Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly – January 2nd 2022 – #Pinenuts Carol Taylor, #Reviews Gwen Plano, Colleen Chesebro, Jan Sikes, #Spotlight C.S. Boyack

A small selection of the wonderful posts I have enjoyed and I hope you will head over to read in full.. thanks Sally.

A new series from Carol TaylorFriday Food Review and this week the expensive but versatile Pine Nut.. apart from detailed information about the pine nut there are some fabulous recipes to try out, including enhancing dishes you already prepare for some extra flavour.

Welcome to Friday Food reviews where I will be covering a different food or product each week and looking at… what are they? where do they grow, what can we substitute them for in a recipe, are they safe to eat, how to store them, how to use them, cook them, anything connected to that food. or product..all the why’s and the wherefores…it will, of course, be mainly my own opinion or a known fact…good or bad…there may even be a tried and tested recipe…or three…

This week it’s…The Pine Nut. 

Head over to discover how to use this small nut to enhance the flavour of your dishes: Carol’s Friday Food Review – Pine Nuts

The next post is from Gwen Plano who reflects on the 70 books she has read during 2021.. some of which I have read but many that I will add to my TBR…

Hello dear blog friends! It’s been quite the year, hasn’t it? If nothing else, 2021 prompted many of us to read more. I’m not a prolific reader, but this past year I enjoyed almost seventy books – non fiction and fiction. Today I’d like to share a few of these blessings with you.

The first four books are ones that deeply touched my soul. Each involves choices, each deals with threat and fear, and importantly, each underscores the resilience of the human spirit.

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger is a memoir of surviving Auschwitz. The circumstances are horrifying, but they bear relevance to today’s embattled world and that is what grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go. This is a powerful and transformative book, one you will not forget.  

Head over to read more about Gwen’s reflections on her reading in 2021: Blessings from 2021

The next post is from Colleen Chesebro with her review for the poetry collection – Think Tanka by Annette Rochelle Aben.

Significant Poetry Reads: “Think Tanka – Vision in Verse,” by Annette Rochelle Aben, 

Head over to discover Colleen’s thoughts about Think Tanka: Colleen’s Review for Annette Rochelle Aben

The next post is from Craig Boyack and is a spotlight for a fellow RRBC author Marlena Smith.

One of the benefits of membership in the Rave Reviews Book Club is the ability to host other authors. Today it’s my turn to bring you Marlena Smith, one of the hardest working members in the club. Please give her a warm welcome in the comments and with the sharing buttons.

To kick this tour off, I thought some Q&A would be fun, your chance to get to know the author!

1. You have been writing for a long time now, since you were a child. What were some of your first story ideas?

Head over to discover the answer to that question and more about Marlena Smith: Craig Boyack welcomes Marlena Smith #RRBC

Some more books for your TBR (there is a mute button if it is groaning too much!). This time from Jan Sikes with a round up of her December reads, including for C.S. Boyack, Yvette Calleiro, Jacquie Biggar and Teagan Geneviene.

Head over to enjoy Jan’s reviews for these books: December reviews by Jan Sikes


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. .Sally.