Friday, September 11, 2015


Love this book...this author has a way of weaving characters in the past as well as the present that is totally addictive. This is the story of Annabelle during WWII. She loves Stefan...a married Jewish man...but marries Johann...a German man with possible ties to Nazis. It's interwoven with the more current Pepper's story...pregnant single Pepper. I can't begin to tell you how good this book is. Pepper and Annabelle are connected because of an old classic Mercedes.

Flu fighting soup? Keeping this one on file...from baker by nature.
Elderberry syrup from Maine Medicinals? I just ordered a bottle...I will do anything to keep flu away...rumored to build up your autoimmune system?
This is a toothbrush! I think it's what people chew on Survivor! I just bought a pack! They are supposed to whiten your teeth, too!
Cool fall sweater...Free People...
Sharing a snack...on my desk...sharing a bed...for 5 minutes...I do not get how sweet Lucy can be to Roxie and then minutes later growl and hiss at her. My poor sweet Roxie falls for this every time. I love my Lucy but I think she enjoys having this kind of power over Roxie.
Fighting time...wink wink!
Why we don't go to the Mushroom Festival...crowds, heat, crowds!
It is a gorgeous day today. Den is taking Lucy to cold laser in a the irritation worth helping her arthritic knees? She has been zooming around the house...jumping almost the way she used to...we put glucosamine in her food, too, so I don't have a clue what's helping...she doesn't limp any more but even the vet doesn't know what is helping. Sigh! Our little area will be a mess this week end...there are festivals every where. We are staying very close to home all weekend long but with open windows, cooler air, and tons of football ( Den ) and books ( me )...and a short trip next week...we don't really care!
See you on Monday! Have a great weekend!




Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rainy Daze...

It's actually raining today and it's one of those really soft and pretty rains. We even opened some downstairs windows and it feels cool...the rain sounds are really relaxing. Everyone here is mellow today. The girls seem to know that there is no outside deck sitting today so it's really quiet...almost too quiet!

True to my nature I started this...

and then I wasn't in the mood for it so I switched to this...And now it has a grip on me so I am reading it. It connects to a book I read just before this one. It seems as though one of the key characters in this book...
is the sister of a key character in this book...
I want to make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake! This one uses fresh pineapple and is from Smitten Kitchen. But...I want the kind my mom made that used canned pineapple, bright red cherries and a box!
Most likely I will sauté the pineapple in a bit of butter and brown sugar and we will have it with Greek yogurt on top! Mmmmmmm...
Den was supposed to carve up our fresh pineapple days ago but he is afraid of it!
Man vs pineapple! Who will win?
Off to try to do something productive today!



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Day...

Finished was both good and sad...

Got hacked by a scammer on FB...spent much of my time trying to stop it, fix it and apologize to all of my friends who friended me again. Den and I both spent some time tightening up our FB security...I was actually able to see that an unknown user on a device unknown to me was using my name and face. You can knock them off and make sure you get an alert if this is tried again...I think everyone should do this!
Went to the dentist for check ups...and teeth cleaning...ick...
Went to Whole Foods for groceries...ick...
The heat here is unbearable...we are exhausted from it...soon it's supposed to rain!
Dinner...salmon with a mustardy maple glaze and roasted sweet potatoes and brocolli...this recipe and photo came from The Seasoned sheet pan suppers. They seem to pop up everywhere!
I think I might read this next...I need some UNREALITY!
Take care!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Books That I Think I Am Reading This Week But I Probably Won't!

Reading this now...I was really just glancing at it and now I am full on in to it! Three somewhat quirky friends and their lives this year at school...All of these friends have somewhat serious issues that prevent them from liking I get the feeling this book is more serious than I think it is.

A blogger was talking about this one because she felt it was truly the definition of a five star book. I just happened to have it. The cover alone makes me want to read this.
Thus one I started and put down not because it wasn't good but rather because I wasn't in the mood for it.
I think I saw this one on ShelfAwareness. And because I love books like this...books with world destroying secrets...I checked my shelves and I had it!
This one? I was asked to read this by the author. I was in the mood to say yes! I love the cover! Plus...spelled out on the cover? YA FANTASY ADVENTURE! My thing lately...
I know I have mentioned this before but I really never read much fantasy...ever! When I was teaching it was tons of primary grade books and then when I wasn't teaching I needed grown up books. I just didn't want to read any MG or YA fantasy...but now? I love it!
It is a hot hot day here on the East Coast...Den is at the office...I have the house totally clean and I am about to read for a bit...
Apricot glazed pork chops...another sheet pan supper!
I made this One Bowl Apple Cake was makes the equivalent of one don't have to peel the apples...seriously...and literally you dump everything in one bowl! You can literally Google this and get tons of recipes...pretty much all the same...this one is from mayamade blogspot. My mom had the same recipe but it made a huge 9 x 13 pan and we always wasted half...this is perfect for two people!
With that...I am out of here!




Monday, September 7, 2015

Back With Books And Stuff!

Just finished this! I loved it!

It's a middle grade chiller of a fantasy that takes place at the Biltmore Estate in its very early days!

I think it's going to be a book series and rumored to be a Disney movie! Main character Serafina is appearance as well as spirit. She was found in the woods...she has yellow eyes and mountain lion cubs love her! This book is erie, scary and fantastic.

From the YouTube book trailer!
Just a few lovely new titles from NG!
We are having these for dinner! Thank you Damndelicious! With almost homemade baked beans!
Have an awesome day!