Saturday, May 15, 2021

Easy recipe

 Rice and Mushrooms.  A staple in our household.

Simple ingredients -
1 cup rice
1 package dry Onion Soup mix
1 can mushrooms

Pour one cup rice into baking dish.
Combine 1 package Onion Soup mix with 3 cups water.  Add to rice.  Top with mushrooms and 1/2 stick of butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

And voila!  It's that easy.  

                                                 Friday Favorites

Friday, May 14, 2021

All That Really Matters


All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese 

Molly McKenzie is a beauty influencer. With a following of six hundred thousand, Makeup Matters with Molly is on the radar of big sponsors.  But there is one hitch. She is being asked to show a human interest cause. Convinced that she is more than a pretty face, she approaches Silas Whitaker. He manages a house for young adults who have aged out of the foster system. He helps them transition to independent living.  To say the first interview doesn't go well, is an understatement. Silas is put off by Molly, but Molly is determined to volunteer. She'll show them she isn't self centered!

This is a beautifully written story. The characters are deep and well written. You can't help but get involved in the lives of the residents of the Bridge. And Molly and Silas are so authentic you just want to cheer them on. The side characters are just as genuine, with hurts and insecurities. I love how the story builds and you feel the real depth of each person. Molly's optimism even when it seems all hope is gone. Faith playing a vital role. 

Nicole Deese has written a five star novel. Her characters, dialogue, setting, everything about this book is captivating and engaging. This story is a heartwarming, clean story. I would highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


 Traveling north, we enjoyed skies as only the open road can offer.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mothers Day

Little bits of fabric
sewn together with care ~

one is rough and ready
the other dainty and fair.

Seams are sewn together

with love and tenderness ~
Mother's love surrounds them

with prayers and hugs caress.
The love and care of Mother

leave footprints on the heart ~
of children that she nurtures

until with wings depart.

So many days and nights

filled with love and care ~
one day released into the world

she prays from her rocking chair.

copyright 2010 HCQ

Wednesday, May 5, 2021



Palm trees are so representative of Florida. And a beautiful golden sunset doesn't hurt either :-)

                                                             Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, May 4, 2021


 Making a journey north in our Airstream is always an adventure.  We recently ventured a bit north and while my hubby was in meetings I visited a couple of antique shops.

Don't you love these old kiddie rides?

Someone took books and laser cut them into letters. Here is my name spelled out.

I love finding things that I already own and see how much more they  price them in an Antique mall.

Fun huh?

                                                       You're the Star

Saturday, May 1, 2021

No Journey Too Far


After returning from the war, Garth McAlister makes it his mission to find his little sister and his sweetheart, Emma. Both were British Home Children, sent from England to Canada when they became orphans.  

Emma and Garth worked on the same farm as indentured servants. They grew to love each other, pledging themselves with an understanding. But when Garth no longer received letters from Emma while away at war, he wonders if she no longer cares for him. The obstacles of prejudice and trials brings them on a journey of faith. 

This is the second story by Carrie Turansky about the fictional McAlister family and the British Home Children. The characters and settings are interesting and moving with historical value. This is a good clean story, where there is a mysterious murder, suspense, determination, faith and love. It can be a stand alone read. 

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Blue Skies


                                                  Skywatch Friday

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Don't be anxious


Every single morning when I get up, I have to decide what I am going to wear. Sometimes it is an easy decision, other times it is tough. 

But each and every day, the garden is dressed with no cares. The seeds were planted, and they know what they will produce. We water and fertilize and wait for the beautiful show. Some of the fruit are beautiful, and some are a little wonky. But they taste delicious just the same.

"Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they? "Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan? Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith? "Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 

Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself."

Matthew 6:25-34

Wednesday, April 21, 2021



                                                            Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Enter the Tropics

Time to go down to South Florida.  Even though I've lived in Florida for most of my life, going into South Florida is like entering the deep tropics.

Pull up and park your boat right by your condo.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Blackberry Beach


"Whatever her issues ... however much she might need a friend ... Kat wasn't taking the hand he was extending, despite his repeated attempts to breach the wall Charley had mentioned and his own soul-baring today."

Traveling back to Hope Harbor is always a delight. And for Katherine Parker, hiding incognito, it is a place of rest. Questioning her career, she rents a cottage on Blackberry Beach, seeking a slower pace and time to reflect. 

Coffee shop owner, Zach Garrett has made his escape from his own power house madness. And after a life changing loss, values each day as worth while.

I love revisiting Hope Harbor and all the characters that make this little town special.  The sea gulls, the sparing ministers, and of course Charley and his famous Taco food truck. I really enjoyed getting to know Zach. I think he is the hero of this story. There is a second story going on here as well. Aunt Stephanie and Frank make an interesting more mature couple that fill an avenue of romance that is not always addressed in fiction. 

Although this is the 7th book about Hope Harbor, it definitely can be read as a stand alone book. It is a nice clean romance, with humor and the struggles of life. Well written and engaging, Irene Hannon once again brought us a heartwarming story about second chances.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Revell. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

New Bern

New Bern, North Carolina

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Greetings


Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world." (John 11:25-27)

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said" (Matt. 28:6)

May the light of the Savior's love shine on you today.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Ocala sunsets

 A couple of weeks ago, hubby and I drove to Ocala for some antique hunting and up to our favorite restaurant in Williston. Ocala is rich with horse farms.


And of course some beautiful Florida sunsets.

                                                           Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easter Brunch

Easter. A time of celebration. I enjoy setting my table in honor of this special day.

~"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy
and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you."
Psalms 5:11 ~

The Silver belonged to my BFF who passed away 16 years ago.

~"Glory in his holy name: let the hearts of these who seek the Lord rejoice!"
1 Chronicles 16:10~

The dishes have Scripture verses.

When I found these at Ross several years ago, my daughter and I were on the hunt to find enough pieces to complete the table.

~"Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations,
'The Lord reigns!'" 1 Chronicles 16:31 ~

It was so much fun making the rosette napkins.

~Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say REJOICE. " Philippians 4:4 

~ "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready" 
Revelation 19:7 ~

We are all sinners, since we have all done wrong things. But God made a way for us to be forgiven so we can have eternal life in Heaven. All we have to do is recognize our sinfulness and accept that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when he died on the cross and rose again from the grave.

This weekend we will be celebrating the Risen Savior. If it was not for the sacrifice HE made, we would be dead to sin, eternally. HE paid the price for the debt we owed.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Have a blessed Easter!

                                                                     You're the Star

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Snapped and Captured

 On a visit to the Library, I snapped this picture of Knock Out Roses as they too were enjoying the nice warm sunshine.

And this evening I was captured by the last rays of sunset. So I leave you with this glimpse toward the western sky.

Have a wonderful weekend.