Jul 022015
 

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For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins

Series: Blessings (Book 6)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 28, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062207997
ISBN-13: 978-0062207999

Return to Henry Adams, Kansas—an unforgettable place anyone would want to call home. . . .

Mayor Trent July and his wife, Lily, are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But fatherhood has inevitably forced Trent to think about his own birth mother.

Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and, in many ways, the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love. But he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?

Trent has always believed that no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on you. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together . . . but can also tear them apart.

Thoughts
This is the first book I’ve read in this series but I didn’t feel as if I was missing anything. The story has a lot going on but it was easy to keep up.

The author’s writing style puts you in the story and you’ll fall in love with the town and it’s people. Everybody knows everybody’s business and they help each other like family does. They are loving and protective. There are more ups than downs in this book, but you will still have a lot of emotions while reading it.

This is a very good book. I wish I’d been reading the series from book one because it’s a really good, heartwarming story, but it can be read alone.

 

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Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News,Vibe, and many other publications.

Find out more about Beverly at her website?and connect with her on Facebook.

 

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Jun 302015
 
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Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Share the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading
or thinking about reading soon.

John Lerro knew he was in trouble. Squinting out through the slanted wheelhouse window of the freighter MV Summit Venture, the deputy harbor pilot couldn’t see anything. Not the five loading cranes that stood at the  mute attention along the empty deck, which stretched out for five hundred slick feet of ship in front of him, five stories below where he stood.


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Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

page 1 (I know this is only page one, but I don’t think the first paragraph gives you a good sense of what the book is about

He couldn’t see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, two thin ribbons of concrete, silver steel, and asphalt that crossed fifteen miles of the open bay and rose to more than 150 feet at their pinnacle – easy enough to pass under with a good day’s weather, but a target that required a sharpshooter’s eye when an unanticipated squall like this turned everything into unfocused black and white and terrible saltwater boil.

Jun 282015
 

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It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0770433243
ISBN-13: 978-0770433246

A young food blogger shares her inspiring story of incredible weight loss-a journey from nearly 300 pounds to losing more than half her size-and establishing a healthy and confident relationship with food.

On her twentieth birthday, Andie Mitchell stepped on the scale and discovered that she weighed nearly 300 pounds. At 5′ 9″-even knowing that she was big and hating herself for it-she was stunned. How had she gotten there? Without following wild diet trends, she lost 135 pounds over thirteen months and has kept it off for six years. It Was Me All Along shares the at times heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting and motivating, story of how Andie kicked her habit of binge eating, which she developed during a traumatic childhood, and developed a healthy relationship with food, which she still loves to cook and enjoy. Her story is at once familiar and inspiring to millions who have struggled with weight and self-image issues. Andie is a powerful motivator who bravely bares all to help others.

Thoughts
Andie had weight problems as far back as she can remember and in this book she tells that story in an honest, nothing is taboo way. She shares her ups and downs, her struggles and victories. She not only shares the physical battle she went through, but also the mental battles she fought. She had to deal with her fathers alcohol addiction and frequent trips away from the house, plus her mother working all the time. She was called names by some of her classmates but she also had a great group of friends. She was even taken to the prom by a very popular boy and was crowned homecoming queen, something unusual for someone her size.

Andie spent a semester in Rome, which I found fascinating. It was there, in a city I think would be very hard to eat healthy, that she found her way to a healthier way of eating and a love of exercise. Overall she ends up losing 135 pounds.

For most of the book she has a boyfriend, Daniel, (who is also dealing with a weight problem) who loves her very much. He moves from place to place with her due to her career in film production. They are together for years but in the end she feels she has fallen out of love with and breaks up with him. I found this very sad.

In this book Andie tells us what she did to lose weight, how her eating habits changed, and how her life in college and after were. When she leaves the film industry she starts a blog, Can You Stay For Dinner? where she shares recipes and posts about her weight loss journey. There are also section for her most popular posts,  reader q& a, calorie examples, and more under the “Weight Loss” tab.

In the back of the book there is a recipe for Sour Cream Fudge Cake with Simple Chocolate Buttercream. I haven’t made it yet but I plan to. It sounds amazing.

I loved this book. Not only is she quite open about her struggles, she also has a great sense of humor and you see that throughout the book. I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who loves memoirs or anyone who is struggling with their weight.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Jun 282015
 

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

 

First I want to show you what I received from Kristy Woodson Harvey:

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I thought that was so nice of her! Isn’t that pen beautiful?
Here is the link for her book Dear Carolina just in case you haven’t read it yet.
(It has a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Amazon)

 

The first book is one I bought. 
I’ve been wanting to read this since the first time I saw it reviewed.  I finished It was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell at the beach on Friday and was going to start Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger next, and am still excited to start it, but this came Saturday instead of Tuesday which was the scheduled day (don’t you love when that happens?). So of course I have to read it first. I don’t know why I waited so long to order it. I’d love to live where there were more bikes than cars. And it takes place on an island! And it’s a hardcover!

23505722 Geared For The Grave by Duffy Brown
Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

 

The next two are wins from Stacy @ Stacy’s Books (Thanks Stacy!)
231815 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors.

The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary’s only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?

 

22464636 The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
(Audio ~Kate Rudd, Narrator)
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 

This was a win from Adam @ Roof Beam Reader (Thanks Adam!)
17888950 The Supreme Macaroni Company (Valentine #3) by Adriana Trigiani
For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This historic business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the school teacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

A piece of surprising news is revealed at The Feast of the Seven Fishes when Valentine and Gianluca join her extended family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Now faced with life altering choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: “A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.” The proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves — the bitter and the sweetness of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: a portrait of a woman and the man she loves, her passion for craftsmanship, and the sacrifices it takes to build and sustain a family business while keeping love and laughter at the center of everything.

 

The following books are for review/tour

24796294 The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel (Alison Anderson, Translation)
Cecile, a stylish 47-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she’s exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it’s soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation 30 years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.

I also received the New Vessel Press 2015-16 catalog with The 6:41 to Paris.
Click the link for the PDF.

 

download No Poverty Between the Sheets (The Long Road Home #1) by Pauline A. Kiely
“Kiely tackles a hilarious heritage with both hands on the reins and sparks flying from her spurs!” Comments author and equestrian, Hugh Moorsted. “No Poverty Between the Sheets” is a rollicking, sassy, saga of a large family that is half Irish and half French Canadian. This book documents the strong ties that bind generations together. It is a refreshing honest trip down memory lane with vibrant witty resilient characters. A horse theme and song lyrics are nicely woven throughout.

 

 

download (1) Privy to the Dead by Sheila Connolly
Nell Pratt, president of the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society, has something to smile about thanks to a generous donation from a major Philadelphia developer who’s willing to help update their museum. But renovations have barely begun when a man is struck by a car in front of the building and killed.

The victim is a construction worker who found a curious metal object while excavating an old privy in the museum’s basement. Nell thinks the death is somehow connected to the Society, and her suspicions are confirmed when an antiques expert reveals a link between the objects from the cellar and a fellow staff member’s family.

Now Nell must unearth a mystery with ties to the past and the present. Because when someone is willing to kill over scrap metal, there’s no telling what they’ll do next…

 

25357738 The Fall of Icarus by N.R. Bates
Three interconnected short-stories set in Paris explore the issue of choice, survival and transformation. In the first story, a young man on his first business trip is waylaid by an aberrant elevator. In the pivotal tale, a young scientist re-imagines the Greek myth of Icarus and his fall to earth. In the final story, a young woman who cannot recall her own name relates the fantastical tale of a girl who can fly.

 

 

 

Jun 272015
 

This isn’t the main beach, it’s a little secluded spot my son found yesterday when we went to Fort DeSoto. The tide was going out and you could walk on the sand dunes between where we were and the island that you see in the distance. There were a lot of birds and even a racoon. People must have been feeding him because he sure wasn’t afraid of us.  The whole time we were eating he would come really close to us and my son or grandson would keep shooing him away. He kept coming back though, until we were done eating.

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Saturday Snapshot

Jun 272015
 

I posted this on my previous blog in 2011 but thought I would post it again because it sure comes in handy sometimes.

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Ingredient

Amount

Substitution

Allspice 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves
Arrowroot starch 1 teaspoon 1 tablespoon flour, OR 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Baking mix 1 cup 1 cup pancake mix OR 1 cup Easy Biscuit Mixture
Baking powder 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar OR 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup)
Beer 1 cup 1 cup nonalcoholic beer OR 1 cup chicken broth
Brandy 1/4 cup 1 teaspoon imitation brandy extract plus enough water to make 1/4 cup
Bread crumbs 1 cup 1 cup cracker crumbs OR 1 cup matzo meal OR 1 cup ground oats
Broth: beef or chicken 1 cup 1 bouillon cube plus 1 cup boiling water OR 1 tablespoon soy sauce plus enough water to make 1 cup OR 1 cup vegetable broth
Brown sugar 1 cup, packed 1 cup white sugar plus 1/4 cup molasses and decrease the liquid in recipe by 1/4 cup OR 1 cup white sugar OR 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Butter (salted) 1 cup 1 cup margarine OR 1 cup shortening plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 7/8 cup vegetable oil plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 7/8 cup lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
Butter (unsalted) 1 cup 1 cup shortening OR 7/8 cup vegetable oil OR 7/8 cup lard
Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup yogurt OR 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup
Cheddar cheese 1 cup shredded 1 cup shredded Colby cheddarOR1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Chervil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Chicken base 1 tablespoon 1 cup canned or homemade chicken broth or stock. Reduce liquid in recipe by 1 cup
Chocolate(semisweet) 1 ounce 1 (1-ounce) square of unsweetened chocolate plus 4 teaspoons sugar OR 1 ounce semisweet chocolate chips plus 1 teaspoon shortening
Chocolate (unsweetened) 1 ounce 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil
Cocoa 1/4 cup 1 (1-ounce) square unsweetened chocolate
Condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10.75-ounce) can 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cream of celery, cream of chicken, OR golden mushroom soup
Corn syrup 1 cup 1 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water OR 1 cup honey OR 1 cup light treacle syrup
Cottage cheese 1 cup 1 cup farmer’s cheese OR 1 cup ricotta cheese
Cracker crumbs 1 cup

1 cup bread crumbs OR 1 cup matzo meal OR 1 cup ground oats

Cream (half and half) 1 cup 7/8 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon butter
Cream (heavy) 1 cup 1 cup evaporated milk OR 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup butter
Cream (light) 1 cup 1 cup evaporated milk OR 3/4 cup milk plus 3 tablespoons butter
Cream (whipped) 1 cup 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
Cream cheese 1 cup 1 cup pureed cottage cheeseOR1 cup plain yogurt, strained overnight in a cheesecloth
Cream of tartar 1 teaspoon 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar
Crème fraiche 1 cup Combine 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Let stand for 6 hours at room temperature
Egg 1 whole (3 tablespoons or 1.7 oz) 2 1/2 tablespoons of powdered egg substitute plus 2 1/2 tablespoons water OR 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute OR 1/4 cup silken tofu pureed OR 3 tablespoons mayonnaise OR half a banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder OR 1 tablespoon powdered flax seed soaked in 3 tablespoons water
Evaporated milk 1 cup 1 cup light cream
Farmer’s cheese 8 ounces 8 ounces dry cottage cheeseOR8 ounces creamed cottage cheese, drained
Fats for baking 1 cup 1 cup applesauce OR 1 cup fruit puree
Flour–Bread 1 cup 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon wheat gluten (available at health food stores & some supermarkets)
Flour–Cake 1 cup 1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons
Flour–Self-Rising 1 cup 7/8 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Garlic 1 clove 1/8 teaspoon garlic powderOR1/2 teaspoon granulated garlicOR 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt–reduce salt in recipe
Gelatin 1 tablespoon, granulated 2 teaspoons agar agar
Ginger–dry 1 teaspoon 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
Ginger–fresh 1 teaspoon, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger
Green onion 1/2 cup , chopped 1/2 cup chopped onion, OR 1/2 cup chopped leek OR 1/2 cup chopped shallots
Hazelnuts 1 cup whole 1 cup macadamia nuts OR 1 cup almonds
Herbs–fresh 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 1 teaspoon (chopped or whole leaf) dried herbs
Herring 8 ounces 8 ounces of sardines
Honey 1 cup 1 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water OR 1 cup corn syrupOR 1 cup light treacle syrup
Hot pepper sauce 1 teaspoon 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper plus 1 teaspoon vinegar
Ketchup 1 cup 1 cup tomato sauce plus 1 teaspoon vinegar plus 1 tablespoon sugar
Lard 1 cup 1 cup shortening OR 7/8 cup vegetable oil OR 1 cup butter
Lemon grass 2 fresh stalks 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon vinegar OR 1 teaspoon white wine OR 1 teaspoon lime juice
Lemon zest 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract OR 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Lime juice 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon vinegar OR 1 teaspoon white wine OR 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Lime zest 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Macadamia nuts 1 cup 1 cup almonds OR 1 cup hazelnuts
Mace 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Margarine 1 cup 1 cup shortening plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 1 cup butterOR 7/8 cup vegetable oil plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 7/8 cup lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mayonnaise 1 cup 1 cup sour cream OR 1 cup plain yogurt
Milk–whole 1 cup 1 cup soy milk OR 1 cup rice milkOR 1 cup water or juice OR1/4 cup dry milk powder plus 1 cup water OR 2/3 cup evaporated milk plus 1/3 cup water
Mint–fresh 1/4 cup chopped 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
Molasses 1 cup Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mustard–prepared 1 tablespoon Mix together 1 tablespoon dried mustard, 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar
Onion 1 cup, chopped 1 cup chopped green onions OR1 cup chopped shallots OR 1 cup chopped leeks OR 1/4 cup dried minced onion OR 1/4 cup onion powder
Orange juice 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon other citrus juice
Orange zest 1 tablespoon 1/2 teaspoon orange extractOR1 teaspoon lemon juice
Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup, grated 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheeseOR1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
Parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chervil OR 1 teaspoon dried parsley
Pepperoni 1 ounce 1 ounce salami
Raisin 1 cup 1 cup dried currants OR 1 cup dried cranberries OR 1 cup chopped pitted prunes
Rice–white 1 cup, cooked 1 cup cooked barley OR 1 cup cooked bulgur OR 1 cup cooked brown or wild rice
Ricotta 1 cup 1 cup dry cottage cheese OR 1 cup silken tofu
Rum 1 tablespoon 1/2 teaspoon rum extract, plus enough water to make 1 tablespoon
Saffron 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Salami 1 ounce 1 ounce pepperoni
Semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup 1 cup chocolate candies OR 1 cup peanut butter or other flavored chips OR 1 cup chopped nuts OR 1 cup chopped dried fruit
Shallots, chopped 1/2 cup 1/2 cup chopped onion, OR 1/2 cup chopped leek OR 1/2 cup chopped green onion
Shortening 1 cup 1 cup butter OR 1 cup margarine minus 1/2 teaspoon salt from recipe
Sour cream 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough cream to make 1 cup OR 3/4 cup buttermilk mixed with 1/3 cup butter
Sour milk 1 cup 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice mixed with enough milk to make 1 cup: Let stand 5 minutes to thicken
Soy sauce 1/2 cup 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon water
Stock–beef or chicken 1 cup 1 cube beef or chicken bouillon dissolved in 1 cup water
Sweetened condensed milk 1 (14-ounce) can 3/4 cup white sugar mixed with 1/2 cup water and 1 1/8 cups dry powdered milk: Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 20 minutes
Vegetable oil–for baking 1 cup 1 cup applesauce OR 1 cup fruit puree
Vegetable oil–for frying 1 cup 1 cup lard OR 1 cup vegetable shortening
Vinegar 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juiceOR2 teaspoons white wine
White sugar 1 cup 1 cup brown sugar OR 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar OR3/4 cup honey OR 3/4 cup corn syrup
Wine 1 cup 1 cup chicken or beef broth OR1 cup fruit juice mixed with 2 teaspoons vinegar OR 1 cup water
Yeast-active dry 1 (.25-ounce) package 1 cake compressed yeast OR 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeastOR 2 1/2 teaspoonsrapid rise yeast
Yogurt 1 cup 1 cup sour cream OR 1 cup buttermilk OR 1 cup sour milk
 
 

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Jun 232015
 
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Going Gypsy by David & Veronica James
 
 

Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Share the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading
or thinking about reading soon.

   By the time our youngest, The Boy, was finishing his senior year of high school, we had already sent his two older sisters successfully off into the world. We knew the drill. That’s not to say it was easy to see them go, but our pride in them and their desire to start their own lives far outweighed the melancholy. The Piglet and Decibel have both thrived outside the nest.

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Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

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What if we get stranded in the middle of the desert? Would we have to wait for days for help? What if we don’t have enough water? Does it hurt if a tumbleweed hits you?

Jun 212015
 

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Family News…
Today is a very sad, and hard day for me and my family. Not only is my father no longer with me, but this is the first Father’s Day since my husband Henry passed away. We are all going to the cemetary to take some flowers and then we’ll come back to the house and have dinner and talk.

Tomorrow will be hard too. Five months since I lost the other half of me.

Reading…
It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
It started out a bit slow for me but picked up and now I’m really enjoying it

Listening To…
I just finished reading What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohenand now I’m listening to another of her books, The Year My Mother Came Back

Watching…
Just finished watching “Married At First Sight“…strange, but entertaining
I’m hooked on Idiotest. I love stuff that makes you work your brain
Some of the house buying shows on HGTV

Exercise…
Drinking 80 oz. water a day
Trying to sleep at least 7 hours
Walking or biking every day
Strength train, stretch, Chi Gong, deep breathing, meditate – each 3x’s a week

Looking Forward To:
Going to Zephyrhills Cinema 10 with my daughter and 2 of my grandkids to see Dolphin Tale 2. The Cinema has a different movie each week and it only costs $1 each for the movie, popcorn and a pop

Thankful For…
My kids, grandkids and fur baby Patches…Always

In the kitchen…
Today my daughter in law is bringing Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito Bowl w/ Cilantro Lime Rice and we’re also having a fruit salad

A favorite poem…

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Jun 202015
 

When we made plans to for our June vacation, we planned to go to St. Augustine, Fl for a week and then go to Orlando and stay 2 days. We went to Gatorland and then on to Old Town in Kissimmee. I didn’t get any photos of Old Town, but got a bunch at Gatorland. The first is the water park, and the second is of something I had never seen before.  I thought it was a great idea, but also very funny. Have you ever seen one?

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Saturday Snapshot

Jun 202015
 

My favorite meat is chicken. I love boneless skinless chicken breasts. My son however doesn’t like the white meat, his favorite is the drumsticks. I’m always looking for a good drumstick recipe so that he’s not always having to eat white meat. A few weeks ago I was blog hopping and found this recipe from way back in 2009 @ Creatively Domestic. When I saw this recipe for drumsticks I decided to make it.

Here’s the recipe:

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Drumsticks

2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 lbs. chicken drumsticks, skinned if desired
foil for crumpling up in crockpot

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine salt and all the spices.

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Rinse drumsticks and pat dry with paper towel.

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Rub the spice mixture into the chicken.
Crumple up foil and put in the bottom of a 4 quart crockpot.
Top the foil with the spice rubbed chicken pieces.
Cook on LOW for 8-12 hours until very tender.
(mine was perfect after 6 hours on Low)

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In the middle of rubbing the spices on the chicken, I wasn’t sure I would have enough for all the drumsticks, but I did. Also, you can’t crumple the foil too small or the chicken will end up down in the juices, which is what you’re trying to avoid.

I took a picture of the foil balls laying in the bottom of the crock pot, and some of them on a plate after they were done, but couldn’t find them on my phone.

Thoughts: delicious! Even though I’m not a drumstick fan, the spices had a great flavor and we both loved them. I will be making this recipe again.

 

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Jun 192015
 

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Return to Food: The Life-Changing Anti-Diet by Sherry Strong
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Influence Publishing Inc (December 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1771410604
ISBN-13: 978-1771410601

Chances are if you are feeling flat, fat and tired, or are experiencing chronic illness, you are not eating real food. If you want to bounce out of bed feeling fit and fabulous you must find out what is and isn’t real food. This book challenges prescriptive approaches to diet, eating and food, with a revolutionary philosophical approach based on science and studying the healthiest, longest living people on the planet. This approach has seen thousands of people develop a more pleasurable, healthier, and more sustainable eating lifestyle.”

Thoughts
Like the title says, this is an anti-diet book. In this book the author gives you information on how to eat better so that you are healthier and  feel better. She says “When you give the body what it needs to heal itself, it does so remarkably well”. And that means eating food from the earth.

I’ve read a lot of books on what we should be eating and how much, but this book is different. Sherry has had her own struggles with her weight and health, and wants to help others reach a healthy way of life. You can tell she did a lot of research. She writes it in a way that made it click like no other book on this subject has. She says that many so called health foods are toxic to our bodies because of the way they are made. I believe that. She also says our thoughts can be toxic or have the power to energize and protect the body. I believe that also.

The 8 chapters are The Cost Of Fast And Easy, The Lethal Recipe, Nature’s Principle, The Consumption Concept, HyperNourishment, The Universal Recipe For Healing, Love-Sweet Love and Food-Sweet Food, and The Holistic Path.

My two favorite chapters where The Universal Recipe For Healing which has sections on how to listen to your body, get quite and plug into nature as well as air, water, sleep, vegetation, movement and sunshine. I also loved the chapter The Holistic Path. It includes how to do a kitchen audit, shopping, how to set up your kitchen.

There is a bit of humor in the book too, she says “Chocolate is God’s way of saying he loves us and wants us to be happy”.

In the back of the book there are a few recipes. Some have ingredients that I’ve never seen in a regular supermarket like maca powder and dulse. I guess you could find them at a health food store. There is also a section on what you need in your pantry, freezer and fridge as well as the kitchen equipment you need to practice what’s in the book.

There are also illustrations by the author throughout the book and they are beautiful. I loved that she included them in the book.

I thought this book was fantastic and think it could help anyone make a lifestyle change to become healthier, not only in body, but also in mind and spirit.

 

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Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Chapters-Indigo ~ Barnes & Noble

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What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir by Alice Eve Cohen

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (July 9, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670020958
ISBN-13: 978-0670020959
A personal and medical odyssey beyond anything most women would believe possible.

At age forty-four, Alice Eve Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she was engaged to an inspiring man, joyfully raising her adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Alice tells her fiancé that she’s never been happier. And then the stomach pains begin.

In her unflinchingly honest and ruefully witty voice, Alice nimbly carries us through her metamorphosis from a woman who has come to terms with infertility to one who struggles to love a heartbeat found in her womb – six months into a high-risk pregnancy.

What I Thought I Knew is a page-turner filled with vivid characters, humor, and many surprises and twists of fate. With the suspense of a thriller and the intimacy of a diary, Cohen describes her unexpected journey through doubt, a broken medical system, and the hotly contested terrain of motherhood and family in today’s society. Timely and compelling, What I Thought I Knew will capture readers of memoirs such as Eat, Pray, Love; The Glass Castle; and A Three Dog Life.

Thoughts
I started reading this book not sure if I’d like it or not. I didn’t know if the author wrote it in a way I would enjoy, because of the sensitive subject. And for the first few pages I still wasn’t sure. But before long, I was hooked. I didn’t want to put it down and read it in two sittings. I would have read it in one if I hadn’t had to stop and do things that had to be done.

The writing is terrific, as is the story. And it’s a true story. One that I can’t imagine going through. It is at times happy, and others very deeply sad. It’s full of confusion, worries and very hard decisions. And a lot of happiness and love. The author is very funny at times too.

Alice Eve Cohen holds nothing back in this book. She shares her thoughts and feelings through this time with an openness that surprised and touched me. I felt like I was listening to a friend talk.

I’ve seen a few negative reviews, saying that the author was self centered and only thinking about herself. I didn’t get that from the book at all. She was devastated that she didn’t know she was pregnant for the first 6 months and so she had been drinking etc. Because of that, her baby was subjected to things that weren’t at all good for him/her, and didn’t get the care needed, like vitamins. She also was told the baby would more than likely have a few devastating health disabilities, due to her age and her own medical conditions. That was the reason she had the thoughts she did. But, she still did whatever the doctors told her to do for the safety of her unborn child.

This book was so good. Really really good. The best memoir I’ve ever read.

If you haven’t read this book, go get a copy. It’s a quick read that is packed with a very emotional story.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.

My first word was found @ Crafty Gardner

1. passementerie -“Passementerie.”(mother said) Mother was standing in the evergreen trimmed archway between the living room and the foyer, directly beneath the read and gold ‘Merry Christmas’ banner, frowning at something she was holding.

passementerie
[pas-men-tree; French pahs-mahn-tree]
noun

1.trimming of braid, cord, bead, etc., in any of various forms.

Origin: French

 

My next two words were found @ Thoughts Of An Evil Overlord

2. tableaux – In school, we commemorated the occasion as we commemorated most occasions, with tableaux, one for each of the major events in Macedonia’s history.

tableau
[ta-bloh, tab-loh]
noun, plural tableaux

1. a picture, as of a scene.
2. a picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene.
3.a representation of a picture, statue, scene, etc.,by one or more persons suitably
costumed and posed.

Origin: 1690 1700;  French

 

3. macadam -“You’re jumpy as a cat on hot macadam.”

macadam
(mac·ad·am / məˈkadəm)
noun

1.a macadamized road or pavement.
2.the broken stone used in making such a road.

Origin
John L. McAdam †1836 British engineer. First Known Use: 1824

Jun 162015
 
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For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins

 

Hosted by Diane @ Bibliophile by the Sea
Share the first paragraph of the book you are currently reading
or thinking about reading soon.

Hearing the high-pitched peals of female laughter coming from inside the new addition he’d built for his wife, Lily, Trent July smiled. She and the ladies of the Henry Adams Ladies Auxiliary were celebrating the room’s grand opening. He’d been promising that she’d have her own space for some time. Being the only female in the family, she needed someplace to escape all the testosterone generated by him and their sons- fourteen year old Amari and twelve year old Devon. He was glad she was enjoying it.

 

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Teaser Tuesdays is hosted @ A Daily Rhythm
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

page 215
“Morning, Di.” Bernadine said. Diane cut her sister a nasty look but didn’t speak. Instead she reached for the bowl of eggs.

“Whoa, whoa. You don’t come to my table and eat my food and not speak. Who do you think you are?”

Jun 142015
 

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Every Wednesday for Books That Caught Our Eye, Serena, Leslie and I will each share 2 books that grabbed our attention from today’s Mailbox Monday post. We hope you’ll join us by posting a comment letting us know the books that caught your eye.

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
(a  win from Megan @ Leafing Through Life) Thanks Megan!
18079776Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

For Your Love (Blessings #6) by Beverly Jenkins
(from TLC Book Tours)
22693173Return to Henry Adams, Kansas–an unforgettable place anyone would want to call home. . . .

Mayor Trent July and his wife, Lily, are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But fatherhood has inevitably forced Trent to think about his own birth mother.

Raised by his grandmother Tamar–and, in many ways, the good people of Henry Adams–Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love. But he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?

Trent has always believed that no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on you. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it–and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together . . . but can also tear them apart.

PAWSitively Sinister (A Klepto Cat Mystery Book 11) by Patricia Fry
(for review from the author)
25697690The Ivey family travel to San Francisco to help Arthur and his long-time friend, Suzette, clean out the mansion. News of the massive estate sale lures a variety of people, including former residents and long-ago visitors, each carrying stories of bizarre activities occurring there in the past.
When the klepto cat, Rags and his pawtner Koko make some ghastly and ghostly discoveries, everyone goes into research mode and they’re stunned by what they uncover – evidence of people gone missing, a treasure-trove of loot, and spirits unable to rest. This is by far the most PAWSitively Sinister story in the series.

 

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June 2nd was my daughter Kilah’s birthday and all she wanted was to go to St. Augustine, Fl for a week. So, my youngest son and I, Kilah, her husband and kids went. We walked and walked and then walked some more (most people walk, ride bikes or take the trolley rather than drive), but we had a great time and did a lot of interesting things and visited quite a few places. Other than the beach (of course) , my favorite was the Whetstone Chocolate Factory Tour. It was very interesting to see how they make their chocolates. The tour guide was great. He was full of information, asked many questions, was very funny, and best of all, he handed out lots of different chocolate samples.

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I loved this tour and will probably do it again the next time I’m in St. Augustine. See that t-shirt in the next to the last photo? I love that! “Put The Chocolate In The Bag And Nobody Gets Hurt”.

 

Jun 122015
 

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Hunter: Book 2 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

Category: YA Fiction, 162 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Dickson House
Release date: May 31, 2015
Available for review in: print and ebook (ePub, mobi for Kindle and PDF)
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: May 18 to June 12, 2015
Content Rating: PG

13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.

13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?

Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear -dare they trust each other?

 

Thoughts
I normally don’t read this genre, but thought I’d give it a try since I’ve been wanting to try different types of books. I’m glad I did.

This story starts where Kidnap left off, and I’d recommend reading them in order. In this book Teodor’s mother, Sayginn, is worried about him and has some difficult decisions to make. Like book one, the descriptions are superb, especially the fight scenes.

We are introduced to more characters and there is more action in this book. The story is past paced and will keep you excited to see what comes next. My favorite characters were of course Teodor and Guy Erma, but I also loved the characters of Sayginn and Karl Valvanchi. Sayginn enlisted Karl’s help in freeing Teodor, and somehow they could read each other’s minds. I loved that.

The author added a few pictures, and there is a section in the back with the meaning of words that you may not know, and bios of characters. That helped a lot.

If you like sci-fi or not, I think you’d love this series. It has plenty of action, suspense and is a fun read into a far away place and futuristic way of life.

I’m looking forward to reading book 3 in this series.

 

7907957The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

 

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