Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Golden Chicken Pasta

I love trying new recipes and one of my favorite shows on Food Network is The Kitchen. Its real and its fun and I've found some great recipes on the show.

Last week had a slow cooker recipe from the lady that created the famous Mississippi Roast recipe. (That roast is seriously the best you will ever make and its so easy)

Here is a link to Robin Chapman's recipe.

When I made it, I tweaked it just a little because the ingredients are loaded with sodium and my mom needs to cut down on the salt. Plus this recipe does feed a small army. None of the tweaks I made altered Robin's original. I just pared it down a bit.

Here's how I did it.

I sauteed 16 oz of mushrooms the night before in a little bit of olive oil and then I added about a cup of chicken broth (the original recipe calls for 1 cup of veg broth). You let them get all nice and brown and beautiful. Then let them cool and stick them in the fridge.

The next morning.

I cut up two chicken breasts which were about 2 lbs into cubes.

Then added 2 cans of Golden Mushroom soup, 1 8 oz carton of onion and chive cream cheese 1 packet of Italian dressing mix,  The chicken and then mushrooms as well as some freshly ground pepper.

Gave it a little stir and turned it on low.

That's 8 hours (probably longer) and I served over buttered wide egg noodles.

It was a real winner and it served 4 with leftovers made as I did. When there isn't a complaint among us, I know this is a recipe to save. When its a chicken recipe and my mother loves it, that's a huge bonus.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Goddess Fish Book Blast: The Christmas Cookie Shop

The Christmas Cookie Shop
by Ginny Baird


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Come home this Christmas to…


Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series…


(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she’s taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he’s more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he’s encouraging her to do her part. Hannah’s great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn’t looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance—without sacrificing her heart?



Carter wondered what someone so young and pretty was doing in this neck of the woods. Christmas Town, Tennessee. Population: thirteen hundred. And, most of those thirteen hundred were over the age of sixty, which was probably why Carter couldn’t take his eyes off the striking brunette with warm brown eyes. Wispy raven tresses tumbled out from beneath a colorful knitted cap, framing her creamy complexion and lightly grazing her chin. She turned her eyes back on his and Carter’s heart stuttered. What was wrong with his ticker today? When he’d first laid eyes on her, it had skipped a beat. Now, it was slamming like a jackhammer. He pounded his chest with a fist to set it right before asking, “Long drive?”

She shook out her map and folded it, setting it aside. “I came here from Stafford, Virginia. Near Washington, DC.”

Wow. What did that take you? Seven or eight hours, I’d guess?”

Could have been less without the weather.”

I’ll bet.” A blast of cold air roared through the lowered window and the woman shivered, gripping her arms by the elbows of her tattered pea coat. “My apologies,” Carter said, embarrassed by his attempts to detain her. “Here I am keeping you, when what you asked for was help in getting under way.”

That’s all right.” Her pretty mouth drew up in a smile and heat warmed the back of his neck. “I’m new in town so I don’t have many friends yet.” The kittens mewed again. “Apart from those two,” she said with a laugh.

Then you’re in for a treat. Everyone knows everyone in Christmas Town. It’s a very friendly place.”

Mirth sparked in her eyes as she lowered her window even further and stuck out her hand. “I’m Hannah, by the way. Hannah Winchester. It’s nice to meet you, Sheriff.”

Call me Carter, please.” He latched onto her worn leather glove, thinking it felt warm and feminine in his calloused hand. Apart from patrolling, Carter did a whole lot of handyman work around town. All pro bono stuff to help the locals. Gave him something to do, since he’d only written one traffic ticket all year. Even then, he’d ultimately let the guy off with a warning.

Staying in Christmas Town long?” He tried to downplay the hopefulness in his voice, but he wasn’t completely successful.

She blushed and withdrew her hand. “Just passing through. I’ve rented a place for a month. But I might stay two, depending.”

Carter scolded himself for nearly hitting on the woman. But nearly wasn’t doing. Nearly only counted in horseshoes and hand grenades…

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.
She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. When she's not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media.



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotional Book Tours: A Moment Of Bliss

A Moment of Bliss
by Heather McGovern


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Nestled in the lush green mountains of North Carolina, the Honeywilde Inn will be a romantic’s dream getaway—if only the Bradley siblings can keep it running. It will take a combination of hard work, good luck, and the kind of love that dreams are made of…

Roark Bradley is no stranger to responsibility. Growing up, he practically raised his younger siblings while his parents threw themselves into working the inn—and arguing with each other. Determined to make the Honeywilde shine once more, Roark jumps at the chance to conduct business with a no-nonsense event planner who approaches him about celebrity nuptials that could put the inn back on the map. If only it wasn’t so tempting to discuss some no-strings attached pleasure with her instead…

Madison Kline is done with weddings—at least personally. Her own youthful mistake is a well-guarded secret, and one she refuses to repeat. But as she and bold, broad-shouldered Roark work together to make a rock star couple’s wedding a reality, she finds herself wishing romance didn’t feel like a four-letter word. Can either of them surrender their hard-won independence and workaholic ways for something sweeter—and even more rewarding?...



Wright named them that. Says it’s because they’ll make your eyes roll back in pleasure. His words, not mine. And he calls the frosted ones Frosty Fixations.”

She rubbed at her mouth to hide her grin over the ridiculous names.

He’s a fanatic, I’m telling you. But I can’t eat just one. Would you like to try a Pumpkin Pleasure Roll?”

Would she like to try one?

She barely managed not to laugh like a hyena. Hell yes, she would like to try a whole plate of them and then roll around in the crumbs, but she was not going to fall victim to the inn’s goodies yet. Not until she knew this deal wasn’t going to blow up in her face.

No, thank you.”


She couldn’t believe it either. The self-restraint she was practicing right now would impress a nun.

Roark stepped aside. “Suit yourself then. Feel free to have a look around the kitchen. You’ll see the enormous vat of vanilla mixture over there. It’s been known to attack. Give it a wide berth.”

Madison turned away so he couldn’t see her smile. She was here to work; to broker a deal that meant she was capable of succeeding on her own. That deal meant practically taking over his inn for a weekend and pulling off the impossible in about three weeks. She was not here to smile and laugh with the good-looking inn owner.

The kitchen was clean but recently used and cluttered. Wright might be a messy chef, but he tidied up afterwards. The revamps Roark had mentioned showed in the new commercial oven and appliances.

Luckily, she was capable of doing a thorough yet speedy overview of everything. The longer she spent in this kitchen, the more tempted she was to stuff a cookie in her mouth.

A scenario ran through her mind. What was the likelihood she could scarf down one, possibly three, cookies without anyone noticing?

She finished checking out the kitchen and wound back around to the front, right in time to find Roark polishing off a Pumpkin Pleasure Roll.

His cheeks full, he dipped his chin, color rushing to his face. When he got done chewing, the strong line of his jaw was back in place, but his cheeks were still pink. Roark’s flush was a complete contradiction to his steady gaze and serious look. He wiped his fingers on a napkin and smoothed his shirt down, as though straightening a tie that wasn’t there.

Busted.” He smiled, showing the tiniest hint of a dimple in his right cheek.

In that moment, Madison finally admitted the truth to herself. Between the cookies and the resort owner, Roark Bradley was the yummiest choice.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Heather McGovern writes contemporary romance in swoony, southern settings. While her love of travel and adventure takes her far, there is no place quite like home. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and son, and a collection of Legos that's threatening to take over the house. When she isn't writing, she's working out, or binging on books and Netflix.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as Carolina Romance Writers, and she's represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
Connect with Heather on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or her group blog. She'd love to hear to from you!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Movie Review: Hello My Name Is Doris

I remember when Sally Field was doing the talk show circuit for this film. I wanted to see it then and I'm glad I finally got around to it.

This film is so much more than what you'd expect it to be. There are times when you will laugh out loud and other times when you will be near tears for Doris, and other times when you will want to shake her.

Most of all you will feel sorry for her.

She's a woman of a certain age. I'd say Doris' age is close to Field's own, 69. She's spent her life taking care of her mother and when her mom passes, she seems to have nothing, until the hunky new art director shows up.

Doris crushes on him really hard. Yet in a total round about and totally schoolgirl fashion, he becomes are friend.

Doris is so awkward and beautifully played by Field. There are times when you can see the young Gidget emerging in Doris, especially when she is listening to the electronic band John likes for the first time. I loved her quirky fashion sense. It seemed to suit Sally really well.

She makes some horrible choices too that mess things up for the people that she cares about. That's when you will feel the most sorry for her. She's given up a lot in her life. Her mother is a hoarder, she's a hoarder, though that aspect of her life doesn't play as it should considering. She's discovering life for the first time since she was a very young woman.

Max Greenfield plays John perfectly, humoring the older lady, however he's the one character I really could have slapped. No guy could have been as clueless to Doris' feelings as he was. She was pretty obvious in her feelings from the start.

The best parts, and the funniest parts of the film deal with Doris' fantasies about John.

The other character that you will love is Roz, played by Tyne Daley. She is brilliant. She's the type of friend you want to have.

The film itself needed more though. It was an hour and thirty five minutes long, and the characters really were the kind that you liked a lot. I wanted to know more, especially about Doris. We only got snippets about her past, when she talked to John at the diner and when her brother and his nasty wife (played by Wendi McLendon Covey) scheduled an intervention about the hoarding and about the house she lived in.

The ending is rather bittersweet. There's not much in the way of closure for the characters, but it left you feeling proud of Doris that she was going to make her way in the world, at last.

The one thing you will take away from this film is that Sally Field is really a great actress of the caliber of Meryl Streep.

Highly recommended.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Blurb Blitz Breaking Hearts and Head Over Heels

Breaking Hearts
by Melissa Shirley


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Can tragedies have a happy ending in Storybook Lake?

Every town has one—a mean girl, hell-bent on taking down everything in her path—and Danielle Ranier played the role to a tee. She broke up Storybook Lake’s most beloved couple and to save herself from a lifetime of lectures on morality, she hopped on the first plane out of town. Six years, one child, and a big secret later, she’s back, fleeing from her abusive husband, who isn’t quite willing to set her free. Now on trial for a murder she didn’t commit, Simon Hunter, the only man she’s ever loved is offering her a lifetime of love and security. If she could only reveal the secrets long-held inside her, a family that never was might finally come together . . .



How it all started.

Since the moment I first noticed boys in fifth grade, Simon Hunter was the boy I saw myself growing old with. He had the best smile, the most expressive honey-colored eyes, and a way with people that made an entire town love him. Even when he didn’t know it, he was everything to me. Any minute I could sneak into his presence was a minute I savored and cherished.

When we got around to the business of being adults, our schedules seldom coordinated, but we spent most Fridays together. I’d skipped out on the last three, wanting him to see what it would be like without me. I wanted him to miss me with a desperate passion.

The missing only happened on my end, and I had the phone log to prove it. As it went to voice mail, I glared at my phone and left my tenth message…a pitiful, I-miss-you-please-call-me-and-let-me-know-you’re-okay kind of message. Since high school, he’d been my reason for waking up in the morning, the hero in the dreams I had every night, and the focus of all the moments in between. And damn it. Friday was our day.

After a quick makeup check, I left my apartment, the one we’d planned to share up until a few months ago when he started making all those trips to LA with Gatlin. I kicked the jealousy away with the toe of my shoe against a rock on the sidewalk.

For three full blocks, I took my frustration out on chunks of concrete until I strolled past the bakery. It took every ounce of my will not to press my nose against the window to see if he’d decided to loiter inside while his sister worked, or if he’d just run in to get some free pastries. His car was parked out front, so I leaned against it for a few minutes, waiting…remembering the first time he kissed me…the way his hand cupped the side of my face, the brush of his lips so softly over mine. Had we been sixteen? Seventeen? It was a lifetime ago.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

As an author, Melissa Shirley believes in fairytales, happily ever after, and destiny. Born and raised in Illinois, and a mother of eight, she lives with her husband and three youngest children in a quiet town in the southern part of the state where she spends her time writing and watching her children grow into the people she has always dreamed.

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Head Over Heels
by Crystal B. Bright

GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Sometimes it takes hurt to open your heart…,

At twenty-two, Thane Wells is the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball—and he owes it all to his adoptive Mama, “Queen” Elizabeth Sommerville, a wise, beautiful, entrepreneurial African-American woman who always encouraged him and his two white brothers to reach for the stars…the woman Thane still talks to daily. He never dreamed their most recent conversation would be their last. With his beloved supporter suddenly gone, Thane is grief-stricken, shaken, and vulnerable—especially to a woman like Kari Meyers.

Kari’s had her eye on Thane for a while, but strictly for business. As a junior sports agent, she’s hungry to sign him, especially when she hears his current agent will be retiring soon. When she finally locates Thane, she’s shocked to discover he’s attending his mother’s funeral—and he’s shocked to find Kari in his hotel room. Assuming she’s an escort is just the beginning of their misunderstandings. But one thing that’s clear is their mutual attraction. As a single mom with an NBA ex, Kari has a rule against dating athletes. Yet as circumstances bring the two closer together, they just might find they’re on the same team, heart and soul…




She turned, hoping to see Thane calling for her. Instead, she saw the other businessman who had been sitting with Alec Fogel. Out of curiosity, she waited as he walked up to her.

Do I know you?” Kari asked as she held on to the strap of her purse.

No. And I don’t know you, but I’d like to.” The statuesque older man ran his hand over his silver hair. “My name is Frank Milliner. I’m the owner of the Winning Edge Agency. I heard what you said in there to Thane Wells. What agency do you work at now?”

Kari regarded him for a moment before speaking. “I don’t. I was hoping to sign him up as my client.”

Wait. You don’t work at an agency? How did you even know about him?”

Great. Another man who probably underestimated her passion for sports and her drive for a career. She would have to correct that perception right now.

I could use someone like you in my company. I’m assuming you’ve finished school.” Frank crossed his arms over his chest as he studied her.

Just graduated.”

He laughed and shook his head. “Yes, you are exactly what I need for my business. We should talk.” He tried to guide her back into the hotel.

Kari stayed cemented to the cracked walkway. “I’m not exactly welcome back in there. Can we meet somewhere else?”

Frank smiled. “Of course.”

Although she’d missed one opportunity, she hoped this one would turn out to be a winner. That didn’t mean she would be giving up on Thane Wells. He wouldn’t be the one who got away.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Crystal Bright graduated with a B.A. from Old Dominion University with a major in Creative Writing, a minor in Communications, and an emphasis on Public Relations. She earned her M.A. from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. For more information about Crystal and her writing, please visit her website at Follow her on

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour: Clementina

by Simon Cann


GENRE: Crime Thriller



Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.

Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.



Johnson McElroy and Orville Michael Mallet seemed pleased to have fixed a problem. A problem where I was having trouble understanding what really made it a problem.

The two men—one groomed to look like a logical and rational arguing machine; the other determined to display his individual creativity, which looked exactly the same as everyone else’s individual creativity—shook my hand at the door.

You know the way out,” I said, as if I had a clue. I only knew how to enter and leave if I was driven by Reece.

The two headed for the elevator and I made my way through the cavernous entrance hall back to the open living space and the kitchen area. The kitchen area, which had more floor space than most apartments I had lived in.

I should have a word with Clementina,” I said to Angeline Bautista, the housekeeper who had remained invisible while the two company men had been present.

She’s gone out,” said the housekeeper.


While you talked.”


She shrugged.

What did Reece say?”

She looked confused.

Reece—the driver. What did he say?”

The confusion remained. “Nothing.”

But he must have said something when he came up.”

He didn’t come up,” she said.

She went to him?” I could feel the hesitation in my speech as my brain tried to catch up with the situation and make sure my language was unambiguous for the non-native English speaker.

No. She went out on her own,” said Angeline.


While you talked,” she said with greater emphasis.

How long ago?”

She tilted her head from side to side. “Ten minutes?” she said. More a question than a statement.

I pulled out my phone and called Reece. “Does Clementina go out on her own?”

Nope,” said Reece. “Daddy says no.”

Well, she has.”

Reece swore under his breath. “I’ll be up.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.


What group did you hang out with in high school?

The tea drinkers (seriously).

What are you passionate about these days?

Family, friends, and writing good books.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

I fell sideways into being published—a colleague at work asked me to do him a favor and take over co-authoring a book from him. Dumb luck got me published. The second time I was published I sent a proposal to a few publishers and several asked me to go with them. Again, I was lucky. I got lucky, and for me it was comparatively easy to get published—for most authors this was not the case.
However, since I was first published, there have been big changes to the publishing world—it’s now much easier for an author to get published (easier because there are options that include self-publishing and technology has moved forward with ebooks and print-on-demand). The ease with which one can get a book out there has revealed a bigger difficulty—but a difficulty which has always been there: finding and connecting with a readership.
If I were to do anything differently, it would be to focus on building my readers group.
By the way, did I mention that if you join my readers group then I’ll send you some free books? Just head over to my website ( and tell me where to send the books.

Ebook or print? And why?

For me—ebooks, because my house is full of paper books and my eyes aren’t what they were so I like being able to increase the size of type. I also love being able to carry around hundreds of titles in a device that’s smaller and lighter than a paperback.
For readers—whatever they want.

What is your favorite scene in this book?

There’s a scene about one-third of the way into the book where Clementina drags Leathan Wilkey to a boutique to buy some clothes.
Leathan has been charged with babysitting the willful seventeen-year-old Clementina. Clementina’s boyfriend has disappeared and Leathan has seen an opportunity to keep her occupied for a few hours. She thinks they’re looking for the wayward boyfriend—he knows that he’s distracting her from causing him problems.
The two track down the boyfriend to his hotel but he’s not there. Leathan wants to get into the boyfriend’s hotel room and realizes Clementina would be able to walk in. Clementina agrees but—as only a willful seventeen-year-old can—says she needs a new outfit as a disguise so that the lie she’ll need to tell in order to get in will be backed by the clothes she’s wearing. Leathan figures that two people asking for the boyfriend at his hotel within a few minutes would be suspicious and a brief detour for some shopping is just another way to keep his charge distracted, so he doesn’t argue.
And so Leathan and Clementina find themselves in a Paris boutique with a shop assistant running around trying to satisfy the teenager’s every whim.
The reason this scene is a favorite with me is that this is where the nature of the relationship between Leathan and Clementina changes. Before the scene, Clementina is a teenager resenting the handler her daddy has imposed upon her and Leathan is a thirty-something with a tiresome charge.
Somewhere in the scene—somewhere in a boutique in Paris as Clementina asks for Leathan’s opinion about the clothes she’s trying on—something changes and there’s a subtle shift, a recognition, an understanding, a new respect. Two individuals enter the boutique—a unified team with shared goal leaves.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Celebrity Overkill

Raise your hand if you always find yourself scanning the covers of the gossip magazines when you are at the grocery store. I'm sure some of you even buy a few of them.

One thing I've noticed is that US, People and Star all seem to do stories on the same people. Is Jennifer Aniston still all that relevant? Most of her movies are crap. Her only real claim to fame is Friends and that is long since over, but thanks to her marriage and divorce from Brad Pitt and the whole Brangelina thing, she will never just fade into B movie oblivion.

Every week it is something. Either she's feuding with Angelina or she's adopting a baby or a new marriage is on the rocks.

For the love of god, can we focus on someone else?

As long as it isn't a Kardashian because that whole family should get off my tv, internet and any other form of media they can stick their obnoxious mugs on.

And speaking of overkill, let's talk Duchess Catherine. She's lovely, yes. I'm happy that both she and Prince William are happy, but I'm also sick of seeing her and everyone speculating on when she's going to pop out a few more royal heirs.

Enough already.

Oh and one more

Taylor Swift. Actually I wish she would just go away period.

I know that I've ranted and raved about this before...but I really swear paparazzi need to find different people to stalk.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Movie Review: Mr. Holmes

I have to admit that I am a sucker for Sherlock Holmes, so when this movie came up on my prime account I had to watch it. I'm always late for movies, because of my caregiver status. I can't be away long enough to go to a movie.

But back to the film.

Ian McKellen plays Mr. Holmes, who is nearing the end of his life. He's battling dementia and trying desperately to remember his last case.

It is with the help of his housekeeper's (Laura Linney) young son Roger (Milo Parker) that he starts to unravel the last mystery.

The film starts out fairly slow. Do not watch it if you are tired, you may nod off, because there's very little action here. This isn't your Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock. Things go by more slowly here. Sherlock is in his 90s, he can't run around anymore, but Ian McKellen plays the roll with such grace. He's a curmudgeonly old man, but he also is something you seldom see with Sherlock, he's kind and he's actually human, and he's starting to face his failings.

But in this film, because its an elderly Sherlock, we see him with relationships. He truly does care about Roger, and you can feel his heartache over the deaths of all those he was close to. Watson and Mycroft are both dead. So he's pretty much all alone in the world. That's important as you'll see when things start to be revealed. The other thing that is important here are the bees and the death of bees.

What really made the movie was was the relationship between Roger and Mr. Holmes. Milo reminds me a little of Freddie Highmore back in his Finding Neverland days. Holmes is a fascinating grandfather figure to the boy.  One of the best scenes is nearing the end of the film when Roger asks Mr. Holmes to "do his thing" when his mother returns. The outcome isn't as expected, but McKellen proves he's as good a Sherlock as any.

This is a film that will break your heart at times but those that love Sherlock Holmes should find this film more than satisfying.

4 stars

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Recipe: Lazy Girl's Baked Ziti

When my youngest nephew comes for supper he always asks for pasta.

Any pasta will do.

He isn't picky, but I can only eat so much spaghetti before I go nuts.

I decided I wanted to go with baked ziti, but I didn't want to go the route of ricotta etc. So I scoured the internet.

I found two recipes that had alfredo sauce instead of ricotta. In one you mixed the alfredo and the spaghetti sauce together and the other had you coat the pasta with alfredo. The later was the recipe I decided to use.

Its easy and has minimal ingredients and 5 out of 6 people loved it (You can't please everyone)

1 lb ground meat
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 jar alfredo sauce
1 lb of ziti pasta
1 1/2 cups of Italian Cheese Blend or Mozarella or a combination of both

1 Prepare pasta according to package directions
2 Drain pasta and place in 9x13 baking dish. Pour alfredo over the pasta and toss to coat.
3. Brown the ground meat and drain. Return to pan and pour the spaghetti sauce over the meat and warm.
4. Pour meat mixture over the noodles and top with cheese.
5. Cover and cook @ 350 for 30 minutes

Monday, August 1, 2016

Green Bean and Sausage in the Slow Cooker

I love quick and easy slow cooker meals and you don't get much easier than this.

We love boiled dinners in our house, with ham, cabbage and all sorts of other veggies. This is very much like it only with smoke sausage. I think we liked the sausage even better.

This is a great comfort food dinner and the fresh veggies make it fabulous.

1 lb or 4 cans of green beans (Fresh is best)
5 yukon gold potatoes cubed (Keep the skins on if you like)
4 carrots peeled and cut up
1 ring of Smoked Sausage or Kielbasa (the new Applewood Smoked Sausage by McCormick is fabulous)
1 can of chicken broth
Season with salt/pepper or Nature's Seasoning


Toss it all in the crock, season and pour in the broth.

Cook on low 8-10 hours


Friday, July 22, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tours: Once Upon A Soldier

Once a Soldier
by Mary Jo Putney


GENRE: Historical Romance




As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match.

Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel’s enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they'd dared imagine...


Excerpt :

She stared at him. “You’re a most unusual man, Major Masterson.”

I’ve been told that before,” he said sadly. “It’s never a compliment.”

She had to smile. “Now I know you’re teasing.”

Possibly,” he agreed; his expression sober, but his eyes amused. “If I’m forgiven for the kiss, will you call me Will again? I prefer to be on first name terms with you.”

Very well, Will.” She preferred that as well. “For whatever time you’re here, we can be friends. After you leave . . .” She shrugged. “In my experience, men are not such good letter writers as women, and it’s a long way from San Gabriel to Oxfordshire.”

I’m a rather decent letter writer, actually.” His gaze intensified. “Friends. And who knows? Perhaps we can become more than friends.”

She felt as if the breath had been knocked out of her. He could not possibly mean what he seemed to be implying. Returning to irony, she said, “What are the relationship possibilities?” She held up her left hand and ticked off one finger. “Friendship is the broadest category and can range from mild acquaintance to deep, enduring loyalty. I think we are already mild friends?”

If we weren’t more than mild friends already, we wouldn’t be having this extremely interesting discussion,” he agreed.

She ticked off another finger. “We could become enemies.”

I will not allow that,” he said firmly. “I have had enough of enemies.”

One does not always have a choice.” She tapped her middle finger. “The opposite of love or hate, which is indifference.”

It is much too late for indifference,” Will said seriously. “I believe I mentioned my immediate interest in kissing you.”

Do you always want to kiss women who aim rifles at you?” she asked curiously.

No, you’re the only one,” he said. “Though if the truth be known, women seldom greet me with weaponry.”

I’m glad to hear that.” She studied her hand. “Two fingers left for listing relationships, and those remaining are deeply implausible.”

But these are the most interesting possibilities!” he exclaimed.

“‘Interesting’ doesn’t mean good.” She ticked her ring finger. “We could have an affair. That will not happen for any number of reasons, most of which you can imagine.”

Which leaves another possibility,” he said, his voice soft.

She closed her hand into a fist. “You can’t possibly be interested in marriage! You scarcely know me.”

That’s true, as is the reverse. If we get to know each other better, one or both of us might decide we’d never suit.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed. Visit her at


Review:Mary Jo Putney is one of my favorite authors of regency era romances. In some ways it reminded me a bit of the most recent Stephanie Laurens novel I read. 

One of those reasons I say that is that because this book really had an adventure type feel and the romance really seemed to take a back burner. The only thing different between this book and the Laurens was this one was much more readable, and a normal length.

Athena is not your typical heroine. She's a tall and because of her upbringing much different from the average young lady of the time. (It would have been nice if Ms. Putney would have stopped telling us about how tall Athena was though. It was something that seemed to be remarked upon on every page, and it got old.) Athena's mother was an aristocrat that was wild and was pretty much a courtesan, called Lady Whore.

There was a great chemistry between Athena and Will. Will had to be the sweetest hero ever. But the best chemistry in this book had to be between Sofia and Will's best friend, Justin Ballard. I found their love affair to be more of what I'd expect from a romance.

Athena and Will had more tension. (I wouldn't say conflict). Athena was more concerned about how her illegitimate background would affect her life if she returned to England, as Will was a Lord.

Athena and Will work to get San Gabriel back on its feet and they fight to protect the small island country from French bandits trying to take it over.

I loved how Sofia was involved with getting Athena and Will together at the end, when he was injured.

It was a great read!

Rating: 4 stars

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Goddess Fish Promotions: A Simple Vow

A Simple Vow
by Charlotte Hubbard


GENRE: Inspirational Romance ( Amish)



Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge—and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth—even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own…

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name—but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive…and claim their own hearts’ joy.



As the middle-aged deacon put on his hat and strode toward the county highway, his two daughters shook their heads. “Dat doesn’t spend much time at weddings since our mamm passed on,” Rosalyn explained. “And Edith did get herself into quite a pickle this morning.”

Jah, we were ready to walk over here for church,” Loretta continued, “when we found her with a baby in each arm, telling us a mighty peculiar story about how their dat had dropped them off because their mamm had died—”

And meanwhile he was accusing another fellow of being the babies’ father,” Rosalyn added in an embarrassed whisper. “So it seems we’re to look after these two helpless wee ones until their dat returns.”

If he does—whichever man it is,” Loretta added with an exasperated shrug. “It’s another one of those long stories best left for another time.”

Oh, my,” Nora murmured as the folks around her began to whisper among themselves. “I was wondering why I didn’t see Edith sitting with you. She was so excited about helping at the wedding dinner.”

The little twins’ dinner—and dirty diapers—were a more immediate concern,” Loretta replied wryly. “We can’t fault Edith for her soft heart, but we’re wondering if she’s gotten herself into the middle of a messy situation. I’m sure Dat’s going to ask her some hard questions, and maybe insist that she return the babies to Will—the fellow who brought them here.”

It doesn’t help that Will was once engaged to Loretta, or that Dat made them break it off,” Rosalyn explained, smiling ruefully at her sister.

Sounds like a matter we need to hold up in prayer, for all of you Riehls and those babies, too,” Bishop Tom remarked. “The ladies here in town will help with clothes and supplies, so don’t hesitate to let us know what ya need.”

Tom and the Riehl sisters made their way outside. The other guests, eager to get to the Grill N Skillet, congratulated Nora and Luke in a steady stream that soon cleared the house. As her husband closed the door and clasped her hand, Nora chuckled. “Seems there’s more to our new neighbors than meets the eye,” she said. “The Riehl sisters are such nice girls—and they’ve mentioned that they make several different craft items, which I’d like to sell in my store. Apparently that Will fellow trusts them to look after his little twins.”

He’s probably so overwhelmed by the prospect of caring for them that he doesn’t know what else to do,” Luke replied. “If you had twins and then passed on, I’d be—well, I’m not sure I’d survive, Nora. You’re everything to me.”

Oh, Luke.” Nora stopped in the middle of the road to caress the brown beard he’d been growing since they’d married five months ago. The hitch in his voice had tugged hard at her heartstrings. “I’m healthy as a horse, and I plan to be pestering you for a long, long time. All right?”

I sure hope so.” A grin lit up his handsome face and he kissed her quickly. “Although I’m enjoying this extended visit with our family, I’m looking forward to when the relatives head back to Pennsylvania so we have the house to ourselves again. Hear what I’m saying?”

Nora felt heat prickle her cheeks as she smiled up at him. “Loud and clear, Mr. Hooley.”


Review: I love Charlotte Hubbard. I think I've read almost all of her books. A Simple Vow is the first book in the Simple Gifts series. Its a bit of a continuation of her last series Seasons of the Heart, but this type of series is one where all the books are stand alone novels, you just get to revisit characters you've met before.

In this book Edith finds herself taking care of twins. The reason they are in her care is really bizarre and it starts the mystery that carries through the whole novel. That's part of why I love Charlotte's books, there's always a little more going on that meets the eye.

There are so many wonderful characters here, some new, and some that you've met before if you've read her previous book. This story felt like coming home to me because her stories make you feel like you are visiting with relatives and friends.

If you are fan of Amish fiction you really need to give Charlotte's books a try. You won't regret it.

RATING: 5 stars

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Ramona.



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