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The Fantastic Slow Cooker Cookbook by Suzanne Summer

slow-cooker-bookFree today as an Amazon promotion, is The Fantastic Slow Cooker Cookbook by Suzanne Summer. The book is about 110 pages long and filled with mouth-watering recipes.  Whether you are a complete newbie to slow cooking or an experienced crock pot user, you will find the recipes scrumptious yet simple and easy to prepare.

The book received some great review including this one from Whitney who said, "Who knew all the things you can make in a crockpot! This is one of my favorite cookbooks after making pulled pork and baked beans for the family-and getting compliments all night!"

Here are some of the recipes:

  • Grilled Carne Asada Chill
  • Caribbean Shredded Pork
  • Clam and Corn Chowder
  • Arroz Con Pollol (Chicken and Rice)
  • Meatballs in Marina Sauce
  • Chicken and Black Bean Tortilla Soup
  • Caldo De Res (Mexican Beef Stew)
  • Chipotle Chicken Chile
  • Short Ribs in Savory Chocolate Sauce
  • Italian Sausage Spinach Lasagna in White Sauce
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Shrimp Gumbo

Here is an example of one:

Classic Beef Stew

Serves: 6 ~ Preparation time: 20 minutes ~ Cook time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat; cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 pounds Yukon potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; brown all sides of the beef.  Add the red wine and simmer the beef until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Place the beef in the slow cooker, cover with the flour, salt pepper, and cinnamon.  Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours.  Check for salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional Facts: Calories: 403 ~ Fat: 6 grams ~ Cholesterol: 86mg ~ Sodium: 462mg ~ Carbohydrates: 39 grams ~ Fiber: 5.5 grams ~ Protein: 39 grams

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You’re Never too Old to Laugh

laugh-sign-featuredYou're Never too Old to Laugh is free today (Kindle version) on Amazon. It's written by Ed Fischer whose cartoons have been syndicated in 120 newspapers and winner of 28 awards. he says, "Being "old" isn't what it used to be. Elders today are active, fun, and ready for something new. Stay young at heart with the wit, wisdom, and inspiration you'll find in this book."

The book is 128 pages, but it's a quick read, with some of his featured cartoons on some pages and witty quotes on others. Example: He says he’s 59… and he has very few friends still alive who can contradict him.

I know I've always liked to find the humour in any situation I was in, whether it be work or play. Unfortunately, it may not have always gone over as well as I would have liked, But then, I got a laugh out of it...

Like the time I was in my early twenties and was working with an electrician wiring a new house. Earlier on that morning my pliers had slipped out of my hand and bounced off his head as he worked below me on a ladder. He suggested the next time I drop a tool, I should give him a holler and he would jump out of the way. I said I would.

Then I got to wondering, if he was fast enough so it would make a difference? So later on that day, when I was on the second floor, I leaned out the opening that would become a window and saw him walking below. To test my theory, I hollered, "LOOK OUT!!!"

Of course, I hadn't actually dropped anything. But he jumped out that spot! He must have leapt six feet in the air doing it! Then when he looked up at me with a puzzled look on his face, I grinned and said, "Just testing!"

Okay.... well... one of us thought it was funny....

LaVona Traywick, Ph.D., wrote in a quick paper for the University of Arkansas that, "Most of us don’t take humor seriously enough." You can read the full text of the article by clicking here. The article goes on to say:

Physical Benefits of Laughter

• Improved cardiovascular health

• Improved respiration

• Lowered blood pressure

• Reduced pain

• Enhanced immune system

• Decreased “stress” hormones

• Muscle relaxation

Mental Benefits of Laughter

• Improves brain functions

• Improves disposition

• Releases pent-up feelings of anger and frustration

• Reduces tension

• Lowers anxiety

• Increases energy

• Enhances creativity

old-ebookSo, don't miss your chance to get a copy of Ed Fischer's book You're Never too Old to Laugh. Click here to download it, and add some fun to your day. Like the Readers Digest always says, "Laughter is the best medicine.

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How Parents Can Raise Positive, Confident Kids

kids-featuredFree today: Confident Kids: How Parents Can Raise Positive, Confident, Resilient and Focused Kids (The Parenting Trap) The author Karen Campbell says: "Every parent wants the best for their children. We all want them to grow up to be confident and positive adults. Raising a child to be resilient and able to deal with life's ups and downs is also something that most parents strive for. Confident Kids will give you practical strategies for shaping and improving your child's outlook and mindset. Parents have a huge influence over the way their children think and deal with life's situations and events. Happy and successful children usually grow up to be well-adjusted adults who lead fulfilling lives.

Of course most of us who are 50+ now, don't have to worry about raising children ourselves, but we do have our grandchildren to think about. This book seems to offer some likely advice. One of the co-authors, Katrina Kahler, is a World-Class educator who has been nominated for the National Inspirational Teaching Award. She is the co-author of 'The Parenting Trap' series, which include a variety of books that will assist parents in raising happy, confident and successful children. She is a highly experienced school teacher, speaker and parenting adviser and her passion involves helping kids to reach their full potential...academically, socially and personally.

Have a look at the video below to see how raising a child's confidence level can help

Of course there are people who will tell you not to overdo it. Dr. Peggy Drexler, research psychologist and gender scholar, had an article published in the Huffington Post titled, "The Key to Raising Confident Kids? Stop Complimenting Them!" Complimenting them all of the time for their efforts, regardless of how small the effort was, can create more damage than good. She says:

Research with children and families has indeed told us that praise has the opposite intended effect. It does not make children work harder, or do better. In fact, kids who are told they're bright and talented are easily discouraged when something is "too difficult;" those who are not praised in such a manner are more motivated to work harder and take on greater challenges. The unpraised, in turn, show higher levels of confidence, while over praised are more likely to lie to make their performances sound better. Praise becomes like a drug: once they get it, they need it, want it, are unable to function without it.

kids-ebookAnd the author of the book Confident Kids: How Parents Can Raise Positive, Confident, Resilient and Focused Kids (The Parenting Trap) agrees with this assessment. She says in her book, "Yes, it’s important to handle our young child's self-esteem gently, but we must be careful not to overdo it or they may miss out on understanding that they won't always win and also the all-important concept of good sportsmanship and being a good winner and loser."

Sometimes, I think I went a little too far with my 16 year old daughter. She certainly has the confidence, so much so, she doesn't feel like she needs to listen any longer. I can't help but wish, I had bought this book a few years ago. But I've got it in my library now. Maybe it will be some use with the grand children.

Click here to download your copy of this book now

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How to start a business from the ground up

planner-featuredStartup From The Ground Up, written by Cynthia Kocialski, is free today for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. It offers practical insights for entrepreneurs on how to go from an idea to starting a new business. It gives commonsense and actionable advice to entrepreneurs for building a thriving business from nothing but an idea.

cindyCynthia Kocialski has founded three technology companies and has been actively involved in dozens of hi-tech start-ups, and has served on various advisory boards. These startups have returned more than $10 billion dollars to their investors. If anyone knows what it takes to start a business -- it's her.

Do you need this information right now? I guess it depends on where you are in your startup process. When I started my web development business over 15 years ago, I didn't know anything about running a business. Then, after a couple of years of making money with it.... it looked like a keeper. Only then, I decided I would need to learn how to run a business. The idea was:  make money first, learn what you don't know later on. But... if you're 50+ and alone... thinking of starting a business part-time or fulltime, as a hobby, get this book now.

I signed up for a course through the Employment Insurance program. It mostly consisted of a number of lectures from accountants, marketing people, lawyers, successful entrepreneurs, etc. I really learned a lot, and I also helped 2-3 of my classmates get their business out of neutral.

Starting up a business can be an over-whelming experience. There always seems to be more questions and not enough answers. What kind of business should I register? How do I register a business? Where do I promote it? Where can I get help with a business plan so I can attract investors? Should I lease or buy office space? Does my business need a website? What can I write off on my taxes? What can an accountant do for me? Watch the trailer below for Cynthia Kocialski book, Startup From The Ground Up:

In her book you'll learn:

• Why it’s not enough just to have a great product
• How to build a team and keep them, and why a team is more than founders and employees
• How to take a product concept and turn it into a full-fledged successful business
• Why it is so important to start marketing your product as early as possible
• How to get customers to speak with you and how to interact better with them
• When seeking outside funding, what investors will be looking for and how to understand and entice them

start-up-ebookKocialski gets you moving down the right path and thinking in the right direction. Launching a company relies on far more than just having a fabulous new product — this is just one piece to the puzzle, many are needed and all must work together in order to achieve success. Kocialski is the founder of three companies and has been involved in dozens of start-ups; she shares her experiences in a mix of observations, illuminations, and guidance that will change the way you think start-ups sprout up from the ground. Clearly written and told from an expert’s vantage point, Startup from the Ground Up is a guide for how to build a business from the very beginning.

She says: When I began my own entrepreneur's journey more than 15 years ago, I was naïve. On my very first venture into this world, I got lucky. I organized the right team and targeted a hot new technology.  We had the right stuff.  Over the years, I've founded a couple more start-ups and worked with more than 25 start-ups companies. After that many start-ups, I've seen the patterns of what works and what doesn't.  So I'd thought it was about time to share my experiences and observations with you in my book Startup From The Ground Up.

Click here to download your copy now! If you're from Canada, and need a little extra advice, I would be happy to set up a topic in the forums on this site where I might be able to offer some help and advice. Just email me and let me know.

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The story of Rin-Tin-Tin

rin-tin-tin-featuredOne of the most beloved dogs in our history is the story of Rin-Tin-Tin. He was a German Shepherd dog that was rescued on the WWI battlefield by Lee Duncan, who was an American solider. Rin-Tin-Tin later became a movie star; there were over 20+ movies made with him, and it led to a large increase of popularity for these dogs as pets across North America.

In 2007, a movie was made titled Finding Rin-Tin-Tin, which tells the story of Lee Duncan finding him in France during the war and then later on how he made a movie star out of him. Here is a trailer of the movie below:

If you would like to watch the whole video, it's available on Amazon, and it will stream right to your computer. You can sign up for a one month free trial so it doesn't cost you a thing, and watch this movie with your kids or grandkids this weekend. Click here to get your free Amazon video account and the movie.

rin-tin-ebookAlso today.... and free as an Amazon promotion, you can download a copy of the book (Kindle version) titled Rin-Tin-Tin: The Movie Star. It's a biography of both Rin-Tin-Tin and Lee Duncan, his owner and trainer.

Ann Elwood, the author, says about the book: It places their lives in the context of their times, especially France, where they met, and Hollywood, where Rin-Tin-Tin became a star. At the heart of the book are the questions: “Why did a dog, at that particular time, become so famous?” and “How much of the legend of Rin-Tin-Tin is really true?”

Click here to download your copy, and learn the whole story behind one of the most beloved dogs our world has ever seen.

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