Book Review – The Violets of March

This is a wonderful story, with an interesting premise.  Emily's marriage is over.  Joel is moving on with someone new, so she decides to visit her aunt on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.  It is the perfect getaway, putting an entire country between Emily and New York to begin healing her broken heart.  The descriptions …

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A Cozy Valentine

February is the time our thoughts turn to chocolate, well for some of us. Others like a little romance. But for those that like a little mystery in our lives, cozy mysteries give us a little of both, and sometimes some chocolate too.  This would be a great time for Chocolate Covered Oreos!  Oreo molds …

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Weekend in the Garden

It was a nice weekend, and time to get some clean up done.  I pick up my torenias next week, and I plan to get some plants for both the garden and the veranda pots.  The azaleas are coming into bloom!  These white ones are my favorite, and are in the front of the house.  …

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

“A stone path led beneath an arbor of ancient roses with arthritic joints. The temperature cooled as they crossed the garden’s threshold. The overall impression was one of darkness and gloom. And quiet, an odd, still quiet. Even the noise of the irrepressible sea seemed dulled in here. It was as if the grounds within …

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Snow Day!

Pretty, isn’t it?  This is my driveway this afternoon.  When the snow started coming down harder mid-morning, we thought we might be going home early.  Sure enough, cancellations started coming in, snow came down harder, and we decided to close up.  If only we had made that decision a little sooner!! Coming home, roads were …

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Stacks: The Art of Vertical Food – Review

For beginners and experienced cooks, this book shows you how to wow your company and your family with little effort.  These are familiar ingredients and recipes, just a different way of presenting the dish.   The recipes cover salads, starters, seafood, savory and sweet.  No special equipment is necessary, although the stacks will be easier to …

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