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It’s Spring — Plant Something Edible!

Spring is nature’s time for growth and renewal. So, what better time for us to recognize and understand the many facets of natures’ life cycles.  And what better way for us to participate and observe than to plant something edible!… Continue Reading →

Recreating A Classic – Polish Easter Nut Bread

A traditional Polish family favorite made easier. #JovinaCooks #GreatRecipe Read More…

Book Review: THE GLOVEMAKER by Ann Weisgarber

Pitch-perfect writing …quite a tale about members of the Mormon community in rugged 1888 Utah. Read More…

Music: UNDERWATER by Black Lab

For The Joy Of Animals: Mouse Maid

Apparently Cinderella isn’t the only one with a mouse helper. Handy & compact maybe having a mouse maid will be the next little thing… A mouse has been captured tidying up bits and bobs in a pensioner's shed. Stephen McKears… Continue Reading →

Book Review: WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan

Oh how I loved WASHINGTON BLACK by Esi Edugyan! I was in need of lovely, sensory language and an engaging tale – and perhaps, more so, I was in need of a journey with incredibly rich characters. As the book… Continue Reading →

Bring Some Mardi Gras Spirit To Your Dinner Table

Mardi Gras is just around the corner and the Gulf Coast residents have started to prepare for the celebration. Several weeks before, towns across the coast hold Krewe parties, Mardi Gras balls and Krewe parades culminating in the Grand Parade… Continue Reading →

Grain-Free French Bread Worth Sharing

I think every one would agree the best time to eat bread is fresh from the oven. So I generally double this recipe for grain-free french bread.  The first loaf we slather with butter and enjoy as soon as it… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer

I picked THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer for our book club, as I thought it would be so much fun to have a corresponding “go to the movies night” to compare the novel with the new movie featuring Glenn Close…. Continue Reading →

The Easiest Recipe For Butternut Squash Soup

I am not a fan of peeling butternut squash but I do like the vegetable. So I have developed an easy to make butternut squash soup and you won’t miss all the work. The best part of all is that… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams

I don’t review a great number of nonfiction on Goodreads, but to those who know me (and my penchant for fiction writing that includes sensory nature descriptions), it’s probably no surprise that THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER,… Continue Reading →

This little book took me by surprise in a big way. A debut with a long list of well-deserved literary honors.

Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

Christmas Treats: Chocolate Truffles

The holidays mean we get to eat special foods reserved for this time of year. One of those special treats for my family is Chocolate Truffles.

The language is poetic and lyrical. Taylor Brown creates an incredible sense of place that transports the reader.

Jillian Cantor is a natural at her first dual-narrative novel… fascinating insight about a little-known resistance tool during WWII …

Words: “The World Of The Individual Person…”

Recently, Pew Research asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life.  Instead of presenting group responses, they highlighted the wonderful responses and stories from the world of the individual person.  It reminded me that: Everything of value and meaning… Continue Reading →

Make Zucchini Patties Or Zucchini Patty Pizza For Dinner

Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. It lends itself to so many delicious transformations. I am sure you are knowledgeable about traditional zucchini recipes, such as adding it to pasta or filling zucchini halves with a stuffing mixture or making zucchini… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… Continue Reading →

What Are Your Favorite Fall Flavors?

What flavors do you associate with fall? For me, the ones that immediately come to mind are apple, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, cranberry, and pumpkin. Baking with these flavors will make your house smell delicious and give you that warm, comforting… Continue Reading →

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