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My Holiday Memories Scrapbook Brings Christmas Memories to Life!

Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 11:12 AM
posted by: Karen Hood
This is the fifth scrapbook in Whispering Pine Press‘s Children’s Scrapbook Series and is especially designed for children to help them to remember their unique and joyful adventures through life. Scrapbooking provides an outlet of expression that may not be available in any other form. Families get involved and show their children how much they love them by helping them fill in the pages of this book to preserve family memories. When I was young, I had a baby book.

My Holiday Memories Scrapbook for Kids by author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a wonderful way to document enjoyable past and present experiences, a storehouse of unique recollections, as family’s journey through their lives. You will share many pleasant memories with your child browsing together through this special scrapbook as they grow and mature through their individual times and accomplishments. Encourage your child to record moments, holidays, and special family events, with written thoughts and their own hand drawn pictures, as well as photographs, along the way. So often, we lose some parts of our child’s events because of no singular place to keep them. Here is the answer to that situation, in this memorable scrapbook. You will want one for each of your children so they can protect their personal holiday memories.

Please visit our websites at www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com, www.WhisperingPinePressKidsBooks.com. Featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

Inside You Will Find a Place For:

  • Adopted Children’s Themes
  • Record Favorite Activities
  • Add Photos, other Memorabilia
  • Add Thoughts, Drawings, Ideas
  • Document Important Events
  • Record Family Events

 

LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 JNF015000 BISAC 2 CRA043000 BISAC 3 FAM000000 BISAC AUD 02

ISBN: 978-1-59210-620-2 case bound $29.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-932-4 perfect bound $19.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-926-3 spiral bound $21.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59210-619-6 E-PDF $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-829-7 E-PUB $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-755-9 E-PRC $ 9.99 download

About the Children’s Author and Poet: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her seventeen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Websites: www.KarenJeanMatskoHood.com and www.KarenJeanMatskoHoodBlog.com

www.facebook.com/KarenJeanMatskoHoodAuthorFanPage

Twitter: @KarenJeanHood

Author’s Availability: Washington State and nationwide by arrangement.

Contact: Marketing and Sales Department at Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.

Phone: (509) 928-8700 or Fax: (509) 922-9949

Email: sales@whisperingpinepress.com

Website: www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com

Blog: www.WhisperingPinePressBlog.com

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., P.O. Box 214, Spokane Valley, WA 99037-0214 USA

Christmas Delights Cookbook

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 11:12 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

For this very merry time of year, author Karen Jean Matsko Hood presents a unique cookbook that is full of tasty and satisfying recipes designed around the themes, colors, and traditions of Christmas. Inside are page after page of mouth-watering recipes that, when prepared, will certainly be a hit with both family and guests alike during this special season. Written for the novice and the experienced cook alike, Christmas Delights Cookbook is a valuable addition to your kitchen library, especially when it is coupled with the other Holiday Series, and it makes the perfect gift for the chef on your giving list.

Please visit our websites at www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com, and www.ChristmasDelights.net. 6 x 9, 324 pp., featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

  • Inside You Will Find:
  • Christmas Themed Recipes
  • Christmas Folklore
  • Christmas Facts
  • Christmas Themed Poetry
  • Christmas History
  • Author’s Commentary
  • Index and Glossary
  • Measurement Charts
  • Tips on Preserving

LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 CKB042000 BISAC 2 CKB077000 BISAC 3 CKB101000 BISAC AUD 01

 

ISBN: 978-1-59434-156-4 case bound $ 29.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59434-157-1 perfect bound $ 19.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59434-158-8 spiral bound $ 21.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59434-159-5 comb bound $ 22.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59434-162-5 E-PDF $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59210-391-1 E-PUB $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-867-9 E-PRC $ 9.99 download

About the Author: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of numerous cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, many of her sixteen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Websites: www.KarenJeanMatskoHood.com and www.KarenJeanMatskoHoodBlog.com

www.facebook.com/KarenJeanMatskoHoodAuthorFanPage

Twitter: @KarenJeanHood

Author’s Availability: Washington State and nationwide by arrangement.

Contact: Marketing and Sales Department at Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.

Phone: (509) 928-8700 or Fax: (509) 922-9949

Email: sales@whisperingpinepress.com

Website: www.WhisperingPinePress.com, www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com

Blog: www.WhisperingPinePressBlog.com

 

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., P.O. Box 214, Spokane Valley, WA 99037-0214 USA

Capture the Spirit of the Season

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 12:12 PM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Author: Fagles
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Christmas is a joyous time full of generous giving, goodwill toward all people, and the cheerful sights, scents, and flavors of the holiday season. What better way to experience this festive time than by creating family memories through time-honored, traditional holiday recipes made in the home with love and care? Many families have traditions of baking Christmas cookies or a special holiday sweet bread together, and it becomes a treasured part of their lives that is passed on to the next generation. In my family, we had a tradition of a large, delicious Christmas breakfast after opening presents instead of the usual Christmas dinner, and my brother and I would help our mother bake dozens of miniature loaves of her amazing egg nog bread to give to our friends and family. It’s a special memory that I have been happy to share with my own children as they grow up, and it’s something we all look forward to during the holidays.

Christmas Delights Cookbook by renowned local author Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the perfect companion for the Christmas season. Filled with over 200 delectable and creative recipes that capture the flavor of the holidays, it provides dozens of opportunities for starting, expanding, or refreshing your family’s traditions. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, tidbits of holiday folklore, and a wide variety of delicious foods, Christmas Delights offers recipes for any occasion: large holiday parties, intimate family gatherings, fun snacks and treats for the kids, and contemporary twists on beloved traditional foods that will wow everyone. It also makes a fabulous gift for anyone who loves to cook–or simply enjoys the good food and cheer of this special time of year. But don’t wait too long to get your holiday traditions started–Christmas will be here before you know it, so purchase a copy of Christmas Delights today!

Personalized Poems Make the Perfect Christmas Gift!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 10:11 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

This holiday season, give a gift that will be treasured for a lifetime: a personalized poem by Karen Jean Matsko Hood. Affordable on any budget, your personalized poem can be anything you want: fun and lighthearted, romantic, friendly, or sympathetic; it can be tailored specifically to fit the Christmas season or express your feelings for the recipient in a heartfelt way. Whereas most personalized items simply add the name of your gift recipient to an already-existing poem, a Personalized Poem by Karen is always a unique creation, written specifically for you and your loved one.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has been writing poetry for many years, and her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals both national and international. You can read a review of her first volume of poetry, Frost of Spring Green, here. Karen’s experience and expertise in writing well-crafted, poignant poems makes her a natural for personalized poetry. Her deft touch and finely-woven words are guaranteed to touch the heartstrings no matter the subject or event you are looking to commemorate. Dazzle your friends and loved ones this Christmas with a real gift from the heart.

What are personal poems?

Personal poems are professionally written for you alone, to be used as a thoughtful gift for someone you love or admire.

How does the process work?

The poem is written from information you give me about the person for whom you want the gift.
Using an insightful questionnaire, Ms. Hood is able to craft a poem that reflects exactly what you have in mind. Sometimes she may even use your own words in beautiful poetic form.

How will I know that the poem is
exactly what I wanted to say?

You choose the mood of the poem, whether light or sentimental. If Ms. Hood’s first draft does not portray your feelings precisely, it will be rewritten so that it meets your approval.

How is the poem presented?

After Ms. Hood receives your approval, the poem is printed in script on elegant parchment paper and placed in your choice of either a special frame or display
folder.

What is the cost of a personal poem?

The cost depends upon the agreed-on length of the poem and includes frame or display folder, plus one extra copy.

How do I order a personal poem?

You can email Ms. Hood at sales@poemsbykaren.com or fax her at (509) 922-9949.

 

For more information, including pricing, please click here to view and/or print our Personalized Poems Brochure.

November 23 is National Adoption Day

Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 12:11 PM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood
As the mother of 16 children, many of them adopted and foster children that my husband and I have gladly welcomed into our home and our hearts, National Adoption Day is very close to my heart. Over the years, the Hood family has grown not only in size but in richness and joy, and we are proud to be adoptive parents. Please take some time this Saturday to consider what you can do to help the many children who remain without families, whether it is by donating to an organization like  The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, becoming an advocate in your community, or opening your home to those in need.
Thank you,
Karen
~*~*~*~
A Special Message from The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
This Saturday, November 23rd, we will celebrate National Adoption Day and the approximately 4,500 adoptions of children in foster care that will take place in courthouses across the nation. It is a day of celebration as well as a poignant reminder of the nearly 100,000 children in foster care still awaiting their own adoption day.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute exists because we not only believe that every child needs a family, but also that they can find that family – no matter what their age or circumstances. Toward that goal, we continue to raise awareness of the policy barriers that prevent children in the U.S. and around the word from finding their forever families. We will work daily with policymakers to address these barriers until every last one is removed.
We are pleased to announce the release of our report, What Barriers Remain: Areas of Needed Adoption and Foster Care Reform in the 113th Congress This report highlights several areas where the U.S. Congress might work to reduce the number of children living without families in the U.S. and abroad.   It is our hope that all who read this new report, from Members of Congress to adoptive parents, Members of the Administration to foster youth, will work in partnership with us until every child in need of a family finds permanency.

Christmas Delights: Delicious New Traditions Your Family will Love

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 01:11 PM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Christmas Delights is not your average modern cookbook, a baker’s dozen recipes alongside full page photographs–pretty, but with little substance. No, this is your mother or grandmother’s cookbook, a weighty and serious volume with more than 200 scrumptious recipes divided into comprehensive sections that make it quick and easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The recipes are laid out in a clear and consistent manner, easy to follow and understand for even a kitchen novice. At the same time, more experienced cooks will not find themselves bored by the recipes, which offer many unique ideas and flavor combinations that are sure to tantalize the tastebuds.

Christmas Delights is packed with extras including the history of Christmas traditions around the world, the meaning of familiar Christmas symbols, even tips on how to care for your poinsettia. There are also several Christmas-themed poems by Karen Hood, and these have her usual simple yet elegant style, ensuring that this section of the book will be read and enjoyed time and time again. Further facts about Christmas are sprinkled throughout the cookbook, livening up the recipes with fun tidbits of trivia. There is also a US and Metric Measurement Chart in the back, an invaluable assistance for conversions and measuring ingredients; a glossary of cooking terms that will help even an inexperienced cook feel comfortable in the kitchen; and an alphabetized index of recipes.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has a great deal of experience in the kitchen, and it definitely shows. I tried out several of the recipes: Ham Casserole Supreme, Artichoke Green Chile Dip, and Butternut Ball Cookies. The ham casserole made a wonderful dinner that my entire family loved, a very flavorful and unique twist on the old favorite macaroni and cheese. The dip was very quick and easy to make, and again provided an unexpected and delightful twist on the usual artichoke dip that I am familiar with. The cookies also made a big hit, and were alot of fun to make. I have looked through many of the other recipes in the book and am very excited about trying them out. There are many fun ideas that any parent or grandparent will love to make with their little ones. The Cookie Casserole in particular looks like it will be a blast for children, and every recipe I turn to sounds delicious. This is definitely a cookbook my family will enjoy not just at the holidays, but all year long.

Order your copy of Christmas Delights today!

Last Chance to Get Halloween Delights For Free!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 11:11 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

HalloweenDlites
Karen Jean Matsko Hood’s popular cookbook Halloween Delights will be available for free on Kindle tomorrow, November 7! Grab a copy of this fabulous cookbook that has been called “a treasure trove of spooky recipes” and is packed with more than 200 creative dishes that will delight, startle, and frighten your party guests! Halloween may be past this year, but the clear, easy-to-follow recipes will continue to spark your imagination, and Hood’s versatile dishes are delicious all year long.

With a wide variety of recipes ranging from cute to frightful–and all of them delicious, Halloween Delights is garnering rave reviews. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Halloween planning, an absolute must-have for the holiday season—and it’s got enough recipes to inspire you for many years to come. But don’t wait long to check it out–tomorrow is the last day it’s being offered for free! So don’t click here to pick up your free copy of this frightfully fantastic cookbook!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a prolific author and experienced chef living in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Her Cookbook Delights series is renowned for versatile, easy-to-follow recipes that delight the tastebuds again and again.

Follow Karen on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming cookbooks, poetry anthologies, fiction, and more!

Individually Yours: Personalized Poems by Karen Jean Matsko Hood Provide That Special Touch to any Occasion

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 10:10 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

Have you ever wondered what gift to give that special someone in your life? They already have everything they need, and you’ve been racking your brain each holiday and birthday for the last several years to come up with something unique, something that is truly as special as they are–and now you have completely run out of ideas.

A personalized poem by Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the perfect answer. Affordable on any budget, personalized poems can be anything you want: fun and lighthearted, romantic, friendly, or sympathetic; they can be tailored to fit almost occasion including birthdays, engagements or anniversaries, holidays, bereavement, as well as any other important event or milestone. Whereas most personalized items simply add the name of your gift recipient to an already-existing poem, a Personalized Poem by Karen is always a unique creation, written specifically for you and your loved one.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood has been writing poetry for many years, and her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals both national and international. You can read a review of her first volume of poetry, Frost of Spring Green, here. Karen’s experience and expertise in writing well-crafted, poignant poems makes her a natural for personalized poetry. Her deft touch and finely-woven words are guaranteed to touch the heartstrings no matter the subject or event you are looking to commemorate. Give a gift that will be treasured forever–give a Personalized Poem by Karen.

What are personal poems?

Personal poems are professionally written for you alone, to be used as a thoughtful gift for someone you love or admire.

How does the process work?

The poem is written from information you give me about the person for whom you want the gift.
Using an insightful questionnaire, Ms. Hood is able to craft a poem that reflects exactly what you have in mind. Sometimes she may even use your own words in beautiful poetic form.

How will I know that the poem is
exactly what I wanted to say?

You choose the mood of the poem, whether light or sentimental. If Ms. Hood’s first draft does not portray your feelings precisely, it will be rewritten so that it meets your approval.

How is the poem presented?

After Ms. Hood receives your approval, the poem is printed in script on elegant parchment paper and placed in your choice of either a special frame or display
folder.

What is the cost of a personal poem?

The cost depends upon the agreed-on length of the poem and includes frame or display folder, plus one extra copy.

How do I order a personal poem?

You can email Ms. Hood at sales@poemsbykaren.com or fax her at (509) 922-9949.

 

For more information, including pricing, please click here to view and/or print our Personalized Poems Brochure.

Get Halloween Delights Free Today!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 11:10 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

HalloweenDlitesKaren Jean Matsko Hood's popular cookbook Halloween Delights is available for free on Kindle today! Grab a copy of this fabulous cookbook that has been called "a treasure trove of spooky recipes" and is packed with more than 200 creative dishes that will delight, startle, and frighten your party guests! This is the perfect opportunity to stir up some devilish fun for this year’s fright night festival, as the clear, easy-to-follow recipes will spark your imagination and give you all the tools you need to turn an ordinary Halloween party into a spooktacular carnival of chills and thrills.

With a wide variety of recipes ranging from cute to frightful to disgusting but delicious, Halloween Delights will help you find tastebud-tingling foods to fit any party theme. Kids will love helping their parents make these fun and creepy snacks almost as much as they will love devouring them on Halloween. Halloween Delights is the perfect accompaniment to any Halloween planning, an absolute must-have for this holiday—and it’s got enough recipes to inspire you for many years to come. So click here to pick up your free copy of this frightfully fantastic cookbook today!

Karen Jean Matsko Hood is a prolific author and experienced chef living in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Her Cookbook Delights series is renowned for versatile, easy-to-follow recipes that delight the tastebuds again and again.

Follow Karen on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming cookbooks, poetry anthologies, fiction, and more!

Apple Delights Cookbook

Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:10 AM
posted by: Karen Jean Matsko Hood

With Apple Delights Cookbook, Karen Jean Matsko Hood has expertly compiled some of the best recipes to be had concerning this delicious and versatile fruit. This cookbook contains over 240 delicious apple recipes. Each recipe has easy-to-follow directions and uses ingredients that are readily available. Of course, the most important ingredients are apples, which you can pick yourself for the freshest taste or purchase from any grocery store or market. You will never regard the apple in the same way again after becoming familiar with this useful and easy-to-use new cookbook.

Please visit our websites at www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com, www.WhisperingPinePress.com, and www.AppleDelights.com. 6 x 9, 324 pp., featuring a full-color cover in a variety of bindings. Whispering Pine Press International, Inc., Your Northwest Book Publishing Company.

Inside You Will Find:

* Delicious Apple Recipes
* Facts about the Apple
* Types of Apples
* Measurement Conversion Chart
* Fascinating Apple Folklore
* Apple-Themed Poetry
* Nutritional Information
* Helpful Index and Glossary
* Apple Cultivation

 

LCCN: 2014 pending BISAC 1 CKB035000 BISAC 2 CKB101000 BISAC 3 POE000000 BISAC AUD 01

ISBN: 978-1-59649-402-2 case bound $ 29.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59210-542-7 perfect bound $ 19.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-231-8 spiral bound $ 21.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59210-695-0 comb bound $ 22.95 plus shipping
ISBN: 978-1-59649-060-4 E-PDF $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59649-060-7 E-PUB $ 9.99 download
ISBN: 978-1-59434-858-7 E-PRC $ 9.99 download

About the Author: Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the author of numerous cookbooks, children’s books, poetry, and more. A woman of wide interests, she, her husband, seventeen children, and foster children make their home in Greenacres, Washington. Ms. Hood is currently working to complete research toward her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

Websites: www.KarenJeanMatskoHood.com and www.KarenJeanMatskoHoodBlog.com.

Author’s Availability: Washington State and nationwide by arrangement.

Contact: Marketing and Sales Department at Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.
Phone: (509) 928-8700
Fax: (509) 922-9949
Email: sales@whisperingpinepress.com
Websites: www.WhisperingPinePress.com,www.WhisperingPinePressBookstore.com
Blog: www.WhisperingPinePressBlog.com

 

Whispering Pine Press International, Inc.
P.O. Box 214, Spokane Valley, WA 99037-0214 USA