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THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TO MUCH  by V. M. Burns

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The second book in this The Dog series is as good as the first one. Lilly Echosby has moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is training Abbie in obedience. and working as an accountant at a local museum. She rented a house in a subdivision where she meets a crabby neighbor. On a walk, Abbie finds a dead body in the woods nearby. Her daughter, Stephanie is visiting her to aid her moving into her new home. The first night she finds a golden retriever under porch who is badly hurt. Her boyfriend Joe, a K-9 handler is worried about Stephanie and has joined Lilly and her daughter in Tennessee. The characters are fully developed and have attractive traits even the dogs. Joe has to return to work asked friend to watch over the house and residents. The house is ransacked and the body of the crabby is found. The…

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Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor

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Murder in an Irish Pub (Irish Village Mystery #4)

Irish Village Mystery #4

When competing card sharps stir up Siobhán O’Sullivan’s quiet Irish village, a poker tournament turns into a game of Hangman . . .

Kilbane is a small village in County Cork. Hardly a place one would hold an International Poker Tournament, but the people of Kilbane will take the tourists and players if it brings business to the town.

Siobhan O’Sullivan, now a Garda, and her off the record boyfriend, Macdara Flannery and their small force are going to be very busy. As are Siobhan’s brothers and sisters working the tent for their own Naomi’s Bistro.

With the tournament barely started, one of the most popular players is accused of cheating. And winning with the dead man’s hand. As things get rowdy they all are kicked out of the pub and continue their drinking and gambling at Sharkey’s. With the understanding that a decision on the…

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Eating Irish Style with J.C. Eaton By Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J. C. Eaton

For two people with absolutely no Irish roots whatsoever, each year we approach St. Patrick’s Day with a culinary fervor that’s hard to match. It begins with the usual quest to find the perfect corned beef complete with brine packets and directions, even though we could master the process in our sleep.

Then, it’s off to buy the traditional cabbage and argue over what root vegetables belong in the mix. Potatoes are a must, although Jim likes the small yellow ones while Ann favors the strange shapes of fingerling potatoes. We both agree on turnips and small onions but have the same argument every year over the carrots.

While Ann loves to chomp on raw carrots, the minute they’re steamed, boiled, broiled or otherwise altered from their natural state of dwelling in the ground, she refuses to have anything to do with them. Jim, on the other hand, believes carrots add a certain sweetness to the overall combination of meat and veggies. And, unlike Ann, he’ll eat them microwaved, stewed, or heated over an open flame.

Once we’ve secured the ingredients, it’s into a pot of boiling water and off we go. Up until this year we’ve used an 8 quart pot that simmers nicely on the stove, but now, things have changed. We recently purchased our first crock-pot and have been debating whether or not to cook our traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage in it. So far, no verdict has been reached.

Then there’s the matter of Irish soda bread. When we lived in New York we were able to purchase freshly baked Irish soda bread from a wonderful bakery in downtown Geneva. Now, living in the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, the breads are packaged and pre-made. Not a great option for two foodies who want to have an authentic meal. Needless to say, we’ve learned to make our own bread. Continue reading “Eating Irish Style with J.C. Eaton By Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, writing as J. C. Eaton”

Surprising Uses For Lavender by Donna Kauffman

I had such a wonderful time researching all things lavender for my brand new Blue Hollow Falls release, LAVENDER BLUE. I am fortunate to live near two lavender farms and the owners of both were very helpful in explaining some of the processes used behind making the lavender products they sell. In the book, the women who own Lavender Blue are embarking on that same mission, and learning curve is steep!

I’m sure you know or have seen lavender used in things like soaps, bath salts, sachets, and the like. I thought you might enjoy learning some of the surprising (at least to me!) things I learned you can also make with lavender or uses for the sweet smelling plant.  Here’s my top five! Continue reading “Surprising Uses For Lavender by Donna Kauffman”

Red Velvet for Valentines, Part II by Donna Everhart

In my family we have a cookie baking tradition. Since I can remember, my mother and I have baked at Christmas time, and this has continued with my daughter, and now my granddaughter too. Four generations were in my kitchen this past holiday season, my granddaughter’s very first time, while for my daughter, my mother and myself, we can count these special times by the decades. There was one year we baked from seven a.m. until eleven p.m., and the next morning when I woke up, my hands ached from kneading so much dough. That was the year we made eight different types of cookies, doubling or tripling recipes, so by the time it was all said and done, we had to have baked hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. We are not that ambitious now, and usually do about three kinds. The dough is made ahead, so all we have to do is roll, drop, or cut. This is much more manageable, and enjoyable time for all considering we now have an eighty-two year old with a cane and a four year old with enough energy for all of us.

By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, the holiday overload of sugar has waned, and if I’ve been careful, my New Year’s resolutions are still intact. Valentine’s Day is about showing our love for those we care about, and what better way to do this than to offer up something homemade to go along with a card? In a previous post, I talked about red velvet cupcakes, and hinted I had a recipe for red velvet cookies. I don’t know what it is about cookies, but they hold such nostalgic feelings for me. I have memories of cookies and milk for an after school snack, and how there was always a filled cookie jar on the kitchen countertop when I was growing up. It wasn’t uncommon for me and my brother to try and sneak one before supper, dodging Mom’s watchful eye. Continue reading “Red Velvet for Valentines, Part II by Donna Everhart”

REVIEW: ELLIE’S REDEMPTION BY MOLLY JEBBER WITH A GIVEAWAY

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Title: Ellie’s Redemption

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Christian fiction, Amish

Release date: January 29, 2019

1912, Charm, Ohio

Ellie Graber is determined to restore her bad reputation in Charm, Ohio. She regrets leaving Amish life and the danger and heartache she caused her family and friends. Ellie loves working with Liza, and her best friend and cousin, Hannah, at Liza’s Amish Charm Bakery, attends church, and obeys Amish law, but the gossip about her past life won’t stop. Joel Wenger’s deep blue eyes tell her he cares for her, but she suspects his parents have warned him to stay away from her. Joel wants to trust Ellie’s changed but his sister, Maryann, who left Amish life broke their hearts. Will Joel ignore his parents and friends, face their anger and ridicule, and give her a chance?

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#CORN BEEF AND CASUALTIES by Lynn Cahoon

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I was surprised to find this a novella, it is the third one in a series of holiday stories. The town of South Cove is holding a St Patrick's celebration.  Much liquor is being consumed with the rowdy behavior. Jill one a group of five that are inebriated. This party rented bicycles and one is not returned. Later the girl is found dead near the missing bicycle. Greg and Jill worked together to find the killer. I highly recommend this book and series. A recipe is included.

Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

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The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) by Debra Sennefelder

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The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1)4 Stars

Published March 27th 2018 by Kensington
Published March 27th 2018 by Tantor Audio

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PIE HARD (Pie Town Mystery #3) by KIRSTEN WEISS

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At Pie Town, Val Harris is still in her first year and while business is a little slow right now she isn’t about to throw in the towel.

Unbeknownst to Val her much older pie crust baker, Charlene has signed the shop up for the reality television show Pie Hard. Walking into her shop to find strangers and cameras is not what Val needs at the moment. But with Charlene whispering in her ear listing all of the good things and publicity they would receive, she caves.

Pie Hard, like all reality shows, thrives on drama and trust me there is no lack of drama in this tale. Rude, late, and pushy, Val doesn’t know how much of this she can take. Charlene has already forgotten to tell her she rented a piece of the land where Val’s tiny house sits to a group of Yurt loving, goddesses for the…

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