August 23, 2014

Cookbook Review 
"Treat Yourself"
Jennifer Steinhauer

 This is a unique cookbook that is full of awesome recipes of classic snacks.  There are 70 different recipes, including, Nutter Butter cookies, Oreos, Twinkies, Tagalongs, those really good Hostess cupcakes and tons more!  

The author spent lots of trial and error trying to recreate this tasty treats.  She tells the story of what gave her the idea to do this and her experience while testing her recipes.  Before each recipe she includes a little summary of why she likes this treat or a memory she has regarding it.

Throughout the cookbook the author gives little tips to make things easier for the one baking.  Also included is a list of supplies you'll need and what they're for.  She also gives a few notes about techniques too.  

This was my first time doing a cookbook review and I wasn't quite sure how to do it.   So I tried one of the recipes.  Only, as usual, I didn't exactly follow it.  Not because I didn't like it, but I didn't want to make all of the things from scratch.  So I improvised.  

My sis and I made the Pizza Pockets.  They were delish!  We didn't make the full amount.  We cut the recipe in half and just used spaghetti sauce from a can, instead of making the sauce because we didn't have the ingredients.  

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This cookbook is easy to follow and the instructions are very well written and not confusing like some cookbooks can be.  If you love to bake and love the classic sweet treats you need to get this book!

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August 22, 2014

Cover Art 
"A Bouquet Of Love"
Janice Thompson

Cassia has just had her world turned upside down, when her father decides to move the family from California to Galveston, Texas.  Her dad also decided to open up a Greek restaurant right across the street from the successful, Parma John's, an Italian restaurant.  She has no choice but to work, work, work at this new family restaurant.  And heaven forbid if she talks or becomes friends with the enemy...the Rossi's.  They're the one's who own Parma John's, along with a lot of other businesses in Galveston.  

When Cassia finds herself working secretly at this wonderful flower shop, she also finds out that it's owned by Rossi's.  She's afraid of what her dad might do if he ever finds out.  

She also meets this handsome guy, Alex, while working at the flower shop and is smitten.  But her dad will not hear of her dating, even though she is twenty-three.

Things keep building up until they're about to explode and everyone is going to be affected by it.

I have always enjoyed Janice Thompson's books.   I have all of the "Weddings By Bella" and her Hollywood series.  This one was the first book I was able to read in this series and was happy to find out that characters from both series are in this book.  It was like a reunion!  

Janice Thompson's books are always a fun, light-hearted, relaxing, enjoyable read.  This one did not disappoint.  I admit at first it did remind of a couple of other books she's written and there were innuendos I didn't like and weren't needed.  In the end, I liked the book and the references to the "Meet Me In St. Louis" movie with Judy Garland.  

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August 21, 2014

A Grand Design 
"A Grand Design"
Amber Stockton

Alyssa Denham enters a contest in a bridal magazine on a dare & wins an ideal honeymoon trip, except she's not even dating anyone.  So she takes her best friend, Libby.  The trip is to Mackinac Island.  Alyssa is no stranger to the island for that is where her grandmother resides and she had been spending her vacation their until her father passed away.  But that is not the real reason she stopped going to the island.  Her grandmother also has plans for her & Libby to help her finish a friendship quilt started years ago.  Grandma also has ulterior motives & hires handsome Scott Whitman to be her carriage driver.  But can Alyssa forget the past so she can embrace the future?  Can she trust God to heal her fractured heart? 

I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of Mackinac Island as I have always wanted to visit there.  Very well written.

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August 15, 2014

"In Perfect Time"
Sarah Sundin

Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt. Kay Jobson, is beautiful and sophisticated.  She dates a different man each day of the week just for fun.  She collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe.

Having been hurt and made fun of by her family when younger, she does this as a method to not being hurt again.  But in doing so, she earns herself a reputation as a flit and a tease, which gets her into trouble.  She meets Lt.. Roger Copper, who gives her a Bible in reply to some questions Kay asks him.  Kay turns her lifer over the Lord but can she erase her reputation and earn a new one?  
How does Lt. Cooper fit into all of this?  What about his past?  Can they accept the fact the Lord forgives and forgets?

I enjoyed this book.  Sarah Sundin provides a history lesson without the reader even being aware of it.  She makes history interesting.  I did not care for somethings that happened to Kay, but I suppose the author was teaching a moral lesson as well. 

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Hey y'all,

Happy Friday!  Excited the weekend is here?  Here are some things we enjoyed this week.  What have y'all been up to?  Do anything fun or exciting or maybe just something you enjoyed.  Let us know!  We'd love for you to share it with us!

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1.  The weather has been somewhat cooler.  That's always nice!  Can't wait for Fall!  The leaves are already starting to change! 


2.  Had a movie night with the sisters.  :)

3.  They just opened up a new (to us anyway) restaurant called Cookout!  Our parents went earlier in the week and really liked it so we all went yesterday.  The verdict?  AMAZING!  The food was really good, service fast, a lot of food for your money and I like the decorations.  Cookouts are only in the South though, so if you don't live in the South and you're ever in TN, NC, VA, GA, or SC you should definitely check it out.  


4.  After we ate at Cookout, we went to hear the Jeff Little trio.  They're all great musicians, but I really enjoyed Jeff Little on the piano.  He played "Last Date", by Floyd Cramer, "A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On" by Jerry Lee Lewis, Gospel, and bluegrass.  

5.  Got a couple of new books in the mail.  That always makes me happy!:)

What have you enjoyed this week?
Happy weekend y'all
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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August 13, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin 
"The Butterfly and the Violin"
Kristy Cambron

A face in a painting haunts Manhattan Art dealer Sera James.  She first saw the portrait as a young girl when her father took her to Paris.  After doing research, she finds out the girl is a talented Austrian Violinist, Adele Von Bron.  Adele's father is a high ranking member of the Third Reich, but she risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna.

In Sera's search for the painted, she crosses paths with William Hanover, grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul.  Sera and William start working together to discover beauty in the grim camps of Auschwitz.  They are also trying to discover Williams' grandfather's connection to Adele.  While working together Sera and William develop an interest in each other.  But is William only using Sera to find the painting and keep his family's fortune?

This was a very spell-bounding story.  It alternates between World War II and the present day.  It brought to light some things about the German camps for the Jews that I didn't know.  It also has a surprising twist at the end.  Very well written .  I found myself right in the middle of the story and the danger!

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