Hobby Reads

Because everyone's hobby is having fun!

Christmas Books


Every day between now and Christmas I will spotlight some Christmas books for your reading pleasure.  I hope you find some that you will enjoy.  Happy Reading.

25387258“If you like dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis mysteries!”Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author

Ever wonder what Melanie and Aunt Peg were up to before solving murders? Let’s step back in time, when college-aged Melanie and her indomitable Aunt Peg were little more than strangers…

It’s Christmas in Connecticut, and Peg Turnbull can’t wait to spend her favorite holiday cozying up to husband Max and their clan of pedigree Poodles in Greenwich. But Peg’s spirits drop when the family of Max’s estranged brother Michael invites the pair over for Christmas dinner. Could her in-laws want to settle the long-standing feud over Nana’s will? Peg isn’t expecting any miracles, but it’s been ages since Peg last saw her niece…

View original post 828 more words

Kensington Craft Off! Lauren J.

Clothespin Ornaments:

I grew up in a house of very creative and crafty people. My dad used to spray paint intricate backdrops for photos at my birthday parties (themed, of course). My mom took home decorating to a level that would make any interior design magazine feel shame. I say all this to brace you for the fact I have zero artistic abilities when it comes to arts & crafts. I still struggle to color inside the lines (this is not an exaggeration).

However, I did grow up with one Christmas tradition that I looked forward to all year long: hand painted clothespin ornaments! These were a staple in our house, we made them into everything imaginable. Magnets on the fridge, strands of garland for the fireplace, name tags for parties, cardholders and ornaments that covered every inch of a tree.

Warning you will get messy. Embrace it!



Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Lauren J.”

Kensington Craft Off! Claire H.

Winter Luminary:

Set the mood at your next holiday party, or just around the house, with a Winter Luminary! This is a fast and easy decoration that can help use up some of the things you might have cluttering your cabinets.

I made a little snow topped winter village scene for the Kensington Craft Off, but you can decorate yours with anything you’d like.

15300669_10157781567870075_5280220_n Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Claire H.”

Kensington Craft Off! Sadie Hartwell

Sadie Hartwell’s Candle Cozies

I love candles. There, I’ve said it. I live near an amazing candle factory store in New England and let me tell you, if they’d let me move in there, I would—as long as they’d let me put in a bookshelf and a coffee maker. So here are a couple of ideas for cute holiday candle holders.


For the knitted version, which you can easily make in an hour or two, you will need:

-Size 13 knitting needles

-Bulky weight yarn, about 10 or 12 yards

-A pint-size mason jar, or any glass jar that’s about 5 inches high with a circumference       of about 9 inches. Cozy will stretch.

-Small flameless candle

Gauge is not important. Cast on 26 stitches. Continue reading “Kensington Craft Off! Sadie Hartwell”

Ruth’s Chocolate Chunk Pecan Cookies by Kate Pearce



1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks or chips
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted Continue reading “Ruth’s Chocolate Chunk Pecan Cookies by Kate Pearce”

Review of Death Of A Kitchen Diva


Death Of a Kitchen Diva

Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery, Book #1

Lee Hollis

5 Stars


Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss. . .

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment–taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops–she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu–with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley…

View original post 333 more words

First Degree Mudder, by Kate Dyer-Seeley

The Girl with Book Lungs


I’ve heard that the first rule of writing is to write what you know. After reading First Degree Mudder – as well as the other books in the Pacific Northwest mystery series – it’s clear that Kate DyerSeeley knows about several things, most importantly, how to craft a clever and fascinating mystery.

First Degree Mudder is the fourth book in the series and continues the story of Meg Reed, a journalist for the outdoor sports magazine, Northwest Extreme. Meg is the daughter of a top notch investigative journalist who died under increasingly suspicious circumstances. After turning down a job offer in New York City, Meg returns to Portland – her job, her friends, and her ongoing investigation into what really happened to her father – only to find that everything is changing. In the face of a possible sale of the magazine for which she writes, Meg pitches a story idea that…

View original post 2,985 more words

Meg’s Adventure Tips by Kate Dyer-Seeley

When a mud marathon champion bites the dust, Meg Reed has to go the distance to make sure a killer comes clean . . .

Back home in Portland, Oregon, Meg is ready to take her career as an outdoor writer for Extreme magazine to the next level. Lesser journalists sling mud—Meg plans to run through it. To train hard for Mud, Sweat & Beers, an extreme 5K mud run, she’s signed on with the Mind Over Mudder team, run by ten-time mud marathon champ—and former drill sergeant—Billy the Tank. But when Meg finds her tenacious trainer dead in the locker room, she has a sinking feeling someone may have been pushed too far. Digging through the hidden secrets at Mind Over Mudder is a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Meg will have to tread carefully, though—or she may soon be running for her life . . .

Meg’s Adventure Tips Continue reading “Meg’s Adventure Tips by Kate Dyer-Seeley”

Kensington Craft Off! Marie Bostwick


Facebook Live : 12/1 @ 2PM.

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: