Holiday Cookies Cookbook the reason is simple, I love cookies. Motivated only slightly by a bake sale I volunteered to bake for in a fundraising attempt of the honor choirs upcoming trip to Europe next year, I thought I would give one of these recipes a try from author Elisabet der Nederlanden and Ten Speed Press. This book is coming out this September 5th and is worth pre ordering. The photos are fantastic and these Red Velvet Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are far superior to my own recipe!
From Icebox Pinwheel Cookies to Red-and-White Meringue Kisses to Apple Cider Caramels, find new inspiration for the best of seasonal baking with Holiday Cookies. This instant holiday classic is packed with 50 recipes, each gorgeously photographed and meticulously tested, along with dozens of decorating and packaging ideas. Filled with reimagined favorites like Giant Molasses Spice Cookies and Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies; confections like Peppermint Bark, Smoked Almond and Cacao Nib Brittle, and Dark Chocolate–Hazelnut Fudge; and detailed instructions for gorgeous gingerbread houses, cookie place cards, and edible ornaments, this is a cookie book like no other. Because the recipes are easy to scale up or down, Holiday Cookies is perfect for cookie exchanges, gift-giving, and just enjoying throughout the season. From a veteran baker and recipe developer, each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to be a stand-out, and destined to become your new Christmas classic.
Currently on sale on Amazon pre sale for $20! Click here to pre order.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Canadian Author Jayne Barnard over the weekend. This is a Steampunk Adventure Mystery currently recommended for readers of 12 and older. It was a fun read, I can totally see why younger readers and not so young readers like myself have so many wonderful things to say about this book. We set off on a grand adventure over land, sea and sky with Maddie who is undercover as an investigative journalist and navigating a world that is expectedly beneath her stature as the daughter of a Steamlord! So much to love in this strong and industrious main character. Her clockwork bird is more than a pet, more than a constant companion and a brilliant addition to the story. I loved this story and found it really easy to imagine, even plausible in an implausible way. Lovely read and first in what I hope is a long running series.
Miss Maddie Hatter, renegade daughter of a powerful Steamlord, is scraping a precarious living as a fashion reporter when the story of a lifetime falls into her lace-gloved hands.Baron Bodmin, an adventurer with more failed quests than fingernails, has vanished in circumstances that are odd even for him.While he is supposedly hunting the fabled Eye of Africa diamond in the Nubian desert, his expeditionary airship is found adrift off the coast of England. Maddie was the last reporter to see the potty peer alive. If she can locate the baron or the Eye of Africa, her career will be made.Outraged investors and false friends complicate her quest, and a fiendish figure lurks in the shadows, ready to snatch the prize . . . at any price.Mystery, adventure, danger, suspense, and more in a lively steampunk setting. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
At time of publishing this book is under $1 on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca click here for Amazon.com listing.
Monday, May 22, 2017
I finished Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox last night and it was a great ghost mystery with a fun and exciting twist I did not see coming when I sat down to read it. Now I am almost convinced I read an earlier book in this series as I felt so at home in this paranormal cozy.
What makes this a fun read is the hierarchy of the community and social status not just among the living but also with the very active community of the undead as well. I would absolutely read another book in this series happily!
You can find Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox on Amazon by clicking here.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Paint Nite was a fun way to spend time with friends, create something I did not think was possible and got to take something home to be proud of. Paint Nite did not make me an artist but it did make me want to keep painting. This was a day I will cherish for years to come and promise to get back to reading now! Click here to learn more about Paint Nite.
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard at time of posting on sale now at Amazon.ca for 99 cents!
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
I am currently reading through Angie Fox's book Sweet Tea and Spirits it is a very intriguing mystery.
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Yesterday was the first really nice day here this week and my dad an my niece came over to help me erect the tea tent. For my 40th birthday a little while ago a friend bought me an outdoor tent that I transformed into an outdoor escape. I called it the tea tent the old one is shown above.
Well sadly on December 10th, just before we moved the original tea tent collapsed under what I thought was a freak ice/snow storm. We just don't get snow like that here normally so I never thought to take the tea tent down. I was devastated, so many happy memories in that tent!
I am happy to say the tea tent is now open to receive guests as early as this weekend, I think I need to go bake some scones now...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Witches Cauldron by Laura Tempest is a book from a series I love from Llewellyn Books. There is a wonderful amount of information on the use of cauldrons, and their place in witchcraft history and modern day. This is a useful and lovely resource for those who like me love learning about witchcraft history and it is a very interesting read. This is a book I can not wait to have a print copy of.
Explore the spellbinding history, tradition, and modern uses of the Witch’s cauldron. From blessing and using your cauldron in ritual and divination to practicing kitchen witchery with it, this easy-to-use book provides essential information for Witches of all ages and skill levels.
The Witch’s Cauldron shows you the ins and outs of one of the most iconic tools in Witchcraft. Learn about the cauldron’s role in lore and mythology, its development through the ages, and old-world witchery. Discover how to choose, personalize, and care for your cauldron, and find unconventional ones already in your home. This entertaining book also features advice and spells from well-known writers, helping you delve into the endless possibilities for using a cauldron in your practice
While I have this book as an e-copy I am considering purchasing this one for my own collection.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
This week I took my time in finishing Nightshade for warning a second in series by Bailey Cattrell, who I learned is also Bailey Cates. I really enjoyed this mystery. It had lots of elements I thought made it special. I like the magical twist as this is very paranormal lite, but I also loved the idea of the main character Ellie living in a tiny house, with her Corgi and who has an amazing Enchanted Garden set up with lots of little fairy gardens. Ellie is completely likeable, relatable too. She is the older sister to a much younger 1/2 brother and sister, and seems to be the glue that holds her family and her community together. Great supporting cast, twists and turns I could not help but smile about. I also wish I had her keen sense of smell and green thumb. I think you will enjoy this book on its own even if you have not read the first one, not having read the first one I felt like I was right in step in book two. Really good read, great cozy and come on a Corgi as a pet! This is one to read and enjoy!
Ellie’s business and personal life have been flourishing in her hometown of Poppyville, California, since she opened Scents & Nonsense. She uses her very special skills to craft perfumes that almost magically ease heartache, inspire change, and bring joy—and her customers love to relax in the beautiful garden behind her shop with her corgi, Dash, and her cat, Nabokov. She even lives right next to the garden, in a compact “tiny house”—and she’s excited to hear that a journalist is going to write a feature about her home and garden for a national magazine. But then the journalist is found dead, and suspicion falls on the last person to see him—who just happens to be Ellie’s brother’s girlfriend. So before everything goes to seed, Ellie must rely on her powers—observational and otherwise—to pick out the real killer from an ever-expanding bouquet of culprits. . . .
This book is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Bloodline by Vicki Vass is the newest paranormal cozy series and is one that gets my vote for best new paranormal cozy mystery of the year. I read this book with wide excited eyes and wonderment. This book felt so real to me. Saying "I loved it" is an understatement. This book is written in a very unique way, offers the reader the chance to escape, it has the magic to transport the reader and not make you want to find your way back to reality. I could not put it down and I read it all in one night. This is a book I want everyone I know to read.
As a lifelong lover of stories of Witches, Witchcraft and Magic, this story was so different and it transported me to a place I could never have imagined and yet felt completely at home in.
With the "wide-eyed" excitement, heart quickening action and all the feels a cozy can have, this book has so much to offer. If I could buy the cozy world a book this would be the book I buy them! I can not wait for you to read it and share your thoughts with me!
Let's talk about the amazing cover shall we? This is also a book cover I would absolutely frame. I bought this book on Amazon and you can find it by clicking here.
Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts the last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.
You can find it on Amazon for Kindle by clicking here
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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
It is Sunday morning, Mother's Day and I have just gotten up. I did not prepare a post for today ahead of time and I did not get any reading finished to share a review. I did run around most of yesterday, having 4 events to attend which pretty much did me in and then homework with one of my sons that took up the rest of my energy and then some.
So this morning I shall leave you with a writing prompt quote by Linda Wooten and wish you a very Happy Sunday, if today is a day you celebrate with your mom, remember about your mom or you are a mom who is celebrated, I wish you a lovely day.
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
I just started Bailey Cattrell's Nightshade For Warning. Bailey Catrell is also Bailey Cates and author I have enjoyed in the past. This was something I did not know when I requested it. I found this to be a happy coincidence.
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Friday, May 12, 2017
I finished Dead and Berried, a Cranberry Cover Mystery by Peg Cochran yesterday. I love the cover on this cozy, I feel it truly captures the feel of the farm and sets the right tone for the book. I think that the relationship between the main character Monica and her brother is very well written. The dynamic of their sibling interactions is one I really enjoy. The mystery in this one was not what I expected and it took me a while to figure out. The mystery I found quite plausible and it had a very cozy ending!
It's June in Cranberry Cove and Monica Albertson's plan to sell cranberry relish to chain stores is taking off. The cranberry bogs are in bloom, and local beekeeper Rick Taylor and his assistant Lori Wenk are bringing in bees to pollinate the blossoms. When a fatal prick fells Lori, the buzz is that Rick is to blame. In trying to clear her friend’s name, Monica discovers that more than a few people in Cranberry Cove have felt the power of Lori’s venom, and it looks as if this time she may have agitated the hive a bit too much. With the fate of the farm on the line, Monica must get to the bottom of the crime before another victim gets stungDead and Berried by Peg Cochran is out now and you can find it on Amazon by clicking here.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Above is a photo I did on Mother's Day a few years ago, this cup actually belonged to my mother's adoptive mother, pretty sure my mother bought it for her. If you don't know yet Mother's Day is Sunday, truth be told not a day I really look forward too as my my own mother passed away 6.5 years ago, and in reality I am not much for Halmark Holidays. However I do appreciate a fantastic teacup and saucer and put aside my bitterness to share with you some beautiful Etsy fun finds....
This one is offered at $124.99 in the 222nest Etsy Shop you can view it and more beautiful photos of it by clicking here.
English Garden Tea Shop has this sweet Queen Anne this one is listed at $41.67
Listed at $15 you can tell someone really liked and used it!
Lastly this one I found I really like as it says Mother Dear on it! This one is priced at $38.00 and can be found in the When Roses Bloom Etsy Shop
Keep these in mind for yourself of a Mother you love. I will go back to reading now and hope to have a review to share with you tomorrow of Dead and Berried.
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