Friday, January 1, 2016

"Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook" by Debora M. Coty... and a GIVEAWAY

In celebration of her latest release, Debora has graciously offered to give away a hard copy of the book (US Only). To enter, see the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this post. (Contest ends January 8, 2016.) If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information. Good luck!

A Word from Debora...

When my book Too Blessed to be Stressed (I call it the "Mama Book," and its twelve offspring are my "Baby Blessings.") came out four years ago, I was amazed at the amount of feedback I received from women across the world regarding the need for more help in managing the overwhelming stress in their lives. So much of our stress as women takes place in our kitchens — planning, preparing, and cleaning up food for families.

Yes, we're all stressed in our crazy-busy lives, but I believe we can be whelmed without being overwhelmed. We just need a little loving, fun-filled guidance to decom-stress. So I came up with the idea of writing a cookbook that is more than just a cookbook … it's a let's-do-life-together book. An ongoing, latte-sipping, laughter-filled chat between girlfriends that includes easy-but-delicious foods, hilarious foodie stories, crazy culinary adventures, time-saving tips, suggested menus, and even pre-made grocery list for up to eight weeks of meals. Best of all, there are over 100 recipes that require less than 20 minutes hands-on prep time so you don't have to stay shackled to your kitchen. Stress-free meals that are simple, satisfying time savers.

My Review...

If you are like most people, you want good meals with minimal prep time. That is exactly what you will find in this book… along with some inspiration for your day.

Coty, author of the very popular Too Blessed To Be Stressed book, has created a cookbook to help decrease stress with mealtime. I LOVE cookbooks, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review this one, particularly as I am a fan of Coty’s other books.

The book is divided into four sections: Time-Wise (which includes dump meal and slow cooker recipes), Soul-Fed (comfort foods), Heart-Healthy, and Company-Happy. It even includes menu suggestion combos and grocery lists.  Throughout the book, the reader will find quotes and stories from the author and various famous people, such as Julia Child, Miss Piggy, Nancy Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and Roseanne. A list of staples to keep on hand is included at the beginning, and there are tips for most recipes. Numerous photos are included, as well. Prep time for all of the recipes is 20 minutes or less. Most recipes use basic ingredients that the reader is likely to already have in their kitchen.
There are so many yummy recipes included, and I can’t wait to try them all! Some of the recipes on my list to try first are: Mighty Pleasin’ Potpie, Luscious Lime Pie, Parmesan Chicken and Pasta, Cheesy Broccoli Chowder, Tantalizing Tamale Pie, Sweet Potato Home Fries, and Oyster Cracker Eaties. I’m really looking forward to making the latter, as it was reminds me of something my grandma used to make. I believe this will become one of my favorite go-to cookbooks, particularly on a busy day!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon link for purchase:

About Debora and where to find her online...

Debora M. Coty is a humorist, speaker, and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the Too Blessed to be Stressed line. Debora lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her long-suffering husband Chuck and three audacious grand buddies next door.

Debora hosts two blogs, one personal (Life in the Crazy Lane) and one for aspiring writers (Grit for the Oyster). Both are accessible through her website,

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Flour and egg to make chicken crunchy.

    1. Kim,

      Thanks for stopping by. I've never done that with chicken, but I'll have to give it a try. It certainly sounds like a super simple way to get crunchy chicken!

      Good luck!

  2. Today I made goulash -I dumped the pasta and everything in the crockpot. I had frozen browned ground hamburger so it's easy and I'm done.

    1. Vickie,

      Goulash is one of my fave go-to recipes, though I've never made it in the slow cooker. We often buy beef when it's on sale, cook it up, and freeze it. It's definitely a time saver!

      Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck!

  3. Our go to... Taco's, I can do in under 20 :)
    I could definitely go for this cookbook! !
    thanks for a chance to win a copy...

    1. Deanna,

      Yum! Thanks. You've given me an idea to add to our menu for the week. I was short one day ;)

      I've tried a few of these recipes so far and liked them. It includes a nice mix of things.

      You're very welcome. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

  4. I hate to admit it but we eat a lot of late night cereal. I need help in the kitchen!

    1. Kim,

      There's nothing wrong with cereal. If you're looking for help and inspiration, this book may be perfect for you. It has many quick meal ideas and even some snack foods. There are breakfast items as well. Actually, I really enjoy having breakfast for supper at times :)

      Good luck, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Thanks so much! I can almost taste that Cheesy Broccoli Chowder :)