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Monday’s Card – Cheers!

Busy Monday here – so lets start with a simple stamped card and I will add to the post as the day go on ! So check back – Lisa



Made from paper scraps.(Go Green!)

Draw a shamrock. Grab your collection of green paper scraps (you know you have them) some  of mine was from Christmas and cut into strips. Glue down strips to cover clover. Trim to fit.

Have fun -perfect for kids too.lisa


The O’ Neals Series

Monday;s Book post a great book series by Katheryn Shay –


Someone To Believe In (The O’Neils Book 1)

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New YORK  TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay creates a world of politics, gangs and her forte–the problems of teenagers. This is the first of five in The O’Neils series!

“SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is a wonderfully written, emotional and extraordinary read and truly deserves a five-star rating.” Affaire de Coeur

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker with four Irish older brothers who watch out for her. Clay put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in the hands of law enforcement, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.

“Once again, Shay shines in this starkly realistic story of gang members and people involved in prevention and intervention programs. Shay pulls no punches when describing brutal events, and secondary characters, including Clay’s environmentalist son, Bailey’s overprotective brothers, and Taz, a member of the notorious Good Girls gang, are especially well developed. This powerful story will stay with readers long after they finish the book.” *Starred Review* Shelley Mosley, American Library Association.

“Shay’s writing trademark is taking seemingly impossible relationships and developing them into classic tales of true love, which is what she does here.” Fresh Fiction

“What we get in SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN is Clay and Bailey fighting each other in the media but heating up the sheets (or the stairs, elevators, and the walls) with love making. Talk about a hot book filled with great dialogue and love scenes.” A Reader

Also available: the O’Neil brothers’ stories in CLOSE TO YOU, TAKING THE HEAT, HIGH STAKES and ALWAYS AND FOREVER, contemporary romances with alpha male heroes and the strong women who love them. Don’t miss these Irish romance series of novels.


Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first ‘romance,’ a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists – and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women’s college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who’d attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, “I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that.”

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she’d again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-two books for Harlequin, ten mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations – readers say they feel they know the people in her books – and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has had a one of her books serialized in the December 2003 COSMOPOLITAN magazine and has been quoted in PEOPLE and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. She has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. “My life is very full,” she reports, “but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams.”




Sunday Morning Thoughts

In South Louisiana its doesn’t  feel like Spring today -48 degrees here -winter weather (LOL). – Yeah I spent many years in the MidWest and this is not considered cold there but in South Louisiana its freezing. It won’t  stay that way the day before it was in the 70 ‘s . The Joy of Spring in Louisiana -that’s why I am waiting to put my garden in. This year I am trying a small one in the from yard -so that it taken care off regularly and I can share the bounty.

Hope You had a great week – I had fun sharing my four legged family members with you. I am sure you will see them pop up more -there a big part of my life. But it was also a crazy week as a family my son (11th grader) had ACT prep in the city to go too. He took it last year and hoping to score better. He goes to a virtual on line school  (LAVCA/K12) our 5th year and he loves it. Hes a good student and needs little help from the parents other than keeping him on track. Education is very important to us and this was the correct choice for us.

Next -week will be busy. Lots of family obligations, but I want forget you guys. This week I am celebrating  St. Patrick Day-

We’re Going Green on the blog for St. Patrick Day ! Not only St.Patrick Day items but some great recyclable items and ideas! Thanks for coming by and visiting – Lisa 


St Patrick Day event


Monday ‘s Recipe Box

Monday’s Recipe Box item-

Coffee and Breakfast for  Mardi Gras ! 

We love our Coffee in Louisiana – and my favorite brand does seasonal blends – 

Community Coffee Blog



As a child my Grandpa made this for breakfast and sometimes supper.  Lisa 


Pan Per Du

1 egg

1 Tablespoon sugar

8-10 slices of bread

1 cup of milk

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Beat egg, sugar add milk and nutmeg. Dip bread in mixture. Sauté in butter. And sprinkle with powder sugar.


I made this last week for my son- Quick and easy and great with Coffee. Yum!


Coffee Cake

¼ cup salad oil


1 egg beaten

½ cup milk

11/2 cups of all purpose flour

¾ cup sugar

2 teasp baking powder

½ teasp salt

Combine-oil, egg and milk. In another bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Combine and mix well. Pour into a greased 9 in square pan. Sprinkle with topping .Bake at 375 degrees –about 25 minutes,


¼ cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon flour

1 Tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup of nuts

AC Mason – Mardi Gras Gris Gris




Susan Foret is again thrust into a murder investigation when one of the town’s wealthiest citizens Teddy Berthelot is the victim of an elusive killer, stabbed to death as the local krewe’s parade ends. He collapses feet away from where Susan stands, a gris gris bag, containing tarot cards and several other fetish items, left dangling from the knife in his chest. Although she doesn’t know the victim personally, the murder reopens old wounds inflicted when she discovered her sister-in-law’s body many years prior and the recent solution of that cold case.

A second murder occurs in a neighboring town using the same method and leaves the normally quiet Louisiana parish in a state of shock. Susan tries not to get involved, but the mystery lover in her fuels her curiosity about the case her husband Police Chief Jim Foret is investigating. Jim fears her interest might cause a repeat of the dangerous situation she experienced years ago. Exactly as Jim imagines, Susan’s curiosity lands her in a race for her life when she is kidnapped by the killer.

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Arlene Messa, writing as A. C. Mason, is a Louisiana native and resident. She was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, but grew up in Baton Rouge. She’s a mother, grandmother, and twice a great-grandmother. Her two daughters and their families live in nearby communities

She grew up reading Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, and other mystery novels for girls. Her love of a good mystery led her to write her own. Mardi Gras Gris Gris is second in a series featuring Susan Foret, an aspiring mystery writer. She is currently working on a stand-alone mystery also set in South Louisiana.

Two spoiled cats, Katy and Wiley share her home. Katy makes several appearances in the mysteries as the protagonist’s pet in the Susan Foret series.

Arlene also has two romantic suspense novels published under the name Anne Clayre Mason set in European locales. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Heart of Louisiana RWA.

Visit her at: www.anneclayremason.com. www.facebook.com/anneclayremason

Monday – Mardi Gras Party

Hello – Monday!

We start off Today our Mardi Gras Celebration Party!

 What is Mardi Gras ? Lisa definition- well it’s an excuse to have a good time -let loose and celebrate -until the start of Lent. When we are suppose to repent.

Wikipedia -Definition-

Mardi Gras (/ˈmɑːrdiɡrɑː/), also called Shrove Tuesday,[1]or Fat Tuesday,[2][3][4][5] in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Related popular practices are associated with Shrovetide celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. In countries such as England, Mardi Gras is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is derived from the word shrive, meaning “confess“.[1]

Why Louisiana has Mardi Gras? 

The expedition, led by Iberville, entered the mouth of the Mississippi River on the evening of March 2, 1699 (new style), Lundi Gras. They did not yet know it was the river explored and claimed for France by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1683. The party proceeded upstream to a place on the east bank about 60 miles downriver from where New Orleans is today, and made camp. This was on March 3, 1699, Mardi Gras, so in honour of this holiday, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras (French: “Mardi Gras Point”) and called the nearby tributary Bayou Mardi Gras. Bienville went on to found the settlement of Mobile, Alabama in 1702 as the first capital of French Louisiana.[15] In 1703 French settlers in Mobile established the first organised Mardi Gras celebration tradition in what was to become the United States.[14][16][17][18]The first informal mystic society, or krewe, was formed in Mobile in 1711, the Boeuf Gras Society.[16] By 1720, Biloxi had been made capital of Louisiana. The French Mardi Gras customs had accompanied the colonists who settled there.[14]

Okay -so that’s our history lesson for today -Now party time! Mardi Gras info   for more fun facts.

Check back today as I post – crafts, decorations and more ! Lisa


Taste of Romance



Love is a box of chocolates – treat yourself to a delicious assortment of sixteen romance flavours from new and established authors.
Firefighter Ryan Harper is a dark chocolate-coated orange cream. His rich, bitter shell hides a sweet and sumptuous centre that satisfies long after the final bite.
Detective Colt Callaghan is chilli-cherry swirl in decadent milk chocolate. He hides behind a gruff exterior, but underneath he’s sexy and sweet, with a shock of spice when you least expect it.
Space Engineer Simon Dubois is a handmade truffle. Decadent and Indulgent. Dark chocolate caressing a ganache infused with earthy, sensuous Armagnac, and sweet succulent smoked pimento. A fusion of flavor, a frission of pleasure.
Taste of Romance is a collection of love stories and romance fiction from members of the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. The anthology spans many facets of romance, from contemporary to historical, romcom to suspense, with heat levels ranging from sweet to erotic. These works are a celebration of the past 26 years of encouragement and support the Guild has given to romance authors as they journey toward publication and beyond.


my book review-

I had the pleasure of reading this sweet box of chocolates (books)- as part of a facebook street team. These author’s where all new to me but all of the books where a  short tasty read.Each book featured a couple with the background  of  time traveler ,second chance,contemporary,historical or a shifter romance.Even in this short taste the books where well written and had great characters. A box of chocolates and books  you will be looking forward to tasting and reading.  Lisa