Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Glimpse

What am I reading now?  Sixteen Brides (Stephanie Grade Whitson)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  There are a lot of characters in this book! I worried that I wouldn't be able to keep them all straight, but they have unique situation in life that makes it much easier to follow each of their stories. It also helped that author whittled that 16 down by quite a few--but I won't tell you how. Clean read. Quick paced. Days of enjoyment.

Book Blurb:
Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances--especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.

A Glimpse

The next Sweet &Sassy Anthology will be released in May 2016 with a beach theme.
Here's the beach we chose for our story:

It's the area surrounding Hood Canal in Washington where a rocky beach widens with low tide and shrinks to a tree lined edge at high tide.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Homemade Honey-Vanilla Greek Yogurt

What am I reading now? Tabatha Bride of Missouri (Amelia C. Adams)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? There are 50 books in this series--50!!! One for every state. This book is #24.

An orphan since she was ten, Tabitha Phillips was raised by a cousin who resented her, and she went out on her own as soon as she could. When the factory where she was working burned down, she was forced to return to her childhood home under the scrutiny of her critical relatives. 

As an employee at the post office, Tabitha isn't supposed to become involved in the doings of her customers. But when one young man's heart could be broken by a thoughtless letter, she sees a chance to make a difference . . . for herself as well as for him.
Honey-Vanilla Greek Yogurt
I finally have a recipe I love for homemade Greek Yogurt
Carolyn Twede Frank (Author of The Hitler Dilemma) shared her recipe with me and this is just a bit different) You can see her recipe HERE with pictures!)

My recipe:
•Combine 8 cups of whole milk and 1 package Knox Unflavored Geletin, and bring the temperature to 170-180 degrees F, then remove from heat.

•Add 1/4 cup honey and 1 tablespoon of vanilla to the pan of milk, and stir to mix. Stir gently every now and again to keep a skin from forming.

•When the milk cools to 110 degrees F, stir in one packet of bacteria culture. (You can use 1 cup of yogurt from a pervious batch instead.)

•Transfer the milk to your yogurt maker and set to incubate for 8-10 hours. The longer you incubate the firmer the yogurt and a more sour the taste.

•Refrigerate over night.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Reading Goals for 2016

What am I reading now? The Viscount Risks it All (Erin Knightley)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? I read everything this author writes.
Don't you love when you find someone that is prolific and wonderful?
Yes, yes I do!

Gavin Stark, Viscount Derington, learned his lesson when his childhood love was swept off her feet by another man before Dering could declare himself. Ever since, he has lived a life of no regrets—reaching for what he wants while never again allowing himself to lose his heart. If the experience taught him anything, it was never to risk what he wasn’t willing to lose.

Lady Felicity Danby had everything she ever wanted in life until the moment her husband died, turning her world upside down. A year and a half later, she is finally ready to return to Bath to spend the summer visiting family. She finds comfort in her old childhood friend, but is taken off guard when passion begins to simmer between them. She’s already lost everything once—can she possibly risk her heart a second time?

New Reading Goals?
Ready, Sit, GO!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Just Write 2 Pages

What am I reading now?  Stuck Together (Trouble in Texas Series by Mary Connealy

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Usually when I post about a series, I put up the picture of the first book on the blogpost. But this is the third book. I had to put this one up because of the first chapter. Normally I book mark a few pages in books I really enjoy so later I can go back and look at that part of the story. In this book, I found I had bookmarked nearly every page of the first chapter!

I've enjoyed all of the (3 books) in this clean, western romance series! 

Blub for book 3Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.

Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.

With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger. 

New Year's Goal