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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. This week I came up with the challenge:

It’s the middle of the winter and the lack of sunlight and the cold (for many of us) is difficult. What do you do to get out of the doldrums?

I guess my answer is going to be pretty obvious. I read. Or I write. Both of those transport me to another place, sometimes another time, and I get to ‘hang out’ with new friends (and interesting villains). Just the other day I was thinking about what an incredible gift it is to be able to read. It is amazing to look at a series of letters which form words and be able to set my imagination soaring.

In fact, I decided I am going to volunteer to teach reading to someone who can’t, because I cannot conceive of living without books and the joy they bring. If I can share that with another person – well, that would definitely be great.

Sometimes I get caught up in the day-to-day and get sad because the weather is cold and gray. I forget how blessed I am. But, I wouldn’t mind a little sunshine.



Let’s pop over and see what the fabulous A.S. Fenichel does to pick up her spirits.



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Hello and welcome to the weekly hop. Thanks for coming. This week’s challenge comes from the incredible A.S. Fenichel:

It’s cold in most of the world. The best time of year to snuggle up with a good book, a cozy blanket and a warm fire. What book (type or author) are you reading and why? Tell us your favorites.

It is cold and there is nothing better to warm me up than a rousing tale of love and adventure. There are so many choices and so many wonderful stories from talented writers. But some of my favorites are:

Kristan Higgins – I would love to be friends with her heroines. They are such complex and interesting people. And so nice, just like the author.

Susanna Kearsley – Time travel take me away. The complexity she weaves is irresistible. And when Susanna tells me about the paranormal, I believe her.

Kathleen Woodiwiss – Her books are one of a kind. I become completely immersed in the place and the time. I have read her books over and over and I never tire of them.

I read a great deal and I am very happy to say I have discovered a multitude of other authors whose books delight me. Writers like Cynthia Eden and Claire Marti and Nikki Brock and Sarah Andre. So many choices, so little time.


Now let’s pop over to see what the amazing A.S. Fenichel has chosen.

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Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog posts for 2018.

This week, I came up with the challenge:

Let’s talk about your New Years’ Resolutions.

Does everyone make them? And if so, do you only make them in the new year?

Not me. I make them every day.

Every day I resolve to be better: a better person, more forgiving, more compassionate, less judgmental. I promise myself I will write more and better.

I tell myself I will go to the gym every day (or at least three times a week) and discover some new and fabulous recipe for dinner. And I try to remember I have enough shoes.

I obviously do not always succeed. But that’s the nice thing about goals. They can move forward and upward.

I just continue to hope my reach exceeds my grasp. Words from a poem by Robert Browning, suggesting that, to achieve anything worthwhile, a person should attempt even those things that may turn out to be impossible.




Let’s hop over and check out the fabulous S. C. Mitchell’s resolutions…

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous J.J. Devine:

What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

Okay, this is one of my best kept secrets, so don’t tell anyone. Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie Mix. Well, not just the mix. But it is the perfect base for so many variations. And, I am not the only one who’s figured this out, since the packages are sold out as soon as they land on the shelves this time of year.

I make chocolate caramel turtles by spreading melted caramel over the finished cookies and then dipping them in chocolate.

I make lemon cookies by icing the finished cookies with lemon curd.

And I add pistachios and cranberries to the batter before baking. So good.

And there are so many other options. Just use your imagination. And so much easier than gathering all the ingredients and baking from scratch.

I love shortcuts like this since I once had a breakfast catering service and had to constantly come up with new ideas. And I didn’t have the luxury of time. And it still counts as homemade, doesn’t it?

Have a delicious holiday!


Now, let’s hop over to the wonderful C.L. Marcolini and see her favorite recipe.

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Thanks for coming to our hop and welcome. This week’s challenge comes from the remarkable Jenna Da Sie:

Write a review or a critique about your favorite show on TV right now.

It makes sense that I would be a fan of “Outlander” since romance is everything. But, this show surpassed my expectations. From the incredibly perfect casting of Sam Heughan as Jamie and Caitriona Balfe as Claire, to the writing, this show has it all. The actors seem born to play these characters and their chemistry is so real, it’s palpable.

Many times a show or movie that is an adaptation leaves much to be desired. But this one manages to capture the essence and magic of the books and bring them totally to life.

Even knowing the story, I am engrossed in every episode. And isn’t that what makes for great television?

Oh, and speaking of time travel….look what was just released!!!!!


Now, let’s hop over to the incredible CL Marcolini and see what show has caught her attention.





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This week’s challenge comes from the wonderful CL Marcolini:

The holiday season is upon us! What do you do to get into the holiday spirit?

Let’s face it…Hallmark movies do it! They are full of the magic of the season, the promise of true, everlasting love and the glory of Christmas. And watching them, I can’t help but get in the mood.

But there is something else. Every year, I “adopt” a family or some children and get them presents. Because, Christmas movies aside, this is a holiday for everyone. Buying gifts for people who wouldn’t otherwise get anything is the true magic of Christmas for me.

I think sometimes we all get so caught up in the season, we actually forget what it’s about. For me, it’s recognizing my blessings and sharing. It’s about giving something to others. Spreading love and gifts. That is the true spirit of Christmas.



Now let’s hop over to the incredible CL Marcolini and see what gets her in the spirit….

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Thanksgiving is only two days away and this week’s challenge comes from the fantastic CL Marcolini:

It’s just not Thanksgiving if there’s no _____ on the table. Share the recipe and a memory about dinners with family.

Here’s one dish that always makes me think of Thanksgiving….

Special Cranberry Sauce. (Or drunken cranberry sauce).

1 – 3 oz package of strawberry or raspberry Jello

1 cup boiling water

1 cup dry sherry (instead of cold water)

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 small can pineapple chunks, drained

½ cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

Mix the boiling water with the Jello in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Then add the sherry and stir well. Fold in the cranberry sauce, the pineapple and the nuts. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours or until set.


I never had a traditional family Thanksgiving, so I don’t really have memories to share. But I am always grateful for my blessings.

Thanksgiving hot men

And now let’s hop over to the wonderful C.L. Marcolini and get her favorite recipe and memory…