Thursday, November 15, 2018


Do you remember the days when entertainment centered around people?
You invited people to your home, fellow-shipping and singing around the piano In the days before my time, before radio and TV, we entertained ourselves. I love to read books by authors Jane Austen
and Maud Montgomery and glimpse into times past when an evening of entertainment consisted of a skit, or a play or someone filling an evening by playing the piano or singing an aria. Since the days of electronics, we have even lost the art of correspondence of letter writing.
We now correspond instantly around the world, where it used to take weeks, sometimes months to hear from people in other states and countries. Now we text the person sitting across from us at the dinner table.

We have forgotten how to entertain ourselves. Perfection has wedged its way into our thinking.

It's a lost gift. During the days ahead, when family and friends gather around to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, I hope the spark of fellowship and enjoyment will help us to remember how to entertain ourselves and relish time with others.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

For everything there is a season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Lady of a Thousand Treasures is the first novel I've read by Sandra Byrd. This story centers around Miss Eleanor Sheffield, a woman navigating in a man's world. Since her father's death, she is left to run a family business with her aging uncle. During this time in history, an unmarried woman was not given respect or place, yet Eleanor must hold her family's firm together.

Sandra Byrd has written an interesting and complex story, with much history and detail. There is deception and mystery which takes Eleanor on an unexpected path. Will this brave, strong woman be able to restore her families good name? Will Harry prove to be trustworthy after receiving his title?

This story ran along different lines from other historical fiction novels I've read. There was a satisfying ending, which always makes for a good read.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Walk with me

It's fun to take a walk through an antique village.
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Ravioli Bake

Do you ever eat at Olive Garden? One of my favorite meals is Portabella Ravioli. In the past I've posted my version of a copy cat recipe for Pasta Fagioli . This Ravioli Bake is very similar to the Ravioli dish from Olive Garden.

Using pre-made ravioli is a snap. I used the Fire Roasted Mushroom variety, which gave it the same rich flavors of my favorite OG meal.

Ravioli Bake
Baby Spinach, chopped
Portabella mushrooms (lightly sauteed in olive oil)
Italian-blend shredded cheese
Alfredo sauce
Pre-made ravioli (your flavor choice) found in the cheese section of your grocery store (I use two packages for my family)
optional - cooked chicken breast, chopped
Combine spinach, mushrooms and chicken in medium bowl.
Spread about 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish. Layer ravioli, then spinach mixture, sprinkle with shredded cheese. Repeat with another layer, topping with Alfredo sauce and shredded cheese.
Bake 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.
This was so good! My family raved about it. I'd love to hear if you try it.

Thursday, November 1, 2018