Saturday Scrapbook Layout

Have you joined this months Scrap book layout Challenge ? Its all about love and family in great February colors : You can enter your page @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/645340269213511/?ref=bookmarks

This is my work in progress this month. Dedicated to my Grandma and her flower dress. So many memories here. The 2nd pictures is our family pictures in grandma garden among the flowers. Lisa

  • family pictures (2)
  • flowers ,brads basic
  • scrapbook paper ,scrapbook supplies
  • Paper from Stampin Up (2 double sided paper)

Layout :

Colors :

Galatoire’s Trout Almondine * Almond day

Today is National Almond Day! Today I am sharing a classic Trout Almondine :

  • 6 filet trout
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/2 C sliced almonds

Dip fish in milk and season with salt and pepper. Roll in flour. Melt butter in skillet -and cook fish. Then remove from skillet and add almonds. Pour this sauce over cooked fish.

But if you are in New Orleans for Mardi Gras or visiting you can have at this amazing restaurant its on the menu- a favorite of my Moms when we are in the city:

Galatoire’s

After immigrating from Pardies, France, Jean Galatoire opened Galatoire’s in New Orleans in 1905. His fifth-generation relatives are still part-owners of the restaurant. Since opening, Galatoire’s has hosted some historical figures, including various politicians, and author Tennessee Williams, who mentioned the restaurant in his novel A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition to its renowned, competent staff, Galatoire’s is known for its adherence to local tradition. The menu boasts both Creole specialties, like turtle soup and shrimp Creole, and French specialties, like bouillabaisse and crabmeat au gratin, making the dining experience a journey across Louisiana’s culinary heritage.

Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, USA

National Gum Drop Day !

Gum Drop Recipe


  • 2-1/2 cups sugar, divided
    1-1/3 cups applesauce
    2 packages (3 ounces each) red or green gelatin
    2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar, applesauce, red or green gelatin, unflavored gelatin and lemon juice; let stand for 1 minute. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Immediately pour into a cold 11×7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  • With a spatula, loosen gelatin from sides of pan. To remove, invert onto waxed paper. Using kitchen scissors or small sharp cookie cutters dipped on hot water, cut into 1-in. squares or shapes.
  • Place on waxed paper. Dry at room temperature for about 8 hours or until slightly sticky. Roll in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Quick & Easy Valentine Candy

I promised quick and Easy recipes that your sweetheart will love : These are all made in the microwave -so get ready to make some candy :

2 minute Fudge

  • 1 box powder sugar
  • 1/2 C coca
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1/2 C margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C nuts

In a 8 Cup microwavable bowl add – powder sugar and coca-add milk and margarine (do not stir) Heat for 2-3 minutes until all is melted. Add vanilla and nuts -stir. Spread into a buttered dish and refrigerate until firm.

Microwave Pralines

  • lb light brown sugar
  • 1 C whipping Cream
  • 2 T margarine
  • 1 to 2 C pecans

in a 2 quart bowl – brown sugar and whipping cream-microwave at 100% for 11 to 14 minutes -stiring about half through. Add margarine and pecans and microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes. When done it will be Hot ! Drop spoonful onto wax paper and let harden.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today in  My Kitchen this Thursday it’s all about sweets for your sweetheart : These are quick and easy gifts to make so lets get started:

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:

You can find this chocolate all the local Big box store or supermarket in the baking aisle. And pick out the perfect large strawberries you can buy, Clean them but leave the tops on. Makes it easier to dip.

Take the top off of container and microwave according to directions on package, After melted Dip your strawberries in the chocolate and let them firm up. If you need to hurry them up -place in refrigerator to set up.

You can leave them plain or while still wet dip them in nuts or sprinkles. Or melt white chocolate and drizzle on. Enjoy Lisa

Emily Knight Series * with A Bello

Emily Knight I Am….

Emily Knight Series Book 1

by A. Bello

Genre: YA, MG Fantasy

Emily Knight I AM… is about a thirteen year old warrior named Emily, who is far from ordinary and she hates it! The daughter of a heroic warrior and the press favourite problem child. Against her wishes she is sent to the Osaki Training School to control her powers. She learns to fly, breathe under water and battle but someone has their eyes set on Emily and now she has to chose between the two people she loves.
Emily Knight I AM… has elements of grittiness that is more mature than other fantasy books. As well as being laugh out loud funny, the characters are real, complicated and relatable. A. Bello pushes the boundaries by breaking the conventions in this diverse, absorbing novel.

Goodreads * Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34614973-emily-knight

Emily Knight I Am…Awakened

Emily Knight Series Book 2

Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger and faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all?

**Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!**

**Finalist for London’s Big Read 2019!**

Goodreads * Amazon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36363600-emily-knight-i-am-awakened

About the Author

A. Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily Knight series (Emily Knight I am… & Emily Knight I am…Awakened)
She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote in school.

A. Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)

A. Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author School was shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016.

A. Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: www.a-bello.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/emilyknightiam

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyknightiam

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/abiolabello

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/A.-Bello/e/B00B3THR9Y

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6471408.A_Bello

What is something unique/quirky about you?

Hmm good question!I guess that I taught myself the publishing industry. I couldn’t get an intern ship and I tried loads so decided to just figure it out. Now I have 2 publishing businesses and the author of 3 books, with 1 under submission

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

On a career level I am the first black person to have won The London Book Fair Trailblazer Award  in 2018! No-one was more shocked than me when they announced my name

What are some of your pet peeves?

Someone who is all talk and no action

Where were you born/grew up at?

London, England

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

Jumping out of a plane. I wouldn’t do it for fear of dying so…

Who is your hero and why?

Beyonce! She is everything. She screams hustler and I just love that she represents when you work hard, you can have it all.

What are you passionate about these days?

Diversity and Inclusion in books and film

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Passionate, creative, funny, loud and hardworking

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

For sure The Emily Knight I am series – it has everything you need! Adventure, powers, kick ass girls

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A lioness because she really runs the whole jungle, doesn’t she?

Giveaway

Swag Pack , ebooks of the series , $10 Amazon

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/emily-knight-series-book-tour-and-giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever

Sweet Romance

Lisa Book Shelf blog

Today we have the release week blitz of Addison Cole’s THE CORNER OF HEARTBREAK AND FOREVER! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever

Author: Addison Cole

Genre: Sweet Romance

About The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever:

Fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling, and discover the magic of the Montgomerys.

In The Corner of Heartbreak and Forever…
Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again-ruggedly handsome…

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Adventures with Annabelle and Maisie

This a Children’s Rhyming Picture Book -that you dont want to miss,

Adventures with Ananbelle and Maisie Media Kit

annabelle and maisie banner

The Day Annabelle Was Bitten By a Doodlebug

by Julie Wenzlick

Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book

When pre-schooler Annabelle awakens one morning, she has a strange urge to start doodling.

She calls for paper and pen and begins doodling continuously, unable to stop—even for meals! Her concerned parents take her to the doctor, who discovers a doodlebug bite on her neck.

He assures them her doodling urges will end when the bite fades away. Annabelle gets so good at doodling she opens a shop to sell her work and even travels the world to share her art.

Then one day the bite fades and so do her uncontrollable urges.

Add to Goodreads

Buy it from Amazon

Buy from JulieWenzlick.com and get a discount!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40360838-the-day-annabelle-was-bitten-by-a-doodlebug

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997892528

https://www.juliewenzlick.com/store/

The Day Maisie and Annabelle Got the Giggles

by Julie Wenzlick

Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book

After sisters Annabelle and Maisie meet the gigglepuss outside on the trampoline, they suddenly can’t stop giggling. Their dad has a hard time believing they met a gigglepuss, calling it “mythical nonsense.” But as time passes and they giggle harder and harder, there’s no choice but to take them to the doctor, who provides an unpleasant but effective remedy. Wonder who else in the family will encounter that rascally gigglepuss?

Add to Goodreads

Buy it from Amazon

Buy from JulieWenzlick.com and get a discount!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43799024-the-day-maisie-and-annabelle-got-the-giggles

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997892587

https://www.juliewenzlick.com/store/

The Day Maisie Picked a Daisy

by Julie Wenzlick

Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book

When big sister Annabelle decides to go against Mom’s rules and take little sister Maisie Grace for a ride in her pink Barbie Corvette, she has no idea of the adventure that lies ahead!  Join these wandering sisters as they explore Miss Millie’s garden and fail to obey the sign: Do NOT pick the Daisies!  What will happen when Maisie unknowingly plucks one daisy from the garden?

Add to Goodreads

Buy it from Amazon

Buy from JulieWenzlick.com and get a discount!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40165119-the-day-maise-picked-a-daisy

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997892544

https://www.juliewenzlick.com/store/

About the Author

Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher who loves to rhyme. She began writing poems and stories in second grade, and she loves to share her books with elementary students in hopes of inspiring them to write their own stories. Three of her books were inspired by her granddaughters Annabelle and Maisie. She often gets the question from her young audiences, “Did this REALLY happen?” Her book “The Day Annabelle was Bitten by a Doodlebug” was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Children’s Book category for 2017. Julie, who also writes songs to go with her books, produced her original full-length musical comedy “Singles File,” in the early 90s at three venues. You can find out more about her at juliewenzlick.com

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: http://www.juliewenzlick.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJulieWenzlick

Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliewbooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliewenzlickbooks

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Wenzlick/e/B07JDWTY85

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16843179.Julie_Wenzlick

Giveaway

3 coloring books

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/adventures-with-annabelle-and-maisie-book-tour-and-giveaway

Lisa Book Shelf blog

The Day Annabelle Was Bitten By a Doodlebug
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book
When pre-schooler Annabelle awakens one morning,
she has a strange urge to start doodling.
She calls for paper and pen and begins doodling continuously, unable to stop—
even for meals! Her concerned parents take her to the doctor, who discovers a
doodlebug bite on her neck.
He assures them her doodling urges will end when the bite fades away.
Annabelle gets so good at doodling she opens a shop to sell her work and even travels
the world to share her art.
Then one day the bite fades and so do her uncontrollable urges.
The Day Maisie and Annabelle Got the Giggles
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children’s Rhyming Picture Book
After sisters Annabelle and Maisie meet the gigglepuss outside on…

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Feb Planner Fun *

February Planner Fun this week :

We have a very busy week – with lots of excitement from Valentines with fun crafts and recipes. Every day is something special so lets celebrate in a special way and on our planner. We have all the fun days included . The planner is done with stickers and daily reminders – perfect to keep me on track for post on my blog. Lisa

National Cheddar Cheese Day 2/13:

Valentine Day 2/14 :

Gum Drop Day 2/15 :

Check back for a great recipe .

Almond Day 2/16 :

Almond recipes this Saturday !

Tunnel of Love cake :

Today I am sharing a great chocolate cake recipe – Perfect for Valentine but good at anytime too . My Recipe

  • 11/2 C butter
  • 6 Eggs
  • 11/2 C Sugar
  • 2 C Flour
  • 1 box chocolate frosting mix
  • 2 C Nuts

Cream butter- add Eggs one at a time and Mix,Add Sugar in and beat to fluffy. By hand fold in rest of ingredients. Pour batter into a greased Bundt cake pan. And bake at 350-fur an hour. Let cool and remove from pan. Serve with chocolate glaze or alone,