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Made from Scratch - A Memoir
by Sandra Lee
ISBN 978-0-696-23919-9
Published November 2007 - Hardcover - 271 pages - $24.95

Okay, so we'd all like to know how to become a millionaire by the age of 25.  Or how we can become successful on a national scale.  For some it seems so effortless.  For others, it will always remain a dream.  For Sandra Lee, as for most, it wasn't as easy as snapping your fingers.  Her book starts off with how she and her younger sister were dropped off at their grandmother's house and how they never saw their mother again for years.  Hooray for grandmothers.  This grandma had the right attitude and taught the two little girls useful things that every parent should teach their children.  (Reading this part made my heart sing.)  Who would have guessed that Sabbath School was the birthplace of Sandra's interest in crafting?  It wasn't to last because their mother took them away and they became a family with a new father and a few more siblings in another state.  Enough to shake up anyone's world.  Little Sandra was running the house after her stepfather left, and was doing everything from cleaning, cooking, shopping, laundry, and taking care of her siblings.  At the age of 13 she was cleaning other people's homes to earn money.  She was also being beaten at home.  Sandra Lee's whole life changed when she came up with her Kurtain Kraft window products which was a huge success despite her being thrown in at the deep end in the world of business.  Next came her cookbooks - she published her first book herself - something I'm on the brink of doing out of sheer desperation.  The things I admire about Sandra Lee are her belief in herself, her gutsy determination, and her hard work.  There are also good doses of "strokes of luck" involved, for very often it's not what you know, it's who you know.  Next was the Food Network television series and amazingly, she once again jumped in at the deep end.  You just never know.  It's wonderful what one can do with imagination and determination.  Her story is interesting and inspirational.
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Conclusion - If you want to feel better about yourself and/or your life, please read this encouraging book.

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