Tangled In Tinsel * Stacy Eaton

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In Tangled in Tinsel…
Being the new girl in town is hard, especially when you’re running from your past. It even gets harder when your handsome neighbor is a police officer who wants to get to know you. No matter how much Casey tries to avoid Thad, something is always pulling them together.

Thad has lived in Celebration Township his entire life, and it’s not until a beautiful brunette moves in next door that his eye is finally caught. If only she didn’t push him away at every chance she got.

When an unexpected visitor shows up at Casey’s house a few days before Christmas, her future and past collide. Will Thad figure it out what’s going on in time, or will Casey end up being a conspirator to a murderer?

The Celebration Series: 
Celebration Township is made for family, friends, falling in love, and don’t forget celebrating the holidays.

The first twelve books bring two people onto center stage as they overcome odds and figure out what their futures may hold. There is laughter, love, romance and even suspense when you join these couples as they each find a happily ever after over a holiday. The thirteenth book brings all twelve couples, and even a few special guests, into final focus as the first couple in Tangled in Tinsel prepares for their wedding one year after they met.

Praise from Celebration Series Readers: 

“Stacy Eaton thank you for giving us a town we can all relate to and wish we could live in.” Shweet Sandi 

“I have loved every one of the books in this series” Dawn

“I have loved each book in this series. The town of Celebration and its residents have entertained me and made me fall in love with them since the first story.” Jaime

“What an awesome start to a fantastic series! I actually started halfway through this series & have gone to the beginning because it is such an addictive well-written series that once started you will not be able to put this down.” Debbie

“Well written in such a way that the story flows gently along, taking you on a lovely journey that has just the right amount of bumps to keep the reader intrigued.” Mona Livsey

“Stacy Eaton knows how to tell a story and in this last book of the series(Velvet & Vows), she gives us a beautifully wrapped gift tied up with a pretty bow. Now, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us in the new spin-off series, Pleasure Your Fantasies!” 

“The author does an incredible job with character development and the story/plot lines, that she has you wanting more with each book!” Ellen

Holiday Memories * Tinsel or No Tinsel?

It’s Friday Morning & let’s celebrate the Holiday ! 

The newest quilt block is up and its all about the Tree  &  Tinsel- So My Question is :

  Tinsel or No Tinsel?

My family it’s No tinsel my Mom has a collection of glass ornaments she has collected so the Tinsel would get in the way of seeing the beauty of the ornaments. Each ornament has a story – a family trip ,holiday or a gift.

The Pink Pine cone –  means enlightenment or third eye.

Acorn- are also considered to be a lucky symbol, representing prosperity, youthfulness, power and spiritual growth.

Pink baby bear – birth of a child

Old Time  Santa Claus  : glass bout as birthday present ( Mom like me has a November birthday)

 

 

 

 

 

Merry & Bright Quilt Block  #5  Tinsel 

Want to play along or just make a few that’s up to you. I am planning to make a Christmas card from the pattern .   Lisa 

 

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Fix It and Forget It * Slow Cooker Dump Dinners and Desserts

I have an older copy of this Cookbook series – it’s my Go To book for slow cooking !!  Like the name says – Fix it & Forget it!!

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What if you could have a rich, warm, homemade dessert in just two quick and easy steps? Well, now you can. Step 1: Dump the ingredients into your slow cooker crock. Step 2: Press the “on” button. It’s that easy to make moist carrot cake, rich chocolate cake, and crumbly fruit crisps. Perfect for birthday parties, potluck suppers, family gatherings, or weekend guests, you’ll find yourself making dessert much more often with these tasty recipes waiting to be made!

Hope Comerford has selected the yummiest desserts from home cooks across the country and can’t wait to share them with you. She’ll also give you tips on what size slow cooker to purchase and suggestions for easy prep and cleanup. Find finger licking good recipes such as:

Crock Pot * Chicken Parmigiana

It’s Thursday and this Foodie day we celebrate the Classroom! 

Yes – It’s National Classroom Day : And since I was a virtual /home school er for 6 years a Crockpot was my favorite kitchen tool . I could fix it the morning and after a day of school I had dinner ready to eat when my husband came home from work. This one is a family favorite –  Lisa

 

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       Chicken Parmigiana   (slow cooker)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 t  salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 6 boneless chicken breast (halved)
  • 1 C   Italian bread crumbs
  • 2-4 T Butter
  • 14 oz Jar  Pizza sauce
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese

Beat egg,salt & pepper. Dip chicken and coat with bread crumbs . Saute chicken in butter -and remove to the slow cooker .

Pour Pizza sauce over chicken. Cover and Cook on Low for 6-8 hours. After cooking place cheese on top & let melt – Serve over cooked noodles.    Lisa

Pocket Journal for Scrapbooking

Hello Wednesday ! Today I am sharing another type of journal . 

I seem to collect them .  I am a scrapbooker & card maker and on my blogs I like to share my creations each month. This journal I found had pockets under the months where I can store keepsakes,ideas and cards I want to feature that month on my blog. Its a great way to be organized  in writing my post. Lisa 

August Pocket – has items  from the BTS  drive, teachers cards & Move In day golden tickets .  I also jot down idea to scrap or card designs.

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Sept . College parking pass , waiting for Football tickets ,cards  & more

 

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Tuesday Inspiration * Hope

A little Tuesday Inspiration post ! Hope gives Life. Is a wonderful concept – Hope for the future ,Hope for mankind , & Hope for the World. 

That way we need to say YES to hope ! My word for 2018 .

 

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The big book of Knitted Monsters

So you want to make some aardvarks yourself ? Here;s a book to help you out. Perfect for gift giving and Holiday Craft booths.  Lisa 

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They’re hiding under the bed. And in the closet. And anywhere else you’ve stashed yarn. They’re friendly little monsters, and they’re ready to come out and play!

Popular designer Rebecca Danger presents 20 patterns for the most adorable monsters ever to climb off a pair of knitting needles. All are shown in two colorways, and most are done in two yarn weights, to help you pick the perfect yarn to suit your monster’s personality.

Review * Died in the Wool

This for coming bye for Book Tuesday ! My day to showcase fun books for all –

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When a murder shocks picturesque Arborville, New Jersey, Pamela Paterson and her Knit and Nibble knitting club suddenly find themselves at the center of the investigation—as suspects . . .

Pamela is ready to kick back and relax after a busy day selling stuffed aardvarks to benefit Arborville High School’s sports program at the annual town festival. But just as she’s packing up, she makes a terrible discovery—someone’s stashed a body under the Knit and Nibble’s table. The victim is Randall Jefferson, a decidedly unpopular history teacher after his recent op-ed criticizing the school’s sports program. But the primary suspect has an alibi, and the only clue is a stuffed aardvark found on the victim’s chest . . . Now the Knit and Nibblers must unravel the case quickly—before a crafty killer repeats a deadly pattern.

Knitting tips and delicious recipe included!

 

My Net Galley Review-  This is the 2nd book in this fun series. When a body is found while taking down the festival booth a body is found. That of an unpopular teacher and now the knitters are on the case in this fun cozy mystery. A great who done it with  a fun cast of characters. If you missed the first book you will have no problems catching up with this team of knitters. GO Team Aardvark!!  Lisa 

 

 

About the Author

Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor who lives in Leonia, New Jersey, where she writes mysteries and plays blues guitar. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Illinois and taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was a tenured full professor. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology MagazineCrime and Suspense, Flashing in the Gutters, SpinetinglerCrime Scene: New Jersey 2, and Murder New York Style. A longtime member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Peggy served on the board of MWA New York as head of the Mentor Committee. She was president of Sisters in Crime NY/TriState from 2013 to 2015. Peggy regularly attends mystery‑writing conferences and participates in conference panels and also gives talks on mystery fiction at libraries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

The Kingdom of Zydeco

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“An important book for anyone with an interest in life, American music, Southern culture, dancing, accordions, the recording industry, folklore, old dance clubs in the weeds, fortune tellers, hoodoos or shotguns.” —Annie Proulx

There’s a musical kingdom in the American South that’s not marked on any map. Stretching from the prairies of Louisiana to the oil towns of East Texas, it is ruled over accordion-squeezing, washboard-wielding musicians such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Keith Frank, Terrance Simien, Rosie Ledet, and C. J. Chenier. Theirs is the kingdom of zydeco. With its African-Caribbean rhythms, Creole-French-English lyrics, and lively dance styles, zydeco has spread from its origins in Louisiana across the nation, from Back Bay to the Bay Area. It has influenced the music of Eric Clapton and Paul Simon and been played at Carnegie Hall.

In this remarkable and engrossing book, Michael Tisserand reveals why zydeco’s identifiable and unforgettable blend of blues and Cajun influences has made the dance music of Louisiana black Creoles so popular and widespread. Zydeco’s appeal runs deeper than the feel-good, get-up-and-dance reaction it invariably elicits and is intertwined in the music’s roots and rhythms, handed down from generation to generation. Here is the story of zydeco music. Tisserand goes on the zydeco trail to meet the major artists; he reconstructs the legends behind the music’s beginnings, offering complete biographies of pioneers such as Amédé Ardoin and Clifton Chenier; and he takes you into the dance halls and onto the front porches where zydeco was born and continues to thrive. More than a book on a musical style, The Kingdom of Zydeco is an exploration and a celebration of a distinctive American culture.

Zydeco in Southwest Louisiana

Happy Monday ! 

Today let’s talk about what going on around home. We are in the middle of festival season and this week locally we are  celebrating :

36th Annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival  : in Opealousas,La.

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Zydeco grew up around my rural  area it a  music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana.

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History of Zydeco : 

Early zydeco was a blend of Louisiana French accordion music and Afro-Caribbean beats. It sat at the crossroads of Creole, Cajun, gospel and the blues, yet has since evolved to include influences from several other genres. Instrumentation almost always includes an accordion and a frottoir, a washboard. Guitar and drums typically add even more rhythm and syncopation to create a highly danceable mix. The word Zydeco gets its name from a colloquial Creole French expression “Les haricots ne sont pas salés”  meaning “the snap beans aren’t salty” or idiomatically for “the times are hard.” Like the blues, early zydeco offered a way for the rural poor both to express and to escape the hardships of life through music and dance. More info Louisiana Folk Life

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If you are coming for the Zydeco Breakfast don’t miss this item: 

Sweet  Potato   Muffin

  • 2 C flour
  • 1  C  mashed  Sweet  Potatoe
  •  2   beaten  Eggs
  • 1/2 C   Milk
  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 3/4 C Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 C soft margarine
  • 1/3 C Raisins
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t  salt
  • 1/2 t  ginger
  • 1/2 t  nutmeg
  • 1/8 t ground cloves

Heat oven to 350 -grease large Muffin tins. 

Mix together dry ingredients.  Cream sugar,butter and molasses. Add other ingredients and Mix with dry mixture.Pour into muffin tins and bake for 16-18 minutes or until done.