Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Character Guest Post-Frozen In Motion by Lori Roberts Herbst-Great Escapes Book Tour

 January 26 – My Journey Back – CHARACTER GUEST POST

Back in the 1930s, Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again. I admit I’ve never read the book, but I can tell you from experience that the title is a lie.


I went home again, and it was the best thing I ever did.


My name is Callie Cassidy—or Callahan Maureen Cassidy, as my mother used to refer to me when I’d done something to frustrate her. (I say that as if it were past tense, but in the interest of truth, I still hear my full name on her lips occasionally.) I was born in Rock Creek Village, Colorado, a small, sweet mountainside town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. My childhood—if unremarkable—was a happy one, complete with parents who loved (and still love) me, a tribe of friends, and a beautiful landscape in which to practice the craft of photography.


But I was one of those teenagers who couldn’t wait to fly far from the nest. The small-town vibe bored me, and I dreamed of the day I’d escape to the big city, where my fantasies told me excitement abounded. So when I graduated from high school, I set off for college in Austin, Texas. It was everything I hoped it would be, and I vowed never again to live in anywhere with a population of less than a million souls. For the next twenty-plus years, I kept that promise while I chased my whirlwind career as an investigative photojournalist, reaching a pinnacle when I snagged my dream job at The Washington Sentinel. Rock Creek Village became a distant blur in my rearview mirror.


I thought busy and successful meant happy—at least for a time. Who needed friends? When I got lonely, I adopted a loving golden retriever and named him Woody, after Bob Woodward, one of my journalistic heroes.


Then, about a year ago, a lapse in my judgment led to devastating mistake at the newspaper, and I knew I could never make it right. So I did what thousands have done before me and many more will in the future: I proved Thomas Wolfe wrong. Dog in tow, I ran back to Mommy and Daddy, who tucked us into a cozy cabin at the Knotty Pine, a resort they own and operate. They fed me comfort food, soothed me, and babied me—until they wearied of my wallowing and decided my pity-party needed to end. Without my permission, my mother signed me up for a photo gig at the village’s winter ball. Though that didn’t exactly work out as expected, it was just what I needed to rejoin the land of the living.


As so often happens, my parents knew best. What I believed to be the worst thing that could have happened to me turned out to be the best. Moving back to Rock Creek Village has been such a positive journey that I often wonder why I ever left. After a wobbly start, I’m on my feet again, stronger and happier than I can ever remember. My new career—owner of Sundance Studio photography gallery—fills me with a peace and joy I never attained as a journalist. My friendship with Tonya has blossomed again, and I’ve even rekindled a high school romance with Sam Petrie, owner of the Snow Plow Chow. The relationship has its trials, but I think we just might make it—whatever that means. Woody and I even adopted a brother for him last year—an orange tabby cat I named Carl, after Bob Woodward’s partner, Carl Bernstein. Every day, I’m more convinced Carl possesses an innate wisdom, along with investigative skills that may surpass those of his namesake.


Mostly, my life is ideal. Sure, sometimes I long for the adrenaline rush of my former life. But when I yearn for those old investigative days…well, fate seems to intervene with murder in our little village, and I find my skills in demand yet again.

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Busy Monday-Sewing-A Prayer Need - Batch Cooking


I had a fun busy day planned  


We got a knock on our door at 7:45.  A.M.

Changed all my morning  plans.  I guess I should  have written  my post last night 


I needed  to take these pictures  

Let me tell you about who woke us at 7:45!  Because  it actually  is part of the prayer request  I mentioned  yesterday. 

Our visitor was the owner of our building.  He surprised  us last Thursday.   I/we weren't  totally  surprised because  I briefly  saw him earlier in the week when I was walking dogs.  He was on our porch  talking to our neighbor. 

I had an odd feeling  about  what was going on.    When I came out he was shocked to see the dogs. 

Which prompted  his visit  on Thursday.   It seems the management  company  did not tell him about the dogs!  

He was o.k. with us we actually  have papers for the dogs because  they are service dogs. 
Besides not telling the owner there have been major  problems  and so he is taking  over the property.  

And the best part is he has an apartment  in the historic district.   Our neighbor might move in but he is trying  to buy a house. 

And so our prayer is he gets the house.  

The apartment  is great. Great location.   Great streets and sidewalks and a yard for the dogs. 

We can move w/o any fees or deposits! 

Our prayer is this is  where  God wants us to be!  

I will keep you posted! 

And now onto the sewing

I hoped to finish this quilt by the end of the month. 
I adore the Vintage  Snow Scene.  It reminds  me of Dickens on the Strand.  It's perfect for Galveston.   And I love how it looks  on the bed. 

I originally  started this project  as a lap quilt for my Mama.  The folksy  holiday fabric  is more her than me! So I will be using  the back for my front.  

I didn't  have any batting so I ordered some from Wal-Mart  and it came today!  Maybe tomorrow  I'll  have time to sew! 


I am doing Batch cooking  today. 

I have Pinto  Beans  and Ham in the Crock Pot for tonight. 

I will be cooking 4 Hamburger patties 2 for later in the week  and 2 for the freezer.  

This is where we get the patties, Bacon and a few other things.  I wish we could buy all our meat there.  But with our budget we have to buy what  is on sale. 

The Burger patties  are so good they are a real treat!

I am also cooking Ground Beef for Chili or 🌮 or a  Casserole.   I like to have ground beef ready in the freezer. 

So that  is what I have going today! I hope you have had a great day. 

Come by tomorrow  and see my TaDa Moment!  

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Happy Homemaker in Texas


The weather 

Gorgeous sun.  But it is a bit chilly.  Some super cold nights.  

But it warms to pleasant upper 50's low 60's.  

As long as it isn't windy it is nice 

How I am feeling this morning 

Blessed.  Warm. Antsy.  I have some exciting news to share in Monday. 

On the breakfast plate

Hot Chocolate this morning.  I will have a nice glass of O. J. when I finish my post. 

Today I pulled out my Valentines day mug. 

On my To Do List  

Write my Tuesday Tea Time post include one last shot of my Snowman collection so I can put them away. 

Begin decorating for Valentine's Day 

Write social media posts for Love Is In The Air 

Go to Dollar Tree for seeds,pots and V.Day

On My Reading pile 

For a promo tour

On my TV 

Finished all the Chopped episodes available on our system. 

Watching Guy's Grocery Games now. 

Waiting on new episodes of Magnolia Table

On the menu 

Monday Ham and Beans, Fried Potatoes and Corn Bread 

Tuesday You know what that means!  I broke down and bought they Cowboy Taco Shells.  I prefer to fry my own.  But store bought is easier. 

Wednesday Mexican Chicken Soup

Thursday Hamburgers, Onion Rings

Friday  Shrimp/Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Rolls

Saturday Fresh Catch we will go to Pier on Friday

From the camera 

Domino sneaks onto the bed.  I let her.  Don't tell Daddy. HeHe. 

Looking around the house

The morning sun shining in.  One of the things I love about the bungalow is they left the original doors and locks (non working) on the closets. 


Come by Monday I'll be sharing 

What I am sewing 

My Ta Da Moment   

Exciting News/Prayer Request

And whatever is else pops into my my head! 

Have a great day day 

Keep it Simple

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Menu Monday


Welcome back to my regular  feature.   

I took a little  break for a few weeks while the Cowboy  was recuperating  from a Total Knee Replacement!  Ouch!  

Thankfully he is on the mend and getting bey everyday. 

And he has an appetite!  He is even eating breakfast! 

And so with no further Ado 

Here's the Menu  


Chili Relleno Casserole and Salad if Lettuce is still good.  

I have Romaine growing. The leaves are about an inch tall! 


White Chicken Chili and Corn Bread


Momma's Goulash, Corn Fritters and Green Beans 


Not sure it is grocery day and Sale Pizza. Maybe Chili Dogs if we don't do Pizza


Shrimp if we get to Seafood Market, fresh Spinach and Angel Hair Pasta with a Garlic Butter Sauce


Steak, Potato and a Salad at VFW hall. Cheapest and great steak for the price 


Hamburgers and Homemade Onion Rings

That's.  The plans. Might change Abit.  You can come by on Friday and see what ended up on the Rustic Dinner Plate. 

See you then!  Have a great week!  

Keeping it Simple 
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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Tara Lush Recipe Great Escapes Book Tour

I’ve done a lot in the name of research for the Coffee Lover’s Mystery series, and specificially for my latest book, COLD BREW CORPSE.

Namely, I’ve downed a lot of coffee. I’ve gone on coffee tours, read about coffee, tasted a multitude of beans, and learned about different methods of brewing.

But in the end, I’m a pretty basic coffee girl. I like a good iced coffee, adore cold brew, and drink Starbucks on the regular. If I were to meet my main character Lana Lewis, she’d probably give me the side-eye for ordering sweet and flavored coffee instead of a plain cup of espresso.

This winter, I’ve enjoyed a new Starbucks drink, the Sugar Cookie Almond Latte. I’ve also been experimenting with how to replicate it at home, because I know that eventually it will disappear from the menu because it’s a seasonal offering.

Here’s the recipe I’ve been playing with for the last month! Hope you enjoy it with a copy of COLD BREW CORPSE.


¼ cup water

2 tbs brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp almond extract

1 cup cold coffee. I brew my own cold brew, or you can buy premade cold brew—I enjoy Stok brand, which can be found in most large grocery stores. You can also use espresso if you make that at home.

3/4 cup almond milk


Sprinkles (optional)




Place the first five ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. This will make more flavoring than you need for one cup, so store in an airtight jar.


Pour the cold coffee over ice. If you’re using expresso, use one shot. Add milk. Then place 2-4 tablespoons of the sugar mixs0sture into the drink (use more or less, lß on your personal taste). Stir and top with sprinkles. Enjoy with a good book!


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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Good Morning - Have A Good Week


Happy Homemaker in Texas

One of my favorite posts to write  my weekly feature Happy Homemaker in Texas.  Every week 
I join Sandra for her party.  
She provides the prompts . . . 

Well ... winter came to the island 🏝️! 
Stinking cold even colder because of wind. 
It is hibernation time!

How I am feeling this morning 
Blessed to live on the island...but feeling achy from the cold.  

On the breakfast plate 
Hot Chocolate . . .

On my reading pile 
All of these for a tour 
Finished book 1 starting book 2 after I finish this one . . . 

On my TV 
Finished all the Chopped episodes.
Thankfully Restoring Galveston is on Magnolia Network now but I am rationing season 3 episodes. 
Watching Guys Grocery game from season 1. 

Looking around the house 
Dogs curled up in their beds with blankets. 
Heaters on. 
My craft table beckons me! 

What I am wearing 
A tank top and thin pants.  the Cowboy keeps the house super hot for me. 
I had to bundle up in a sweater and hoodie and a scarf.   For walking dogs.  It is super windy. 

Outside my window  
Wind.  Blowing plants. I had to bring in a hanging basket that I see from my window.  My Chrysanthemum that I got marked down to a dollar bloomed again! 

The menu   
It's payday week.  Till Wednesday we will be eating out of pantry. 

Chili Relleno Casserole and Salad if Lettuce is still good.  
I have Romaine growing.  The leaves are about an inch tall! 

White Chicken Chili and Corn Bread

Momma's Goulash, Corn Fritters and Green Beans 

Not sure it is grocery day and Sale Pizza.  Maybe Chili Dogs if we don't do Pizza

Shrimp if we get to Seafood Market, fresh Spinach and Angel Hair Pasta with a Garlic Butter Sauce

Steak, Potato and a Salad at VFW hall.  Cheapest and great steak for the price 

Hamburgers and Homemade Onion Rings

The To Do List  
Drag Christmas tree to alley for trash day.   Post on FB in case someone wants for mulch

Clean front porch when it warms later in my the week

Drag the dogs chair out for trash.  It has had it.  The are getting new beds.  I am keeping the ottoman.  Lola usually sleeps on it. 

Work on my quilt and post process video 

Clean bathroom and vacuum hous 

Something fun to share 
I really love the You Tube channel.
Now she has as a Blog . . . 

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