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review 2020-06-03 10:47
Ogarnianie się
Dziewczyno, ogarnij się! - Rachel Hollis

Bardzo dobra pozycja książkowa dla każdej kobiety, szeroki wachlarz tematów, humor i życiowa mądrość w jednym. Polecam

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review 2019-09-18 22:14
Girl, Stop Apologizing :
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals - Rachel Hollis
Girls & ladies, listen and listen carefully to what I have to say. If you feel you need someone in your corner, you need this book. If you have goals and lack the motivation to go after them, you need this book. If you just need to hear someone fired up, to get you moving, you need this book. I was not prepared for what I listened to when I put this novel in my car’s CD player.
 
I have just recently purchased a couple of Rachel Hollis’ cookbooks which I absolutely love. They are composed of dishes that I would actually make. Its real food created from actual grocery stores, not food made with fancy bouquet food where I’d buy a jar of something that I’d never use again but actual food. With these down-to-earth recipes, I figured Rachel would be an easy-going girl yet what I heard in this novel was a woman who was driven, strong, and very motivated. Bring it on Rachel, we need to hear more of this!
 
The more I listened to this novel, the more I understood where she got this ambition. Rachel just doesn’t try to motivate us women, she gives us some background on her own story so I know where she is coming from. Listening to her read her own novel, I could feel how she owned each word that she had put down in print. The energy and desire that she has to help others feel the same way she feels can definitely be felt while listening to her. It’s as if she’s trying to tell people: “Come on! Wake up and get with the program!”
 
Do you need Rachel in your life? I highly recommend the audio of this book, the enthusiasm and the passion as she reads her own words is definitely worth it.

 

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review 2019-07-15 21:01
Real Life Dinners
Real Life Dinners - Rachel Hollis
I bought this cookbook after checking it out at the library. This is another great book by Rachel Hollis. So, why did I buy it? Because I liked the recipes and the illustrations that accompanied them. The recipes inside were for things that I really would make, things that aren’t too fancy and the ingredients I can find in my supermarket.
 
Let me walk you through this beautiful book and tempt you with one of my latest cookbook purchases. This last week, I received/bought 3 cookbooks in the mail. With temperatures in the 90’s this week, I might make something but likely, I will be eating strawberry lettuce salad (I could live off this), watermelon, oranges and just cold sandwiches. I don’t like to eat a lot when it’s hot out. T
 
here are 4 sections before we even get into the food sections in this cookbook: intro, table manners, kitchen essentials, spices. Table manners: yep, she lists out some table manners from no electronics, to passing food, to eating. Kitchen Essentials: things you should have on hand. Spices: four blends she created.
 
In the food section, there are 8 sections: Breakfast for Dinner, Kid-Friendly Dinners, Make-Ahead Dinners, Dinner on the Grill, Soup for Dinner, Salad for Dinner, Sides for Dinner, and My Favorite Dinners. Each recipe consists of a two-page spread complete with a short story about the recipe, an illustration, ingredients list (optional ingredient list, if needed), directions, prep time, cook time, serves #, and 3 or 4 step-by-step illustrations for the recipe. She also begins each section with a intro about that section and her thoughts/memories.
 
Looking at the Make-Ahead Dinners section: her intro talks about being prepared and prepping. She discusses what she does and how to use these recipes in your own life. There are 9 recipes in this section. I would eat any of them as they all look good. From Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, Homemade Frozen Burritos, Hawaiian Chicken, Mexican Casserole, Chicken Potpie, Tex-Mex Fiesta, Spaghetti Sauce, Ranch Beef Stew, and Lemon-Pesto Chicken. I thought I might have to cut back on the lemon on that Lemon-Pesto Chicken but it’s not that much and hey, it has green beans in it! The Tex-Mex entree looks super good and so does the Hawaiian Chicken (and I don’t normally do Chinese food) but the ingredients look like something I can handle. I’m super excited to get this cookbook and guess what? I also picked up Rachel’s other cookbook at the same time, Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes, All Gussied Up. That cookbook is a keeper too.
 
The illustrations in this book look very appetizing and real. They don’t look all glamorous, as if someone spent weeks, spraying and angling the camera, trying to get the right shot of the bun, to make it look perfect. They look delicious and they look like something that I could make. Thanks Rachel, for keeping it real.

 

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review 2019-07-01 04:27
Upscale Downhome
Upscale Downhome: Family Recipes, All Gussied Up - Rachel Hollis
After looking through this cookbook, I placed an order for my own copy so I could return this copy to the library. I saw a post on Facebook about this cookbook so I put a hold on it at the library and after looking through it, this is definitely a keeper. I will tell you that I haven’t read any of Rachel’s other books so, I am now looking into them but right now, this one has my attention.
 
I am not a fancy cook as I eat normal food. Once in a while I will try something different, if the mood strikes me but I have to psych myself up for it. This week I bought some beet chips at the store, I said bought, I haven’t eaten them yet but I have them in my possession as they looked good and I liked beets (a lot!) and they’re baked, so hopefully, they’re not too bad. After thumbing through this cookbook and reading quite a few pages, I really think I could make everything in this book! It looks all normal, it looks pretty easy, it’s comfortable food without a lot of fancy ingredients and it looks like food that my friends and family would eat. This cookbook looks like a winner to me.
 
In sections that are pretty typical: snacks, dips, casseroles, potluck, slow cooker, parties, etc., I found many recipes I am excited to try. I also was excited about the parties section and the sips section. The parties section has a listing of 10 different types of parties and for each of the parties, the author gives suggestions on how to host them. From decorating, to food, the author has great suggestions and pictures to help make the party a success. In the sips section, there are 10 drinks to create from moonshine, gypsy, margarita Popsicles to patriotic punch. There are some that are nonalcoholic too.
 
Let’s talk about the recipes. The illustrations in the cookbook are different, I thought. The author shows us a variety of illustrations for each recipe, and yes, each recipe has illustrations. Each recipe has a series of illustrations (3-5) that show the progression of the recipe as you follow the steps plus a final product illustration. This makes the cookbook bright and colorful inside. There is a little blurb and serving size information for each recipe but nutritional value is not provided. The ingredients and preparation are listed and they are easy to follow.
 
What I like about cookbooks are, they may have the same title of a recipe that you have tried before but the ingredients are a bit different. There are some recipes whose names look familiar: Loaded Baked Potato Salad, Seven Layer Salad, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Chili Cheese Dip, and Spaghetti Salad but following this author’s recipe and/or using her other suggestion, these just might make this dish stand out.
 
I thought the Breakfast Scramble, Raspberry Peach Dump Cake, and the BBQ Root Beer Chicken sounded amazing- just to name a few. I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail.

 

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review 2019-06-19 23:18
Girl Wash Your Face
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be - Rachel Hollis

My two stars = "It was fair."  I did not hate this book.  There were even aspects of it that I liked quite a bit.  But I had enough misgivings about it that I couldn't give it a solid "I liked it."

 

I should start writing down where I get recommendations.  I think I recall someone enthusiastically recommended it in a Facebook group I belong to.  One of those "Everyone should read this" types of recommendations.  I even put myself on a waitlist for the audiobook, on my library's e-collection site.  I was psyched when it came to me.

 

One of the things that made me go "WHAT?!?!" early on was the author's mention of the book having a "Christian publisher."  That was not made obvious in any way.  Often throughout the book, Hollis refers to God's plan; hearing the Lord quietly speaking to her, etc.  I found myself recoiling whenever she did that.  I'm neither Christian nor religious.

 

Rachel Hollis is your friend who thinks she can be your therapist because she goes to therapy herself.  She's your friend who lost weight and thinks she knows the cure to everyone's fatness.  She's also the friend who posts Jesus memes on Facebook and then doesn't understand when her Jewish friends don't like them.

 

She apparently has a wildly successful online media/lifestyle company I've never heard of.  Her big dream is to be on the cover of Forbes magazine for being a self-made female billionaire.  Stay tuned, I suppose.

 

I fully recognize that I am not the target audience for this book.  The author reportedly has a large following of fans, and I suppose they're the ones eating this book with a spoon.  Her basic message boils down to:  YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE; YOU HAVE THE POWER.  That's a valuable message, but nothing I haven't encountered elsewhere, from people with more qualifications.

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