Jun 052016




Éclair and Present Danger (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
New Cozy Mystery Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (June 7, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425280898


The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim…

laura bradford

About The Author –

Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.  In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, Laura writes The Amish Mysteries and The Jenkins & Burns mysteries, as well as The Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey).



For more information, visit Laura’s website: www.laurabradford.com  or get to know her even better on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor, and on Twitter:  @bradfordauthor




  Purchase Links:

Barnes & Noble    Indiebound.org      Amazon

My Review:

Éclair and Present Danger is the first book in the Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series and it was very good.  Once I started reading I could not put the book down.  I loved all the characters.  I myself like to bake so I loved reading about the dessert delivery service.  The rent of bakery that Winnie Johnson owned kept going up so that is when she started her delivery service.  When delivering pies she finds a dead body.  She starts  looking for  the murderer. You will love the book as much as I did.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series!


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Jun 022016

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Jun 022016


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Rex use to only like Banana Split but then the company stopped making it so he went to plain vanilla.  I have now talked him into trying different flavors and he is enjoying them all.  One of his favorites is Rocku Road!  Today he can celebrate National Rocky Road Day and I have a recipe a Yonanas – the small kitchen appliance helps users’ instantly covert frozen fruit into “ice cream” and has created a rich chocolate, crunchy almond and marshmallow fluff concoction to give a delicious twist on the traditional Rocky Road ice cream flavor.

The simple and healthy Rocky Road Yonanas recipe produces a treat that contains NO dairy, NO added sugar and NO artificial ingredients. Please check out the recipe below:


·         2 frozen over-ripe bananas

·         3/4 Tablespoons cocoa powder

·         1 Tablespoon ricemellow creme

·         1 Tablespoon chocolate chips

·         1 Tablespoon almonds


1.       Slightly thaw your frozen fruit prior to putting through your yonanas maker.

2.       Coat frozen bananas with 3/4 Tablespoons of cocoa powder

3.       Insert one frozen banana

4.       Add chocolate chips and almonds

5.       Insert second frozen banana

6.       Stir in ricemellow creme

This sure sounds like a great recipe – and if you are interested you can find Yonanas  at retailers nationwide, starting at $49.99.


“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Jun 012016


5 Tips for A Safe Spa Experience

 By Dr. Kally Papantoniou

Who doesn’t want to have a relaxing and refreshing spa visit now and again to recharge your battery and feel pampered? While it’s important that we indulge in these luxurious treatments, we must proceed with caution.
I recently was in a large shopping mall, and was quickly approached by a kiosk worker who started to buff my fingernail before I could say yes or no to his administration. After I walked away, I was preoccupied with the thought that the very same nail file had been used on countless other people, and I could potentially develop a wart on that finger now! 
Sometimes the more you know, the worse off you are. However, this is just an example of how you can pick up a skin virus or infection without even knowing, and may not present itself for weeks. A similar incident occurred during a massage when the masseuse began to use a cactus bristle brush against my skin as part of her routine.  The entire time I was concerned about the reuse of the tool, and was too polite to request that she not use it.
I may be overthinking things, but this only comes to my attention because of what I see regularly in my practice of dermatology. I have many patients that have acquired warts from nail salons, the gym, and even from facials or waxing. Young women who come see me to treat tiny warts disseminated over the face or body commonly have a history of frequenting a spa or salons. When you are using instruments on patients and not properly sterilizing them, it can lead to the transmission of diseases. While these skin conditions aren’t life threatening in the cases I have presented, they are often difficult to treat and unpleasant.
Here are 5 Tips for A Safe Spa Experience
1. Seek out a salon or spa that uses a heat autoclave to sterilize their instruments.
You can ask directly if the instruments are autoclaved and they should be able to answer this question. Establishments that use autoclaves will often have their instruments in sealed bags. Other spas or salons will use an alcohol-based solution to clean their instruments, this can be helpful, but is inferior to heat autoclaving. Autoclaving entails placing instruments inside a machine utilizing intense pressure and high heat to destroy all organisms on tools. It is the gold standard for sterilizing even medical and surgical instruments.
2. Don’t soak your feet in the foot-bath in the nail salon. Unless a disposable liner is being used for each customer, I cannot think of a dirtier place to soak your feet. As appealing as a nice warm soak might sound, I have seen some terrible infections that were picked up at nail salons. One such customer had suffered an amputation of one of her toes due to a salon-acquired infection. The issue is that you never know who is going to pick up an infection. The vast majority of people who have these services have no such serious complication, but very commonly will develop a wart or athletes foot.
3. Bring your own nail filers/emery boards, and/or other nail tools if you desire.
When in doubt, you cannot go wrong by being prepared and bringing in your own supplies. You may get a few looks by other customers, and cause the employees to talk a little, but is it worth it to have fewer worries about your health? Absolutely! It is not uncommon for many salon goers these days to come prepared with their own equipment.
4. Do not permit the use of any reusable instruments that are not sterilized.
For example: getting a massage and being scrubbed with a brush that is used on other customers. Do not be shy, and don’t let anyone use something that has not been properly sterilized. A nice way of avoiding this awkward moment is to actually be up front and direct with your question before having a service.
5. Seek care quickly! If you do pick up what appears to be a wart, nail fungus, or another skin infection, do not delay seeking dermatological care. The earlier you start treatment, the easier it is to fully resolve. There are many treatment options available and your dermatologist can advise which one will work best. In addition, holding off treatment can result in the development of more warts and spreading warts or fungus to your loved ones at home.
About Dr. Kally Papantoniou:
Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City with locations on Long Island and Queens. She applies expert techniques and the newest technologies to treat her patients. Dr. Papantoniou focuses on providing her patients with the highest level of care, with special interests in natural and healthy alternatives to treatments and disease prevention. Connect with Dr. Kally Papantoniou via http://www.drpapantoniou.com and via Twitter @drpderm
I really love getting pedicures – but after reading this story maybe I will just do my own at home!
Jun 012016


I had never really thought about using more than one face mask at a time – but recently I read an article that you should utilize your time and treat all areas of your facial skin special.  Maybe you have that oily t-zone area that you would want to cleanse the pores and rebalance your oily skin.  Then you want to get rid of the bags under your eyes. Here are two different products I have used IMG_0588together to help my face look great in just a short amount of time!

First I started with a cleansed face. For my oily t-area I use  Le Mieux Icy Revitalizing Mask.   It is a clay mask that features 3 exotic clays to help cleanse my skin and also will help sooth any mild irritations I may have. After I used the mask my skin felt soft and moisturized not greasy.  It was easy to use – you just spread an even layer of the mask on your face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes until dry and then rinse off with IMG_0587warm water.  Then follow up with a moisturizer.

After you have your clay mask on your face it is the perfect time to use BioRepublic’s Lost Baggage.  They are these great eye treatments that you place under your eyes to help repair signs of stress and ageing. Each pack contains two pure biocellulose under eye patches that deliver a restorative infusion of peptides, hyaluronic acid, squalene, rose water, and vitamin E. I just left these on for 15-20 minutes.  Remove the mask and pat in the excess liquid.  No need to rinse off.

Using both together will make you feel like a Queen! Relaxed and beautiful.  I enjoyed using both products and plan on adding it to my beauty routine.   You can find the Le Mieux Icy Revitalizing Mask HERE and the BioRepublic’s Lost Baggage HERE.


“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.