Cooking, Baking, and Making Book Review from @kleffnotes

Cynthia O’Hara, well known for her Harried Housewife blog, delves into recipes and crafts for any occasion in Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons. Primarily she breaks down the book into Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter and for each season she has a plethora of delicious eats and treats for you to try. Not only that, but she includes some of her own Harried Housewife tips throughout the book to help give you a bit of a boost.

O’Hara presents her recipes and ideas for anyone who wants to try their hand at making something for their family. Some of the recipes or ideas are a bit more complex than others, but if you look through the book you can find something for any skill level. Her decision to start with Spring is connected to her love for her late mother and also leads to the inclusion of a very touching recipe for yellow cake that means so much to her. This is the element of Spring that made me smile tremendously and the recipe sounds delicious. For Summer she includes a number of cocktail recipes and some suggestions for outdoor fun in connection to the variety of easy to pack food recipes this chapter includes.

As someone who prefers the colder months of the year I was very excited by the Fall and Winter sections of Cooking, Baking, and Making. There are deliciously savory dishes in both, which include a tortellini pumpkin alfredo and a very cheesy french onion soup. My favorites though were both in winter and were gingerbread pancakes and cinnamon chip snickerdoodles, which I will definitely have to try now that the air is getting chilly. O’Hara also shares a variety of DIY projects after she has shared all of her recipes. Some of these are for specific occasions or events you might have, while others are just fun ways to do a bit of crafting around the house. Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons is perfect for anyone who wants to make their home a little homier and can be found on sale now.

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2 thoughts on “Cooking, Baking, and Making Book Review from @kleffnotes

  1. I totally agree with your review. I love love love this recipe book. I purchased The Harried Housewife’s first two cookbooks ( which I also love love love) and couldn’t wait to get this one. Will there be a number 4 ?!?!?


  2. I definitely agree with this review! I am looking forward to making the gingerbread pancakes when it gets a little colder outside. This book has been very useful and makes the seasons more exciting to look forward to, knowing that I have the perfect recipe and/or DIY project to do. And the recipes I have tried so far have been way easier than I expected, yet turned out great! I highly recommend this book.


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