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Home Made Simple: Fresh Ideas to Make Your Own Hardcover – September 14, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
Quite a few of the ideas in Home Made Simple are fresh takes on the tried-and-true. It is the presentation that makes the book a joy to browse through.The five sections are "Organize," "Cook," "Decorate," "Celebrate," and "Garden." Would you like to have a traditional tea party? In Celebrate Living, you get history and background, directions for brewing the perfect pot, recipes for homemade natural teas, and ideas for tea treats, including chai tea squares. All this is provided in a section labeled "light and fun tea party."
Home Made Simple is a great book for a young married, a single person, or someone who wants new ideas to spark an in-home revolution. The ideas are modern and innovative, and yet the suggestions and recipes are based on much of the cooking, decorating and gardening ideas that have been around for generations. It is an interactive book, as well. Pages marked "work space" where you can make notes of recipes you liked, changes you implemented, or pairings of food and beverages that you have tried.
With Christmas coming soon, you might want to consider the "Simple Mango Chutney" recipe, with its accompanying gift-giving suggestions. Or create an indoor herb garden for an elderly friend, or a decorated woven mat for the doorstep.Read more ›
The cooking and celebration chapters include dozens of recipes plus creative tips for meal planning, tablesettings, napkin folding, party theme ideas, and party planning. Chapters on home organization and decorating are filled with creative ideas and do-it-yourself projects to keep clutter under control and transform ordinary areas into decorative showplaces with just a few changes. The gardening chapter includes ideas for beautiful garden spaces outside, and also for bringing nature inside for seasonal decoration. Throughout the book are worksheets called "Work Space" for making notes based on the ideas in each chapter.
One of my favorite ideas from the book was that of creating a "Spark Book" which is a notebook to keep track of tips and ideas one comes across and intends to remember but unless it is written down or a picture kept, it will likely be forgotten. The Spark Book serves as a scrapbook to keep all these ideas in one place for future inspiration.
This book definitely appealed to my creative side with simple and inexpensive ideas for every area of homemaking.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Recipes are nothing too exotic and ingredients should be easy to find, if not already available in a basic home pantry, but seasonings seemed to sometimes be absent. For example, a breakfast bundt recipe that consisted of two tubes of refrigerated biscuits, sausage, bacon and eggs had absolutely no seasonings listed. No salt or pepper, etc.
And, I know the point is to keep things simple, but I'm not one to cook with refrigerated biscuits, and they were present in other recipes as well. It is easy enough to substitute homemade biscuits for the tube variety, but it is a good illustration of whether this book will be a good fit for the user because some of the shortcuts may be unacceptable and a reasonable substitution may not be obvious.
One more word about the recipe section - there are few photographs of the finished dishes, the ink color used for the recipes is dark red which while not as difficult to read as pale aqua ink, is also not as easy to read as black. The font size appears to be about 9 point, so it is somewhat small to read from standing position while the book rests on a counter top. The book I borrowed from the library was already water damaged from the previous user, but the paper appeared to be of decent quality that would remain undamaged if spills are wiped up promptly. The recipe section stretches from page 127 to 201 in a 321 page book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had few suggestions that I didn't already know. Maybe for a person just getting married or a single person with their first home.Published on March 9, 2013 by Joan Smith
I know I will get alot of uses from this book. I hope it will be very helpful with things I want to do.Published on December 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book has a lot of good ideas in it. As time goes by, I plan to pick out some and try them. Home Made Simple is a good source.Published on November 12, 2012 by vpstarr1
This is a well organized, interesting, and very useful book that helps with all kinds of aspects of home life.Published on May 29, 2012 by LSW
I am very pleased with this product! I am a "Home Made Simple" viewer and also an interior design student, so having this book with all of its tips and ideas is great!!!!Published on July 15, 2011 by cora m radford
Was disappointed in this book---just wasn't what I was expecting, although there are a few things inside it that warrants my keeping it.Published on May 17, 2011 by bluebonnet gal
grest book came in supper fine cngition just a good orfer all aarund nicr job.
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The seller kept the book in great condition and I find it very informative and helpful. Quick turn-around time! Thank you.Published on April 24, 2011 by janelj2004
I liked this book; it has a variety of ideas in it for doing things in your home, many I had never thought of. A lot about color, and I was happy to get that information.Published on January 29, 2011 by Anne Winston