Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Review: The Year of Cozy & accompanying coloring cookbook

One of my goals for next year is to make better use of my time now that I am home full-time. I can easily let a day get away from me just watching TV and browsing the Internet. I no longer want to waste time like that. I need to make a huge list of things I would like to learn, books I'd like to read or recipes I would like to try. To help me along, I stumbled upon a book called The Year of Cozy and, wow, is it a great resource for getting me moving in the right direction. It contains 125 recipes, crafts and other "homemade adventures." She also has written an accompanying book called A  Cozy Coloring Cookbook; adult coloring books are all the rage right now and this one includes 40 simple recipes to add to your collection.

The book is divided into the four seasons and then broken down further into months. For each month, the author includes the following sections: Live (ideas for expanding your life), Make (recipes), and Do (crafts) - she includes several ideas for each section. Below are some examples from the book. 

I felt that most of the activities didn't require ingredients or supplies out of the ordinary and each step is clearly written out with pictures to help guide you. I'm really looking forward to trying the cinnamon roll recipe - that is something I've always wanted to learn how to make! I've also wanted to learn how to make a good biscuit and that recipe is included here as well. Many of the crafts would make quick & easy gifts for family and friends and could also be used during a family activity night.

The coloring cookbook is adorable! I have a collection of adult coloring books in my home and this one is a great addition. As the creator of The Cozy Kitchen blog, Ms. Adarme's focus is on creating beautiful homemade "back in time" recipes for you and your family. She obviously pours a lot of time and love into creating these recipes and I'm sure the recipient of any homemade food you make will feel the love that you put into your recipes! Here are a few samples from her A  Cozy Coloring Cookbook. 

If you'd like to check out her blog a bit more, she just posted a list of 15 Cozy Things to Make this December. Check it out! I would highly recommend The Year of Cozy if you are looking for a book to help you slow down and enjoy the seasons in 2018!

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