Book Club Reads

Book Club- Tuesday !  My I suggest for Mom two great mysteries  from author Laura Childes ! One  takes place in a scrapbook store the other a Tea shop in two great Southern cities – New Orleans and Charleston-   Thanks  Lisa     


New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks.  But among her client’s keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder…


When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.


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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.


Friday post

Friday –

Thanks for coming along on my tour of – My Little Town  . Hopefully you enjoyed the tour . Today I leave you with the some pictures to enjoy  Lisa


There’s good reason that the town of Melville celebrates the catfish festival every October. Much of the town’s history and commerce are tied to the Atchafalaya River. Historically, the town made its fortune in river commerce and then as a crossing point for the railroad.

Documents also indicate that Melville had several fish docks and ice houses. By the turn of the century, 50 barrels of fish were being shipped from Melville each day.

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Thursday – Cannatella Grocery

Thursday – tour of My Little Town brings us too. Cannatella Grocery .


421 Landrum St.
Melville, LA 71353

Cannatella GroceryThis fourth generation grocery/hardware store has been serving the people of Melville since 1923. If you haven’t already gathered from their name, the Cannatella are Italian immigrants, and have brought with them to St. Landry Parish authentic Italian sausage . Also great muffalettas and homemade boudin. If that doesn’t make you hungry there daily plate lunch will. So if you are in the area drop bye and say Hi !

Monday-Friday 7am-6pm |Saturday 7am-7pm | Sunday 9am-3pm

Pictures of the Old Hardware store with Pam Cannatella

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March Highlights from Lisa

I have been working on uploading some video’s on our new You Tube  sation.

I’am new at this so bear with me as I learn .

March Highlights !

Enjoy this ! and go over and subscribe to our channel – more coming soon. Lisa

Strawberry Time

Happy Friday ! It’s 71 and cloudy and looks like rain for the weekend but that can change fast in Louisiana.

In Louisiana March also symbolizes  the start of Strawberry time in Louisiana.With fresh Louisiana strawberries  being sold along the roads and in the stores.  In Ponchatoula ,Louisiana they  hold an  annual strawberry festival in April.If you are in the area its always a fun and lots of strawberries to eat.



This cake recipe uses frozen but you can use fresh-

Strawberry cake

1 pkg white cake mix

1 pkg strawberry jell o

3 tbsp flour

1 c Wesson oil

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ c frozen strawberries

Mix –cake mix,jell-o,flour water and Wesson oil. Add eggs 1 at a time .add vanilla and strawberries . bake at 350 for 25 minutes


1 box of powdered sugar

1 stick margarine.

½ c strawberries

Mix together and spread between layers.

The Top can be topped with Cool Whip and fresh berries . Are you can Ice the cake your choice .  Lisa

St. Patrick Day Celebrations


St Patrick Day event

It’s St. Patrick’s Day week and Louisiana has the festivities to prove it. Don some green and check out one of these events this weekend.

  • Patty In The Parc is 6 p.m. Friday at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration features Better than Ezra and Wayne Toups this year.
  • St. Paddy’s Bicycle Parade and Festival is Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kiroli Park in West Monroe.
  • Patty in the Plaza is Saturday in Festival Plaza in Shreveport. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the party goes until 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, with special pricing for kids.
  • Fatty’s St. Patty’s Block Party starts at 6 p.m. Friday and will feature the Seratones, The Bristol Hills, a pig roast, ice cream and drinks on Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport. There is no admission.
  • Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baton Rouge starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Hundred Oaks at South Acadian Thruway.
  • Iowa Rabbit Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Burton Coliseum Complex in Lake Charles. The annual event features live music and cook-offs.
  • Amite Oyster Days is Friday through Sunday in downtown Amite. The festival starts at 3 p.m. Friday and features live entertainment, carnival rides, vendors and plenty of oysters.
  • Louisiana Redbud Festival is Saturday on Northwest Front Street in Vivian. Events run all day, including music on the square, a parade, food and arts and craft booths.
  • Festival of Live Oaks is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Iberia City Park. There will be an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, music, workshops, pony rides, barbecue cook-off and refreshments

St. Patrick’s Day


Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7]and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption

New Orleans Celebrations-

St. Patrick’s Day (on March 17th, each year) is celebrated in New Orleans and its suburb in the form of….another parade! It’s the perfect season for another celebration … after all, it’s New Orleans, and we love to parade!

Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades are considered another opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day outdoors. It seems as if the entire city is on the street with picnic baskets, umbrellas, and their recreational vehicles…enjoying one of the biggest street parties of the year! Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green and give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.

New Orleans Parades


Sat, March 11 & Fri, March 17, 2017Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat, March 11 & Fri, March 17, 2017Tracy’s Block Party 11 a.m. – ’til

Sat, March 11Irish Channel Parade – 1:30 p.m.

Sun, March 12St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon

Fri, March 17Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Fri, March 17Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Sat, March 18Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.

Sun, March 19Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon

Sat, April 1Irish-Italian Islenos Parade at St.Bernard – 12 Noon



St. Patrick’s Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand