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‘Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets’ by Lisa Quinn

Here is a delightful anti-Martha Stewart guide to domestic liberation. Life is short and you need to make time for yourself, have fun, and enjoy your friends and family. In our busy age (where exactly IS all that time that our time-saving devices save us….?), who has time to keep a perfect household and set immaculate tables? Unless, of course, those things are a pleasure to you. Then, by all means, go for it! But I think that many of us feel that we are expected to do these things, when it is not really something that makes us very happy. We would much rather be doing other things, like reading books! And let’s not ever be afraid to show hospitality to others because we think our house is not clean or well decorated enough.

Lisa Quinn writes with a delightful sense of humour and gives a bit of practical advice, tips and tricks that simultaneously help to boost your home as well as your self-esteem. Read it cover to cover, or keep it on your coffee table for quick consultation. If you are looking for a comprehensive cleaning manual, this is not your book. But in terms of attitude and permission to cut corners, I found it helpful indeed. Here is what Chapters says about it:

Full of shortcuts and tricks for cleaning, decor, and entertaining, such as: the top 10 things you have to clean if you have company coming in 30 minutes; interior finishes that hide the most dirt; 17 meals made from a deli chicken; and much more, this wickedly funny guide helps people create the life they want without all the hard labor and without compromising style. 

This is not a definitive guide, but a perky reminder that we can be freed from perfectionism when it comes to our homes. This book would make a great gift for a wedding or baby shower, or give it to that single guy or gal who is always on the run, but loves having people over. I love it when people drop over unexpectedly, and if my house is a bit messy, I just smile and  say “you’ve caught me in the act of living!”

‘Anne Lindsay’s Lighthearted Everyday Cooking: Fabulous Recipes for a Healthy Heart’

There are two people who give me recipes that end up being my favourites. One is a sister-in-law and the other is a friend. One day the sister-in-law recommended a cookbook to me. I ordered it immediately! It was fabulous, so on impulse I bought it for the friend and guess what? She had it already!!  Duh, I should have known. Well, that told me something about this cookbook and that is why I want to share it with you. Here is why I like it so much.

The recipes:
– are tasty (why else would I make them?)
– are easy (I don’t bother with complex ones, too busy for that)
– call for available ingredients (no obscure or brand name stuff)
– are heart healthy and wholesome (I’m over 50 and so is my husband)
– are EASY (did I mention that?)
– have pictures which are “eat off the page” gorgeous
(aesthetics, but I also steal presentation ideas!)
– do not require complex tools I don’t have (small kitchen)
– don’t have words or foods I don’t know or can’t pronounce
(my beef with Jamie Oliver)
– are EASY (did I say that already?)
– have both ‘cups’ and ‘ml’ listed (handy if you live in UK)
– come with a nutrition chart (if this excites you that’s good, you should read labels!)
– have simple directions (read: EASY)

Now, I know what you are thinking. “I already have 50 cookbooks, do I really need another one?” The answer is yes. But, you must be ruthless and weed out every cookbook you have not glanced in for 5 years. I know you have some, we all do. They are probably the ones you picked up at a rummage sale. Bring them back to another rummage sale and you won’t feel guilty for ditching them. It’s the circle of life. Then, voila!,  you have room for a nice new shiny one. This one you will use or I will eat my words. Bon appetit!