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Monday, February 17, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday-Making Home

Good morning 
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 I am so happy to be with you today.  It is so great to be able to write a post to maybe give you a smile today. 

Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on house and home.

I am not even sure how long I have been blogging.  But it has been a lot of fun filled years for me. 

During those times I've shared photo's from my home.  I've shared table scapes, my mantle, my desk top, books and many more things that surround me here and make me smile.  

Let's look back at a few of my favorite moments captured here on the blog . . . 

This was the mantle at Christmas.  Super simple.  I did add some candles and left it all up through the weekend for Valentines Day. 
Not a great pic but I wanted to share the super sweet flowers one of my clients left on my porch in December when my husband was in the hospital.  They sat on my desk for a few weeks.  I keep flowers as long as I can snipping the stems and cleaning the water every couple of days. 


Hot Cocoa says Cozy on chilly days . . .I made a Cocoa station and featured mugs and gifts from my children.  The hand print box was when my now 18 year old grandson had smaller hands!  The pot holder (which I don't use) was given to me by my daughter a few years ago. 
A favorite Cozy place for a tall glass of ice tea in the summer.  I love this space.  I like to pretend it is a sleeping porch.  The little vintage love seat is actually a 'pull out' I've never tried sleeping in this space.  But it is Cozy for an afternoon read.  I can see the dogs play outside.  It is a good place to come in and rest after working hard in the garden. 

My goal is to make my home a Sanctuary for my family.  Today my family consists of me and My Cowboy and our two spoiled dogs.  

They make me smile.  Many days they are what keeps me going. 
My husband has terminal Liver Disease.  The days are up and down.  

Making our home a Cozy Sanctuary is important to his health and attitude.  

For me it just makes me happy.  I love my home.  It may be a house in the city, a house on land in the country, an R.V., an extended stay motel or an apartment.  But everywhere I/we've called home I tried/try to make Cozy.  


How do you make your home Cozy?

Wishing you a Blessed Day



Saturday, February 15, 2020

Happy Homemaker In Texas


Good morning friends.  Today's plan is to journey Sandra at Family Corner.  This may be a short post because my computer is giving me fits . . . please forgive I didn't spell check.  My computer shuts down on a whim...I wanted to get this post done!

The weather....one word Brrr!

Outside my window ...The beginnings of a sunny day and weeds.
Calling a lawn service this week.

What I am reading
I have a couple of authors that write clean Billionaire romances and they have a couple new ones on my list to read and promote.
Check out Sophia Summers and Jewel Allen for some great quick sweet reads. 

And I just finished
The 3rd in a series by Robin Patchen.  I just finished Legacy Reclaimed it was a 5 star read.  She was kind enough to send the first two so I'll be reading them next.  My review was posted a couple of days ago.

On the menu
Our menu planning has gone by the wayside for the time being. 
Because of my husbands disease and all that goes with it we eat what we can pull together.  I still have a 'plan' in mind but many days he doesn't eat after I have cooked and so it becomes leftovers for the next day.  

In my crafting room
I had full intentions to mail Valentines Day cards and tiny gifts.
But life got in the way.  I did join a couple SWAPS in Janurary and got them completed and mailed. I joined a couple for this month that I am working one.  
On simple one mailing my partner Lace and Fibers to use in a journal. 
Another one is to make 3 Sewing Theme Artist Trading Cards. 
That is my project this weekend.  

Plans for the blog
I hope to get back to regular blogging.  And also writing scripture. 
And maybe sharing that here. 
I hope to talk more about my paper crafting and Junk Journaling. I have had a few comments about it and some folks have so imterest. 
I'll share my garden projects and plans.  
I plan and hope to blog more and have less about books here. 
But lately I have had to add more book reviews and interviews to have something posted here.  
I would like to get back to blogging. 

From the camera
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My daughter posted on FB.  This was such a sweet memory for me.  He is 11 now!

Prayer request
My husband has terminal Liver Disease.  Please pray for me as I navigate the waters of helping him as he progresses.  It is really hard because some days he is just like he's always been and other days he is really sick.  

Scripture/Devo
Image may contain: possible text that says 'God is telling you today to be still. still. Stop stressing yourself of what is going on. Stop figuring it out with your own understanding. Stop fighting for it because it's yours' already. God is saying, "Leave that to me to handle."'
This was shared on FB the other day.  I needed this reminder. 
Maybe you do to. 

Have A Blessed Day
Thanks for joining me today.  Stop over at Family Corner for 
Happy Homemaker Monday

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentines Day-Sharing A Memory


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My daughter shared this on FB
That dinner was one of our best memories.
Hope you make some memories!
Happy Valentines Day

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Legacy Reclaimed by Robin Patchen-Book Review/Spotlight


About the book

She’ll risk anything to save the company her parents built. He’ll risk anything to save her. Someone will stop at nothing to make sure they both fail. 

Chelsea Hamilton spent her life preparing to run the international clothing business her parents started, but she’s still caught off guard when she learns of her mother’s untimely death. Chelsea returns to New Hampshire, buries her mother, and prepares to take over the floundering business. When a stranger attempts to kill her, she realizes somebody doesn’t want her to inherit her legacy.
Private Investigator Dylan O’Donnell spends his time searching for lost teens. He doesn’t know what to think of the beautiful woman seeking his services. Hers isn’t the kind of case he’s accustomed to handling, and she isn’t the kind of client he quit his steady job to help, but something about the woman pulls at him. She’s in danger, and he can’t turn her away. But if he blows this very public case, his floundering business might not survive.
Together, they dig into her family's secrets. The closer they get to the truth, the closer they grow to one another. Can Chelsea save the legacy her parents fought to leave her? Can Dylan save Chelsea from the enemies determined to see her dead? 
And I thought
A fast paced page turning ride.  Legacy Reclaimed was hard to put down.
I love romantic suspense and read any that I can get my hands on.  I love a good thriller/ suspense. 
Robin Patchen gives the reader a romantic suspense with a twisting plot and with main characters that have faith in God and trust in him.
The main characters Chelsea and Dylan each have had bad experiences and sorrow in their lives but have faith to overcome and allow themselves to fall in love.
The only problem is staying alive and a step ahead of the bad guy(s) and figuring out who is out to sabotage her family company and kill Chelsea. 
If you love fast paced suspenseful and believable thrillers you'll really enjoy this one.

I received a complimentary.
My review will appear on retail sites, Good Reads and social media.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Book Spotlight/Recipe Great Escapes Tour-The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery

Today I am joining Lori at Great Escapes to Promote a new book 
My tour stop includes a yummy recipe!


From The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery  by Rae Katherine Eighmey
The book is set in the small north Iowa town of Lake Livonian and centers on the community of the Potluck Paradise Café owned by Susan Stewart.
 
 Photo provided by the author
Butterscotch Cookies

This recipe for “refrigerator cookies” is an all time Potluck Paradise favorite for youngsters of all ages. Well-wrapped rolls of cookie dough keep in the refrigerator for a few days, and for weeks in the freezer. So easy to have on hand and bake off for a quick, delicious treat. 

2 cups brown sugar, light or dark, firmly packed
1 cup melted butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional

You will also need:
Plastic wrap for cookie logs as they chill
Butter or cooking spray to grease baking sheets

In a large bowl combine the sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together until well blended. Add the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Stir in the walnuts. Divide the dough in half and then form each half into a log about 1 inch high and 2 inches wide. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and chill at least two hours.  Plastic wrapped dough may be put in a freezer bag and kept frozen for up to two months. 


About the book 
The Iowa Presidential Caucus is a casserole of finest ingredients—policy ideas, active candidates, determined local politicians dedicated political activists, and hard-working Iowans. Every four years citizens across the state meet to hash out their differences and make a selection. Seldom is one candidate an overwhelming caucus choice. Instead, several winning candidates combine into a single dish of patriotic participation, ready to share with the rest of the nation.
In Lake Livonia, with holiday season fast approaching and the Iowa Presidential Caucus soon to follow, Susan Stewart’s fledgling Potluck Paradise Cafe is humming with the creation of new and delicious dishes to please the appetites of her community.
But then, a mysterious note included in a Christmas card from her friend and mentor, Hazel Romer, who skipped town in the middle of a July night, raises important questions. What was the skeleton in Hazel’s closet that caused her to run away from the town she loved? And why had she left the restaurant to Susan?
When a blizzard traps strangers in town overnight, the stage is set for a series of life-changing events for Susan, her teenaged children, and her friends, as the Presidential Caucus brings Iowa and Lake Livonia into national prominence.
With 30 Family and Potluck Pleasing recipes for main dishes, vegetables and desserts.
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Book Spotlight/Author Interview feat. BonBon With the Wind by Dorothy St. James


Hello Dorothy
Thank you for visiting the blog.  It is a pleasure to get a chance to meet you and talk about the new book. 

Thank you for hosting me on your site with my latest Southern Chocolate Shop MysteryBonbon with the Wind. I love visiting with bloggers and readers. Y’all are the greatest!

Before we get into the good stuff…the book let’s get acquainted. 

So I am guessing you’re a Chocolate lover since the series revolves around a Chocolate Shop but do you have any other little guilty pleasures?

You’re right. I’m a chocolate lover through and through. I indulge in at least a little piece of chocolate every day, preferably for breakfast. As for other guilty pleasures, while I don’t drink alcohol, I do drink Coke and other sodas, but mostly Coke. The bubbly drinks feel good on my throat. I’m trying to cut back by not buying them. My family says I should. But I do love to sip on a carbonated soda in the middle of the day.

You might gasp when I tell you this but I don’t drink coffee! Do you like coffee are
you Star Bucks girl?

I’m not gasping. Nope. Not me. I don’t drink coffee either. I have never learned to like it. I do, however, enjoy tea. A strong black Tea in the morning, green tea in the afternoon, and herbal tea in the evening. Starbucks is another guilty pleasure I do enjoy. But just occasionally. I’ll order a chi tea latte, which tastes like a hot milkshake. Yum!

Do you have a furry companion that helps you write or maybe causes a little mischief when you’re engrossed in writing?

My collie mix, Rosie, keeps out of my way when I’m writing. She’s really not interested in what I’m doing on the computer and considers the entire business a complete bore. Suki, my tiger-striped Siamese point kitty, on the other hand, loves it when I sit down to write. If it’s chilly out, she’ll sit on my lap and sometimes put her paw on my arm, making typing a challenge. In warm weather, she’ll perch on the back of my desk chair and watch my progress over my shoulder. It can be quite intimidating, since cats can be so judgmental. I sometimes get the feeling that she doesn’t approve of how I’m giving Stella, the little dog in the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries, a bigger role than Beauregard, the hairless cat in the series.

Let’s have some fun…would you rather write in the mountains, on the beach or at home (describe home)

Definitely, the beach! I lived on Folly Beach for twenty years and wrote full-time there since 2001. I loved writing on the beach. If I got stuck, I’d go for a walk or a swim or would simply stare out the window and watch the waves. I do miss it. What I don’t miss, however, is that the salt air would corrode the power lines (and everything else). The frequent power outages did get in the way of my writing flow sometimes.

On the other hand, there’s less to distract me now that I live in suburbia. My office window looks out at other houses. Two of my neighbors also work from home. I sometimes glance at their houses and remind myself to get off Facebook and back to work!

I’ve never spent much time in the mountains. It seems chilly up in the mountains. I do like warm weather, but if someone was to invite me to spend time in a mountain cabin, I suppose I could pack extra sweaters.

If you could go anywhere in the world to write where would go?

Ah, this is a hard one. I love warm tropical weather. So, do I want to go to a tropical island? Or perhaps I’d like the liveliness of city life. If that’s the case perhaps I’d like to write in New York City of London or even Paris. I would love to be near a train line that could whisk me off on spur-of-the-moment adventures.

But honestly, my writing takes me so many places in my mind. All I really need is my trusty laptop and a comfortable chair. And some quiet. I can write at a coffee shop if it’s not too noisy, but I prefer to write in the quiet of my home.

Do you have a favorite t.v. or movie character that solves crimes?

Have you watched Lucifer on Netflix yet? It’s now one of my all-time favorite crime shows. Psych is another all-time favorite. But Lucifer is fun because it imagines what happens if the devil took a holiday and moved to LA. He’s all about punishing people, so he finds criminals, solves murder mysteries so he can mete out proper punishments for those who are doing wrong. Both Psych and Lucifer are crime shows that don’t take themselves too seriously. When I turn on the TV, I want a break from the real world and to simply be entertained.

I am so glad your touring again with Great Escapes. What is your favorite part about book tours?

As a writer, I spend so much time writing the book and when I’m done, I move on to the next book. What I love most about book tours is that they give me a chance to take a breath and have an extended party for my newest release. I’ve fallen in love with each and every book I’ve written. They are all so special to me. Taking them on a book tour is the cherry on top of the long and bumpy path to publication.

How did you choose the location for the Chocolate shop?

The Chocolate Box is located on Camellia Beach in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It’s a fictionalized version of Folly Beach, South Carolina where I lived for twenty years. Folly Beach is a quirky, artsy small beach town. There’s no flash or glamour, only down-to-earth Folly-ness. I had long wanted to include my love of my beach town in a book series and when I came up with the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries idea, I knew that I’d finally found a book series worthy of the town. I hope that my readers fall in love with Camellia Beach and come to appreciate a less-developed island as much as I have.

Did you have to do any special research while developing the story line?

Well, let me think. The series is set in a chocolate shop. So, I had to eat chocolate, a wide variety of chocolate. I had to learn how to make chocolate from the bean and then I experimented with combining flavors to make tasty chocolate treats worthy to be sold at The Chocolate Box.

Yes, I did this on purpose. When I was thinking about series that I wanted to write, I decided I should write about something that I not only love, but that I obsess over.

As a result of this series, however, I’ve become a terrible chocolate snob. Only high quality chocolates for me, please. There’s no comparison to the richness and depth of flavors that come from gourmet bean-to-bar chocolates. They taste like mini-vacations to South America since the beans take on the flavors of the land where they are grown.

Mass produced candy bars, while can be fun to eat, only provide the taste buds with a single note of flavor. There really is no comparison between the two kinds of candy bars.

I just couldn’t wait to get into the book and learn more about Penn!  Is she an experienced sleuth or more on the side of reluctant sleuth?

This is the fourth book in the series, so Penn is becoming quite comfortable with the sleuthing skills. While not trained to solve mysteries, when she sees a mystery, Penn cannot help herself. She has to do something to help those affected find justice.

I read that Bonbon with the Wind is the 4th book in the series.  Can you tell us how Penn may have changed from the beginning of the series?

Penn has improved—at least I hope readers think she has. In the first book of the series, Penn was a hot mess. Her love life was in shambles. She’d lost her job. And her best friend had recently been murdered. She trusted no one (including herself) and expected the worst of everyone.

As Penn solves each mystery, she learns more and more about herself. Plus, she’s learning the value of trusting those around her.

In Bonbon with the Wind, however, she’s grown to the point where she feels like she can take a leap of faith and trust her friends. Unfortunately, this turns out to be one of the worst decisions she’s ever made. Nothing is ever easy for poor Penn.

Where would Penn take a dream vacation?

Penn has found a paradise in Camellia Beach. I don’t think she’s in a hurry to go anywhere else anytime soon. But if her beau, Harley, were to whisk her away on a spur-of-the-moment holiday, which she would hate, she wouldn’t mind going to a tropical resort where she could laze around sipping on sweet drinks bedecked with tiny umbrellas.

What is your favorite scene in the book?

I loved watching the islanders come together as a true community after the hurricane had passed. This scene was based on real events that occurred after Hurricane Hugo devastated Folly Beach years ago. Everyone on the island came together and worked together to rebuild the island. As a result, the community grew stronger. People who were once strangers began to look out for each other. I really enjoyed being able to retell how hard times can bring out the best in people.

What do you think Penn’s favorite scene would be?

Penn would definitely like the ending of the book above everything else. With the hurricane hitting her beloved island, the murder, and the media attention her shop suddenly started to receive, she really gets put through an emotional wringer in this book. I think she breathed a deep sigh of relief when it was all finally over.

Can you give us a bit of a sneak peek of what you’re working on now?

I’m currently working on the second book in my new series, the Secret Bookroom Mysteries. When a small-town librarian sets up a secret bookroom in her newly modernized library, she discovers that protecting the printed word harder than she’d ever imagined. In fact, it’s murder.

The first book in the series, The Broken Spine, comes out with Berkley Prime Crime September 2020.

In the second book, A Perfect Bind, Trudell Becket, the town of Cypress’s book-loving librarian, has found herself in a bind. Someone is breaking into the secret bookroom she’s set up in the basement of the community’s new state-of-the-art bookless library. But the thief isn’t taking anything. Trudell can’t report the crime, since she’d have to tell those outside the Secret Bookroom Society about her illicit library and risk losing the collection of printed books. Those books are her passion, her life. She wants nothing more than to protect them, even if it means taking on criminals on her own.

This book is scheduled for publication with Berkley Prime Crime September 2021.

Thanks so much for chatting today.  Best wishes with the new book and the tour!

Thank you so much for having me! It was great fun chatting about my love of chocolate, reading, and my favorite place in the world—the beach. I invite everyone to visit The Chocolate Box and take some time enjoying the soothing sounds of the waves on Camellia Beach.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Newish Hobby To Share

Hello everyone.  Welcome to the 1st full week of February


I saw this cut February pic on Facebook and I thought it was so cute.  I usually try to make my own pic but February crept on me!

I spend alot of time on Facebook.  Don't we all?  My time spent may be different than most people.  I am in several 'groups'.  
I have found some lovely Christian women that are crafters.  They have been a huge Blessing to me the past few months.  They have a weekly prayer list and I have been on it since Thanksgiving when my husband became ill.  
Mainly this particular groups makes Junk Journals and things to put in them.  We SWAP with each other.  There are monthly SWAPS.  They also have several games to play.  It is super fun and they are great supportive Christian women. 

Here are a few pics of a few things I've made over the last few months.  

Pocket letters are super fun and sooooo very simple to make.  The first time I saw them I didn't participate because I didn't have any of the Baseball Card Sleeves that are used.  But the group has 2 monthly events.  Weighty (Big) Wishes and Wee Wishes.  I put 
wish on Weighty Wishes for the sleeves and I got a bunch!  
This is a Butterfly theme Pocket Letter.  We were assigned a theme.  Each little pocket is backed with pretty paper and then filled with goodies.  Some goodies are supplies like riboon, washi tape, stickers, and little cut outs.  Other goodies are tea backs or candy. 
This part of a Fall theme.  I used several different paper packages.  The little pink fox's went with the Fall them.  I added the fox with glasses to the pocket.  

    
This is a mini pocket.  3 sections cut from the big sleeve.  This one was inspired by a tiny paper clip shaped like eye glasses.  I knew I had some paper with glasses in my stash so I grab them up and pulled a few other pieces that had the same colors.  This one included a yummy piece of candy. 
Prayer Pocket #10 by Jeannie Thompson Phillips
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Another fun project is to make Prayer Envelopes or Pockets.  In another group the administrator makes these and gives them to nursing homes in her community.  I thought this was a fabulous idea so I have started sending her some each month.   For me it is a way to practise.  I am new at paper crafting and it helps having someone to give my things to.  
  
This is a tag for a SWAP the instructions were to make 3 sets of two tags connected.  My partners name started with a 'K' a perfect way to use these cool burlap covered letters!

It is funny I don't hardly throw anything away! I have a clear vase on my work table that is about 15" tall I put tiny thin and long strips in it.  Sometimes a tiny strip is just perfect for a project.  

One of my newest favorite things to make is called 'Fraken Paper'.
It is a project that you use up your tiny or big scraps by gluing them together and making paper out of small pieces.  
In another group we were assigned to make a Junk Journal page about Dogs.  This is part of the page I made.  The vintage Norman Rockwall photo I took to the copy shop and printed so I could preserve the original   I attached it as a pocket and filled the pocket with pretty color paper that is white on the back.  It can be used as journaling cards.  The foot print is a glitter sticker I received in a Pocket Letter.  It was perfect for this spread.
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This is the page I received from my partner.  

I have found some wonderful new friends from all over through my FB groups.  It's a bit sad to say but in my case they have taken the place of friendships normally found at church.  But I am Blessed. 
Last year I got 40 birthday cards in the mail.  I also got more Christmas cards than I could count. 

And, the funny thing is that before my husband got ill he mailed me an Anniversary card. He saw how happy mail makes me that he joined the game!  

If you are interested in crafting, or in scripture journaling, books 
and I imagine there are lots of other kinds of groups too...check out groups on FB. 


Have A Good Day

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Our nice warm weather has been pre-empted with rain.  It's still a beautiful day. 

Have A Blessed Day

Monday, February 3, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather
We finally have had a few days of nice pretty weather.  My husband even went out with the dogs on Sunday. 
This week very cool mornings but pleasant afternoons in the 70's. 

Outside my window
Gorgeous sunshine.  And weeds.  Ick.

What I am wearing
My regular morning gardening clothes to take the dogs out and a bit of tidying.  About to change for work black pants and a t-shirt.

Looking  Hearing around the house
I giggle.  Snoring dogs.  

On my reading pile
Actually nothing.  I haven't been reading lately.  Only when 
a good book pops up for my phone.  I just finished some good ones that I've reviewed over at My Reading Journeys.

A chore I dread this week
I haven't seen this prompt from Sandra before...but I have a couple chores I am not excited about.  With my husbands illness we are having to seek help with bills etc.  It is a very difficult time.  We have his first specialist appointment on Tues.  I hope we get some answers and referrals for resources.

To relax this week I will . . . 
Pray.  My mind is a whirl wind.  I will also try to craft. 

From the camera
Before he was ill

Have a Blessed Week



Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Recipe Post-Book Spotlight- Dead Week by Kelly Brakenhoff-Great Escapes Tour

About the book
Will Dead Week kill Cassandra’s career?
VP of Student Affairs Cassandra Sato has a desk full of problems and it’s not even Thanksgiving break.
A student’s injury and a deaf advocacy project brings national media attention to underfunded Morton College.
Cassandra’s new boss talks to her dead husband. Cassandra’s mentor thinks he’s a superhero in a senior citizen’s body. And Cassandra, recently moved from Hawai’i, can’t crack the code of what to wear during November in Nebraska.
Is there more to the Vietnam-era story of a student’s death? Cassandra’s search for the long-buried truth stirs up the wrath of those who want to keep the past forgotten.

Recipe
Kalua Pork
When Cassandra Sato attends a luau at home in Hawai'i, the highlight is eating Kalua Pig, roasted for hours in
a traditional imu, an underground oven. Cassandra's father also uses the same seasonings to make Kalua
Turkey for Thanksgiving. Luckily, you don't have to dig up your back yard to enjoy the ono flavors of Kalua Pig.
This recipe can go in your crock pot or insta-pot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hawaiian
Keyword crock pot, Hawaii, luau
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Servings 8 people
Author Kelly Brakenhoff
Ingredients
4 lb Pork butt roast
1 tbsp Hawaiian sea salt
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp liquid hickory smoke
1 cup water
Instructions
1. Rinse and pat dry the pork
2. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large skillet on med-high heat, heat the oil and sear the roast on
all sides.
3. Add the seared roast to the crock pot. Add water and hickory smoke.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for 10-12 hours.
5. Using two forks, shred the pork. Discard any fat. Mix the shredded pork with the juices remaining in the
crock pot.
Notes
Serve Kalua Pork plain on a lettuce salad, or on Hawaiian rolls. For a full plate, add a scoop of macaroni salad,
sticky white rice, and pass sriracha sauce for those who want more ooph in their meat.
(or subsitute a whole turkey for Kalua Turkey
or pink Himalayan sea salt or kosher salt
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Love Is In The Air-Feat. The Broken Prince by Jewell Allen

The Broken Prince (Royal Billionaires of Mondragón Book 3) by [Allen, Jewel]
About the book 

He's cocky, irresistible, and can't remember who he is.

Brooke Hill has had her share of rude boat renters at Lake Powell, but nothing like the hunky and insufferable tourist who rents a boat under the ridiculous alias John Wayne, aka Duke. To her dismay, when Duke falls in a slot canyon and suffers from amnesia, her brother Oscar takes him in and gives him a job as a boat mechanic. Guess who has to train him? After several false starts, their clueless new employee turns out to be a pretty decent mechanic whom she finds hard to resist…until the explosive revelation of his true identity.
Read an excerpt


She took his paddle and watched as he bent at the waist in one smooth movement. Thinking of his head injury, she said, "I don't think that's a good idea."

Still, he did a handstand on the paddle board. “I’m doing it,” he said, triumphant, “I’m doing it—”

He tipped over with a spectacular splash. When he came up surfacing for air, she worried for a moment. But he seemed fine, snorting with laughter. With a mischievous smirk, he swam towards her.

“Oh, no you don’t!” she said, just as he reached over and pulled her leg, making her lose her balance. She fell backwards and crashed into the water. Sputtering, she surfaced. “The paddles,” she gasped.

She got one and he got the other, laughing. Then he used the paddle to splash water on her. She splashed right back until they went all out in a water fight. 

“You’ve asked for it,” he said, and she stuck her tongue out at him before swimming off to her board. It was hard swimming with a paddle in hand. His arms went around her waist and she squealed.

“Let me go!” she said. She turned in her arms and was about to pound playfully on his chest when she caught the expression in his eyes.

Intense. Hungry.

Her smile died as her chest tightened. Their faces were close together, his breath warm on her lips. She might as well be underwater; her lungs had forgotten to function. Droplets of water hung from his long dark lashes. A lock of his wet hair had flipped over his forehead, like some wild rock star. She had the sudden urge to reach up and run her fingers through the strands.

And then she remembered: she needed to keep her distance. She pushed firmly against his chest until he let her go.

“Sorry,” he said, his voice husky.

She turned and swam off, her skin still tingling from his touch. Wanting to return to him and scuttle all common sense to the wind.

What was wrong with her? Why did she always fall for the guy who wasn’t available? He wouldn’t be when he recovered from his amnesia, anyway. He had a life back home somewhere.



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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love Is In The Air Tour feat: The Cowboy's Christmas Baby by Cathy McDavid

Welcome back to the tour!

The Cowboy's Christmas Baby: A Clean Romance (The Sweetheart Ranch Book 3) by [McDavid, Cathy]

About the book 
She gifted him with a daughter
He stunned her with the truth
When Tanner Bridwell discovers he’s a father, he gains some much needed hope. A year ago, Tanner lost his livelihood as a champion bull rider, and—more important—Jewel Saunders, the love of his life. Now this cowboy wants to do right by his family. But first he must reveal a stunning secret that will send Jewel and his beloved daughter either packing…or into his arms forever!

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Ava cooed and flailed her arms and legs. She probably wanted out of the baby wrap.
Jewel patted her daughter’s bottom. “Not much longer, my sweet little girl.”
Hearing a noise, she glanced over to see a man half hidden by the shadows and pushing a wheelbarrow into the horse barn from the opposite end of the aisle. She didn’t pay much attention, not until he drew closer.
She sensed more than saw him come to a stop, and she slowly turned to face him. The hairs on the back of her neck inexplicably rose.
Whatever words she’d been about to utter lodged in her throat as the man emerged from the shadows and his features took shape beneath the weathered cowboy hat he wore. A wild rush of shock and then alarm coursed through Jewel, and she involuntarily tightened her grip on Ava.
She couldn’t have been more stunned if she’d seen a ghost. Then again, she supposed she had, for Tanner Bridwell stood before her.
He looked different. The beard was gone, but she’d have known him and those arresting steel gray eyes anywhere. How could she not, when she’d spent endless hours gazing into them and countless nights dreaming about them?
“What are you doing here?” she blurted.

His stare hardened, and he replied with a question of his own. “Is the baby mine?”

People are talking  (a few reviews)
The characters seemed so read to me, as they went about their everyday lives. And as the story unfolds, it did well to keep my interest. There was enough going on in the story till the very end too keep me reading. It’s nice to read stories that talk of getting ready for the Christmas Holiday, and the families getting together. These were more scenes that I enjoyed. The author clearly researched her story and did a very nice job of creating this story. If you are looking for a nice, clean Christmas read, this is one you will enjoy.
The Cowboy's Christmas Baby is a sweet, clean and heartwarming romance. I loved getting to know Tanner and Jewel. I thought they had great chemistry and was rooting for them. I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the book. Such a great story of forgiveness and second chances. I highly recommend The Cowboys’ Christmas Baby for readers who love to read cowboy romance. I am giving it five plus stars. I believe this one should not be missed and definitely a must read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
 A review on KOBO

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a wonderful story. I so enjoyed reading this. I was captivated right from the beginning.
                                                                     A review on KOBO

I love a good cowboy romance and The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby was definitely good.  Well written with a good plot and believable characters.  I look forward to reading more books by this author.  I highly recommend this book.  My thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook.  This is my unbiased review.
A NetGalley review


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About the author
As a sophomore in high school, NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Love Is In The Air

Welcome to the tour! 
 I am super excited to share with you some of my favorite Romantic Authors.  I am taking the next two weeks to introduce you to some great authors and some great books!
Most of you know my favorite hobby is reading.  I read alot!  My 
second favorite thing to do is to review and promote books and authors. 

I hope you'll settle in with your favorite snack and drink and enjoy the tour.  

You'll meet some fabulous authors.  Not only are they fabulous 
authors that are just darn good people.  I was overwhelmed by the 
response when I sent invites!  

Today I am featuring
A Rancher to Trust

About the book 

Searching for forgiveness…and a future.

Suddenly a husband…and a father? This bachelor is ready to claim his instant family.
After learning his ex-wife isn’t so ex after all, rebel turned rancher Dan Whitlock is determined to prove he’s a changed man…but Bailey Quinn is just as set on finally ending their marriage. When tragedy makes Dan the guardian of little orphaned twins, he and Bailey are drawn back together. But can she forgive the past and open her heart to the family she’s always wanted?

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What readers are saying 
I cannot say enough how much I love this book! A Rancher To Trust is my second Laurel Blount book (after A Hometown Hope) and I don't know which one I love more. I don't remember exactly how I stumbled across Laurel's books but I'm so glad that I did.
Amzon review

I have so enjoyed Pine Valley. Bailey has been such a great character throughout the series. I'm happy she finally has her story told. All of Laurel Blount's books are very well written but A Rancher to Trust just went above and beyond. The friendships and relationships are very real and relatable. This one pulled on my heart strings.
Amazon review
I love complicated stories with happy endings. Especially two people having a second chance at love.
The story was very relatable to me.
The character's were stellar even the not so pleasant one.
Dan and Bailey's life explores the undisputed fact that true love never dies and that if we could just learn to trust God and his plans we'd never go wrong
I love complicated stories with happy endings. Especially two people having a second chance at love.
The story was very relatable to me.
The character's were stellar even the not so pleasant one.
Dan and Bailey's life explores the undisputed fact that true love never dies and that if we could just learn to trust God and his plans we'd never go wrong
I love complicated stories with happy endings. Especially two people having a second chance at love.
The story was very relatable to me.
The character's were stellar even the not so pleasant one.
Dan and Bailey's life explores the undisputed fact that true love never dies and that if we could just learn to trust God and his plans we'd never go wrong

I love complicated stories with happy endings. Especially two people having a second chance at love.
The story was very relatable to me.
The character's were stellar even the not so pleasant one.
Dan and Bailey's life explores the undisputed fact that true love never dies and that if we could just learn to trust God and his plans we'd never go wrong

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