Good Morning Girls!

Grab a cup of coffee and let's talk about Cherries in Winter: My Family's Recipe for Hope in Hard Times by Suzan Colon.

Here's a little snippet from the cover description, "When Suzan Colon was laid off from her dream job at a magazine during the economic downturn of 2008, she needed to cut her budget way, way back - and that meant home cooking".

This short and sweet book is written as a personal narrative in the present and in the past. Ms. Colon relives her family history through the recipes that she digs out of the old box in the basement. Home cooking became a way to save money and connect the author with her mother and grandmother. The book is full of family stories with recipes to go along with them.

We can all relate to some of the feelings expressed in the story, whether you have lost a job or not. Family recipes mean the world to us. They make us remember where we came from and that is exactly what this book is about.

I give it two thumbs up!

Please pop over to Hospitable Pursuits to see what the other readers had to say about this book. Thanks Lisa for hosting the Hospitable Pursuits bookclub. What's next?


  1. This sounds like a recipe book I need to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Good Morning Stacey ~

    This is a great post...I am going to check this out. I love, love recipe books that have stories mixed in...thank you for sharing.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  3. Thanks for the review. I'm always on the lookout for a new book and new recipes. Have a great weekend. M

  4. Over the years, whenever I come in contact with a book that includes a story and recipes, I get it. I did not know about this one, but I do want to get it for my collection. I like when it is recipes from the past, like good old fashion cooking. Thank you for sharing this one.

  5. I'll definitely have to check that book out! You know, I have several recipes of my mom's that she wrote down for me on cards...and they're such a treasure because she passed away in 2000. Definitely makes me remember where I came from!

  6. Stacey,
    How right you are about food and family. You have been so gracious about sharing your yummy recipes with all of us. I'm thinking about your stew right now. :) I know that one day your own boys will look back fondly at all the wonderful meals you made for them and they will realize that you nourished not only their bodies but also their souls.
    Thanks for a great post!

  7. It sounds like a wonderful book that I need to check out. Hope you have a great weekend.♥

  8. Hi Stacey, I found your blog thru Blondie's Journal. I have also been married for 21 years and I too need glasses once in awhile! LOL I have two girls!!! Your blog is cute!!

  9. I will look for it. I am an avid reader...looks like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for review.
    Hope you have a great weekend and some sunshine.

  10. Hey Stacey! Thanks for the tip! I'm going to go check out your other posts now. I LURVE the look of your blog! Did you do it yourself? It's awesome. I've been making changes to mine too. I just got meself a new buttom. I looked for one on your blog, do you have your own button? I'd like to add you to my sidebar! I better go look again.

  11. Okay I'm back. Now girl don't you dare even think about changing those toile chairs! How many of us would kill for those! I like the idea of reframing the pretty girl print - maybe in a chunkier wood frame? Dunno. You have amazing furnishings in your home, it is just gorgeous! You have left me wanting to see more, More, MORE! Show us that beautiful living room lady! The colors on the walls are so warm and inviting. You are right, I like the simplicity of the windows, but a window treatment might also dress up the room. Again, dunno. Am I helping here or not. Ha! Girl, you don't even need our help, you are so good all on your own.

  12. Hello Stacey and all her great visitors,
    Thank you so much for the lovely review of "Cherries in Winter"! My Nana would be so proud ;) And Mom will be thrilled. (She's an interior designer, by the way; I am totally sending your blog link to her!)
    You really got the point of the book, which was all about connection to family and how recipes are part of each family's history. Many, many thanks for taking the time to read the book, and for sharing your thoughts with your visitors.
    All the best to you and yours!
    Suzan Colon
    Author of "Cherries in Winter"

  13. Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Thanks!

  14. Thanks for letting us know... I love a good cookbook.

  15. Stacey this book sounds so good! Another blogger also reviewed it recently as well. It sounds like a must read for sure.

    Thanks for checking out my new keys and your great idea. I love that one. I also ordered 4 new colorful outdoor pillows and a silver flatware storage box. I'll be showing you very soon. The back porch looks dreary right now with this cold weather. Ugh! I'm ready for SPRING!

  16. I'll check this out, Stacey, and what a great review....furthermore, how cool is it that you actually have a comment from the author!!??
    Way to go, girl.....glad to see you again.

  17. Sounds like a good book, I'll have to check it out! Hope you have a great weekend in Chicago! Eat at Giordano's pizza for some Chicago-style yumminess! Have a fun time!

  18. Hi Stacey, I have been trying to get back here all day, I caught a glimpse of the book early this morning, then I got all busy doing other know how it goes...
    I read the book & I loved it.
    Two thumbs up from me..
    and 5 stars.
    and a plate of homemade cookies.
    I have decided that everyone should read it..
    Good Job Suzan,
    thanks for following your heart.

  19. Oh, it sounds good, Stacey! I think I've heard of this book. I'll hope over and check out what the others say.

  20. yeah, i agree that home cooking really saves lots of money. that must be a must-have book then. thanks for sharing.

    perhaps you'd like to win some fancy accessories? we have a contest going :)

    have a great weekend :)


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