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It’s Eco-wonderful. It’s your grill’s new BFF.


Made in Wisconsin. 100% hardwood.

Four years ago I tried The Woody Paddle. It has proved to be a tough, useful grilling accessory. Don’t let this worn looking paddle lead you believe it’s outlived it’s purpose. It still rocks!

the old Woody Paddle & the new Woody Shovel 

two GROOVY grilling tools

“Each Great Scrape is already treated with a food safe mineral oil (butcher block oil). If the color begins to fade over time, reapply mineral oil as appropriate. We recommend storing it out of the elements.” (I admit: Our Woody Paddle was never treated to mineral oil and was frequently left to view the constellations.)

Get yours online @ the great scrape. Personalize it if you want. Follow them on Facebook; they have mouth-watering food pics, recipes & Great Scrape giveaways!

Notes From Dawn received The Woody Shovel (and previously The Woody Paddle) from The Great Scrape in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Vegetables keep secrets, and to prepare them well, we need to know how to coax those secrets out.

With more than 100 versatile recipes, Eating from the Ground Up teaches you how to showcase the unique flavor and texture of each vegetable, truly bringing out the best in every root and leaf. The answers lie in smart techniques and a light touch. Here are dishes so simple and quick that they feel more intuitive than following a typical recipe; soups for year-round that are packed with nourishment; ideas for maximizing summer produce; hearty fall and winter foods that are all about comfort; impressive dishes fit for a party; and tips like knowing there’s not one vegetable that doesn’t perk up with a sprinkle of salt. No matter the vegetable, the central lesson is: don’t mess with a good thing.

Hardcover, 272 pages

The hopeful treasure seeker in me will scan a cookbook to see if there can be a recipe that I would actually want. I only have a dozen or so recipes that I have actually kept over the years. I like simple things when it comes to a meal. Good food. Simple prep. Getting back to the review of this cookbook, I find it’s just a bunch of recipes that I won’t ever make. It’s a clean appearing cookbook with plenty of ideas for those wanting to cook with vegetables. I found the page “How to wash, store, and make your veggies last” to be helpful. The “Barely Recipes” were interesting; a couple of broccoli recipes and a green bean recipe caught my eye. Surprisingly the brussels recipes is exactly how I already prepare mine! 

While I am not impressed, I would recommend it for those who like cookbooks. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Oct 10, 2017 | 256 Pages

It’s the first-ever cookbook from the team behind Cherry Bombe, the hit indie magazine about women and food, and the Radio Cherry Bombe podcast. Inside are 100+ recipes from some of the most interesting chefs, bakers, food stylists, pastry chefs, and creatives on the food scene today.

Large hardcover makes a classic looking cookbook. Nice if you like to display books in your kitchen and especially nice if you like pink.

Super feature is that every recipe has a full page photo. But- the recipes do not suit my culinary style. Not at all. Overall I found the recipes lengthy. Lots of the recipes were the kind I know I would never try. But maybe you would. (Garnet Yam Pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar). And a few were just too common (chocolate chip cookies) My style is simple and healthy (and maybe a bit unique) so this cookbook is not for me. 

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Coconut Cream Pie



Pie crust- 1 and 1/4 cups  flour, 1/3 cup shortening, 4 tablespoons cold water, and a dash of salt.

Meringue- 3 eggs whites, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 6 tablespoons sugar.

Coconut Cream Pie filling – 4 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup corn starch, 3 cups milk, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1 and 1/3 cup flaked coconut.

I go about this in 3 steps. Crust, filling, and meringue.

Stir together flour and a dash of salt. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in shortening making small pieces. Sprinkle with the water and push moistened dough together forming a ball. Flatten somewhat with hands and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Unroll pastry into a 9 inch pie plate and prick the sides and bottom of the pastry in the pie plate with a fork . Line it with a double thickness of foil. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 5 minutes or till golden. Cool on a wire rack.

For the filling, first separate the egg yokes from the whites; set whites aside for the meringue. Combine the sugar and cornstarch. Gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. (The bubbling will be slight and your hand will get really tired and hot near the end)

Remove the filling from the heat. Slightly beat the egg yokes with a fork. Gradually stir some of the hot filling into the yokes and stir. Then pour the egg yoke mixture into the hot filling and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes. (Keep it low and at a gentle boil. The filling is hot and sometimes it bubbles out at ya) Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla, and 1 cup coconut.

Pour the filling into the baked pastry shell and spread meringue over the warm filling. (Seal to edge) Sprinkle 1/3 cup coconut over the meringue and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.


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Maison Parfaite

The Maison Parfaite silicone steamer basket. Available on Amazon.

It’s also great for washing up just a few strawberries. And as a cushy protection for boiling eggs. Super easy to store. The Maison Parfaite claim: “You’ve found the ONLY 100% Silicone steamer basket on Amazon”. 

This review follows the review I did for Piranha Fish, a company that also sells their 100% food grade silicone steamer baskets on Amazon.  FYI- the baskets from both these companies appear identical aside from the color. This item, as did the identical Piranha Fish steamer basket, passed my “pinch test”. (meaning it hopefully does not contain harmful fillers)

Maison Parfaite provided this product to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Piranha Fish

Piranha Fish Inc. is a brand new company that sells quality products on

Steamer Basket. 100% food grade silicone. One color option. Feet allow the basket to be about an inch high. Handles are useful for lifting out of a hot pot. I had been using a metal steamer- since forever- and prefer this silicone style. I also use the Piranha Fish steamer basket for quickly rinsing off (colander) small amounts of fruit. This item passed my “pinch test”. (meaning it hopefully does not contain harmful fillers)

Collapsible Lunch Box. One size. One color. Two compartments. This is a nice option for those needing a lunch box. We aren’t in the to-go lunch bunch, so we haven’t gotten to try this more than one time.

Piranha Fish provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Healthworks’ superfoods are made by the Earth for your body so you can live a happy healthy life.

USDA Organic 100% Raw Goji Berry by Healthworks

Soft and chewy berries. Healthworks berries are moist and not dried out. A yummy superfood, Goji beries are also a vegetarian source of protein. I’ve added them to recipes like my homemade granola. And I’m planning to add some to apple crisp this fall.

USDA Organic 100% Raw Cacao Nibs by Healthworks

This pure form of chocolate will take a little time to get use to. But you will and will love it. Lots of nutrients, so go ahead and enjoy it without any guilt. Add it to whatever you like in place of chocolate chips. I’ve used them in my chocolate chip banana bread recipe. And I’ve had someone mention that they grind some with coffee beans for a special “cup of joe”. The two questions/answers below are from the Healthworks Amazon page & are very informative.

Question: Does it taste like chocolate chips or dark chocolate?

Answer: Raw, organic cacao nibs can have sort of a bitter, think dark chocolate taste, when eaten by themselves. The reason is because it is not treated like your typical Cocoa that you would buy in the supermarket is. Because it is raw it does not have sugar added or any of the unhealthy processing that is used to give it a sweet taste, but also which voids many of the natural health benefits. The good news is that if you use it in smoothies or recipes that call for chocolate, many customers feel like they get all the great taste of chocolate without the unhealthy additives or processing, plus the nutritional benefits of raw cacao nibs.

Question:How are the Cacao Nibs processed?

Answer: Much of the production process is manual and takes place on the small farms where the cacao is grown. Our cacao is selectively harvested by hand since not all the fruit ripen in the same time. Mature fruit pods are split open, the cacao beans removed and the outer shell discarded. Once scooped from the pods the cacao beans are fermented and sun dried to lower the humidity.

On arrival at our processing plant the cacao grains are washed and disinfected to lower microbiological contamination. We then soften the skin of the cacao by means of a low heat treatment. The beans are then low temperature dried and their shells are removed before being crushed into smaller nib size pieces.

Temperature is the most important advantage of all our cacao products: all the processing is done below 45º Celcius (approximately 110º Fahrenheit), which allows us to maintain the natural flavor and -even more important- the nutritional properties of the fresh cacao grains.

For more information see Interact with them on Facebook, follow on Twitter, heart photos on Instagram, and pin favorite superfood meals on Pinterest!

I recommend the Healthworks brand. Their website offers Free shipping on All orders. Also available on Amazon.


Healthworks provided these products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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26 page paperback by Kerry Alison Wekelo

This activity book shows children of all ages what writing, creativity, and imagination can do when brought together; and the wondrous things they can discover with the addition of activity. The goal is to teach through encouragement, inventiveness, and movement; as together they can pique the interest of all children.

Kerry is a self-proclaimed Jill of all Trades. As a writer she has published countless articles on wellness and leadership. Kerry has authored “Audrey’s Journey” a children’s book series focused on living with compassion and joy, the “Pile of Smile Activity Book” to give away free while children undergo cancer treatment, and “If It Does Not Grow Say No – Eatable Activities for Kids.”
The workbook style of this paperback encourages child participation. Recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and more. Recommended for preschool and elementary school aged children.  Non-judgmental presentation of healthy eating choices.
My conclusion – this small paperback seems more like a pamphlet with limited recipes, mazes, puzzles, questions, and not much more.

Kerry Alison Wekelo provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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A quick and healthy school time snack. Or appetizer. Or what have you.


1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained and partially mashed

1/2 cup drained canned whole kernel corn   cooked white or whole grain rice

1/3 cup salsa

1/4 water

2 teaspoons chili powder

5  ounces shredded cheddar cheese

1 small jalapeno pepper and/or poblano pepper, sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine beans and next 4 ingredients; pour into a lightly greased small casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and top with pepper slices. Cover and bake for 20 minutes  or until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly. Uncover and cook 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or other crunchy crackers.


Updated: Love this recipe so much more without the corn. The rice is way better.

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Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

A Fall Favorite


It can’t get much easier than this one bowl recipe


2 cups granulated sugar

1 (16oz) can pumpkin

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

dash salt

Combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; mix until well blended. Pour into greased 9×13 inch cake pan. Bake 350 degrees 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.


4 oz. cream cheese

1/8 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tablespoon milk

Combine all frosting ingredients and mix well on low speed with an electric mixer. Spread over cooled cake. I think this amount is plenty but double the recipe if you like a LOT of frosting. 

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