chilling stories all published between 1921 and 1933 offer compelling journeys into the land of the undead.
The collection begins with "The Outsider," the tale of a recluse whose overwhelming loneliness emboldens him to seek out human contact. Subsequent stories include "Herbert West Reanimator," written as a satire of "Frankenstein" and used as the source for a popular horror film; "In the Vault," in which an undertaker experiences supernatural revenge; "Cool Air," an account of a doctor's fanatical obsession with defying death; and "Pickman's Model," focusing on an artist's gallery of nightmares. "The Thing on the Doorstep" concludes the compilation with the compelling tale of a man whose body is preyed upon by a spirit that refuses to die.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Everything Guide to Spices for Health: A Complete Guide to the Natural Health-Boosting Benefits of Everyday Spices

Discover the amazing powers of spices and herbs
Spices have long been celebrated for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and curative properties. From increasing energy to boosting metabolism and relieving joint aches, spices can help you improve your body, mind, and spirit. In "The Everything Guide to Spices for Health," you'll learn how to tap into these benefits and promote overall wellness with uses for dozens of popular herbs and spices, including oregano, sage, chili pepper, and saffron.

Inside, you'll find more than 50 wholesome, health-boosting recipes, such as: Turmeric, Apple, and Carrot JuiceSzechuan Pepper Chicken and Noodle SoupBasic Indian-Style Curry with LambSpiced Coconut and Date "Bliss" BallsRose, Elder Flower, and Hawthorn TeaSumac and Walnut SaladSo get ready to spruce up the spice rack and start reaping the incredible benefits of these kitchen staples. With this book, you'll find it easier than ever to incorporate delicious, health-boosting herbs and spices into your diet.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Giveaway For The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot (Totally Ninja Raccoons, #1)

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot by Kevin Coolidge The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot (Totally Ninja Raccoons, #1)
by Kevin Coolidge
Release date: Dec 22, 2015
Enter to win one of ten free copies signed copies of "The Totally Ninja Raccoons" by author Kevin Coolidge.

In The Totally Ninja Raccoons meet Bigfoot, our protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.

In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

Things aren't what they seem to be. Bigfoot isn't the monstrous beast, as he's been portrayed. Gypsy isn't the benign employer. Cats want to take over the world.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons learn that sometimes you have to choose your own path if you want to choose your destination.

There are more things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It's up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Making Artisan Pasta: How to Make a World of Handmade Noodles, Stuffed Pasta, Dumplings, and More

Learn how to use the best ingredients and simple, classic techniques to make fresh, homemade pasta in your own kitchen with "Making Artisan Pasta." Calling for just the simplest ingredients and a handful of unique kitchen tools, making pasta at home has never been easier, more fun, or more delicious.
Inside, you'll find:
- Recipes for pasta doughs made completely from scratch, with such delicious ingredients as buckwheat and whole wheat flour, roasted red pepper, asparagus, and even squid ink and chocolate
- Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for rolling, shaping, and stuffing dough for gnocchi, lasagna, cannelloni, pappardelle, tagliatelle, ravioli, and dozens of other styles of pasta
- Detailed instructions on how to make the ultimate in pasta: hand-stretched dough
- Chinese pot stickers, Polish pierogi, Turkish manti, and other delectable pastas from beyond its traditional Italian borders
- Artisan tips to help anyone, from novice to experienced, make unforgettable pasta
Through author and chef Aliza Green's pasta expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of all things culinary, plus hundreds of gorgeous photos by acclaimed food photographer Steve Legato, you ll never look at the supermarket pasta aisle the same way again.
"Making Artisan Pasta is on""Cooking Light""'s Top 100 Cookbooks of the Last 25 Years list for Best Technique and Equipment. "

100 Deadly Skills: The Seal Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation

A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson adapted for civilians from actual special forces operations to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.
In today's increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emerson former Navy SEAL wants you to be prepared.
"100 Deadly Skills "contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuvers modified from the world of black ops to help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces.
This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much more all using low-tech to no-tech methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, "100 Deadly Skills" is an invaluable resource. Because let's face it, when danger is imminent, you don t have time for complicated instructions.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal

A mother and child share so much together--countless milestones, simple joys, unexpected challenges, and all the little surprising moments in between. This five-year journal will help you capture it all--simply turn to today's date and take a few moments to answer the question at the top of the page. As the journal fills, it will become a loving record and cherished family keepsake.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's a New Year; Renew Your Membership

It's 2016, and already we are burning into January. It's the perfect time to renew your membership at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, and on January 15th and 16th, you can do it cheap.

January 15th and 16th it will cost only $15 to join, or $10 to renew your membership, that's a ten dollar savings. Membership has benefits like saving 20% off new paperbacks, 25% off new hardcovers, and saving 30% off board games! Membership also allows you to trade in your previously read books for store credit!

On January 15th and 16th, we are also holding our annual double points sale. Much like our old "double punch sale", but even better. Every dollar is usually worth a point, but on January 15th and 16th, it is worth 2 points.

With your points you can earn free merchandise and deep discounts. 25 points will earn you free candy, 50 points is $3 off, 100 points is ten dollars off, 150 points is a free T shirt, 200 points is 22 dollars off. 500 points is 60 dollars off.

You can spend points as you accumulate them, or save them for bigger rewards. Points never expire and you don't have to keep track of a punchcard. We just use your phone number.

Plus, there's a birthday bonus, you get a ten dollar gift certificate a week before your birthday every year. You can sign up for the rewards program now, it only takes a minute. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book

Several years after the events of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself back in Wonderland and called upon to save the world of playing cards and talking animals from the increasingly deranged Queen of Hearts. But all is not as it first appears in the fluctuating dream world and soon Alice is battling to save herself from the nightmare that is rapidly overtaking the realm. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Alice hadn't drunk from the bottle labelled 'Drink Me', or if she hadn't joined the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse for tea? Well now you can find out - and take part. In Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book - a companion to Jonathan Green's new Choosable Path Adventure Book - YOU decide how the amazing creatures Alice encounter should appear. Because this is your chance to team up as the colourist for illustrator Kev Crossley of 2000AD, KISS 4K and Warhammer 40K fame. Are you ready to join Jonathan Green and Kev Crossley and go back down the rabbit-hole?

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Oil That Heals: A Physician's Successes with Caster Oil Treatments

Castor oil was recommended in the Edgar Cayce readings more than one thousand times. Dr. McGarey recounts case histories in which he succeeded in using castor oil packs as a healing agent for a variety of disorders.

The Innocent Killer: A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and Its Astonishing Aftermath

As Seen on Netflix's Making a Murderer. The story of one of the nation's most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. But two years after he was exonerated of that crime and poised to reap millions in his wrongful conviction lawsuit, Steven Avery was arrested for the exceptionally brutal murder of Teresa Halbach, a freelance photographer who had gone missing several days earlier. The Innocent Man had turned into a cold blooded killer. Or had he? This is narrative non-fiction at its finest. A true crime thriller.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jerky: Make Your Own Delicious Jerky and Jerky Dishes Using Beef, Venison, Fish, or Fowl

There's nothing like tasty, chewy jerky for satisfying those hunger cravings. Moreover, jerky is made from lean cuts of meat, so it's naturally low in fat and high in protein. Homemade jerky is far superior to the packaged kind, is much less expensive, and is surprisingly simple to make. A. D. Livingston shows you how, including: which cuts of meat to buy and how to prepare them; jerky drying methods; where to buy supplies and equipment; how to store jerky; mouthwatering recipes for beef, venison, fish, fowl, and exotic meats. For backpackers, country-living folks, jackleg cooks, and anyone who wants a snack that isn't junk food, "Jerky" is a welcome and unique cookbook.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty

The Modern Guide to Using Herbs and Essential Oils
You don t have to identify with the goddess or Earth Mother labels to get going with holistic treatments for your everyday health needs. If you already buy organic produce, make an effort to eat whole foods, and tend to choose Method products over Windex, it only makes sense that that you d approach your health, wellness, and beauty regimen with a similarly all-natural approach.
Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine inspires you to easily and affordably take charge of how you look and feel by sharing simple and fun recipes that use Mason jars, sauce pans, and even your French press in creative ways. In these pages, you ll find: Down-to-earth info on the exploding popularity of essential oils and why they re so effective In-depth profiles of 5 must-have herbs to kick off your herbal medicinal projects, as well as 30 additional herbs to get to know and use Over 200 recipes for face and hair care, body and skin care, intimate care, mental health and wellness, common ailments, home cleaning products, and self-care for the day common occurrences, from a hangover to a Netflix binge watch
Improve your health and empower yourself today with these simply, powerful remedies.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Home Fermentation: A Starter Guide

Your No-Fuss Beginner's Guide to Preparing Fermented Foods
Get the most from your meals with probiotic-packed fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and kefir.
With Home Fermentation, you ll prepare these popular ferments in your own kitchen no fancy equipment or expensive ingredients required.
Your practical primer to fermenting foods, Home Fermentation takes you step-by-step through the process of fermenting a wide variety of foods, from vegetables and fruits to dairy, condiments, and beverages.
Discover how easy and fun fermentation can be, with: Detailed, step-by-step color illustrations
. Shopping, troubleshooting, and prep tips
. An in-depth look at the health benefits of fermented foods 100+ simple and creative fermenting recipes, including Sourdough Pizza Dough, Ginger-Pear Kombucha, and more
Jumpstart your kitchen hobby toward mastering fermentation-friendly recipes.

Bacon & Butter: The Ultimate Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

Finally, a cookbook and culinary counselor supporting your ketogenic diet.
Author Celby Richoux was overweight, exhausted, and moody. Then she discovered the ketogenic diet and watched the pounds melt away and the ailments vanish. In this fresh and engaging more-than-a-cookbook, Richoux shares firsthand experience, inventive ideas, and managing the transition to a ketogenic diet.
Unlike any other ketogenic diet book, Bacon & Butter combines keto facts with flavorful recipes to kick-start your keto lifestyle. Richoux serves up simple yet satisfying keto classics, like Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken and Bacon Deviled Eggs, plus non-traditional takes like Baked Spaghetti (spoiler alert: this dish swaps noodles for spaghetti squash).
Discover how to reap the benefits of the ketogenic diet, with: 150 sumptuous, easy-to-follow recipes Enlightening overviews explaining the ketogenic diet At-a-glance charts of keto-friendly foods
Keep your ketogenic diet on track-and your taste buds happy-with Bacon & Butter."

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Interstellar Cinderella

Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.
With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

DIY Aromatherapy: Over 130 Affordable Essential Oils Blends for Health, Beauty, and Home

Harness the Healing Power of Easy, Affordable Essential Oils Remedies Why pay the high cost of prescription medications, beauty products, and home cleaning supplies when you can easily, quickly, and affordably make them at home with essential oils? DIY Aromatherapy is your ultimate step-by-step guide to create simple yet powerful, aromatherapy blends that restore health, beautify, and cleanse-all while keeping money in your pocket. DIY Aromatherapy Today Discover the 35 "most essential" essential oils for your home Choose from dozens of essential oils remedies for a range of ailments that plague babies, children, adults, and even pets Blend your own massage oils, lotions, and perfumes in minutes Create beauty and home cleaning products that are 100% free of toxic chemicals Start producing your own scents with intent by making essential oils blends at home.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, an Introductory Guide

Your Personal Guide to the World of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, and other healing plants are likely right at your fingertips, or just beyond at a nearby garden. Now unlocking their healing powers is, too. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: An Introductory Guide offers all the techniques, tools, and tips you need to start creating natural, toxic-free medicine and everyday household products from the comfort of your home. Everything You Need to Know to Get Started with Essential Oils Enjoy Your Personal Apothecary, which includes profiles of more than 60 essential oils Learn to measure, dispense, and blend essential oils like a seasoned aromatherapist Discover the 25 most effective essential oils for natural healing Master techniques for massage, acupressure, inhalation, and more Study safety tips for pregnant women, children, babies, and pets Over 300 Natural Recipes for Every Household Apply everyday remedies for common ailments such as acne, migraines, nausea, and stress Use toxic-free household items, from lavender laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner to air fresheners Enjoy calming beauty treatments, including face masks, body butter, and soothing bath salts.