Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 


These are the books I read in December

December Book List
These are the books I read in December:
The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini - Elm Creek Quilts Series
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke - Hannah Swensen Series
Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid - McCray Family Series
Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier - Lucy Stone Series
A September Bride by Kathryn Springer (Novella)
An October Bride by Katie Ganshert - Year of Weddings (Novella)
A November Bride by Beth Vogt - Year of Weddings (Novella)
The Advent Bride by Mary Connealy - The 12 Brides of Christmas (Novella)
Dockside by Susan Wiggs - Lakeshore Chronicle
Antiques Flee Market by Barbara Allan - Trash 'n' Treasures Series
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas - Friday Harbor Series
Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot
A Cookbook Thief at Christmas by Melissa AuClair - The Chocolate Croissant Club Mysteries
A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid - McCray Family Series
All I Want For Christmas by Nora Roberts (Novella)
A Home For Christmas by Deborah Grace Staley - Angel Ridge

What are you reading?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I Love My Presents

Thank You

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Beat Your Drum

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Big Guard Dog Protecting The Christmas Presents!

Nobody's getting past me!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Angels 2014!

This is one of my angels - they are all different as they are hand painted.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Let's Decorate

There's a good place.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tis The Season

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I Can't Wait!

Only 19 days more till the big day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

These are the books I read in November

November Book List
These are the books I read in November:

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (Library's book club book for November)
Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman - Amish Village Mystery Series
The Girl Who Came Home, A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor
Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman - Daughters of Promise
Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy - Sophie's Daughters
Wrangler in Petticoats  by Mary Connealy - Sophie's Daughters
Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy - Sophie's Daughters Serie
Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs - Lakeshore Chronicles
The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs - Lakeshore Chronicle
An August Bride by Debra Clopton - Year of Weddings Series (Novella)
Death Comes to Town by K.J. Emrick - A Darcy Sweet Cozy Mystery

What are you reading?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Really Easy Flat Apple "Pie"

Flat Apple "Pie" Another Version
3 large Red Apples - washed, cored - Sliced in the food processor, peels on
1/4 cup of Golden Raisins
1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
8 packets of Splenda
1 cup Hodson Mill Insta Bake (whole wheat)
2 packets of Splenda
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt (optional)
6 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter (If you use salted butter, omit the sea salt) - cut up
4 Tablespoons of cold water (I used cold water from the refrigerator)
1 Egg - for egg wash
Preheat oven at 400 degrees
Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper - I used a metal flat pan with sides.

In the Food Processor, Slice your apples - you could do this with a knife but you want really really thin apple slices. I didn't peel my apples, of course you could if you hate apple peels.
Put your thinly sliced apples in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice, add yellow raisins, cinnamon and Splenda. Set the bowl aside.
Change out the paddle in your food processor. I didn't wash the food processor bowl. I like to keep it simple.
Add one cup of Hodson Mill Insta-Bake, 2 packets of Splenda, cut up your butter and add. Pulse until crumbly.
Add 4 Tablespoons of cold water, pulse. You might need to add a little more water if you see a lot of dry flour.
Put a little bit of Insta-Bake on your surface. Empty the food processor's bowl on that surface.
Kneed a bit, but don't overwork - just bring it together, make a ball. Add a little bit more Insta-Bake and roll out - you can make a rectangular or a large circle.
I chose this time to make a rectangular. In the middle arrange your thinly sliced apples - first make a flat bottom row, then line up the rest on top on an angle - try to squeeze in all those slices.
You are going to end up with 2 rows. One flat and one angled.
I had a lot of the raisins in the bottom of the bowl, so I sprinkled them over the top apple layer. To change it up, you could add some nuts, too.
I flipped up the bottom edges of my rectangle. The sides of the dough, I cut them about one cut every inch.
Get creative here -
I have the bottom and top flipped up over the apples. I took the next two cuts and flipped them over each other, alternate side to side, I continued until the sides where flipped up.
When you are done, make your egg wash - beat the egg with a bit of water, paint your dough.
Put your pan in the oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. It's done when golden brown. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes.

Yum Yum...

Flat Apple Pie
5 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 jar of St Dalfours Jam - Plum or Peach (I get it at Ingles, but I have seen it may be at your Krogers if yours has a specialty isle)
6 packets of Splenda
1/2 cup of yellow raisins
1 cup of walnuts or pecans
I tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of Cinnamon
2 tablespoons of flour (I used whole wheat flour, but white flour would work, too)
3 tablespoons of butter, cut up in small chunks
1 Pillsbury pie crust (I made my own pie crust using whole wheat flour but it's so very easy if you use a ready made crust)
One egg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
I used a cookie sheet pan with sides - line with parchment paper or spray center lightly with Pam or other cooking spray
Peel apples and slice them. Put in a large bowl, add Jam, Lemon Juice, Splenda, Raisins, Nuts, Cinnamon, Flour and mix together.
Roll out the pie crust. Place the pie crust in your pan.
In the center of your circle of crust that is in your pan, place all the apple mix. Dot the mix with the 3 tablespoons of butter
Bring the sides up towards the center but not all the way (you will see your apple mixture) being careful not to put a hole in your pie crust.
Make an egg wash - Beat your egg and add a teaspoon of water - brush all over the pie crust.
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
After I baked it, Hubby thought I should dust it with more cinnamon and a couple of Splenda packets.
If you don't like your pie so high, you can use 2 pie crusts and divide up your apple mixture.
To serve, cut it like a pizza and top with some vanilla ice cream.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

How Are You Feeling?

Let's take your temperature!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Did You Get Your....

Flu Shot?  If not, Dr. Bear says go get it today!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let It Snow!

                           I'm ready

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Let's Play

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remember Our Veterans

Today and every day.
November11, 1918, is generally  regarded as the end of  "the war to end all wars". 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Have A Great Day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Candy Candy Candy

I did very well this year, yumm!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Did you remember?

he he he Daddy didn't!

Friday, October 31, 2014

These are the book I read in October!

October Book List
These are the books I read in October:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs - Bella Vista Chronicles
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Love's Unfolding Dream by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Love Takes a Wing by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Love Finds a Home by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman - Daughters of Promise
Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman -  Daughters of Promise
The Maharani's Pearls by Charles Todd - Bess Crawford Mystery (short)
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd - Bess Crawford Mystery
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon - The Mitford Years Series
Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum Series
These Haunts Are Made For Walking by Rose Pressey  - Haunted Tour Guide Mystery

What are you reading?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We Love The Clowns


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I Vant To...

                Make you smile.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Trick or Treat


Friday, October 24, 2014

Are You Ready?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have A Great Day

Happy Birthday Sis

And everyone celebrating today!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!

Monday, October 13, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All Month Long!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sara Ann

Hand Made, Hand Stitched and Waxed Nose, German Mohair, Glass Eyes, Suede Paws,
Glass Beads and Fiber Fill stuffed, Fully Jointed.  Hand Made Swiss Batiste and French
Lace Dress and Bloomers.  WOW!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Well Done Is Better Than Well Said


Saturday, October 4, 2014


We just have to look for it.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My September Reading List

September Book List
These are the books I read in September:

The Letters by Luanne Rice - A Novel
Love's Enduring Promise by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Love's Long Journey by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Love's Abiding Joy by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Love's Unending Legacy  by Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly Series
Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman - Daughters of Promise
Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman - Daughters of Promise
12th of Never by James Patterson - Women's Murder Club
War Brides by Helen Bryan
The American Heiress, A Novel by Daisy Goodwin
Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie  - Psychic Eye Mystery Series
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal - Maggie Hope Series
Ready for Romance by Debbie Macomber - Dryden Brothers
Ready for Marriage by Debbie Macomber - Dryden Brothers
Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

What are you reading?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all! Fall starts Today - September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." - Emily Bronte