Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Welcome to my Happy Homemaker Monday post.
Thanks for stopping in. 
I am joining Sandra to share a glimpse at my weeks plans


The Weather 
 Balmy.  It is a beautiful day.  Thankful in our neck of the woods cold spells don't really last long.  Or rainy spells.  We have lovely fall weather. 
Our native trees aren't near as pretty as up North but many people are planting lovely trees and we are beginning to get some pretty fall color. 

Right Now I  Am
Writing this post and thinking about my plans for the week.  I write on Sunday night.  If I don't.  I don't get it done.  On occassion I can squeeze it on Monday afternoon but more times than not I end up missing the entire week.  

I am thinking
I am happy that I have made some schedule changes.  I have a new Wednesday client.  I ended my recent Wed/Fri job last week.  It's bitter sweet but I needed more time to myself.  That means a new easier house on Wednesday and only 1 job on Fridays. 
I will have so much more time and energy.  
Perfect timing to be Thankful this week!

On my reading pile
I always have a lot.  This weekend I busted this one out.  I am not reviewing till later in December but it was calling my name!
Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Read my next post today to learn all about this great book.  I am spotlighting it today for the I Read Book Tours. 

Here's part of my pile . . . 
Moved the pile over to my art table to smash down the post cards I am working on to mail by Friday!

On my "To Do" list
  1. Finish Christmas Post Cards
  2. Finish outside lights
  3. Finish trees/decor.
  4. Start on pillowcases to donate to Scottish Rite Hospital

On the menu
Monday- Split Pea Soup-Salad-Cornbread (for the stuffing)
Tuesday- Pan Seared Catfish- Oven Roasted Potato's- Green Beans
Wednesday- Nacho's (super simple)
Thursday-  3 dinners 'Oh My'
Friday - Leftovers from 3 dinners!
Saturday- Beef it's time.  We have some steaks in freezer hope we have nice weather!

In the kitchen
 Waiting to try this recipe.  Maybe next week!
Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops | Tender, juicy, bone-in glazed pork chops are seared and coated in a lip-smacking maple balsamic vinegar sauce! | http://thechunkychef.com
I've tried a few Beef Balsamic recipes and really like them. 
Maybe this would be a nice change from the regular fried with cream gravy, rice and a veggie!
Click here for the recipe.

In the garden
My butterfly bush I mentioned a couple weeks ago and the mums. 
I am hoping to buy some pansy's tomorrow.  I had a short work week last week so no extra plant money
Today I was in the backyard around 3 with the dog and I was thinking I would love to put in a shade garden.  

Ohhh too many ideas and not enough bucks!  

I am focusing on as many perennials as I can and hopefully can find some folks around me that will give me some starts.  I would love an Iris bed. I am hoping to buy some bulbs!

Fabulous Features
 I loved this from Carol at Comfort Station.  I might just print one.  Click here to visit the post!

Fabulous Feature
There are some amazing weekly participants at the Fabulous Party.  Weekly Narrow Minded Woman shares a wonderful 
old Hymn.  I wanted to feature her this week because I am using a few in my daughters Christmas Journal.  Enjoy.
Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (Doxology)
Click here to visit the post. 

From the camera

Devo./ Scripture
Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.
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Book Spotlight-A Must Read- Two Fer Murder by Lauren Carr

Have you eve read a Cozy Mystery?  I was introduced in the Fall of 2015 to Lauren Carr by the I Read Book Tours.  I am so glad that I accepted the assignment and read Candidate for Murder!

Do you know what a Cozy Mystery is? Click here for the Wiki Pedia definition and info.    Cozy's are genre of crime stories that take place in a small town.  Feature wanna be or new to sleuthing sleuths.   Many times women sleuths.  Are non graphic.  Very little or no language.  No bedroom scenes. And usually include an animal.  A pet cat or dog.  

A big ole German Shepherd named Gnarly in the case of the
Mac Faraday Mysteries by Lauren.  In Addition to  Mac Faraday and Gnarly Lauren writes The Throny Rose Series featuring Mac 
Faraday's daughter Jessica and Murphy Thornton the son of 
Joshua Thornton that is featured in the Lover's in Crime Series.

Today I am spotlighting the newest novel by Lauren Carr.
Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
My self and alot of other readers asked and Lauren answered by bring all the characters together in this new book! 

Here's what the book is about . . . 
Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?
Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Simple Sunday-Fabulous Party

Simply Blessed
Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.

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On with the party!

Welcome to the party!   
I am a little behind.  I promise all your links will be pinned in the next couple of days. 
Feel free to link all your Thankful posts old or new!
We love to see your ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving
 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan-A Litfuse Tour

About the book 
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.
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And I thought 
I was offered to review Deadly Proof by Litfuse.  This is one I would have picked up because of the cover.  Read the back and put in my shopping cart.  
Just the kind of story I love.  A nice clean suspenseful thriller.  
With a little romance thrown in too!  

I loved the characters.  I was rooting for Kate and Landon.  

I loved his character.  A big strong military type determined to do his job.  But his heart softens toward Kate he does have a bit of a struggle.  

The romance angle added to the story and begged for this reader to turn the pages.  

I am looking forward to reading more in this series! 

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.  
This review will appear on websites where available. 
This review will appear on Good Reads.  

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pass it on A Proverbs Journal by Champ Thornton-Litfuse Tour-Review

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About the book 
Leave a lasting legacy of wisdom for the next generation by journaling and praying through Proverbs. The perfect gift for a special, older relative or friend who has wisdom, faith, and experience to share.
Pass It On is the perfect gift for an older member of your family who would like to leave a lasting legacy for someone younger. It includes questions for each chapter in Proverbs and also gives space for prayers, memories, and stories to pass on to the next generation. This beautiful journal will be valued by the person who receives it and also treasured as a lasting keepsake by whoever they choose to “pass it on” to! In Proverbs, God has left an amazing legacy of wisdom. It’s our privilege to pass that legacy on to the next generation. There are many different kinds of legacies to leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time.
As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through answering questions on each chapter, writing prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers create a lasting keepsake for themselves and their families and friends. Created by Champ Thornton, best-selling author of The Radical Book for KidsPass It On is an innovative resource to strengthen families and help them grow in their love for God and each other. This is a perfect gift for an older and wiser friend or relative that will encourage them to share their life and faith with the next generation. 
  • An easy-to-accomplish devotional and journal allows users to go at their own pace through Proverbs.
  • Users create a personalized journal filled with God’s wisdom and their own faith story.
  • Encourages older and wiser friends and relatives to share their faith with the next generation.
  • The perfect gift that will be cherished and passed on from one generation to the next.
The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who has devoted his life to the study of God’s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language.
What Makes the Product Unique?
More than just a study of Proverbs, Pass It On provides users with a unique opportunity to reflect and record their own personal thoughts on God’s wisdom. Following careful study of each chapter of Proverbs, readers are asked questions that encourage deeper reflection on the Scripture, as well as to share their own personal stories and write a prayer for the journal’s next owner. After completing the journal, readers are then asked to take one final step—to pass it on to someone else and share their wisdom and faith with others!  The perfect combination of a Bible study and a gift book!
What Is the Product for?
The perfect gift for older and wiser friends and relatives, Pass It On allows readers to learn God’s wisdom and share wisdom and faith with the next generation. Through careful study of the book of Proverbs, as well as answering questions, writing prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers create their own personalized wisdom journal that will be a lasting keepsake cherished for generations to come. Champ Thornton has created an innovative resource for families that will not only strengthen their knowledge and love of God, but of each other as well.
Who Is the Product for?
Proverbs-filled children come from Proverbs-filled parents, and Pass It On is the perfect resource for parents or grandparents hoping to pass God’s wisdom on to the next generation. Older and wiser family members, friends, or mentors will also enjoy the opportunity to share their wisdom and faith with the people they love. A great gift idea for younger people to give to older people they respect and admire, Pass It On will become a cherished and lasting keepsake for both the reader and whoever is blessed to receive it.
And I thought 
 I wish I had been provided with a media kit that included an excerpt for this amazing book!
I am giving my copy to my future son in law for Christmas.      Pass It On is a personal devotional intended to be passed on from generation to generation. 
For me a perfect gift for my new son-in-law to pass on to my grandson. 
Pass it on is not an easy, simple devotional.  I found it rather deep.  But that is a good thing.  
As with most devotionals your given a scripture to read/study and then questions to dwell upon.  
The publisher New Growth Press provides the future customer with a great 34 page excerpt.  I was impressed.   I hope you'll visit the publisher and read the excerpt here
Pass it on is a great devotional study of the Proverbs.  Even if you don't have a special someone to Pass it on to please do not pass it up.  
You will be delighted with this amazing devotional. 
I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will be posted on all retail sites where available.
This review will also appear on Good Reads and on Litfuse's tour page. 
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

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I sure did miss posting last week.  I hope you had a great week!
Welcome to Happy Homemaker Monday 
Always my favorite post of the week!
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The Weather
Fall has arrived in Texas.  Some days it seems a little wintery with clouds and even some rain.  But usually by mid day the sun is out shining brightly.

Right Now I  Am
Looking forward to being off today.  I now only work every other Monday.  I am planning on a new job beginning on Wednesday in December.  I am looking forward to a new client.

On my reading pile
Oh my goodness I have a huge stack.  I need to do a whole post on all the good books in my pile just waiting to be read. 
Today the one I just can't wait to read is . . . 
   A Litfuse tour in December. 
And a yummy cozy mystery on the Great Escapes Tours

Reviewing both books.  My book review blog is over here.

On my 'To  Do List This Week
  1. One quilt for the Houston project to finish
  2. Buy pansy's 
  3. Set up the hot chocolate station in Outdoor room
  4. Put Christmas tree in the Outdoor room


In the kitchen
 Cajun Crabmeat Au Gratin. A truly delicious recipe full of fantastic flavors…
This looks so yummy to try to go with a salad and a seafood chowder!

On the menu
Monday- Grilled Steak, fingerling potatoes, green beans
grill some burgers for Thursday
Tuesday- Seafood Chowdar (from leftover seafood boil), Salad and Cajun Crabmeat Augratin
Wednesday-Frozen Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, Salad
Thursday- Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Brocolli Salad
Friday- Super Simple Quiche

In the garden
 I planted some mums I got on sale, a butter fly bush.  I so need to get some lettuce started and more carrots. 

Something fun to share
Super Simple choose to send 5, 10 or 20.  Choose domestic or international.  Choose to make or send store bought.  Leave a comment (include your email) to join the group!  Commit to mail by December 10th.

Fabulous Features Including 4 features today since I missed last week!
You don't have to get all fancy to create a STUNNING table. By using natural elements, and items from around your home, you can create casual, budget friendly Thanksgiving tablescapes that will be both easy and gorgeous.
Click here to read post. 
Carol always shares such great information.  Click here to visit the post. 

Fabulous Feature
How I Create Free Pinnable Images Using Ribbet
Great informative post.  I always love infor. and tutorials to make my blog better!  Click here.

Fabulous Feature
 Do You "Cut & Paste" the Bible? - Many today want to throw the Bible out completely. They try to discredit God's people by saying we're intolerant and mean-spirited when we call for a biblical standard. Attempting to destroy God's Word is nothing new, but God will preserve it and one day judge those who try to destroy it just as He did in Jeremiah's time. While we can rejoice that God will deal with evil men who reject His Word, we may need to examine our attitudes toward Scripture, as well. How do we view the Bible? Do we see it as a cafeteria line where we can pick and choose what we like? Do we cut and paste it at will? Do we view it as merely a book of nice suggestions for living? Or do we view it as God's Word and allow it to direct every area of our lives? 
Any informative post that might get you to thinking. Click here.

From the camera--Praise The Lord
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Devo./ Scripture
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Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Secrest McDowell-Litfuse Book Tour

Ordinary Graces
About the book 
Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season (Abingdon Press, October 2017)
Everyone loves to receive a gift.
And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?
God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.
Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life.

And I thought
What a lovely devotional.  A small little book packed with some big reminders of God's promises. 
This devotional is only 247 pages of devo's followed by a few pages of Gratitude's from the author and foot notes. 

I loved each and every devo.  This was a wonderful devotional for all women.  

A great gift idea for any of your friends whether they are mature believers, young believers or young moms or seekers.

I think anyone would feel a beautifully blessed to read the lovely installments.  

Back in the day I had a similar devotional by another 
renowned author.  I loved it.  As a younger mom at the time 
it was a welcoming addition to my day.  

Although we are all coached to the importance of picking up our Bible and reading it sadly sometimes it can be daunting. 
To receive the lovey word along with a devotional is sometimes just what we women need.  

I completely enjoyed Ordinary Graces.  It is a book that I'll put on my list as perfect to purchase for a gift.  

Just in time for Christmas check it out! 

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will appear on retail sites. 
This review will appear on Good Reads. 


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Simple Sunday-Fabulous Party

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May your Sunday be Simply Blessed
I chose this one today because I needed that reminder. 
Today I am staying home and spending a few extra hours finishing the Houston quilt project.
If your like me and your strung out, wrung out and wilting take a moment and rest in the Father's arms and 
Smile

And now that we are all smiling and rested 
Here's the party!

Welcome new and old friends.
We've been having a few new friends each week.  
Yea!
I hope you all visit each other. 
This week along with your regular Fabulous posts feel free to add any Thankful posts.
If you planning Thanksgiving or share your archives they are always fun too!
Let's party!
As always I will pin your posts and choose 2 features for my Monday Happy Homemaker Monday post.  (I will have 4 this week because I didn't get to post last week)



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty-A Litfuse Tour-Book Review/Giveaway

Rescued Hearts

About the book 
Rescued Hearts (Mantle Rock Publishing, September 2017)
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
And I thought 
My favorite kind of book.  A romantic suspense.  I was intrigued by the description.  My favorite kind of read.  

I wasn't disappointed!  I loved every minute.  

There was something about this book that I just couldn't put my finger on.  I did no research.  I just kept thinking I had read something else by this author and then it dawned on me!  
I went to my book shelf and found this . . . 
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My 5 star review is here. I remember when I read this book last spring how I hoped there would be a series.  I was a little disappointed not to see more.  Hint. Hint.

But am I glad that Miss Dougherty has been busy elsewhere. 

Rescued Hearts is hard to describe.  It is difficult to speak to how good this book is.  

I love a thriller.  I really love a super clean thriller.  This is what you get.  

I was captivated and taken in from the description and then right on to page one and all the way to the end!  

I am excitedly anticipating what Hope throws at us next time!  

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will appear on Amazon and Good Reads.
This review will appear on My Reading Journeys in the near future. 

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Something Fun To Share-Main Street Romance




Main Street Romance is made up of four friends and bestselling authors who adore romance, and are committed to filling your bookshelves with sweet and clean love stories you'll be excited to share with your best friend, Mom, Grandma, and your teenage daughter, too. No profanity, graphic sex, or violence.
Not only are they dedicated to writing sweet romance and growing their audience with new readers, but they will be building an entire community around the Main Street Romance brand, including giving readers short stories that take place in their very own Main Street Romance world, where new characters along with characters from their prior releases, will appear in stories that take place on Main Street, in Romance, Virginia.
Join them on the front porch for a cool glass of sweet tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and get ready to fall in love with your next favorite read.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Simple Sunday - The Fabulous Party

Have A Blessed Day
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go 
for to you I lift up my soul. 

The Party
Welcome to the party!
Simple rules.  Keep it Family Friendly.
  All posts pinned on the Fabulous Party board.
2 features chosen each week and posted on my Happy Homemaker Monday post.
 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Happy Trails

Book Review-Sweet Dreams Baby by Nora LeDuc-Goddess Fish Promotions Tours

 

About the book 
Who killed Judge Shaw Buchanan aka “the hanging judge,” on the day of his wife’s funeral?

When Harper Buchanan, the judge’s estranged daughter, witnesses her father’s murder in the small town of Barley, New Hampshire, she promises to find his escaped killer. She hires local private investigator, Finn O’Rourke to track down the shooter. Soon, they are working together, and Harper finds herself drawn to Finn’s looks, smarts, and self-reliance. But she’s fallen for the wrong type of man before. She vows not to repeat her mistake and to keep their relationship professional.



Finn does his best to deal with their growing chemistry by focusing on the job. But when someone attempts to kill Harper to prevent her from uncovering the identity of her father’s murderer, his goal changes. Harper’s protection becomes Finn’s full-time priority, even though it means risking his life for a woman who may never love him.
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“Leave or I’ll shoot you. You’ll be the next customer earmarked for eternal rest.”

Harper Buchanan shut her mouth in the middle of accepting condolences as her father’s steel-toned voice traveled from the hall into the crowded reception room of Smitty’s Funeral Parlor.

At five-ten, she was easily able to scan the faces of shocked grievers and assess the situation. She’d spent the last two days trying to be a good daughter by making sure her mother received a “heavenly” goodbye. Now, the morning teetered on the verge of going to hell.

She inhaled a sharp breath that filled her lungs with the scent of the flowers decorating the shelves behind her mother’s closed coffin. Nausea rumbled in her stomach. But she didn’t have time to be sick. Her father, Judge Shaw Buchanan, was close to out of control.

Staying away from Judge Buchanan on his “dark days” was one of the first things new interns at the courthouse learned to do, usually the hard way. His work friends and acquaintances knew better than to approach him in his present mood. They’d come here out of their respect and admiration for a man who upheld the law and handed out stiff punishments.

So that left her to handle him. Once her dad flew into a rage, nothing but time and distance cooled his anger. She had to stop him before he reached that point.

And I thought
Get the laundry going.  The crock pot on. A glass of sweet tea and a bottle of wine.   Then crack it open.   This one is hard to put down!  Get ready for a 5 star read!

From the first few pages this reader was totally absorbed and engaged.

I loved the fast paced ride. 

I loved the characters.  They swept in and captured my attention. 
The sparks that fly between Harper and Finn had me wanting to have a 'sit down' with them from time to time.  They needed a little nudge toward each other.  

This was a fun twisting turning ride!  

I received a complimentary copy from Goddess Fish Promotions.
This review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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