Can Donut Making be Fashionable?

When I got the opportunity to review 150 Best Donut Recipes: Fried or Baked, I jumped on it!

When the book came in the mail, my husband was like “DONUTS?! What do donuts have to do with fashion?!!” I exclaimed, “Donuts can be fashionable! Somehow…

Okay, well maybe donuts can’t be fashionable, but we can MAKE them fashionably… Allright, maybe not that either…. but for crying out loud, at least they were YUMMY!

I corralled my brother in law into helping me make the donuts since he had a big deep fryer and he’s a professionally trained Chef. We flipped through the book and decided to make Chocolate Cake Donuts since it was our first time making donuts and the recipe sounded relatively easy.

We spread out everything we would need to make the donuts, including Dukan Diet Organic Cocoa Powder. (I know, Dr Dukan, donuts aren’t on my diet but I promise I only ate ONE!)

Now, it’s time to make a mess! I whipped out my KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand Mixer and went to town.

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New Book – I Have Iraq In My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion

In 2008, the recession hit everyone pretty hard. People had to make desperate decisions just to get by. But giving up a life in New York City filled with Valentino pumps, subscriptions to Vogue magazine, and access to Diet Coke just to move to Iraq? For a Fashionista, that’s just crazy talk, right?!

I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion, a new memoir by a single, broke, fashion-conscious American woman who writes about her adventures in teaching English to conservative Muslim Iraqis.

When Gretchen Berg is offered the chance to move to “The Iraq” to teach English, she immediately declines. But after a tempting salary is thrown her way, she remembers her looming unemployment and amazing credit card debt of $39,000. The only thing stopping her now is the absurdly high costs of oversized luggage.

Gretchen discovers that in leaving New York behind, she might just find some new adventures, such as:

  • Falling for a sexy Muslim student fifteen years younger, who may or may not be her soul mate
  • Avoiding a suicide bomber while drinking vodka drinks by the paddling pool in her friends backyard
  • Paying almost $5,000 in oversized luggage fees
  • Becoming a role model for her students, a self-proclaimed “less annoying version of Hannah Montana,” a position that she has never found herself in before

Berg’s memoir promises to be fresh and intelligent, all while brutally recounting her year spent in a desert thousands of miles away from her New York City apartment.

This book s the latest addition to my “fashion book” library and I can’t wait to get five minutes to sit down and start reading it! It sounds incredibly interesting, don’t you think?!

The book retails for $14.99 but you can get it on for just $11.33 (Price on 6/5/2012). Get the Kindle edition of “I Have Iraq in My Shoe” for $9.99.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Ky-Mani Marley, Son of Bob Marley, Authors New Book “Dear Dad”

Something you might not know about me… I’m a HUGE Bob Marley fan. If I’m going to listen to some tunes in the car or while I’m working around the house, I almost always go for either Bob Marley (or Michael Buble)!

I was really excited to hear that Grammy-nominated musician Ky-Mani Marley, the son of the legendary Bob Marley, authored a new memoir, “Dear Dad”.

Time Magazine called Bob Marley the Artist of the 20th Century, but to Ky-Mani Marley he is “Dad.” The reggae superstar died when Ky-Mani was just 5, but nearly 30 years later, Marley still looms large in his life, as seen in Ky-Mani’s new memoir, “Dear Dad” (Farrah Gray Publishing).

“I told my story from my heart and soul. After writing the book and reading over the first edit, I didn’t realize some of the stuff I had bottled up inside of me. So this book, for me, became therapy,” Ky-Mani said. “If I was to follow in my father’s footsteps, then what would they say? ‘Oh, he’s trying to be like his dad.’ Then if I take a different path, they say, ‘He’s supposed to be like his father.’ So you can’t please everybody. I just have to be true to myself and true to my art and do what comes naturally to me.”

“Dear Dad” is an arresting narrative of a son who was locked out of his iconic father’s estate after his death. Ky-Mani and his mother Anita Belnavis left Jamaica for the United States, where he was forced to survive the poverty-stricken, predator-infested streets of one of Miami’s most violent ghettos, Liberty City. Ky-Mani was initially estranged from his siblings and cut off from any financial benefit by the Marley estate executor.

From that crucible came the Ky-Mani Marley you see today – musician, actor, author, philanthropist and a father himself. He has recorded four studio albums (ranging from reggae to hip-hop), was nominated for a Grammy Award, performed to sellout crowds (one concert was beamed live to 36 countries), and has been cast in several major feature films, including “Haven,” which starred Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom. Ky-Mani and his good friend Julian Lennon were jointly named Philanthropist of the Year by Prince Albert II of the Monaco Foundation, Better World Awards.

Some of Bob Marley’s words echo through the years with new meaning for Ky-Mani: “The harder the battle, the sweet of jah victory”“One good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain”“Don’t forget your history nor your destiny.”

“Dear Dad” is available online and in bookstores everywhere and online at

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The Recessionistas – A Book Giveaway (5 Winners!) *CLOSED*

Congrats to our winners!

    Aleksandra – comment #126
    Patricia – comment #156
    Katy – comment #113
    Kimberly – comment #80
    Elizabeth – comment #2

Winner chosen randomly!

Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope enjoy your new books!!!

Alexandra Lebenthal, who is active on the New York social scene, has written a debut novel about four socialites whose perfect Upper East Side lives get turned upside down when the economic collapse wreaks havoc on their pampered existences.

Her book is called The Recessionistas and we’re giving away FIVE COPIES of this book to 5 lucky readers of The Fashionable Housewife!

In a tale that is ripped from the headlines, a group of powerful New Yorkers suddenly encounter social upheaval, deception, and scandal. Some will find their way out of disaster while others, after making dangerous choices, dig their own graves. This story of expulsion from a modern-day Garden of Eden captures what happens when lives that were only designed to acquire more suddenly face the prospect of a great deal less.

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Hanukkah Giveaway – “Fashion For Dummies”

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We are giving away a copy of Jill Martin’s new book “Fashion For Dummies” for Day 2 of our Hanukkah Giveaways!

fashion for dummies

Packed with photos and illustrations, this full color guide also includes top ten lists such as “Ten Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them.” You’ll also find words of fashion wisdom from top designers and celebrities such as Betsey Johnson, Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, and Tyson Beckford. Go from novice fashion-hunter to seasoned fashionista with Fashion for Dummies!

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New Book: Fashion For Dummies by Jill Martin

fashion for dummiesFashion For Dummies is your full-color guide to building a fun, functional wardrobe.

    “In Fashion for Dummies, fashion expert and three-time Emmy-nominated television personality Jill Martin and co-author Pierre Lehu help readers build a stylish and functional wardrobe suitable for every occasion. Whether it’s a holiday-chic cocktail party, an 11:00 AM wedding in February, or just an everyday business casual, Jill Martin has you covered. Part reference, part tutorial, the book offers advice on finding clothes that work with your body type and personal style, as well as practical tips on garment construction and navigating the worlds of color, pattern, and texture.

In tough financial times, it’s easy to shy away from spending money on clothes – especially designer clothes. Fashion for Dummies shows you how to put together a high-quality wardrobe without breaking the bank. Shoes, jewelry, and other accessories are given ample coverage, and there’s even a section dedicated to menswear with discussion on basic cuts and styles. Martin’s friendly guidance and professional tips will sharpen your shopping skills and show you how to buy clothing that will look great for years to come.

    “Packed with photos and illustrations, this full color guide also includes top ten lists such as “Ten Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them.” You’ll also find words of fashion wisdom from top designers and celebrities such as Betsey Johnson, Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, and Tyson Beckford. Go from novice fashion-hunter to seasoned fashionista with Fashion for Dummies!”

After that intro, I was sold! Naturally, I was thrilled to receive my review copy of Fashion For Dummies and it did not disappoint!

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