Thursday, November 28, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's all about family

Thanksgiving is a holiday specifically set aside for the purpose of thanking God for His provisions and blessings.  It may be the oldest, continually celebrated holiday in America.

Much of the food served at modern Thanksgiving dinners includes items from the very first celebration: turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, numerous other vegetables, breads and puddings.

Initially this meal was held to thank God for the blessings of a good crop, having food for the winter.

Thanksgiving is a very family oriented holiday.  Relatives often travel great distances to be with each other to celebrate. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the entire year.
Do you have family traditions? What are your plans for this Thanksgiving?
May your Thanksgiving be a time of joy and blessings.

Monday, November 25, 2019

On Wings of Devotion

On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers, #2)

On Wings of Devotion is the second of the Codebreakers series by Rosanna White. And it is by far my favorite.

Rich and unattractive, as Arabelle Denler finds herself in a loveless engagement, she sets her sights on having the family she never had growing up. But when unexpected trouble finds itself on her door step, Ara must let go of her hurts and forgive the unforgivable.

Phillip Camden is a man accused of a horrific crime. He would prefer to have died during "The Incident," with his fellow squadron. But Nurse Arabelle sees something in him, not the Black Heart that everyone calls him. But a man who is hurting and broken. Phillip is recruited to the Codebreakers Room 40, and thus finds himself in the thick of an assassination and espionage plot.

Two hearts that feel unworthy. Ara feeling unloved and unwanted. Camden feeling as though his life is over. But neither of them can see what the other sees in their worth. Ara's generous spirit and kindness was felt throughout the story. And Camden's protectiveness and heroism did shine when he least expected it.

I loved how some of the secondary characters were the ones we've met in the previous Codebreaker book. Not overbearing, but still they made an appearance.

Miss White is a master storyteller. You can place yourself at the scene and experience many of the feelings that occurred.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Some mornings ..........

...... when the weather turns a little cool, before the craziness of Christmas sets in, I sit by the window, enjoying the sunshine and the reflection of the outdoors.

My Friendly Village china is mostly the winter scene, but I have a few of the Autumn plates that I use this time of year.

I grab a good book and enjoy a little time with a cup of tea.

Perfect for this time of year. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019


We recently traveled south for a few days. We landed in Okeechobee, Florida. And when I say we landed, it was flat, flat, flat. For as far as you can see.

The name Okeechobee comes from the Hitchiti words oki (water) and chubi (big). Mayaimi, meaning "big water," is the oldest known name, as reported in the 16th century, by Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Getting ready

Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas is the time of year that my home becomes a palette.  Shopping the house makes for a little challenge here and there.

Most of my serving pieces are white, so with a little burst of color to set off the table, we are ready for Thanksgiving!

I love this beautiful Turkey platter that I found at Goodwill.

April Cornell napkins and tablecloth from Kohl's.
Stemware and Soup Tureen from Goodwill. 

We're almost ready!

Are you??

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sweet Roasted Nuts

Today I am sharing another goodie. These are great to make just to eat, but they also make nice little gifts as well.

My niece made these Sweet Roasted Nuts and of course we all loved them and wanted the recipe. She basically said she did not have a recipe but told me how to make them.

The cast of characters

1 bag of pecan halves (or 1 1/2 cups)
1 bag of walnuts (or 1 1/2 cups)

Melt 1/2 stick of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a pinch of salt and a little vanilla in a sauce pan.

Coat the nuts in the mixture and then spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You will know when they are done when you smell them!

Cool on wax paper before storing

I found these little canning jars at Target, and they are the perfect size for gift giving.

Easy Peasy!

I hope you enjoy making these little morsels. They are so delicious to eat and you could make someone very happy :-)

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Major's Daughter


The Major's Daughter by Regina Jennings finds Caroline Adams returning to Fort Reno after living in Society for a while. She and her friend Amber are just days away from the land rush of the Oklahoma territory. Being eager to strike out on her own, Caroline has it in her mind to claim land, and establish an Inn for travelers to the growing territory.

Things go a little awry when Caroline claims the land that Frisco Smith had been improving over the years, and had set his sight on claiming it to establish a town.

Things get complicated when some men, claiming they were the first to arrive, start manipulating their towns politics. Frisco, having managed to obtain a small plot in this town, uses his law degree to settle differences, while he still tries to claim the land Caroline staked.

I really enjoyed this story. Not knowing much about how the west was opened up, it was enlightening to see how things might have been in 1889.

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