Several months ago, Frank from Beach Walk Reflections left a comment suggesting I try Battle Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti. This recipe sounded intriguing. But, the more I thought about it, the more I hesitated. Cranberries combined with sausage in a pasta dish without a shred of tomato? How would I ever convince my husband to try… Continue reading What’s On Your Plate – Battle Cranberry-Sausage Spaghetti
On January 1, 2016, I sat in this exact spot in front of this same fireplace, took a deep breath, and began my first blog post. It was a New Year’s Resolution. The last one that I ever made…or at least kept. Today as I sit here, I am focussed on a ‘Word of the… Continue reading How Will You Tilt the World Toward Peace?
A Christmas Carol To help nudge myself into the Christmas spirit, I recently reread Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It provided everything I could want in a holiday, fireside read and more. I was shocked to discover it had received 10,907 one-star ratings on Goodreads (out of 1,056,409...but still)! This motivated me to write top ten… Continue reading Top Ten Reasons to Read and Love ‘A Christmas Carol’….Plus Other Great Books
Friend and fellow blogger, Jo Tracey, went walking early one morning (as she does). Her mind began to fill with all things Christmas (as it does). She began to wonder what others (that would be you) thought about this time of year. She shoulder-tapped Sue, Debbie and me to cohost and the following one-off linkup… Continue reading Festive Bonbon
It started with this hot drink that my friend, Deb, served me after a cold and wet hike. Blume's Rose London Fog Latte (à la maison de Widow Badass) Not only was this beverage delicious, it was also caffeine-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, organic, low in calories and high in antioxidant rich vitamins. This power packed cuppa… Continue reading What’s On Your Plate: Blume
. . In search of a cozy, fun read (that also includes great recipes)? The Little Cafe by the Lake is all of this and much more. Discover further details about this book and find other great reads from Barb at Book Club Mom. Comments are closed here but Barb would love for you to drop by and say hi. ‘Hope to see you there!
Title: The Little Cafe by the Lake
Author: Joanne Tracey
Genre: Contemporary Romance Plus
What’s It About? I am a huge fan of Jo Tracey’s books. This has been my favourite one so far. If you are looking for a break filled with fun, friendship, food…and some sultry, fiercely independent characters, this book is for you. As a bonus, numerous mouth-watering recipes are included.
How Did You Hear About It? I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book (which was just released on November 4, 2021).
Closing Comments: As many of the main characters in this novel also appeared in ‘Happy Ever After’ and ‘Wish You Were Here,’ this reading felt like catching up with old friends. If you haven’t yet read any of Jo Tracey’s books, I highly recommend them. Although this book is part of a series, it can also easily…
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I'm that girl who tends to fall down rabbit holes. Very. Far. Down. My current rabbit hole began with this simple National Geographic Magazine. I'd heard about Blue Zones before. Yup, those five longevity hotspots (Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California) where residents tend to live longer,… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf: The Blue Zone & Cookbook Edition
"Win-win eating" refers to a diet that is healthy for us and sustainable for the environment. In that case, I should have labelled this entry "Win-Win-Win." My post today focuses on the above two goals but also includes supporting local small businesses. There are tons of ways that you can do this while improving your… Continue reading What’s On Your Plate – November: Win-Win Eating!
Here are my October reads (with Villette, a paced book club piece, still in progress). In glancing through this bundle, many of these selections are considered to be (or to involve) 'literary classics.' This begs two questions. 1. What defines 'classic literature'? Collins dictionary offers this simple definition:"Classic literature is of very high quality and… Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf: Why Read the Classics?
Deny it as I may, the Northern Hemisphere has firmly slid into autumn. With that, I've found myself craving casual, carefree, comfort foods that are quick and painless to prepare. These longings don't end at the main course but include desserts (especially ones that are company-impressive, without the drama). Enter 3-Step Mini Cheesecakes. Topped with… Continue reading What’s On Your Plate – October – Mini-Cheesecakes