Aug 312012

2nd Annual Back to the Book Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
& Buried in Books

September 1- 8.

I am giving away a $10 Amazon Gift card.  Giveaway will end on Sep 8, 2012 at midnight PST. Must be 13+ and live in the US. Only one entry per person – extra points for following. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another will be selected.
Giveaway closed – Winner has been emailed.

Aug 312012
Today is National Trail Mix Day.  Nothing better than taking a little hike with some trail mix.  Here is an easy recipe for some good trail mix.


  • 1 cup combination diced dried fruit, such as prunes, apricots, pears and apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins and/or dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (or honey-roasted peanuts, chopped walnuts or unsalted almonds)


  1. Mix all. Makes 4 cups.

Aug 292012
Today is National Lemon Juice Day.  Who doesn’t like that nice clean smell of lemons or a fresh squeeze of lemon on your fish and chips?  Cut a lemon and put it in your water to make it taste fresh, then throw the lemon down the garbage disposal to help it stay fresh smelling.

Aug 282012
Forever and a Day
Goodreads review:

Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day.

My Review:
Forever and a Day is number 6 in “A Lucky Harbor Novel” series.  I really enjoyed the first books so was excited to read “Forever and a Day” and I was not a disappointed.  Grace comes to Lucky Harbor after quitting a dream job or so she thought until she met the boss who wanted more than just work from her. She is a friend with Amy Michaels and Mallory Quinn who met over chocolate cupcakes and discusses their personal lives or mostly in this book Grace’s life.  Her bank account was running low so Grace was taking odd jobs including modeling for an art class, delivering flowers, book keeping jobs and even took a job walking a dog for the hot ER doctor.
Josh is a busy doctor with a practice, small son, dog and a sister who all wants and need his attention.  Josh needs help with his family and hires Grace to watch his son Toby until she finds another job, and offers his guesthouse for her to live in. Josh is tough and thinks he never needs help with anything, which is until he meets Grace.  Grace becomes a shoulder for not only him but his younger sister to lean on.  I liked seeing how things end with Grace and Josh.  
I would like to give away my copies of these three books by Jill Shalvis, Lucky in Love, At Last, and Forever and a Day.  These books have been read by me so they are not new, just gently read.  Must be 18+ and live in the US, only one entry per person/per email. Giveaway ends Sept 2, 2012. Fill in the form below – must follow in at least one way, extra enters for each way you follow.

Contest over – winner will be posted shortly.

Aug 282012
Happy National Cherry Turnover Day. Cherry turnovers are made from puff pastry that is filled with a cherry filling and baked until golden brown. Here is an easy Cherry Turnover Recipe


  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  • Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into four squares; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Press seams and perforations together. Spoon 1/4 pie filling in one corner of each square. Fold to make triangles; pinch to seal.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Combine sugar and milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over turnovers; Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings.


Aug 262012
Today is National Dog Day, man’s best friend, and not just because they love you so much they literally jump for joy when they see you. Dogs also help lead the blind and help police and rescues forces.  Make sure to give your dog a treat today and take him  for a walk.

Aug 232012
I love Yankee Candles and have a candle burning most of the time when I am home.  I just recently started using tart burners.  I think when using a tart burner the scent is a bit stronger and fills a large room.  I also like the fact that I have only invested $1.99 on a tart and if I don’t like the scent I am not out that much money; even though I know that Yankee Candle is very good with returns.  If you get a candle and do not like it when you burn it you can always return it for something you like. I also like being able to burn a wide variety of different scents. My all-time favorite scent is Cherry Lemonade but I also like the fall scents like Pumpkin Pie or Harvest. It is very easy to change the scents also – the wax never dissipates so what you do is wait till the wax hardens and then put the tart burner in the freezer or put a few ice cubes on the harden wax wait 10 minutes and it slides right out.
I am giving away a Yankee Candle Tart Burner along with 10 assorted tarts including my favorite Cherry Lemonade, Sparkling Lemon, Midnight Jasmine, Spa Fresh, Buttercream and 5 others. 
Giveaway starts August 23 and runs through August 29th ending at 12 PST. You must follow me in at least one way, be 18 + and have a US mailing address.  Please fill out the form below.

Winner will be contacted by email, you must respond in 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

This contest is now closed – Winner will be contacted today.

Aug 232012
Today is National Sponge Cake Day.  What makes Sponge cake more spongy than other cakes?  The eggs are whipped into a foam and then added to the cake.  Here is a great recipe to try.
Sponge Cake



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, warm the milk and 2 teaspoons of the butter together over medium-low heat. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whip, beat the eggs and 1 cup of the sugar on medium-high speed in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is pale yellow, thick, and tripled in volume, about 8 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the warm milk mixture. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a small mixing bowl. Add half the flour mixture to the egg mixture and blend thoroughly until smooth. Repeat with the other half. Add the vanilla and mix gently. Grease a 17 by 12-inch baking pan or jelly-roll pan with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour the cake batter into the pan, spreading it evenly. Bake until the cake springs back when touched, about 15 minutes. Cool for about 2 minutes, then gently flip it out onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Let cool completely.