Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gnome More Cancer, A Short Walk For A Long Journey

Years ago when I met my brothers wife Sarah I was given a great gift, not only her friendship but I got to meet her friend Debbie.  Debbie was fighting a very serious brain tumor. My sister in law has the most amazing support system of friends who I have had the pleasure via social media to get to know and it was there I began to follow her friend Debbie's journey. Debbie is in remission from brain cancer and she is along with her team of Gnome Warriors walking today to raise money and awareness for those who are battling brain cancer in Victoria British Columbia today. They are called Gnome More Cancer.
This is Debbie this morning from her facebook post with the caption  "This Gnome is ready to roam XO!"


Debbie and I share a love of Gnomes, but for very different reasons.  Debbie's amazing friends started Gnome'ing her house during her battle and what started as a laugh quickly became very powerful medicine and magic. What started as a laugh has turned into quite a mission!

 This amazing support system was there for her all through her treatment and her recovery.  They also all got Gnome Tattoos in support of Debbie and their mission.
Debbie and her friends inspire me. If you would like to learn more about Debbie please click the link below, or to donate to her walk today.

You can read more about Debbie's Story by clicking here.
You can find out more about the walk or to donate to the walk by clicking here 

This morning I lift my cup in support of Debbie and her Gnomes and all those who are battling brain cancer today.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup May 20th-27th

Saturday morning and another week has flown by. Long cold winter and wet spring have given way to mid summer temps and the windows are open to get that much needed cross breeze and with the warm weather the ants have returned, and I am again at war....

 Several memorable events and activities this week, birthdays X3, a baby shower, honor choir concert, which I preformed in, a bake sale and more. This did not lend itself to much reading this week.

 I did however get a few reviews in, like Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James, This one is not out until September but one to preorder for sure. I really enjoyed how it read. Great mystery and start to a series!
The bake sale was Thursday and I baked more than 120 cookies this week to help support my son's upcoming Europe trip in 2018, the bake sale looks like it was a great success and I was thrilled to be reviewing an upcoming Holiday Cookies Cookbook, the Red Velvet Chocolate Crinkle Cookies turned out brilliantly. Some really great cookies in this book and the photos are fantastic. Out in September also this would make a really nice gift for a friend or yourself.
Maddie Hatter and The Deadly Diamond was another book I read and finished this week. It was a fun adventure mystery for those about 12 and older. Great Steampunk feel and adventure.
I am currently working my way through The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle.
I hope where you are this weekend you are able to enjoy the more gentle weather and company of those you like most.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fancy Friday Etsy Favorites

Friday morning and I did not get a chance to finish reading anything to share today so I will share some of my Fancy Friday Etsy Favorites with you today. I love the look of embroidered tea towels this one is hand stitched from Mary Stitches and More Etsy shop and you can find it and some really lovely items by clicking here.
Fandom Tea Etsy shop offers a fun Friday Afternoon Sampler you get 8 of their flavors in one box! Love this idea, tea tasting party in a box! Click here for this shop and listing.
Thursday's and Fridays in my house for many years now have been tea party days with a toddler. My niece PB  ( and her sisters TB and LB before here) come to my place and we have tea parties and they wear tiaras. Earlier this week it was National Tiara day and this t-shirt  is perfect for both! I may have to order some for my nieces and one in my size too! Click here for shop and listing.

I hope you enjoy your own Fancy Friday, trying to dress things up a bit with my red shoes!
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James


Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James was a delightful and surprising cozy that is coming out in September 2017. I feel really excited to share about this first in series put out by Crooked Lane Books. I kept waiting to for this book to have some truly "Magical" revelations but it didn't and it read so well I was never quite sure right up until the end. I was sure this would turn out to be a paranormal cozy but it did not! There was so much suspect activity in this book, suspense and amazing chocolate. Great back story for main character Penn, fun way for her to finally come into her own. I appreciated the complexity of the relationships in this book and while the author could have taken some really tidy and easy ways out, she didn't. I was guessing until the very end and I so enjoyed that! I think this could be a really great cozy series. Look for it now and put it on your list, you are going to enjoy this early fall read!
You can pre order now on Amazon by clicking here.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden

In case you are wondering why today, 214 days before Christmas I have decided to share a review of an upcoming 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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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard

I bought myself this book on Saturday and I read 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.



Monday, May 22, 2017

Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox

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!

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters. But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.

You can find Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox on Amazon by clicking here.
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