Some of my favorite books are about homes, families, memories and get-togethers. The author I most admire, that makes everyone want to be a homemaker and spend all day in the kitchen baking dainty cakes is the darling Susan Branch. I have several of her books, and have just finished her latest called A Fine Romance, Falling In Love With The English Countryside.
Maybe it just reminds me of my idyllic childhood growing up in the heart of England, in a charming village. Susan also has a blog which I really enjoy reading with a nice cup of tea. Handwritten books, like Susan's are a rare find. They make you feel like your reading a letter, and they feel more personal.
The most treasured books I have are lot of old family journals, with recipe clippings, and pictures of family get-togethers that were done by my late grandparents. Once you loose a lot of relatives like me, you learn how important keeping memories is. How To Keep Family Keepsakes is a wonderful book. After we pass away it's what keeps the stories and the memories of us passing along.
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For lighter reading, I also enjoy a good recipe book. My favorites are by Ina Garten, I could just move into her guest house, and be a taste tester. Her last book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust is a good keepsake. I also DVR her TV show on the Food Network every day.
Some of my favorites of all-time:
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
American Farmhouses, Country Style and Design by Leah Rosch
Discovering Home with Laurie Smith, Find your personal style
Extraordinary Touches for an Ordinary Day, by Jo Packham
Not Without My Daughter, by Betty Mahmoody
The Business of Bliss, How to profit from doing what you love, by Victoria Magazine
The Pleasure of your Company, Entertaining in High Style, by Kimberly Schlegel
The Stress-Free Home, Beautiful Interiors for serenity and harmonius living, by Jackie Craven
The Sweet Life, 101 Great ideas for living a happier, more balanced life by William Sinunu
A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with The English Countryside by Susan Branch
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If you have suggestions you think I might like be sure to let me know.